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Curt Flood HBO Documentary Premieres July 13

Curt Flood, whose pioneering fight against baseball’s reserve clause paved the way for the advent of free agency in the 1970s, is the subject of a 90-minute HBO documentary that will premiere July 13 at 9 p.m. ET.

The Curious Case of Curt Flood will examine his on-the-field accomplishments (three-time All-Star, seven-time Gold Glove winner, three-time World Series participant).

However, Curt Flood’s legacy has little to do with his on-field accomplishments. His biggest contribution was paving the way for modern free agency. After being traded from the Cardinals to Philadelphia Phillies in 1969, Flood refused to report to his new team, challenging the reserve clause that bound a player to a team in perpetuity.

The Supreme Court case that ultimately ensued would not end favorably for Flood, who sat out the entire 1970 season as his case moved through the judicial system. While he received little support from influential active players at the time, Flood’s actions brought valuable attention to the slave-like provisions of baseball’s reserve clause. Today, he is remembered as the man whose courage and sacrifice turned even major league bench players into millionaires.

Among the interviewees are Flood’s widow, his daughter, his sister, his friends, and former teammates and fellow players including Bob Gibson, Joe Torre and Tim McCarver. Flood was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1996 and passed away in 1997.

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Carmelo Anthony Visits Conan Prior To Knicks Trade

Hours before Carmelo Anthony was traded to the New York Knicks, the forward paid a visit to Conan.

As expected, the interview is awkward at times but Conan O’Brien saves it at the end with the custom jersey he’s created for Anthony.

Why the NFL Will Never Be the World's Game

One more NFL story before we call it a West Coast day.

Sportsnewser friend Simon Evans, a Reuters columnist who lives in Miami but hails from England, offers his thoughts on why the NFL has struggled to breakthrough in Europe. (And it’s not just because they keep sending craptastic football games to London.)

The crux of his argument:

In the early 1990s American sports executives knew that there was potential in the technological, economic and cultural forces of modern globalization to spread professional sports outside of their traditional markets – the NFL and the NBA and to a lesser extent the NHL and Major League Baseball have all tried to exploit overseas markets with varying degrees of success. But what those executives didn’t expect was the boomerang effect – while they have been trying to sell basketball in Beijing and gridiron in Great Britain, soccer has snuck in America’s backdoor while American capital has been put into English clubs Manchester United, Aston Villa and Liverpool.

He has a point. NFL Europa was a miserable failure. The hype that the Super Bowl is “the greatest show on Earth”? Read more

Jim Nantz Guest-Hosting B&C HOF

CBS Sports anchor Jim Nantz will serve as a special guest-host during the 2010 Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame ceremony, joining MC Regis Philbin. Nantz and Philbin will be presenting awards to 10 inductees, as well as NBC’s “Today,” which is the TV show being inducted this year. Among the inductees is CBS News & Sports president Sean McManus.