Great Moments In NCAA Hypocrisy: How Penn State Defended Its Integrity,…

There is too much amazing material in Taylor Branch's Atlantic piece about the NCAA for us to handle it all at once, so we're just going to keep pulling shiny gems from the treasure trove whenever a new one catches our eye. So: The piece begins with a scene in 2001 where legendary shoe-company fixer Sonny Vaccaro… » 9/14/11 6:45pm 9/14/11 6:45pm

A Meeting With The Godfather: How Youth Basketball's Sausage Gets Made

In the world of grassroots basketball, the sneaker companies are kings, the coaches their vassals, and the players their serfs. However, these links are symbiotic: the companies need the coaches and players for marketing purposes and the coaches and players need the sneaker companies to get exposure that can lead to… » 10/05/10 3:15pm 10/05/10 3:15pm

Tall Car Salesman Poised To Become The "Curt Flood Of College Sports"

Ed O'Bannon, the former UCLA star now selling Camrys in the suburbs of Las Vegas, is the lead plaintiff in a long-awaited, much-welcomed class action suit that could sink a coup de grace through the NCAA's incoherent definition of amateurism. » 7/22/09 2:30pm 7/22/09 2:30pm