• O'Bannon Trial: Impact of Emmert Testimony Unclear

    by George Schroeder, @GeorgeSchroeder June 2014

    As smoking guns go, it seemed pretty mild. For high drama, the testimony was pretty mundane. But after several hours of cross-examining NCAA President Mark Emmert on Thursday morning, attorney Bill Isaacson finally worked his way to the line in a nearly 4-year-old e-mail that might as well have been in all capital letters. In a long memo to Emmert, who had just arrived on the job in the fall of 2010, then-NCAA vice president Wally Renfro had outlined several issues facing the organization. In a section on the commercial exploitation of student-athletes, Renfro suggested it was "a fairness issue, and along with the notion that athletes are students is the great hypocrisy of intercollegiate athletics."

  • Will Redskins Trademark Ruling Impact Prep Level?

    by BOB McGOVERN June 2014

    Bay State high school logos from the Tewksbury Redmen to the Wakefield Warriors could be history after yesterday's bombshell trademark ruling against the Washington Redskins breathed new life into the fight against Native American mascots, said two opposing advocates. More than 40 high schools in Massachusetts use Native American images or names - but maybe not for long after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled the Redskins name is offensive.

  • Ruling Heartens 'Redskins' Opponents, Changes Nothing

    by Erik Brady, USA TODAY Sports June 2014

    The Washington NFL team can still call itself "Redskins." That didn't change with Wednesday's ruling by a federal trademark board. But opponents of the name, who call it a racial slur, hope team owner Daniel Snyder will change it on his own.

  • Washington Redskins Lose Federal Trademarks

    by Michael Gaio June 2014

    In what's being called a "landmark decision," the United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled six federal trademark registrations for the name of the Washington Redskins, ruling that the name is "disparaging to Native Americans." Due to its "disparaging" nature, the name cannot be trademarked under federal law which prohibits protection of offensive or disparaging language.

  • Opulent Sports Events Losing Luster for Would-Be Hosts

    by USA Today June 2014

    When FIFA, the governing body of world soccer, chose Brazil to host this year's World Cup it seemed a safe bet. Brazilians are crazy for the so-called beautiful game, and they play it with a flair that gives it much of its beauty.

  • Seattle? St. Louis? L.A.? Where is Soccer City USA?

    by Torin Koos, USA TODAY Sports June 2014

    As the USA is set to open its World Cup play today against Ghana, passionate soccer communities thrive in big, diverse cities such as Chicago, Dallas, Miami, New York and Washington. But based on interviews, TV ratings, attendance and the landscape of youth, adult and professional teams, USA TODAY Sports came up with three cities that stood out for their atmosphere, participation and long ties to the game's development here. Seattle

  • Editorial: Camden Should Beware of Sixers' Promises

    by The Philadelphia Daily News June 2014

    It's not that we don't feel miffed that the 76ers are moving their practice facilities and office operations across the river to your town - last we checked, they called themselves the Philadelphia 76ers - but we know that you're not in the habit of getting much good news, so we wish you well. As part of an interconnected urban ecosystem, we really want your city to do well. We suffer when you suffer.

  • Columnist: If Lawsuits Don't Kill NCAA, Members Might

    by Deron Snyder, The Washington Times June 2014

    ANALYSIS/OPINION: The NCAA that we've come to know and despise is in critical condition with a prognosis that suggests the end is near. The equivalent of flesh-eating bacteria are close to devouring the body from within. Outside, it is suffering injury from a series of blows that ultimately could be fatal. External attacks include the trial in Ed O'Bannon's class-action antitrust lawsuit, which enters day four Thursday in Oakland. Just as those proceeding got underway, the NCAA announced a settlement to pay $20 million to current and former college athletes who sued in a lower-profile case involving use of their likenesses in video games.

  • Opinion: Stadium May Keep Bills, Won't Net Super Bowl

    by The Buffalo News (New York) June 2014

    Look and listen hard enough and you can hear a different rumor every day about the Bills' ownership situation and their stadium dilemma. This is all about saving the franchise. Frankly, the more you hear, the better you feel. There are too many financial and political agendas going on that point to the Bills staying in Western New York, and few tangible signs they're going anywhere else at this point.

  • Video: Anti-'Redksins' Ad Airs During NBA Finals

    by Michael Gaio June 2014

    The debate over the Washington Redskins' nickname isn't going away, not even during the climax of the basketball season. The Washington Post reported Tuesday that the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, a tribe based in California, paid for an anti-"Redskins" commercial that aired to a national audience during Game 3 of the NBA Finals Tuesday night. See an extended version of the commercial below.