Lawsuit could end sham known as U.S. college sports amateurism

The organization that oversees college athletics broke the $1-billion mark in annual revenue for 2017. And it's considered a non-profit

Lawsuit could end sham known as U.S. college sports amateurismThe College Football Playoff (CFP) championship game recently generated millions of dollars for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the United States, the universities involved and their media partners. The players who put on a great show of athleticism? Well, they probably got a nice steak dinner. Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma and Notre Dame made…

The NHL shoves concussion conversation behind a curtain

Commissioner Gary Bettman never backed up or hinted the NHL might have had a problem related to head injuries to players

The NHL shoves concussion conversation behind a curtainIt used to be a staple of TV game shows. The grinning host on the stage. The dishevelled contestant looking dazed before him. “Do you want the $100 I’m holding in my hand … or would you like what’s behind the curtain up on stage?” Music, cheering, pandemonium. Maybe it was a new set of…

The sad, slow descent into CTE hell

The terrible degenerative disease is claiming more and more victims who played football at all levels

The sad, slow descent into CTE hellAs a sports policy analyst, I’ve learned a lot more about chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in athletes than I ever expected to. Actually, at this point, I’ve learned more than I really want to know. CTE is a terrible degenerative disease, and it takes an immense toll on those who are stricken, as well as…

The increasing – and disturbing – militarization of U.S. sports

The NFL and other pro sports leagues don't celebrate the military as gestures of patriotism. The only motivating factor is money

The increasing – and disturbing – militarization of U.S. sportsAmerica’s major professional sports leagues – most notably the National Football League – have increasingly teamed with the military and corporations to serve up ugly forms of paid and forced patriotism. “The melding of sports and the military should be seen as inappropriate, if not insidious,” says William Astore, a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant-colonel…

Is the CFL kicking off a new sports era with live on-field audio?

For as long as the lens has followed sports, broadcasters have denied fans the language, noise and strategy of the game – until now

Is the CFL kicking off a new sports era with live on-field audio?It’s the next frontier of TV sports broadcasting. Naturally, the Canadian Football League is leading the way. What? The CFL schooling all the big boys on cutting-edge audio technology? Yup. The final frontier of live broadcasting is going inside the audio of the game. Since TSN and the league gave it the go-ahead, we’ve had…

Three Canadian drivers bring added excitement to this year’s Honda Indy

James Hinchcliffe, Robbie Wickens and Zachary Claman De Melo are all vying to bring Toronto a Canadian winner

Three Canadian drivers bring added excitement to this year’s Honda Indy[smartslider3 slider=43] The first time I attended the Honda Indy race in Toronto, my friend Scot Cameron, a former race car driver, told me to stand at the wall of the track at the straightaway and look directly across as a car goes past. “All you’ll see is a blur,” he said. “You’ll know it…

Should young people even be playing football?

CTE isn’t just a pro football Issue; college and high school players are also at risk, and the damage can be life-altering

Should young people even be playing football?Most people associate chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive brain disease caused by repetitive brain trauma, with professional football – specifically retired Canadian Football League and National Football League players.  But CTE is more than a pro football issue. While the Boston University CTE Center has discovered CTE in the brains of 110 of 111…

There’s no such thing as a concussion-safe football helmet

The only way to significantly reduce brain trauma is greatly reducing the number of full-contact practices and scrimmages

There’s no such thing as a concussion-safe football helmetHelmet makers, along with some coaches, athletic directors and youth sports administrators would like you to believe that there are football helmets available that will greatly reduce the risk of brain trauma and concussions. To put it nicely, they’re misleading you. The reality is there’s very little a helmet can do to prevent brain trauma and…

NFL tackled for a loss by Trump

By taking on NFL players over their anthem protests, the president shows he understands their fans better than they do

NFL tackled for a loss by TrumpThe National Football League has recast its rules about kneeling in protest during The Star Spangled Banner. As is their wont, the NFL owners made things worse, not better, with their compromise. Stated simply, players and coaches must stand for the playing of the anthem before NFL games. However, those with objections are told they…

NFL puts greed ahead of freedom of expression, again

NFL owners are rich, not necessarily smart. Forcing players to stand at attention during the national anthem undermines basic rights

NFL puts greed ahead of freedom of expression, again“Being rich doesn’t mean you’re smart, honest or fair. It just means you're rich.” That’s how John Feinstein ended his column about how former San Francisco 49er Eric Reid is getting punished by rich National Football League owners – in the same way former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is – for kneeling during the playing…