Jun
03

Athletes’ and Entertainers’ Entitlement Issues

NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Miami Heat

The following guest post is from Ashlei Deal, who formerly worked for the San Antonio Spurs. I have been around the sports and entertainment business for quite some time. Growing up in Oklahoma and having spent a year interning for the San Antonio Spurs, this years Western Conference Finals has been close to my heart.…
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Feb
13

Scoop Jackson Misses The Mark On His “African American Agent Epidemic” Article

larry fitzgerald

Title an article, African-American agents, and us, and you are bound to grab my attention.  Last week, Scoop Jackson wrote that such article, which seemed to serve as his reaction to Luther Campbell’s recent column titled, Superagent Drew Rosenhaus should give back to Miami’s black communities, wherein Campbell said that Rosenhaus needs to give back…
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Mar
01

Charles Lamont Smith’s Story

Verizon has been celebrating the stories of African Americans from the past and present who epitomize dreaming big.  Throughout February (Black History Month), Verizon featured various African Americans, presenting them as heroes.  Last week, Charles Lamont Smith, better known as C. Lamont Smith, was highlighted in the video series.  The video is embedded at the…
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Mar
13

Update on the Pirates’ Indian Hurlers

rinku singh dinesh patel

Back in November, I wrote about the Pittsburgh Pirates global recruiting effort, especially the pickup of Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel, contestants in India’s “Million Dollar Arm” reality TV contest.  While their future within the Pirates’ organization is still unknown, Darren Rovell reported on Monday with updates to their story.  When I mentioned last time…
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Feb
17

Widener University School Of Law – Diversity and Sports

What: Symposium: Diversity and Sports: The History, The Challenges, and The Future. Where: Widener University School of Law.  See map. When: Monday, March 16, 2009 – 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Schedule: 9:00-9:45 am: Continental Breakfast and Check-in 9:45-10:00 am: Introductory Comments Linda L. Ammons, JD, Associate Provost and Dean, Widener University School of Law;…
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Aug
21

No Iranians Allowed In The NBA

After an impressive showing in Beijing, seven-foot-two Iranian center Hamed Ehadadi caught the eye of many scouts all around the world. In a 97-82 Iranian loss to Argentina, a game that Ehadadi had 21 points and 16 rebounds in, Hamed said through an assistant coach, Mehran Hatami, “It is my dream to play in the…
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Jul
10

Forum: Re-examining the Place of Race in Sports

What: The West Virginia University College of Law Fall Sports Law Forum Where: West Virginia University Law Center (Marlyn Lugar Courtroom), Morgantown, West Virginia. Click here for map. When: September 11, 2008. Begins at 11:00 a.m. Panelists: Dr. John Carlos – USA Track and Field Hall of Famer.  Key role in civil rights movement. Professor…
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Apr
22

Does Baseball Need To Diversify Its Portfolio?

It took a good fight, but eventually, blacks were welcome to play alongside whites in American professional baseball. Exactly a week ago, on April 15th (the day that Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier many years prior), the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport told the press that the percentage…
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Dec
06

Putting A Price On Street Cred

A couple of very good articles have recently been published by excellent journalists. Jason Whitlock and LZ Granderson both, in their own ways, address an escalating problem in popular culture: the furtherance of a “hood” culture through displays of immaturity. It is not only rappers that contribute to the problem. Athletes often use their money…
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Sep
21

Donovan McNabb: It Don’t Matter If Your Black or White

Recently Donovan McNabb appeared on HBO’s Real Sports where he discussed how he believes black QB’s are treated unfairly in the NFL. He said that fans just don’t accept black quarterbacks. I personally think Donovan is just a little off base with his comments. His situation is a rather odd one, I will admit that.…
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