Archive - September 2015
- Column: Syracuse University Has Kissed the Kiss Cam GoodbyeSeptember 30, 2015
Syracuse University has kissed its Kiss Cam goodbye - at least temporarily - after one fan wrote a letter to the editor claiming that it sends the wrong message at a time when colleges are campaigning against sexual violence on campus. During a football game against Wake Forest, Steve Port said he witnessed two instances where women were forcibly kissed by men despite clearly saying no. According to Port, the men were engaging in “horrifying behavior” that made him “sick to my stomach.” Furthermore, he says the University is encouraging and condoning sexual assault and “a sense of male entitlement, at best, and an actual instance of assault, at worst.” In response, Syracuse suspended use of the Kiss Cam for the following week’s game against Central Michigan University. University spokesperson Sue Edson said, “We are taking time to assess the concerns expressed in the letter.”
- Column: Fantasy Sports and GamblingSeptember 24, 2015
Last week we finally got to experience the long-anticipated excitement of the NFL season. We were also inundated with something few of us were prepared for: Non-stop ads for daily fantasy games. According to the SportsBusiness Journal, the two behemoths in the daily fantasy business, DraftKings and FanDuel, have committed to spend a minimum of $200 million with the NFL’s television partners - CBS, ESPN, Fox, NBC and the league’s own NFL Network – this season. One unnamed source estimated that the two companies have already spent $500 million so far this year on advertising during sporting events across all channels. Their goal is to convert some of the more than 50 million fantasy sports players, as reported by the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, to the daily game. And those efforts have so far been successful.
- Column: Matt Harvey's DecisionSeptember 14, 2015
Matt Harvey, ace pitcher for the New York Mets, has a decision to make and regardless of what he decides, he will leave some people unhappy. Harvey is less than two years removed from Tommy John surgery. The surgery was performed by noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews whose mentor, Dr. Frank Jobe, pioneered the operation to replace a torn ligament in a pitcher’s arm. Jobe’s first patient was former Yankees and Dodgers pitcher Tommy John for whom the surgery was named (why it isn’t called “Frank Jobe” surgery is a debate for another day). Despite four decades of medical advances, it still takes a minimum of twelve to eighteen months for a player’s performance to return to the pre-surgery level.
- Column: Female Sportscaster Breaks BarrierSeptember 7, 2015
Like any job, the selection of a sports broadcaster should be based on qualifications for the job. If someone is qualified to do the job, they should be given the opportunity to prove it, although that isn’t always the case. Fortunately, Jessica Mendoza was given her opportunity on August 24 when ESPN selected her to fill in for Aaron Boone, who had been assigned to cover the Little League World Series, as an analyst on a St. Louis-Arizona game. To put her performance in baseball parlance, Mendoza hit it out of the park, which is something she used to do on the softball field.