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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.

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In a unanimous landmark decision last week, the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a long overdue death knell to the NCAA’s sham argument that college athletes are amateurs.

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Those two words, uttered by the attorney for Matt Schembechler, the adopted son of former University of Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler, during a June 10 news conference said it all.

Japan is experiencing a spike in coronavirus infections, leading to renewed cries in some circles to cancel the Tokyo Summer Olympics scheduled to begin on July 23.

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Baseball’s Unwritten Rules reared their uninterpretable and oftentimes ugly head last week.

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Last month, the NCAA Board of Governors voted to extend President Mark Emmert’s contract through Dec. 31, 2025. The vote was unanimous, which means the entire board — consisting of mostly college presidents from all three divisions — approved of the reign of incompetence Emmert’s presidency has exemplified.

Like the teams they represent, MLB’s labor pool is populated by the haves and have nots, and we don’t mean talent.

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Last month the NFL announced new media deals with CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN/ABC and Amazon that will net the league $113 billion over 11 years, or $321 million a year per team.

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For anyone who wondered why the NCAA refers to its annual basketball tournament as “March Madness,” they now have an answer.

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University of Kansas football coach Les Miles lost his job last week for repeated sexual misconduct during his time at Louisiana State University. UK Athletic Director Jeff Long, who hired Miles, was ushered out the door two days later.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, most college athletic programs find themselves with declining revenues and increasing expenses. The efforts to address the financial squeeze, which includes the elimination of sports, has led to cries for faculty and students to be included in athletic department decisions.

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