Realignment --> Playoff --> ???
With all of the realignment mania, a recent article in Atlantic magazine by Taylor Branch is worth reading. (Note: Yes, THAT Taylor Branch, who wrote the three-part trilogy “America in the King Years.” His new book is “The Cartel: Inside the Rise and Imminent Fall of the NCAA.”) Granted, the motive behind the realignment is money — more television money for the...
Can Finebaum Join the New Party?
Cox Media Group wants Paul Finebaum. But can they get him? The group has launched a new sports talk radio station in Birmingham, 97.3 The Zone. The huge (Annual revenues = $1.8 billion) multimedia conglomerate no doubt sees potential in our sports-crazy state. One component of their plan is to snag Paul Finebaum away from Citadel Broadcasting, which owns WJOX 94.5. In fact, in its current...
The Shame of College Sports →
Like most Atlantic articles, it is well-researched (particularly on legal details) and powerfully worded.
Does Scandal Coverage Hinder Real NCAA Reform? →
A great article on how scandal coverage deflects attention on the real issue — colleges making millions of dollars off players receiving a small fraction of the income they generate.
ESPN: Too Big for Its Own Ethics
As the Bruce Feldman situation illustrates, ESPN has outgrown its own ethics. To become the Worldwide Leader, the network has had to ignore the inevitable conflicts of interest and continues to put itself in awkward situations. When everything comes to a head, as it did in Feldman’s case, the network shows how out of practice it is in dealing with such situations. I am going to state the...