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Jordan Kobritz, Syndicated Columnist

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Column: Once a thriving sport, NASCAR running low on fuel

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NASCAR will open its 70th season on Feb. 18 with the running of the Daytona 500, the sport’s premier race. Unfortunately, the excitement generated by the race is in sharp contrast to the business prospects for the once-thriving sport.

Column: Baseball’s economic system favors the owners

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If you think this winter has been a cold one, it’s been even colder for MLB free agents. With pitchers and catchers reporting next week, 110 players remain unsigned, wondering if they’ll have a job this season.

Column: Clemons, Bonds still on the outside looking in

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Four players were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame this year but in their sixth year of eligibility, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens will not be among the inductees on July 29.

Column: Super Bowl ads now focus on women viewers

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While the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles and their fans are preparing for the Super Bowl on Feb. 4, not everyone will be focused on the game. Viewing, analyzing and comparing the Super Bowl ads — dubbed the “Ad Bowl” — is a ritual almost as old as the game itself.

Column: The escalation of college football coaches salaries

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College football is a revenue machine on par with most professional sports leagues in the country. And football coaches have the salaries to prove it.

Column: How big-time college sports dodge taxes every year

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When Alabama beat Georgia for the national championship it put an end to the 2017 college football season, what will continue is the tax dodge engaged in by college sports programs around the country.

Column: Is it time to rid baseball of instant replay?

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If the names Don Denkinger and Jim Joyce ring a bell, you know why we have instant replay in sports. The two former MLB umps are part of MLB history – for the wrong reason.

Column: Looking ahead to sports in 2018

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The age-old question – where does the time go – can never be adequately answered.

Column: Tennessee will pay Greg Schiano for not coaching

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On Nov. 26, the University of Tennessee hired Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano to be its next football coach. Within a matter of hours, the school experienced a case of buyer’s remorse, a decision that will cost the university millions of dollars.

Column: NCAA ruling makes absolutely no sense

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Perhaps the only certainty in college sports is that the NCAA, the governing body for Division I, II and III sports, has made a cottage industry out of denying basic human rights while simultaneously embarrassing itself.

Column: The hidden finances of military sports programs

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If you want to know how much U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis earns, you can look it up ($207,800 annually). However, try to find out how much coaches at U.S. Military Academies make and you run into a steel curtain.

Column: Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban a prophet

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban knows a thing or two about trends and investing, knowledge that made him successful in business. Now you might be able to add NFL prophet to his list of qualifications.

Column: Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones at war with NFL

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Forget the Russian probe. Jerry Jones versus the NFL – and Commissioner Roger Goodell – is the most interesting legal matter in the country.

Column: Republican tax bill targets national sports scene

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The long-awaited Republican tax plan unveiled last week contained proposals which would benefit some taxpayers and negatively impact others. The sports world is no exception.

Column: Baseball managers are hired to be fired

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Baseball managers have never had much security, with the exception of Connie Mack who remained in the dugout for 53 years.

Column: NCAA punts on North Carolina academic fraud

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One of the most recognizable sports acronyms is NCAA, which stands for the National Collegiate Athletic Association. After the governing body’s recent ruling on the University of North Carolina (UNC) academic fraud case, it might as well stand for “Not Concerned with Academic Accountability.”

Column: Derek Jeter’s success as MLB owner no sure thing

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Derek Jeter, Major League Baseball team owner. The title may not be as familiar as shortstop and captain of the New York Yankees, but after MLB owners approved his group’s offer to purchase the Miami Marlins, Jeter is now a part owner of the team.

Column: Bribery kickback scandal rocks college basketball world

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Last week a New York federal court handed up indictments charging a number of assistant coaches, agents, financial advisers and shoe company employees with corruption in recruiting amateur basketball players.

Column: President Trump takes on NFL owners, players

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Leave it to President Donald Trump to stir up a controversy at a time when he should have been dealing with the myriad issues confronting the country. But as untimely as his actions to take on the NFL players and owners may have been, that doesn’t mean he was entirely wrong.

Column: NFL overestimates Los Angeles market, again

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Greed can motivate human beings to do things they might regret upon hindsight.

Column: The intersection of sports and politics is muddled

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The synergy between sports and entertainment has existed since time immemorial.

Column: Sign stealing in baseball a kerfuffle

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The Red Sox-Yankees rivalry is alive and well, on and off the field.

Column: Baseball to enact fan code of conduct in 2018

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In the aftermath of a racially charged incident at Fenway Park earlier this season, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced that the league would adopt a Fan Code of Conduct beginning with the 2018 season.

Column: Computerized umps in baseball on the horizon

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Controversies in baseball are virtually endless. The designated hitter, instant replay, inter-league play, wild cards, pace of play — and on and on it goes. Here’s another topic that is starting to heat up: Robot umpires.

Column: Disney joins the cord-cutting revolution

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In a nod to the “if you can’t beat them, join them” idiom, the Walt Disney Company has decided to join the cord cutting revolution.

Column: Can chewing gum boost sports performance on the field?

