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Jonathan Mahler

Since When Is College Football Not A Business?

Feb. 14 (Bloomberg) — So the National Labor Relations Board hearings on the Northwestern University football team’s proposal to form a union have just gotten under way, and we already have our first howler. Here it is, from the mouth of Northwestern’s vice president for university relations, Alan K. Cubbage: “We do not regard, and […]

February 14, 2014

Mix A Big Apple With The Super Bowl For A Big Bust

Eight years ago, or thereabouts, New York Jets owner Woody Johnson had a vision. He shared this vision with John Mara, co-owner of the New York Giants, and together they made history: A Super Bowl in New York! Or New Jersey. (Close enough.) “It will be a great experience for our fans and a great […]

January 31, 2014

Tea Party Aims Its Chop at Braves’ New Stadium

The Tea Party is coming to the rescue! Seriously. Last month, when the Atlanta Braves announced their intention to abandon Turner Field for a new, publicly subsidized stadium in Cobb County, we were all wondering what America’s favorite “populist movement” would have to say. A local government committing hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to […]

December 20, 2013

Gays And Gulags On 2014 Sochi Olympics Agenda

Lest you think the International Olympic Committee doesn’t take its ideals seriously, consider its solution to this whole LGBT debacle in Sochi: Protest zones. Yes, this is how the IOC plans to deal with a 2014 Winter Games host country that treats gay people like drug dealers. If the concept sounds familiar, that’s because we’ve […]

December 13, 2013

Braves Leave Atlanta — And Fans — Behind

Nov. 14 (Bloomberg) — Leave it to the Atlanta Braves, who gave America John Rocker and the “Tomahawk Chop,” to become the first baseball team in years to abandon its city. The announcement earlier this week caught just about everyone by surprise. It’s not uncommon for professional sports franchises to relocate. But they don’t usually […]

November 15, 2013

Obama’s NCAA Bracket: Hope But No Change

Like the presidential pardon of the Thanksgiving turkey or baseball’s ceremonial first pitch, the First Bracket is now a Washington institution. So it was inevitable that it would become politicized. This year the criticism started even before President Barack Obama announced his picks for the men’s college basketball tournament: Congress is still waiting for the […]

March 22, 2013

Wrestling With The Corruption Of The Olympics

Feb. 21 (Bloomberg) — It has been scarcely a week since the International Olympic Committee announced its intention to exclude wrestling from the 2020 Summer Games, and the campaign to “Save Wrestling” is in full swing. Donald Rumsfeld and John Irving, both former wrestlers, took to the op-ed pages to celebrate the sport’s Olympic legacy […]

February 21, 2013

Why Football Won’t Go The Way Of Boxing (Yet)

One of the most exciting American boxers in years will defend his title this weekend. You’ve probably never heard of him. His name is Adrien Broner, and although he is the world lightweight champion, he is not exactly famous. That boxing is no longer a popular sport in the U.S. is hardly a revelation. The […]

February 15, 2013

Pre-Beyoncé, The Best Super Bowl Halftime Show

Feb. 1 (Bloomberg) — We have grown accustomed to seeing the Super Bowl halftime show as a showcase for aging rockers or mainstream pop stars — so accustomed, in fact, that it’s easy to forget that it was once a showcase for a singing quasi-cult of closeted gay youths. Yes, I’m talking about Up With […]

February 1, 2013

Te’o Joins Notre Dame’s Long Tradition Of Hooey

Whatever else Manti Te’o manages to accomplish in his interview with Katie Couric, the humiliated Notre Dame linebacker will at least be proving Karl Marx right: All historical events really do occur twice, first as tragedy, then as farce. Last year, we watched a mythic college football program — Joe Paterno’s Penn State — unravel […]

January 25, 2013