Tag: Sports

Dave Portnoy Busts Whiny Labor Unions With Tweets

James Sweet III | @jsweetIII

Barstool Sports, the go-to media outlet of the Proud Boys, your local jock, and everyone in-between, has gotten itself into trouble, again. This time, it’s over America’s best-known group of swindlers; that’s right, labor unions. CEO and founder Dave Portnoy caused a moral “outrage” on social media by saying that workers of Barstool Sports would be fired “on the spot” if they engaged in any discussion of unionization. Shortly afterward, Portnoy’s replies were full of angry social justice warriors hysterically shrieking over a tongue-in-cheek joke that they simply blew out of proportion.

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Tiger Woods Wins Masters, Unites Divided Nation

Roman King | United States

The United States is a country divided, in every sense of the word. As much as we Americans posture about being one of the greatest, most united nations in the world, the truth is that we are an often dysfunctional, politically charged conglomerate of people that just tolerate each other to keep the bottom line from going red. Politics viciously divide states, cities, and even families; ideology creates opposing hive minds. The torrential firehose of divisive rhetoric has created a deluge of toxicity between both states and the people; threats of secession, once a relic of a different time, have resurfaced. Truly, our United States are united in name alone. It has been a long time since this nation has felt like a true unit. Enter Tiger Woods.

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The Case Against Title IX in Athletics

Jack Parkos | United States

Recently, Secretary of education Betsy DeVos proposed reforms to Title IX. However, the way this law has been implemented has been poor. Title IX is a 1972 law that prohibits gender discrimination in schools. The law reads as follows:

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

Though this law does not explicitly mention sports, it has mainly impacted college and high school athletics. The law requires schools to give equal opportunity to both men’s and women’s sports. Under it, schools must fund and give scholarships to both men and women equally. This part of the law should be repealed. Though it has good intentions, this law, like many others, faces poor implementation.

The Economic Case Against Title IX

If something does not produce economic gains, does it make sense to funnel more money into it? Certainly not. But this form of equality guarantees exactly that; even if a woman’s sports team brings in no money, it continues to get equal representation. If the government forced a business to invest in a provably low investment, would it be just? Not a chance: forcing them to lose money to prop up a failed experiment is tyranny.

Since its implementation, 400 men’s programs have been cut. Wrestling, in particular, has seen a huge impact. While interest in wrestling has increased, schools have dropped their wrestling programs. Why? Simply put, they will lose federal funding otherwise. Private schools must also comply if they take federal funding for grants and scholarships; students can lose their awards if their school does not partake in this law.

Inequality of Attendance

Many people in favor of title IX argued it wasn’t fair that schools spent more money on men’s sports and had more teams. They were right that men’s sports got more funding, but wrong in assuming it was for a sexist reason. Men’s sports produce greater profits than women’s. Football and men’s basketball games, for example, produce huge sums of money and copious media attention. Of 347 NCAA Division 1 basketball teams, men record a higher average home game attendance in 339 of them. Women’s sports simply do not give as much to the school; thus, it is fair for them also to receive less.

Moreover, male athletes have the possibility of going to the NFL or NBA. Having a star football player go professional is very beneficial for a college, as it will attract more athletes than others. This system also occurs in academic fields, of course, where no gender has an advantage. However, the NFL and NBA make billions every year and attract millions of fans. This is simply consumer preference. More men and women alike prefer to watch male sports, so it makes sense that schools would have more opportunities to do so.

Although officially, the protects discrimination from both sexes, it clearly intends to provide women’s sports. In 2006, James Madison University had to cut seven men’s teams to comply with the law. Fans, athletes, students, joined together to sue the school, but courts dismissed the lawsuit.

The Government’s Role

The Tenth Amendment of the Constitution clearly reads as follows:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

There is no section of the Constitution that gives the federal government the right to regulate such a bill. One may argue, however, that the 14th Amendment allows this bill to pass.

However, the Fourteenth Amendment relates to equal access to life, liberty, and property. If your sports team is not good enough to bring in money, it is not violating your rights to cut it. Athletics have nothing to do with these rights. This amendment gave former slaves equal access to rights in the Bill of Rights. As stated above, the right to play a sport is not one of these; it simply does not apply to Title IX.

Rather than restricting the way schools operate, we should try to give them more control over their budgets. After all, State control of education has been a disaster. While the State holds a monopoly on schools, it should at least grant them more liberties to spend as they please. Something as trivial as athletic funding is no business of the government, and Title IX is little more than a way for the government to overextend its power.

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All-Star for Anyone!

By Colin Reno | USA

The NBA’s All-Star break is rounding the corner and in the past few days fans and players have been in anticipation of the All-Star rosters. On Tuesday, the final reserve lineups were released by the association.

The West is featured with a starting lineup of Stephen Curry, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis and Demarcus Cousins. The bench is stacked with Klay Thompson, LaMarcus Aldridge, Karl-Anthony Towns, Russell Westbrook, Jimmy Butler, Damian Lillard and Draymond Green.

The East will be seen with starters of Kyrie Irving, Damar DeRozan, Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James and Joel Embiid, the bench consisting of Victor Oladipo, Bradley Beal, Kevin Love, John Wall, Al Horford, Kyle Lowery and Kristaps Porzingis.

