Friday Sports Briefs

Mohegan SunNCAA Tournament Not Coming to Mohegan Sun

Although Mohegan Sun looks to have secured the American Athletic Conference women’s basketball championships in 2014, the NCAA is not interested in holding NCAA Tournament games at the venue in light of its policy against casino venues.  John Altavilla of the Hartford Courant has the story.

Time to Compensate College Athletes

Warren K. Zola has published an outstanding editorial in The Boston Globe Magazine on one of the most important issues in college sports - the compensation of student-athletes.  Zola writes:

Consider two men, a songwriter and a quarterback. During his time as a Berklee student, John Mayer could have accepted paying gigs, released an album, even sold music rights to filmmakers. But 2012 Heisman-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel — whose team at the end of last season earned Texas A&M an estimated $37 million in media exposure — can’t profit from endorsement deals or sales of products bearing his name and likeness. A shot at going professional, together with scholarships, is supposed to be compensation enough.

Click here to read the article in its entirety.

MLS to Add Yankees-Owned Team

Ben Berger of Footiebusiness was a guest on Soccer Morning with Jason Davis to discuss the new “New York City FC” franchise.  Alexi Lalas was also guest on the show.  See the video below (Ben’s segment begins at the 1:17:30  mark).

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