Rank #1: Lakers & Magic Johnson Resigns
Recorded at Staples Center the night Magic Johnson resigned.
Rank #2: USC, Michael Avenatti, NIKE (Fenno) & Zion Williamson, Nipsey Hussle, LeBron James (Granderson)
Beyond the X's and O's of playing sports
Rank #3: Baseball Preview (Castillo, Torres, McCullough)
Starting the 2019 MLB Season
Rank #4: LA Sports - Bill Plaschke
Welcome to the Bill Plaschke Show!
Rank #5: USC Admissions Scandal (McCollough, Fenno)
Host Beto Duran welcomes Brady McCollough (USC Beat Reporter) and Nathan Fenno (Enterprise Reporter) to discuss the impact on the sports department at USC due to last week's series of arrests, indictments, and firings after the FBI uncovered a nationwide college admissions scandal. Are last week's arrests and firings the end of this matter or is there more to uncover? Brady McCollough discusses this and the shift from covering USC football and other sports to investigating the legal aspects of this situation. How many athletic department members at USC have been arrested at USC in the last 18 months? Nathan Fenno reviews the larger epidemic of a scandal plagued institution. Is this a series of rogue individuals or is a larger department effort at play here?
Rank #6: Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin & Abel Sanchez (Pugmire) and UCLA Gymnastics (Richardson)
Former Middleweight Champion, Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin, joins host Beto Duran in-studio to discuss his new 3-year / 6-fight agreement with DAZN (Da Zone). Announced last Friday, GGG and DAZN have started letting the world know and combat journalist, Lance Pugmire, sits down with GGG, Beto, and GGG's trainer Abel Sanchez to discuss the news. What is the main driver for GGG to make this decision? Is it a chance to regain his championship status, another shot at rival Canelo Alvarez, a chance to pave the path towards life after boxing, or all of the above? Also, one of the most successful sports teams in Southern California (besides the Dodgers and Rams) is... the UCLA Women's Gymnastics team. Their success story has gone viral, and this created an opportunity for intern, Blake Richardson. Learn how Blake approached this opportunity (and others) at the LA Times - a must listen for every young person looking to enter the field of sports journalism.
Rank #7: Lakers, Rajon Rondo (Ganguli) & Clippers, Inglewood (Fenno)
NBA Drama in Los Angeles
Rank #8: Zlatan Ibrahimović (Baxter)
One-on-one interview with Zlatan Ibrahimović
Rank #9: In Studio: Tyron Woodley & Ben Askren, UFC 235 Preview (Pugmire)
Host Beto Duran welcomes Lance Pugmire and two UFC stars, Tyron Woodley and Ben Askren, to discuss the upcoming UFC 235 in Las Vegas this Saturday. Our first in-studio guest athletes share an amazing history that few fighters have, as they are unwilling to challenge each other, even if the Welterweight Championship is at stake. Having met wrestling for the University of Missouri, Tyron and Ben have climbed the ranks of the UFC and both are on this Saturday's card. Lance Pugmire helps dissect their careers and what makes these two fighters special.
Rank #10: Sneakers Features (Woike) and LA Times Sports (Rodriguez)
Host Beto Duran welcomes NBA National Writer Dan Woike and Sports Editor Angel Rodriguez to the podcast. Capitalizing on the growing business of the sneaker industry, Woike (and other sports journalists) put together a special section this past weekend during the NBA All-Star Weekend for the LA Times. Dan's contribution included a love letter to Eastbay magazine, and is discussed. 21st Century sports and sports coverage requires modern sports departments to evolve as well. Angel discusses the sneakers feature, sports gambling, eSports, and how to stay relevant in the digital age.