NEW YORK -- The NFL has told the FCC not to tinker with the sports blackout
rules, which prevent cable or satellite providers from carrying an NFL
game when the over-the-air broadcast is blacked out due to lack of
attendance at the game.
That came in comments in the FCC's
retransmission-consent proceeding and in response to the Sports Fan
Coalition call for waiving the blackout rule during retrans impasses.
coalition wants the FCC to waive the rule so that viewers would have
alternative outlets for league games if broadcasters pull their signals
during retrans stalemates.
RALEIGH, N.C -- Former North Carolina State basketball star Lorenzo
Charles, the muscular forward whose last-second dunk gave the underdog Wolfpack
the 1983 national collegiate championship, was killed Monday when a bus he was
driving crashed, a company official said Monday.
Elite Coach general manager Brad Jackson said Charles, 47, worked for the
company and was driving one of its buses on Interstate 40.
Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said no passengers were aboard.
Charles secured his spot in N.
EUGENE, Oregon -- Even when he's not running, Usain Bolt is there.
His name and his world records hover over every track meet in every corner of the globe.
The shadow he casts is even more pronounced at big meets like this —
the U.S. nationals, where Bolt's key challenger, Tyson Gay, pulled out
with an injury and the other would-be contenders are a 29-year-old on a
comeback from a doping conviction and an Olympic bronze medalist who
still needs to find a faster gear.
There are 13 months to go until the London
PITTSBURGH -- The Josh Gibson Foundation, headed by Gibson's great-grandson, Sean,
will host the Josh Gibson Centennial Negro League Gala on Aug. 13 at the
Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh.
The event will honor the 100th anniversary of the Homestead Grays and Pittsburgh Crawfords slugger's birth in 1911.
Sean Gibson said Tuesday that the foundation will award two local
high school students with scholarships in Gibson's name, as well as
honoring Hall of Fame outfielder Reggie Jackson with the Josh Gibson
CALIFORNIA -- The 2011 NBA Finals are over and they are partying in Dallas and Cleveland. The Dallas celebration is understandable; the Cleveland celebration can be questioned.
One thing we do know, the Miami Heat will win the NBA championship before the Cleveland Cavaliers. They may even win it before the Cavs ever make the playoffs!
This outstanding defensive series in the NBA Finals happened to be about what the Dallas Mavericks did but what the Miami HeatDID NOT DO.
The Heat should have won this series in 4 or 5 games.
SAN DIEGO -- Many scores and years after Lincoln abolished slavery, African-Americans
still couldn’t do a lot of things and go a lot of places where white
people worked, dined, resided and played. They could go to war. But they
couldn’t play major league baseball.
It is one of our greatest shames.
Even after Jackie Robinson
broke through baseball’s color line in 1947, the Negro Leagues, which
produced some of the greatest players in history, remained necessary
because MLB couldn’t scrape off all of its lily-white skin overnight.
NEW YORK -- Over the last few months, a number of homophobic incidents, followed by
management and player's positive actions, surrounding the NBA have given professional men's sports and
several of its star players an opportunity to support equality for the
lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.
And after each
one, I couldn't help but think about a night in 1958 Charleston, West Virginia.
In 1958, the Minneapolis Lakers, who wouldn't move to Los Angeles for
another two years, had three black players -- Boo Ellis, Ed Fleming, and
CHICAGO -- Minority youth spend more than half their day consuming media
content, a rate that's 4.5 hours greater than their white counterparts,
according to a Northwestern University report released Wednesday.
Television remains king among all youth, but among minorities who
spend 13 hours per day consuming media of various types, electronic
gadgets such as cell phones and iPods increasingly are the way such
content gets delivered, the report found.
"Children, Media and Race: Media Use Among White, Black, Hispanic and
Asian American Children" was touted by researchers as the first
national study to focus exclusively on children's media use by race and
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Terrelle Pryor's career at Ohio State, which started with so much
promise and potential, came to an abrupt and scandal-ridden end.
The Ohio State quarterback announced through his attorney Tuesday
that he would not play for the Buckeyes this season. He had already been
suspended for the first five games for breaking NCAA rules by accepting
improper benefits from the owner of a tattoo parlor.
"In the best interests of my teammates, I've made the decision to
forgo my senior year of football at The Ohio State University," Pryor
said in a statement issued by Columbus lawyer Larry James.
