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This is fine and dandy, but you're focusing on a fringe bullet point in this debate.It's mostly about the fact that drawing a line, and implementing this "fairly" across entire athletic departments and divisions without having to cut sports is virtually impossible. The idea that you "only pay DI football players" won't stand up for the same reasons that Title IX exists. It's ALREADY a financial challenge for universities...look at what just happened at Temple. They just cut seven sports.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on College sports TV ratings will decline by paying players? Please.
It's not an open and shut thing...the announcer is definitely too adamant. But if/when you foul in a tied game with let's say 10-15 seconds remaining, you also take the three-point shot away. That's a positive. If you do get down three with less than 10 seconds, smart coaches will foul you on your next offensive possession, and it becomes very difficult to make up that margin.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Announcer pleads with team to foul when tied
@CEOIII Take it up with the NFL. I'm not defending them or carrying their water. I'm trying make the point that part of the opinion in this article likely isn't quite right.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on The NFL vs. M.I.A. Fight is about to go nuclear
"And now that it's gone public, that's not in the best interests of the NFL either."I disagree. This is exactly what the NFL wants. They want to set an example for all of these performers that they will go the distance, and will wear out these performers and their attorneys if they don't adhere to the standard of behavior that they expected to receive.
The NFL isn't getting rich here. Recovering the money is not the primary motivation.
@Franklin Young The Prisco "takedown" was as ad hominem as it gets. Prisco never said that concussions weren't unfortunate. He said that the players didn't deserve the settlement compensation under the premise that anyone not living in a hole (or has ever seen a boxer in his 50s) understands that getting hit in the head for a living has long term effects. Olbermann either didn't understand, or ignored the distinction because it would have gotten in the way of a rant. I haven't turned Olbermann on since then...and don't plan to.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Keith Olbermann shreds Bobby Valentine for 9/11 comments
It's a really dumb ad,...not remotely funny. But I don't see evidence of "racism" here. If it were a real police lineup based on some description of a "black male", and it further went on to describe that the suspect had "gang colors" on or somesuch...the lineup wouldn't look like roll call at the United Nations. Is that what people seriously expect?If you flipped the scenario around, and made them a group of menacing looking southern white guys, right out of casting from Deliverance, no one would cry racism. It would be just another dumb commercial.
10 months, 1 week ago on This Mountain Dew goat ad is racist and pretty stupid
This is all about ratings, ratings, ratings. Let's say First Take goes away tomorrow. Do they have anything else that will get more viewers? Even if First Take's ratings come from the lowest common denominator of sports fan. Disney's a publicly traded company....their first obligation is to their shareholders, not so much the sensibilities of people like us. ESPN will follow the money.
12 months ago on Bill Simmons' critique of First Take exposes ESPN's identity crisis | March | 2013
I hate that I'm going to do this, but I'm going to defend ESPN just a little.
Yesterday (as well as Tuesday night), there was no hockey, no football, no golf, no auto racing, and a smattering of NBA and college hoops. As a network who is committing to bring you a "sports news show" that is X hours in duration on a daily basis, yesterday was an exceptionally tough day to fill time.
That's where my defense ends, however. My beef with ESPN, is that SportsCenter doesn't do this well enough even when there's PLENTY to talk about. This show was at it's best in the 1980s when it was strictly a highlight and reporting show. No opinion, no singing to Tim Tebow, no rumor, no silliness. It was a succinct and useful hour of TV. Now, when I see SportsCenter in my TV menu, I never bother to turn it on because the chance that I'm going to get meaningful sports highlights or NEWS if I do so is quite slim.
I would love to see them carve-out time dedicated only to news and highlights. Maybe on a night like last night, it's only a half hour...maybe on a Sunday night in September it's 90 minutes. It's not as if the schedule of sporting events is fluid and not understood well in advance. They should break out episodes of Tom Mees and Gayle Gardner wearing bad yellow sports coats, and just do that over again. Clearly given the frequency of and many airings of SportsCenter, they have the available time on one of their 47 networks to do this.
1 year, 2 months ago on Billy Crystal's advice to Tim Tebow and more fun from what used to be SportsCenter