Patrick Hruby
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article April 15, 2014

Appeal to Sanity

Northwestern appealed the NLRB's ruling that college players have the right to unionize, which comes as little surprise. But the avenues they pursue in their appeal are less about arguing the facts and more about trying to describe the world they want, even if it's not the world we have. More»
blog April 9, 2014

Why The Derrick Gordon Story Matters

On Wednesday, University of Massachusetts shooting guard Derrick Gordon came out as the first openly gay player in NCAA Division I men's basketball. Many responded swiftly to the tune of "who cares?" Here's the answer to that question. More»
blog April 7, 2014

A Doctorate In Misdirection

Another day, another highly-paid NCAA official trying to refute the idea that college athletes deserve the same rights as other college students. Why is it so difficult for the men in charge to accept how ridiculous their arguments really sound when said aloud? More»
blog April 2, 2014

Amateur Delusions

University of Texas athletic director Patterson told reporters that he doesn't agree with a recent regional National Labor Relations Board ruling that Northwestern University football players are actually school employees. But what if NCAA amateurism applied to him? More»
ncaa-nu1980x1100 article March 31, 2014

The Death Of College Amateurism

The NLRB ruled that Northwestern football players are employees and can seek to unionize, marking a big step in a long fight against the NCAA. Considering the rules, requirements and demands placed on players, it's difficult to argue that they aren't employees. More»
federer article March 28, 2014

Like A Fine Wine

Roger Federer turns 33 this year, and most of his contemporaries are retired or are shells of what they once were. Yet while Federer isn't quite what he was at his best, nor is he tarnishing his legacy. He's a different player than he used to be, but what he is is still remarkable. More»
blog March 25, 2014

Louder Than Words

Words without deeds are hollow, the most cynical sort of gesture. Good thing Dan Snyder is taking action when it comes to complaints about the insensitivity of the Washington football team's name. Um, right? More»
fifa_protest article March 21, 2014

Sanctioned Bribery

When news breaks that the bid process for the World Cup -- or the Olympics, or the Super Bowl -- may have had some impropriety, can anyone possibly still be shocked? Let's just admit the truth, and invite these events to do their corruption out in the open. More»
MIA_goodell article March 20, 2014

Fighting The Wrong Battle

The last few years have showcased a flood of problems plaguing the NFL, but instead of addressing those, the league is pressing on with its lawsuit against rapper M.I.A. for more than $16 million for flipping the middle finger at the Super Bowl. More»
blog February 26, 2014

Fuzzy Math

When the NCAA claims that more than 90 cents of every dollar the organization generates goes to schools to support college athletes, where does that support actually go? Crunching the numbers just leads to more confusion -- and hypocrisy. More»
blog February 11, 2014

NFL Advice Column: Michael Sam

With All-America defensive lineman Michael Sam poised to become the first openly gay professional football player, the National Football League has questions. Fortunately, we have answers. Presenting the first-ever Sports on Earth NFL advice column: More»
blog February 6, 2014

The Price of 'Free'

Contrary to what seems to be popular belief -- just Google "NCAA athletes free education" -- there is absolutely nothing free about a college athletic scholarship, which is why a group of Northwestern football players are fighting for unionization. More»
blog January 31, 2014

Where There's Smoke

Marijuana is on the NFL's list of banned substances. But, last week, league commissioner Goodell said the NFL would consider allowing athletes to use marijuana to treat concussions and other head injuries if medical experts deemed it a legitimate solution. What's the hold up? More»
blog January 28, 2014

Can College Athletes Unionize?

A group of Northwestern football players led by Kain Colter is asking to be represented by a union, something that could fundamentally alter the power dynamics of big-time college sports. Can this necessary fight be successful? More»
goodell1980x1100 article January 20, 2014

Show Us Some Math

Imagine you're in the market for a used car and you ask for a vehicle history report, and the salesperson says, "You can have it when we close the sale. But trust me, the car runs great!" That basically describes the NFL's proposed concussion settlement. More»
blog January 14, 2014

Nothing is Settled

A preliminary motion to approve the NFL's $765 million concussion settlement was denied on Tuesday, confirming that the price is still not right. What does the denial mean? Here are five thoughts on what happened and what's ahead. More»
blog January 13, 2014

What I've Learned: Testosterone

Esquire's "What I've Learned" interview series continues with this frank, wide ranging conversation with a testosterone molecule. "Everyone focuses on the tests you flunked. But what about the millions more that you passed?" More»
goodell article January 10, 2014

Raw Deal

Earlier this week, lawyers for the NFL and former players suing the league over allegations that it covered up the risks of concussions while playing football filed details of the $765 million settlement in court. But the plaintiffs deserved a better bargain. Here's why. More»
blog January 10, 2014

Pop Quiz: How Dysfunctional Are the Redskins?

Jay Gruden is no doubt thrilled to be an NFL head coach, though he shouldn't be blind to what he's walking into in Washington. Few other franchises in sports have suffered through as much turmoil over the last decade, and Daniel Snyder looms over everything. More»
blog January 9, 2014

Quiz: How Dysfunctional Are the Redskins?

It's official: former Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden will be the next coach of the Washington Redskins. What, exactly, is he getting himself into? Take our quiz and find out. More»

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