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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This article, first published on February 21, 2014 during the Sochi Winter Olympics exposes both the aim and the method of how the NHL, hand in hand with the sports media, began creating the conditions to justify launching its own private “World Cup of Hockey.”
The discourse runs like this: we poor owners have been victimized and our fans short-changed and held hostage by the Olympics, because “the best league in the world has been shut down” (Prime Time Sports, Rogers Sportsnet, February 18, 2014). “Just look at our empty buildings.” It is reminiscent of the old saw about the thief crying “stop thief!” | TONY SEED*
SEEMINGLY out of the blue, the National Hockey League (NHL) based in New York sent their fabled Stanley Cup trophy to Sochi. The media slavered when it made its appearance at Canada House on Monday, February 17th. The iconic silver trophy had seemingly fallen from the sky or appeared as if a gift from the gods of sport with a spiritual significance comparable to a burning bush.
In the media euphoria, Canadian Olympic members were organized to pose with the trophy and world champion figure skater Patrick Chan to bless it with a kiss.
Four-time Olympian skier Brian Stemmle, also a CBC analyst, denounced the maneouvre, rightly asking: “Why is the Stanley Cup at Canada House in Sochi? Other athletes don’t bring their trophies. Hate when hockey tries to overshadow other sports.” A new diversion began. Continue reading
Far away from U.S. Major League Baseball’s mighty salaries and Hollywood glitz, thousands of minor leaguers – over 50 per cent of Latino origin – survive on baseball earnings below the federal poverty line and face a broad assault on their rights. They are forced to fend for themselves: “The starting salary for a first-year professional player, paid only during the regular season, is US$1,100”; a 60-hour work week is routine.
Of the some 11,000 athletes competing in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, an unknown number are competing for medal-hungry countries that are not their birth nation. At least 23 of Qatar’s 39 member team at Rio were born outside of Qatar and transplanted – recruited in many cases with the offer of financial inducements. The Canadian Olympic team also features a number of plastic or transfer athletes recruited through the “Own The Podium” program of private big capital for support and funding on the basis that they are “winners” and “America’s best who happen to have some kind of Canadian connection.” Such developments, all in the name of high ideals, should be of concern to Canadians.
Cubans join the Ottawa Champions team roster next season in the independent Can-Am League
The national commissioner of baseball in Cuba, Heriberto Suarez, announced in mid-May – a day before the start of the new season of the Can-Am League – that the Ottawa Champions had confirmed on their official website the participation of the Donal Duarte and Alexander Malleta on the club’s roster. Continue reading
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