Steube recently blasted Democrats for refusing to support the bill. “It’s just fascinating that we are in a place in our country where you have to file bills to make it clear that women are actually going to be competing with women and women’s sports,” Steube told Fox host Tucker Carlson last week … [Read more...] about Federal Bill Introduced to Preserve and Protect Female Sports
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In the worlds of politics, media, entertainment, restaurants, being accused of sexual misconduct of almost any form has led to an immediate (if hardly fatal) reckoning, with high-profile men losing their jobs, having their ongoing projects canceled, losing sponsors and prominent positions. But in sports, this has not happened. Not only have there been shockingly few stories that have come out about prominent athletes and sports figures behaving awfully or criminally toward women, but when one does come out, the reaction has been decidedly, profoundly different than in other fields. In December, a Minnesota photographer detailed her experience with Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano, who she claimed assaulted her in a mall bathroom. Her story was harrowing and persuasive and on a par, or worse, with equally detailed stories about Hollywood and media figures who lost their entire empires. But Sano, following an investigation, was not suspended by MLB and suffered virtually no … [Read more...] about The Sports World Needs Its #MeToo Moment
And it does make me a little bit sad. I use a sports memories website called Sports Passport that chronicles every sporting event I’ve ever attended. Each game I’ve been to is its own memory — what great players I saw, who won the game, where I was in my life at that time, and, most important, who I went to the game with. I smile just thinking about them. I don’t remember who I watch games on television with, other than the fact it’s usually by myself. They’re just another piece of streaming programming. Getting out to the ballpark is the foundation of this whole thing. They’re the reason we care in the first place. Teams and leagues might not think they have to worry right now about the fact that fewer people are doing that than they have in recent years. But they should probably start. … [Read more...] about Nobody’s Going to Sports in Person Anymore. And No One Seems to Care.
And ultimately, whatever your thoughts on whether gambling should be legal nationally or not, that is the issue: Sports media was already basically pretending it was legal anyway. That’s why that injury information is so prevalent in the first place, the driver of every bit of micro-information from every beat reporter, every minutiae dug up for public consumption. Sports coverage has been winking at gamblers for decades; broadcasters Al Michaels and Brent Musburger have made a cottage industry at hinting at lines in their telecasts. (Musburger, perhaps inevitably, now hosts a show for the Vegas Stats & Information Network.) But once gambling is legal, that winking will turn into a full-on seductive strip show. And, in the short term and possibly the long term, it will turn our telecasts into those 900 number “expert picks” ads you see in the casino hotel rooms. Remember: People don’t offer gambling services because they don’t make them money. Gambling … [Read more...] about Welcome to Our New Gambling Hell, Sports Fans
Then-Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, in an April 2017 memo, said that the service academies “exist to develop future officers,” and that graduates would serve as “full-fledged military officers carrying out the normal work and career expectations” of someone who received an education at the taxpayers’ expense. … [Read more...] about Trump wants to restore professional sports waiver for service academy athletes