Frank Fear: Why should Progressives support legal sports betting? One answer is that America should—as much as is feasible—replace illegal marketplaces with legal systems to support activities associated widespread social behavior. Tax revenues—otherwise non-existent—would then be used for the public good.
Frank Fear: I wouldn’t say Wolf bombed Saturday night, but I will say it was the wrong shtick for the context.
Frank Fear: Go to any major college or pro football or basketball game. Who’s playing on the field? Who’s watching in the stands? The answers are as clear as black and white.
Frank Fear: In 2016-17, the median Power 5 conference graduation rate for Black basketball players was 35% lower than it was for those in the general student population and 15% lower than it was among White teammates.
Frank Fear: Hosey says he’s protesting because he doesn’t want history to be forgotten. “My specific protest, ”writes Hosey, “is to bring to light the injustices of the past and to have them discussed, recognized, and learned about.”
Frank Fear: Am I surprised? Certainly not. But I also know what they are up against. Those in charge will stall, divert, deflect, impede, and block.
Frank Fear: There’s a big reason why so many politicians and businesspersons serve as college/university presidents and chancellors: In background and approach, they’re just like the trustees who hire them.
Frank Fear: Higher education, which had been a largely progressive institution when I entered the Academy, has evolved into a corporate, neoliberal, capitalistic enterprise. What’s happening at MSU now—and at so many other schools—is the manifestation of a social institution that has lost its soul.
Frank Fear: There’s probably no better example of “flipped brands” than what has happened in Michigan over the last year or so. Let’s look at two campaigns: Pure Michigan and Spartans Will.
Frank Fear: Over time, the Democratic mainstream has become more neoliberal and less progressive. Bill Clinton showed the way. Many Dems followed willingly and, since then, they’ve “kept the party going.”
Frank Fear: Players in this neo-plantation system participate without compensation. They play at risk. The majority are African Americans—a good share of whom might not be in college if it were not for sports, and who probably wouldn’t be matriculating “on scholarship” without sports.
Frank Fear: Nike has what Adidas and Under Armour do not—a face. The public has no idea who runs either of Nike’s major competitors. Not so with Nike. Phil Knight is the face of the franchise.
Frank Fear: For a very long time, endowment activity took place without much notice. Administrators would publish annual results, including reporting overall return and offering an investment breakout by category. Today that’s simply not enough.