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How the National Anthem Got Tangled Up With American Sports – POLITICO Magazine

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Listen to President Donald Trump, or any one weighing in after more than 200 NFL players took a knee during the Star Spangled Banner on Sunday, and you might think that there’s a very simple right and wrong way to listen to the national anthem, or register our objections to it. The truth is, though, that the history of playing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at American sporting events is complicated. While…

Why NASCAR is a sports league still in Trump’s good graces – Washington Post

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Race cars are lined up before  the NASCAR Cup Series 300 auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., on Sept. 24. (Charles Krupa/AP) Kneeling in protest during the national anthem began with former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick in 2016, but the act has expanded beyond the football player, including rapidly catching on over the weekend. Athletes on football teams across the country knelt Sunday in protest after President Trump called…

Trump ‘proud of NASCAR’ for protest-free New Hampshire race – Chicago Tribune

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

President Donald Trump lauded NASCAR on Monday because no drivers, crew or team members protested during the national anthem before a weekend race at New Hampshire Motorspeedway. “So proud of NASCAR and its supporters and fans. They won’t put up with disrespecting our Country or our Flag – they said it loud and clear!” Trump tweeted Monday. The comments came one day after dozens of NFL players took a knee…

Cycling’s Governing Body Is Not So Sure About Paying Women – Deadspin

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Today, the UCI announced that they’d be raising the minimum wages for some professional cyclists. The lowest paid male riders at the WorldTour and Pro Continental level will now make around €2,000 and €650 more per year respectively, with guaranteed salaries of €38,115 for WorldTour racers and €30,855 for Pro Continental racers. Neo-pros will make slightly less. That’s not much, but cycling’s had plenty of dire financial…

The London Olympics destroyed more jobs than it created – here’s my story – Metro

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

H. Forman & Son was one of the business forced to move (Picture: Lance Forman) When the Chief Whip comments that to make an omelette, you need to crack a few eggs, it’s not terribly heartening when you are the one about to be cracked and beaten.   Almost 14 years ago, having just spent two years building and relocating to a new smoked salmon factory, we were told by the…

Trump ‘proud of NASCAR’ for protest-free New Hampshire race – Chicago Tribune

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

President Donald Trump lauded NASCAR on Monday because no drivers, crew or team members protested during the national anthem before a weekend race at New Hampshire Motorspeedway. “So proud of NASCAR and its supporters and fans. They won’t put up with disrespecting our Country or our Flag – they said it loud and clear!” Trump tweeted Monday. The comments came one day after dozens of NFL players took a knee…

Cycling’s Governing Body Is Not So Sure About Paying Women – Deadspin

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Today, the UCI announced that they’d be raising the minimum wages for some professional cyclists. The lowest paid male riders at the WorldTour and Pro Continental level will now make around €2,000 and €650 more per year respectively, with guaranteed salaries of €38,115 for WorldTour racers and €30,855 for Pro Continental racers. Neo-pros will make slightly less. That’s not much, but cycling’s had plenty of dire financial…

The London Olympics destroyed more jobs than it created – here’s my story – Metro

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

H. Forman & Son was one of the business forced to move (Picture: Lance Forman) When the Chief Whip comments that to make an omelette, you need to crack a few eggs, it’s not terribly heartening when you are the one about to be cracked and beaten.   Almost 14 years ago, having just spent two years building and relocating to a new smoked salmon factory, we were told by the…

Angels’ minds relaxing in Hawaii while their bodies play a baseball game in Chicago, result shows. – Halo’s Heaven

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

White Sox 4, Angels 2 Somewhere in the back of your mind exists the definition of a perfect baseball player. If it’s a pitcher, maybe he has some combination of good velocity, command, stuff, and poise. If it’s a pitcher, there’s hitting for contact, hitting for power, solid fundamentals, range, arm… You missed something. Effort. Or extended from that, the brainpower that controls your every action, and through that, your…

CAA Breaks The Bank For Its Baseball Clients – Forbes

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Creative Artist Agency’s legacy dates back to 1975 when a handful of William Morris agents, including Michael Ovitz and Ron Meyer, broke out on their own. A-list clients from Hollywood and the music world signed on to the burgeoning agency. Yet, it took three decades before CAA took the plunge into sports. CAA has built a massive sports business practice over the past decade with $8.5 billion in contracts under…

Sports world continues to respond to Trump’s attacks on NFL player protests – ESPN

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment During a week in which a crucial Senate health care vote, his tax plan, the North Korean nuclear threat and Puerto Rico’s post-hurricane suffering vied for attention, President Donald Trump carried his feud with the NFL over players who kneel in protest into the new week with a fresh volley of tweets. The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race….

