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Shattering the NCAA exploitive business model

EverettGlenn 600The recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision granting Northwestern University football players the right to unionize, if upheld, will shatter the NCAA's business model.

It is safe to say that we are at the dawn of a new era in college sports when we add these elements to the mix:

• The frontal attack launched a few days before by noted antitrust lawyer Jeffrey Kessler, accusing the NCAA of colluding to deprive athletes of the ability to earn more than the value of their scholarships.
• The pending lawsuit challenging the NCAA rule that bars players from earning money from the use of their images.


Grizz take seventh seed with OT win over Dallas

grizzwin 600On Wednesday night in FedExForum, Memphis' Grizzlies clawed and clawed until the clock ran out in overtime. It took every ounce of that regular season-ending effort to beat the Dallas Mavericks and snatch the seventh seed in the NBA's Western Conference Playoffs.

With the clock frozen at 1.1 seconds left to play, starting point guard Mike Conley sank two free throws. The second gave the Grizzlies a one-point lead (101-105) that survived a Dallas last-second heave that came uncomfortably close to making Memphis an eighth seed.

What's the big deal about finishing seventh rather than eighth? Well, it means not having to play the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs that look and play like world-beaters as the grind to the NBA Finals is set to get underway later this week.


Nnamdi Asomugha spends retirement giving teens a college boost

nnamdi 600It's still the offseason for retired NFL cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.

The 32-year-old former All-Pro announced his retirement in December after 11 seasons in the NFL, but he doesn't miss the game yet.

He's been focusing his energies on his foundation and providing new experiences and college visits for at-risk high school students from low-income communities.


Grizzlies wake up in time to beat the Nuggets

grizznugg 600Five games in nine days during the longest road trip of the season warranted a day off for the Grizzlies on Thursday, the day before they took the court at the FedExForum to tangle with the Denver Nuggets.

By halftime it was clear the Grizzlies needed a wakeup call. Looking tired, sluggish and bearing faint resemblance to a team battling for a playoff spot, Memphis trailed 47-43 at the break before awakening in the third quarter and holding on for a 100-92 victory.

Memphis started off strong, grabbing a lead that stood at 24-18 at the end of the first quarter. The Grizz crowd of 17,011 responded accordingly but fell noticeably quiet as the Nuggets, who are mathematically eliminated from the playoff hunt, played inspired basketball. After Kenneth – the "Manimal" – Faried's layup tied the game at 28-28, the Nuggets unleashed a run that netted a 47-43 halftime advantage.


Stephen A. Smith: Kobe’s Trayvon comments were ‘right on point’

stephensmith 600ESPN radio host and TV commentator Stephen A. Smith told Arsenio Hall on his talk show over the weekend that Kobe Bryant was "right on point" in his assessment that he wasn't comfortable with Miami Heat players protesting in support of Trayvon Martin without knowing all of the facts.

Bryant was quoted in the upcoming issue of the New Yorker as saying: "I won't react to something just because I'm supposed to, because I'm an African American," he reportedly said. " ... If something happens to an African American, we immediately come to his defense? Yet you want to talk about how far we've progressed as a society? Well, we've progressed as a society, then don't jump to somebody's defense just because they're African American."

Smith said that while it is clear that black people are "outnumbered" in society, that doesn't give them a "license to be unfair." He added that people needed to "exercise a level of fairness and justice."


Florida vaults from Memphis to the Final Four

gatorswin 600March Madness in the form of the NCAA Men's Basketball South Regional Championship in Memphis turned into a coronation for the Florida Gators.

The nation's No. 1 ranked team coming into the tournament, Florida – the SEC regular season and tournament champions – beat back the Dayton Flyers 62-52 at the FedExForum on Saturday.

On Sunday, the Gators learned they would take on UConn of the American Athletic Conference in a battle to see which of the teams will get to play for the national championship on April 7th in East Texas. In the other national seminal, Kentucky will take Wisconsin.


