Monthly Archives: February 2015

Markham still won’t release full economic impact studies on now-dead NHL arena project

By Neil deMauseField of Schemes

fieldofschemes-BurnsRatner(Feb. 9) – Plans for an NHL arena in the Toronto suburb of Markham are long since dead, but the battle over them goes on: In the latest, the former head of the Markham Village Ratepayers Association, who in 2012 filed a freedom of information request for the economic impact studies conducted by the city for the arena, and who since then has been elected to the Markham city council, is trying to pass a bill to get the full reports released. But it’s not going that well:

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More on NFL’s suspect concern for possibly concussed player

“Dr. Charles Tator, a Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto who has been outspoken on the subject of pro sports and concussions, said questions remain with Edelman and NFL concussion data…. Edelman may end up suing the team if he develops complications from the Super Bowl.” MARK ZWOLINSKI

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Winning is everything: ‘World champions’ used possibly concussed player

Did the New England Patriots cheat to win the Super Bowl? Julian Edelman stayed in Super Bowl despite concussion concerns – took a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit early in the fourth quarter, got up and tried to extend the play.

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane (20) is tackled by New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) after intercepting New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during the first half of NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. Edelman was later hit in the game and looked like he was suffering from a concussion.

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane (20) is tackled by New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) after intercepting New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during the first half of NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. Edelman was later hit in the game and looked like he was suffering from a concussion. | KATHY WILLENS / AP

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American exceptionalism: Ussians proclaim football game between 2 US cities “world championship”

Hoisting the Super Bowl trophy aloft, billionaire owner Robert Kraft euphorically proclaimed his New England Pariots “world champions” for defeating the Seattle Seahawks 28-24. Boston TV Channel 7 followed this hyperbole by proclaiming it “the greatest Super Bowl in history,” and even plugged the team as an “underdog.” No other country in the world plays football US-style. (Canadian football, though heavily Americanized, is derived from rugby.) Furthermore, openly alluding to the tragic terrorist attack of 9/11, Kraft played on the name “patriot,” as if his entertainment monopoly possessed “American values” emblematic of what is best in the USA. Kraft now has a net worth of $4 billion dollars and is the eighth richest owner in the NFL, Seattle is owned by Paul Allen, the Microsoft co-founder and worth about $17 billion, by far the richest in the league. Would Kraft shower praise on every other country in the world that does not play “football” in the US style of these “underdogs”? This corruption and chauvinism of American sport as exceptional is rampant and unexceptional.

It is worth remembering that, during the euphoric celebrations in the streets of Boston, when the Red Sox won the baseball “World Series” for the first time in history, the police shot and killed with  lethal rubber bullet, a young woman participating in a street celebration, in the name of maintaining “law and order.” Given the police shootings throughout the USA, a sport in which the USA has undeniable world supremacy, Bostonians foolishly planning to celebrate the latest “world championship” should watch out for their lives!

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NFL: A sports cartel without balls or integrity

By TONY SEED

USdollarsHalvedExempt from the rule of law by U.S. federal legislation, the powerful sports cartels rule their domain by exception. Once again the US National Football League (NFL) is investigating itself for dirty tricks. The articulate Seattle player, Richard Sherman, denounced it openly, i.e., without fear of fine, declaring that “it looks like a conflict of interest.”

For the past three years, the NFL has faced one “moral crisis” after the other involving organized fraud, collusion, violence and cheating of the health and safety of its players, constituting a credibility crisis that is part and parcel of the overall crisis of the American economic and political system and its institutions, with economic crisis at the base.

The latest crisis: Did the New England Patriots intentionally deflate the footballs used in the first half in the AFC Championship game on January 18 to gain an unfair competitive advantage? Continue reading

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NFL: The rinky dink sports cartel – an unacknowledged scandal

Super-Bowl-X-blog480The crisis called “deflategate” and the media diversion around it has helped conceal another scandal in the US National Football League (NFL). On January 18, Seattle Seahawks beat the Green Bay Packers in the semi final in the west to advance to the NFL’s self-styled “world championship.” It was played the same day as the controversial New England Patriots-Indianapolis Colts game that gave rise to the “deflategate” controversy. The game, dominated by Green Bay, ended in a tie, due to a remarkable comeback by Seattle. That meant overtime. The game was decided in part by the flip of a coin.

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