I Got Skimmed in Mexico

When I got back from vacation in Mexico, my bank sent me an alarming email with the subject “Declined Purchases,” which struck me as weird because I didn’t get declined the whole trip. The bank listed the locations—a perfume store and an Autozone in a town I didn’t visit—and I yelled: “I’ve been skimmed!” » 5/05/15 1:02pm 5/05/15 1:02pm

You Think Your Taxes Are Bad? NASCAR Drivers Have To File In 20 States

Today, April 15th, is Tax Day. And you think this is a problem for you, because you are ever-so-slightly disorganized. But today should be the one day you thank the Lord On High that you are not also a NASCAR driver, because doing a NASCAR driver’s taxes is a pit of the deepest, darkest, hottest hellfire. UPDATE » 4/15/15 8:20pm 4/15/15 8:20pm

The NASCAR Hall Of Fame Has Been A Financial Disaster For Charlotte

NASCAR's Hall of Fame was supposed to be a great temple to the sport, filled with throngs of devoted fans during each hour it was open. Except the fans never showed up, and the great temple has been hemorrhaging cash. Which really wouldn't be a big deal, except now the City of Charlotte, North Carolina is paying for… » 2/11/15 4:50pm 2/11/15 4:50pm

Wait, The NCAA Can Pay Players' Parents Now?

The day before yesterday, if a school reached the Final Four or the College Football Playoff and anyone—the NCAA, the CFP, the school, a booster, President Obama, etc.—agreed to pay for a parent of one of the athletes to travel to the game, it was unethical conduct, an extra benefit, and punishable with… » 1/07/15 10:18am 1/07/15 10:18am

Jim Irsay Handing Out $100 Bills At Colts Training Camp

Jim Irsay is a wealthy man. He's got the kind of wealth where one drives stoned out of one's face with a briefcase full of $29,000 in cash—a totally normal amount for him to be carrying—and pills and escapes with only two misdemeanor charges. He also has the kind of wealth where one passes out $100 bills to Colts… » 7/26/14 8:07pm 7/26/14 8:07pm

Marshawn Lynch Calls NFL Network To Announce He's Holding Out

Beast Mode now includes telling your organization to shove it via the NFL Network. Earlier this evening, Marshawn Lynch called his former Seahawks teammate, and current NFL Network analyst, Michael Robinson and let him know that he was holding out of training camp and Robinson relayed the information on air. » 7/24/14 8:10pm 7/24/14 8:10pm

Does Your Favorite Team Suck At Keeping An Efficient Payroll?

Businessweek put together a fun ranking of how all 122 franchises in the four major American professional sports leagues burn their money on player payroll. You might be shocked to find out that most successful teams are intelligent with their spending. The top nine of 10 franchises have been to their league's… » 4/24/14 8:23pm 4/24/14 8:23pm

Is Being Cursed To A "First Four" NCAA Game Actually A Blessing?

The NCAA men's Division I basketball tournament starts tonight in Dayton with two games, as it has since 2011, with another two tomorrow night. The "First Four"—imagined as a parallel to the Final Four, even though the former features eight teams and the latter, uh, four—has traditionally been seen as a wasteland of… » 3/18/14 5:55pm 3/18/14 5:55pm

Manchester United Hired "A Fleet Of Private Jets" To Shuttle Its…

Today in operating costs: because soccer's international competition schedule—as of late, World Cup qualifiers—interferes with the English Premier League's late-season schedule, one English Premier League team you may have heard of hired a bunch of private jets to make sure its players would be back on time. Guess… » 3/30/13 11:50am 3/30/13 11:50am

Reports: Joe Flacco—That Joe Flacco—Will Soon Be The Highest Paid…

Yep, Joe Flacco. The big-armed oaf. The doofy bridegroom. The guy whose dad said he was "dull" four times in two sentences five days before the Super Bowl. That guy. No, not the plumber who stripped the washers off your sink and left his wrench on your kitchen table—I mean the guy who backed up Tyler Palko at Pitt… » 3/02/13 10:00am 3/02/13 10:00am

Klay Thompson's Parents Are Docking His Allowance For Getting Involved…

Aside from David Lee and Roy Hibbert, a number of players had supporting roles in Monday night's Golden State-Indiana mini-brawl. One of them was Klay Thompson, who was fined $35,000 for escalating the fight. You can see him in the video, No. 11, holding the basketball. He charges Hibbert from behind, moving the scrum… » 2/28/13 5:40pm 2/28/13 5:40pm