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 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 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 The stereotype of a gay nightspot being about Lady Gaga or show tunes has been out of date for years, but a bar where the main focus is sports is groundbreaking for L.A. -- despite the myriad gay sports leagues thriving around town, from the national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.
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.
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 1, 2013 |
This could be the drug-testing equivalent of a home run trot for Major League Baseball. More than a dozen players, including the game's active home run leader, Alex Rodriguez, reportedly are set to be suspended for violations of the sport's drug policy. The recent suspension of 2011 most valuable player Ryan Braun for the rest of this season has already won hearty applause by anti-doping leaders. MLB does a superior job in confronting performance-enhancing drugs compared to the nation's three other major pro sports leagues, anti-doping experts say. Baseball conducted more than 5,000 urine and blood drug tests last year, and has its own team of investigators to partner with law enforcement to pursue drug-violation leads like those in the Biogenesis case.
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."