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Sports, Cheating and Betting:  Thinking About the Court of Appeal Decision in R. v. Riesberry

Sports, Cheating and Betting: Thinking About the Court of Appeal Decision in R. v. Riesberry

| October 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

If people vote with their dollars, then gambling (legal and illegal) has won the election by a landslide. In a dollar democracy that probably means sports betting is the leading candidate for president. Earlier this year Will Hobson wrote this in the Washington Post: America’s sports gambling prohibition has created what many consider (these things […]

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Demographic Snapshot: Canadian Sports Halls of Fame and the Black Athlete – Part 1

Demographic Snapshot: Canadian Sports Halls of Fame and the Black Athlete – Part 1

| September 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Sports halls of fame provide lots of grist for the debate mill. Dedicated baseball fans and even occasional observers are pretty familiar with the assertion that the hallowed halls in Cooperstown, New York are the most difficult to enter in all of professional sports. Hockey devotees commonly wrestle over the induction of 1,000 point scorers […]

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Kobe Bryant: Only Blindspots and Biases Can Taint the Historical Record On His Play

Kobe Bryant: Only Blindspots and Biases Can Taint the Historical Record On His Play

| December 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is now 3rd all-time in career points scored in the N.B.A., having just passed basketball’s diety Michael Jordan. In approaching and passing this milestone, opinions on where Bryant stands in the hierarchy of basketball’s greatest players and on the significance of his career abound. As Bryant approached the threshold […]

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After Donald Sterling: Confronting and Punishing Racism in NBA Has Broader Implications

After Donald Sterling: Confronting and Punishing Racism in NBA Has Broader Implications

| May 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Donald Sterling was a man identified by various monikers: wealthy owner of the National Basketball Association’s [N.B.A.] Los Angeles Clippers basketball club, lawyer, dubious landlord,  litigant in proceedings initiated by the U.S. government and sugar daddy. With the release of audio clips disclosing Sterling’s anti-black and anti-Latino racist views and revealing the premise for his […]

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