The World’s Most Valuable Sports Agencies 2017 – Forbes – Forbes

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

CAA CAA lands an incredible 11 agents on this year’s most powerful list, including, from left, No. 21 Jimmy Sexton, No. 9 Pat Brisson, No. 41 Aaron Mintz, No. 44 Steven Heumann and No. 16 Nez Balelo. With escalating media rights deals, rising salary caps and massive infusions of cash into professional sports leagues, athletes’ contracts are bigger than ever, and the sports agency business is booming. The firms featured in Forbes’…

CBS Sports 130 rankings: TCU and Georgia into top 10, Florida … – CBSSports.com

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

As conference play begins and favorites are knocked off, we are going to see more movement in the CBS Sports 130, our comprehensive ranking of all 130 FBS college football teams.  Last week, Oklahoma State made it up into the top five, Mississippi State surged up to No. 10 and Vanderbilt was one of the biggest movers of the week after beating Kansas State, making it up to No. 19…

How Will Jerry Richardson’s Stick-to-Sports Message Go Over With Panthers Players? – Sports Illustrated

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

CHARLOTTE — Jerry Richardson, the 81-year-old founder and owner of the Carolina Panthers, became the 31st head of an NFL team to issue a statement regarding Donald Trump’s weekend comments. But unlike every other statement, the one coming from Charlotte doesn’t appear to criticize Trump’s words or promote the idea that players have the right to express their opinions. The statement, released Monday afternoon, comes after two days of silence…

LeBron: No one should use sports to divide people – ABC News

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Cleveland Cavaliers star? LeBron James addressed President Donald Trump’s comments on sports and protests on Monday, talking extensively about the issue and the NFL’s response but never using the president’s name. “First of all, I salute the NFL, the coaches, the players, the owners, the fans. Everyone who had any association with the NFL was unbelievable,” James said. “There was no divide. Even from that guy that continues to try…

Cycling’s Governing Body Is Not So Sure About Paying Women – Deadspin

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Today, the UCI announced that they’d be raising the minimum wages for some professional cyclists. The lowest paid male riders at the WorldTour and Pro Continental level will now make around €2,000 and €650 more per year respectively, with guaranteed salaries of €38,115 for WorldTour racers and €30,855 for Pro Continental racers. Neo-pros will make slightly less. That’s not much, but cycling’s had plenty of dire financial…

Trump ‘proud of NASCAR’ for protest-free New Hampshire race – Chicago Tribune

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

President Donald Trump lauded NASCAR on Monday because no drivers, crew or team members protested during the national anthem before a weekend race at New Hampshire Motorspeedway. “So proud of NASCAR and its supporters and fans. They won’t put up with disrespecting our Country or our Flag – they said it loud and clear!” Trump tweeted Monday. The comments came one day after dozens of NFL players took a knee…

History is made under the lights at Martinsville – Nascar

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — The oldest track in NASCAR history got a modern makeover for its 70th anniversary. On Sept. 23, for the first time ever, cars turned left under permanent LED lights at Martinsville Speedway in front of thousands who came out to be a part of history — including Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers Denny Hamlin and Daniel Suarez, who enjoyed the late-model stock car action as fans….

Security Concerns Again Hang Over Winter Olympics – Forbes

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic medals during their unveiling at a ceremony in Seoul on Sept. 21. (Photo by JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images) North Korea ramped up its vitriol on Monday, undoubtedly increasing concerns by athletes who are preparing for what might be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at next year’s 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. The Games will not take place for another few months, scheduled for Feb. 9-25. However, concerning rhetoric continues…

Trump’s NFL Critique a Calculated Attempt to Shore Up His Base – New York Times

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Mr. Trump is seldom at a loss for motives in picking a public fight, and conflict seems to soothe him in the way that it unnerves others. He loved getting a rise from the players and owners who linked arms in solidarity before Sunday’s slate of football games, aides and associates said. His satisfaction was blighted only by the disapproval expressed by his friend Robert Kraft, the owner of the…