Northwestern players filed to organize this week. The NCAA wants to kill collective bargaining for “student-athletes” in the crib before its lucrative business model get sacked.
As college presidents, chancellors and provosts continue their prolonged talk about the possibility of paying college athletes, a number of players on the Northwestern University football team have decided now is the time get more than scholarships for playing.They want a union.Ramogi Huma, a former linebacker for the UCLA and president of the National College Players Association, filed a petition to unionize with the National Labor Relations Board in Chicago this week.
The congresswoman wants to stop the president from using executive orders to advance his agenda without Congress, but she’s backed down every other time she threatened to go to court.
President Obama told the country Tuesday night that he is ready to take unilateral action on the economy, promising to enact a number of pension and minimum wage-related initiatives “with or without Congress.” Not if Michele Bachmann has anything to say about it. The Republican congresswoman from Minnesota, one-time primary presidential candidate and End Times enthusiast warned the president that he’ll face a lawsuit from the Congress if he decides to go through with such unilateral activity.
The mother of the Denver Broncos’ wide receiver has done 14 years in federal prison on a drug conviction. It’s high time she went free.
One simple way President Obama can act with bold independence is to pardon the mother of Denver Bronco Demaryius Thomas in time for the Super Bowl.The mother, Katrina Smith, has already done 14 years in federal prison and faces another three for stashing proceeds her own mother made selling crack and powdered cocaine.Enough is enough, particularly when a long-serving felon has committed no violence and must have been in some ways a top-notch mom for her son to have become such a remarkable young man.
Denver’s historic offense, Seattle’s fearsome defense, and the NFL’s physical arms race are a recipe for injuries on Sunday.
Long before studies of former NFL players’ brain tissue shook America’s football-industrial complex to its stem, the sport had undergone other crises involving player safety. In the 1970s, no microscope was needed to see neck and spine injuries among players of all levels were escalating fast. One main culprit was the hard-shell helmet that had essentially become a spearing weapon. Too many coaches were teaching players a head-first form of tackling that left a path of mangled bodies in its wake, sending insurance premiums through the roof.
So far, the U.S. intelligence community has described the damage from Edward Snowden’s leaks in vague terms. Now they say the leaks could have fatal consequences–especially the one about the U.S. spying on smartphone apps.
Thanks to NSA leaker Edward Snowden, the world now knows that America’s intelligence agencies snoop on people through smartphone apps like Angry Birds. The U.S. intelligence community is now saying that this story, along with another disclosure of the U.S. “black budget,” has placed spies in grave danger.That was the claim put forth Wednesday by U.S. intelligence officials. During a Senate hearing, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper asserted that the damage done by Snowden “includes putting the lives of members or assets of the intelligence community at risk as well as our armed forces, diplomats, and citizens.
Will Bruno Mars rock a Fedora and the Chili Peppers go without shirts? Get your money out, playas. It’s time to keep score.
26.3 million.19.2 million.8.16 million.And last but certainly not least…108.4 million.The first three numbers represent 2013’s highest TV viewership during the NBA Finals (Game 7), World Series (Game 6) and Stanley Cup Finals (Game 6). The fourth number is the audience for last year’s Super Bowl between the 49ers and Ravens.So what makes the Super Bowl the television behemoth it has become? For context, just remember… the first Super Bowl (Packers-Chiefs, 1967) was broadcast on two networks (CBS and NBC) well before cable existed, leaving maybe three or four other channels available as options at home.
Analysts say the first cold-weather Super Bowl will pour hundreds of millions into New York and New Jersey economies. But is America’s biggest sporting event really just more NFL hype?
In their efforts to woo the NFL to the New Meadowlands Stadium, team owners and local officials from New York and New Jersey have thrown around some pretty big numbers. But is America’s biggest sporting event—and in 2014 at $70 million, the most expensive Super Bowl ever played—really such a score for local economies or just a big NFL con?Turns out, according to economists who study the impact of the mega games, no one can know in advance how much money will be brought in from the first dome-less, cold-weather Super Bowl.
He just shook up the network’s daytime schedule with two new hires. Lloyd Grove chats with the man in charge about his cohorts, competitors and companions.
Phil Griffin’s legs are bouncing rapidly up and down, as though he’s possessed by a caged bird frantically trying to break free and take flight. “I’ve got to stop that. Everybody writes about that,” says the president of MSNBC, coiled behind a designer desk in his sleek, sun-dappled corner office on the third floor of Rockefeller Center. “I’m always churning.” The 57-year-old Griffin, who favors zippered exercise jackets over a standard-issue coat and tie, is a sports nut who frequents the gym and jogs in Central Park.
President Obama’s speech won’t change the country’s sour mood about jobs and the deficit, but America is coming back faster and stronger than anyone expected.
President Obama took the podium for last night’s State of the Union Address at a time when mood of the country is sour—toward the president and toward the economy.An objective look at the data and the record of the last several years suggests that this shouldn’t be the case.Historically speaking, presidents get credit for the positive economic news that happens on their watch and get blame for the bad things that happen—even when they are not entirely at fault.
After Colorado and Washington went all in on marijuana legalization, activists are working hard to get their states to follow. Here’s who’s likely to go next.
More and more people in the U.S. are just saying yes to America’s favorite drug, and state legislatures are working hard to keep up with the budding demand.In an April 2013 poll, Americans said for the first time in decades that marijuana should be legal. Other surveys followed, the most recent of which found that 58 percent of the people—an all-time high and double the support it received just 15 years ago—think it should be completely legal.
Niagara Falls has partially frozen over for the second time this year, giving tourists a one-of-a-kind photo op, and a reason to brave the frozen U.S.-Canada border.
For all the urgency in the 2012 post-mortem’s directive to reach out to minority voters, the GOP’s vanguard still isn’t offering them anything new—not that anyone’s listening anyway.