very appreciative to all of you because without the supportive push and also tough love challenge you\'ve given the writers and i,katrina vanden heuvel,and the aforementioned dave zirin,discuss the authors asked to pen pieces for the unique issue and also provide a view of the political mag\'s history regarding essays on sports during its 146 years of existence. near the end of the 11 minute clip,dz puts myself and the site in a great light. http://www.thenation.com//misc/jquery.js http://www.thenation.com//sites/all/modules/mp3player/mp3player/audio-player.js audioplayer.setup(http://www.thenation.com//sites/all/modules/mp3player/mp3player/player.swf,animation: no,remaining: yes,noinfo: yes,transparentpagebg: yes}); it looks like you don\'t have adobe flash player installed. get it now.audioplayer.embed(mp3player_1,{soundfile: http://s3.amazonaws.com/thenation/audio/mp3/nationconversations/nationconversations_davezirin_20110728_2.mp3}); nation link to interview thank you family...i\'m excited for the nation and also for you to see my work in an issue both forthright and profound.,and the aforementioned dave zirin,animation: no,discuss the authors asked to pen pieces for the unique issue and also provide a view of the political mag\'s history regarding essays on sports during its 146 years of existence. near the end of the 11,dz puts myself and the site in a great light. audioplayer.setup(http://www.thenation.com//sites/all/modules/mp3player/mp3player/player.swf,folks will begin to see sports journalism with a little more objectivity than the 24 hour news cycle allows. very appreciative to all of you because without the supportive push and also tough love cha,i\'m honored to be a part of the nation\'s second sports issue. the mag is now available where mags are sold or my piece can be viewed here. a few months back dave zirin (who edited this edition) asked,katrina vanden heuvel,noinfo: yes,remaining: yes,there\'s no way this opportunity is extended. below,transparentpagebg: yes}); it looks like you don\'t have adobe flash player installed. get it now.audioplayer.embed(mp3player_1,{soundfile: http://s3.amazonaws.com/thenation/audio/mp3/nationconversations/nationconversations_davezirin_20110728_2.mp3}); nation link to interview thank you family...i\'m excited for the nation and,nfl lockout 2011,nfl free agency 2011,philadelphia eagles,donovan mcnabb,michael vick,andy reid,vince young,drew rosenhaus,desean jackson,albert haynesworth,randy moss,adrian peterson,arizona cardinals,atlanta falcons,baltimore ravens,blogroll,blogrolll,buffalo bills,carolina panthers,chicago bears,cincinnatti bengals,cleveland browns,dallas cowboys,denver broncos,detroit lions,devin hester,donavan mcnabb,eli manning,football night in america,football outsiders,green bay packers,houston texans,indianapolis colts,jacksonvile jags,jacksonville jaguars,kansas city chiefs,mike singletary,mike tomlins,minnesota vikings,new england patriots,new orleans saints,new york giants,new york jets,nfc,nfl live,nfl players association,nfl players union,oakland raiders,peyton manning,philadelphia eagles fans,pittsburgh steelers,ron glover,seattle seahawks,st. louis rams,super bowl,tampa bay buccaneers,tampa bay bucs,tenessee titans,the starting five,tsf,washington redskins,boxing. okori wadsworth,features,david stern,kobe bryant,nba lockout,joakim noah,nba players association,deron williams,nba players going overseas,nba players locked out,2011-12 nba schedule,kobe and his peers would go from 40 million dollar slaves to billionaire owners first things first,rest in power forward professionalism armen gilliam. i hope we all go out doing something we have forever loved just the same... now...as basketball fans world wide brace for a nba work stoppage,my agent/manager/brother/friend and i proposed a solution to end the lockout: take the top 80 players and form a new league...the national players association... those who have frequented the starting five have a good idea we\'re about talent benefiting the most from the hard work it takes to rise through the ranks of any respective field. no one entity should benefit more than the talent itself. do athletes get enough of the pie? as chris rock says...and i\'m paraphrasing...players are rich but owners are wealthy. despite proof in the contrary,the nba is claiming league wide financial losses. are all teams doing great? of course not,but ownership seeks to financially capitalize more and pay the players less despite the preponderance of evidence suggesting some front offices fail to manage player transactions with common sense logic. since players are the physical source driving the league\'s success,why shouldn\'t financial gains more accurately reflect fruits of athletic labor? you hear all the time and might think yourself players make way too much money for playing a game but what about the owners? what about their greed and why are we so stuck in this 20th century industrial complex...loving and living everything corporate that wrestles power from the people anyway? since the nba has chosen to lockout its most valuable commodity,this is a perfect opportunity for the players to make the nba realize there is no league without the actual talent. the players making up the league\'s stars should have enough money to pool their diverse set of talents together. this is nothing radical. instead of barnstorming overseas as some have alluded to,play here at home in america! the fans want to see the game especially after such a riveting season. putting the top 80 players together,fans would be privy to pseudo all star games every single night. kids would lose their mind after games because so many stars would be available for autographs. just think how competitive this league would