Alex Wakefield
Alex Wakefield(he/him/his)
Sports Reporter, Phoenix

Alex Wakefield expects to graduate in December 2023 with a master’s degree in sports journalism. Wakefield is a senior reporter for The State Press.

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Numbers game: Experts disagree on economic impact of 2023 Super Bowl in Arizona

PHOENIX – The 2023 Super Bowl Host Committee announced $726.1 million in contributions to Arizona’s Gross Domestic Product that were fueled by Glendale hosting the 2023 Super Bowl. Some economists question those numbers and the true impact of hosting an event of that magnitude.

Economists and experts deliberate on the actual economic repercussions of the 2023 Super Bowl at Glendale's State Farm Stadium. (Photo by Griffin Greenberg/Cronkite News)

Cactus League teams among leading contenders to land free agent jewel Shohei Ohtani

SCOTTSDALE – Shohei Ohtani, the two-way phenom and reigning AL MVP, is headed to free agency. Nobody knows where he’ll end up, but could he play in the Cactus League this spring?

As baseball's 2023 Winter Meetings kick off, the buzz centers on the coveted free agent Shohei Ohtani, who is likely to sign a record-breaking contract. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

‘Sleeping giant’: Through COVID, coaching change, Clark and Matus stay loyal to ASU football

TEMPE – Just five players remain from ASU football’s 2019 team. Through numerous obstacles, they’ve stayed with the program. We explored the motivations behind sticking around.

ASU football players during a game.

Search for solution to stadium looms over Diamondbacks amid miracle playoff run

PHOENIX – The Arizona Diamondbacks are one win away from their second World Series berth. But if the team can’t strike a deal with the city or County soon, their iconic downtown Phoenix location could be in jeopardy.

Safety concerns, maintenance issues and the expiration of the Arizona Diamondbacks' lease at Chase Field in 2027 are casting doubts on the team's long-term future in downtown Phoenix. (Photo by William Wilson/Cronkite News)

Former ASU quarterback Jake Plummer finds healing in magic of mushrooms

TEMPE – Jake Plummer was the star of ASU's 1996 Rose Bowl run, but four years at ASU and 10 years in the NFL took a toll on his body and mind. He has since found recovery in refuge at an unlikely source: mushrooms of many kinds.

Report: 2023 Super Bowl generated $1.3 billion in economic activity for Valley

PHOENIX – The 2023 Super Bowl Host Committee announced at a press conference Wednesday that the game and surrounding events generated $1.3 billion in revenue. Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs said she hopes to see the Valley host more big events.

Handshake between Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill and Arizona gov. Katie Hobbs

Coyotes CEO Xavier Gutierrez ‘still committed to the East Valley’ in ongoing arena search

SCOTTSDALE – Arizona Coyotes CEO Xavier Gutierrez provided an update Tuesday on the Coyotes’ search for a permanent location for their arena. Gutierrez said the team is narrowing its search to multiple East Valley locations and expects a decision by midseason.

Coyotes president Xavier Gutierrez on a panel

‘Absolutely maddening’: NCAA faces backlash from Jake Smith’s mother, Arizona Legislature over eligibility decision

PHOENIX – The NCAA denied the eligibility of ASU wide receiver Jake Smith due to new regulations regarding two-time transfers. Smith’s mother and the Arizona state legislature are both speaking out in his defense.


ASU men’s basketball opener to be streamed exclusively on with Portnoy on the mic

PHOENIX – ASU men’s basketball will open its upcoming season in Chicago at the Barstool Sports Invitational on November 8. The game, played against Mississippi State, will be broadcast exclusively on with Dave Portnoy on the mic

Dave Portnoy broadcasts with Barstool Sports