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Monday, December 26, 2016

Podcast: Bears debacle vs Washington, Bulls in rough shape, Crawford back for Hawks

Hosts Alex and Shawn break down debacle that was the Bears versus Redskins game.  We breakdown the Bulls woes.  We also chat about the Blackhawks.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Podcast: The Bears heartbreaking loss to Packers, Cubs/Sox hot stove, and Blackhawks talk

Hosts Alex and Shawn break down the heart-breaking Bears loss to the Green Bay Packers.  We talk latest hot stove moves for the White Sox and Cubs.  We also chat about the Blackhawks.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Monday, December 12, 2016

Podcast: Bears stumble in Detroit, Cubs and White Sox busy in off season, and Blackhawks keep winning

RIP to former Chicago Bear Rashaan Salaam.  The Chicago Bears are in the giving spirit with their gift victory to the Lions.  The Cubs and White Sox are also busy in the hot stove off season league.  And the Blackhawks keep winning despite numerous key injuries.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Podcast: Bears finally win a game and the Blackhawks get a new goalie

On this episode we talk about a Bears victory in the Toilet Bowl against the 49ers.  We discuss a great story associated with the Blackhawks game Saturday.  And we attempted to talk Bulls with Chris and Big Dave from Bawl Sports, but technical difficulties messed the recording up...My apologies.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Podcast: Bears debacle at Soldier Field, Blackhawks head home, White Sox act petty

On this episode we talk about the debacle that is the Chicago Bears season.  We discuss the Blackhawks circus trip and season so far.  And we talk about the petty behavior of the Chicago White Sox.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Podcast: Bears self destruct, Blackhawks begin circus trip, Bulls fun to watch

The Bears go from the highs of a great Monday Night Football win to self-destructing against the Bucs.  The Blackhawks stumble in their first game of the circus trip.  And the Bulls won't win the NBA championship, but they sure are fun to watch.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Podcast: Cubs win World Series, wholesale change White Sox, and Bears and Blackhawks

THE WORLD CHAMPION CHICAGO CUBS!!!!  I've waited my whole life for that.  We talk about all of the emotion behind the win.  We discuss the big comments from White Sox GM Rick Hahn, preview the Bears second half of the season, and discuss the Blackhawks 6 game win streak.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Congratulations to the WORLD SERIES CHAMPION CUBS!!!!


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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Podcast: Cubs in Game 7 of the World Series and the Bears come up big on MNF

It's GAME 7 OF THE WORLD SERIES!!!!  THE CUBS ARE IN GAME 7 OF THE WORLD SERIES!!!!  We talk about how the Cubs got there and what to expect in Game 7.  We also discuss the Bears huge Monday Night victory over Minnesota.  Finally we talk Blackhawks and their PK struggles.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

1 More Win for a World Series title!!!!


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Sunday, October 30, 2016

2 WINS TO GO!!!!!!


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Friday, October 28, 2016

3 Wins To Go!!!

I know I'm late to post this....

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Podcast: Anatomy of a World Series team and the Bears falter in Green Bay

Our beloved Chicago Cubs are in the World Series for the first time in 71 years.  We talk about the big series win vs the LA Dodgers and break down how this team came about.  We also discuss the Bears lopsided loss in Green Bay during another prime time debacle.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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THE CUBBIES ARE IN THE WORLD SERIES!!!!

I have been waiting for this my whole life.  I'm in literal tears.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

5 Wins till a World Series title!!


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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Podcast: Cubs 2 games closer to World Series and the Bears give a game away

The Cubs are two wins away from going to the World Series after beating the Giants and taking 2 of 4 from the Dodgers.  The Bears lost a hard fought battle against the Jacksonville Jaguars (both teams fought hard to give the game away).  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Podcast: Cubs one win away, Bears fall to Colts, Blackhawks ready for Lord Stanley

The Cubs are one win away from moving to the National League Championship Series.  The Bears lost a hard fought battle in Indianapolis versus the Colts.  And the Blackhawks are ready to start the regular season.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Podcast: BEARS WIN BEARS WIN!! and the Cubs will face Giants or Mets in Playoffs