be...a virtual highlight reel...again...every single night. would the nba have thrived this year without lebron james? love him or hate him,the economics behind the decision cannot be questioned. do you think lebron pocketed as much money as he generated this season? no. hell no. when bosh,james and wade decided to play together,my mind shot back to the summit in support of muhammad ali in 1967. this era is of a different and obviously more relaxed consciousness so of course the message varies,but the aim is the same...to establish more personal control over their livelihoods and again,cut out the middle man. front row: bill russell,ali,jim brown,and kareem abdul-jabbar (formerly lew alcindor). back row: mayor carl stokes,walter beach,bobby mitchell,sid williams,curtis mcclinton,willie davis,jim shorter and john wooten curt flood also comes to mind and a serious challenge to the system is needed once again. foundations should also be set up for those needing a helping hand. this isn\'t just about the money. charity events established with the sole aim of benefiting childhood education and better health would be a priority. innovative ways of incorporating fan interaction would also help the npa gain footing. an executive committee would be formed...a sort of ambassadorial platform...giving past basketball greats the opportunity to influence a new generation of fans. some examples of former stars are oscar robertson,spencer haywood,john stockton,kc jones,tom chambers and detlef schrempf. if the entire \'11-\'12 season is squandered because of the nba lockout,big money will potentially be forfeited by the nba\'s tv network partners just in ad revenue. fox sports,if partnered with the npa,would benefit tremendously. nike has had a hand in creating great market brands for incoming stars so this also would build their reach even more so. solves the adidas uniform contract and spaulding basketball nba deals. i love the nike basketball anyway! there would be no cap (a great source on the nba salary cap) or age limit. how would this league be funded? the top 24 stars (east and west all-star teams) invest 10 million each (on credit) to get the league up and running. 3 owners to a team and the npa would be made up of cities not involved in the nba. corporate nba partners will not be a part of the league...their competitors will (tv,apparel,transportation,concessions,equipment,etc.). overseas markets will have games streamed at a $1.99 per game fee. teams would play 2 games a week either on monday and wednesday or tuesday and thursday. no weekends. 6 month regular season. 48 games. every team makes playoffs. as writer sandy dover very eloquently stated in a phone call this morning,a move like this from the players would give the game back its purity. there would be no middle man the nba is trying to eliminate agents with a rookie scale and a hard cap. agents would be able to negotiate endorsement deals on the npa players behalf. here are the cities followed by owners: anaheim,california: andrew bynum,kobe bryant and pau gasol las vegas,nevada: deron williams,dwight howard and kevin love louisville,kentucky: blake griffin,kevin durant and russell westbrook kansas city,missouri: derrick rose,joe johnson and joakim noah newark,new jersey: amar\'e stoudemire,carmelo anthony and chris paul pittsburgh,pennsylvania: kevin garnett,paul pierce,rajon rondo tampa,florida: chris bosh,dwyane wade and lebron james vancouver,canada dirk nowitzki,steve nash and tyson chandler the remaining 56 players would be selected in a draft taking place in las vegas. of course pittsburgh would pick ray allen. every team gets a ping pong ball. whoever picks last would go first in next round.a lottery determines draft order and would include lucky fans in each npa city winning a to be determined online contest. if orchestrated with intelligent and tempered professionalism,nba players would clamor to play in the npa. the players would police themselves because their money is at stake. the pool of remaining nba players would replace unfortunate injuries. referees would have to go through a tryout process. media credentials would be given out based on talent. bloggers and small publications would be considered the same as major outlets. there will be no entitlement. players would double investment in no time and banks would be paid back very quickly. the economy would get a much needed boost by the potential billions generated. think of the jobs created by such a venture. 3 billion potential consumers in africa,india and the rest of asia in online views for a half a year season plus the npa playoffs. let\'s say the total revenue income (tri) is $2.4 billion. on a conservative consideration 300 million to each team in revenue. 150 million goes to original investors. the other goes to administrative services,expenses and other players. so instead of the max players making 19 million,50 million becomes their take home. there is a catch for the players...each npa player would have to go through a training session with hakeem the dream olajuwon to work on post moves. looking at you,lbj and kd. kobe and dwight spent the summer with dream and had great results. let\'s talk about some other particulars... tv analyst: gus johnson color commentary: bob costas the npa logo would be the likeness of the player perfecting the most unstoppable shot in the history of the sport...the sky hook... (ap photo/eugene hoshiko) kareem saw the future to be blunt,kareem abdul-jabbar hasn\'t gotten a fair shake by the league. we will never know how great a coach he would have been a crazy 25 years after he retired. he\'s a legendary icon who is one of sports most accomplished athletes and scholars. absurd he didn\'t get a serious shot to become a head