Opinion | This Winter, More Than Ever, We’re Skiing Straight to Hell – The New York Times

Mr. Hockenos is a Berlin-based writer.

“BERLIN — When I saw news photos of the bare slopes of the Alps’ storied ski resorts a few weeks ago, I felt relief. The green and brown mountains of Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bavaria, where my family has skied at the Garmisch Classic ski resort for years, were a dismal sight, yes. But the snowless scene also warmed my heart: I had an excuse not to take my 12-year-old son downhill skiing during his school break.

This winter, as accelerating climate breakdown collides with inflation and Europe’s worst energy crisis since the 1970s, a downhill skiing trip presents an acute moral quandary for parents. Patronizing a dying industry that contributes so much to environmental collapse right at the moment we are finally beginning to turn away from fossil fuels feels absurd. But do I have the will to deny my child the pleasure of a winter sport in what could be its final seasons?”

Premier League Charges Manchester With Financial Violations – The New York Times


“The Premier League on Monday accused Manchester City of years of financial rules violations, setting the stage for an expensive and high-stakes fight that could see City, one of the most dominant soccer teams in Europe over the past decade, ejected from England’s top league.

The charges, outlined in a statement released by the Premier League on Monday morning and unprecedented in their scale, accuse City of repeatedly failing to provide accurate financial information “that gives a true and fair view of the club’s financial position, in particular with respect to its revenue (including sponsorship revenue), its related parties and its operating costs.” “

David Lindsay Jr.

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Shocking. Tragic, pathetic. It looks like International Football is in a real decline of corruption. Someone should suggest they take a cue from American Football, and have spending caps on all teams, so the sport returns, and each team has the same budget, only adjusted slightly for cost of living differences. It sure did seem to create a renaissance in American football as a sport, where now any team has a chance at winning.

David blogs at InconvenientNews.net

Franco Harris, N.F.L. Hall of Famer Who Caught ‘Immaculate Reception,’ Dies at 72 – The New York Times

“Franco Harris, the Hall of Fame running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers whose shoestring catch known as the “Immaculate Reception” in 1972 remains one of the most memorable moments in N.F.L. history, has died. He was 72.

His son, Franco “Dok” Harris, confirmed his death to The Associated Press. No cause of death was given.

Harris’s death comes days before the 50th anniversary of the “Immaculate Reception,” which Mike Tomlin, the current Steelers coach, said this week was “the most significant play in the history of the game.” The Steelers planned to retire Harris’s jersey number, 32, during a halftime ceremony at their game on Saturday.”

World Cup 2022: Teams in the round of 16 bracket | king5.com

How does the group stage work in the World Cup?

“Teams advance to the knockout round based on a point system, the two teams with the most point secure a spot while the remaining two are eliminated.

Winning a game awards three points, while tied games give teams a single point. Losing teams go without points.

Overall goal difference determines which teams advance in the World Cup if the points are tied after all three group games. ”

Source: World Cup 2022: Teams in the round of 16 bracket | king5.com

So the Forehand Is Your Best Tennis Shot? You Sure? – The New York Times

“During the Rolex Paris Masters, you will consistently see players taking a circuitous route to a ball, running around what should be a backhand to take a whack from their forehand side. Most players hit forehands harder and with more spin, seeking a better chance to seize control of the point.

And yet that greatest strength may also be the greatest weakness. Despite the peril, players attack the opposition’s forehand while serving and during a rally because the forehand is also less stable and more likely to result in an unforced error, especially on a faster indoor court like the one for this tournament, which begins Saturday and runs through Nov. 6.

“Around 90 percent of the time a player’s forehand is stronger, so you fear it more, but it isn’t always the most consistent,” said Steve Johnson, adding, “I’m one of the players who’s going to let it fly and litter the stat sheet with winners and errors.” “

Opinion | Baseball Is Dying. The Government Should Take It Over. – The New York Times

Mr. Walther is the editor of The Lamp, a Catholic literary journal. He writes frequently about sports.

“Opening day of the Major League Baseball season, which falls on Thursday after being delayed for a week by a labor dispute, is as good an occasion as any for fans of the game to come to terms with certain hard facts. I am talking, of course, about the inevitable future in which professional baseball is nationalized and put under the authority of some large federal entity — the Library of Congress, perhaps, or more romantically, the National Park Service.

Like the Delta blues or Yellowstone National Park, baseball is as indelibly American as it is painfully uncommercial. Left to fend for itself, the game will eventually disappear.”

David Lindsay Jr.
Hamden, CT | NYT Comment
It was a commenter who pointed out this might not be entirely serious. It is hard to be funny. The top comments certainly are more pointed as to why most of us can’t afford the luxury of $500 nights out to watch adult men play and have fun. I feel about English based, ritual, Morris and Sword dancing, the way this fellow cares about baseball, but I’m not whining for government bailouts and protections for Morris dancing. But subsidies might help.
David Lindsay Jr is a writer, who founded the New Haven Morris and Sword Team, which kept dancing during the pandemic on zoom, and after 45 years of joy and glory, is circling the drain. It takes six dancers, a musician and a fool, to field a full side.

