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.