September 4, 2013
Re "A game changer," Aug. 31 AB 1309, the bill in California that would drastically limit professional sports leagues' liability for workers' compensation claims, seemed to make sense until I read this fact buried deep in the article: that out-of-state athletes have accounted for only one-half of 1% of all workers' comp filings since 2006. These claims are paid with taxpayer money, and under AB 1309, out-of-state workers in other professions would still be eligible to file claims in California.
November 30, 2003 |
Sports vs. church: It's become the Sunday morning dilemma in homes across the nation. With weekend sports leagues growing in popularity, schedules have stretched further into those hours that were once the exclusive domain of churches. Now, clergy of many faiths are pushing back, asking coaches and time-starved parents to keep Sunday morning holy, even if it means their children's teams have to play some other time.
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.
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.
April 26, 2014 |
So Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, stands accused of having made remarks of unbelievable crassness and flavored with a racism that would bring a tear to the eye of Cliven Bundy. Are you surprised? Me neither. Sterling's record of difficulty with racial issues is well-documented, including two lawsuits (one from the federal government) alleging racially discriminatory rental practices at his real estate properties. He settled both for millions. Then there was the lawsuit from long-term Clippers general manager Elgin Baylor accusing Sterling of racial and age discrimination ; Baylor lost his case in a 2011 jury trial.
October 8, 2013 |
After more than a year of intense lobbying by professional sports leagues, California has slammed the door on most athletes looking to file injury claims in the state, including those with serious brain injuries. Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation that significantly limits workers' compensation claims by pro players. It's a significant victory for the National Football League, which has been trying to reduce its financial exposure to concussions and other brain injuries that former players allege are the result of repeated blows to the head.
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.
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?
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.