Articles matching tag: Major League Sports
- Column: MLB To Enact Fan Code of ConductSeptember 7, 2017
In the aftermath of a racially charged incident at Fenway Park earlier this season, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced that the league would adopt a Fan Code of Conduct beginning with the 2018 season. On May 1, in a game between Boston and Baltimore, several fans hurled racial slurs and peanuts at Orioles’ centerfielder Adam Jones, who is black. The incident was quickly denounced by the team and Jones received a standing ovation from Red Sox fans and players prior to the following night’s game.
- Column: Big Money Salaries In Sports Can Be SustainedAugust 10, 2017
NBA free agency opened on July 1 and teams wasted no time in signing their own or other teams’ free agents to what may appear to be exorbitant contracts. Stephen Curry re-signed with the Golden State Warriors for five years and just over $200 million. Kyle Lowry signed a 3-year $100 million contract to stay with the Toronto Raptors. Gordon Hayward left the Utah Jazz to sign a 4-year $128 million contract with the Boston Celtics. Blake Griffin decided to stick with the only team he has known, the Los Angeles Clippers. You would too if they agreed to pay you $173 million over five years despite being plagued by injuries, as Griffin has been during the past few years.
- Column: Sports Betting Is InevitableJune 15, 2017
Sports betting is coming to a place near you, perhaps sooner than you think. And that place may be as close as your hand. Last month the House Energy and Commerce Committee released a draft of legislation designed to repeal the last vestiges of federal prohibitions on sports betting. If passed, the Gaming Accountability and Modernization Enhancement Act, or “GAME Act,” would give the Federal Trade Commission oversight authority to regulate sports gambling, including online gambling. The GAME Act would repeal the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA), the federal law that prohibits state-sponsored sports betting in all but four states - Delaware, Oregon, Nevada and Montana – which were grandfathered by PASPA.
- Column: Do Taxes Affect Winning In Professional Sports?May 18, 2017
“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.” Attributed to many. The phrase quoted above is often used to describe the persuasive power of numbers, particularly the use of statistics to bolster a weak argument. Which brings us to Erik Hembre, Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Hembre grew up in the great state of Minnesota rooting for his favorite team, the NBA’s Timberwolves. The ‘Wolves entered the NBA in 1989 and since their inaugural season they have the worst record in the entire league. The ‘Wolves aren’t the only professional sports franchise in Minnesota without a championship. Neither the NHL Wild – or their predecessors, the Stars – nor the NFL Vikings have ever won their league title. The only exception is MLB’s Twins who won World Series titles in 1987 and 1991.
- Column: Females Coaches in Major League SportsSeptember 22, 2016
The NFL season kicked off in the usual fashion, a number of close games, a few upsets, a touch of controversy, and a New England Patriots win, even without future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady. Tom Terrific was home with his supermodel wife, Gisele serving his Deflategate suspension. And in addition to a new Patriots quarterback, there were some other new faces along the sidelines and in the league office. At the end of last season, the Buffalo Bills hired the NFL’s first fulltime female coach, Kathryn Smith. Smith had worked for Bills’ coach Rex Ryan for seven years, first with the Jets and for the past two seasons in Buffalo, although not as a fulltime coach. At the end of the 2015 season, Ryan offered her the position of Quality Control-Special Teams.