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.
November 6, 2009 |
It was Game 1 of the World Series, and the New York Yankees were getting their clocks cleaned by the Philadelphia Phillies. At Gym Sportsbar in West Hollywood, the mostly male crowd was primarily focused on the unfolding Yankees disaster playing out on the bar's nine flat screens. Despite the beating being inflicted by the Phillies, one of the patrons wearing a Yankees jersey was beaming. "It can't be better than this," he said. Why? Because Gym is a sports bar, and it's gay. The stereotype of a gay nightspot being about Lady Gaga or show tunes has been out of date for years, but a bar where the main focus is sports is groundbreaking for L.A. -- despite the myriad gay sports leagues thriving around town, from the national champion gay flag football team to the rugby and softball leagues.
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.
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 |
WASHINGTON - So far, congressional efforts to put the brakes on military sponsorship of NASCAR races, bass fishing, pro wrestling and other sporting events have gone nowhere. But the effort could gain new life as pressure builds for lawmakers to rein in federal spending. The military, which regards its sponsorship of sporting events as a valuable recruiting tool, is expected to spend at least $80 million this year on such efforts. But a growing number of lawmakers say the spending should stop in the face of budget deficits.
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.
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.
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.
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?
April 7, 2014 |
The ball teetered on the lip of the 16th hole at Augusta National Golf Club. It was 2005, and after Tiger Woods' now-famous chip shot fell in for a birdie and Woods went on to win the Masters for the fourth time, Jim Michaelian made a decision. With Woods' popularity and Tiger-driven television ratings soaring, Michaelian was convinced that the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach should not be run on the same day that the winner of a golf major was being fitted for a green jacket.