The Northwestern labor case brings out the best (as in worst) in everybody, which is why it is the perfect next step in the undoing of the NCAA. When combined with the O’Bannon image rights case and that special moment when all four teams at the Final Four go out on strike, the NCAA will stand as a proud monument to both the Ottoman Empire and the slow but steady death of the greedy middle man who gets massively rich on the backs of others.
[RELATED: Federal agency says college athletes can unionize, NCAA responds]
Or as Mark Cuban calls it, the NFL.
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Only a New York Jets fan can see the news that the Portuguese national soccer team is training at the Jets’ facility as a completely awful thing for A Selecao.
Hence Tyler Duffy of The Big Lead, an avowed and clinically insane Jets fan, pointed out (http://bit.ly/1lnxcOk) that Tottenham Hotspur trained there before the 2010 summer friendly season and had a horrible start to the following season.
He protesteth too much, as befits a Jets fan. He is now guaranteed of seeing Cristiano Rolando commit whatever the soccer version of the Buttfumble is.
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The new Forbes baseball list is out, and you’ll be happy to learn that the Giants have gained a cool 27 percent in value and are now worth a cool billion dollars. In addition, principal invisible owner Charlie Johnson is the wealthiest owner in the game, worth $7.5B by himself.
In other words, you can stop worrying about whether they can afford to pay Pablo Sandoval. The issue is how long they want to pay him, and you should remember that the next time you grouse about that $16 beer.
[RELATED: Sandoval turns down Giants' three-year, $40 million offer]
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Conversely, the A’s have bumped up six percent and are 28th at $495 million, or $315 million more than John Fisher and Lew Wolff paid for it nine years ago. That’s a 275 percent return on investment, and they don’t even have to pay for the pluming upgrades, or loan Mark Davis any money.
Yeah, let’s weep for them the next time you grouse about that $14 beer.
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The 49ers have put out their fan guidelines for the new stadium (and you’d think after teaching the customers how to cheer they’d know better, but you’d be wrong), and they want to let you know that you can’t bring weapons, chemicals or your own water into the stadium, and that you can only go to the bathroom in designated areas called “bathrooms.”
Let that be a lesson to you uncontrollable water drinkers. You will hydrate on their time and on their dime, or shrivel into a coma. The choice is yours.
And remember, it’s all about the in-game experience.
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And finally, this is the Sports On Earth documentary about Rick Barry and the rise and fall of the underhanded free throw (http://bit.ly/QcQeKE) by Aaron Hodgins Davis, Shaun Powell and Larry Burke. You get to see him shoot a free throw wearing the iconic cable car Warrior uniform, even better as an Oakland Oak, and you get to see a close-up of Chuck Taylors (that’s a shoe, kids. Google it).
AND HE WAS AN OAKLAND OAK, AND WE SAW IT!
Ray Ratto is a columnist for CSNBayArea.com