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US sports monopolies and the 2016 presidential election (1)

An overall inside view of Raymond James Stadium November 11, 2013 in Tampa, Fla. before an NFL game between the Miami Dolphins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The promotion was nationally televised on Monday Night Football. 50,000 cards were provided to fans by USAA, the official military appreciation sponsor of the NFL | David Drapkin/AP images for USAA)

An overall inside view of Raymond James Stadium November 11, 2013 in Tampa, Fla. before an NFL game between the Miami Dolphins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The promotion was nationally televised on Monday Night Football. 50,000 cards were provided to fans by USAA, the official military appreciation sponsor of the NFL | David Drapkin/AP images for USAA)

Let an athlete express a progressive political view, and the media goes into hysterics to marginalize him. For the owners, however, it is viewed as routine: business as usual, as the following article demonstrates, itemizing how major owners are donating money to Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and others. Continue reading

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NFL’s flawed concussion research and ties to tobacco Industry

Illustration by Sam Manchester/The NYT; Photographs by AP and The NYT

By Alan SchwarzWalt Bogdanich and Jacqueline Williams

(March 24) – The National Football League was on the clock.

With several of its marquee players retiring early after a cascade of frightening concussions, the league formed a committee in 1994 that would ultimately issue a succession of research papers playing down the danger of head injuries. Amid criticism of the committee’s work, physicians brought in later to continue the research said the papers had relied on faulty analysis.

Now, an investigation by The New York Times has found that the N.F.L.’s concussion research was far more flawed than previously known. Continue reading

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A world of sports worth fighting for

Who decides? Athletics are far too important to leave to greedy capitalists, monopolies and cartels. To reclaim sports as a right, people need to empower themselves politically. – TS

Nihaveli Beach Road, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka. Photo by Tony Seed (Click to enlarge)

Street cricket: youth playing their sport. Nilaveli Beach Road, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka. Photo by Tony Seed (Click to enlarge)

DAVE ZIRIN*

(March 23) – I love sports, but I hate so much of what sports have become. Playing sports should be an opportunity, especially for children, to exercise, make friends and, heaven forbid, have fun. As for the pro leagues, they have been and always will be a business first and foremost, but they should also be a sweet escape after a tough day—instead of something that makes you feel used and even dirty about enjoying.

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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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‘It’s also a job’: Former minor leaguers suing MLB over paltry wages, often below poverty level

In this June 3, 2007, file photo, US college player Aaron Senne of Missouri rounds second base after hitting a solo home run in an NCAA Regional baseball game. Senne and former minor-league players in each of the 30 Major League Baseball monopolies including Toronto Blue Jays are suing the MLB cartel, alleging violations of federal wage and overtime laws in a case some legal observers suggest has significant merit. | AP Photo/L.G. Patterson

In this June 3, 2007, file photo, US college player Aaron Senne of Missouri rounds second base after hitting a solo home run in an NCAA Regional baseball game. Senne and former minor-league players in each of the 30 Major League Baseball monopolies including Toronto Blue Jays are suing the MLB cartel, alleging violations of federal wage and overtime laws in a case some legal observers suggest has significant merit. | AP Photo/L.G. Patterson

Alan Scher Zagier, Associated Press | July 10| ST. LOUIS — Like many young baseball players, Aaron Senne dreamed of fame and fortune when he signed his first contract as a Miami Marlins’ draft choice after a record-breaking college career at Missouri.

Reality as a low-level minor leaguer was far different: vending machine dinners, bug-infested apartments and a paltry salary with an equivalent hourly wage less than what fast-food workers make.

Senne and former minor league players in each of the 30 big league organizations are suing Major League Baseball, alleging violations of federal wage and overtime laws in a case some legal observers suggest has significant merit. They are seeking class-action status on behalf of the estimated 6,000 ballplayers who toil each summer in outposts stretching from Bluefield, Virginia, to Bakersfield, California, as well as an unspecified amount of back pay. Continue reading

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Sochi 2014: Respect for one’s opponent in sport (2)

juegos-olimpicos-de-Invierno-2014Mike Babcock’s rant: “And the other thing that happens for the NHL player, and probably for you in the media, is the respect you have for the opposition.” Welcome to the G-20 Winter Games and the Harper agenda for a “new patriotism.” | TONY SEED* Continue reading

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US college football players seek union representation

Athletes stand up against multi-billion dollar sports cartel

EPSN (Jan. 28) – For the first time in the history of college sports, athletes are asking to be represented by a labor union, taking formal steps on Tuesday to begin the process of being recognized as employees, EPSN’s “Outside The Lines” has learned. Continue reading

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