Mitchell & the road to state

Mithcell 600Mitchell High School put a big time whippin' on Meigs County, decisively affixing its stamp on the TSSAA Division 1 Class A Boys Basketball State Championship with a 56-27 thump'n.

On Saturday (March 29th), two weeks after the Tigers captured the Southwest Memphis school's first state basketball title, a community celebration will unfold. A parade and a string of speakers – community leaders, previous coaches, former players – will add energy to an experience that already has so many feeling like they are floating on air.

Coach Faragi Phillips engineered the title in his third year at Mitchell.


Michael Vick signs deal with Jets but as usual PETA is not happy

vick 600The New York Jets signed star quarterback Michael Vick on Friday for a reported one-year, $5-million deal; however, animal rights group PETA, who seemingly still holds a grudge against the NFL player as a result of his 2007 conviction for dog-fighting, sent out a tweet upon hearing the news about the signing that clearly shows they are not quite over the nearly seven-year incident, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

PETA tweeted:

"At least Michael Vick can't drown, electrocute, hang, or shoot a football the way he terrorized man's best friend."

Vick's younger brother, Marcus, came to his sibling's defense on Saturday, tweeting a response to PETA's jab at his big brother asking the Norfolk, Virginia-based organization if it was "still on that (BS)."


Jason Collins allegedly receives gay taunts from fellow NBA player

JasonCollins 600Perhaps it was inevitable. As the first openly gay athlete in a major professional sport, some believed it was a matter of when, not if, Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins would be subjected to prejudice from his peers.

According to the New York Daily News, Collins has endured some homophobic taunting from one of his fellow players.

"One player, one knucklehead from another team," Collins told the Daily News. "He's a knucklehead. So I just let it go. Again, that goes back to controlling what you can control. That's how I conduct myself just being professional."


March Madness 2014: Should NCAA stars stay in school?

marchmadness 600Starting in the middle of March every year, America's attention is focused squarely on March Madness. Sports – and non-sports fans alike – are tuned in to every bit of news around the tournament in hopes it leads to lucrative bracket paydays.

And in the middle of March each year, there's another story that doesn't get nearly the same attention as the tournament. This week, The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida issued its annual report examining the graduation rates of all of the schools participating in the tournament.


NCAA bound Tigers headed to Raleigh

tigersdance 600The University of Memphis will play George Washington Friday in the Second Round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament in Raleigh, N.C. The Tigers (23-9) learned their fate during the Division I Men's Basketball Selection Show broadcast by March Madness Live and CBS on Sunday.

Memphis is the East Region's No. 8 seed. The winner of Friday's game between No. 9 seed George Washington and the Tigers will take on the winner of Friday's game pitting No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 16 Coastal Carolina on Sunday. The games in Raleigh will be played at PNC Arena.

Times for Thursday and Friday's NCAA Second Round games are still to be determined.


Louisville puts the wraps on AAC title

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The day before they landed a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the Louisville Cardinals took ownership of the hardware that goes with being crowned the winners of the inaugural American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Championship.

The defending national champions thumped the University of Connecticut 71-61 at the FedExForum on Saturday. It was the seventh win for Louisville in the last eight contests against the Huskies.

The Cardinals (29-5) are set to square off against 13th-seeded Manhattan (25-7) on Thursday in the Mid-West Region in Orlando, Fla. UConn (26-8) is the seventh-seed in the East Region and will play No. 10-seed Saint Joseph's (24-9) on Thursday in Buffalo, N.Y. at the First Niagara Center.


UConn and Louisville advance to AAC Final

AMER 600The inaugural American Athletic Conference semifinals played out Friday night at FedExForum and moving on are the Louisville Cardinals and the University of Connecticut Huskies.

The two schools met in the 2011 Big East Conference Final and played two regular season games, with Louisville winning both contests (76-64 and 81-48).

Louisville, the conference's second seed, flew pass the University of Houston, blowing out the Cougars 94-65 in the Cardinals' semifinal match-up.