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Tayler Hill moves on up to the big time

 

 

 

Tayler Hill soon will earn her human economy degree from Ohio State. A few weeks ago, she went on a few interviews and last week got her first job offer. “I never have been on a job interview, so I’m not sure exactly how that works,” admitted the Minneapolis native before interviewing for and accepting her first job as a professional basketball player. The Washington Mystics selected her as their first-round pick in this year’s WNBA draft, and she starts her post-college job in May. Hill briefly explained the interview process, which for a WNBA prospect is a lot different than NFL and NBA potential draftees: no 40-yard timings or individual workouts beforehand. Continue Reading →

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KFAN post Henry Lake is now all white

Joni Mitchell once sang that you don’t know what you’ve had until it’s gone. “We’re glad to get him,” admits KCSP-AM Program Director John Hanson on Henry Lake, the new midday host at “610 Sports Radio” in Kansas City. Personally I am glad the most talented but underused staffer at KFAN has finally left the area’s longest sports yakker. Lake had never gotten the right exposure, once being second billed with someone named Sludge, doing Vikings and Gophers ‘fan whine’ post-game shows then finally a solo hosting a show in what the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once called, the most segregated hour in America, Sunday mornings at 11. Now the Minneapolis-born Lake had to take his talent on the road, and thank goodness right in the nick of time. Continue Reading →

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We did it again! — Ninth annual Carol Fitzgerald Fund announces grant winners

 

 

 

Ten years ago on April 10, 2003, we lost a great woman, Carol Fitzgerald. Thanks to great support from our community locally and nationally, we continue her work. With major spending cuts across the United States in funding the fight against HIV-AIDS and breast cancer and for urban education support, many voices are not being heard. Last Friday, April 12 at the Metropolitan Ballroom on a cold snowy evening in Golden Valley and Saturday, April 13 at Martin Luther King Park in Minneapolis, we carried on the mission to do our part with your continued help, through the Carol Fitzgerald Memorial Fund (CFMF). Big Sy Huff was master of ceremonies; Hall-of-Famer Cris Carter, my sons All-Pro Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. and Marcus Fitzgerald, and yours truly spoke passionately about the work of Carol Fitzgerald. Continue Reading →

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ESPN extends deal with WNBA; financial details kept $ecret

 

 

Two big changes were recently announced by the WNBA: an extension of its current deal with ESPN for six years, and a new logo was unveiled. “This new extension,” proclaimed ESPN President John Skipper at the March 28 press conference in New York, “ensures we will be together a minimum of 26 years. We have been with the league since it started in 1997.”

“I feel like we’ve spent the last three or four months meeting with literally every department within ESPN to talk about how these two great companies can come together and really take women’s sports to the next level,” added WNBA President Laurel Richie. Up to 30 W games, including playoffs, the draft, and the all-star game, will be shown on ESPN during the extended deal that now runs through 2022. That adds up to only 180 games over the life of the contract in comparison to the 220 NBA games telecast each season on ESPN, ABC, TNT and NBA TV. Continue Reading →

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Black sportswriting talent finds outlet on new online site

The Shadow League.com is an online site that features Black writers who provide in-depth articles. It provides “engaging, insightful and entertaining coverage of the intersection of sports, pop culture and

race” from a diverse perspective.   Comparable to the Black-oriented news site The Root.com, TheShadowLeague. com, which debuted in January, is a “go-to website for edgy, forward-thinking perspectives.” However, unlike The Root, which is corporate- owned, the latter is solely owned by former ESPN vice-president Keith Clinkscales.   “We all enjoy sports,” says Clinkscales. Continue Reading →

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Black sportswriting talent finds outlet on new online site

The Shadow League.com is an online site that features Black writers who provide

in-depth articles. It provides “engaging, insightful and entertaining coverage

of the intersection of sports, pop culture and race” from a diverse perspective.  

Comparable to the Black-oriented news site The Root.com, TheShadowLeague. com, which debuted in January, is a “go-to website for edgy,

forward-thinking perspectives.” However, unlike The Root, which is corporate-

owned, the latter is solely owned by former ESPN vice-president Keith

Clinkscales.  

“We all enjoy sports,” says Clinkscales. Continue Reading →

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Check out the pics

With Johnson and Central playing for St. Paul City Conference bragging rights in boys’ basketball (at the time of this publication), here are some boys’ basketball pictures from this season and one from the past, along with the following descriptions:

1. QUASHINGM SMITH-PUGH (with ball) of St. Paul Johnson drives around Roseville’s LOGAN BROWN. Smith-Pugh averages 20 points per game for the Governors. Continue Reading →

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Resolved: to pop ‘information bubbles’ whenever possible in 2013

National columnist Jason Whitlock coined a term for a certain phenomenon back in October. This phenomenon was seen and heard endlessly during the presidential campaign and throughout out President Obama’s first term: claims that he’s not a real American and other such nonsense. Whitlock calls it an “information bubble” when people “avoid hearing their perspectives challenged in a credible way…” Such bubbles are ever present in sports, especially in sports talk, whether verbally or through the written word. Black quarterbacks historically are recipients of information bubble baths. Gophers senior QB MarQueis Gray and former Vikings signal-caller Travaris Jackson both were bubbled throughout their respective careers around these parts. Continue Reading →

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Minnesota Timberwolves: The ‘Whitest team in the NBA’ has an even Whiter front office

 
Director of basketball operations counts coaching staff as front-office staff to claim diversity 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

The National Basketball Association for years has been graded as “the most racially diverse group of players of the major professional sports” by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES). Seventy-two percent of its players are Blacks and 82 percent of its players are people of color. This racial diversity has not yet found its way into the local NBA team, however, as a Star Tribune article recently pointed out with respect to the players, without even mentioning the club’s all-White front office. According to the 2011-12 “NBA Racial and Gender Report Card” by TIDES Director Dr. Richard Lapchick, 13 percent of team presidents/CEOs, 23 percent of GMs, 10 percent of vice presidents, 13 percent of senior administrators, 14 percent of professional administrators, five percent of team physicians and 21 percent of head trainers are Black. However in contrast, the Minnesota Timberwolves has no Blacks in any of the aforementioned positions: Since Billy McKinney, its first-ever player personnel director (1988-1990), the team has not had a person of color in a key front-office position in 22 years, and only three Blacks total in decision-making roles in the franchise’s entire 24 years. Continue Reading →

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Use of college players’ likenesses under court scrutiny

 Class-action suit could affect larger issue of athlete exploitation
By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

An anti-trust lawsuit against the NCAA to compensate former and present college athletes for using their likenesses without

their consent is moving forward after a judge recently ordered ESPN to hand over to the plaintiffs its television and licensing contracts. Former Nebraska football player Sam Keller filed suit in 2009 against the NCAA for using former and current college players’ likenesses in archival footage, video games, photographs and promotions. Former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon later filed a class-action lawsuit, and a U.S. District Court in California joined the two cases in 2010, along with other similar claims against the NCAA, Collegiate Licensing Company and Electronic Arts, Inc.

 

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