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The Financial Future for March Madness Stars? Much Depends on the Advisors Around Them

(3) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 6:25 PM

As we watch the stars on the hard courts in "March Madness" it is appropriate to pause and wonder where will they be after their playing days are done? The NCAA is reviling us with the commercials emphasizing that most college athletes are going pro in "something else," but what...

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Race and the Global Business of Sports: 2013

(1) Comments | Posted December 31, 2012 | 10:28 AM

It is that time of year again for lists and the first one to catch my attention, in a negative light, was the Sports Business Journal's list of The Most Influential People in Sports Business. To be clear, the authors did not do anything wrong. What that list...

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Troubling Graduation Rates for Black NCAA Student Athletes

(6) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 5:19 PM

In the midst of college conference realignments and billion dollar media deals the plight of student athletes sometimes does not receive the focus that it should. A new report, Black Male Student-Athletes and Racial Inequities in NCAA Division I College Sports, concludes that particularly when it comes to...

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Straight Sports Allies

(5) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 1:32 PM

The exercise of celebrity free speech is one of diversity's most powerful weapons. The case of NFL Baltimore Ravens player Brendon Ayanbadejo, a celebrity only by virtue of being a professional football player, has amplified this point. Ayanbadejo made it clear via YouTube postings and other measures that he is...

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A Little Student-Athlete Leverage: NCAA Institutions Roll Out Multiyear Scholarships

(4) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 3:44 PM

Student-athletes about to sign NCAA National Letters of Intent may receive multiyear scholarships instead of the one year renewable scholarships that have been the standard since 1973 (I know too well because that was the year I entered college and got the news that my athletic scholarship would...

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Globalizing Title IX

(1) Comments | Posted June 25, 2012 | 10:42 AM

What remains to be done 40 years after the signing of Title IX? Saudi Arabia's agreement to permit women to participate in the Olympics for the first time is an interesting reference point as this moment is celebrated. The coinciding Saudi moment is also an indicator of how much more...

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When Will an African City Host the Olympic Games?

(2) Comments | Posted June 8, 2012 | 1:42 PM

Will an African city host the Olympic Games in 2024? A recent report contends that South Africa will be stepping forward to compete by offering Durban as her bid city. The current Olympic economic model is not made for current economic times and most cities in the world, let alone...

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The Meaning of Clemens II

(2) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 7:27 AM

The sad case of Roger Clemens has once again been placed before us. Part of our regret in revisiting the case is a combination of the little that we stand to gain by spending our tax dollars on this matter and the misreading by many of what the action is...

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