July 2012

Hockey

CBA negotiations highlight hypocrisy

As the NHL and NHLPA discuss the terms of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the fans get to wonder whether or not they’ll see hockey this October. The owners made an aggressive first proposal, which has proven their own hypocrisy as even with their current offer on the table, some are still attempting to exploit the loopholes they are trying to close in the expiring CBA.

Football

NCAA president Mark Emmert’s move to quickly sanction Penn State is logical, but shouldn’t set a precedent

The Penn State story continues. The school has decided to remove the statue of fallen legend Joe Paterno, while NCAA president Mark Emmert is alone issuing sever sanctions against Penn State. This potentially opens up a world of new issues, as Emmert is skipping the usual investigative process and instead is taking matters into his own hands.

Baseball

When selling works

Being a buyer or a seller at a trade deadline can have an impact on a franchise for years to come. Example: The Texas Rangers are one of the best teams in baseball, thanks largely to trading away Mark Teixeira. Zach Sommers examines this deal and some of the other better trades at the non-waiver deadline.

Hockey

Closing the vault on NHL player contracts

Massive player contracts have done more than hinder teams trying to stay under the salary cap, but they’ve also actually helped to keep mediocre players being paid inflated numbers in the minor leagues. As the NHL and NHLPA go through discussions for a new CBA, getting owner spending under control will be paramount for financial success on both sides.

Basketball

Big threes and the big headache

In the NBA era of “big threes,” Dwight Howard is becoming a big problem. The image-focused superstar has been nothing but trouble in Orlando lately, prompting many to call for his immediately dismissal. But is there anywhere that can accomodate his ego? After all, it’s the size of three regular NBA stars.