The Bears win their first game of the season and their first home game in a calendar year.  We break it all down.  We also discuss the Cubs postseason matchup with either SF Giants or NY Mets.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Podcast: Bears falter vs Cowboys while the Cubs win their 100th game

Although the Cubs have rolled to 100+ wins and we are on the verge of the MLB playoffs, we still devote a big chunk of this episode on the Chicago Bears debacle in Dallas versus the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Podcast: Bears monday night debacle vs the Philadelphia Eagles

Although the Cubs are rolling and the MLB playoffs are around the corner, we spend this episode breaking down the Chicago Bears debacle on the lakefront on Monday Night Football.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Podcast: We breakdown the Bears loss to the Houston Texans

Although the Cubs are rolling and the MLB playoffs are around the corner, we spend this episode breaking down the Chicago Bears opening game of the season against the Houston Texans.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Monday, September 5, 2016

Podcast: Cubs continue to role behind Cy Young candidate and Bears make some major cuts

Cubs ride great pitching in a weekend series against potentially playoff opponent SF Giants.  We also discuss Kyle Hendricks as possible NL Cy Young.  And finally we talk about the major & surprise Bears cuts and roster changes prior to the first official game of the season.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Monday, August 29, 2016

Podcast: Do the Cubs have the NL MVP? We also preview the Bears regular season

Cubs ride the MVP-candidate bat of Kris Bryant in a weekend series against the LA Dodgers.  We also discuss the Bears third preseason game against the Chiefs and preview the regular season.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Monday, August 22, 2016

Podcast: Cubs get Rocked by Rockies, Bears Injury concerns, and Blackhawks fall short on prized player

Cubs sweep the Brewers but get rocked by the Rockies.  The Bears get bit by the injury bug in the preseason.  And a coveted asset spurns the Blackhawks.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Why You Can't Pay College Athletes

At some point during every single NCAA football and basketball season, the argument arises on every sports talk radio and television program: Should college athletes be paid?

The typical argument against is usually “the players receive scholarships”. The arguments for a pay scale for athletes include “the school is generating millions in revenue”, “the player may get hurt and ruin the chance to play professionally”, and “they are athletes that happen to be students, not students who happen to be athletes”. Both sides feel their points are valid, but if we dig past the surface, where does the answer lie?



Based on 2015 data, the NCAA reports that 1.6% of college football players will play in the NFL. Of the collegiate basketball players, 1.2% of men’s players will make the NBA and 0.9% of women’s players will make the WNBA. 8.6% of college baseball players make the MLB. 6.8% of college hockey players play in the NHL. And 1.4% of soccer players go pro. The other sports combine for next to zero. For over 98% of college athletes, this will be their highest level of athletic competition. Afterwards, they must compete in the workforce to make their living. For these athletes, the thoughts of million dollar contracts are little more than pipedreams. But they do get a leg up on their non-athlete classmates: they have the opportunity to walk away with a 4-year degree with no debt.

Consider the annual cost of attending Notre Dame (tuition, books, room/board) exceeds $61,000 and the per year cost of attending Duke is over $67,000, players at these universities will receive annual scholarships worth more than the yearly income of the average American family ($53,657 per family in 2015 based on data from the US Census Bureau). In total over 4 years, these scholarships can be worth more than a quarter of a million dollars alone. This is hardly a value to scoff at considering a vast majority of athletes will never compete professionally in sports.

