Since the 1960s, professional football has supplanted baseball as our nation’s favorite sport—generating higher revenue and better television ratings. And, as the past few weeks have demonstrated, college basketball has captured the attention and diminished the productivity of the American workforce in ways baseball does not. But let’s not confuse popularity with superiority. Major League Baseball (MLB), the oldest spectator team sport in the nation, has become the most affordable and least exploitative one—and its labor relations are remarkably harmonious, too.
Carmelo Anthony and the NBA’s One Percent Problem
March 16, 2012
For weeks I had eagerly anticipated the arrival of March 14, 2012, when I would attend my first New York Knicks game of the season at Madison Square Garden. I bought the tickets a month before, after the Knicks had won five games in a row with Jeremy Lin leading the charge. I wasn’t sure if Linsanity would last, but I figured the Knicks were on solid footing for the rest of the year. As a hardened life-long Knicks fan, of course, I should have known to prepare for the worst. As I entered the arena, the Knicks franchise was once again in a familiar state of disarray.
The NBA Is Destroying its Brand. How Did it Come to This?
November 21, 2011
Professional basketball’s labor negotiations have so far moved through three stages: Very public grandstanding, mean-spirited negotiations, and a series of far-flung ultimatums. We are now in the post-negotiations phase—a phase that David Stern, Comissioner of the NBA, has referred to as “nuclear”—in which each of the three parties involved has gone its own way. The NBA—for labor purposes, the team owners and Stern—have yanked their best worst offer and replaced it with one that would undo decades of uneasy cooperation.
Baseball's Cautionary Tale For The NBA
November 14, 2011
Bad news, basketball fans: It looks like efforts to salvage this NBA season have finally collapsed. Players have rejected the league’s latest offer, and now a class-action suit against the NBA appears imminent.
Breaking Up With The Kardashians
November 01, 2011
Will and Kate they are not. After an all-too-brief 72 days, Kim Kardashian’s latest marriage has ended, irreparably broken. Alas, what began as a fairy-tale affair between the reality television princess and NBA “star” Kris Humphries appears now to be little more than a “kash” transfer. According to several reports, the marriage ruptured because Kardashian felt Humphries was mooching off her family’s $65 million 2010 income. As one of Kim’s friends said, she was constantly upset with Kris because “he doesn’t have anything going on.” Why doesn’t he have anything going on?
Breaking Up With the Kardashians
November 01, 2011
Will and Kate they are not. After an all-too-brief 72 days, Kim Kardashian’s latest marriage has ended, irreparably broken. Alas, what began as a fairy-tale affair between the reality television princess and NBA “star” Kris Humphries appears now to be little more than a “kash” transfer. According to several reports, the marriage ruptured because Kardashian felt Humphries was mooching off her family’s $65 million fortune. As one of Kim’s friends said, she was constantly upset with Kris because “he doesn’t have anything going on.” And why doesn’t he have anything going on?
In a few hours, the 2011 NBA Draft begins. To be eligible, players must be 19 and one year removed from high school. But it wasn’t always this way. In fact, high school players were allowed in the draft through 2005; it was only beginning in the 2006 draft that the new eligibility rules took place. At the time, advocates for the change argued that high school students are often physically and emotionally unready for the NBA.
Metropolitan Boston ... #winning
June 17, 2011
with Carey Anne Nadeau With the Bruins’ defeat of riot-prone Canucks (who’d have thought?) Wednesday night in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, the Boston area has now laid claim to a championship in each major American sports league (NHL, NBA, NFL, MLB) within the last seven years. The New England Patriots won their last Super Bowl in 2005; the Boston Red Sox won the World Series in 2007; and the Boston Celtics won the NBA title in 2008. Our analysis confirms that, indeed, Boston is the first metro area to achieve the distinction of having held all four major sports titles within such a sho
The Hurt Locker
January 11, 2010
If you don't follow the NBA, the name Stephen Jackson might not immediately ring a bell. Allow me to reacquaint you. Jackson was the kindly Samaritan who followed his then-Indiana Pacers teammate Ron Artest into the stands to slap some fans around during a 2004 brawl with the Detroit Pistons. For this Jackson received a 30-game suspension. It turned out to be such a life-altering experience that Jackson would never again use his hands as a weapon in public. Not even close. The next time Jackson chose to disturb the peace, he would brandish a bona fide weapon--a 9 mm pistol.
November 11, 2009
For any Washington Wizards fan who's ever wondered why the team has not only so many injuries--just eight games into the season, four of its top six players, as well as two scrubs, have already missed playing time--but so many misdiagnosed injuries, poorly treated injuries, recurrent injuries, players who come back from injury too early or play too many minutes, the blog Bullets Forever points to oft-injured ex-Wizard Etan Thomas's recent question: While on the subject of team trainers and doctors, is it possible to impose a fine or forced firing when a team trainer or doctor consistently misd