Even though the All-Star game is a very low-stakes game, the label of “All-Star” is a very prestigious honor and is earned by over-stellar performances throughout the first half of the regular season. We have seen legends consistently get drafted to participate in this game, players like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Shaquille O’Neil, John Stockton, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, etc.

The All-Star game is supposed to display the players with the best individual seasons facing off against each other on the court, but occasionally we will see a player(s) get snubbed out of participation and are replaced by someone who is having a far worse statistical season. This is bluntly obvious in this year’s All-Star selections, especially in the Western Conference.

2018 was the first year we have seen four players from the same team get inducted into All-Star game in consecutive seasons. However, one of these players is very undeserving of this honor. With a season average of 11.3 points per game (ppg), 7.9 rebounds per game (RPG), and 7.6 assists per game (APG), we’ve witnessed Draymond Green become inducted into his third straight All-Star game.

This stat line is very embarrassing to the stature of this prestigious honor, especially when there were better players who are all having significantly better seasons than Draymond. The first, Lou Williams, is taking the biggest fall from being snubbed. Lou is currently averaging 23.3 ppg, 2.6 RPG, and 5.1 APG, all of which are great improvements to his career averages of 13.4 ppg, 2.1 RPG, and 3.0 APG. He was traded in the offseason to the LA Clippers from the Houston Rockets, and since then he’s taken a significant role in the Clippers offense, similarly to Victor Oladipo vastly improving with a trade, which landed him an All-Star spot in the East.

This season NBA fans were amazed when Lou scored a career high 50 points during a matchup against the star packed Golden State Warriors. At 31 years of age, “Sweet Lou” is no longer a highly sought-after talent, since his theoretical “prime” has already passed. That being said, an appearance in this year’s All-Star game could’ve significantly raised his marketability amongst the league, which would not only benefit Lou in his hopes of winning and NBA Championship, but also benefit the Clippers, since they would be able to receive younger talent and draft picks in exchange for Lou, which would sky rocket the future of the team rebuild in LA.

This kind of stat line could easily put any other player in the All- Star game, but Lou Williams is not a “household name” because he normally is a sixth-man for mediocre teams.

However, this next player is very well-known, a nine-time All-Star, an All-Star game MVP and arguably one of the best point guards of all time. Chris Paul, point guard for the Houston Rockets, is currently averaging 19.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg, and 8.9 apg, all of which are very close to his career averages of 18.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 9.9 apg, which have led him to nine appearances for the Western Conference All-Stars in his 13-year career. He has become the secondary scoring option and primary facilitator on a 33-12 Rockets team who currently hold the second-best record in the Western Conference. The player has also led his team to a 2-0 record against the Warriors who hold the best record in the NBA at 37-10.

If Draymond hasn’t had that great of a season why was he selected to the All-Star game? Marketing. Draymond plays for a power house Warriors team, who have consistently been the best team in the NBA for the past few seasons. Consequently, Draymond’s team and on court antics have made him a very marketable player in the league. Ejections, technical fouls, social media “trolling”, and kicking have defined Draymond’s career in the past three seasons, all of which have given him relevance around the league, despite mediocre numbers on the court.

The league has been rewarding Draymond’s actions with All-Star appearances and “super stardom”, which could negatively impact the future of the league because purposefully kicking your opponents’ genitals on multiple occasions is not a good example to the youth watching the games. This relevance has extended to the fans as well, thus we’ve have seen an increase in his fan votes for the All-Star game, which has allowed for players such as Chris Paul and Lou Williams to be stripped of one career defining statistic, being named an All-Star.

Lastly, the future of the league could be in jeopardy because of the constant selection of mediocre talent to the All-Star game virtually because of the team they play for. Us fans could easily see more players deciding to form “super-teams” in order to achieve every human beings dream, stardom. More “super teams” would further divide the competition level in the NBA, leading to more blowout wins and an unappealing playoff picture. Which would you rather see, an NBA Finals sweep or a blown 3-1 lead?

Richie Incognito Under Fire Once Again By NFL

By Nick Hamilton | USA

When you think of the current state of the NFL and the current climate of our country today, you really wouldn’t think of an NFL player allegedly inciting racism.

Well, I was just as shocked as you are to learn that Bills Tackle Richie Incognito has been accused by Jacksonville Jaguars DE Yannick Ngakoue of directing racial slurs towards the defensive end.

Ngakoue took to Twitter to speak about this issue:

Great win to day! And 64, you goin have to come harder than some weak racist slurs. I’m proud of my African heritage, as are 70% of the other Black players in this league. #Iaintjonathanmartin!

64 is the number that Incognito wears.

Now, while 71Republic is not picking sides, it wouldn’t be fair to form an opinion on this issue without prior knowledge.

This isn’t the first time Incognito has been accused of using racial slurs. Back in 2013, when Incognito played for the Miami Dolphins, he was accused (and eventually proven guilty in an investigation by Ted Wells) of using racial slurs in a series of text messages and voicemails towards then-teammate Jonathan Martin. He was suspended for the remainder of the 2013 season and didn’t play until 2015.

Bills LT Dion Dawkins, who is African American, denies all allegations thrown at Incognito, saying in a tweet:

Just for the world to know, everyone always tryna put some bad thing on @68INCOGNITO I was next to my guy the entire game and the entire season and believe me, if he was saying some racist stuff I would have been the first to let him know that was out of line. Cut The BS

The NFL has stated that it will launch an investigation into the matter.