What we can learn from the baseball cheating scandal

Sport, at its best, is a co-operative activity in which competitors on both sides play with honour in a mutual quest for excellence

What we can learn from the baseball cheating scandalThe Houston Astros have a strange way of saying they’re sorry for cheating and tainting the game of baseball, including the World Series. Last week, the Astros staged what was supposed to be an apology press conference for using an elaborate high-tech scheme (well, except the banging on the trash cans part) to illegally steal…

Big-time U.S. college athletes deserve real compensation

Just allow college athletes to benefit from their names, images and likenesses, like Olympic athletes do

Big-time U.S. college athletes deserve real compensationOn the same day that NCAA president Mark Emmert was testifying in front of U.S. Congress about how terrible it would be if college athletes were allowed to earn money from their names, images and likenesses – like any other college student or U.S. citizen for that matter – Michigan State was giving Colorado football…

Kobe Bryant’s complicated legacy

The late basketball legend became a model husband, father, citizen and businessman. But a dark incident in Colorado can't be forgotten

Kobe Bryant’s complicated legacyI was walking off the tennis court last Sunday when I saw several texts saying Kobe Bryant had been killed in a helicopter crash. My first reaction was disbelief, then shock, then sadness. As I got in my car, I wasn’t sure why I was so sad. While I definitely respected his athletic ability and…

Sending a harsh message to sports’ cheaters

Baseball suspensions and fines should reverberate through all sports, down to children's athletics. Cheating is a social ill that needs to be addressed

Sending a harsh message to sports’ cheatersMajor League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred handed the Houston Astros severe penalties for cheating this week. Manfred suspended Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch for a year each for their role in using electronic equipment to steal the signs of opponents. He also fined the organization $5 million and stripped the Astros…

Sport, at its best, can help change the world

Leaders must fully incorporate social, cultural and environmental considerations – not just economic ones – in their decision-making

Sport, at its best, can help change the worldOne of the greatest, and most memorable, sports-related quotes comes from Nelson Mandela. “Sport has the power to change the world,” said Mandela. “It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create…

Why is Nike still glorifying disgraced coach Salazar?

There is no room for abusive coaches in sports, yet Nike seems intent on ignoring critics – including athletes and its own employees

Why is Nike still glorifying disgraced coach Salazar?Nike executives have decided it’s okay to reopen a renovated building named after disgraced track coach Alberto Salazar and put images of him all over the inside of the building’s walls. This despite the fact that longtime coach was banned by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for encouraging his athletes to use performance-enhancing drugs. And despite…

How do we make sense of, and manage, football’s violence?

Head-first tackles, helmet swinging and devastating hip injuries all add to a game’s growing reputation for chaos

How do we make sense of, and manage, football’s violence?A couple incidents from last week’s football action have garnered a lot of media and fan attention: Myles Garrett’s bonehead use of Mason Rudolph’s helmet as a weapon and the terrible hip injury to Alabama’s star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. First, the Garrett situation. Twitter-verse is afire with emotional chatter about banning Garrett from the National…

Abuse of female athletes at Nike project is reprehensible

The win-at-all-costs, profit-at-all-costs culture at Nike must be cleaned up for good

Abuse of female athletes at Nike project is reprehensibleAlberto Salazar is a former world-class distance runner and coach. If the allegations brought by multiple female athletes claiming he physically, mentally and emotionally abused them while under his direction are true, he’s also a pig. Thanks to the courage of elite athletes (and whistleblowers) Kara Goucher and Mary Cain, Salazar and his illegal and…

Silver lining: NBA boss shows how to handle China

By supporting cherished freedom of expression, Silver may have cost the league billions of dollars. It's a rare and welcome example of standing true to your principles

Silver lining: NBA boss shows how to handle ChinaWhat more do people want from National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver? It seems nearly everyone – from the far right of the political spectrum to the far left – is upset with the NBA’s response to China’s hissy fit over Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's support of Hong Kong protesters. Just days before…

We need to get children off the couch

It’s sad when adults choose to be inactive. It’s even sadder when we don’t provide our children the opportunity to establish physically-active lifestyles

We need to get children off the couchOur children have never been more sedentary. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2016, only 21.6 per cent of children and adolescents in the United States aged six to 19 met the recommended 60 or more minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity at least five times a week. It’s a safe bet that…

Economic justice on the way for U.S. college athletes

The hypocrisy in college athletics promotes the amateur myth and tries to suppress the fact that the young athletes have significant market value

Economic justice on the way for U.S. college athletesCalifornia is leading the way towards economic justice for U.S. college athletes. The California State Assembly unanimously passed the Fair Pay to Play Act recently. If Gov. Gavin Newsom signs the bill, or allows it to go into law without his signature, college athletes in California will be able to profit off of their own…

Fans’ expectations of athletes are out of whack

Those who booed retiring Indianapolis Colt Andrew Luck should be ashamed of themselves. Athletes aren’t warriors created by central casting for our weekend enjoyment

Fans’ expectations of athletes are out of whackToo many sports fans view athletes as robots designed to play games for their entertainment. They sit in the stands or on their sofas, a cold beer in their hands, and yell at injured players for being “too soft” and “not tough enough.” They think jocks should just “suck it up” and get on the…

Fan injuries from foul balls up dramatically

It’s time for MLB to put protective netting up from home plate to the foul poles

Fan injuries from foul balls up dramaticallyI’m a big baseball fan. I played through college and I follow the game very closely. Occasionally, usually through a friend or colleague, I get the opportunity to sit close to the field, not too far above one of the dugouts. What an awesome view. You can really see the pitcher, hitter and catcher interact.…

Jim Bouton’s impact reached far beyond the baseball diamond

The Ball Four author was a significant social activist, speaking out about apartheid, and exposing small-town government and media corruption

Jim Bouton’s impact reached far beyond the baseball diamondJim Bouton died this month at age 80. The plethora of Bouton obituaries and tributes since have focused on his pitching career, which included winning a couple World Series games with the New York Yankees, and the blockbuster book Ball Four he wrote about his 1969 season. But Jim Bouton was also an influential sports…

Rapinoe’s quest for ‘justice for all’ is quintessentially American

Many people just want Rapinoe to shut up and play soccer because what she says and does makes them feel uncomfortable

Rapinoe’s quest for ‘justice for all’ is quintessentially AmericanAmerica was built by bold people looking for a better life – for themselves and their brothers and sisters.   That’s all U.S. women’s national team soccer player Megan Rapinoe is doing. She’s simply asking that, as a country, America live up to the last three words of the Pledge of Allegiance: “justice for all.”…
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