Deflategate dominated the entirety of the 2014 NFL offseason. While Roger Goodell may have lost in court, the commissioner has come out a major winner in the aftermath of this case.
After MLB games on average lasted over three hours in 2014, the league implemented new “pace of play” policies to speed up the game. Have these new rules worked, and what else can the MLB do to improve game flow?
More cable sports TV networks exist now than ever before. As a result, several major sporting events air on cable channels instead of satellite TV, preventing many people from watching big games. Have we reached a breaking point with cable sports networks?
Prior to the 2012 season, the MLB added an extra wildcard team, which expanded the postseason from eight to 10 teams. As a result, more teams than ever believe that they can contend for a championship, which has positively impacted the entire league.
The 2011 CBA restricted rookie wages, as all NFL players earn standard salaries relative to their draft position. While teams are now financially protected from draft busts, standout performers on rookie deals have become grossly underpaid. How can we reach a middle ground?
The impending salary cap increase beginning in 2016 significantly impacted the 2015 NBA Free Agency period, as teams have handed out more than $2 billion in salaries to the players. In addition, big-market teams failed to lure the best players available. What other themes emerged from this year’s free agency?
Although the US Women’s National team received significant interest during its soccer World Cup triumph, female team sports leagues have struggled mightily in the United States. How can these leagues generate sufficient interest to survive in the long run?
Well into her 30’s, Serena Williams continues to dominate women’s tennis and remains the lone American to consistently compete on the international tennis stage. Yet, despite her popularity, she does not receive the off-court earnings as many of the world’s greatest athletes. Serena deserves better.
Detroit has its fair share of problems, but the city has one unifying force that can aid in the recovery efforts: the astronomical support for its local sports teams.
The NBA received extremely stellar viewership numbers for the 2015 NBA Finals and just agreed to a lucrative TV deal well into next decade. Now, the players and the league must carry the momentum forward and do everything possible to avoid a possible lockout in two seasons.
As more information about Sepp Blatter’s corrupt regime continues to leak, FIFA’s embarrassment will gradually grow. However, soccer’s global popularity will almost assuredly allow FIFA to immediately recover from this entire debacle.
The Indian Premier League, despite its extremely short season length, has rapidly grown into an extremely lucrative organization. Like soccer, cricket has tremendous potential to grow in the United States.
Billions of dollars are spent on illegal sports wagering every single year, which sparked Adam Silver to publicly state his desire to legalize sports betting. Is it time for all leagues to permit sports gambling?
Coaches like Jim Harbaugh and John Fox recently got fired despite a ridiculously successful track record. While success does not guarantee job security in coaching, many teams have repeatedly made significant mistakes by replacing successful coaches, which has set an extremely unhealthy trend in the entire industry.
As NCAA Power 5 conferences continue to rake in tens of millions of dollars annually in TV rights deals, student-athletes still receive almost no direct financial compensation. With millions of people tuning in to marquee events, are NCAA basketball and football players really student-athletes or just athletes?
The NFL has gradually expanded to Europe by playing multiple games annually at Wembley Stadium in London. However, most people outside North America still do not understand the sport. How can the NFL expand globally?
While international rookies like Yasiel Puig and Masahiro Tanaka receive multi-million dollar contracts before even playing a game in the MLB, American-bred rookies must endure a multi-year developmental process before earning a million dollar salary. This needs to change.
Compared to other skilled positions, running backs typically have much shorter careers due to the wear and tear from repeated hits to their bodies. As a result, NFL teams have devalued running backs, who have received much smaller contracts than their counterparts.