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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Podcast: Blackhawks coming to life while the Bears lose again to the Lions

Alex and Shawn talk about the Bears infuriating loss to the Lions and how John Fox needs to go, break down the Blackhawks victories, and laugh about John Lackey.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Podcast: Bears are a dumpster fire and the Blackhawks are playing uninspired

Alex and Shawn go on a rant about the wrong direction the Bears franchise is heading, their awful loss to the Packers, the Bulls mess, and where the Blackhawks go from here.

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Podcast: Bears injuries and suspension, Bulls beefing, Blackhawks get a win

Alex and Shawn discuss the World Series and how it pertains to the White Sox and Cubs, we talk Zach Miller's injury, Jerrell Freeman's suspension, the Blackhawks breaking out of a slump, and the punch heard round the Berto Center.

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Podcast: Bears robbed in New Orleans, Cubs shakeup, and Blackhawks struggle

Alex and I breakdown the Bears game in New Orleans, discuss the coaching changes with the Cubs, and take an in-depth look at the recent Blackhawks struggles

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Podcast: Bears win back to back, Cubs bounced from playoffs, Bulls punching, Hawks flying

Alex and I breakdown the Bears victory against the Panthers, the Cubs falling short of their season goal, the Bulls beating each other up, and the Blackhawks still looking good.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Podcast: Bears win with Trubisky, Cubs in NLCS, and Blackhawks still riding high

Cubs in the NLCS, Blackhawks still winning, and Mitch Trubisky gets his first NFL win and Alex and I are here to talk about it all!

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Podcast: Bears can't protect Trubisky versus Vikings, Cubs close to making NLCS, and BLACKHAWKS!

Alex and I talk the Bears horrible loss to Minnesota on MNF, Mitchell Trubisky's debut, the Cubs huge wins in the NLDS, and a bit of Blackhawks.

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Podcast: Bears poop the bed in Green Bay, but the Cubs clinch the Central

Alex and I talk the Bears horrible loss to Green Bay on Thursday night and we celebrate the Cubs winning the Central Division.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Podcast: Bears & Cubs win!!!

BEARS WIN! BEARS WIN!  Alex and I talk up the Bears victory and the Cubs magic number being down to 2.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Podcast: Bears stink, but Cubs come up clutch

Alex and I lament a rough week for our Bears and celebrate a huge win for the Cubs.  Cubs get back to back sweeps while the Bears stink it up in Florida.  So sit back and listen to us yap about it.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Podcast: Bears suffer tough loss in opener and Cubs get swept by the Brewers

Alex and I lament a rough week for our Bears and Cubs.  Cubs get swept by the rival Brewers while the Bears lose their season opener.  So sit back and listen to us yap about it.

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Podcast: The Bears release 53 man roster and Cubs are dominating

Bears 53-man roster is here!!  Alex and I discuss the moves as well as break down the last 2 weeks of Cubs baseball.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Podcast: Is the White Sox future almost here? Do the Bears have a shot? Where do the Cubs stand?

On this episode, Alex and I break down this week in Cubs, is the White Sox future closer than we thought, and the Bears are finally starting to look good.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Podcast: Trubisky shines and Cubs doing Cubs things

On this episode, Alex and Shawn discuss the Chicago Hot Dogs minor league baseball team, Cutler joining the Dolphins, the Bears first pre-season game, and the Cubs.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Podcast: Bears 1st preseason game is almost here, Cubs lose back to back series

On this episode, Alex and Shawn discuss the current state of the Cubs and break down the remaining schedule in their pursuit of .defending their title  We also discussChicago Bears training camp and what to expect in the first preseason game.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.

PS: We forgot to talk about Jay Cutler to the Dolphins.  We'll get there next week.

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Podcast: Cubs at the trade deadline and Bears training camp

On this episode, Alex and Shawn discuss the current state of the Cubs and potential trade deadline moves.  We also discuss the first few days of Chicago Bears training camp.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Monday, July 24, 2017

Cubs trade for Quintana and go on a win streak, Bears set to open camp

The Cubs make a bold trade with their crosstown rivals.  The Bears have some good camp battles set to begin.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Podcast: Cutler winning 4 Superbowls and the Cubs aren't who we thought they were

Alex and I discuss Cutler winning 4 Superbowls, Trubisky not yet signed and we rant about the poor performance of the Cubs.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Podcast: Blackhawks bring back a familar face, Bulls down to 1 alpha, and Cubs are getting feisty

Blackhawks revamping the lineup.  The Bulls making questionable moves.  The Cubs can't find any consistency.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Podcast: Jimmy Butler debacle and Blackhawks mayhem

Alex and I talk about Kyle Schwarber demotion and the Cubs mediocrity.  We discuss the disintegration of the White Sox trade bait.  We chat about the disaster of the Jimmy Butler trade.  And we wrap it up with all of the Blackhawks mayhem from this week.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Podcast: Cubs season in a nutshell, Rick Hahn gets feisty, Bears OTAs, Jimmy Butler, and Blackhawks

Alex and I talk about Cubs mediocre week is a microcosm of the season, Rick Hahn gets feisty with the media, Blackhawks have the NHL draft coming up this week, do the Bulls trade Jimmy Butler this week?  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Podcast: Blackhawks tidbits, Cubs roller coaster, and White Sox sliding

A Blackhawk retires?  Cubs sliding after a nice win streak.  Addison Russell troubles.  And White Sox are who we thought they were.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Podcast: Bears mailbag, Cubs bad road trip, and White Sox stumbling

Alex and I break down this week in Cubs and White Sox baseball.  What to do with Albert Almora?  What to do with Kyle Schwarber?  Where is the White Sox trade value.  We also answer a few Bears questions.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Podcast: Cubs rollercoaster in LA, Bears, Blackhawks, and White Sox, too

