Yes, Flying Parents To The Final Four Is Paying Players

Back in January, less than a week before the college football championship game, the NCAA announced that parents of players who made this year's College Football Playoff or Final Four were eligible to receive $3,000 in travel expenses. Now, a number of ADs are pushing to make the program permanent. We'd like to remind… » 4/01/15 9:43am Yesterday 9:43am

Rex Chapman To Call Kentucky Game; Prosecutors Decline Theft Charges

The last time you saw Rex Chapman probably was in this surveillance camera footage from September, showing the former NBA shooting guard taking things off the shelves of a Scottsdale (Ariz.) Apple store. Police said Chapman never paid for those items; instead they said he sold the more than $14,000 in stolen… » 4/01/15 2:07am Yesterday 2:07am

NASCAR Decries Indiana Anti-Gay Law

NASCAR has issued a statement expressing its disappointment with Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s decision to signing the "Religious Freedom Rights Act" into law, an act which could give Indiana businesses the right to refuse service to LGBT customers. » 3/31/15 1:34pm Tuesday 1:34pm

ESPNW Hates Capitalism And Crowdfunding

March Madness, much like football bowl season, is a time in which the enormous inequities of college sports are placed front and center in America's conscience. » 3/30/15 12:36pm Monday 12:36pm

NCAA Issues Statement Over Indiana Anti-Gay Law, NFL Says Nothing…

Yesterday, in a private ceremony in his office, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed into law the state's "religious freedom" bill, which would allow businesses to refuse service to LGBT customers. Numerous local companies and institutions have wasted no time in condemning the law, and that includes the NCAA. » 3/27/15 11:33am Friday 11:33am

ESPN's Sports Business Reporter Doesn't Understand Sports Or Business

We enjoy making fun of ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell, and do so a lot around these parts, because he is a brandbot and a doofus. For the most part, he's harmless, doing nothing worse than publicly embarrassing himself in novel and hilarious ways. » 3/23/15 7:15pm 3/23/15 7:15pm

Rick Pitino Says Players Should Be Allowed To Skip College

It's only been since 2006 that high schoolers were banned from jumping straight to the NBA, so it's not as if the current system—which has mainly supplied a series of one-and-dones—has inertia on its side. But basketball programs want more: the Pac-12 presidents have pitched the Power Five on making all freshmen… » 3/22/15 1:03pm 3/22/15 1:03pm

Dayton Advances To The Round Of 64 On Sketchy No-Call At Home

Dayton beat Boise State 56-55 tonight to advance to the first round proper of the NCAA tournament, but Boise State and their fans will spend the next couple of weeks believing they were jobbed. Boise State's Derrick Marks saw his last second three-point attempt miss badly, but he'll argue that he only missed because… » 3/19/15 12:02am 3/19/15 12:02am

Exciting NCAA Tourney Upsets: Not Brought To You By Enforced Amateurism

Over the next week, a relatively unheralded team from a small conference will probably defeat a blue blood program from a major conference. This will be surprising because we will have expected the more powerful team to win, what with their larger budget, better-paid coach, etc. » 3/16/15 5:42pm 3/16/15 5:42pm

Let John Oliver Remind You That March Madness And The NCAA Are Bullshit

John Oliver dedicated a huge chunk of last night's episode of Last Week Tonight to battering the NCAA. The fact that he was able to go in on the NCAA's exploitative, hypocritical existence for over 20 minutes should tell you all you need to know about the lie that is college sports. You certainly don't have time to… » 3/16/15 10:04am 3/16/15 10:04am

Jim Boeheim Doesn't Give A Fuck, And Why Should He?

Syracuse lost by 14 to NC State today, which ends their season, given that they have banned themselves—more on that in a bit—from playing in the postseason, which includes the ACC tournament. Coach Jim Boeheim refused to address the media after the game, sending out an assistant in his place and releasing a … » 3/07/15 4:38pm 3/07/15 4:38pm

Syracuse's Academic Fraud Skipped The Middleman

The NCAA came down fairly hard on Syracuse for what it claims were years of violations, including the use of ineligible players, boosters handing out cash, and allegations that athletes had their schoolwork completed for them. It's that last one that provides for some of the most fascinating reading in the NCAA report. » 3/06/15 2:05pm 3/06/15 2:05pm

Penn State Fans Are Passing The Hat To Pay The Basketball Coach's Fine

The Big Ten Conference announced today that they fined Penn State men's basketball coach Pat Chambers $10,000 for remarks he made after the team's loss to Maryland Saturday. Now, some Penn State students are trying to crowdfund the fine for him. Please don't do that. » 2/17/15 5:25pm 2/17/15 5:25pm

Cardale Jones Has An Important Update About Crushing Kids At Video Games

Back in January, Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones visited some kids at the hospital. One of the kids unwisely hopped on the sticks like Jones was going to take it easy on him in the NCAA football video game. Jones did not take it easy, and beat the kid by a reported score of 91-35. Now, more than a month later,… » 2/10/15 4:08pm 2/10/15 4:08pm

Don't You Dare Ask Fran McCaffery About His Eye-Poking Player

Iowa's Adam Woodbury poked another guy in the eye yesterday, a thing that he's been doing far too often this season. After the game, a few reporters tried to ask Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery about all the eye poking. He was not having it. » 2/09/15 9:56am 2/09/15 9:56am

Louisville's Strength And Conditioning Coach Is Uncomfortably Intense

This is Ray Ganong, the strength and conditioning coach for the Louisville men's basketball team, and he a goddamn maniac. » 2/06/15 4:35pm 2/06/15 4:35pm

Bill Walton Blasts the Drug War, Supports Marijuana on ESPN Broadcast

Late last night, while most of America was asleep, Washington and Oregon faced off in a negligible Pac-12 battle. Tourney hopeful Oregon won the game, but Bill Walton stole the show. » 2/05/15 5:05pm 2/05/15 5:05pm

UMass Player Completely Blindsided By Crushing Screen

UMass guard Trey Davis is probably still upset with his teammates this morning, because not one of those assholes thought it would be a good idea to call out the screen and save him from getting planted into the hardwood by Kendall Pollard. » 1/30/15 1:29pm 1/30/15 1:29pm