Coronavirus Daze: The New NFL CBA Makes it Harder than Ever to Hold Out

The newly minted CBA includes rules changes designed to prevent holdouts from players under contract, making fines mandatory (previously, they could be waived at teams’ discretion), jacking up the daily cost of a fine up from the old $40,000 per day, and wiping away an accrued season allowing the player to hit free agency on time; in short, delaying the opportunity to hit free agency by a year. … More Coronavirus Daze: The New NFL CBA Makes it Harder than Ever to Hold Out

U.S. Women’s Soccer Deserves Proper Pay

The USWNT is dominant on the field.  Their record in the FIFA World Cup and in international play is beyond impressive, let alone the star power provided by members of the WNT such as Carli Llyod, Megan Rapinoe, and Julie Ertz.  However, for playing the same game, at the same level, and being more successful than their opposite-sex counterparts, they are paid far less than the men. … More U.S. Women’s Soccer Deserves Proper Pay

The Houston Astros: Baseball’s Former Shooting Star is Just Space Junk

Sign stealing is nothing new in baseball.  It is a respected part of the game; when done properly, without the use of sign stealing technology.  The Astros decidedly ignored this aspect of the game.  Beginning in September 2016, an intern in the Astros organization gave a presentation to Jeff Luhnow, then Astros General Manager and President of Baseball Operations.  This presentation consisted of a Microsoft Excel application that could “decode” opposing teams’ signs; they dubbed it “Codebreaker.”  … More The Houston Astros: Baseball’s Former Shooting Star is Just Space Junk

Former Penn State Football Player Files Lawsuit Alleging Sexual Hazing

According to Humphries, the older players together coordinated, took part in, directed, and facilitated “a campaign to harass and haze lower classmen members of the Penn State football team.”  These forms of hazing allegedly occurred at several different places on campus, and according to Humphries, several football coaches witnessed the hazing, but did not stop it or report it. … More Former Penn State Football Player Files Lawsuit Alleging Sexual Hazing

Cuba Gooding Jr’s Sexual Misconduct Cases in the #MeToo Era

The actor is one of the most recent in a slew of high-profile celebrities to be accused of various acts of sexual misconduct in Hollywood.  Cuba Gooding Jr. will eventually join the ranks of Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein, because like them, the cases and charges against him have expanded abundantly due to the presence of multiple accusers and the proffering of their testimonies at trial. … More Cuba Gooding Jr’s Sexual Misconduct Cases in the #MeToo Era

Grievances Galore: The Jacksonville Jaguars and Their Steady Practice of Violating the CBA

By fining players for rehabilitation appointments that were before mini-camp, the Jaguars were violating the CBA agreement. In the NFLPA’s release it was noted that one player was fined over 25 times which resulted in $700,000 in total fines for missing offseason appointments.  This aforementioned player was former Jaguar, Dante Fowler Jr.. … More Grievances Galore: The Jacksonville Jaguars and Their Steady Practice of Violating the CBA

Julian Edelman Arrested for Misdemeanor Vandalism: What are the Patriots and NFL Supposed to Do?

Julian Edelman, the 33-year-old star wide receiver on the New England Patriots, was arrested for misdemeanor vandalism barely one week after the Patriots were shockingly eliminated by the Tennessee Titans from the NFL playoffs.  The charge occurred in Beverly Hills, CA, after Edelman was found jumping onto the hood of someone’s Mercedes, causing damage to the vehicle.  It was reported that alcohol played a role in the incident. … More Julian Edelman Arrested for Misdemeanor Vandalism: What are the Patriots and NFL Supposed to Do?

Yankees Pitcher, Domingo German, Put on Administrative Leave for Allegations of Domestic Violence

However, in September, after allegations of domestic violence, German was put on administrative leave by the M.L.B.  League officials learned of the possibility that German had been involved in an incident with a woman, where he allegedly slapped his girlfriend.  … More Yankees Pitcher, Domingo German, Put on Administrative Leave for Allegations of Domestic Violence

Bylaws, Allegations, and the Potential Demise of Bill Self

Bill Self has firmly denied the allegations and intends to fight them. It could end up being a bigger fight than anticipated if the NCAA decides to give him a show-cause penalty. As of now, the allegations against the University of Kansas are for lack of institutional control, three Level I violations for men’s basketball, and Bill Self has been charged with a head coach responsibility charge. … More Bylaws, Allegations, and the Potential Demise of Bill Self

To Pay or Not to Play: The Controversy Surrounding California’s Passage of the Fair Pay to Play Act and NCAA Sports as a Whole

On September 30th, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom of California signed the Fair Pay to Play Act into Law.  At the time the Act was passed, NCAA regulations allowed athletes to receive scholarships, which may extend to cover the cost of things like books and housing, but nothing further.  This regulation blocked many athletes from profiting off of anything related to their athletic success in college, and instead allowed individual universities as well as the NCAA to reap all of the benefits of college athletics.  In contrast, this new law will allow college athletes in California to take advantage of their athletic abilities and success on the field by permitting them to hire agents and be paid for endorsements.  … More To Pay or Not to Play: The Controversy Surrounding California’s Passage of the Fair Pay to Play Act and NCAA Sports as a Whole