Alex and I discuss the Cubs rollercoaster as it continues in LA.  What is Arrieta's prospects in free agency?  The Bears named worst front office in NFL?  Blackhawks news and White Sox news.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Podcast: Cubs bats come alive, White Sox too good to be bad, and Bears deception

Alex and I discuss the Cubs bats coming to life, the rise and fall and rise again of Jake Arrieta, where the team goes from here.  We talk the ups and downs of the White Sox, the trade prospects of Dave Robertson, and the signing of Luis Robert.  Finally we talk a bit of Bears and the story of their courting of Mitch Trubisky.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Podcast: Bulls offseason moves, Bears depth chart, Cubs struggles

Alex and I discuss the Cubs struggles and the Bears depth chart.  We also have a few questions with Cdub and Big Dave from Bawl (before technical difficulties ruined it).  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Podcast: Bears fans react to the draft, Cubs and Sox baseball, and a sprinkle of Bulls

We react to all of your feedback and comments about the Chicago Bears draft and direction.  We talk Cubs and White Sox baseball.  We even talk a little bit of Bulls  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Podcast: Bears Draft picks, Hawks fire Kitchen, Bulls out, Cubs/Sox baseball

We have a doozy here.  On this episode, Alex and I discuss the Blackhawks firing of Mike Kitchen.  We talk Cubs and Sox baseball.  Oh...did I mention we break down the Bears and the NFL draft?!? .  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Podcast: Rondo's thumb, Blackhawks tumble, Cubs bats wake up

We break down the disheartening sweep of the Blackhawks out of the playoffs. We talk this week in cubs/white sox baseball.  Rajon Rondo's broken thumbs causing broken dreams for the Bulls.  And less than a week till the NFL draft for the Bears.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Monday, April 17, 2017

Podcast: Cubs/Blackhawks struggling while Bulls/Sox thriving. NFL draft talk.

Alex and Shawn discuss the dismal first two games of the Blackhawks first round matchup with Nashville and preview game 3.  We talk bad Bears reporting by Moon Mullin.  And we break down this week for the Cubs and White Sox.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Podcast: First week of MLB season with Cubs/Sox, Stanley Cup playoffs, and QBs of the draft

Alex and Shawn break down the first full week of the MLB season for the Cubs and White Sox. We talk end of the season for the Bulls and Blackhawks.  And we break down the QBs of the NFL draft.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Monday, April 3, 2017

Podcast: Cubs opening day, Blackhawks streaking, Bears updates, NFL draft

On this episode, we talk about Cubs opening day.  We discuss the Blackhawks hitting their groove just before the playoffs & Bears news. Finally we wrap it up by breaking down the safeties of the NFL draft and MOCK DRAFT 2.0.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Podcast: Mock Draft 1.0, NFL draft, Blackhawks debacle, Jerry Krause & Dallas Green passing

On this episode, we rant about the Bears latest signing of Mark "Butt Fumble" Sanchez.  We talk the Blackhawks latest and Cubs/White Sox rotations.  We discuss the passing of Dallas Green and Jerry Krause. Finally we wrap it up by breaking down the edge rushers of the NFL draft and MOCK DRAFT 1.0.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Podcast: Bears fans have had it and the Blackhawks streaking

We're back with an all new episode. We revisit some of the Bears off-season moves and address some of our angry fans.  We talk Cubs spring training and the Blackhawks current streak. Finally we wrap it up by breaking down the centers of the NFL draft.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Podcast: Cutler out, Glennon in? Bears free agency and CBs in NFL draft

We're back with an all new episode. Do we have the Cubs opening day lineup?  The Blackhawks come out of a strong slump with a huge win.  The Bears start free agency with some question marks and we wrap it up by breaking down the CBs of the NFL draft.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Monday, March 6, 2017

Podcast: Blackhawks streaking, Bears off season and more

We're back with an all new episode. Cubs Spring Training, Heyward's new swing, Bears off season, Blackhawks bring back Oduya and we wrap it up by breaking down the OT of the NFL draft.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Podcast: Sammy Sosa thinks he's jesus? Bulls trade, Blackhawks streak, WR in NFL draft, Spring Training!

We're back with an all new episode. Sammy Sosa thinks he's Jesus?  Bulls make a trade nobody can figure out.  The Blackhawks have hit their stride.  Plus we get a little bit of Spring Training talk and we wrap it up by breaking down the WR of the NFL draft.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Podcast: The Earth is round Kyrie, Greg Maddox the prankster, and the NFL draft

We're back with an all new episode. We discuss whether the earth is round or flat.  We talk NHL break week merits.  We gloss over the nightmare Bulls.  We get a little bit of Spring Training talk and we wrap it up by breaking down the defensive linemen of the NFL draft.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Podcast: Blackhawks win streak, Bulls destruction, Bears off-season, and more

We're back with an all new episode. We chat about the latest Blackhawks winning streak, the debacle that is the Bulls, some minor Cubs news, the latest with the Bears, and the guards in the NFL draft.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Friday, February 3, 2017

Podcast: Wade gets toasted by Barkley, Blackhawks troubles, ILB of the NFL draft

Alex and I discuss the recent Blackhawks struggles, the Cubs recent signing, breakdown the Inside Linebackers in the upcoming draft, discuss the possible Bears new QB and talk about the latest in the Bulls drama.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Podcast: Blackhawks from good to bad, Bulls from bad to worse, and TEs of the NFL draft

Alex and I discuss the recent Blackhawks struggles, the Cubs recent signing, a bit of White Sox talk, the Bears draft, breakdown the Tight Ends in the upcoming draft, and talk about the complete breakdown of the Bulls.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Why Colleges Cannot Pay 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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