Archive - October 2014
- Column: NCAA Says Mo'ne Davis Can Be Paid for Chevy AdOctober 27, 2014
If you’ve been watching the World Series on Fox you may have been surprised by what you saw on the screen. No, I’m not referring to the outstanding defensive plays turned in by players on both teams, or the Kansas City Royals’ shutdown bullpen in the late innings. Based on the pre-series scouting reports those are things we should have expected. What was unexpected was seeing Mo’ne Davis starring in her very own Chevy commercial. The 13-year old Davis took the nation by storm with her talent and personality during the Little League World Series which was broadcast live on ESPN in August. After leading her Philadelphia Taney Dragons team to Williamsport, Davis appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, which certainly increased her exposure and no doubt spurred higher magazine sales. It comes as no surprise that Chevrolet would want to recruit the girl-wonder to help them sell automobiles, even though she’s too young to drive one.
- Column: Athlete Banned for Failing Gender TestOctober 20, 2014
Dutee Chand’s goal is to compete as a member of her country’s track and field team. However, in September the eighteen-year old Indian sprinter was banned from international competition after she failed a “gender test” under rules established by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Chand has appealed the ban through the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland. She becomes the first athlete in history to challenge the IAAF’s standards which determine whether an individual can compete as a female. The IAAF adopted new guidelines, which are also followed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), after the controversy surrounding South African runner Caster Semenya in 2009. Like Chand, Semenya was suspended from international competition after her gender was called into question. She was allowed to resume her career eleven months later after a group of experts who had been convened to weigh in on the matter couldn’t agree on what the standards for gender should be.
- Column: Baseball is Far From DyingOctober 12, 2014
“The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” Mark Twain The accuracy of the statement attributed to Samuel Clemens, a/k/a, Mark Twain, is a matter of debate. However, there should be no debate when baseball uses the same retort. Every year it seems we are inundated with reports that baseball is dying. For support, critics claim that the games are too slow and too long, the audience is too old, the season is interminable, television ratings are declining and the sport is losing the youth of this country. The naysayers are right, of course, because they believe they are. But the facts suggest otherwise. Baseball is thriving.
- Column: Tax Exempt Status of The NFLOctober 5, 2014
If you’ve ever wondered why references to “Congress” are oftentimes preceded by the words, “do-nothing,” read on. In the wake of repeated reports of domestic violence committed by NFL players, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker introduced a bill designed to repeal the league’s tax-exempt status. As if that move doesn’t embarrass him enough, Booker included nine other professional sports leagues in his bill. Days later, three of Booker’s senatorial colleagues, no doubt as publicity starved as he is, introduced a second bill to scrap the NFL’s tax-exempt status because of the continued refusal of the Washington Redskins to change their name.