Basketball

3:07am

Wed April 2, 2014
Sweetness And Light

Deford: Paying College Athletes Would Level The Playing Field

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 11:04 am

Paycheck Players: Love of the game may no longer be enough motivation for college athletes.
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For many decades, baseball had a reserve clause, which essentially tied a baseball player to a franchise in perpetuity. The statute fell into legal jeopardy, and a few wise men amongst the owners said, maybe we ought to toss these players a bone, before we blow the whole scam.

But the owners were arrogant and stood pat, and, soon enough, the reserve clause, kit and caboodle, was outlawed as, essentially, un-American.

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5:39am

Wed March 26, 2014
Sweetness And Light

The Mystery And History Of Sport's Front Office

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 10:35 am

Phil Jackson recently signed on as the new president of the New York Knicks.
Mark Lennihan AP

One great mystery of sport is why they call the place that the general manager rules over the front office. Obviously, it's the box office that's out front. What they call the front office is really the "office office."

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5:28am

Wed March 19, 2014
Sweetness And Light

There's A Reason They Call It Madness

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 8:28 am

Streeter Lecka Getty Images

More than any other nation, America is awash in teams. There are the pro teams, the college team, the high school team, the fantasy teams.

Well, at a certain point, something has to give — and apparently, the team sport that's given way the most is men's college basketball.

Yes, college hoops has its fleeting moment in the vernal equinox. It's fun. You make out brackets — but it's not like other sports where you're familiar with the principals.

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1:00am

Wed November 20, 2013
Sweetness And Light

In Basketball, It's Always About What's Next

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 10:51 am

This year, there are three college players being called "the next LeBron James." Meanwhile, many are speculating about where the first LeBron James, now playing for the Miami Heat, will be next season.
Lynne Sladky AP

College basketball seems to get started sooner every year, like puberty in American children. Why does everything have to begin so early now, before you have time to get ready for it?

Things move so fast in college basketball that there are three players this year who are being called "the next LeBron James. " In the NBA, most of the talk is already about where the superstars will be next season.

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10:38am

Tue August 6, 2013
The Two-Way

WATCH: 'Mormon Missionaries' Dominate Pickup Basketball Game

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 12:16 pm

A screen-shot from YouTube of a game of pickup basketball.
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