NEW YORK -- Minutes after Dick Ebersol parted ways with NBCU CEO Steve Burke on the afternoon of May 19, the 63-year-old NBC Sports chairman returned to his office on the 15th floor of 30 Rock and lowered himself gingerly onto the sofa.
A writer fromSports Illustratedhad been waiting to pick up the thread from a conversation the two men had begun earlier that morning; as the journalist was organizing his notes for a story about televised golf, Ebersol had gone upstairs to Burke’s office, where he refused to give ground on his salary demands.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin wants to
fans that things will get better.
“Yep. It has been tough. But Ohio State is more than football,” Griffin
said this week after Jim Tressel was forced to resign as head coach in the midst
of a widespread NCAA inquiry. “It’s a great university, a lot of great things
happening at the university. We will bounce back, no question about it.”
Griffin, 56, is president and CEO of Ohio State’s alumni association. Now 36
years removed from becoming the only player to win college football’s most
coveted individual award for a second time, he said there is now a drive to
NOVI, Mich. -- Gale Sayers sent a stern message to NFL players,
challenging them to help those who paved the way.
“Some players of today’s game think that they made the game what it is
today. I beg to differ,” Sayers said Friday night at an event hosted by the
Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund.
“The players who are playing today are
standing on the shoulders of those who made the game what it is that played the
game for peanuts.
“If today’s players cannot help these players, shame on you.”
The lateChalmers Johnson
often reminded us that “A nation can be one or the other, a democracy
or an imperialist, but it can’t be both.
If it sticks to imperialism,
it will, like the old Roman Republic, on which so much of our system
was modeled, lose its democracy to a domestic dictatorship.” His
warning rings more true by the day, as Americans watch the erosion of
their civil liberties accelerate in conjunction with the expansion of
the US Empire.
When viewed through the lens of Johnson’s profound insights, the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in
The NCAA released its’ annual Academic Progress Rate (APR) report on all
Division One conference members and independents on Tuesday May 24th and
for several HBCU football and men’s basketball teams, the returns were
All told, a dozen (12) HBCU football and men’s basketball teams suffered
loss of scholarship grants because of chronically falling below the 925
standard in the rating system, which figures in graduation rates,
retention of student-athletes and academic progress towards degree over a
four-year (4) period ending with the 2009-10 academic period.
LOS ANGELES -- Nine of Major League Baseball's 30 clubs are not
in compliance with debt rules despite the elite level of the American
pastime making $7 billion in annual revenues, the Los Angeles Times
The newspaper, citing unnamed sources familiar with a confidential
briefing at an owners meeting in May, reported Friday that nearly
one-third of the clubs are overleveraged, including the New York Mets
and Los Angeles Dodgers.
Other clubs named as outside of debt rules in the report were the
Baltimore Orioles, Washington Nationals, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers,
Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies and Florida Marlins.
NEW YORK -- In a profession that provides little in the way of job security, Jim
Tressel was about as comfortable as a college football coach could get.
The man in the sweater vest won 83 percent of his games in 10 seasons
with Ohio State. He went 9-1 against Michigan, won seven Big Ten titles
and a national championship.
But when he committed the cardinal sin of college sports, covering up
an NCAA violation in his program, none of his success on the field
could save him.
While NCAA President Mark Emmert has talked tough in recent months
about cracking down on rule-breakers with penalties severe enough to
deter future wrongdoers, maybe Tressel's departure from Ohio State will
help send that message.
The damning document, written byGeorge DohrmannwithDavid Epstein,
was a major reason why the much-loved and very successful coach stepped
down from his reported $3.5 million per year position as the head of
Buckeye nation on Monday morning.
The story does not contain a smoking gun, but rather provides a
mountain of evidence that contradicts Tressel's claim of ignorance about
the actions of his players, which included
NEW YORK -- The NBA Finals Game 1 on ABC – in which
Miami defeated Dallas 92-84 – generated a 10.7 overnight rating, the highest
for a Game 1 of The Finals since 2004 (Detroit Pistons at Los Angeles Lakers,
11.5 overnight rating), according to Nielsen.
The 10.7 overnight rating is up 15 percent
compared to Game 1 of the 2006 NBA Finals (9.3 overnight rating), when
these same two teams played. Additionally, last night’s overnight
rating is up three percent compared to a 10.4 overnight rating for last
year’s Game 1 between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics.