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Gavin Newsom says he would not be the governor of California if not for college sports. So why did he decide to sign a law that challenges the entire NCAA system? Also this week on Only A Game, the story of Boston gambler Joseph "Sport" Sullivan's role in the Black Sox Scandal. And LeBron James is facing criticism for his response to Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey's tweet about Hong Kong. Join us!

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Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom: 'I Would Not Be Sitting Here Without Baseball'
Long before he signed the California bill that would allow college athletes to profit from their name, image and likeness, Newsom was himself an athlete.

3 Stories: LeBron On NBA–China, 76ers' Coach, Sub-2-Hour Marathon
The Athletic's Michael Lee and Sports Illustrated's Charlotte Wilder join Only A Game's Karen Given.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports
Karen Given and Charlie Pierce discuss the Washington Nationals' "Baby Shark" craze, MLB's juiced vs. dead ball debate, and Lee Ann Walker's new LPGA record.

Joseph 'Sport' Sullivan's Little-Known Role In The Black Sox Scandal
Shoeless Joe Jackson and Arnold Rothstein are well known for their ties to the 1919 Black Sox Scandal. But the Boston gambler who put the fix in motion remains largely in the shadows.

This program aired on October 19, 2019.

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