From Peach Baskets to Dance Halls and the Not-so-Stern NBA

The 21st century version of the National Basketball Association will never be confused with the various leagues that cropped up after Dr. James Naismith came up with a game in the fall of 1891 at a Springfield, Massachusetts YMCA. Dr. Naismith put up some peach baskets and gave 18 players a soccer ball and the game of "basket ball" was born. A century later, basketball was a global sensation. More
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About Evan Weiner

Evan Weiner is an award winning journalist who is among a very small number of people who cover the politics and business of sports and how that relationship affects not only sports fans but the non-sports fan as well. Weiner began his journalism career while in high school at the age of 15 in 1971. He won two Associated Press Awards for radio news coverage in 1978 and 1979. He was presented with the United States Sports Academy's first ever Distinguished Service Award for Journalism in 2003 in Mobile, Alabama. Advisor to the SUNY Cortland Sports Business Management Program. The United States Sports Academy's 2010 Ronald Reagan Media Award.

He is the author of 11 books ,From Peach Baskets to Dance Halls and the Not-So-Stern NBA, America's Passion: How a Coal Miner's Game Became the NFL in the 20th Century, The Business and Politics of Sports -- 2005, The Business and Politics of Sports, Second Edition -- 2010 and 2014 Edition: The Business & Politics of Sports. The Stern Years: 1984-2014. The Politics Of Sports Business 2017, I Am Not Paul Bunyan And Other Tall Tales, The Politics of Sports Business 2018: Politicians, Business Leaders, Decision Makers, And Policy, The Politics Of Sports Business 2019, COVID-19 Edition: The Politics Of Sports Business 2020.

He has been quoted in 25 other books and his words were read into the United States House of Representatives Congressional record: July 14, 2004 - Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eighth Congress, second session.

He was been a columnist with the New York Sun and provided Westwood One Radio with daily commentaries between 1999 and 2006 called "The Business of Sports." He has also appeared on numerous television and radio shows both in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. He has been on msnbc, CN8 and ABCNewsNow.

He has written for The Daily Beast about the politics of the sports and entertainment business and has a daily video podcast called, The Politics of Sports Business.

Evan speaks on the business of politics of sports in colleges and universities as well as on cruise ships around the world.

In 2015, Evan was featured in the movie documentary "Sons of Ben", the story of how a group of fans got a Major League Soccer team in the Philadelphia, PA market.

Evan can be reached at, and @evanjweiner on twitter.

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1987 Sports Beyond the Field
In 1987, I produced a cable TV show called Sports Beyond the Field. I hosted and wrote the questions for the program which featured Bill Daughtry and me. The guest on this particular episode was Lawrence "Larry" Fleisher, the then retiring Executive Director of the National Basketball Players’ Association, Part of the interview from that show made it into the book 25 1/2 years later.

John Vorperian show April 30, 2013
Evan talking about his book, From Peach Baskets to Dance Halls and the Not-so-Stern NBA with John Vorperian

segment two of John Vorperian's Beyond the Game, April 30, 2013
The 1970s and pro basketball and stories from the book

Evan receiving an award
Evan Weiner receiving the Ronald Reagan Award for journalism in Daphne, Alabama from the United States Sports Academy, January 7, 2011. Howard Cosell won the first award at that point I was merely the last.

Evan background
Evan telling film maker Paul Hirschberger about his background in journalism - Feb 07, 2012. Evan is scheduled to be part of Paul's documentary "Touchdown Israel". This is an out take.

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