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The HBS: Fall Magic

By: Mike Asti and George Gerbo

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The HBS: The Tainted “Shield”

By: Mike Asti and George Gerbo

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The HBS: The NFL’s Watergate

By: Mike Asti and George Gerbo

Roger Goodell

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Why athletes shouldn’t take home town discounts

There’s been a lot of talk lately about NBA superstars and role players alike taking less money than they’re ostensibly worth “for the good of the team.” The collective bargaining agreement is structured to minimize a team’s ability to load up on big contracts, and it makes guys who don’t settle for less seem greedy. C’mon, you’re really going to take $8 million over there instead of $5 million over here? DON’T YOU WANT TO WIN?

Meanwhile, the owners are taking Scrooge McDuck baths in gold coins and bitching about only getting half of the league’s basketball related income.

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17
Sep

In South Korea, This Is What Happens To Mayors Who Want To Move Ballparks

A rather heated controversy involving Korean baseball, as Ahn Sang Soo, mayor of the Korean city of Changwon, was pelted with two eggs by assemblyman Kim Sung Il. Unfortunate, but it said right there on the meeting agenda: “Mayor to get egged by disgruntled councilmember.” Ya gotta read those things.

According to the report, mayor Ahn wants to move the baseball stadium in Jinhae (represented by Kim) to Masan in order to attract the NC Dinos. The move would also apparently eliminate a planned research center in Jinhae that would be built along with the stadium.

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17
Sep

Broken Water Pipes + Basketball Court = Funhouse Sports

Some people look at this warped basketball court, ruined from burst water pipes, as a tragedy. I like to look at this as possibly the greatest new game ever invented: Ba-SKATE-Ball. Somebody get Tony Hawk a pair of John Stockton shorts immediately!

Maybe instead of skateboards, you use inline rollerblades or something. Only because I can just see 10 guys on skateboards, with a board shooting out from underneath them when they slip. Or maybe they’re tethered, like surfboards.

Look, I haven’t worked out all the details yet. I just know it’s going to be amazing. Plus, we won’t have to worry about all these domestic abuse cases in our league because most skaters are just chill … and usually high.

Oooh, here’s another idea — how about 10 on 10 basketball, and you still have to dribble the ball. Twenty players on the court makes me think the ball won’t shoot out of bounds quite as much as I expect it would bouncing on these hills.

Maybe I’ll call that game — Bounce-sketball.

Get off my back, already, I’ll think of something else!

9
Sep

Crimson Tide: How Did 49ers’ Fans Take Over Cowboys’ Stadium On Sunday?

Forty-Niners’ fans usually travel well: ever since Joe Montana & Co. put the team on the map in 1980-81, red jerseys have been a common sight in most NFL stadiums the team visits. But this was a little ridiculous. Welcome to the relatively new AT&T Stadium, home of the Cowboys, where San Francisco met Dallas on Sunday and Niners’ fans drowned out the locals by several dozen decibels. And just look at all the red …

Reasons for this visiting team invasion?

* According to Ticket City, tickets to this game on the secondary market were marked up 141 percent. That’s a lot of money for Cowboys season ticket holders to pass up.

* Fans are turning on Jerry Jones. As we saw on Sunday he hasn’t done much to improve the team … yet he’s just broken ground on a new, state-of-the-art practice facility in Frisco, TX.

* San Francisco has had a serious Super Bowl contender for four straight seasons now.

* SF’s Michael Crabtree may have turned the tide by himself. The Texas native distributed 70 tickets to the game for family and friends.

The phenomenon was most evident when Vernon Davis caught a TD pass from Colin Kaepernick in the first quarter, and the stadium erupted in cheers. We’re betting the racket was loud enough to wake a dead Tom Landry.

2
Sep

Wes Welker May Have Popped Molly Cut With Amphetamine At The Kentucky Derby

According to Adam Schefter, the Broncos wide out will get an involuntary four-game break to recover from his concussions due to a positive test for amphetamines — a banned substance. However, the suspension might actually be incorrect if the following report from NBC’s Pro Football Talk is true.

