Here Are Nebraska Coaches' Talking Points About Unionization

How are other Big Ten schools handling the tectonic movements set off by the Northwestern football players' unionizing campaign? Very, very cautiously, it seems, to judge by the talking points handed down to Nebraska coaches by an associate athletic director. » 4/14/14 2:28pm Monday 2:28pm

How Would An NCAA Union Actually Work? A Guide For Perplexed Pundits

The real triumph of the decades-long propaganda war against organized labor isn't best seen in the ever-declining rate of unionization, or ever-increasing income inequality, or even the way the word "union" functionally works as an epithet. It's seen, instead, in the fact that so many otherwise smart, thoughtful people… » 4/01/14 3:12pm 4/01/14 3:12pm

Should LeBron Try To Save The NBA's Players Union?

ESPN's Brian Windhorst reports that LeBron James is "considering" running for president of the NBA Players Association, which he says "is in bad shape right now." But should LeBron hitch himself to something that will never operate in his best interests? » 8/11/13 3:00pm 8/11/13 3:00pm

How America Commie-Baited A Baseball Hero

MLB executives and owners feared Marvin Miller, but they weren't the first. FBI documents reveal that the federal government, at the height of the Red Scare, undertook an embarrassingly extensive investigation into Miller's liberalism to determine whether or not he was a loyal citizen of the United States. » 5/14/13 12:35pm 5/14/13 12:35pm

NBA Players Association Tells Its Corrupt Boss To Go Away

NBAPA head Billy Hunter, lately revealed to the general public to be a nepotism-loving, watch-gifting union boss in the Tammany style, is on indefinite leave as of yesterday. The NBAPA hired outside counsel, likely in advance of an attempt to oust Hunter permanently, while Hunter declared the NBAPA's actions against… » 2/02/13 11:30am 2/02/13 11:30am

NBA Players Association Head Billy Hunter Once Used $22,000 Of Union…

The NBAPA's board recently commissioned a independent review of the record of noted nepotism-abuser Billy Hunter, who has been union head for 16 years. Though the review found that his actions fell short of illegality, it did reveal a few odd pieces of information about the judgment of Hunter, the man that guided the… » 1/20/13 2:48pm 1/20/13 2:48pm

Minor League Baseball: The Last Bastion Of Acceptable Exploitation In…

For every top-flight prospect apprenticing in the minors after receiving a multi-million dollar signing bonus, hundreds of players are drafted every year and get $1,000, tops. Salaries start at $1,100 a month, and the checks only come for half a year. As Lily Rothman says over at Slate, most of these players are "stuck… » 4/03/12 3:35pm 4/03/12 3:35pm

Rick Reilly Goes Union-Busting

Rick Reilly popped another reheated turd out of the microwave. It's a variation on his standard deification of golf as the world's most perfect sport. But here's the twist: this time those blue collar heroes of the links are contrasted with the greedy millionaires of the NBA and NFL. » 7/15/11 11:40am 7/15/11 11:40am