The argument that universities make millions of dollars on the backs of college athletes is a common one used. They will mention schools like Alabama and Ohio State with revenues that exceed $100M per year from athletics alone. The sheer size of the number seems to validate their argument. But the logic is flawed and here is why. If you own a store and sell a book for $20, did you make $20 profit? Of course not. You had the buy the book from the distributor for $15. You had to pay rent on the store in order to sell the book. You had to pay electricity so the customer could see the book. You had to pay a fee to process the customer’s credit card. And you had to pay taxes on the money you did make. In all…maybe you made $1. This is a gross exaggeration, but the concept remains the same for college athletics. Let’s look at the Texas Longhorns athletic program (based on ESPN publishing of their 2008 fiscal year): The program took in $120.3M in revenue (ticket sales, booster donations, media rights, branding, apparel sales). In that same time span, they spent $111M (tuition for athletes, coaches/staff salaries, recruiting, marketing, etc). That leaves just over $9M. And if you actually dig deeper than that, University of Texas is one of the very few schools even making a profit.

Based on the “2004-2013 NCAA Division I Intercollegiate Athletics Programs Report” published by the NCAA in April 2014, only 20 FBS schools generate more money than they spend. TWENTY. Of the 20 schools that made money, the median profit was $8.4M. Of the 103 schools that LOST money, the median deficit was $14.9M. And only two…TWO…college sports were profitable. That would be men’s basketball and football. The median profit for football programs was roughly $3M and the profit from men’s basketball was roughly $340,000.


One last key component hardly thought of is Title IX. If you are not familiar with Title IX, it is part of the Federal Education Amendments Act of 1972. It states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits, or be subjected to discrimination under any education programs or activity receiving Federal financial assistance” How does this apply to athletics? Per the NCAA’s website, athletic programs are considered educational programs and activities and are subject to the Federal laws under Title IX. The program requires that women and men be provided equitable opportunities to participate in sports. Title IX requires that female and male student-athletes receive athletic scholarship dollars proportional to their participation. And it requires the equal treatment of male and female student-athletes as far as equipment, travel allowances, access to tutoring, locker rooms, etc. If you were to pay college athletes, you would be required to pay female athletes as well, under Federal law.

Let’s consider a situation where the NCAA moved to a system where student athletes were paid a salary on top of current benefits (tutoring, meal stipends, room/board, and tuition). The NCAA research has shown only 20 schools make a profit on athletics and the average profit is approximately $8M per year.

Those schools making the profit are typically the powerhouse schools such as Michigan, USC, Alabama, that have the most athletic teams and most varsity athletes. If you estimate each school has 400 varsity athletes and Federal Title IX requires equal pay, these schools theoretically COULD pay each athlete $20,000 per year without going in the red. But what about the other 100+ universities and their varsity athletes? If you were to pay each of them $20,000, it would require those schools to divert funds FROM their general student fund. You would take away programs and classroom technology and research funds for students that pay tuition and are at the school to learn. Not many university presidents would likely be ok with this. The obvious answer would be to cut programs. Non-profit generating sports would vanish: Wrestling? Gone. Baseball? Gone. Gymnastics? Gone. Hockey? Gone. The only college sports that would survive are the only ones found to be profitable: football and men’s basketball. Again, due to Title IX, you would be required to offer women’s programs, likely basketball.

Not taken into consideration in the hypothetical situation above would be other possible negative ramification of collegiate sports. The top student-athletes would only flock to programs that could afford to pay them. This would further destroy any semblance of parity that still exists in the college ranks. You could potentially see programs that are not attracting top talent and are not reaping profits from athletics completely remove varsity athletics as a whole.

On the surface, one can make arguments supporting paying athletes for their contribution to universities. However, a closer look at the reality of finances and the entirety of the economic situation shows that a payment system to athletes would not but financially possible at most schools and could potentially be devastating to the NCAA sport ecosystem.
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Monday, August 15, 2016

Podcast: Cubs bullpen injury bug, Bulls going Boogie, Bears flop in preseason opener

Cubs made 3 trades to rebuild the bullpen on the fly and injuries are taking their toll.  The Bulls are rumored to be interested in trading for all-star DeMarcus "Boogie" Cousins.  The Bears fall flat in their pre-season opener.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Monday, August 8, 2016

Podcast: Cubs on a huge roll and the Bears lose a key player to injury

Cubs are fresh with new and healthy weapons and on a roll.  The White Sox are a big wet bag of meh.  And the Bears lose a key player at the end of training camp.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Podcast: Cubs make a blockbuster trades, Sox have Edward Scissorhands, Bears open camp

