professional sports

Our guest on ST Medical Monday is journalist and author Larry Olmsted, who tells us about his latest book, "Fans: How Watching Sports Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Understanding." The book cites a wide range of new and recent studies on the topic of sports fandom, thus arguing that the more we root for a given sports team, the better our social, psychological, and physical health is likely to be -- and the more meaningful our personal relationships will be, and the more connected and happier we will feel overall.

In late 2015, Zac Easter, a young man from a small town in Iowa, took his own life. The reason? According to the many journals and detailed writings that Zac left behind, this act of suicide was chosen by Zac because he was unable to continue his long-running battle against worsening traumatic brain injuries -- injuries that stemmed directly from the fact that Zac had been a football player, from third grade through high school.

The pandemic-shortened Major League Baseball season will begin next week, on the 23rd -- and, looking on the bright side, **some** baseball this summer will be much better, of course, than **no** baseball this summer. In that spirit, we listen back to a fine StudioTulsa discussion from August of last year, when our guest was Gaylon White, a former sportswriter for the Denver Post, the Arizona Republic, and the Oklahoma Journal.

Southern Hills Country Club

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma, will host the 2030 PGA Championship. 

The PGA of America made the announcement Tuesday in a news release.

Southern Hills was originally awarded a record fifth PGA Championship in June 2017, but the year had not been determined. 

Andy Watson, photo courtesy of Bull Stock Media

With strict safety protocols in place — and no fans in attendance — the Professional Bull Riders brought live sporting events back to Oklahoma.

Forty-one cowboys competed at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie in a two-day event televised on CBS Sports News. Sean Gleason, PBR's CEO, said that the organization did everything it could to be able to hold the event safely. 

"For 40 days," Gleason said in a video posted to Twitter, "we've been at it 15 hours a day to get to this point where we have a safe and responsible plan to get back to bucking."