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  • NBA flourishing without fans in attendance in thrilling bubble playoffs

    Dan Bickley gives his thoughts on the NBA's restart and the top storylines to come from a very successful month of games.
  • Diamondbacks’ trade deadline takes unfamiliar turn to sell, sell, sell

    General manager Mike Hazen has a trademark style to teambuilding, and that was hard to recognize inside the D-backs' 2020 trade deadline moves.
  • NBA players’ boycott of Wednesday’s games is a breathtaking step

    Wednesday's boycott is a bold step from those who work in the toy department of life, where athletes have long been counseled to stick to sports.
  • Behind the scenes of Suns chaos ending in drafting Ayton over Doncic

    Dan Bickley reports on a hectic year in the Phoenix Suns organization and front office that ended in the decision to pass on Luka Doncic.
  • Cardinals camp a different place in COVID-era NFL preseason

    Welcome to a football bunker. The Cardinals look right at home. There are no fans. Fake noise fills up State Farm stadium. It sounds like football.
  • August has been rough stretch for sports world during a pandemic

    Dan Bickley has had a rough go of it during the pandemic and some of the sports world's tough stories in August haven't helped.
  • Fanless experience looms for Cardinals home games, Phoenix Open

    There will be an aura missing at Arizona Cardinals home games when there isn't an emphatic crowd reaction to a big catch by Larry Fitzgerald.
  • After magic at Disney, Phoenix Suns must end playoff drought the hard way

    The Suns return home with the consolation prize. They were the only team that went unbeaten in a bubble. Now it’s time to raise the standards.
  • ASU, Pac-12 doing right thing in time of reckoning for college football

    ASU hit the right notes in defending the Pac-12's decision to delay college football. It helps that Arizona State isn't a college football powerhouse.
  • Suns’ Deandre Ayton has no excuse for missed COVID-19 test

    Suns center Deandre Ayton sabotaged the season with a 25-game suspension. He nearly did it again with a missed COVID-19 test inside the bubble.
  • Coyotes propelled as an organization by advancing in postseason

    The Arizona Coyotes' 3-1 series victory over the Nashville Predators was a needed boost for an organization that has been through a whole lot.
  • Suns’ Devin Booker cemented as NBA superstar following game-winner

    Dan Bickley writes that Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker has cemented himself as an NBA superstar following his game-winning buzzer-beater on Tuesday.
  • Suns’ biggest moment in years comes Tuesday against Clippers

    The Phoenix Suns are playing meaningful basketball games again, and the biggest one yet comes Tuesday against the Clippers.
  • Early Territorial Cup matchup brings uncharted waters for fans, teams

    The Pac-12 announced its revamped conference-only football schedule for 2020, with the Arizona Wildcats and ASU Sun Devils set to face off in Week 1.
  • D-backs’ slow start as mystifying as empty Chase Field for home opener

    The Arizona Diamondbacks' 2-5 start has underwhelmed, and the way they've been losing was similar to the experience of a game at Chase Field with no fans.
  • The understandable yearly tradition of NFL player disdain for Madden ratings

    Every year, NFL players get upset about their ratings on the Madden video game franchise, and it's understandable when you really think about it.
  • College football season in serious jeopardy with no clear solution

    The 2020 college football season is trending in all the wrong directions as the coronavirus pandemic continues across the country.
  • The odd experience of D-backs baseball in Chase Field with no fans

    The Arizona Diamondbacks have started summer camp at Chase Field, getting everyone used to a baseball season likely without fans.
  • Will NFL step up, ensure 2020 season has everything it needs?

    The National Football League cannot cut corners and needs to give its players everything they need for the upcoming 2020 season.
  • Suns head to Orlando with old, new questions hanging over them

    The Phoenix Suns are off to Orlando Tuesday, at least most of their team is, as general manager James Jones said some players will travel at a later date.
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 AZCentral.com 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 ArizonaSports.com.
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