Friday Sports Briefs

How Missy Franklin Retains her NCAA Eligibility

Warren Zola has an excellent post on U.S. Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin and her NCAA eligibility.  Zola discusses the U.S. Olympic Committee’s “Operation Gold” program, which provides monetary awards for athletes who receive medals.  Interestingly the NCAA has an exception to its amateurism rule that allows athletes to receive these monetary awards without losing their eligibility.  Thanks to Warren for pointing out yet another situation in which the line between amateur and professional athletes has been blurred.

NFL Referee Lockout Continues

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen and Adam Shefter have reported that the NFL referee lockout may last into the regular season.  For those that haven’t followed the latest labor dispute in professional sports, Mortensen and Shefter provide a nice summary of the points of contention between the NFL and its officials.

Fairfield American Advances to Little League World Series

Congratulations to the Fairfield American Little League team, which advanced to the Little League World Series.  The Fairfield team lost their opening game to Petaluma, California and their 6’3″ pitcher Bradley SmithFairfield is still alive in the double-elimination tournament, but must wins its next game on Saturday at 3 pm to stay alive.

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