Monday, August 21, 2017

USGA makes a deal with the devil and loses not only its soul but its audience in the process

America, take note. The recent failure of the The U.S. Women's Open at Trump national is a blueprint on how everyday people can defeat the grifter-in-chief.  By Andrew J. Pridgen Donald Trump was the worst-behaved human in American history, ever, on a campaign trail. He won by appealing to a population in transition’s worst fears buffeted by racist, sexist, misogynist...

Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are getting paid handsomely to be living, breathing manifestations of the worst of what we’ve become

Do not pay attention to their words. Do not watch their fight. By Andrew J. Pridgen There are racists, there are homophobes, there are small-minded people, there are celebrities we worship just because they have more than us. There are talented people who are awful and there are awful people with no talent—and all these types of folk can have...

Private equity and hedge fund trolls steer Formula 1 right into the wall

What’s happening to Formula 1 is a brazen example of greed crippling a once-great enterprise and the result of an investor model built to game the system for immediate gains with no substantive look at improving, or even sustaining, the product. By Andrew J. Pridgen Keep your eye on what happens to Formula 1 over the next 18 months...

Why the Miami Marlins can’t find a buyer at a bargain price

...And how the lack of those lining up may be harbinger for MLB, professional sport By Andrew J. Pridgen On Tuesday, all of baseball’s most beloved will descend on the shores of South Beach for a three-day bacchanal and the 88th rendition of the All Star Game at Marlins Park. For those who follow science, it will be the last All...

The challenge of raising a child in the age of Trump

...Also known as trying not to be crippled by the futility of simply not knowing what's coming next. By Andrew J. Pridgen This morning my little boy inched to the edge of the three-meter diving board and stared down at his swim teacher treading water below. He looked at me, then glanced back down at the water. He paused, backed up...

The disappearance of the wage-earning sports fan is the real reason ESPN is dying

Watching ESPN’s downfall has been a source of macabre fascination for folks like me, the people who helped bring the fledgling cable sports provider into some kind of must-see prominence in the ‘90s. Now we cheer its present-day downfall. By Andrew J. Pridgen I remember when I made the switch to ESPN from the nightly local sports broadcast, the guy in...

San Diego County Residents: Shut Up About Our Stadiums

San Diego County residents love to rip their playground with no repercussions.  Written by Kyle Magin There’s a common lament on sports talk radio and in comments here in San Diego as questions of the city’s stadium situation have ebbed and flowed over the past year. San Diego County residents—those who live outside of the limits of San Diego City...

The N.B.A. will do everything in its power to keep the Warriors from closing out the Cavs Monday night

The ratings numbers from Friday night’s game are in ...and what’s great for the league doesn’t bode well for Golden State. By Andrew J. Pridgen Warriors fans maybe shouldn’t put that champagne on ice just yet. Friday night’s Game 4 of the N.B.A. Finals averaged a total live audience of 19 million viewers on ABC. The total live viewership for the...

All cheer as Raiderettes’ lawsuit takes down the team. Next up: the NFL

Rape culture purists and corporate gigolos get a punch where it hurts — the pocketbook. By Andrew J. Pridgen The Raiderettes finally got something to cheer about Wednesday. A $1.25 million settlement against their carpetbagging franchise hit the checking of almost 100 cheerleaders with another payout (a similar suit against against the league) still pending. The original lawsuit filed on behalf of NFL...

The Warriors are right, Salt Lake City does suck — but not for the reasons they mentioned

I have lived in Oakland. I have lived in Salt Lake. Even though Oakland is a bit self-aggrandizing and sleeve-tatted with a skyline full of AT-ATs, Salt Lake City is an easy target with terrible air, improperly stored beer and an early curfew. By Andrew J. Pridgen The Golden State Warriors took a few swipes at Salt Lake City prior...

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