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Aug 1 '14
Apr 7 '14
theatlantic:

Of Course Student-Athletes Are University Employees

Are college athletes university employees? It’s a question that has gripped the sports world since January, when a group of Northwestern University football players petitioned the National Labor Relations Board to form a union. The debate has only intensified since March 26, when a regional director in Chicago surprised many by granting the players’ petition.
The backbone of regional director Peter Sung Ohr’s 24-page ruling that the players are employees and thus have the right to form a union was the exhaustive description of the responsibilities and time-consuming demands of Northwestern football players. The judge said the evidence put forth by the team members, led by former quarterback Kain Colter and the College Athletes Players Association, showed that football “student-athletes” at Northwestern spend 40 to 50 hours a week on football-related activities for the duration of the regular season and bowl season, and have a virtual year-round commitment to the program. Thus, they are employees under the National Labor Relations Act, Ohr concluded.
Read more. [Image: Paul Beaty/AP]

theatlantic:

Of Course Student-Athletes Are University Employees

Are college athletes university employees? It’s a question that has gripped the sports world since January, when a group of Northwestern University football players petitioned the National Labor Relations Board to form a union. The debate has only intensified since March 26, when a regional director in Chicago surprised many by granting the players’ petition.

The backbone of regional director Peter Sung Ohr’s 24-page ruling that the players are employees and thus have the right to form a union was the exhaustive description of the responsibilities and time-consuming demands of Northwestern football players. The judge said the evidence put forth by the team members, led by former quarterback Kain Colter and the College Athletes Players Association, showed that football “student-athletes” at Northwestern spend 40 to 50 hours a week on football-related activities for the duration of the regular season and bowl season, and have a virtual year-round commitment to the program. Thus, they are employees under the National Labor Relations Act, Ohr concluded.

Read more. [Image: Paul Beaty/AP]

Mar 4 '14
Feb 25 '14

jakke:

“The Coloured Hockey League was an all-black ice hockey league founded in Nova Scotia in 1895, which featured teams from across Canada’s Maritime Provinces. The league operated for several decades lasting until 1930. With as many as a dozen teams, over 400 African Canadian players from across Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island participated in competition. The Coloured Hockey League is credited by some as being the first league to allow the goaltender to leave his feet to cover a puck in 1900. This practice was not permitted elsewhere until the formation of the National Hockey League in 1917.”

Hey so today in Canadian history things we somehow don’t hear much about: Canada had a separate African-Canadian hockey league for several decades back in the early 1900s.

Teams were not allowed to play for the Stanley Cup and the league received basically no recognition outside African-Canadian communities on the East Coast, but it looks like the league was the source of some pretty significant innovations associated with modern hockey, including slapshots on goal.

If you’re interested in this, some documentary filmmakers from BC have written a book about it

Fascinating!  From the article:

Even defensive play was more dynamic. Fosty says black goalies weren’t afraid to get down onto the ice if that’s what it took to stop a shot, a standard goaltending style today that was frowned upon 100 years ago. They were also more likely to skate out and take an active part in play.

Kind of wish YouTube was around 100 years ago. That would’ve been interesting to see.

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Feb 20 '14

slimewizard:

never not reblog

Also, their babies sleep in government-issue padded boxes.

Feb 20 '14
theatlantic:

The Art of Ice-Hockey Goaltending

"Goaltending is an extreme sport inside an extreme sport: Your job is to go out on the ice and repeatedly get in the way of a frozen hard-rubber disc that moves faster than anything you directly interact with in your normal life."
J.J. Gould, the executive editor of TheAtlantic.com and a former goalie, talks tactics.
Read more.


Man, I have to get back on the ice.

theatlantic:

The Art of Ice-Hockey Goaltending

"Goaltending is an extreme sport inside an extreme sport: Your job is to go out on the ice and repeatedly get in the way of a frozen hard-rubber disc that moves faster than anything you directly interact with in your normal life."

J.J. Gould, the executive editor of TheAtlantic.com and a former goalie, talks tactics.

Read more.

Man, I have to get back on the ice.

Feb 20 '14
Tags: patents
Feb 19 '14
Feb 19 '14
Tags: copyright
Feb 18 '14