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Jordan Spieth won this year’s British Open, golf’s oldest tournament, in dramatic fashion but that may not be the most enduring memory of his performance.

Column: Big money salaries in sports can be sustained

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NBA free agency opened on July 1 and teams wasted no time in signing their own or other teams’ free agents to what may appear to be exorbitant contracts.

Column: Relegation in US sports leagues a tough sell

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Four billion dollars. That’s a significant sum in virtually any context, unless we’re talking about the federal budget. And yet Major League Soccer (MLS) said “no thanks” to an offer that would have netted the league that amount over a 10-year period.

Column: LGPA fashion police out of control

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Beware! The fashion police are coming to a golf course near you.

Column: Did the All-Star Game lose its appeal?

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The MLB All-Star Game is now the equal of its counterparts in the NFL, NBA and NHL — an exhibition, not a game.

Column: MLB umpire sues league for racial discrimination

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On the eve of baseball’s celebration of our nation’s birth, MLB umpire Angel Hernandez filed a lawsuit against the league and Commissioner Rob Manfred alleging racial discrimination against minority umpires.

Column: Collect more federal revenue, without raising taxes

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Sound the trumpets, Congress has introduced yet another bill to eliminate the federal tax benefit of using municipal bonds to finance the construction of sports stadiums.

Column: Washington Redskins win legal case in trademark battle

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On an 8-0 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court effectively overturned a U.S. District Court case that decided the Washington Redskins name violated the disparagement clause of the Lanham Act. The irony is that the Redskins weren’t even a party to the case.

COLUMN: Don’t take records away without proof

Track and field’s longest-standing outdoor world record is in danger, but not from a contestant on the track.

Column: Sports betting in this country is inevitable

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Sports betting is coming to a place near you, perhaps sooner than you think. And that place may be as close as your hand.

Column: Is the Cuban influx in MLB over?

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When Luis Robert, a 19-year-old outfielder, signed a free agent contract with the Chicago White Sox last week he was touted in some circles as the last of a dying breed: A Cuban ballplayer signing for mega-bucks.

Column: Does baseball have a safety issue?

Major League Baseball may have a safety issue but contrary to what you’re probably thinking, this one isn’t due to the action on the field.

Column: Baseball justice dumb and dumber

Pardon me if we’ve been here before, but baseball beanball wars are dumb and, for emphasis, dumber.

Column: Do taxes affect winning in professional sports?

The phrase quoted above is often used to describe the persuasive power of numbers, particularly the use of statistics to bolster a weak argument. Which brings us to Erik Hembre, Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Column: MLB franchise values continue to rise

For years, polls and pundits have suggested that baseball’s popularity – and economic vitality - is dwindling, especially when compared to football. Based on the most recent estimated MLB franchise values published by Forbes, nothing could be further from the truth.

Column: Dale Jr.’s retirement a huge blow to NASCAR

The day after one member of the media opined that Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was “stuck in neutral” in his comeback from concussions, the NASCAR icon suddenly announced his retirement, effective at the end of the season.

Column: After 273 years, Muirfield finally goes co-ed

Muirfield Golf Club in Scotland, which has hosted 16 previous British Open Championships, recently voted to admit women for the first time in the club’s 273-year history.

Column: NFL concussion case shows lawyers at their worst

Even on their good days attorneys have been known to act, well, not so well. Luckasevic had to be upset to utter such a strong indictment of the legal profession.

Column: Shohei Ohtani, Japan’s Babe Ruth

The Major League Baseball season got underway last week and stars such as Mike Trout, Mookie Betts and Clayton Kershaw will spend the next six months burnishing their reputations as the best in the game. But perhaps the best player on the planet will not be wearing an MLB uniform this year.

Column: Women’s hockey team wins on and off ice

Very united. Very strong. Persevering.” Those words were used by defender Gigi Marvin to describe the Women’s National Hockey team’s 2-0 win over the Canadians in the opening game of the Women’s World Championship.

Column: Is Theo Epstein the world’s greatest leader?

When we think of a great leader, our search may instinctively turn to business or government. Fortune magazine, which publishes an annual list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders, includes individuals from two additional categories: philanthropy and “beyond.” This year, Fortune turned to the beyond category and selected Theo Epstein as the World’s Greatest Leader.

Column: Cuban smuggling case a stain on Major League Baseball

While most baseball fans have been focusing on the excitement of spring training in Florida and Arizona, or the emotion of the World Baseball Classic being played around the globe, a seamy side of the sport was being detailed in a Miami courtroom.

Column: Nike shoe much ado about nothing

Sports are about human participation but there’s no denying that technology has an impact on performance. Is there a point where technology gives some performers an unfair advantage and creates artificial outcomes? That’s an endless debate, one that is currently underway in running circles.

Column: MLB pace of play idea has universal appeal

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has finally proposed an idea that every baseball fan can embrace: reducing commercial time during games.

Column: NASCAR’s big changes start at Daytona 500

NASCAR began its 2017 season on Sunday in the traditional way, with the Daytona 500. But if you ask the sport’s most loyal fans, that’s about all the tradition that remains.

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