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  • 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.
  • The winners of sports’ hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Dan Bickley shares who he believes were the biggest winners during the break for sports during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Record rounds from PGA Tour forecast change in fanless sports

    With the PGA Tour showing how much can change without fans around, what else could potentially be different in other sports?
  • MLB has chance to square up future in shortened season

    Thanks to a pandemic, MLB will return with 60-game season that can take the slow-roll out of baseball. Marathoners will be forced to embrace the sprint.
  • 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.
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