The Great U.S. Women’s Soccer Labor Dispute of 2016

A few bits of history and perspective that pointed out some inconvenient facts … — For The Guardian, comments from the U.S. women’s national team’s lawyers along with facts, figures and questions about how this could all play out. (Will we have a league? Will we have a better national team? Will everyone get paid? Source: The US women’s soccer pay dispute: a tangled web with no easy answers | Football | The Guardian April 11, 2016 — For OZY, a flashback on a previous labor dispute that actually reached the point of calling in replacement players, albeit replacements who were … Continue reading The Great U.S. Women’s Soccer Labor Dispute of 2016

How Kimbo Slice and MMA challenge our notions of celebrity and humanity

Written in the wake of a dizzying weekend of MMA news, with one of the sport’s top journalists (Ariel Helwani) temporarily losing his UFC credentials and one of the sport’s most famous figures (Kimbo Slice) passing away suddenly. Source: How Kimbo Slice and MMA challenge our notions of celebrity and humanity | Sport | The Guardian June 7, 2016 Continue reading How Kimbo Slice and MMA challenge our notions of celebrity and humanity

Parents demanding more from youth soccer experience

A two-fer here. For FourFourTwo, I explained that soccer parents’ complaints are no longer as easy to dismiss as they may have been when no one understood the game. Source: Parents rightfully demanding more from inconsistent youth soccer experience | FourFourTwo Then a related piece for Soccer Wire: Source: Dure: Are pro coaches really better than parents? | Soccer Wire June 16, 2016   Continue reading Parents demanding more from youth soccer experience

“Fantastic Lies” and the lessons of Duke lacrosse

Don’t stereotype. Don’t rush to judgment. Those are the lessons of the Duke lacrosse case from 10 years ago. And to my pleasant surprise, the documentary Fantastic Lies covered those lessons pretty well. Source: “Fantastic Lies” and the lessons of the Duke lacrosse case | SportsMyriad March 23, 2016 Continue reading “Fantastic Lies” and the lessons of Duke lacrosse