Original Air Date: Jan 6, 2015
Armen Keteyian reports on the NFL's controversial concussion settlement and the pivotal Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or CTE issue. Plus, Sharyn Alfonsi profiles "the scariest man in hockey": Boston Bruin Zdeno Chara, whose 6-foot-9-frame makes him the tallest man to ever play in the National Hockey League; 'Sports Illustrated' columnist John Wertheim on NFL Coach Bill Belichick; and Washington Redskin Bobby Mitchell talks to James Brown about being the first black star on the last NFL team to integrate.
Original Air Date: Feb 3, 2015
Sharyn Alfonsi reports on the highflying antics of fearless French professional B.A.S.E jumper Matthias Giraud, who leaps off the world's most famous mountains. Plus, Bill Whitaker talks to riders on the popular Professional Bull Riding Tour -- where cowboys who can hold on for 8 seconds or more can earn millions. And NFL Executive Troy Vincent addresses the charges that the New England Patriots played with underinflated footballs during their lopsided victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
Original Air Date: Mar 4, 2015
Armen Keteyian gets the inside story on pro hockey fights -- and the pending class-action lawsuit against the NHL -- from the some of the ice's most famous "enforcers." Plus, Sharyn Alfonsi profiles one of the biggest talents ever to swim for the U.S: Missy Franklin, whose ambition is to win more Olympic medals than any woman ever; 'Sports Illustrated' columnist John Wertheim on underdogs; and Jeff Glor investigates why so many major league pitchers are having arm surgery at younger and younger ages
Original Air Date: Apr 1, 2015
Armen Keteyian profiles one of only a handful of African American players in the NHL: defensemen PK Subban, who could be the key to helping the Montreal Canadiens win their first Stanley Cup in 22 years. Plus, Phil Keoghan of "The Amazing Race" on the exciting re-emergence of bicycle racing in Barcelona, Milan and soon, London; James Brown reports on Morgan Wootten, the high school basketball coach who's career win tally has only been bested by one other coach at any level of the sport in history; and humorous sports commentary by Robert Wuhl.
Original Air Date: May 6, 2015
An in-depth report on China's "gold medal factory", the intense government-run sports system that recruits athletes at an early age and turns them into world champions. Plus, lacrosse coach Mike Pressler, former scapegoat of the Duke rape scandal, has a comeback at Bryant University. And you can't get much closer to pure baseball than the Cape Cod Summer Baseball League. It's strictly amateur, but as Sharyn Alfonsi finds out, it's also the biggest source of Major League Baseball talent in the world.
Original Air Date: Jun 3, 2015
Pam Oliver explores the billion-dollar industry of high-end athletic shoe collecting from the athletes driving the trend to the fanatical "sneakerheads". Baby boomers take to the high road with adventure travel company Backroads, which offers wild tours on river rafts, luxury boats and bicycles. And the hot new sport of "sheepdogging", where highly intelligent sheepdogs herd to win at the national finals.
Original Air Date: Jul 1, 2015
Inside the unique training regime of Barcelona's soccer team, which has produced exceptional players, including the world's best, Lionel Messi. Plus, Sharyn Alfonsi profiles fitness guru Kelly Starrett, whose emphasis on correct posture and motion in exercise is making waves in the workout world and beyond. And behind the curse of the Cubs -- discover why Chicago's iconic baseball team hasn't won a World Series in 105 years.
Original Air Date: Aug 5, 2015
Peyton and Eli Manning tell Jack Ford what sessions with Duke Football Coach David Cutcliffe have meant to their NFL success. Plus, Bill Whitaker talks to riders on the popular Professional Bull Riding Tour - where cowboys who can hold on for 8 seconds or more can earn millions. And you can't get much closer to pure baseball than the Cape Cod Summer Baseball League. It's strictly amateur, but as Sharyn Alfonsi finds out, it's also the biggest source of Major League Baseball talent in the world.
Original Air Date: Sep 8, 2015
Twenty-five years after the book "Friday Night Lights" exposed the raw grit of big time high school football Sharyn Alfonsi revisits some of its true-life characters in Odessa, Texas, and watches this year's team chase a dream. Plus, Mo Rocca goes out on the high seas to report on one of the most lucrative deep sea fishing tournaments in the world. And if you ever wondered what it would be like to play in the big leagues, Jeff Glor reports on a virtual reality experience so real that NFL quarterbacks may be using it soon to practice with.
Original Air Date: Oct 6, 2015
There is a lot more riding on Terry Pegula's purchase of Buffalo's professional sports teams than profits and bragging rights. Jeff Glor talks to Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan and the players who Pegula hopes can help spur the city toward an economic revival. Plus, Jack Ford reports on the ancient Irish game of hurling - maybe the fastest sport on turf you will ever see; and James Brown discovers a far-flung farm system for Major League Baseball in the tiny Dutch Territory of Curacao.
Original Air Date: Nov 3, 2015
Armen Keteyian gets an up-close look at how superstar cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Darrelle Revis are elevating football's defensive position to an art form. Plus, who could love coaching football more than Joe Moglia? Sharyn Alfonsi reports on the former Wall Street CEO who's come back to his first love. And Jeff Glor profiles hockey prodigy Connor McDavid as the number one draft pick begins his first year in the NHL.
Original Air Date: Dec 1, 2015
Jack Ford follows Chris Mullin as the basketball legend returns to St. John's - this time as coach. Plus, Mark Phillips dives into "Florentine Football," an organized, bloody street brawl that takes place each June in an Italian city known more for its art and culture. And if only Rubin "Hurricane" Carter could have lived to see it: Armen Keteyian reports on David McCallum, who was exonerated after serving 29 years - mainly because the former boxer interceded on his behalf.