coach. whatever you need here cap but for now,smile for the camera sir,and get this logo shine. who would be the commissioner you say? a rebel with some balls... bill simmons would be a fair commissioner to advance the game forward based on his commitment and love for the game. after all,he did write a 750 page book on everything basketball. like him or not,he\'s actually one of the few writers challenging a mainstream perspective tired,exclusive and without intrigue...despite the celtic green of his computer screen. these numbers are conservative and are used simply to show the potential of what something like the npa could accomplish globally. $2.4 billion divided by 8 npa teams. that\'s $300 million per team. owners/stars would get $50 million each in total revenue income (tri). if the players go through with this it will undoubtedly revolutionize sports. a record 263 hopefuls to nba d-league tryout camp. good luck with that fellas. sports fans. get ready for the npa.,a move like this from the players would give the game back its purity. there would be no middle man the nba is trying to eliminate agents with a rookie scale and a hard cap. agents would be able to,50 million becomes their take home. there is a catch for the players...each npa player would have to go through a training session with hakeem the dream olajuwon to work on post moves. looking at yo,and get this logo shine. who would be the commissioner you say? a rebel with some balls... bill simmons would be a fair commissioner to advance the game forward based on his commitment and love for th,big money will potentially be forfeited by the nba\'s tv network partners just in ad revenue. fox sports,but ownership seeks to financially capitalize more and pay the players less despite the preponderance of evidence suggesting some front offices fail to manage player transactions with common sense log,california: andrew bynum,canada dirk nowitzki,carmelo anthony and chris paul pittsburgh,cut out the middle man. front row: bill russell,dwight howard and kevin love louisville,dwyane wade and lebron james vancouver,etc.). overseas markets will have games streamed at a $1.99 per game fee. teams would play 2 games a week either on monday and wednesday or tuesday and thursday. no weekends. 6 month regular season. 4,exclusive and without intrigue...despite the celtic green of his computer screen. these numbers are conservative and are used simply to show the potential of what something like the npa could accompli,expenses and other players. so instead of the max players making 19 million,fans would be privy to pseudo all star games every single night. kids would lose their mind after games because so many stars would be available for autographs. just think how competitive this league,florida: chris bosh,india and the rest of asia in online views for a half a year season plus the npa playoffs. let\'s say the total revenue income (tri) is $2.4 billion. on a conservative consideration 300 million to each,jim shorter and john wooten curt flood also comes to mind and a serious challenge to the system is needed once again. foundations should also be set up for those needing a helping hand. this isn\'t jus,joe johnson and joakim noah newark,k.c. jones,kareem abdul-jabbar hasn\'t gotten a fair shake by the league. we will never know how great a coach he would have been a crazy 25 years after he retired. he\'s a legendary icon who is one of sports most,kentucky: blake griffin,kevin durant and russell westbrook kansas city,kobe and his peers would go from 40 million dollar slaves to billionaire owners first things first,kobe bryant and pau gasol las vegas,lbj and kd. kobe and dwight spent the summer with dream and had great results. let\'s talk about some other particulars... tv analyst: gus johnson color commentary: bob costas the npa logo would be the,missouri: derrick rose,my agent/manager/brother/friend and i proposed a solution to end the lockout: take the top 80 players and form a new league...the national players association... those who have frequented the starting,nba players would clamor to play in the npa. the players would police themselves because their money is at stake. the pool of remaining nba players would replace unfortunate injuries. referees would h,nevada: deron williams,new jersey: amar\'e stoudemire,pennsylvania: kevin garnett,play here at home in america! the fans want to see the game especially after such a riveting season. putting the top 80 players together,rajon rondo tampa,rest in power forward professionalism armen gilliam. i hope we all go out doing something we have forever loved just the same... now...as basketball fans world wide brace for a nba work stoppage,steve nash and tyson chandler the remaining 56 players would be selected in a draft taking place in las vegas. of course pittsburgh would pick ray allen. every team gets a ping pong ball. whoever pick,the economics behind the decision cannot be questioned. do you think lebron pocketed as much money as he generated this season? no. hell no. when bosh,this is a perfect opportunity for the players to make the nba realize there is no league without the actual talent. the players making up the league\'s stars should have enough money to pool their dive,tom chambers and detlef schrempf. if the entire \'11-\'12 season is squandered because of the nba lockout,why shouldn\'t financial gains more accurately reflect fruits of athletic labor? you hear all the time and might think yourself players make way too much money for playing a game but what about the own,would benefit tremendously. nike has had a hand in creating great market brands for incoming stars so this also would build their reach even more so. solves the adidas uniform contract and spaulding b" />

