'Expert Opinion' examines gambling, rankings and basketball issues

November 30, 2009

In upcoming editions of "Expert Opinion with Graham Spanier," the host and his guests take a look at three controversies in sports: gambling, college football rankings and the crisis in men's basketball.

In the "Sports Gambling" show, which debuts Friday, Dec. 4 on the Big Ten Network, Penn State President Graham Spanier and his guests discuss the economic and social implications that gambling has on sports, athletes and the public at large. Experts on the show are Keith Whyte, executive director of the National Council on Problem Gambling; Randy Sealby, a former college and NFL football player and a special agent with the FBI who led the Northwestern point-shaving case investigation; and Mike Ryan, a former problem gambler.

The sports gambling edition of "Expert Opinion" debuts at 10 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, Dec. 4, and is scheduled to re-air at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, and 11 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14. Watch a preview at /video/171827/2013/02/09/video-no-title online.

The second show tackles the topic of the current college football rankings system, its impact, significance, fairness and accuracy. Spanier, the show's host, sits on the presidential oversight committee of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS). He welcomes to the show Barry Alvarez, athletic director at the University of Wisconsin; Steve Hatchell, president and CEO of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, formerly Big 12 Commissioner and executive director of the Orange Bowl; and Malcolm Moran, director of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism at Penn State and the University's Knight Chair in Sports Journalism and Society.

The "College Football Rankings" edition of the show debuts at 11 p.m. Dec. 4, immediately following the show's "Sports Gambling" edition. The football rankings show is scheduled to re-air at 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, and 11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18. Watch a preview of the football rankings show here.

The last new "Expert Opinion" show of 2009 holds court on the controversy hovering over men's college basketball. Does men's hoops have more behind-the-scenes troubles than any other college sport? Discussing the issue are Kevin Lennon, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) vice president for academic and membership affairs; Dennis Felton, former head basketball coach at the University of Georgia and Western Kentucky University; and Kevin Weiberg, CEO of iHoops, the official youth basketball initiative of the NCAA and NBA. Host Spanier chaired the NCAA Division I Board of Directors from 1997 to 2001.

"The Crisis in Men's Basketball" edition of "Expert Opinion" debuts on the Big Ten Network at midnight Eastern time on Monday, Dec. 7, with re-air dates scheduled for 11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, and 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18. Watch a preview of the show here.

Catch previous editions of "Expert Opinion" throughout the month of December on the Big Ten Network. "The College Student As Athlete" is scheduled to air Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 1 a.m. Eastern time. Scheduled for midnight Monday, Dec. 14, is "The Selling of College Sports." Two shows are scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 16 -- at 1 a.m. is "Life after the NCAA" and at 9 a.m., "Impact of New Media" is scheduled to air. All show times listed are Eastern time; check local listings.

Watch the full version of the show's edition of "The Arms Race in College Sports," which aired originally on Thursday, July 9, on the Big Ten Network, at /video/171833/2013/02/09/video-no-title online. Read more about that show here.

  • 'Expert Opinion' panelists (from left) Keith Whyte of the National Council on Problem Gambling, FBI special agent Randy Sealby and former problem gambler Mike Ryan join show host Graham Spanier on the 'Sports Gambling' edition of the show, debuting Dec. 4 on the Big Ten Network. Click on the image above to watch a preview.

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