What Jay Bilas Doesn’t Understand About Sports Leagues and Markets

Let me begin by saying that Jay Bilas is one of the best college basketball analysts on television. He understand the game deeply, and has a communicator's touch when it comes to relaying that understanding to the audience. Jay Bilas is also smarter than me, on the whole. He attended Duke, and earned his law degree at Duke, while serving as an assistant to Coach K. However when it comes to the issue of paying players in the two major "revenue sports" in college, Bilas either has a blind spot, or is wracked with a degree of guilt at his own attractive TV compensation. Here's what Bilas wrote most recently, in the wake of the shoe-company bribing scandal that has…Read more...

It’s A Food Fight, That’ll Never End

** COMMERCIAL IMAGE ** In this photograph taken by AP Images for Papa John's International, Inc. - John Schnatter, founder of Papa John's , center, shares a slice of the Official Pizza of Super Bowl XLV with ESPN sports commentators on Radio Row at the Super Bowl XLV Media Center Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, in Dallas. Papa John's will give away free pizza if the Super Bowl goes into overtime. (Jack Dempsey/ AP Images for Papa John's International, Inc.)
I've punched out a long time ago on expressing my personal beliefs on the great NFL "anthem controversy" unless somebody absolutely begs me for them. (Strangely, my general physician asked me this week about it, and…Read more...

Oh What A Night…..

Baseball is like Forrest Gump's box of chocolates: you never know what you are going to get. In the case of Game One, you got a 2:28 express, with approximately two total sorta-cool things that happened.…Read more...

Fly-Cam To The Rescue

A subtle, but rather amazing thing happened last night during the Patriots beatdown of the Falcons last night. Because of a thick Boston fog that had settled in over Gillette Stadium, NBC was forced to abandon…Read more...

Las Vegas On My Mind

I confess, I think about the Las Vegas concert shooting every day. And it's not a passing thought, either. I think about it out of sheer sympathy for the 58 families shattered beyond comprehension. I think…Read more...

Bryce Harper Delivers

You'll excuse us, baseball fans, because this is all still new to us. While maybe you and your team, have experienced the spontaneous and overwhelming joy of "the big homer" we here in Washington, have not.…Read more...