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Category: Sports
November 25, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Student-athletes: Paying college athletes disincentivizes drive to professional level

In response to Jonathan Martin’s post, “Should college athletes be paid for their performance?” [Opinion, Northwest, Oct. 30], I do not think that college student-athletes should get paid for playing on their school’s sports team. I understand the idea that these players are employees, but they should be in school for education. Playing…

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Comments | More in Sports | Topics: college, Jonathan Martin, NCAA

October 2, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Sports obsession: Players raise awareness through actions, good or bad

Guest columnist Alex Alben makes some valid points but fails to realize that sports players bring a sense of community [“We have an unhealthy obsession with sports,” Opinion, Sept. 26]. Alben states that we need to “engage in a reality check on our priorities.” I don’t think its sports organizations’ job to teach “priorities.”…

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Comments | More in Sports | Topics: Alex Alben, Lindsay Abila, Ray Rice

September 30, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Popularity of sports: Follow the money

Thanks to guest columnist Alex Alben for comments in “An unhealthy obsession with sports” [Opinion, Sept. 26]. He points to a few major problems in the sports world that deserve more attention. Then in two brief paragraphs he hints at antidotes to this unhealthy diet, but it lacks any real adequate healthy alternatives. “Follow the money” has been popular in our…

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Comments | More in Sports | Topics: Alex Alben, Bob Fitzgerald, sports

September 15, 2014 at 12:11 PM

NFL still doesn’t understand what it has wrought

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had a very trying week, and it’s time for the league to do the right thing. (David Goldman / AP)

Corrected version

It is clear, even after extensive coverage of violence toward women, that the NFL still doesn’t get the incredible damage their continued ignorance and incredibly callous attitudes are wreaking throughout our culture [“NFL needs to value a player’s character as much as his talent,” Sports, Sept. 13].

Even though Janay Rice put a haunting countenance on the brutality of abuse, a story in The Seattle Times showed a baffling, uncaring mindset following the Baltimore Ravens victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers [“Post-Rice Ravens subdue Steelers,” Sports, Sept. 11]:

“We had a tough family situation this week,” Ravens coach John

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Comments | More in Sports | Topics: Baltimore Ravens, domestic abuse, Janay Rice

August 19, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Lakeside basketball: Part of a trend of forgoing students’ futures

Steve Ballmer, center, and Lakeside coach Tavio Hobson, left, play basketball with youths at Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club as part of the A PLUS Youth Program. Hobson had met Ballmer in the mid-2000s and had led workouts with Ballmer’s oldest son. (DEAN RUTZ / The Seattle Times, 2011)

The Steve Ballmer crusade at Lakeside School to buy athletics success at the high school level leaves me feeling incredibly sad [“With Ballmer’s aid, elite school pushed limits of prep-sports rules,” Local News, Aug. 17]. As a society, we have corrupted so many of the ideals and institutions that create opportunities for individuals to better themselves.

As an academic surgeon at the UW, I have witnessed continued erosion of academic standards in

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Comments | More in Sports | Topics: athletics, Lakeside School, Marc Coltrera

May 3, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Banned NBA owner: Sets precedent; others in the spotlight behave hypocritically, too

Sets precedent for other offenses

Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s private conversation expressing personal views that are highly offensive to many Americans has resulted in a lifetime ban from the NBA [“The NBA’s affirmative action,” Opinion, May 1].

What does this mean for the conduct of NBA athletes or anyone associated with professional sports? Clearly a line has been drawn. If an offensive opinion expressed in a personal conversation justifies a lifetime ban, surely we can expect illegal drug use, domestic violence and other crimes to quickly thin the rosters. Locally, this decision provides the reference point for dealing with the two suspended Husky football players who viciously attacked a stranger.

Donald Sterling’s offensive personal views may turn out to be a watershed moment for professional sports. From this moment on, we can trust that athletes, owners and coaches will hold their behavior — both public and private — to the highest ethical standards or risk a lifetime ban.

Eric Verzuh, Seattle

Others in the national spotlight behave hypocritically, too

I applaud syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts for his column shining light on the hypocrisy in how our culture deals with the utterances of Donald Sterling and Cliven Bundy [“On race, meet dumb and dumberer,” Opinion, April 29]. It appears that Sterling’s bigotry was

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Comments | More in Affirmative action, Sports | Topics: Adam Silver, Berkshire Hathaway, Cliven Bundy

April 30, 2014 at 6:04 AM

NCAA athletes’ union: No debate on how to classify Division I athletes

No good deed goes unpunished. Not all NCAA athletes should be treated equally [“Mark Emmert on NCAA athletes unionizing,” Opinion, April 24]. Big money and big media have ensured that the student athletes of Division I football and basketball should be treated as separate and distinct from all other NCAA sports. The NCAA is fundamentally…

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Comments | More in Sports | Topics: Division I, Eric Sirkin, NCAA

March 11, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Racist social media posts: A life lesson learned

Occasionally life throws us something ugly. We have the option to embrace and grow the ugliness, or we can reject it quickly and use it as a teachable moment to snatch the joy of victory from the agony of defeat. This was the choice facing the Issaquah High School and Garfield High School basketball teams Friday…

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Comments | More in Sports | Topics: Garfield High School, Issaquah High School, Mack L. Hogans

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