Professional sports dominate the airwaves, the book racks and about 48 percent of the average male brain. It's a dominant cultural force, but academia rarely ventures into its vastness. Tonight, that changes. The University College of Washington University hosts The Future of Sports, a panel discussion with a pretty snazzy panel. Bob Costas (you know him), pioneering baseball statistician Bill James, the wonderfully humanistic sportswriter Joe Posnanski, professor (and baseball fan/authority) Gerald Early and Michael MacCambridge (author of America's Game: The Epic Story of How Pro Football Captured a Nation) sit down to discuss PEDs, the likelihood of an NFL labor lockout next year, the potential rise of soccer's popularity in America and other maybes and theoreticals in a colloquy that's sure to be as erudite as it is entertaining. An audience question-and-answer session follows the round robin, which takes place at 7 p.m. in room 300 of Washington University's Laboratory Sciences Building (Forsyth and Skinker boulevards). Admission is free, and you can reserve a seat at ucollege.wustl.edu/FutureOfSports.
Mon., Nov. 29, 2010