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After a 2010-11 college football season in which two teams – Auburn and Texas Christian – finished undefeated in the NCAA FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision; formerly Division I-A), more fuel was thrown on the ever-burning debate about the continuing propriety of the BCS as the method of determining the FBS champion. While some mid-major schools [...]

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Distraught fans of the former 2K Sports NFL video game franchise may finally have their day in court, nearly seven years after EA Sports locked up an exclusive license to produce video games featuring NFL teams and players. In 2004, a year during which EA Sports’ Madden NFL 2005 sold for $50 and [...]

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At the onset of the current NFL lockout, I am rooting for the players. The details of the lockout make the NFL players look like oppressed blue-collar workers, and makes the NFL owners look like Uncle Scrooge. But I am worried.

In anticipation of the lockout, the National [...]

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This past Friday, football fans throughout the country heard the news most have been dreading for the past several months. Unable to come to an agreement regarding labor issues, the NFL Players Association and NFL owners broke off negotiations hours before their contract expired. First, the Players Association decertified. Then, ten players filed an antitrust [...]

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To Play or Not to Play?

On January 25, 2011 By Richard Jacques

As I sit here a few hours before my beloved Green Bay Packers face our hated rivals — the Chicago Bears — for the right to play in Super Bowl XLV, I am struck at the thought of what will happen after the season ends and all the teams are finished. If you have been [...]

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On January 18th the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) gave Comcast, the country’s largest cable company, the green-light to take over NBC Universal. Comcast already owns a handful of cable channels, including E! Entertainment and the Golf Channel. However, through its acquisition of a fifty-one percent stake in [...]

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2010-2011 Bowl Season: Conference Rankings by Dollar

On January 13, 2011 By Joe Cesta

It’s that time of year again, when Southern pride swells after the SEC claims another BCS National Championship, this time as a result of Auburn’s 22-19 victory over the Oregon Ducks on Monday night. Fans of other conferences can look forward to another year of the grating sounds of those incessant “SEC! SEC! [...]

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Phone Wars: Apple v. Motorola

On November 9, 2010 By Virginia Maynard

Like zombies in a bad horror movie, the lawsuits over smartphone technology seem to be popping up out of nowhere, multiplying at alarming rates. Just a week ago, Apple filed suit in the Western District of Wisconsin against Motorola in the most recent installment of the smartphone “patent wars.” This lawsuit follows Motorola’s own suit [...]

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Don’t Mess With Utah?

On October 26, 2010 By Charles Michels

In early 2009, Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff couldn’t take it anymore. After he watched the Utah Utes football program go undefeated in the regular season for the second time in five years, he believed that the Utes deserved a place in the NCAA’s BCS title game. However, just like in 2004, the Utes [...]

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Money talks. So do shady sports agents, apparently. The most recent edition of Sports Illustrated contains one agent’s confession regarding the dirty-side of being a sports agent — paying off college athletes as a means of gaining clientele. NCAA bylaws prohibit collegiate players from receiving such improper benefits [...]

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