The idea that there's plenty of money to pay the athletes a salary largely comes from the existing system of surrogate pay and superfluous expenditure that currently exists. If the athletes get salaries, then the coaches no longer get the proxy pay -- and one cost offsets the other.
No matter how many number retirement ceremonies we throw, it doesn't change the fact that the New York Yankees are bloated with ill-conceived, long-term contracts, inexplicably garnished with no-trade clauses to aging, faded stars from another decade.
Can video gamers actually make money from broadcasting themselves playing? While most streamers and professional eSports players shroud their earnings, a handful of streamers are fairly transparent about their streaming income.
Pete Rose continues to feel that he has been unfairly treated by the baseball establishment, and I believe that with an expanded lens of the changing culture regarding athletes' transgressions, perhaps leniency in his case is now in order.
Coach Harbaugh's multi-million dollar deal is just more proof that college sports are big business. It is another reason why college athletes, particularly college football players and basketball players, should be getting paid.
The threat of SB 101 becoming law has thrust the NCAA into a unique position. The NCAA has an opportunity to have an impact beyond sport by speaking out against this discriminatory law.
At the professional levels, there are regular crews who work the league that oversee operations and the penalty and game clocks. These folks are invaluable to us on-ice officials, and very often they spot things that the officials -- and even the coaches -- miss.
We've all shot an arrow at a balloon, but have you wondered what would happen if the balloon were filled with hydrogen? Funny you should ask, because this video explains the science of archery -- as well as providing some good "don't try this at home" archery lessons.
Louis Van Gaal got United to click again this week, and he did so in this most logical manner; he finally displayed some consistency in his team selection, not letting his preference in tactics or availability from injury or suspension dictate his squad.
It took only 39 years for the Golden State Warriors to clinch the Pacific Division. Not to negate their back-to-back playoff appearances in the last two years. But the 122-108 victory over the Portland Trailblazers last night is a bit more special.
When youth sports began way back in the late '30s, it was so kids would have something to do during their time off from school in the summer. With the advent of all-star teams, on a team with 15 players, 14 would be left with no baseball for the rest of the summer.
Pele has high hopes for American soccer. Like many of the rest of us, he forecast African success in the World Cup last century. Perhaps wary of that, he expresses his hopes rather than his predictions for U.S. soccer.
We like to believe that we've tamed the world. But then you try to sail the "Roaring 40s" and you realize how much we're fooling ourselves. That's where the Volvo Ocean Race currently finds itself and where four boats suffered near wipe-outs in turbulent weather earlier this week.
Yes, contact sports are dangerous. Competitive soccer, volleyball, swimming, gymnastics, baseball, etc. are not without risk. But stop and think about the risk of your kid not getting to participate in a team sport.
No matter how you dissect it, one could argue that sport is not simply the "opiate of the masses" that many might lead us to believe. There's something far more interesting "at play" here -- as it were -- and what's very clear is that the nature of play is inherent to our humanness.
Most people who don't play chess believe that the checkmate ends the game. They may not know they can also lose by overstepping the time limit or by resigning - something unheard of in other sports such as football, basketball or hockey.
It's time to usher in the annual rite of spring known as March Madness. While Cinderella grabs millions at the box office, a record number of small-screen viewers will be on the lookout for another kind of Cinderella who can prevent the Kentucky Coronation.