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NCAA Basketball Pays Off for Everyone But the Players

April 8, 2019

NCAA Basketball Pays Off for Everyone But the Players

The college basketball finals are about to decide the new championship team. Each year the 32 Division I conferences are paid millions by the NCAA based on what teams get into the “March Madness” tournament and how far they advance. Last year’s payout was $216 million. The 2018 tournament television and marketing rights brought in $844.3 million, mostly from TV contracts with CBS and Turner Sports. The TV deal grows annually, and will pull in $8.8 billion in 2024.

The league makes millions. Colleges make millions. Coaches make millions. Players make nothing. For decades, universities have claimed that not paying their ballplayers preserved their “student-athletepurity, something more difficult to rationalize when their hoopsters drop out, leave for the NBA after a year or graduate despite illiteracy.

More recently, the NCAA justified this situation by citing a clause of the 13th Amendment that allows unpaid prison labor. This jaw-dropping argument is compounded when you realize that the purpose of the 13th Amendment was the abolition of slavery in the United States, and Division 1 college athletes are overwhelmingly African American.

The chorus to reform the obvious economic inequity has been joined by Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), whose office has issued a report on the unjust situation. Maybe colleges will end the scholar-athelete sham and get out of bigtime sports altogether, letting the pros run their own development leagues. The NBA has already started their G League as a new entry ramp to the pros.

If you’re horrified that the future of college basketball will be decided by lawyers, know this: lawyers patented basketballs and hoops back in the last century.

More:

“College basketball’s murky swamp of misbehavior,”  George F. Will, Washington Post

Related:

“How Classifying Athletes as Employees Can Save Colleges Money,”  Derek Helling, OZY

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The NBA Wants Gambling. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

November 15, 2014

The NBA Wants Gambling. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver wants betting on professional sports legalized in places other than Las Vegas, and wrote a New York Times op-ed about it. After all, why should the crooks get all that sports book money, $400 billion a year? Besides, nothing could go wrong, except maybe a bit of point shaving and a few dirty referee calls.

So will it happen? Don’t bet on it. It would take an act of Congress, a repeal of the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. And with this do-nothing Congress, odds are surely against it.

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Appeals Court Turns Down Donald Sterling’s Suit to Keep the Clippers

August 14, 2014

Appeals Court Turns Down Donald Sterling's Suit to Keep the Clippers

Donald Sterling’s effort to obtain a stay of the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team was denied by California’s 2nd Court of Appeals. So Steve Ballmer now owns the Clippers, and Donny Sterling will just have to take his $2 billion dollars and go home.

Update:

“Steve Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to focus on L.A. Clippers,” Benjamin Snyder, Fortune

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Donald Sterling, Clipped

May 2, 2014

Donald Sterling, Clipped

“Ball Is in the N.B.A. Owners’ Court,” Harvey Araton, New York Times

“The Clippers, Like Many NBA Teams, Have a Majority-Minority Fan Base,” Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight

“Why Would The NAACP Honor Donald Sterling Anyway?” Karen Grigsby Bates, NPR

“Head of LA NAACP resigns after Donald Sterling scandal,” AP via CBS News

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Tarnished Sterling

April 29, 2014

Tarnished Sterling

“The Non-Sports Fan’s Guide to Donald Sterling,” Jordan Sargent, Gawker

“Your Complete Quotable Guide To Decades Of Donald Sterling’s Racism,” Timothy Burke, Deadspin

“NAACP won’t award Donald Sterling,” Darren Rovell, ESPN.com

“Donald Sterling: Slumlord Billionaire,” Dave Zirin, The Nation

“The NBA’s Ownership Society,” Josh Levin, Slate

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Foul Shooter?

April 3, 2013

Foul Shooter?

Former Washington Wizard Javaris Crittenton has been charged with a handgun murder in Atlanta.The highlight of his time with DC’s NBA team was his misdemeanor gun charge for brandishing illegal firearms in the Wizards locker room after a disputed card game.

More:

“Javaris Crittenton, Ex-Wizards Player formerly involved in Gilbert Arenas Gun Saga, Indicted on Murder, Gang Charges,” Simon Landau, WUSA-9 News

“Bourré-Playing Former Wizards Player Charged With Murder,” Will Sommer, Washington City Paper blog

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Foul Shots, Maestro, Please!

December 19, 2012

Foul Shots, Maestro, Please!

Playwright and film director John Grissmer has written a play about the invention of Basketball by James Naismith in 1891. It’s a musical.

Yago Colás teaches comparative literature,  philosophy, and the Cultures of Basketball at the University of Michigan. He’s reviewed the play:

“Basketball, The Musical,” Yago Colás, The Classical

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Hoopster-In-Chief

November 6, 2012

Hoopster-In-Chief

President Barack Obama played basketball with some pals in Chicago today, his Election Day custom. Thanks to his running dribbling mate, NBA great Scotty Pippen, his team won by 20 points. The election will be much, much closer.
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March Madness, Foreign Policy Edition

March 16, 2012

March Madness, Foreign Policy Edition

The editors of Foreign Policy magazine have prepared their brackets for the annual “Democrats vs. Dictators” March Madness series. Like every season, anything can happen. Just remember those big upsets in last year’s “Arab Spring” round.

“Democrats vs. Dictators: 2012,” Foreign Policy blog

Related:

U.S. Patent No. 6,092,806, “100 Point NCAA Basketball Tournament Prediction Game” (1998).

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Will This Be On The Test?

February 28, 2012

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan got a passing grade during the 2012 Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game last Friday with this behind-the-back pass (video above). The Secretary was co-captain of the Harvard basketball team and played pro ball in Australia. Mr. Duncan scored big — 17 points, 8 rebounds, 5 steals — and led his team of comics, reality stars and old jocks to a 86-54 victory.

Related:

“Team Obama Signs Duncan,” NotionsCapital.com

Hat Tip: Fishbowl DC

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