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Are sports organizations playing a role in America’s obesity problem?

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Last September, the National Football League struck a deal with Frito-Lay that allowed the company to produce limited-edition bags of Tostitos tortilla chips, with each package bearing the logo of one of 19 featured NFL teams. Several months earlier, Major League Baseball announced that Nathan’s Famous would be its first-ever official hot dog. Now the first-ever comprehensive analysis of such food and beverage sponsorships by major sports organizations shows just how pervasive these deals are. The confusing messages they send about physical fitness and healthy eating habits can’t be helping our national problem with obesity [1]. Continue reading

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Basketball: Organized cheating and corruption by US universities

Here is the case in a nutshell

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Basketball: US documents detail high-profile schools in organized cheating

Court docs in the college hoops corruption case spell out who ASM Sports paid and how much | Yahoo Sports

As the 2018 edition of “March Madness,” the premier, billion-dollar US college basketball tournament comes to a close on April 2 in San Antonio, Texas, what’s rarely mentioned in the ballyhoo is the latest US college basketball scandal. The media blackout can be contrasted to the hysteria over Russian Olympic athletes, although both cases allegedly involved organized cheating. Further, one of the targets of the US investigation is the German Adidas sportswear monopoly while not a word is breathed about its competitors such as Nike, etc. It is a typical case in which the real perpetrators, who are the people at the top of the corporate university organized in the NCAA, a sports cartel, are cast as the victims who have been taken advantage of. And the actual victims, who are the young high school and college athletes at the very bottom of the system, are cast as the perpetrators. 

Reporters Pete Thamel and Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports “viewed hundreds of pages of documents” they say detail payments from people at the centre of the scandal.

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Sportsmanship US style: It was 74-17 at halftime. Then the score got out of hand.

Coach Brenda Frese of Maryland, pictured in 2015, said of the 129-point blowout, “Tonight was a really good tuneup for us.” | Mike Carlson/Getty Images

Coach Brenda Frese of Maryland, pictured in 2015, said of the 129-point blowout, “Tonight was a really good tuneup for us.” | Mike Carlson/Getty Images

(November 3) – If you gambled on women’s college basketball on Wednesday night, and you had Bluefield State plus 128, you lost.

Maryland, the No. 6 team in the country, won its preseason game against Bluefield State, a small historically black college in West Virginia, 146-17. Continue reading

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‘Welcomed to death’ – The racism of the US NCAA: Historically Black schools pay the price for a football paycheck

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

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

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How to fix a soccer game

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In this excerpt from The Fix: Soccer and Organized Crime, Declan Hill investigates the intricacies of match-fixing in soccer: how fixes are arranged, how they’re signalled, and how everyone gets paid. Continue reading

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Sighting. Why not to showboat

It was the final of the men’s 3,000-metre steeplechase competition at a big money “amateur” NCAA PAC-12 track and field meet, the Pepsi Team Invitational, held at the University of Oregon. Tanguy Pepiot, a runner from France for the Oregon Ducks – one of over 7,000 foreign college athletes imported by US universities to boost their programs  – had a large lead with about 100 metres left. As he approached the finish line he looked to the crowd and raised his right arm twice hoping to increase the noise level of the home team crowd a few decibels as he coasted to the finish. University of Washington’s Meron Simon, from 10 metres behind, tracked him down, overtook the senior and won the race by .10-seconds. Tanguy’s face at the end is priceless:

As for Tanguy, he obviously wasn’t happy (see end of video) and said, “I saw the crowd, and it was very loud. I just wanted to celebrate winning in front of our crowd. I was excited about it. But the race wasn’t over. … It wasn’t very smart. But it was a learning experience.”

Along with the never-say-die attitude of Meron Simon, and the old adages of “the race is not over until it’s over” or “don’t count your chickens before they hatch,” I believe there is another moral in this story that is missing from the many American commentaries on this race: the negation of the ideals of amateur sport, sportsmanship, e.g., respect for one’s opponents, that is characteristic of too much American and Canadian professional sport. I remember seeing different competitions internationally where the winner would not leave the finish line until the last competitor would cross, and then shake his or her hand.

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