Athletes in Court

Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Problem With the NCAA and Money-Losing Athletic Departments

Posted in NCAA

The NCAA and the major athletic departments under their purview have been the subjects of many recent articles criticizing their outsized influence on campus life and university budget priorities. When the articles mention these athletic programs they focus on the teams that rule their schools and garner tremendous media attention, schools like Alabama, Penn State,… Continue Reading

New Jersey’s Push for Legal Sports Betting

Posted in Baseball, Basketball, Football

As the Super Bowl nears two New Jersey congressmen took action and introduced several timely bills designed to allow legal sports betting in the state. Republican U.S. Representative Frank LoBiondo introduced a bill that would give all states until 2016 to legalize sports betting. A previous window was opened and closed in 1992 and when… Continue Reading

NCAA rescinds $2000 stipend to athletes

Posted in Uncategorized

The NCAA Division I Board of Directors at a recent meeting went on record saying that it still believes scholarship limits should be expanded. It just wants time to work out the details. On Saturday the board delayed implementation of a $2,000 expense allowance, opting instead to ask the working group to make a modified proposal… Continue Reading

Cricket Bats and Federal Court: Part II

Posted in Cricket, Federal Fraud

This is an update to a previous post (found here) regarding the trial of Ponzi scheme leader/cricket teaming owner Allen Stanford. Last we heard Stanford had failed to convince a federal judge that he was mentally unfit to stand trail for an alleged $7 billion scheme to defraud investors. Now, a former employee of the… Continue Reading

Somebody ought to lose their job at Nike, Meb Keflezigh wins Olympic Marathon trials

Posted in Olympics, Track & Field

Meb Keflezighi won today’s Men’s Olympic Marathon trials in Houston.  Meb, 36-years old, ran a personal best to win the race and qualify for the 2012 Men’s Olympic Marathon Team. Keflezighi’s time of 2:09:07 was just shy of an American Olympic trials record, with Ryan Hall, the race favorite, coming in second and finishing just under the… Continue Reading

Lamar Odom Scores Victory in Tax Court

Posted in Basketball, NBA

Last year, Lamar Odom, 32 sued the IRS after being handed a whopper of a bill: $87,000 plus interest. The IRS slapped Odom with the bill after determining that he had no right to deduct $190,000 in personal fitness fees and various NBA-imposed fines from his 2007 tax return. Odom responded by arguing that the… Continue Reading

Bankruptcy Court clears the way for Dodgers sale

Posted in Baseball

A bankruptcy judge in Delaware approved a settlement today between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Fox Sports. That action by the Court clears the way for the sale of the team. The settlement appears to end litigation between the Dodgers and Fox Sports. “The agreement with Fox clears the path for the Dodgers to sell… Continue Reading

Salaries in the NCAA

Posted in NCAA

This post is a follow-up to a previous piece found here, and to a post from last week concerning an in-depth article in the New York Times which ripped the NCAA for its treatment of student athletes. Joe Nocera’s article is thorough and insightful and demands several posts to fully flesh out the issues, today’s post deals with… Continue Reading

Sam Hurd Indictment

Posted in NFL

Sam Hurd’s Indictment was returned yesterday in Federal Court for the Northern District of  Texas. Sam Hurd is the former NFL wide receiver who most recently played for the Chicago Bears. This is a two count indictment with a forfeiture provision. The first count is conspiracy to distribute 5 kilos or more or cocaine. Count two is possession of 500… Continue Reading

Sam Hurd Arrested on Federal Drug Charges

Posted in NFL

By Jay Perry Putting an embarrassing ending on a disappointing season for the Chicago Bears, receiver Sam Hurd was arrested December 14th on federal drug charges.  The charges arose out of activities that began last July during the NFL lockout when an associate of Hurd’s was stopped while driving Mr. Hurd’s car for a traffic… Continue Reading

$2,000 NCAA Stipend Represents Failed Attempt at Change

Posted in NCAA

The NCAA has been on the receiving end recently of some harsh and quite deserved criticism. First, Taylor Branch’s Shame in College Sports, an indictment of the NCAA , in The Atlantic (written about on this blog here); and, now Let’s Start Paying College Athletes , by Joe Nocera in the New York Times excoriates the NCAA for its treatment of… Continue Reading

NFL and Injured Players Set to Collide

Posted in Football

According to a recent article in the New York Times, the National Football League is now facing many lawsuits that challenge how the League has handled the issue of player concussions. More than a dozen suits, filed since July of 2011 on behalf of more than 120 retired players and their wives, claim that the… Continue Reading