Is the Mafia in the Game Rigging Business?

Twenty years ago, former Arizona State guard Stevin "Hedake" Smith wrote a letter to Sports Illustrated detailing how easily college athletes can be drawn into fixing games. He explained that “poor, naïve teenagers plus rich, greedy gamblers equal disaster." Today, match-fixing and point-shaving scandals remain a major issue for the NCAA for exactly this reason.... Continue Reading →

Vontaze Burfict Suspended for the Season: Does He Have Any Chance of Winning on Appeal?

The league officially announced that Oakland Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict is suspended for the rest of the 2019 season for his helmet-to-helmet hit Sunday on Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle. Jon Runyan, vice president of football operations, wrote a letter to Burfict explaining the decision to suspend him for the remainder of the season. The letter stated, in relevant part:... Continue Reading →

Nike drops Antonio Brown

It appears that the AB drama may never end. This week, Antonio Brown lost a major endorsement deal with Nike, the largest seller of athletic apparel and footwear in the world. The news broke on Wednesday night when a spokesperson from Nike told The Boston Globe that “Antonio Brown is not a Nike athlete.” Although... Continue Reading →

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