Leaked: 10 Months Of The Houston Astros' Internal Trade Talks

Two years ago, the Houston Astros constructed "Ground Control"—a built-from-scratch online database for the private use of the Astros front office. It is by all accounts a marvel, an easy-to-use interface giving executives instant access to player statistics, video, and communications with other front offices around… » 6/30/14 1:19pm 6/30/14 1:19pm

Patent Office Rules Against Redskins, Cancels Trademark

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled today in Blackhorse v. Pro-Football Inc., a suit brought by a group of Native Americans seeking to have the Washington Redskins' trademarks canceled on the grounds that the name is disparaging. The plaintiffs achieved a major victory:… » 6/18/14 10:00am 6/18/14 10:00am

Take The Sports Knowledge Test Given To Wannabe ESPN Employees

The brain—and maybe the soul—of the world's largest sports media company is the ESPN Stats & Information Group, the behind-the-scenes crew of impossibly dedicated experts responsible for every stat, trend, and non-stupid talking point that makes it onto an ESPN platform. Here's your chance to see if your sports… » 5/30/14 12:18pm 5/30/14 12:18pm

This Is What A WWE Raw Script Looks Like

Pro wrestling is scripted in two senses. The first is, obviously, that match outcomes are predetermined, and that's the one that detractors, missing the point entirely, fall back on to taunt viewers. (Though WWE did have a problem with leaked outcomes last year.) The second is almost more important: All the planning… » 5/01/14 3:44pm 5/01/14 3:44pm

No, Paying Athletes Won't Bankrupt College Sports

The NCAA's biggest and most bruited argument against compensating players is that athletics programs couldn't take on the additional burden of player salaries without going bankrupt. The argument has a certain appeal to a certain kind of fan, the one who thinks sports took a turn for the worse at roughly half-past… » 1/16/14 12:22pm 1/16/14 12:22pm

Arbitrator Calls A-Rod's Conduct "Unprecedented"; A-Rod Sues Everyone

Below you can read Alex Rodriguez's full suit against both Major League Baseball and the players' union. Filed in a New York district court today, it seeks to overturn the arbitration panel's ruling that imposed a 162-game suspension, keeping Rodriguez out of baseball for all of the 2014 season. » 1/13/14 6:11pm 1/13/14 6:11pm

Carl Pelini Was Turned In By An Assistant Coach

According to documents obtained by SBNation and the Associated Press, Carl Pelini resigned as FAU coach after two witnesses reported seeing him use drugs. One of them also added that he saw Pelini use cocaine. That witness? According to the Sun Sentinel, it was FAU's D-line and special teams coach Matt Edwards. » 11/01/13 6:55pm 11/01/13 6:55pm

How J.J. Redick's Abortion Contract Was Conceived

Tuesday, we brought you a 2007 confidentiality agreement between then-rookie J.J. Redick and model ex-girlfriend Vanessa Lopez, a bizarre contract that stipulated Redick would have to fake his relationship with Lopez in exchange for her getting an abortion. Today we've obtained more emails and documents showing the… » 7/25/13 4:20pm 7/25/13 4:20pm

Hear Kris Benson's 911 Call After Anna Benson Showed Up With A Gun

Sometimes it seems that few sports marriages end well. But precious few end as badly as that of Kris and Anna Benson, divorcing after 14 years (their next court date was scheduled for September). On Sunday night, Anna showed up at Kris's house armed to the teeth, allegedly demanding money. We now have Kris's fearful… » 7/10/13 8:43am 7/10/13 8:43am

How Big Brown's People Nearly Pulled Off Horse Racing's Biggest Scam

As 95-degree temperatures baked a crowd of nearly 100,000 at the 2008 Belmont Stakes—the hottest June 7 on record—the only person who seemed unfazed was Richard Dutrow Jr., the trainer of Big Brown, an undefeated colt just 12 furlongs from the first Triple Crown in three decades. With history against him, Dutrow… » 6/07/13 10:30am 6/07/13 10:30am