Freakonomics For The Derby: I'm Steven Levitt. Let's Talk Horses.

Steven Levitt is one of the authors of Freakonomics and a professor of economics at the University of Chicago. He's also something of a railbird and an adviser to Derby Jackpot, a legal online horse betting website. Dive into the discussion below and ask him about handicapping tomorrow's Kentucky Derby (or about » 5/01/14 1:01pm 5/01/14 1:01pm

What It's Like To Cover Screwed-Up, Despotic NFL Franchises

We're joined by the Washington Post's Redskins reporter Kent Babb. He also authored "Arrowhead Anxiety," which blew the lid off the Chiefs' front-office dysfunction, so he's uniquely equipped to discuss directionless football teams. Ask him anything you want in the comments below, and he'll try to answer before Tony… » 1/14/14 1:00pm 1/14/14 1:00pm

Alex Gibney And Betsy Andreu Are Here To Talk About The Armstrong Lie

Documentarian Alex Gibney, director of the Oscar-winning Taxi to the Dark Side, has spent his career making films about corruption and the abuse of power. The project that eventually became The Armstrong Lie wasn't necessarily meant to be one of them. What had initially been a story about Armstrong's 2009 comeback,… » 11/13/13 12:05pm 11/13/13 12:05pm

Reporter Alan Schwarz Changed The NFL; He's Here To Talk Concussions

We're joined now by New York Times enterprise reporter Alan Schwarz. Best known for his groundbreaking work on football's concussion crisis, he also wrote a terrific history of the role of statistics in baseball, and is a regular recipient of warm holiday greetings from Roger Goodell. Have questions for him about … » 10/08/13 4:57pm 10/08/13 4:57pm

Is Everything You Know About Soccer Wrong? Ask David Sally

We're joined now by David Sally, co-author with Chris Anderson of The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Soccer Is Wrong. It's an argument for the power of analytics in soccer that's full of surprising conclusions about issues like the value of a goal scored relative to that of one saved, whether there's a… » 9/12/13 2:00pm 9/12/13 2:00pm

The 10,000-Hours Rule, And Other Myths: Live Chat With David Epstein

We're joined now by David Epstein, a former senior writer for Sports Illustrated who's just been hired by Pro Publica to be an investigative reporter. Epstein is the author of The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance, which was recently published by Current. Among other things, the… » 8/12/13 2:30pm 8/12/13 2:30pm

Got Questions About Gambling And The Mob? Ask A Bookie.

Joe Campanella is a real-life member of the Roslindale crew, one of the three biggest sports-betting syndicates on the streets of greater Boston. He's also one of the stars of Saint Hoods, a Discovery Channel docu-series that airs Friday nights at 10 (EDT). Campanella joins us now to take questions about being a… » 8/09/13 2:00pm 8/09/13 2:00pm

How I Broke The Biogenesis Story: A Chat With The Man Who Scooped MLB

We're joined by Tim Elfrink, managing editor at the Miami New Times and the man who first uncovered one of the biggest scandals in baseball history. Ask him how the story came together, what he thinks of MLB's investigation, the state of alt-weeklies, and anything else that comes to mind. » 8/07/13 2:00pm 8/07/13 2:00pm

How (And Why) To Defend A-Rod: A Live Chat With Sports Law Experts

Any day/hour/minute now we'll find out just how long Alex Rodriguez and his smaller-antlered ilk will be on Bud Selig's wall. While we wait, we've assembled a group of sports law experts to mount a defense of A-Rod, explain the potential outcomes based on the various modes of punishment available, and answer any… » 8/02/13 2:30pm 8/02/13 2:30pm

ESPN's Nate Silver Is Here To Answer Your Questions

Last week, Nate Silver, the statistician who became famous (and stupidly infamous) for his political forecasting, bolted The New York Times for ESPN. Curious how he'll fit in at a company dedicated to producing more noise than signal? Wondering how it felt getting tossed under the bus somewhere along Eighth Avenue?… » 7/29/13 2:01pm 7/29/13 2:01pm

What Can You Learn From The Carolina Panthers' Leaked Financials? Ask A…

There's still a lot to unpack in the Carolina Panthers' financial statement, which we published Thursday. That document showed the team bringing in $112 million in operating profit over a recent two-year period, one that saw owner Jerry Richardson pleading hardship on behalf of his fellow NFL plutocrats before the… » 3/08/13 11:00am 3/08/13 11:00am