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Chad Barr
Professor of Sports Management at Lynn University.

Entries by Chad Barr

The United Nations of X Games

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 11:25 AM


Shred. Big air. Gnarly alley-oop backside rodeo nosegrab. Yeah, the Winter X Games have a language all to themselves. Increasingly, the highly acclaimed extreme winter sports competition and festival -- which takes place this weekend in Aspen, Colo. -- has developed quite an...

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Class Is in Session at the Baseball Winter Meetings

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 5:56 PM

On the first day, you can pick them out from a mile away: Dark suit, portfolio in hand, shoes freshly shined because mom or dad said that was a good way to get hired. It is the Job Fair at the Baseball Winter Meetings.

Here, scores of college students and...

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Presidential Debate: Competitive Greatness at Lynn University

(5) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 11:17 AM

Perched atop legendary basketball coach John Wooden's Pyramid of Success sits Competitive Greatness. "Perform at your best when your best is required," implored the Wizard of Westwood, en route to directing UCLA to 10 national championships.

With November 6 just around the corner, the best is required out of everyone...

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October in America: Lynn University at Center Stage for the Presidential Debate -- and the World Series

(2) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 5:07 PM

This October, like so many American fall seasons before, our two national pastimes once again will converge, as we welcome presidential politics and the World Series into our living rooms.

It seems almost intentional that the end of the presidential election season runs parallel with the end of the Major...

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Three Point Stance: Two Views on Chad Johnson and the Dolphins

(1) Comments | Posted August 21, 2012 | 7:58 PM

Last week, the Miami Dolphins released Chad Johnson, after the superstar wide receiver was arrested for domestic battery.

Is there a more polarizing figure in the National Football League than the once-named "Chad Ochocinco"? And were the Dolphins correct in letting him go?

Here's our take, from deep in the...

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So, BBC, Are There Any Other Nations Competing in the Olympics?

(6) Comments | Posted August 14, 2012 | 2:35 PM

Sitting high above Olympic Park, the stars of BBC's coverage of the Summer Olympics Games had reason to smile. Leadership of the often-stuffy British Broadcasting Company gave the family of UK networks quite a facelift during these Olympics with high-tech graphics, welcoming hosts and slick sets.

Now if they could...

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Summer Olympics: Seen and Heard With Our Students at the Games

(1) Comments | Posted August 13, 2012 | 2:06 PM

For two weeks, here in London, our Lynn University sports management students lived the Olympic dream.

They toured Olympic Stadium, Wembley and nearly every Summer Games venue in the Greater London area. They met with Olympians and learned about the relationships between athletes and their national governing bodies. They studied...

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The Hunger Games: An Olympic-Sized Effort to Find Good Stadium Food in London

(9) Comments | Posted August 6, 2012 | 3:41 PM

When Peter White headed for the concessions stand at halftime of a women's basketball game at the Olympic Park outside of London, he found himself in quite a quandary.

"Meat pies are all that they had," says the Lynn University sports management sophomore from Weston, Mass. "I mean, I like...

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Country First: The Olympic Games, Nationalism and the Ultimate Displays of Fandom

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2012 | 12:23 PM

Alongside our terrific sports management students, we have cheered with die-hard fans at the Super Bowl, celebrated with alumni at the NCAA Final Four, been awed by the throngs of dedicated gearheads at the Daytona 500, and pledged our allegiance to all things extreme at the X Games. In our...

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Olympic Service With a (Pleasantly Unexpected) Smile

(1) Comments | Posted July 30, 2012 | 3:37 PM

Bashing the London Summer Games is in high form this Olympic fortnight. It's not without at least some justification.

Highway traffic has ranged from impossible to insane. Fairly sparse street directional signage to Olympic events has caused some confusion on London's maze of alleys and avenues. And the sight of...

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Learning by Doing: Sports Management Education Takes the Next Step at the Olympic Games

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2012 | 4:03 PM

What do you remember about your college education?

You indeed may struggle to recall anything that you were required to memorize in those enormous lecture-based classes.

Instead, you likely remember what you did -- maybe you completed an experiment with a lab partner or spent time working with a...

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London Calling! For Our Sports Management Students

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 9:37 AM

Pop quiz. You are a college student and want to learn about media relations and the operation of the Summer Olympic Games in London. You best choice is to:

A) Sit in a huge lecture hall and try to avoid napping by playing Words With Friends.

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