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Covenant between fans and sports is a facade

Covenant between fans and sports is a facade
BY EVAN WEINER
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

It is almost laughable to hear sports owners and employees (coaches, front office executives and players) talk about their concerns for the fan, the mythical covenant that National Basketball Association Commissioner David Stern uses in biblical terms to explain the bond and trust that sports and fans have. It is a mere fantasy. Sports is a big business with cutthroats all about and the fan is the last to know.

Sy Syms used to use a tag line in his television commercials in the New York market and other points in selling his clothes store saying that "an educated consumer is our best customer." If that axiom was applied to the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League or big time college sports, anyone with any inkling of how the sports industry works would walk away before they were fleeced.

Sports fans have online petitions, Facebook groups trying to show their muscle in an effort to put an end to the NFL lockout. They should devote their energies to other pursuits. Neither the owners nor the players care about sports fans except to lift money out of their pockets to pay for the debt service on a municipally built facility or for an autograph at some show.

 

Interview with Jersey's own Tina Cervasio: Beyond the camera and the sidelines

Interview with Jersey's own Tina Cervasio: Beyond the camera and the sidelines
BY JERRY MILANI
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

New Yorkers get to experience Tina Cervasio’s passion for sports in short bursts. Usually it is on the sidelines during a Knicks or Red Bulls game, interviewing a ...

Robert ‘Tractor’ Traylor remembered for embarrassing Michigan basketball chapter

Robert ‘Tractor’ Traylor remembered for embarrassing Michigan basketball chapter

Former New Jersey Nets signee died of apparent heart attack in Puerto Rico

BY ALICIA CRUZ
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Former NBA player Robert Deshaun "Tractor" Traylor was found dead in Carolina, Puerto Rico ...

Four-day Jersey Fresh equestrian competition begins Thursday in Allentown

Four-day Jersey Fresh equestrian competition begins Thursday in Allentown

More than 120 riders from six countries to participate

What has become one of the world’s top equestrian competitions, the 2011 Jersey Fresh CCI, will be held Thursday through Sunday at the Horse Park ...

Death of jockey Michael Baze may be linked to personal issues

Death of jockey Michael Baze may be linked to personal issues
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Personal issues with depression may have played a part in the death of jockey Michael Baze, who was found dead in a car on Tuesday at Churchill Downs.

Earlier this year ...

N.J. wrestler Jordan Burroughs helps lift U.S. over Russia in 2011 Beat the Streets Gala

N.J. wrestler Jordan Burroughs helps lift U.S. over Russia in 2011 Beat the Streets Gala
BY JERRY MILANI
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

He is a two-time NCAA Champion and winner of the Hodge Trophy, wrestling’s equivalent of the Heisman. And on Thursday, Camden’s Jordan Burroughs took center stage o...

N.J. native Gary Williams, head basketball coach of Maryland, retires shortly after Yow ordeal

N.J. native Gary Williams, head basketball coach of Maryland, retires shortly after Yow ordeal
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Collingswood, New Jersey native Gary Williams received an extended standing ovation from the crowd at the news conference announcing his retirement, and raised his arm,...

Pro golf becoming a women’s game in New Jersey

Pro golf becoming a women’s game in New Jersey
BY JOE FAVORITO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
ON N.J. SPORTS MARKETING

There is perhaps no more golf-happy state in the Northeast than New Jersey. Courses criss-cross the State and can be seen off of every majo...

The never-ending business of sports

The never-ending business of sports
BY EVAN WEINER
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
THE BUSINESS AND POLITICS OF SPORTS

Two Saturdays ago, my son and I were at the Yonkers, N.Y. Planet Fitness working out. The 55-year-old man and the 25-year-old son ...

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