It’d be a first offense (stage one vilolation), and under the league substance abuse policy constitutes a fine in the amount of 3/17 of a player’s base salary, not a suspension.

Makes sense considering he was handing out $100 bills at the Derby back in May, after wining $14,000 due to a clerical error. Objectively speaking, that day must have been fun as hell. We’ll update you as details emerge.

28
Aug

Nick Young thought the Purge was coming

This was one of Nick Young’s not so ‘Swagy P’ moments, after he fell for a teenager concocted hoax and blasted it to all 150,000 twitter followers of his.

After this picture of a supposed ‘real life ‘ purge due to come to the listen U.S cities went viral, it seems only Nick Young was the one who didn’t get the hoax message and went into full out panic mode.

The Lakers upcoming 2014-2015 season will most likely be a lot more scary.

28
Aug

Report Says Rob Ford Once Made His Football Team Roll Around In Goose Crap


According to documents obtained by the Toronto Star on Wednesday, Ford, who coached football at Don Bosco Catholic High School in Toronto, was fired in part because he made his players “roll around in goose scat.”

The Star:

The most sensational allegation contained in the documents came from Royiwsky, who told the board that Ford “made the players roll in goose scat” and “called them —-suckers” after an Oct. 2012 game against Father Henry Carr secondary school. Yan said Ford “wasn’t happy with the performance or the level of intensity.”

“I guess he was doing his Vince Lombardi impression,” Yan said.

Among other misdeeds by Ford as listed in the documents, released due to the Freedom on Information Act, were:

* Threatening to beat up a teacher.

* Showing up intoxicated to the final practice before his team was to play in the Metro Bowl in 2012.

* Sticking the school with a $5,000 bill for helmets which he had promised to pay for.

* Holding improper summer practice in which a player broke his collarbone.

When asked to respond, Rob Ford’s brother, Toronto councillor Doug Ford, had the most amusing quote of the day:

“I don’t give two craps,” Doug Ford said when asked about the allegations about the mayor. “You guys are the most biased media in the country. Bar none.”

Rob Ford, who was recently released from a rehab facility for alcohol addiction, was fired last year from a side-job as a volunteer coach at Don Bosco after he made disparaging remarks to a TV network about parents and their children.

26
Aug

So, Apparently LeBron Recruited Kevin Love After He Signed With The Cavs


During his introductory press conference today, Kevin Love shed some light on the process that took him from disgruntled T-Wolve to the happiest player in the NBA. “LeBron had decided to come back to the Cleveland Cavaliers and he called me just a few hours post. I said, ‘You know what, I’m in.’”

Hmmm, sounds fishy, considering Love had one more year left on his deal…

[NBA Memo on tampering] “Article 35E of the NBA Constitution states that it’s a violation of the league’s anti-tampering rule for any person affiliated with an NBA team to directly or indirectly (i) entice, induce, or persuade, or attempt to entice, induce or persuade, any player, coach, GM or other person under contract to any other NBA team to enter into negotiations for or relating to that person’s services or to negotiate or contract for such services, or (ii) otherwise interfere with the employment relationship between that employee and the other NBA team.”

We’re not saying anyone should be fined or suspended or excommunicated — tampering rules are bullshit any way you slice it — but it was funny to hear Love dish on how LeBron may or may not have recruited him to join forces in “The Land.” Seeing as the Raptors were fined $25,000 when Drake mentioned Kevin Durant’s name on stage at OVO Fest, we wouldn’t be surprised if Bron broke some stupid rule by contacting Love in the moments after he changed teams on July 12th. Though David Stern has said players are excluded from tampering rules, article 35E (above) seems to imply that they can, in fact, be punished for contacting other players who are under contract (because players are “team employees”).

21
Aug

Mo’ne Davis Will Lose $100,000 Because Of NCAA Compensation Rule


After last week becoming the first girl ever to earn a pitching victory at the Little League World Series, Mo’ne Davis lasted only a couple of innings during her Philadelphia team’s 8-1 loss to Las Vegas on Wednesday. But she’s still pretty much the biggest thing in sports right now — her autographed baseball just sold for $510 on eBay.

