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November 14, 2011 Updates

The N.B.A. — like the N.F.L. and M.L.B. — files league office personnel data to Lapchick at his Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at Central Florida. In the latest round of grading, baseball received an A in racial hiring and a B-minus in gender. The N.F.L. scored an A-plus and a C, while the N.B.A. earned an A-plus and an A-minus. The report cards have chided colleges for their record in hiring people of color and women to run athletic departments and given poor grades to newspaper sports sections in the United States. Lapchick also releases annual graduation rates of college football teams bound for the bowl games and men’s basketball teams in the N.C.A.A. tournament. New York Times

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To that end, Lapchick recalled a meeting he attended while serving with Bill Bradley, among others, on a commission to study culture and community in 1996. A female commissioner initiated a discussion on how the rap star Tupac Shakur and the industry he represented were in part responsible for a decline in social enlightenment among American youth based on music that objectified women and promoted violence and offensive language. “I was slightly aware of the genre, so it all made some sense to me,” Lapchick said. “But it later struck me that this was the week after Tupac was murdered and she might not even have heard of him until then. The next week, I was going to speak to the N.B.A.’s rookie transition program in Northern Virginia, and I was on a bus from the airport with five African-American rookies. They were talking about Tupac and one was saying, ‘What are we going to do without him?’ “They were all devastated by his death, and I realized that he was their musical wizard, their sage, their storyteller. I was about 50 at the time, and it just dawned on me that here was the same cultural phenomenon being viewed by two different generations as polar opposites. I just decided I was going to start talking about these things, and when I told my daughter what I was going to do, she said, ‘Oh, I love Tupac.’ Then I knew it wasn’t about race but class and culture, about what people have and what they don’t have.” New York Times

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November 8, 2011 Updates

Orlando center Dwight Howard had a Twitter gig for fellow Florida athletic icon Tim Tebow after the Denver quarterback’s huge game against Oakland on Sunday. That game led Howard to congratulate Tebow on his Twitter account, along with posting a picture of him “Tebowing,” or kneeling as in prayer on the top of sports bar along with a friend. That led Tebow to fire back that Howard and LeBron James soon might need to be fitted for their Denver Bronco uniforms if the lockout continues for much longer. San Antonio Express-News

October 16, 2011 Updates

People who witnessed James' football days in high school remember him as a player who preferred to run out of bounds, rather than take on defenders, and who also displayed "alligator arms" when he was asked to run over the middle on pass patterns. Doesn't sound like NFL material. New York Daily News

October 14, 2011 Updates

James needs neither the money nor the bruises — to his knees, elbows or ego — that a journey into the NFL would bring. We presume he's smart enough to know that the NFL is a fast, violent game, too violent for a guy who has enough time to make hundreds of millions more playing basketball to get any closer to the field than a third-level luxury suite. The thought that he could give it a shot isn't an entirely crazy one — and it certainly is an intriguing one. The thought he could last, however, is a different story. "It wouldn't be easy," Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Leon Hall said. "I recommend he keep his NBA contract and just play the Madden video games if he misses football." FOXSportsOhio

October 13, 2011 Updates

Carroll was known as a master recruiter during his days at the University of Southern California, and it's clear he's kept his skills sharp despite his transition to the NFL. "Nice!!! looks great," James replied. Judging by the choice of jersey number (No. 1), Carroll has James slotted in to play either quarterback, kicker or punter. Tarvaris Jackson and Charlie Whitehurst -- Seattle's two-headed monster of signal-calling ineffectiveness -- better prepare for some pressure on the depth chart. CBSSports.com

October 11, 2011 Updates

During that session, James, a loyal Dallas Cowboys fan, worked with the team for about an hour, posting on his Twitter account afterward, "Just got done practicing with the St.V Varsity football team, full pads and all. Felt great being back on the field. Should I?" Actually, he can't, at least not without a significant insurance policy. Unlike the six charity exhibitions James has participated in, which are covered by a "love of the game" clause in his NBA contract, his NBA contract would not be protected by an attempt at football at any level. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

