The Only March Madness Should’ve Been Relentless Protesting

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Give college athletes, those whose backs March Madness are built on for example, their 40 acres and a mule.

The Sweetest Upset

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Forgotten now, but four years ago the NCAA backed down in the face of fan opposition to a plan to expand the annual men’s basketball tournament to 96 teams. Brian Lutz says its one of the few times that fans won out over corporate greed.

Will the NLRB’s Ruling Really Change Things for the Better?

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In the wake of last week’s ruling declaring Northwestern football players employees of the university, Argun Ulgen worries that we will just wind up trading one type of corporate culture for another.

Pay Them Already

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The North Carolina scandal demonstrates that, if college athletes aren’t going to get even the education that is their ostensible compensation for generating billions of dollars, than they should at least get a share of the television revenue.

Top Ten Sports Rants for the Ages: Instant Classics of a Different Sort

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Michael Kasdan gathers a Top Ten video playlist of classic sports rants from the NBA, MLB, NFL, and college sports.

28 Black People You Probably Don’t Know About (But You Should)— Jack Trice

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Jack Trice, the first black athlete at Iowa State University, only wanted to honor his race and his family. His story ended in tragedy.

The Best of GMP Sports, 2013

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The year in sports was an eventful one. From the bombings at the Boston Marathon to wrestling’s removal from and then reinstatement to the Olympics to the growing issue of concussions in the NFL, here is some of The Good Men Project’s best sports coverage from 2013.

To Pay or Not To Pay: O’Bannon v. NCAA

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4 years ago Ed O’Bannon noticed that his image was being used without his permission. His subsequent suit threatens to upend the NCAA. Chris Parisi reports.

Soccer and MMA: America’s Sports

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Among the stories dominating sports’ summer landscape , there are some you may have missed. Liam Day discusses the subtle, but important shifts taking place.

Bipartisan Bill Introduced in Congress Which Would Mandate Concussion Testing For College Athletes

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The new legislation introduced Thursday would require colleges to perform baseline concussion testing on all athletes who play contact sports.

It’s Not Whether You Win or Lose, It’s Whether You Win: High Stakes in College Football Coaching

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Can you alma mater afford to fire its head football coach if he fails to win a national title? Can it afford not to?

Will the NFL Be Able to ‘Fix’ Football in Time?

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Joanna Schroeder investigates the efforts made by the NFL to help reduce brain injuries in football players, and wonders whether anything is enough.

Pennsylvania Suing NCAA Over Penn State Restrictions

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The state is suing in federal court for removal of the penalties imposed in response to the Sandusky abuses.

Junior Seau Suffered Traumatic Brain Injury. Duh.

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Liam Day wonders how long we can continue ignoring the mounting evidence that football damages players’ brains.

Pennsylvania Governor Sues NCAA Over Sandusky Sanctions

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Governor Corbett believes the sanctions the N.C.A.A. handed down in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal were too harsh and missed the people they should be aiming for. He’s wrong.

Is the NCAA Knocking Down the Gods of College Sports?

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Liam Day hopes the NCAA’s new regulations will help prioritize students’ futures over the wealth of the universities’ sports programs.