Cubs make a blockbuster trade.  The White Sox have a new team tailor.  The Bears first-rounder gets carted off the field  And the Blackhawks possibly have reinforcements coming.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Podcast: Cubs and White Sox start their 2nd half, Bulls about to win a title, and Bears fail to sign Alshon

Cubs and White Sox start the 2nd half of the MLB marathon season.  Bears and Alshon can't iron out a long term deal.  Blackhawks fest has come and gone.  And the Bulls about to win a Championship?!?!.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Monday, July 11, 2016

Podcast: Cubs stinking it up, Bulls make weird moves, Jordin Who?, and White Sox back on track

The Cubs once amazing pitching staff has pooped the bed.  The Blackhawks sign an awful veteran free agent, The White Sox turn it around.  A tribute to former Bears defensive coordinator, Buddy Ryan.  And another hated rival joins the Bulls.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Sunday, July 3, 2016

Podcast: What is going on with the Cubs? Bulls and Blackhawks make free agent splashs!

The Cubs swept by the Mets in bad fashion and have lost 3 of their last 4 series.  What is going on?!?!  Tim Anderson finally takes a walk.  Soupy sails back into town.  And a hated rival joins the Bulls.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Monday, June 27, 2016

Podcast: Rose traded, Shaw traded, Cubs and White Sox switch roles.

D Rose traded to the NY Knicks.  Andrew Shaw traded to Montreal.  The Cubs swept by St Louis and lose 3 of 4 to the Marlins.  The White Sox take 5 out 7 from the Red Sox and Blue Jays.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Podcast: Rose traded, Shaw traded, Cubs and White Sox switch roles.

D Rose traded to the NY Knicks.  Andrew Shaw traded to Montreal.  The Cubs swept by St Louis and lose 3 of 4 to the Marlins.  The White Sox take 5 out 7 from the Red Sox and Blue Jays.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Podcast: Contreras and Almora help power Cubs, White Sox falter, Blackhawks and Bulls trades!, and Bears

The embarrassment of riches continues with the Cubs calling up Albert Almora and Willson Contreras and continue with a sweep of the Pirates.  The White Sox begin the Tim Anderson era and it doesn't help in the standings.  The Bulls trading Rose & Butler?  The Blackhawks make a trade splash, and the Bears getting ready for training camp.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Podcast: Bears player announces retirement, JHey hits a milestone HR as Cubs roll, White Sox skid

A Chicago Bear makes a surprise retirement.  Jason Heyward hits a milestone homerun.  The calls for Robin Ventura's head begin as the White Sox struggle.  And the Cubs juggernaut keeps rolling.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Podcast: David Ross' 100th HR, White Sox struggles, bye bye Joakim, and more

Cubs re-start their winning streak.  David Ross hits a milestone Homerun.  The calls for Robin Ventura's head begin as the White Sox struggle.  Joakim Noah saying goodbye to the Bulls.  And Bears mailbag.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Podcast: Cubs and White Sox slumping, Bears mailbag, and BLACKHAWKS!

Cubs and White Sox in slumps.  Sale and Arrieta have bad games within 24 hours of each other.  Blackhawks making European signings.  And Bears mailbag.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Podcast: Special Guest Mike Whitlow, Hawk Harrelson saves the day, and Cubs up/downs

Special guest: Michael Whitlow, editor of Bulls Beat Blog, talking all things Bulls.  Plus we break down this weeks Cubs and White Sox.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Podcast: Cubs sweep the Nationals and White Sox sweep the Twins, Bears rookie camp

We talk the Cubs 7 game sweep of 2 of baseball's best.  Not to be outdone by the White Sox and their dismantling of the Twins.  Also we give a brief Bears discussion.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Monday, May 2, 2016

Podcast: Breaking down the Chicago Bears 2016 Draft class

The NFL Draft is over.  We break down the Bears draft picks and discuss how they proceed into the season.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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