While the Canadian sports media was mute, a US journalist detailed the corrupt acts of Alan Eagleson, the head of the NHL players’ union – a former Tory Party president – laying the groundwork for successful prosecutions in the United States and Canada. One of the most important conclusions, although not dealt with in this article by RICHARD SANDOMIR of The New York Times, is how easily the media back then was fooled by so many spinmeisters like Eagleson. As today, there was no shortage of journalists reporting that everything was hunky-dory in the NHL.
The sportswriter Russ Conway in 1999 after learning that he would be receiving the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for his reporting on the head of the N.H.L. players’ union | Carl Russo
By DAVID LEONHARDT*
Basketball is more fun to watch when a gym is closer to full than empty. High school games can feel electric with only a few hundred people in attendance. Pro games can feel depressing with thousands in the arena if there are more empty seats than full ones.
So I was excited when the Washington Mystics, my local W.N.B.A. team, recently moved to a new, smaller arena. Women’s basketball doesn’t draw as many fans as men’s basketball and can feel subdued in a cavernous N.B.A. arena. But the Mystics have a devoted, diverse group of fans — maybe the most racially diverse fan base I’ve ever seen — and moving to their new 4,200-seat arena in Southeast Washington was a great idea. Continue reading
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According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, MLB wants to make life even harder on international amateur free agents by implementing an international draft in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
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The modern US plantation – The shameful state of college sports without integrity, dignity or sportsmanship and with student athletes exploited as cannon fodder: US Black schools paid to take a whipping. Small schools are unable to properly fund their athletic teams without sending their football and basketball teams out for a complete humiliation while risking injury. | JOE NOCERA
South Carolina State players during a guarantee game at No. 5 Clemson on Saturday. With the Bulldogs down, 45-0, at the half, the teams’ coaches agreed to shorten the quarters in the second half by three minutes each. The final score was 59-0, and South Carolina State received a $300,000 payout | Melissa Golden for The New York Times
CLEMSON, S.C. (Sept. 18) — Clemson played South Carolina State in college football on Saturday. Both universities field Division I teams, and that is pretty much where the similarities end in terms of athletics.
The No. 5 Tigers have an $83.5 million athletic budget, which includes six strength and conditioning coaches, and chartered jets for some road games. South Carolina State, a historically black school, has an athletic budget of a little more than $9 million and just one strength coach. It travels to games on a bus. Continue reading
The Hillsborough disaster was a human crush at Hillsborough football stadium in Sheffield, England, on 15 April 1989; with 96 dead and 766 injured it is the worst disaster in British sporting history. The victims were overwhelmingly from the working class.
By TONY SEED
Exempt 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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(Jan 2) – The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed FC Barcelona’s transfer ban appeal and confirmed that the club has breached the rules regarding protection of minors. The verdict may be a step against the use of underage footballers.
In 2012, an unsuccessful attempt was initiated to launch a Canadian Hockey League Players Association (CHLPA) to restrict the exploitation of youth by private capital. It was amazing how quickly the powerful sports media, which is tied hand-in-glove with professional hockey and the big telecom interests, admitted to “abuses” while suffocating the organizers with a barrage of innuendo. RYAN LUNN reports on a new initiative to defend the rights of young athletes. Continue reading