Episode 152, with guests Kostya Kennedy of Sports Illustrated and Sandy Montag of IMG

Kostya Kennedy and Sandy Montag are our guests this week.
Guest host this week: Steve Silverman
Show produced by Katherine Caperton.
Original Air Date: May 25, 2014 on SiriusXM “POTUS” Channel 124.
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As we head into Memorial Day weekend, President Obama finds himself embroiled in controversy over the VA’s handling of medical care for Veterans. He veered away from the topic in a way that presidents have done in the past, turning to sports heroes and the healing power of the games we watch and play. He greeted the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks at the White House Wednesday and visited the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York on Thursday. On this episode of PoliOptics, We’ll explore the increasingly close connections between the sports and issues impacting our society with our guests, Sandy Montag of IMG, and Kostya Kennedy of Sports Illustrated, author of Pete Rose: An American Dilemma.

Montag, who represents Bob Costas, John Madden, Ari Fleisher and Peyton Manning, discusses the connection between politics and sports, including his cold call to Ari Fleisher before he left the White House, and the impact of Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted to play in the NFL.

Kennedy discusses the politics of the Rose legacy, President Obama’s visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and the Adam Silver/Donald Sterling face-off.

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