Episode 11. The GOAT Sports Showman of the 20th Century

With the evolution of sports, sports broadcasting and the ever-crazier sums of money associated with sports in the 20th century, entertainment became synonymous with the games themselves. And few entrepreneurial sorts were more imaginative in delivering entertaining sports product that Johnny F. Bassett.

On this episode of Truly The GOATs, we discuss the P.T. Barnum of 20th-century sports with Denis Crawford, author of the biography The Life and Teams of Johnny F. Bassett. Can someone who never played a single minute of professional sports be considered one of the most influential forces in recent sports history? Denis makes the case for a maverick who took on Canadian politicians, America’s biggest leagues and, inevitably, Donald J. Trump…

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Excerpts from The Life and Teams of Johnny F. Bassett were used by permission of McFarland Publishing

Music used in this episode includes “Rare Bird” by Tab and Anitek; “Acquisition” and “Outlandish” by Anitek; and “Spy” by Eddy. Used with Attribution Noncommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License via FreeMusicArchive.org.