In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, this is first of few articles on Dr. Martin Luther King’s sports-related influence. As the video above shows, Dr. King was involved in the planning for the Olympic Project for Human Rights in 1968 which was established and organized by Dr. Harry Edwards. [...]
Via Neal deMause @ AJAM: The National Hockey League season doesn’t start for another three weeks, but already hockey fans in Glendale, Ariz., are counting an unexpected victory. Four years after the Phoenix Coyotes went bankrupt and were taken over by the league, prompting endless rumors that the struggling franchise would relocate to [...]
POPSspot missed this one as ESPN announcer Michael Wilbon blasted the hypocrisy of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on his “lightweight” reaction to Riley Cooper while on ESPN’s Mike and Mike Show as a guest.
While most in sports media have remained remarkably silent on Goodell, Wilbon forcefully called him out for [...]
Scott Lemiex @ Deadspin writes about sports writer nostalgia and hero worship as a driving force behind steroid hysteria. While the critical role of race in the steroid witch hunt could use additional attention, author makes many good points supporting central issue that driving force for hysteria is baseball media:
But now, to his surprise, one is hindering the other in the peculiar case of the United States Marine and 24-year-old MTSU freshman football player versus the [...]
Via John “Hennry” Harris @ Your Black World: Freeway Ricky Ross ran a criminal drug enterprise that earned him more than $600 million distributing cocaine that was used to sponsor CIA-backed Contra Rebels in Central America. Released from prison in 2009 for good behavior, the Real Rick Ross now backs more laudable causes.
Elham Asghari: ”Swimming is Not Exclusively for Men”
Elham Asghari is an Iranian swimmer who began swimming at the age of five. She holds several national open-water swimming records. Elham swims wearing a full-body swimsuit she designed that fully adheres to Iran’s [...]
WWE star wrestler Darren Young stunned a TMZ reporter when he casually came out as gay when asked if a gay wrestler “could be successful within the WWE”. The video is below.
If you forgot about the other big alleged murder story, it is not your fault.
News comes in this week that Oscar Pistorius will be indicted for the death of Reeva Steenkamp, but ESPN viewers may have missed it. The AP generated story was only a few sentences. There were no attached [...]
Via Derek Thompson @ “The Atlantic”: “This is the chart I was talking about. This is powerful.”
Artie Bulgrin, ESPN’s director of research, is hunched over an iPad in a wood-paneled conference room at the network’s New York City headquarters, on West 66th Street, swooshing through the [...]
Via BlackBlueDog: As the Johnny Manziel “autograph scandal” once again throws into the national spotlight the NCAA’s insistence that college athletes not profit from their individual popularity. I can’t help but think of all the players whose collegiate athletic careers and reputations have [...]
Cross-Posted @This Week In Blackness: Anyone following the NFL and specifically the Eagles is aware that Riley Cooper, starting Wide Receiver for the Brids, had what can only be termed a racial incident in May at the Kenney Chesney Concert in Philadelphia.
Over the weekend the Eagles and the New England Patriots took [...]
This past week may have been a critical step in the fight against the NCAA’s exploitation of Athlete-Students. ESPN’s Jay Bilas has been aggressive in calling out hypocrisy, the NCAA’s online shop will be closing down, and even Newt Gingrich has jumped in for paying players? Is this the [...]
Cross-post @ TheESPNWatch: I will be returning to this subject a whole bunch, I imagine. Jay Bilas got a lot of attention yesterday because he went to the NCAA’s apparel website and even though none of the jerseys being sold include player names, when he typed individual player names into the search [...]
Slate announced today that it has joined a growing list of publications and websites to stop referring to The Washington team name. Which journalistic outlet will be next to drop the name? The ones that assume the will and leadership. From David Plotz at Slate: “The Washington _________: Why Slate will no longer refer to Washington’s NFL [...]
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