Business

March Madness Makers and Takers

  (Bloomberg) – Twenty five years ago, the NCAA decided something had to be done about March Madness money. The year before, CBS agreed to pay a record $1 billion to broadcast the 1991-1997 tournaments. That was fine with the powerhouse basketball schools that routinely Read More

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Op-Ed

A Better Way to Compensate College Athletes

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist Athletes at Northwestern University shocked the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the governing body of college sports, by taking steps to unionize student/athletes. Surprisingly, NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell, former NFL great Jim Brown and Harry Edwards, who Read More

Sports

Craig Robinson Fired by Oregon State

JOHN MARSHALL, AP Basketball Writer Oregon State athletic director Bob De Carolis announced on March 28 that head coach Craig Robinson would return for a seventh season as basketball coach, even penning a strongly worded letter of support for President Barack Obama’s brother-in-law. The more Read More

Sports

Napier Brings it Home for UConn

EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Shabazz Napier walked slowly through the hallway of the stadium — the tears still drying, the twine from the cut-down net still hanging around his neck. “Bittersweet. Bittersweet. Bittersweet,” he said, over and over again. Bitter Read More

Op-Ed

End the NCAA’s Plantation Economics

By Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. NNPA Columnist   “It cannot be said that the employed scholarship players are ‘primarily students.’” With that statement, a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board last week accepted a petition by Northwestern football players that they were employees Read More