As it is, Mo’ne spends a lot of time in Williamsport signing stuff — baseballs, caps, etc., for her new fans. But some of that stuff has ended up on eBay. And this the battle lines have been drawn. Some, like Little League Inc. CEO Steve Keener, think that’s not a great idea.

“I think it’s ridiculous. That’s absurd,” said Keener. “(But) I don’t know how you would ever control it.”

Others are OK with it. Brandon Steiner, owner of Steiner Sports, told USA Today that he was ready to pay Davis a $100,000 deal to sign memorabilia, but that he reconsidered because it could be against NCAA rules. Davis is even better at basketball than she is at baseball, and wants to one day play for UConn.

“I wouldn’t want to get in the way of that, those being the rules,” Steiner said. “But would I love to call her up and say, ‘Let’s go sign 1,000 baseballs right now, being that I love what you’ve accomplished and what you’ve done?’ A hundred percent.”

“I’d get my butt up to Williamsport and get something worked out with her parents and her and get some good product online.”

For the record, a federal judge recently ruled that an athlete can earn money from their name and likeness, but only up to $5,000, and even that would be deferred until their eligibility expires. No one’s really sure what that means for someone like Mo’ne, who at 13 is still five years away from college,

Anyway, you kind of get the feeling here that the whole Mo’Ne movement is getting out of hand. She just recently landed the cover of Sports Illustrated, which of course means the Sports Illustrate curse. And she did lose on Wednesday.

Her team, however, is still alive at Williamsport. Philadelphia meets the team from Chicago tonight at 7:30 (ET), with the winner moving on to play Las Vegas for the U.S. championship. That winner would meet either Mexico or Japan for international title.

21
Aug

Kevin Durant To Become A Pro Sports Apparel Hawker Who Plays NBA Basketball On The Side


According to Darren Rovell, Thunder forward Kevin Durant has a massive sponsorship deal from Under Armour on the table that could be worth $285 million over 10 years, with incentives like a community center built in his mother’s name. Like a restricted free agent, Durant’s former sponsor, Nike, has the chance to match the offer and retain Durant, but either way — he’s getting paid.

With an annual salary between 26.5 million and $28.5 million, Durant will make substantially more money from hawking sports apparal for either company than he will playing basketball — the Thunder will pay him $18,995,624 this year and $20,158,622 in 2015-16. As Rovell puts in perfectly Rovellian terms: “in money alone, Durant would be more an employee of Under Armour than he is of the Thunder.”

This is an enormous investment for UA, not just because only 1 percent of its multi-billion dollar revenue comes from basketball shoe sales. UA will be banking on Durant’s star and brand to keep rising, even though Durant sold just $175 million worth of his signature Nike sneakers last year, compared to $300 million for LeBron James. Forbes recently estimated that LeBron makes about $20 million a year from his deal with Nike.

So here’s the question: Does Durant’s interest in signing with Maryland-based UA have anything to do with the rumors that he’s interested in playing for the Wizards in 2016? Durant reportedly likes that UA spends a lot of money on community development projects, and LeBron has made the concept of “coming home” an attractive, even noble endeavor.

Regardless of where Durant continues his NBA career, remember the next time you watch him play: This is just his hobby. His real job is attaching his name to pretty shoes and modeling them in public places. Not a bad gig.

20
Aug

Jerry Jones blames Seahawks for all the flags


If you’ve watched any NFL preseason game, it would be hard not to notice the abundance of penalty flags that have resulted from league’s new defensive holding changes and if you ask Washington cornerback DeAngelo Hall or Dallas owner Jerry Jones, you have to look no further than the reigning Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks to find out why.

“A team like Seattle, who basically played a style that would risk a holding penalty as opposed to not having an aggressive defender back there,” Jones said. “That got a lot of complaints, and you’re seeing it [called] during the preseason.”

If his theory is true, Seattle’s secondary won’t be the lockdown force they were last year. Guess we’ll have to wait until the start of the season to see if he’s right.

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