Sonny Vaccaro deserves more from The Last Dance

The man who is trying to give college athletes their due inexplicably doesn't appear in Chicago Bulls documentary

Sonny Vaccaro deserves more from The Last DanceSonny Vaccaro is to basketball what Marvin Miller was to baseball. They both have had a profound impact on their games; they both fought valiantly for athletes’ rights; and each of them had to deal with a power establishment that tried to rub them out. The latest example is ESPN’s The Last Dance documentary about…

Minor league baseball faces uncertain future

Major League owners need to climb up from behind their wallets and take a hard look at what’s best for the game

Minor league baseball faces uncertain futureMinor league baseball teams, like millions of other small businesses in North America, are in trouble. Big trouble. Unlike their Major League Baseball colleagues who typically get about half their revenue from media rights deals, minor league teams are almost exclusively reliant on ticket sales and in-stadium concession and merchandise revenues. MLB teams could play…

Finding pandemic guidance in the sports world

Finding pandemic guidance in the sports worldThe coronavirus is certainly testing us all. In times like this, it’s natural to look for guidance in dealing with challenges. Wise guidance can come from all areas of life, including the world of sports. I recently came across some wisdom from two sports figures that I think is applicable to the situation we’re in.…

Open letter to MLB commissioner regarding the Astros scandal

Fans, players and the game deserve a stronger punishment for this blatant disregard of basic fair play and sportsmanship

Open letter to MLB commissioner regarding the Astros scandalTo Robert D. Manfred Jr. Major League Baseball Commissioner Dear Mr. Manfred: With Major League Baseball on hiatus due to the coronavirus, you have time to revisit the Houston Astros cheating scandal. The Houston organization – and the team’s players in particular – are getting off easy when it comes to punishment for a long-standing…

David Ayres story is why we love sports

The emergency NHL goalie did what every sports fan wishes they could do every time they watch the best of the best play

David Ayres story is why we love sportsI can’t get enough of the highly improbable David Ayres story. A 42-year-old kidney transplant recipient – and until recently a Zamboni driver for a minor league hockey team – who hadn’t played in a hockey game, at any level, for five years, enters a National Hockey League game in the second period, stops eight…

What we can learn from the baseball cheating scandal

Sport, at its best, is a co-operative activity in which competitors on both sides play with honour in a mutual quest for excellence

What we can learn from the baseball cheating scandalThe Houston Astros have a strange way of saying they’re sorry for cheating and tainting the game of baseball, including the World Series. Last week, the Astros staged what was supposed to be an apology press conference for using an elaborate high-tech scheme (well, except the banging on the trash cans part) to illegally steal…

Big-time U.S. college athletes deserve real compensation

Just allow college athletes to benefit from their names, images and likenesses, like Olympic athletes do

Big-time U.S. college athletes deserve real compensationOn the same day that NCAA president Mark Emmert was testifying in front of U.S. Congress about how terrible it would be if college athletes were allowed to earn money from their names, images and likenesses – like any other college student or U.S. citizen for that matter – Michigan State was giving Colorado football…

Kobe Bryant’s complicated legacy

The late basketball legend became a model husband, father, citizen and businessman. But a dark incident in Colorado can't be forgotten

Kobe Bryant’s complicated legacyI was walking off the tennis court last Sunday when I saw several texts saying Kobe Bryant had been killed in a helicopter crash. My first reaction was disbelief, then shock, then sadness. As I got in my car, I wasn’t sure why I was so sad. While I definitely respected his athletic ability and…

Sending a harsh message to sports’ cheaters

Baseball suspensions and fines should reverberate through all sports, down to children's athletics. Cheating is a social ill that needs to be addressed

Sending a harsh message to sports’ cheatersMajor League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred handed the Houston Astros severe penalties for cheating this week. Manfred suspended Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch for a year each for their role in using electronic equipment to steal the signs of opponents. He also fined the organization $5 million and stripped the Astros…

Sport, at its best, can help change the world

Leaders must fully incorporate social, cultural and environmental considerations – not just economic ones – in their decision-making

Sport, at its best, can help change the worldOne of the greatest, and most memorable, sports-related quotes comes from Nelson Mandela. “Sport has the power to change the world,” said Mandela. “It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create…
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