It looks like Slava Voynov wants back in the NHL. Just one day after the League suspended the former Los Angeles Kings defenseman for the entire 2019-2020 NHL season, a spokesperson for the NHL Player's Association announced they would be filing an appeal on Voynov's behalf. Voynov was indefinitely suspended in October of 2014—immediately after he... Continue Reading →
Goodell Finally Talks…But Doesn’t Say Much About “No-Call” Controversy
After more than a week of radio silence, football fans finally heard NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s views on the now-infamous “no-call” in the NFC Championship Game. Goodell spoke with the media Wednesday afternoon at his traditional pre-Super Bowl “State of the League” address; and, no surprises here, if you’re polling New Orleans Saints fans, they’ll... Continue Reading →
Beefing 101: Could a Social Media Feud Lead to Court?
Let’s forget what’s happening on the field with the Buffalo Bills for a minute; there’s a strange story playing out off field for one of the team’s defensive stars. Jordan Poyer’s wife, Instagram Model Rachel Bush (@RachelBush), engaged in a headline grabbing war of words with a woman who, allegedly, had an affair with Poyer.... Continue Reading →
Is the NHL Skating on Thin Ice Without a Domestic Violence Policy?
It’s October. The skates are sharpened, the ice is set, and the puck has dropped on a new hockey season. But October is also domestic violence awareness month, so it is also a good time to talk about the fact the NHL is the only one of the “big four” leagues (NHL, NFL, NBA, and... Continue Reading →
When $10 Million isn’t Enough…
Disturbing and heartbreaking. Those are the words NBA commissioner Adam Silver used to describe the just-released report on systemic misconduct in the Dallas Mavericks organization. Those words do not go far enough. I’d suggest inexcusable and unacceptable. The report is the end result of a months-long investigation into allegations of rampant sexual harassment and mistreatment... Continue Reading →
MSU Investigation Highlights Limits and Failings of NCAA Discipline
The NCAA was founded in 1906 to protect the physical well-being of its athletes. In the past few years, hundreds of women have come forward to say they were sexually assaulted by former Michigan State team doctor Larry Nassar. In January, Nasser, who also worked as a physician for USA gymnastics, was sentenced to 40-to-175... Continue Reading →
Maryland Accepts Responsibility for Player’s Death…So Now What?
The word “culture” is thrown around a lot in sports. New coaches come in and talk about building a “culture of winning” or a “culture of hard work.” Frequently that attitude is lauded as building character or heralding a new era of competitiveness; but sometimes, the “culture of winning” morphs from an inspirational ideal into... Continue Reading →
Bills, Sabres Shake-Up is a Big Move for Women in Sports
Buffalo sports fans are in shock, and for good reason. Just hours ago, Kim and Terry Pegula, owners of the Bills and the Sabres, accepted Russ Brandon’s resignation. Brandon served as President of both teams and had been part of the Bills organization for more than 20 years. The Buffalo News reports Brandon’s resignation is... Continue Reading →
Can the NHL Solve the NFL’s Marijuana Problem?
89% of all NFL players smoke weed—at least according to former NFL player Martellus Bennett. The recently retired tight end sparked headlines when he made this high—and pretty specific—estimate on a recent Bleacher Report podcast. Since then, more former players have spoken to the site about marijuana use in the league. You can listen... Continue Reading →
Ledecky’s Decision to Turn Pro Highlights the Risks of NCAA Amateurism Rules
Remember when swimmer Katie Ledecky won the 800-meter freestyle at the 2016 Olympic Games? She finished more than eleven seconds ahead of her closest competitor—a gap that show-cased the then nineteen-year-old’s dominance in the pool and cemented her status as an Olympic superstar. When the games ended, Ledecky packed up her five medals (four gold,... Continue Reading →