November 4, 2013 |
Last week, the Federal Communications Commission made news when it said it was reviewing the 40-year-old sports blackout rules. But there is a lot of confusion out there about what exactly the blackout rule is, how it works and what its removal would mean for both fans and the media. In a nutshell, for decades TV deals between sports leagues and their broadcast rights holders have contained clauses that prohibit them from showing a sporting event if the game is not sold out. For example, if the San Diego Chargers did not sell out, then the game could not be shown on local TV in the San Diego area.
July 1, 2013 |
Leading congressional Republicans are trying to stop professional sports leagues from encouraging Americans without health insurance to sign up for coverage. Why? Because that would further entrench a law -- the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare -- they're still trying to repeal. Granted, I support the Affordable Care Act, as flawed as it may be. But the GOP's actions still strike me as cutting off one's constituents to spite the president. The law's new insurance regulations and premium subsidies are hugely beneficial to those who've been red-lined or priced out of the private insurance market.
January 14, 1998 |
At 71, Dennis Murphy doesn't need the aggravation any longer. But there was the Fullerton businessman last weekend at a hotel in Los Angeles, trying to persuade a group of wary executives to grant a second chance to a professional sport he had dreamed up one day after watching a couple kids on in-line skates swat a rubber ball around their driveway with a stick.
August 25, 2012
EUROPE'S TOP SOCCER LEAGUES Barclay Premier League (England): Season starts: Aug. 18. Season ends: May 19, 2013. Number of teams: 20. Games played per team: 38. The skinny: Bank ledgers, not the standings, have provided the real numbers to watch in what has become richest league in the world. Money clearly rules in the English Premier League, where, over the last 15 years, The Big Four of Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal have combined to win 14 titles - the exception coming last season when Manchester City scored twice in injury time in its final game to edge Man-U atop the table.
November 1, 2013 |
Acting Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn is not taking it easy during her final days as head of the regulatory agency. On Friday, Clyburn circulated a proposal to do away with the 40-year-old sports blackout rules, which allow the National Football League to blackout television coverage of games in a team's home market if it isn't sold out within 72 hours of kickoff. “Changes in the marketplace have raised questions about whether these rules are still in the public interest, particularly at a time when high ticket prices and the economy make it difficult for many sports fans to attend games," Clyburn said in a statement.
April 30, 2013 |
NBA center Jason Collins made history on Monday, becoming the first athlete in one of the big four American professional sports leagues - NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL - to declare he is openly gay while still an active player. Collins' decision to come out in the pages of Sports Illustrated has already made him a topic of discussion beyond the world of sports and landed him on the front page of several major newspapers including the Los Angeles Times and New York Times. So how long before Hollywood comes knocking on Collins' door?
August 4, 1985 |
An about-face by the Reagan Administration on granting professional leagues the power to control team relocations is being viewed by some league executives as a positive step toward halting city-hopping by club owners. A Justice Department official testified at a recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that the administration no longer opposes granting a shield from anti-trust laws to professional sports leagues to allow them to limit franchise movement.
September 9, 1994 |
For some, the new crop of stadiums and their cushy deals for team owners exemplify the "monopolism" that pro leagues enjoy, how "too many cities are chasing too few teams," says Charles Euchner, author of a 1993 book on sports and stadiums called "Playing the Field."
June 18, 2013 |
For the city of San Jose, four years of waiting had been long enough. The city filed an antitrust lawsuit against Major League Baseball on Tuesday, not necessarily to win in court but to gain leverage for a settlement in which the Oakland Athletics could move to San Jose. "All we're looking for is for the A's to come to downtown San Jose," said Joe Cotchett , the attorney representing San Jose. The suit laid bare the hostility between the city of San Jose and the San Francisco Giants, the team that has insisted it would neither surrender nor sell its right to keep the A's out of San Jose.
August 17, 2012 |
Dodgers fans are still celebrating the 50-game suspension of San Francisco Giants star Melky Cabrera for using a banned substance, which could very well end the Giants' hopes of defeating Los Angeles for the National League West title. But there's no joy in Bay City. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that even the Giants players have turned against Cabrera, casting serious doubt on whether he will ever again appear in an orange-and-black uniform. What's less clear is whether they're mad at him for cheating, or mad at him for cheating so inexpertly.