May 30, 2016 |
Time and history have long since confirmed Maxim Gorky's dim view of the Soviet Union. So perhaps we ought to pay a little more attention to something the Russian novelist said about sports. "Sport," Gorky wrote in 1928, "has a single clear purpose: to make people even more stupid than they are. " (Before anyone asks, it's merely coincidental that I ponder this intersection of sports and stupidity during a week in which Chris Berman has revealed his pending retirement from ESPN.)
February 13, 2016
ISSUE | COLLEGE SPORTS Title IX unfair to men Title IX, a federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in education, harms college sports in many ways ("Bending the rules of Title IX," Feb. 2). For example, many men's varsity teams suffer from a strict roster cap, while women's teams typically are unlimited. Gender-quota advocates complain about the supposed injustice of expanding the number of women allowed on a team. This pales compared with the thousands of men being told to clean out their lockers because of their sex - something that Title IX was supposed to prevent but was changed by special interests to guarantee.
February 12, 2016 |
WHAT WENT down Friday in Louisville is at the heart of what is wrong with college sports. And it is not that a former Louisville basketball staffer apparently arranged for strippers to appear at parties in a dorm and some money changed hands. We are talking high school- and college-age men hanging with women late at night. Is this really an outrage? Here is the outrage: Louisville announced an immediate postseason ban. Why not just wait to get all the facts and see how this plays out?
December 14, 2015 |
Since America's response to its grotesque gun violence is more guns, it's hardly surprising that in the face of a campus binge-drinking epidemic, more colleges have decided to sell alcohol at sporting events. Having already ceded authority over their athletic programs to boosters, shoe companies, and TV networks, university presidents have more recently been busy surrendering to powerful brewers. "One of the main issues confronting universities is alcohol abuse," West Virginia University president Gordon Gee said earlier this year.
June 19, 2015 |
IF YOU have been around college sports as long as I have, you meet every imaginable kind of person - some with agendas, others who are in it just for themselves, overmatched incompetents. You also get to know people like Vince Nicastro, who is everything good about college athletics - honest, fair-minded, reasonable and terrific at his job. When it was announced yesterday that Nicastro, the Villanova athletics director for 15 years, will be leaving his job sometime soon to become the associate director of the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at the Villanova School of Law, I felt good for Vince and his family because that is what they want.
April 22, 2015 |
Last July, when Penn State finally replaced an interim athletic director who had endured 987 days in the turbulent wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, it hired a woman. A year earlier, when a videotaped tirade by the men's basketball coach surfaced and cost Rutgers' athletic director his job, the New Jersey school did the same. So did Arizona State in 2005 after a football player was charged with murder. When other Division I schools, such as Penn and Eastern Michigan, have experienced sharp downturns in athletic fortunes, they too have turned to women to reinvigorate their slumping programs.
February 27, 2015
IT'S AN INTERESTING proposal. Last week, The Diamondback - the University of Maryland student newspaper of which I am proud alum - broke a story that the Big Ten Conference was going to discuss making football and men's basketball players spend a year in college before they would be eligible to compete. Certainly, a lot of ground must be covered between discussing a "Year of Readiness" proposal to something concrete actually happening, but I would ask, "Why not?" I understand the concerns, and if I were a men's basketball or football coach in the Big Ten, I'd be just like Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo in saying, "I'm not sure I'd do that.
January 15, 2015 |
Time always allows the most complete story to be told when a historic event occurs. Days, weeks, months and years give us a chance to digest, investigate and take a step back from the initial emotions and accusations. The more information, the better the understanding of what took place and why. Few stories, if any, in the history of sports were as raw, shocking and long lasting as the events that took place at State College, Pa., in the autumn of 2011. Once the early November news broke that longtime Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky had been indicted on sex-abuse charges, things moved so fast it was impossible to keep up. Joe Paterno went from the pristine king of all college football coaches to a man forced to vacate his throne in just five days.
November 19, 2014 |
Before Sonny Vaccaro spoke last week as the keynoter at Drexel's Sport for Social Change Conference, he was introduced as the person who signed Michael Jordan to his first deal with Nike. That must have been enough to gain the attention of all the Drexel students in the audience on Market Street. Here's the thing: When linking Jordan to Nike - facilitating what has to be the greatest marriage in the history of sports marketing - is maybe the third most impactful thing you've done with your life, you've had one interesting life.
September 11, 2014 |
In a bid to help Atlantic City's ailing casino industry, the Christie administration issued a directive Monday declaring that New Jersey casinos and racetracks, effective today, may offer sports-betting pools to their patrons. Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman's directive says that, effective Monday, there is nothing in New Jersey law that "prevents casinos and racetracks from operating a sports pool. " "I'm happy," said Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D., Union), a major proponent of sports betting.