Posts Tagged ‘sports’

Supreme Court May Dunk on NCAA

September 22, 2021

Supreme Court May Dunk on NCAA

The Supreme Court will begin hearing cases again on October 4th, the first Monday in October, while 2021 NCAA fall sports seasons are well under way. A spring SCOTUS opinion by Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh suggests the court and the “amateur sports” monopoly may have a showdown before June.

“Nowhere else in America can businesses get away with agreeing not to pay their workers a fair market rate on the theory that their product is defined by not paying their workers a fair market rate,” Kavanaugh wrote. “And under ordinary principles of antitrust law, it is not evident why college sports should be any different. The NCAA is not above the law.”

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How US college sport became an $8bn inequity racket. And why it may fall,” Bryan Armen Graham, The Guardian

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Stealing Homes: Dodger Stadium’s Dark Legacy

July 28, 2021

Dodger Stadium opened in the Chavez Ravine area of Los Angeles in 1962. Before that, the area was home to the Mexican-American communities of La Loma, Palo Verde, and Bishop. People lived there. A Vox video by Ranjani Chakraborty and Melissa Hirsch.

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Professional Disc Golf

June 30, 2021

Paul McBeth, the world’s top-ranked disc golfer, has become the richest athlete in the sport’s history after signing a record $10m endorsement contract with Discraft to represent the manufacturer through 2031.”

— “Driving ambition: Pro disc golfer Paul McBeth signs unprecedented $10m deal,” The Guardian [links added]

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Cricket, explained for Americans.

June 24, 2021

Cricket: how the confusing sport became so popular, and its attempts to become more accessible, entertaining and profitable. A Vox/Netflix video.

Cricket glossary (Wikipedia)

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Baseball: Negro League Stars

June 14, 2021

Between 1920 and 1948, when baseball’s Major Leagues were segregated, some 3,400 players competed in the Negro Leagues. Neil Paine introduces some Negro League stars who should be household names.

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Skateboard Moves

February 10, 2021

Isamu Yamamoto (Yamamoto Isamu 山本 勇), world Freestyle skateboarding champion, skates like nobody else.

Isamu Yamamoto

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Sports: US national anthem protest, 1968

February 8, 2021

Colin Kaepernick was not the first sports figure to protest America’s failure to live up to its founding principles. Tommie Smith and John Carlos did so at the Olympics in 1968, and were expelled from the Games by U.S. officials. A Vox video.

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Move Over Babe, Here Comes Henry

January 23, 2021

“Move Over Babe (Here Comes Henry),” written by Bill Slayback and Ernie Harwell, recorded by Bill Slayback, 1973. The song commemorates Atlanta baseball player Hank Aaron, who broke Babe Ruth’s 714 home run career record. With Hank Aaron’s death, the title sounds like a seating change in baseball heaven.

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“Babe Ruth’s record was a mythical monument of white superiority. Hank Aaron tore it down.” Kevin B. Blackistone, Washington Post

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Golf Loser: PGA Scratches Trump Course for 2022 Championship

January 12, 2021

Golf Loser: PGA Scratches Trump Course for 2022 Championship

The PGA announced Sunday that it would not hold its 2022 Championship at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster, in New Jersey. The move will certainly be seen as politically motivated by some, but it’s simple economics: it’s about sponsorship. What corporation would want its name and reputation linked with Trump after a violent mob acting in his name attacked the U.S. Capitol and killed a police officer?

The famously litigious Trump will no doubt sue, but the PGA’s lawyers are certainly more capable than, say, Trump golf buddy and attorney Rudy Giuliani.

This hits notorious golf cheat Trump where he lives. Golf is a central part of his self-identity, not just his portfolio. To make matters worse, Trump got shafted by a Florida neighbor. PGA HQ is in Palm Beach Gardens, a 17-mile drive from Mar-a-Lago.

In other sports news, the UK’s Royal and Ancient Golf Club (R&A) said on Monday that it will not hold the British Open or any other major tournaments at Trump Turnberry in Scotland as long as that orange-faced American owns the property.

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“PGA Championship leaving Trump National in ’22 tournament,” Doug Ferguson, Associated Press

“PGA of America votes to move 2022 PGA Championship from Trump Bedminster golf club,” Kyle Porter, CBS Sports

“R&A has no plans for British Open at Trump Turnberry in Scotland,” Jason Lusk, Golfweek

“PGA strips Trump-owned golf course of 2022 championship,” Rebecca Falconer, Axios

“The Trump Reckoning Spreads to the Golf World,” Matt Stieb, New York Magazine

“Trump is reportedly more upset about his club not hosting a golf tournament than he is about likely being impeached for a 2nd time,” Oma Seddiq, Business Insider

“An Urgent Reckoning for the Trump Brand After US Capitol Attack,” Eric Lipton, Ben Protess and Steve Eder, New York Times

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“Trump kicks his golf ball back on the course so much that caddies have nicknamed him ‘Pelé,'” Jeva Lange, The Week

“The Serial Golf Cheat in the White House,” John Cassidy, The New Yorker

“Business grows skittish about Trump and GOP after riots,” Josh Boak, Brian Slodysko, and Tom Krisher, Associated Press

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The White House Plays Tennis While Disease Ravages America

December 8, 2020

The White House Plays Tennis While Disease Ravages America
While nearly 300,000 Americans lie dead from COVID-19, Melania Trump has completed a tennis pavilion at the White House, perhaps as a parting homage to Louis XIV. Maybe tennis will lure her husband back from his private golf course in Virginia during the waning days of his pestilential presidency.

Mrs. Trump dedicated her tennis pavilion yesterday, on Pearl Harbor Day, a date when Americans remember the 2,403 who died in that 1941 attack. About the same number of Americans are now dying each day from coronavirus, due to the Trump administration’s criminal failure of leadership.

Tennis, anyone? Better wear a mask.

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“First Lady Proudly Unveils White House Tennis Pavilion—as U.S. COVID Deaths Near 300K,” Arya Hodjat, Daily Beast

“Melania Trump faces backlash after revealing new White House tennis pavilion,” Kenya Evelyn, The Guardian

“Melania Trump’s Tennis Pavilion Announcement Brings Outrage: ‘How Many ICU Beds Will It Hold?'” Matthew Impelli, Newsweek

“‘Melania Antoinette’: First lady faces backlash after unveiling tennis pavilion at the White House,” The Telegraph via Yahoo News

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“The number of COVID-19 deaths reported in the US nearly every day last week was higher than the death toll for the attack on Pearl Harbor,” Ryan Pickrell, Yahoo News

“The infamy of Japan’s attack at Pearl Harbor pales compared to what’s going on now.” Neil Steinberg, Chicago Sun Times

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