Tonight on The Independents: Steroids, Concussions, Stadium Subsidies, College Compensation, Title IX, and How Sports Makes Society Weirder and More Fun!


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Tonight at 9 pm ET, and then repeated again at midnight, Fox Business Network's The Independents will be devoting its Friday-magazine episode to one of the nation's most entertaining subjects—except when it mixes with politics. That's right, we're talkin' about sports!

First up is the terrific Yahoo! baseball writer Jeff Passan, who explains why his inaugural Hall of Fame ballot this year will include (in Kennedy's phrasing) some "pumpkin heads"–players widely associated with using performance-enhancing drugs. Following that, former tailback great Ricky Watters describes in moving detail why he has joined the crusade against concussions in the NFL.

Throw it down, big man, throw it down! |||

Also: Economist J.C. Bradbury discusses the curious persistence of stadium welfare in the face of overwhelming evidence that the stuff never pays off; libertarian legal genius Richard Epstein makes the case against the women-in-college-athletics provisions of Title IX, the co-hosts yell at each other a lot about compensating college athletes, and there is a lively discussion at the end that touches on gay NBAer Jason Collins, Jackie Robinson, and Bill Walton's weed habits.

Practice? This show counts!