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Betting Big on the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

March Madness and its accompanying betting-pool tradition go directly against the NCAA’s staunch anti-gambling policy, but “bracketology” accounts for billions of dollars changing hands.

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How to Boost Soccer in the United States

If the world’s most popular sport is going to take hold in this country, the NCAA, Major League Soccer and the national sports media need to hype the college game—and get it on TV.

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Penn State Keeps Doing the Wrong Thing

The university plans to honor the 50th anniversary of Joe Paterno’s first game as head football coach. Have those taking this let-bygones-be-bygones attitude forgotten about the sex-abuse scandal that happened on his watch?

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Truthdigger of the Week: USC Athletic Director Pat Haden

It is difficult to imagine American culture having become more accepting of homosexuality without the aggressive support of public figures like Pat Haden.

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Hate Doesn’t Pay

Indiana certainly doesn’t want to be remembered for being a bastion of hatred. So why did Indiana Gov. Mike Pence legalize a new wave of intolerance by signing into law Indiana’s controversial “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (RFRA)?

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Comedian John Oliver on How the NCAA Takes Advantage of Student Athletes to Make Billions

Just in time for March Madness, the “Last Week Tonight” host reveals just how much bullshit the National Collegiate Athletic Association makes student athletes go through. The organization exercises enormous control over their lives—and rakes in billions from corporate sponsors—without paying the athletes a penny.

Posted on Mar 17, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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‘Left, Right & Center’: Cooling Off in Ukraine, Warming Up for the GOP

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the surprise agreement among the U.S., Russia and the EU. Does it mean anything? Scheer says yes, and that those hoping for a new Cold War won’t get one.

Posted on Apr 19, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Truthdigger of the Week: Derrick Gordon

The NCAA Division I basketball player’s coming out makes it easier to believe the next generation of Americans are more socially tolerant than their elders.

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College Football Labor Unrest Threatens University Profit Model

Last week, a regional office of the National Labor Relations Board became the first government agency to officially acknowledge what everyone in the country outside the NCAA already knew: College athletes are cheap labor for a $16 billion business disguised as a nonprofit educational enterprise.

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Ruling: Student Athletes Are Employees, Can Join Union

Northwestern University football players have asked for the right to join a union, and Wednesday the Chicago region of the National Labor Relations Board decided they could.

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 READ MORE



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Why Not End College Athletics Altogether?

An effort to form a players union in college isn’t about money—yet. Nevertheless, it’s naive to think that giving the athletes a tiny percentage of the proceeds will clean up so corrupt a system.

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College Athletes Hope to Find Power in a Union

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Student athletes want more than scholarships for their billion dollar labor, Dr. Jill Stein and Aura Bogado respond to the State of the Union, why the Costco model beats the Walmart model, and arguably the most powerful progressive in the House retires.

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College Athletes Look for Power in a Union

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Student athletes want more than scholarships for their billion dollar labor, Dr. Jill Stein and Aura Bogado respond to the State of the Union, why the Costco model beats the Walmart model, and arguably the most powerful progressive in the House retires.

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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Dirty Secret of Some Pro Sports Leagues: They’re Nonprofits

There’s a ripple of movement in Congress to strip nonprofit status from pro sports businesses such as the NFL and PGA, raising fresh questions about why taxpayers should support billion-dollar entertainment industries.

Posted on Sep 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Pennsylvania Suing NCAA Over Penn State Sanctions

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is filing a lawsuit against the NCAA on behalf of his state, claiming that the governing body of college athletics overstepped its bounds when it issued harsh penalties against Penn State University for its handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

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Penn State Penalized for Sandusky Scandal

The NCAA, college football’s governing body, hit Penn State with unprecedented penalties on Monday for not taking action after discovering that former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was molesting young boys.

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American Officials Enjoy Lives Without Shame

Three recent news headlines illustrate how shameless some American officials have become when it comes to breaking the rules or messing up and pretending that everything is still OK. They also prove that in modern America, it’s possible for screwups to continue their lives and careers with hardly a blip.

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The Real Madness of March

Lowell Bergman is the rare skunk who regularly finds his way into the power elite’s garden parties. In his damning special now available on PBS’s “Frontline” website, viewers are shown the side of “amateur” athletics that’s almost never discussed inside the beery bubble of sports media.

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These Devils Wear Privilege

A country founded on anti-royalism and defined by anti-aristocrat political rhetoric will naturally profess disgust for, say, Ivy League presidential candidates and Duke basketball.

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March Mildness: How the NCAA Tournament Lost Its Swagger

The NCAA Tournament is the highest-level single-elimination event in basketball, making it special. Nevertheless, in the Big Dance’s present incarnation, other words come to mind, like bloated, over-commercialized and bland.

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