No Steroids, No Birthday Cake: Parsing MLB's Employee Handbook

Congratulations! It's your first day working for Major League Baseball. You probably grew up a huge baseball fan, and while this isn't as good as actually playing, you're about to embark on a fun and rewarding career with MLB. But first, there's something you need to read and sign. » 5/23/13 12:56pm 5/23/13 12:56pm

All The Angry Emails Sent To UCLA By Fans Who Hated The Ugly New…

Three weeks ago, Adidas rolled out special basketball uniforms for Cincinnati, Kansas, Baylor, UCLA, Louisville, and Notre Dame, to be worn in the teams' conference tournaments. Each uniform featured Zubaz-like camo shorts, camo shoes, and three of the uniforms—UCLA, Louisville and Baylor—came with sleeves ("designed to … » 3/21/13 4:35pm 3/21/13 4:35pm

What Can You Learn From The Carolina Panthers' Leaked Financials? Ask A …

There's still a lot to unpack in the Carolina Panthers' financial statement, which we published Thursday. That document showed the team bringing in $112 million in operating profit over a recent two-year period, one that saw owner Jerry Richardson pleading hardship on behalf of his fellow NFL plutocrats before the… » 3/08/13 11:00am 3/08/13 11:00am

Leaked NFL Documents: While Owner Cried Hardship, Carolina Panthers…

In 2010 and 2011, as the NFL prepared for and staged a lockout of its players, Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson was among the hardest of the hardliners, urging his fellow owners to "take back our league" by demanding a more management-friendly collective-bargaining agreement. » 3/07/13 4:30pm 3/07/13 4:30pm

"I Do Not Fit The Mold You Would Expect": Meet The Pharmacist, The FedEx …

On Dec. 4, the University of Wisconsin's football coach, Bret Bielema, bolted for Arkansas. The school advertised the job opening on its human resources website, allowing an assortment of dreamers to submit their applications online. A bachelor's degree was required; "5 years of successful college football coaching… » 1/23/13 2:50pm 1/23/13 2:50pm

Was Knute Rockne Killed By The Mob? Tracing The Origins Of One Of The…

On the morning of March 31, 1931, TWA Flight 599, en route from Kansas City to Los Angeles, fell out of the sky over the Flint Hills of central Kansas, near the community of Bazaar. Farmers on the ground reported hearing a bang before the right wing snapped off, sending the plane into a dive. All eight people on board… » 1/07/13 5:10pm 1/07/13 5:10pm

"It Is Totally Out Of Control": Here's The Letter That Started Washington …

Washington State University announced today that an internal review had cleared football coach Mike Leach and his staff of any misconduct. Last month, star wide receiver Marquess Wilson was suspended for violating team rules, after which he quit the team and released a public letter alleging that coaches had abused… » 12/12/12 11:18pm 12/12/12 11:18pm

"When I Get A Clear Shot...": 25 Years Ago, Dale Earnhardt Received This …

On May 17, 1987, Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Bill Elliott swapped paint and made a place for themselves in NASCAR lore. The Winston, a newly created all-star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, came down to a sprint, with Earnhardt and Elliott jockeying for the lead. After bumping and nudging for two laps, Elliott got in… » 8/21/12 2:15pm 8/21/12 2:15pm

Hey, Michigan: Illinois Will Show You Their Athletic Director's…

We like to request records from public universities from time to time. We also like to request the requests made to these universities, which lets us know who's snooping around where. Mainly, it's reporters. Occasionally, though, one of our meta-requests reveals some high-level intercollegiate inanity, such as this… » 2/07/12 3:52pm 2/07/12 3:52pm

Exclusive: Leaked Documents Show Operating Profits For NFL Ventures…

NFL Ventures, the league's billion-dollar, all-but-the-kitchen-sink wing that oversees sponsorships, marketing, media properties, sales, and satellite rights, saw its operating profit grow by 29 percent from 2009 to 2010. This was along about the time that owners began claiming the business of professional football had … » 7/15/11 1:10pm 7/15/11 1:10pm

What It's Like When The Media Circle Their Prey: A Collection Of Jim…

Back in March, Yahoo! broke the story that Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel knew his players were selling memorabilia in violation of NCAA regulations eight months before the school claimed it learned of the scheme. A media scrum ensued. A few days later, we sent Ohio State a public records request asking for the… » 5/19/11 3:15pm 5/19/11 3:15pm