About

Great stories and storytelling explore the human side of sports on Only A Game.

Produced by WBUR and hosted by award-winning, veteran NPR commentator Bill Littlefield, Only A Game offers a mix of compelling insight and deeply told narratives. Surprising, personal, utterly enjoyable. And it’s NPR’s only sports show.

The hour-long weekly program features Littlefield’s exceptional writing, affable personality and great storytelling. Only A Game uses the power of audio to explore the place of sports and competition in our culture.

Whether it’s the former major leaguer who’s trying to bring baseball back to Chicago’s inner city, the 1942 Rose Bowl rivals who met again on a WWII battlefield or the surprising history of the sports bra, Only A Game finds great stories other outlets might overlook.

Notable voices on the show have included Basketball Hall of Famer, author and humanitarian Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tennis Hall of Famer and activist Billie Jean King, NBA greats Bill Walton and Shaquille O’Neal, tennis superstars Serena Williams and Rod Laver, NFL Hall of Famers Ozzie Newsome and Steve Young, Olympians Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky, and comedian and marathoner Eddie Izzard.

From Little League to the Big Leagues, from the stadium full of fans to the solitary weekend runner, Only A Game stitches together stories of sports and people with the special craft of NPR.

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