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Dave Hollander
Dave Hollander is a well-traveled sports author/columnist/professor. For years, he has been a regular contributor to a slew of national and local publications including AOL Sports,, Interview, Penthouse, Slate, Interview and New York Press.

A sports interviewer sui generis, Dave is the author of 52 WEEKS: Interviews with Champions! – a collection memoirs, essays and stunningly candid interviews with fifty-two major sports figures.

Considered one of the most popular professors at the NYU Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management, "Professor" Hollander has taught and lectured widely on sports trends at numerous college and universities,

A graduate of Newton High School in New Jersey, Dave set school records for technical fouls in a single season and a career.

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Entries by Dave Hollander

What if the NBA Had a Black Commissioner in 1981?

(4) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 6:30 PM

"They were partners. That's the only way I look at it. They were partners. They're complicit just like he is, because you cannot allow this man to do all this stuff, for all these years, and be held blameless. You can't." -- Olden Polynice, former Clippers player on the NBA's...

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The Gayest Olympics Ever

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 7:21 PM

In less than 30 days from now, the Sochi Winter Olympic Games will make history. Not because it's the first games in post-Glasnost Russia. Not because of widespread national corruption. Not so much because it's the first winter games to have women ski jumping. It's because...

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NBA Cares (For Real)

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 3:43 PM

The week's headlines didn't paint a pretty picture of our beloved sports institutions. The NFL is beset and besieged with bullying and chronic traumatic encephalopathy. MLB battles soap operatically with a player of whom they dare not speak his name (where have you...

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Remembering Bum Phillips

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 6:00 PM

It's been a rough three months. First Elmore Leonard, then Dean Meminger, now Bum Phillips. He passes away Friday at his ranch in Goliad, Texas. He was 90. Bum Philips was an original. Not a contrived original for marketing purposes like you see nowadays, but pure spirit who knew little...

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The NBA Trend in "Ownership Marketing" (And How It Can Help Jason Collins Get a Job)

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 3:47 PM

I promise I'll get to Jason Collins in a minute. Let me set it up first.

There's a new trend in the NBA that's helping jump-start franchises that have lost or need a new identity. I call it "ownership marketing."

It started with the Brooklyn Nets. Brett Yormark explained it...

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I Wish I Was the Anna Kournikova of Anything

(1) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 1:50 PM

"What I love about the WNBA is that there are women who dunk."

Paula Madison, CEO Los Angeles Sparks

"I don't think selling sex is ever going to be outdated. It's like when people say breasts are in or breasts are out. Our breasts are never going to...

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Make Basketball the New National Sport of Canada

(14) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 6:31 PM

I like to tell my students that it's good to get ahead of things in the business of sports. We talk a lot about Roone Arledge, Branch Rickey, Muhammad Ali -- people who saw what others could not, and went there before the others got there, and then every other...

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The (Un)Natural: A-Rod Updates Malamud

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 4:59 PM

Just hours after MLB read its punishment to Alex Rodriguez, good old Ozzie Guillen tweeted this gem:

Ozzie Guillen FND ✔ @OzzieGuillen

its all madonnas fault. every athlete she has been with has gone bad. see canseco, rodman and now rodriguez lol lol lol

6:27 PM -...

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Otis Birdsong: Put Bill Russell in the NBA Logo?

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2012 | 3:24 PM

In the first episode of the NBRPA's new talk show Holding Court, former four-time NBA all-star Otis Birdsong equates Magic and Bird to Kirk and Spock respectively, declares the bank shot all but extinct, and ponders the idea of Bill Russell in a new NBA logo.

Otis Birdsong...

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Not Where "Amazing" Happened, But Better

(1) Comments | Posted March 11, 2011 | 12:34 PM

So, I went to the Prudential Center in Newark to see the Nets play the Golden State Warriors last night. I think it was as nice of a live professional sports experience as I've been to in years. Please don't stop reading.

I know. I was watching two teams with...

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NFL Owners vs. NFL Players 2011: The Owners Will Win

(61) Comments | Posted February 9, 2011 | 11:14 AM

The confetti air-drop in Dallas at Super Bowl XLV was merely prelude to the real NFL paper war. And it's a war the owners cannot lose. They never could.

Union reps, league spokespersons and media will prattle on about fairness and revenues. The NFLPA may be right that the owners...

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Are New York Marathoners Athletes?

(25) Comments | Posted November 4, 2010 | 11:08 AM

Allow me to share an exchange I had with my good friend, the writer C.J. Sullivan, as we discussed the following question:

Are New York Marathoners Athletes?

Sullivan: I would answer that with a loud, "Hell No!"

Well let me qualify that. Out of the 37,000 duffers that...

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So What Exactly Is a "Golf Lesbian?"

(6) Comments | Posted September 29, 2010 | 5:06 PM

My wife and I were showing a single lesbian friend of ours around the neighborhood. She just moved here. We pointed to one local drinking establishment that we heard had become a hangout for a lot of gay women. We poked our heads in and our friend sniffed dismissively, "golf...

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Somebody Come and Play

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2010 | 10:33 AM


When Dutch scholar Johan Huizinga wrote Homo Ludens: The Play Element in Culture (1938) he made the strong and enduring argument that in the "primeval soil of play" we find the origin of "the great instinctive forces of civilized life," of myth...

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Vintage New York Jets

(3) Comments | Posted September 7, 2010 | 2:40 PM


Sonny Werblin understood the value of star quality in sports long before the rest of his pro football brethren. In 1965, when Werblin, President and part-owner of the formerly New York Titans re-named New York Jets spent a then record-breaking $427,000 to induce Joe...

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Spitting in Public Is Really Not Okay

(2) Comments | Posted September 7, 2010 | 11:50 AM

What makes people think spitting in public is okay? From Chinatown to Midtown, from Bushwick to Bayside, Gothamites openly expel their esophageal waters with impunity. It's gross. And, unlike other now hopelessly ingrained NYC rudeness's -- not letting people off the subway before getting on or halting the flow pedestrian...

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Dara Torres on the Case of Shirley Babashoff: "It Sucks"

(2) Comments | Posted July 30, 2010 | 12:54 PM


To me, Dara Torres represents everything that sports should be. She's competitive, dignified, tough, smart, independent, clean, and innovative. She's puts herself out as a role model but not as a corporate prop, or a brand, or a reality show, or...

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ESPN's Marcellus Wiley Sees More Concussions and More Closeted Gays in NFL's Future

(10) Comments | Posted July 15, 2010 | 6:40 PM


The Compton-born, Ivy-League graduate, retired NFL-All Pro Defensive End, co-host of ABC show Winners Bracket, ESPN Football Analyst has been a refreshingly candid and intelligent voice on a range of professional sports issues, most notably gun ownership. He minces no words in our conversation...

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Emmy-Winning Cash Cab Host Ben Bailey Says His Road Rage Is Real

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2010 | 1:10 PM


If you haven't gotten into Cash Cab yet, then your New Yorker status needs to be downgraded. The show is as New York as New York 1, the Sleepy's jingle and publicly-funded sports arenas. I got addicted a few years ago while...

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UFC Bans Vuvuzelas

(4) Comments | Posted June 30, 2010 | 11:40 AM


UFC President Dana White confirmed today that vuvuzelas -- the infamous noise makers used at this year's World Cup by South African fans that have strained the patience of even the most culturally tolerant among us -- have been banned at MGM Grand Garden...

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