October 7, 2011 Updates

"Dear tony romo. Don't worry abt all the critics. I heard that same garbage for a long time. Keep working hard and keep improving." Reached by ESPNDallas.com to find out why he decided to weigh in so publicly, Nowitzki cited two main reasons. "First of all, I think support to a local sports figure is important," Nowitzki said. "I love the Rangers. I watched that whole [Cowboys] game against Detroit. I support every local team." No. 2? "Last week he played with a punctured lung and he's the hero," Nowitzki continued. "This week they lose and it's all his fault. I just think every week you [media] guys change your minds. Just let him play." ESPN.com

October 3, 2011 Updates

Dirk Nowitzki: Dear tony romo. Don't worry abt all the critics. I heard that same garbage for a long time. Keep working hard and keep improving. Twitter

July 26, 2011 Updates
July 21, 2011 Updates

If the NFL is able to move toward a labor settlement, it could create more pressure on the NBA to construct a deal. But players' union president Derek Fisher has a different view of the NFL. He wants no part of football's structure. "It breaks my heart to see the way guys like LaDainian Tomlinson get dealt with in the NFL," Fisher said of the former MVP who gained 914 yards for the Jets last season after he had been waived by the Chargers. "To see what he'd done for the San Diego Chargers and to get to that place where he was under a contract that's already been signed. The Chargers were able to absorb value in income and potential profits from years of his services, and then at the drop of a hat, based on arbitrary thinking because he's a certain age and he can't produce at a certain level anymore, he's gone. Out the door." SI.com

June 30, 2011 Updates

The meeting lasted a little more than three hours and reportedly featured NBA commissioner David Stern, deputy commissioner Adam Silver, NBPA executive director Billy Hunter and NBPA president Derek Fisher, among others. But some of the biggest names guiding a league that annually takes in about $4 billion in revenue were unable to keep the game going. "If the NBA feels the gap [in issues] is just too wide, a lockout is a way of putting pressure on the players to make some more concessions," said Michael McCann, Vermont professor of law and director of the school’s sports law institute. The 2011 NBA lockout coincides with an ongoing three-month NFL lockout. Professional basketball’s work stoppage could ultimately have more in common with a 2004-05 NHL lockout, though, which resulted in a lost season and a fully revamped CBA. Several NBA owners have ties to NHL teams, and hockey has enjoyed a resurgence under its new deal. Salt Lake Tribune

June 6, 2011 Updates

Marv Albert will join CBS Sports as a play-by-play announcer for coverage of the NFL. CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus announced Monday that Albert will be added to the NFL on CBS team. Albert worked for NBC Sports from 1977-97, announcing the NFL on NBC for 19 years. He will keep his lead role as basketball play-by-play announcer for TNT's Thursday night NBA regular-season and playoff coverage. NFL.com

April 30, 2011 Updates

Stern mentioned that NBAPA decertification is not a viable option in the NBA lockout scenario because it would unwind all the guaranteed contracts. Do you know if this is true? Thx. Ric Bucher (1:31 PM) I had been told that but the players union is under the impression that the contracts would not be affected. So I'm investigating. Will get back to you. ESPN.com

April 26, 2011 Updates

The ruling Monday by U.S. District Judge Susan Nelson putting a temporary end to the NFL lockout also was, by extension, a victory for the National Basketball Players Association in its ongoing labor negotiation with the NBA. In legitimizing the NFL players' move to dissolve their union in the face of the owners' lockout, and granting an injunction to end the lockout pending appeal, Nelson dealt a legal blow to both sports leagues in their efforts to use a lockout as a weapon in collective bargaining. "This is a victory for all professional sports unions," said Gabe Feldman, head of the Sports Law Center at Tulane University. CBSSports.com

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