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More than a Game

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Explore the untold stories of Arizona sports. Hosted by veteran sports reporter and NPR 89.1 announcer, Tony Perkins, More Than a Game features a series of the best sports stories you've never heard.
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One of the greatest: UA's unsung wheelchair basketball hero, Rudy Gallego
April 29, 2024

One of the greatest: UA's unsung wheelchair basketball hero, Rudy Gallego

We meet Rudy Gallego, the man who started the University of Arizona's first adaptive sports team, wheelchair basketball.
You just become instant best friends: Collegiate Women's Hockey in Arizona
April 18, 2024

You just become instant best friends: Collegiate Women's Hockey in Arizona

We head behind the scenes with the ASU women's club hockey team, and also hear about their soon-to-launch counterpart at UA.
It’s what brings it all together: Sports in multi-cultural places
April 11, 2024

It’s what brings it all together: Sports in multi-cultural places

Hear about an Arizona community college's surprisingly international soccer roster, then get introduced to an afro-Brazilian martial art.
We call it our Field of Dreams: Traveling across distances and time for sports
April 11, 2024

We call it our Field of Dreams: Traveling across distances and time for sports

Will UA fans make the trip to their new Big 12 rival cities? Also, baseball played by the original rules.
The mutual respect is there: The intersection between athletes and music
March 28, 2024

The mutual respect is there: The intersection between athletes and music

We hear from a professional opera singer who was also an All-American football player in college.
We take the risk because we love what we do: From rodeo to fandom heartbreak
March 20, 2024

We take the risk because we love what we do: From rodeo to fandom heartbreak

Rodeo in Arizona, from its roots to its place as a collegiate sport. Plus a trip to the Pac 12 basketball tournament.
I’m taking this way too seriously as an adult: The growth of mountain biking in Arizona
March 14, 2024

I’m taking this way too seriously as an adult: The growth of mountain biking in Arizona

In two very different stories about one of America's fastest-growing sports, we head to a 24-hour mountain bike relay race. Then we talk to some of the people behind a documentary about spreading mountain biking on the Navajo Nation.
They have a passion for it: Meet a pair of Tucson-born professional athletes
March 7, 2024

They have a passion for it: Meet a pair of Tucson-born professional athletes

Different sports, different generation, but both Alex Bowman and Eddie Leon are among the top athletes Tucson has ever produced.

Season 1

I enjoyed every minute of it, from the day I started: Wrapping up Season 1 of More Than a Game
July 13, 2023

I enjoyed every minute of it, from the day I started: Wrapping up Season 1 of More Than a Game

It's our last episode of season one and the final part in our series examining baseball in the borderlands.
A great community, great downtown, and good beer: When a city and a sport intertwine
July 5, 2023

A great community, great downtown, and good beer: When a city and a sport intertwine

Maybe it's the years of battling a cross-town rival, or maybe it's the fact that a game blends beautifully with a natural environment. Whatever it is, a place can sometimes become intertwined in a competition.
I Mean, I Really Like Winning: Performing at a sport's highest levels
June 28, 2023

I Mean, I Really Like Winning: Performing at a sport's highest levels

Taking the top prize is often the main goal of sports. First, an Olympic sport thats US championship is in Arizona. Then, how a baseball powerhouse has turned winning into a multi-generational effort.
This is an Evolution: While some things change, other parts stay the same
June 14, 2023

This is an Evolution: While some things change, other parts stay the same

Rule changes in college sports alter the business on a monumental scale, and how a baseball powerhouse passes one generation to the next.
Legends Never Die: Tales from Southern Arizona's sports past
June 7, 2023

Legends Never Die: Tales from Southern Arizona's sports past

Southern Arizona has a deep history with sports. We hear some of the tales that arise from an historic ballpark, then learn about a legendary baseball coach in Nogales.
That Was Exactly Us: Stories of Latino culture in baseball and empathy through adaptive sports
May 31, 2023

That Was Exactly Us: Stories of Latino culture in baseball and empathy through adaptive sports

Sports play a major role in our culture. They can be anything from an expression of life to a vehicle to better understand someone's life.
Strangely Alive? Arizona's extreme endurance races
May 24, 2023

Strangely Alive? Arizona's extreme endurance races

It's hard for most people to imagine running a marathon. So what's it like to run a race that's nearly ten times that length? Or how about a bike event that stretches across the entire state?
Hard Hits and Life Lessons
May 17, 2023

Hard Hits and Life Lessons

A look at a sport that is popular around the globe, but had just become a part of the University of Arizona athletics program, and a talk with a standout UArizona football player about the life lessons that sport taught him.
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