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NBC & Olympics Contest

Did you miss the amazing Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremonies? How about each leg of Michael Phelps’ race to eight gold medals? You no longer need to guilt-trip your girlfriend about forcing you to go out to dinner during one of these monumental events. NBC is offering a DVD of the Olympics Opening Ceremonies and it is available for purchase on their website Other DVDs available include “2008 Beijing General Highlight DVD” and “Michael Phelps: Greatest Olympic Champion…The Inside Story”.

But before you pay for the DVDs, you might as well try to win them for free. NBC and have teamed up to introduce a contest for all of our readers. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post with an idea for a new sport you would like to see in the Olympics (either already existing or completely fabricated). Make sure to enter your correct email address on the comment form, so that when we select the winners, which will be based on how persuasive you are in your reasoning for why the sport should be included and/or creativity, we can contact you to get your mailing address. We will be giving out DVDs to two lucky winners.

You have until September 1st to submit your ideas. The DVDs will not be shipped out until September 15th.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.

11 replies on “NBC & Olympics Contest”

Easy. Food Eating Contest.

This would test the stamina, endurance and mental toughess of these “athletes.” Much like other professional eating contests, you could break it up into several events consisting of multiple menu items. Joey Chestnut would be the American’s new Michael Phelps and pad our medal stats.

Only one question: Winter or Summer sport?

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I’m not sure how handball is an Olympic sport, but golf isn’t. Golf has one of the world’s most iconic athletes (Tiger Woods) and it’s played just about all over the world, but it isn’t in the Olympics. It should be.

Also after being very disappointed with boxing in this Olympics (the athletes were basically just running and hopping away from each other the entire time), I’d like to see mixed-martial-arts in the Olympics. It’s probably one of the fastest growing sports in the world, and would be a lot more exciting than many other sports that are currently in the Olympics.

Martial Arts Point COmpetition Sparring for all styles. Tae Kwon Doe is too dull and boring. Its not enteraining. This kind of martial arts sparring is fast and intriguing. Kicks are not the only thing allowed. Punches and combinations are involved. Its a greattime to watch for AMerican Viewers and people across the world. Here is a link for an example….

Or even Sports Martial Arts in general, the extreme forms are evoloutionizing sport karate. Its like gymnastics but with martial arts. Its real good.

How about synchronized skydiving as an olympic sport? How cool would that be? It takes courage and creativity to come up with a gold medal routine!

The next Olympic sport should be one of three sports. The easy one to say would be MMA, because of its international appeal and its acceptance into the mainstream. The second, lacrosse, would be a great spectator sport but sadly is not as popular as it would need to be. The third, and best, option would be to bring back tug of war. It used to be a sport in the early modern olympics and it would be awesome to watch. Can you imagine the US team of NFL lineman facing off against the Japanese team of Sumo wrestlers. And there would be the Bulgarian weightlifters… The possibilities are endless, and I know I would love to watch them. If beach volleyball can be accepted, why not a little tug of war?

Lacrosse is really up and coming in the United States and if it gets more international exposure, it could become popular enough to be an Olympic sport. As much as I love basketball, I think that another team sport has to come in and share some of the spotlight. Americans should dominate lacrosse early on, which would give the players further exposure and improve the popularity and notoriety of Major League Lacrosse. Lacrosse is a very popular sport among the high school and collegiate levels, but once players earn their scholarship and finish their collegiate careers, they do not expect to be paid a high salary in the MLL. Consider why the best lacrosse programs come from schools like Johns Hopkins, Duke, Princeton, Cornell, Northwestern, etc. These programs have built up because of their academic superiority and high level recruits are drawn to those programs because they know that a more intellectual career built by their college education will be more lucrative than a career as a professional lacrosse player. Olympic exposure is the best way to improve ratings and attendance for the MLL, which, in turn, will make a professional career in a rising sport like lacrosse possible for a college graduate.

A verdict has been cast by those helping us out from NBC. Congratulations to the following two winners, who will be receiving their DVDs later this month:

Michael Goldberg and Jason.

I will follow up emailing the both of you for your addresses.

Thanks again, everybody!

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