Articles matching tag: Politics
- Column: Republican Tax Bill Targets SportsNovember 9, 2017
The long-awaited Republican tax plan unveiled last week contained proposals which would benefit some taxpayers and negatively impact others. The sports world is no exception. One provision specifically targets professional sports and another is aimed at college sports. A proposal to eliminate tax-exempt financing for sports facilities takes direct aim at the professional ranks. Even if it’s adopted, governmental entities could still pay for new sports facilities but they’re likely to cost more. Cities may be forced to seek alternative sources of revenue or reduce the size of facilities. Major League sports, considering their substantial resources, will be less affected than Minor League sports.
- Column: The Intersection Of Sports & Politics Is MuddledSeptember 24, 2017
The synergy between sports and entertainment has existed since time immemorial. ESPN paid homage to that notion when it was founded in 1979. The “E” in its name stands for Entertainment, which perhaps not ironically comes before “S,” or Sports. Sports and politics have likewise had a symbiotic relationship, but since the advent of social media, that relationship has become even more pronounced. And once again, we need to look no further than ESPN to recognize that. SportsCenter hostess Jemele Hill took to twitter last week to issue a series of vitriolic accusations against President Trump, accusing him of, among other things, being “ignorant, offensive, unqualified and unfit to be president, a bigot, an incompetent moron” and most controversial of all, “a white supremacist.”
- Column: Bill To Eliminate Stadium Tax Benefits DOAJuly 6, 2017
Sound the trumpets, Congress has introduced yet another bill to eliminate the federal tax benefit of using municipal bonds to finance the construction of sports stadiums. Senators Cory Booker, D-N.J., and James Lankford, R-OK. are sponsoring a bill that would prohibit teams from using municipal bonds to help finance stadium construction. In a statement accompanying the introduction of their bill, Booker said, "Professional sports teams generate billions of dollars in revenue. There's no reason why we should give these multimillion-dollar businesses a federal tax break to build new stadiums. It's not fair to finance these expensive projects on the backs of taxpayers…"
- Column: Who Will Win the NFL Battle for LA?May 31, 2015
The first week of the NFL’s off-season OTA’s – organized team activities – is in the books. You can be sure that battles for roster spots have already begun. While those battles are important for individual players and may portend the success of individual teams, there’s another contest taking shape in the league boardrooms that involves billions of dollars: The fight for the Los Angeles market. The NFL abandoned the LA market on two occasions, first when the AFL Chargers left for San Diego after the 1960 season and again in 1995 when both the Rams and Raiders left, the former to St. Louis and the latter to Oakland from whence they had come. The second largest media market in the U.S. has been without professional football for two decades. But that’s all about to change. League sources confirm that the NFL is likely to return to LA as soon as the 2016 season.
- Column: Congressional Bonding Through BaseballNovember 18, 2013
Can baseball foster cooperation between Democrats and Republicans and end the bickering and gridlock that permeates Congress today? Maybe not, but two members of Congress are intent on giving it a try. Roger Williams, a freshman Republican Congressman from Texas, along with fellow Congressman Mike Doyle, a ten-term Democratic legislator from Pennsylvania, have formed the first-ever Congressional Baseball Caucus. The group’s purpose is to transfer the relationship members of Congress enjoy on the field of play during the annual Congressional Baseball Game (CBG) to the halls of Congress. Williams was the coach of this year’s Republican team and Doyle was team manager for the Democrats.
- Column: Congress Attempts to Regulate NCAAAugust 26, 2013
Several members of the House of Representatives recently introduced a bill designed to regulate the NCAA in a number of respects. Representatives Charles Dent (R-Pennsylvania) and Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio) are the primary sponsors of the NCAA Accountability Act, designed to protect student-athletes from the heavy handed actions of the NCAA. Among other things, the bill would require the NCAA to establish annual baseline concussion tests for athletes; mandate irrevocable four-year scholarships for athletes participating in contact/collision sports regardless of their skill or injury; prevent an institution from implementing a policy that prohibits paying stipends to college athletes; and guarantee that athletes have the opportunity for a formal administrative hearing along with other due process rights prior to being punished for violating NCAA rules.
- Column: Sports and Patriotism Do MixJuly 7, 2013
Americans celebrated Independence Day last week with a myriad of festivities including parades, barbeques, fireworks and sporting events intertwined with patriotism and salutes to heroes. But ESPN columnist Howard Bryant lamented the merger of sports and patriotism, railing against “military flyovers, the pre-game inclusion of the armed forces, and the addition of ‘God Bless America’ to ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’" at our sporting events. Bryant claims that the confluence of sports and patriotism – which in his view equates with politics - is a recent phenomenon, one that began after 9/11. History suggests otherwise. Military flyovers date back to at least 1955 when beach races were held in Daytona. Every president since William Howard Taft in 1910 has thrown at least one ceremonial first pitch for Opening Day, an All Star Game or a World Series Game. As a sign of patriotism, MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis volunteered to suspend MLB games during World War II, but President Franklin Roosevelt declined the offer, insisting that “…it would be best for the country to keep baseball going.”