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Learning from baseball’s past?

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum boss Bob Kendrick sees hope for the future of Black players in the majors despite declining numbers. Here’s why . . . | LAURA ARMSTRONG

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NBA: ‘Canada’s team’ ‘disrespects’ ‘WE THE NORTH’

Jos 9:21 And the princes said concerning them: 'Let them live'; so they became hewers of wood and drawers of water unto all the congregation, as the princes had spoken concerning them.

Jos 9:21 And the princes said concerning them: ‘Let them live’; so they became hewers of wood and drawers of water unto all the congregation, as the princes had spoken concerning them.

(April 18) – The start time of a professional basketball game has brought to the fore the national question in Canadian sport.

“One of the competing media conglomerates that owns part of the Toronto Raptors is at least complicit in the team being stuck with an unenviable starting time for Game 1 of its playoff series,” Doug Smith reported in the Toronto Star.

“(Rogers) Sportsnet, which is a part-owner of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, will broadcast Game 1 against the Indiana Pacers at 12:30 p.m. Saturday on its two main networks. Continue reading

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Are you flipping kidding me?

Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays throws his bat up in the air after he hits a three-run home run in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers in game five of the American League Division Series at Rogers Centre on October 14, 2015 in Toronto | Toronto Star

Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays throws his bat up in the air after he hits a three-run home run in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers in game five of the American League Division Series at Rogers Centre on October 14, 2015 in Toronto | Toronto Star

Jose Bautista, Right Fielder / Toronto Blue Jays - The Players' Tribune

 (November 9, 2015) – Let me take you inside my head for a second. It’s Game 5 of the ALDS against Texas. Do or die. Tie game, seventh inning. Two men on. Two outs.

I was standing in the on-deck circle when we knocked in the tying run, and the crowd just exploded. Imagine standing there on the field and looking up at 50,000 people going crazy. Then I took that lonely walk to the plate with everything on the line. Continue reading

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A dysfunctional sports system: amateur athletes forced to juggle jobs and training

The following story inadvertently raises the questions of priorities facing society. Toronto Blue Jays, owned by the Rogers monopoly, forked out $82 million to repatriate Canadian catcher Russell Martin in a five-year contract. Toronto City Council quietly handed over $500,000 to one of the richest sports monopolies in North America, MLSE, for stadium expansion. The Hamilton Tiger Cats received a basically free $145.7-million stadium from Ontario in a neo-liberal scheme. Meanwhile, athletes training for events like the 2015 Pan Am Games often work full- or part-time jobs to fund their training and struggle to make ends meet without a thin dime from the government. Youth participation in sport and recreation is declining. Yet Harper has a billion dollars for another war in Iraq and Syria. 

Canadian pentathlon athlete Kelly Fitzsimmmons is rarely caught standing still, as she juggles training and work seven days a week as she prepares for the Pan Am Games.

Canadian pentathlon athlete Kelly Fitzsimmmons is rarely caught standing still, as she juggles training and work seven days a week as she prepares for the Pan Am Games | VINCE TALOTTA / TORONTO STAR

LAUREN PELLY in Toronto Star

(Nov. 25) – Over lunch on a brisk Thursday in downtown Toronto, pentathlon competitor Kelly Fitzsimmons describes her day.

In between bites of steak, the 29-year-old Calgarian says she started with two hours of swim practice at 8:30 a.m., then went right into client meetings for her consulting business. Next came her interview with the Star, a timeslot doubling as Fitzsimmons’ lunch break. After that, she’d be working on consulting projects until the early evening, then heading to back-to-back training sessions — first a track workout, then fencing training, which wouldn’t end until around 10 p.m.

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The great ‘trade’ and the view from Miami: No free lunch? Just ask Marlins’ owner

By MAX J. CASTRO, Progresso Weekly

Field of schemes: finance capital, which lent $500 million to Miami Dade County to finance the white elephant, take the people to the cleaners in a deal brokered by Jeffrey Loria – the same ”art dealer” who snookered the Montreal Expos for a song.

MIAMI – “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.” So goes the saying once famously mangled by George W. Bush. But what do you say when you are fooled not twice but thrice? Forget it, Jake, this is Miami?

I had to resort to fiddling with a memorable line from Roman Polanski’s classic movie Chinatown because popular adages don’t even cover the level of foolhardiness Miami baseball fans, public officials, and community boosters have displayed over the last fifteen years where the Marlins are concerned.

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Dome to nowhere (II) – SkyDome redux

WHEN the revenues from a stadium begin to wane, sports tradition is to demand a new one, whether the old facility is a century old or has barely had time for its concrete to set. Surely, the Jays (along with every other team in baseball) have salivated over the steel-and-brick, baseball-only parks that have sprung up across the U.S. in the post-SkyDome era. But would they really demand a new ballpark, barely a decade removed from their last multimillion-dollar gift from the people of Ontario? Continue reading

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Dome to nowhere (I)

TORONTO’S SKYDOME is the mother of “public-private partnerships” (P3) championed by neo-liberals as the template for economic development. It siphoned off hundreds of millions of dollars in public money to benefit private sports teams, the coffers of the construction monopolies and the finance capitalists who own Ontario’s debt. Whether the SkyDome ultimately came in “on budget” or not was irrelevant to the monopolies that were guaranteed their profits. As author/journalist Neil deMause reveals in his indepth exposé, when the budget was exceeded, in 1991 the financial oligarchy quickly swooped in to lend yet more money guaranteed by the state. The SkyDome reflects a medieval character of spending for the pleasure of a tiny aristocratic elite leaving the people to be spectators of the narcosis of American professional sport and consumers of a giant circus in which they participate only in a marginalized way. – Tony Seed Continue reading

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