Dave Zirin: Alex Rodriguez is the weakest link and that’s exactly why he’d get Marvin Miller’s most fierce support. The union, in that tradition, should grit their teeth and stand with A-Rod.
Dave Zirin: If the call was to abolish all of college football in the wake of the Penn State scandal and convert all athletic scholarships into academic ones, then let’s support this for the collective good.
Kivi Niemi: The Olympics has moved past the idea that athletes can train and support themselves without compensation. It is time that the NCAA and universities share the pot of spoils they are making on the backs of primarily young underprivileged gifted athletes.
Michael Sigman: Publishers may feel they need to throw various unorthodox revenue-raising techniques against the wall to see what sticks. It’s reasonable for us to suggest that they pick a different wall than the one between advertising and editorial.
H. Scott Prosterman: I suppose the point of all this is that stuffing as many hot dogs into one’s mouth as possible in 10 minutes is good, clean, healthy fun, and that all young Americans should aspire to such ambitions. If you get really good at it, you can turn pro and sign endorsement contracts. After all, eaters are athletes.
William J. Astore: But I despair at the way money and media and mercenary players have invaded the game and changed its character from a pastime to a business. Just one recent example: today’s opener between the Red Sox and Yankees was moved to 8:05 PM for the benefit of ESPN Sunday night baseball in the hopes of garnering higher ratings and advertising revenue. Few seem to care about inconveniencing the fans, or flouting the tradition of opening day played in the afternoon under God’s natural light.
The ESPN special, “Return to Mexico City ” is a thorough retrospective on the legacies of Tommie Smith and John Carlos. For anyone with a vivid long-term memory of those events, the high quality footage from those dramatic days will stir a full range of emotions. While we romanticize about it, we forget that 1968 […]