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  • MLB’s endless squabble risks the long-term livelihood of the sport

    With Major League Baseball's negotiations continuing to not make any progress, fans' interest in the season and the sport itself continues to go down.
  • Power shifting from coaches to players across college football

    Already, we’ve seen player uprisings at Iowa, Florida State and Oklahoma State. True colors are beginning to matter to college athletes.
  • Kelly Oubre Jr. sitting out return part of Suns’ never-ending disappointment

    It’s fair to wonder what this means for the future of Kelly Oubre Jr. and the Suns, a happy accident that became a Valley phenomenon.
  • MLB’s latest tumble cements Manfred as sports’ worst commissioner

    Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred's latest tumble on Monday furthers his hold as the worst at his job in all professional sports.
  • Larry Fitzgerald takes plunge into stepping out of comfort zone

    Larry Fitzgerald doesn’t make enemies or political statements. He doesn’t polarize the audience, but he spoke out Friday on the death of George Floyd.
  • Cardinals’ Kliff Kingsbury continues saying right things to support players

    Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury has continued to prove he's a player's coach with his recent remarks on the death of George Floyd.
  • Disconnect between MLB, fanbase continues during wait for 2020 season

    Major League Baseball continues to show they do not feel the same way as its fans during the wait for a new season in 2020.
  • Suns given chance to make run they are capable of for play-in playoff spot

    The Phoenix Suns have some ground to make up, but they have a roster that is capable of making some noise and a run for a play-in playoff spot.
  • NFL needs to seize moment, extend apology to Colin Kaepernick

    The National Football League needs to own their past mistakes and extend an olive branch to former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
  • Patrick Peterson promises ‘big year’ that could change his Cardinals legacy

    After some ups and downs the past two seasons, Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson is calling for a dominant season, one he needs for his legacy.
  • NHL’s 24-team playoff format is a gift for the Arizona Coyotes

    The NHL playoff format gives the Arizona Coyotes a fighting chance, which is something they need to have success under owner Alex Meruelo.
  • Coronavirus pandemic putting Major League Baseball’s flaws on full display

    As the 2020 Major League Baseball season remains on hold, discussions about a potential return are revealing the league's flaws.
  • 10 lessons from 10-part doc ‘The Last Dance’ on Michael Jordan’s Bulls

    Dan Bickley presents 10 lessons we can learn from the 10-part documentary "The Last Dance" on Michael Jordan's Bulls.
  • Blake Snell’s obtuse remarks have done damage to MLB players’ union

    Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell remarks saying he won't take a pay cut showed some of the true colors and motives of the players' union.
  • Arizona opens doors to major sports leagues looking to resume

    Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced Tuesday that after Friday, the state will allow major sports leagues to return, something Arizona is a match for.
  • Last thing MLB needs is money disagreement with its players

    MLB players will have to sacrifice money, but the league and the players' union can't afford an ugly fight over it if the season gets close to returning.
  • Forecasting how Arizona Cardinals bounce back with 9-win season

    The Arizona Cardinals' 2020 regular season schedule is out and Dan Bickley has the team down for nine wins next season.
  • MLB, players have chance to step up to save summer’s sports season

    MLB reportedly has a plan and timeline in place to start the 2020 season and doing so would fill the current void in the sports world.
  • Cardinals’ Vance Joseph takes Steve Keim’s place on hot seat

    With the offseason that Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim had, he is no longer on the hot seat, but his defensive coordinator still is.
  • Eno Benjamin is the latest ‘Cardevil’ to go from ASU to the Cardinals

    Eno Benjamin is a kid worth cheering for. ASU and Valley fans already already have. With any luck, we’re only getting started as he joins the Cardinals.
Dan Bickley bio
Dan Bickley is the most influential sports media member in Arizona sports history, having spent over 20 years as the award-winning lead sports columnist for The Arizona Republic and and almost two decades as a Valley sports radio talk show host. In spring 2018, Bickley made the decision to leave the newspaper to join the Arizona Sports team as host of the entertaining and informative midday show Bickley and Marotta, as well as bring his opinionated and provocative column exclusively to
Bickley’s journalism career began in his hometown of Chicago, where he was part of a star-studded staff at the Chicago Sun-Times. He chronicled Michael Jordan’s six NBA championships; covered the Olympics in eight different countries and attended 14 Super Bowls; spent three weeks in an Indianapolis courthouse writing about Mike Tyson’s rape trial; and once left his laptop in an Edmonton bar after the Blackhawks reached the Stanley Cup Finals.
He has won multiple awards, written two books, formed a rock band, fathered three children, and once turned down an offer to work at the New York Times.  His passions include sports, music, the alphabet, good beer and great radio. After joining Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, he couldn’t be happier