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Opinion: NFL Definition of 'Touchdown' Nebulous like Obamacare

It is no secret that the National Football League, and football in general, has been under attack from a lot of quarters recently. Consussions, murder, bullying, and controversial rules changes have dominated the headlines. Youth football participation is reportedly down ten percent this year, and number one fan Rush Limbaugh confessed to simply losing interest on his show Monday, something that was unthinkable for the long time Pittsburgh Steeler fanatic just months ago.  Nov 19, 2013 9:28 AM PT

ACC v. Maryland: Case Could Redefine Relationships Between Conferences, Schools

Meanwhile, the real story is that this case could go a long way towards stabilizing, or destabilizing, current conference alignments. If the ACC wins, the current conference make-up nationwide is what we can probably count on for at least a number of years, since most conference now have mega exit fees. If Maryland wins, all exit fees might become moot … and watch out. Nov 19, 2013 8:56 AM PT

Zany SEC East: Three Teams Still Alive for Title

The SEC East race is still a delightful mess, with three teams still holding on to title hopes. Each of these three teams has a set of requirements, and also a wish list, and yet the prize would appear to be a chance to get blasted by Alabama on National TV. This could reduce each of these teams' bowl options, not to mention national their ranking. Nov 5, 2013 2:17 PM PT

Local Media Can't Resist Piling on Duke Basketball over Gun Photo

If anyone thinks that Duke basketball gets a pass from their local media in North Carolina, they don't understand the dynamic of being a small school just a few miles from the much larger U. of North Carolina and N.C. State.  This is magnified by the fact that UNC also has a large journalism school which floods the local area with pro Tar Heel reporters. Oct 24, 2013 2:00 PM PT

Are the ACC's Days Numbered (Part 2 in a 3-Part Series)

In part 1 of this series, we established that in spite of good news for the ACC surrounding new member schools - and having a couple of teams in the top 5 in football - that North Carolina’s athletic director Bubba Cunningham was among several high level conference officials who were suffering some heartburn about the ACC's ability to compete going forward. The idea of Carolina perhaps joining another conference was even hinted at. These concerns were uncovered as part of an information dump obtained by The Raleigh News and Observer as part of a freedom of information filing. Oct 17, 2013 10:47 AM PT

Are the ACC's Days Numbered?

Are the Atlantic Coast Conference’s days numbered – at least, as a major athletic conference? The notion might not be as crazy as you think. Are the Atlantic Coast Conference’s days numbered – at least, as a major athletic conference? The notion might not be as crazy as you think. All of the positive buzz surrounding the ACC is simply disguising more foundational problems – problems that are not lost at the highest levels inside the conference’s single most important member, the University of North Carolina. Oct 15, 2013 2:14 PM PT

ACC Has Three Shots at King SEC During Opening Weekend

There is a natural geographic, albeit largely unspoken rivalry between the ACC and the SEC, and the two leagues will go head-to-head three times in the next 72 hours. The bad news for the ACC is that this is not basketball season. Aug 28, 2013 7:41 PM PT

RNC Ultimatum Welcome But Not Enough

Reince Preibus’ ultimatum to NBC and CNN regarding what appear to be Hillary Clinton infomercials is certainly refreshing evidence of some testosterone within the halls of the GOP establishment, indicating that perhaps there is more than just the starch in their button down shirts -- there may even be some courage. Aug 6, 2013 7:17 PM PT

ACC Expands North and West: Can the Conference Overcome Demographics?

I guess we could say Tobacco Road now intersects with Broadway - as earlier this week the conference that was made famous in places like a smoke-filled Reynolds Coliseum, a burg named Greensboro and a tiny little gym simply known as "Cameron" officially ushered in its new era by ringing the closing bell of the NASDAQ exchange. Jul 3, 2013 7:44 PM PT

NBA Finals: Nice Guys Finish First... and Second

The NBA finals, involving two dissimilar teams, constructed by contrasting blueprints from disparate franchises, became a schizophrenic seven-game classic that oozed palpable and mutual respect. And we liked it, which is surprising. Jun 21, 2013 11:10 AM PT

Opinion: Judge Abused Power by Overreacting to Butt Slap

As if we needed another reminder what happens when those who are paid by our taxes conflate public service with public tyranny, Florida Judge Kathleen McHugh has shown us yet again. In case you missed the story, she overturned a previously agreed upon plea agreement on behalf of former NFL player Chad Johnson - all because some people in her courtroom quietly laughed. Jun 11, 2013 4:57 PM PT

Report: ESPN Laying Off 10% of Workforce

According to a report that originated on the Gawker owned sports rumor site Deadspin - and picked up by the Business Insider, ESPN will lay off up to 400 employees today.  These are the first major lay-offs at the Connecticut based sports network since 2009, and the move caught employees at the high profile and highly profitable network totally off-guard. May 21, 2013 10:22 AM PT

Curry Style: Sharpshooter with Mayberry Values Forging Special Bond with Bay Area Fans

But Curry’s impact on the Warriors, the NBA, and especially San Francisco is deeper than just his game. As several NBA analysts have mentioned, Curry has a special bond with the fans in Golden State’s Oracle Arena. The atmosphere in the arena is one of the best in the NBA to begin with, and they love all their Warriors – but there is something palpable and magical between the Steph and the Bay Area fans. May 6, 2013 4:18 PM PT

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