Frank Fear: College athletes rarely speak out or organize for social causes—individually or collectively. The picture changes, though, if we focus on the athletes’ identity as student-athletes.
new executive arrived in my town a few years ago. He came from the private sector to take the reins of a public institution. With experience in getting results, he said the best way forward was to identify priorities and then establish goals with timelines. And he did just that. A game plan was set. […]
Frank Fear: The New York Times reported last week that FanDuel and DraftKings are worth over $1 billion dollars each. And the two companies have spent over $27 million dollars to air over 8000 TV ads since the young NFL season began.
Frank Fear: Sanders isn’t talking about change via a policy here, a program there. He’s talking about re-scripting the social order.
Frank Fear: And while Trump and Sanders—as party outsiders—have a tough road ahead, the challenge they face pales in comparison to The Institutional Problem you and I face all the time, each and every day—defending ourselves from institutional self-interest.
see his face. He looks right at me with piercing eyes staring directly into mine. I hear his voice. It’s melodic. lyrical. Word are selected meticulously. Spoken carefully. The enunciation … well … it’s “just right.” Mario Cuomo was more than an orator. Cuomo was cerebral. Cuomo was thoughtful. Cuomo was expressive. And, most importantly, […]
few days ago a newspaper column in local market paper carried this headline: “Let’s put away the drama and get back to sports.” The point: media spend too much time covering off-the-field news stories. The writer, for one, vowed he would concentrate on covering the games. The problem with that thinking is that sports aren’t […]
Frank Fear: In exchange for a shot at “The Bigs” most minor league players earn next to nothing.
Frank Fear: We presume Alma Mater always does the right thing and is socially responsible in its operations, but the record doesn’t support that belief.
Frank Fear: Why go after FIFA when, for years, bank cronies have gone unpunished? Institutional fines, not individual jail time, have been the penalties levied for wrongdoing—billions and billions in fines.
Frank Fear: Jobs are the centerpiece, especially jobs associated with making and doing things. Enhancing access to technical education is important, the type of skills-based education associated with the trades and applied professions.
hen it comes to interpreting baseball’s place in America’s history George Will has no peer. Consider Will’s words as spoken in Ken Burns’ 1994 videography, “Baseball”: “Baseball suits the character of this democratic nation. Democracy is government by persuasion. That means it requires patience. That means it involves a lot of compromise. Democracy is the […]
Frank Fear: When it comes to generating revenue in athletics, colleges do pretty much what they want and when they want. As with seat license fees, decisions are imposed on the public, de facto, as university administrative actions.