The Black Athlete Today: The Nation Magazine Sports Issue

Posted in Blogroll on July 29th, 2011 by Michael Tillery

I’m honored to be a part of The Nation’s second sports issue. The mag is now available where mags are sold or my piece can be viewed here. A few months back Dave Zirin (who edited this edition) asked me to write a piece on the state of the Black athlete for what is truly a remarkable issue. The variety of writers allows readers a view rarely seen in sports journalism and should shake things up a bit. This opportunity lets me branch out and show the mainstream what The Starting Five is all about, my intentions as a writer and to also give the The Nation’s readership a perspective provoking no holds barred thought and all inclusive creativity. Hopefully, folks will begin to see sports journalism with a little more objectivity than the 24 hour news cycle allows.

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Ron Glover’s NFL Q & A: The Post Lockout Free Agency Edition

Posted in Blogroll on July 28th, 2011 by Ron Glover

Can you feel the love?

The NFL returned to a sports community in dire need of its presence. At times it looked as if the season would be shortened if there was going to be one at all. But in the end, I believe the players and owners both walked away satisfied and able to see eye to eye one some things and a mutual respect for the players that preceeded them.

 With the future of the NBA in worse shape than David Stern cares to admit, the country’s most popular sport returned with free agency as it’s first order of business.  As the NFL returns, so does the weekly Q&A…

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Amir Khan V. Zab Judah: Brooklyn Versus Britain

Posted in Blogroll, Boxing on July 23rd, 2011 by Okori Wadsworth

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This Saturday night in Las Vegas, Amir Khan will face Zab Judah in a junior welterweight fight from Las Vegas. To be clear, despite the promotional literature telling you it’s a title unification, it’s not for the Ring magazine title which is universally accepted as the real championship belt. But Amir Khan is using this fight as a chance to make a name for himself, and to see if he can maybe bait top-ranked Timothy Bradley to step in the ring with him and settle that specific championship vacancy.

So here’s the question for Amir Khan: Can he make that climb from a guy who is on the pound-for-pound outskirts to a guy that can create a mandate for himself?

But for Zab Judah, the question is different, but no less important. Can Zab Judah, a guy who has always been marked by what he hasn’t been able to do as much by what he has, finally make that step up to a great fighter? Or will he sink back down to a gatekeeper?

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NBA Player Defections Overseas Only Fulfill David Stern’s Dream Of A Worldwide Basketball Association

Posted in Blogroll on July 19th, 2011 by Ron Glover

When Deron Williams made it official that he was going to sign with Besiktas of the Turkish league it seemed to spark the interest of other players throughout the NBA. Everyone from Kobe Bryant to Dwight Howard has been rumored to be headed abroad this fall/winter. With the encouragement of the NBA players union to continue making a living and little resistance from the opposition – NBA  players are only fulfilling the vision of  David Stern for a Worldwide Basketball Association.

Without possibly seeking a more effective alternative.

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Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Derrick Rose Create the NPA

Posted in Blogroll on July 8th, 2011 by Michael Tillery

 July 8th, 2011

Kobe and his peers would go from 40 Million Dollar Slaves to billionaire owners

First things first, rest in power forward professionalism Armen Gilliam. I hope we all go out doing something we have forever loved just the same…

Now…as basketball fans world wide brace for a NBA work stoppage, my agent/manager/brother/friend and I proposed a solution to end the lockout: Take the top 80 players and form a new league…the National Players Association…

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