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Jordan Kobritz, Syndicated Columnist

Stories by Jordan

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Should sporting events be open to fans? The answer depends on who you ask.

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“We’ll never change the name. It’s that simple. NEVER—you can use caps.”

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The passage of time hasn’t diminished their pain — physical, mental, emotional. They are reminded of it with each passing day that USA Gymnastics (USAG) and its former apologists and supporters remain unpunished.

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For anyone anticipating the return of baseball next month, here’s a bit of advice: Don’t hold your breath. After three months of excruciating back and forth failed to result in an agreement between owners and players, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred mandated a 60-game season beginning on July 23.

Americans love their college football, as evidenced by the fact so many of us can’t imagine life without it.

Baseball fans are hoping the sport returns to the field this year, but optimism is dwindling by the day.

MLB teams are in cost-cutting mode, which is understandable given the economic conditions surrounding the game during the strangest summer in the sport’s history.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought financial devastation to all sectors of our economy, including academia, but it’s business as usual in collegiate athletic departments around the country.

In professional sports, disputes between owners and players over money come with the territory. But the current bickering between MLB and the Players’ Association over how much players should be paid in a truncated 2020 season sets a new low for greed and selfishness.

Major League Baseball will reportedly reduce next month’s amateur draft to five rounds, a significant reduction from last year’s 40. The decision will have short- and long-term consequences to the game, most of them bad.

Professional sports are facing an uncertain future in 2020. Will they begin or resume play? If so, where and when will the games be held? Will fans be allowed to attend?

With the majority of Americans sheltering at home amid the global coronavirus pandemic, it may be difficult to envision attending a live sports event any time soon.

Give MLB props for trying. The league and players’ union are bandying about a number of ideas in an effort to salvage some semblance of a 2020 season.

With all the tragic and devastating news of late, we shouldn’t lose sight of the good things that are being done in our country, including those that occur in the sports world.

In 1984, Thomas Boswell, one of the most gifted baseball writers of all time, published a collection of essays titled, “Why Time Begins on Opening Day.” The book was an instant classic.

The financial fallout from cancelled or postponed sporting events due to the coronavirus will be significant. Leagues, teams, athletes and NGO’s (non-government sports organizations) will lose hundreds-of-millions of dollars, perhaps into the billions, before the games resume.

Welcome to a world with virtually no live sports.

The gates were padlocked and everybody except players, team personnel, employees, scouts and media, was barred from entering the stadium during the game being played in Joe Riley Stadium.

It’s the story that won’t die. The Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal has been written about, analyzed and debated for months, with no end in sight.

MLB is discussing ways to shake up the playoffs and some of the proposals are right out of left field.

Jessica Mendoza lost two jobs in one day last week but don’t expect to see her name added to the next unemployment numbers. Mendoza is the former All-American softball player from Stanford who is best known as an ESPN baseball analyst.

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In December, the Los Angeles Times published a story which claimed the cost of attending a Major League sporting event in the area was unaffordable for the middle-class fan.

Baseball’s Hall of Fame voting has come and gone for 2020 and once again, neither Roger Clemens nor Barry Bonds received sufficient votes – 75 per cent - from the Baseball Writers Association of America for induction.

Mel Allen, the longtime play-by-play announcer for the New York Yankees, also hosted a weekly television show titled “This Week in Baseball” from 1977 until his death in 1996.

A number of business issues will dominate MLB’s off-field headlines in 2020, with the three biggest discussed below.

It’s easy to spend money, even easier when the money isn’t yours. Sports fans are notorious for spending other people’s money, constantly urging team owners to increase team payroll and castigating them if they don’t.

Give NBA Commissioner Adam Silver credit. From the day he succeeded David Stern he has been pushing the envelope, proposing one novel idea after another in an effort to keep the league relevant.

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have reportedly reached an agreement to remove marijuana from the list of banned substances for Minor Leaguers.

If the thought of visiting a dentist makes you cringe, you’re not alone.

During last month’s General Managers meetings, Jeff Luhnow of the Houston Astros was reportedly shunned by his fellow GM’s. For good reason.

We may have witnessed the nadir in a drama known as Colin Kaepernick vs. the NFL.

Baseball’s offseason is referred to as the Hot Stove League, a phrase first used in 1886 in “Spirit of the Times.” It refers to baseball fans gathering around a hot stove during the cold winter months discussing their favorite baseball teams and players.

The word sportsmanship is synonymous with playing games fairly and treating opponents with respect. Among the unwritten rules is not running up the score on a defenseless or already beaten opponent.

A civil case currently underway in Stockton, California against U.S.A. Swimming clearly shows the “new” governing body is the same as the old governing body.

The best city for a sports fan may depend on what they prioritize. For some fans, winning championships is all that matters. For others, a team’s competitiveness on a regular basis may be the priority.

Anyone who thought sports was merely about the games learned a valuable lesson in the recent dust-up between the NBA and China.

California Governor Gavin Newsom did the expected last month when he signed a bill allowing college athletes in the state to profit from their own name, image and likeness.

Heading into the last weekend of the 2019 regular season, the 30 MLB teams had hit a record 6,647 home runs, 542 more than the previous high mark. Given those figures, the average fan might think hitting a baseball is a fairly easy task.

Title IX, which was enacted by Congress in 1972, prohibits sex discrimination in education. While the statute’s specific intent was to provide equal opportunities in STEM education, courts expanded the definition of education to include sports.

By Jordan Kobritz, Syndicated Columnist September 24, 2019

Instead of acting like “adults,” some grownups set a poor example for young people when it comes to exhibiting common sense and doing the right thing.

By Jordan Kobritz, Syndicated Columnist September 17, 2019

One prescription for a longer life may be to play Major League Baseball. That was the conclusion of a recent study by Harvard researchers, published in the peer reviewed medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

By Jordan Kobritz, Syndicated Columnist September 10, 2019

Most sports fans are fickle by nature. We cheer for our favorite players and teams when they win and boo them when they lose. But the behavior of some Indianapolis Colts fans when quarterback Andrew Luck announced his retirement was both deplorable and unacceptable.

At the Yankees’ home opener in 1973, newly minted owner George Steinbrenner didn’t know his players’ names. But as he watched his players remove their caps for the national anthem, Steinbrenner wrote down a series of numbers on the back of an envelope.

When is a “forever” contract not forever? We are about to find out, thanks to a lawsuit involving one of the most popular and recognizable sports mascots of all time.

The biggest mystery of the baseball season may soon be resolved.

MLB ballparks are about to become safer for fans.

NFL brass have made a proposal that will turn the league into a facsimile of the recently expired Alliance of American Football: short on talent and bereft of credibility.

To get what it wants, the NCAA resorts to threats and intimidation.

We have reached a new nadir in the era of political correctness. A number of NBA players insist that team owners no longer refer to themselves as “owners” because the word is racially insensitive and offends them.

Two stadiums in two countries, playing half a season in one and half in the other. Sound strange? Improbable? Impossible?


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