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Jordan Kobritz, Syndicated Columnist

Syndicated columnist

Jordan Kobritz is a former attorney, CPA, and Minor League Baseball team owner. He is a professor and the chair of the Sport Management Department at SUNY Cortland. Jordan maintains the blog: http://sportsbeyondthelines.com and can be reached at jordan.kobritz@cortland.edu.

Recent Stories

Kobritz: Lance Armstrong laments his life and to no surprise, he’s unhappy

Beyond the Lines

Cue the violins and pass the hankies, Lance Armstrong is unhappy with his life.

Kobritz: NHL settles paltry $18.9M concussion lawsuit

Beyond the Lines

A second sports league has settled a concussion lawsuit brought by retired players, but that won’t end the litigation or the discussion of health- related issues associated with concussions.

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Kobritz: NASCAR facing challenges on, off the track

Beyond the Lines

NASCAR wrapped up its 71st season last week and although series winner Joey Logano had reason to celebrate, the same can’t be said for the governing.

Kobritz: Are MLB players replaceable?

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Bill James, often referred to as the father of analytics, has made significant contributions to baseball over a period of four decades. Now a senior advisor to the Boston Red Sox, James recently created a Twitter firestorm by saying, “If the players all retired tomorrow, we would replace them, the game would go on; in three years it would make no difference whatsoever. The players are NOT the game, any more than the beer vendors are.”

Kobritz: US Olympic Committee invokes nuclear option

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The United States Olympic Committee has finally responded to the most horrific sex abuse scandal – in terms of the sheer number of victims - in sports history.

Kobritz: Maryland football, university redefining the word debacle

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Embarrassing. Disgraceful. Shameful. Dysfunctional. Pathetic. Those are the words that come to mind when describing the fiasco that unfolded at the University of Maryland last week.

Kobritz: New York Mets creating ethical dilemma

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The New York Mets have settled on Brodie Van Wagenen to fill their General Manager position, resurrecting a debate on whether it’s appropriate or ethical for a sports agent to go from representing players to being their boss.

Kobritz: Is baseball a game of skill or luck

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Branch Rickey, one of the greatest pioneers in baseball history, famously said, “Luck is the residue of design,” the result of planning and hard work. While the benefits of hard work are undeniable, it doesn’t always lead to the result you desire. Sometimes, the only explanation for success is plain old luck, which often happens in sports.

Kobritz: Flyers mascot Gritty is frightening

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The origin of the first sports mascot is a matter of debate but the genre may trace its roots to 19th century France. History suggests the word mascot derives from a French opera, “La Mascotte,” the story of an Italian farmer whose crops wouldn’t grow until he was visited by a virgin named Bettina. With her help, his fortunes turned around.

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Kobritz: ‘Most miserable fans’ goes to Kings, with Patriots on the other end of spectrum

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ESPN recently surveyed fans of teams in the four Major League team sports to determine the most miserable fan base in professional sports.

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