• Columnist: Outside Influences Remain a Concern in Sports

    by Deron Snyder, THE WASHINGTON TIMES June 2014

    The term "suspension of disbelief" usually refers to works of fiction. We're expected to shelve any concerns about the plausibility of novels, movies and plays, in order to engage with the art form and enjoy the experience.

  • Northern Illinois Coaches Hit Road for 'Summer Circuit'

    by Submitted by Paul Palian June 2014

    Northern Illinois University Athletics is loading up its bus with prizes and is hitting the road in June to see Huskie alumni and fans.

  • College Players Offered $40M in EA Sports Settlement

    by Tim Dahlberg June 2014

    The payouts could go to more than 100,000 athletes, including some current players, who were either on college rosters or had their images used in video games made by Electronic Arts featuring college teams. Lawyers for the plaintiffs said it would be the first time college athletes will be paid for the commercial use of their images.

  • Five Questions (and Answers) About $2B Clippers Sale

    by Brian Martin June 2014

    Questions and answers regarding the pending $2 billion sale of the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Q Can Donald Sterling mess this up? A Yes, as evidenced by his attorney's statement Friday that Sterling plans to sue the NBA for $1 billion. Worth noting is Sterling waited for the bids to come in and Steve Ballmer's $2 billion winning bid before putting a price tag on the lawsuit. Forget that he could reap a nearly 15,900 percent return on his $12.5 million investment in 1981. Sterling loves litigation and is known for never selling anything.

  • Opinion: No Team Worth $2B, Certainly Not the Clippers

    by Nancy Armour,, USA TODAY Sports May 2014

    Money doesn't buy class, as Donald Sterling has proved repeatedly over the past month. Apparently it doesn't buy common sense, either. Sterling and wife Shelly reached a deal Thursday night to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer for $2 billion, a person familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly. That's billion, with a B. Let that rattle around your brain for a bit.

  • Strike Threatens Canadian Football League 2014 Season

    by Scott Adamson May 2014

    While three-quarters of the National Football League teams are participating in Organized Team Activities (OTAs) right now, players in the Canadian Football League are dealing with some serious business. Unfortunately, that business is not taking place on the gridiron. With the collective bargaining agreement between the league and its players expiring on Thursday and training camps set to open June 1, there is a genuine fear that the 2014 season could fall victim to a strike.

  • Is Sterling Playing Chicken with the NBA?

    by Brent Schrotenboer, @Schrotenboer, USA TODAY Sports May 2014

    Does Donald Sterling plan to let his wife sell the Los Angeles Clippers? Or will he fight? The answer is both.

  • Cubs Unveil Revised Reno Plan, Threaten to Leave Wrigley

    by FRAN SPIELMAN. City Hall Reporter May 2014

    The Cubs on Tuesday showcased - and put a $75 million price tag on - their revised plan to add more signs, seats and lights at Wrigley Field and said if the team is not allowed to "control our ballpark," it would consider moving and look first at other Chicago sites.

  • SEC Spring Meetings Focus on Autonomy Talks

    by Tim Tucker; Staff May 2014

    DESTIN, Fla. --- Even with one of their longtime, hot-button issues resolved, SEC coaches and officials face no shortage of pertinent topics at the league's annual spring meetings this week. Whether to play eight- or nine-game conference football schedules --- a frequent debate at these meetings the past two years --- was settled when the SEC decided last month to stick with eight. That cleared the table for the league to tackle topics related to a significant change expected in college athletics this summer. The meetings, which convened Tuesday and run through Friday, unfold amid expectations that the NCAA Division I Board of Directors will vote in August to give the SEC and four other conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12) autonomy to enact rule changes that would enable the 65 schools in those lucrative leagues to provide increased benefits and resources to their athletes.

  • Senators Pressure NFL to Replace 'Redskins' Nickname

    by S.A. Miller, THE WASHINGTON TIMES May 2014

    A group of 50 members from the Senate Democratic caucus signed on to a letter Thursday urging NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to follow the lead of the National Basketball Association, which banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the league for his racist comments about African-Americans attending basketball games.