Ross Douthat | On Super Bowl Sunday and the Dark Side of Gambling – The New York Times

“When future historians ponder the forces that unraveled the American social fabric between the 1960s and the 2020s, I hope they spare some time for one besetting vice in particular: our fatal impulse toward consistency.

This is a good weekend for thinking about that impulse, because Super Bowl Sunday is capping off a transition in big-time sports that has made the symbiosis between professional athletics and professional gambling all but complete. The cascading, state-after-state legalization of sports betting, the ubiquitous ads for online gambling in the football playoffs, the billion dollars that the National Football League hopes to soon be making annually from its deals with sports betting companies — everywhere you look, the thin wall separating the games from the gambling industry is being torn away.

This transformation will separate many millions of nonwealthy Americans from their money, very often harmlessly but in some cases disastrously, with a lot of sustainable-or-are-they gambling addictions falling somewhere in between. And we’ve reached this point, in part, because of our unwillingness to live with inconsistencies and hypocrisies instead of ironing them out, our inability to take a cautious step or two down a slippery slope without tobogganing to the bottom.”

DL: Bravo. Brilliant. Read it all. This new sports gambling has become so big so fast, I am thinking seriously of boycotting the superbowl going forward till they stop the rabid growth of sports betting.”

Opinion | Here’s How to Compensate College Athletes – By Roger Pielke Jr. – The New York Times


Dr. Pielke is a professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder. who has written about sports governance issues.

Credit…Rick Bowmer/Associated Press

“A month ago, Gov. Gavin Newsom of California signed legislation that will allow college athletes in the state to profit from their sports celebrity by promoting products and companies. Other states quickly moved in the same direction, and on Tuesday the N.C.A.A., the governing body of college sports, bowed to the inevitable after long opposing the move.

The group’s governing board voted unanimously to allow student-athletes “the opportunity to benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness.” The board directed the organization’s three divisions to develop new rules to begin no later than January 2021.

While the details of this “modernization” remain vague and it is unclear how student-athletes will be allowed to “benefit,” the new rules will be “consistent with the collegiate model,” according to the organization. By that, the N.C.A.A. means “consistent with the values of college sports within higher education.”

Professors like me already follow a “collegiate model” for receiving revenue from intellectual property created by university research we do. This model provides an obvious and straightforward solution to the challenges of compensating athletes based on their name, image and likeness. Just treat athletes like others on campus.

In 1978, Joe Allen, a member of the staff of Senator Birch Bayh, a Democrat of Indiana, discovered that of the 28,000 patents owned by the federal government through government-funded research, only about 5 percent were being commercialized. This was a dismal record for a nation investing hundreds of billions of dollars in science and technology. Senator Bayh teamed up with Senator Bob Dole, a Kansas Republican, to propose legislation to fundamentally change how universities commercialized their discoveries.

Signed into law by President Jimmy Carter in 1980, the Bayh-Dole Act allows universities to retain ownership of patents that result from federally funded research and to share any revenues that result with professors and other researchers whose work led to the discoveries. For instance, at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where I work, 50 percent of such revenue is split equally between the researcher’s personal and research accounts, and the remaining 50 percent is divided equally between the university system and the campus.”

David Lindsay: It is hard to be smart. I really liked the idea above, until I read the comments. Here are the top three which I liked.

Washington, D.C.
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This is really about two sports and only two sports for men – football and basketball. Those are the money makers. Why not break up the unholy alliance between the NCAA and the NFL and NBA? Abolish any requirement for college experience to play in those leagues. Let those leagues set up a “farm system” like MLB. Let those athletes who still choose to go to college be true student-athletes. Oh, I know why the NCAA has no interest in this – the NCAA desperately wants to keep profits high for it’s cash cows.

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David commented 4 hours ago

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Athletics don’t belong in institutions of higher learning anyways. We are the only nation in the world that ties the two together, it’s time to separate that. The NFL and NBA use our colleges as taxpayer funded minor leagues to the detriment of the academic side of things.

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MA commented 4 hours ago

Brooklyn, NY
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All college sports should be division III sports. That is, a fun and character-building pastime for people pursuing real careers. People who want to be professional athletes should go into professional sports right out of high school. The NFL and NBA could easily set up minor leagues (like MLB and NHL). Get sports out of college. Sports are overly prioritized; they draw resources and attention away from college’s true mission, academics. My college sports friends fear that if college athletes are paid, this will “ruin” college sports by making them too expensive for colleges to run. I hope so; this is exactly how it should be.

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