Friday Sports Briefs

The Shame of College Sports

Taylor Branch of The Atlantic Monthly has published an article on the state of collegiate athletics that, according to Frank DeFord, “may well be the most important article ever written about college sports.”  The article covers the NCAA’s notion of amateurism, pay-for-play, O’Bannon v. NCAA and other hot-button issues in college sports.  There is also mention of Sonny Vaccaro, the outspoken advocate for player rights.  If you’re interested in college sports, this article is a must-read.  Here is a brief excerpt from this extensive article:

For all the outrage, the real scandal is not that students are getting illegally paid or recruited, it’s that two of the noble principles on which the NCAA justifies its existence—“amateurism” and the “student-athlete”—are cynical hoaxes, legalistic confections propagated by the universities so they can exploit the skills and fame of young athletes. The tragedy at the heart of college sports is not that some college athletes are getting paid, but that more of them are not.

Click here to read the article in its entirety. 

Judge Dismisses Suit Brought by Former Rutgers Player

Mike McCann of the Sports Law Blog has a good post on the lawsuit brought against EA Sports by Ryan Hart, a former football player at Rutgers, which was recently dismissed.  The Court ruled that EA Sports acted within its First Amendment Rights.  Although similar to O’Bannon v. NCAA, the outcome of this case does not indicate that O’Bannon’s case is destined to fail, according to McCann.

Bill Belichick: A Football Life

Part I of NFL Films’ documentary on Bill Belichick aired last night and it did not disappoint.  Here’s a preview of the two-part program:


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