Bill Bender

A New Year, A New Day for College Football

For those of a certain age, January 1st was the ultimate college football day. There will four games– The Sugar and Cotton Bowl earlier in the day, the mid afternoon Rose Bowl and the late night Orange Bowl. It

Russia

Russia’s Bad Year in Sports: It’s Far From Over

Russia was looking to get back to the highest peaks of the international sports world in 2014 and regain the status that the old Soviet Union enjoyed in the nations of sports competition. The Soviet Union dissolved but Russian

Bud Selig

MLB Success: Bud Selig’s Golden Parachute

Bud Selig’s story as a baseball success, and more than likely Hall of Famer, can be filed under what an unlikely success story it is. The son of an automobile dealer, Selig was smitten by baseball at a very

Tampa Bay Rays

Rays’ Lease: No Doesn’t Really Mean No

Is there a bright future for the Tampa Bay Rays baseball franchise in St. Petersburg? Will the next 13 years resemble the New York islanders over the last 20 years, because there is not enough revenue being generated from

Harvey Levin

Harvey Levin: Sports Most Influential in 2014

How Harvey Levin Changed An Industry In many ways, the past 50 weeks and a few days in sports has been shaped by one man. Harvey Levin. It isn’t often that one man can impact two sports but in

Sy Berger

Baseball Card History: How Sy Berger Changed the Industry

On December 14th, a giant in the baseball, and other sports, industries passed away at the age of  91. Not many people outside of sports knew Sy Berger but Berger’s work was well known. He designed baseball cards starting

MLB

Cuban Baseball Players and The MLB

One of the side aspects of the Obama Administration’s decision to loosen the Cuban trade embargo, will be the sudden availability of talented baseball players who will be able to freely join Major League Baseball teams. How that is

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KHL Has Big Money Trouble As Russian Economy Tanks

The Kontinental Hockey League has been propped up by Russian oil money since it began in 2007. Alexander Medvedev, Director General of Gazprom export has been the league president since day one. The biggest supporter of the KHL has been

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The Downside to the College Football Playoffs

The Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl will host the normal New Year’s Day games but neither Bowl will crown a champion, as has happened in the past. Instead, the bowl games will be semi-final match ups which will

NHL

Does The NHL Have a Loonie Problem?

There has been some talk that Florida Panthers ownership could sell the NHL to Quebec interests, under the right set of circumstances. But upon a closer inspection, Quebec City might not be a panacea for the the league. The NHL