Nadia Eke explains why companies are afraid to sponsor African athletes

first_imgGhana triple jump record holder, Nadia Eke, believes the reason corporate institutions in Africa are unwilling to offer sponsorship deals to African athletes is because of the limited perception the companies have about the athletes.One of the surest ways athletes earn income across the world is through corporate endorsements but the same cannot be said in Africa, especially, Ghana.Nadia is African triple jump champion from 2016 and a silver medalist from two years before that in Marrakech.She represented Ghana at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and has also qualified for the rescheduled Tokyo Games, doing so with a new national record leap of 14.33m.But even with her pedigree, the 27 year old has no professional contract and no brand endorsement.Speaking on why brands don’t turn to athletes for endorsements in Africa, Nadia who has a Psychology degree from Columbia University, believes companies have a very limited view of the African athlete which does not include the intellectual capacity they possess.“On the sponsorship side, there are so many opportunities for brands. They are seeing athletes in a very limited way.“When a brand looks at me and say she is a triple jumper or she is a triple jumper from Ghana and that’s it. But they are not looking at me as the whole individual, what I can bring to the table”, she told Athletics Africa.“I graduated from an Ivy League University, I have sense. There is so much I can bring to your company but a lot of times, unfortunately, companies don’t see that in athletes. On the reverse side, athletes don’t see that in themselves too, to make them position themselves in a way to gain sponsorship from companies.“In the African continent, I think companies are missing a lot to use athletes and gain exposure for their brands.”last_img read more

Elite Geneticist Says Darwin Was an Ideological Figurehead (Video)

first_imgSubmitted by Sal CordovaDr John C. Sanford, an elite scientist and inventor of 40 years at Cornell, an Ivy League School, made American history by inventing the Gene Gun in the mid 1980’s. This invention has been used for a highly substantial proportion of all the genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on planet Earth, allowing food genes to be intelligently re-designed. As a result, millions of individuals have been able to avoid starvation.  His invention also increased our ability to study genomes and thus further scientific understanding. For these accomplishments, one of his inventions became part of the collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.Early in his scientific career, Sanford accepted evolution, but after becoming a Christian, and after reading Michael Behe’s book Darwin’s Black Box, Sanford began a painful journey of rejecting all his former understanding and acceptance of evolution and realizing he had wasted so much of his life believing something untrue.  He tells part of his story in the opening pages of his bookGenetic Entropy.Dr Sanford granted a rare 30 minute Skype interview with the Ratio Christi television program, “Truth Matters” (Ratio Christi is a campus organization seeking to provide college students with avenues to hear rational arguments for the gospel of Christ).  The episode was entitled: “Darwin Was An Ideological Figurehead, Not A Scientist (Ep. 11)”. It articulates many of the reasons he eventually rejected Darwinian evolution. (Visited 724 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ramping Up to GreenTown’s Eco-Homes Contest

first_imgAs Greensburg, Kansas, continues its recovery from the tornado that destroyed it two years ago, local nonprofit GreenTown forges ahead with plans for its showcase of green homesEven though it has faced two crushing adversaries – the vicious tornado that flattened it two years ago, and the lousy economy – Greensburg, Kansas, continues to rebuild. It also continues to attract attention, not only because of the scale of the task but because the town has committed to go green in commercial reconstruction that uses public money and in much of its residential rebuilding.One of the more remarkable examples in the residential area is a project led by Mennonite Housing Rehabilitation Services that yielded 20 homes offering 940 to 1,050 sq. ft., two-car garages, full basements (each with a safe room), efficient appliances, and well insulated walls and attics. The homes were offered to low-income buyers only, with adjusted gross-income limits, which began at $27,900, scaled according to the size of the prospective owner’s family.The green labThe town also is the setting for the GreenTown Chain of Eco-Homes, a 12-home project intended as a showcase for a variety of green construction strategies at different price levels. Last month, the first of the dozen homes planned for the project, the concrete Eco-Home Silo, opened to the public.The second home in the Eco-Homes lineup will be the University of Colorado’s entry in the 2005 Solar Decathlon, which took first place in the competition.For three succeeding Eco-Homes projects, GreenTown, in collaboration with open-source design firm FreeGreen, has been soliciting designs for their Chain of Eco-Homes Competition. Ideally, the contest summary says, the winning entries will be “seemingly ordinary homes that act in extraordinarily green ways.” All three winning designs will receive the right to be constructed in Greensburg as part of the Eco-Homes “Living Laboratory” project.GreenTown and FreeGreen suggest that contest entries, which must be submitted electronically by August 15, include block wall construction for a single-family house that includes 2 to 3 bedrooms and 1 to 2 bathrooms. The lot size is 75 x 140 ft.Another important consideration: construction costs must not exceed $154,000 for each home.The top prize includes $10,000; runners up will receive $1,000 each. All three winners will be represented on the FreeGreen website.last_img read more

UAAP 80 Volleyball Preview: NU taking road to Final Four one step at a time

first_imgHead coach: Babes CastilloLast season: 7-7Key holdovers: Jaja Santiago, Jasmine Nabor, Risa SatoADVERTISEMENT “We can’t just target the Final Four and we’re still in the first round. We have to finish strong in the first round and continue that momentum in the second. If we can perform well in the first round, we have to do better in the second round.”As unfortunate as it may seem, the Lady Bulldogs had the reputation of bottoming out in the latter half of the season after having a stellar start.The Lady Bulldogs started Season 78 on a 3-1 start but would end up winning just two in their next seven games and ending the tournament with a mediocre 7-7 card at the fifth spot.NU then ended Season 79 on the same 7-7 record and this time the Lady Bulldogs went off 3-0 before losing three straight and eventually ending the tournament on a three-game skid.Jasmine Nabor, a two-time Finals MVP and one-time Best Setter in the Premier Volleyball League, said they first have to make it into the Final Four before dreaming of reaching the championship round.ADVERTISEMENT For all the talent that’s within National University, it’s quite surprising that the girls in navy-and-gold have just featured in the Final Four just twice in the last four years.The team’s two leaders, though,  are determined to get the Lady Bulldogs past the semifinals, especially with Jaja Santiago bidding the school goodbye at the end of the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We have to take it step-by-step, first round then the second round,” said Santiago, who has won several MVP plums in the club level, in Filipino.READ: Championship or bust for Jaja Santiago in her final year  Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “Of course the goal is to reach the Final Four before playing in the Finals,” said Nabor in Filipino. “I want each and every one of us to improve as the season goes on and my goal is to become the best leader I can be on the court.” Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ NCAA jrs MVP Will Gozum commits to UPlast_img read more

Beermen down KaTropa in heated Game 3 for 2-1 finals lead

first_imgFederer beats Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-3 for 9th Halle title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Fellow BPC candidate Chris Ross posted 17 points, five rebounds, four steals, and three rebounds, while Marcio Lassiter finally broke out of his shooting slump as he rack up 16 markers and seven dimes.San Miguel shoots for a 3-1 lead on Wednesday still at Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“This is a hard fought game. I think what happened to the game is we did not have any major adjustment and we just kept our intensity high,” said SMB head coach Leo Austria.Things got heated near the end of the first half when Ross engaged in a verbal duel with TNT’s stand-in import Mike Myers and Governors’ Cup reinforcement Michael Craig. It escalated during the halftime break when Craig allegedly pushed off a metal gate which hit San Miguel governor Robert Non and some of the Beermen staff. With Ross kept on the bench after incurring a flagrant foul penalty one at the 2:49 mark of the second quarter, San Miguel got a huge shot in the arm thanks to the stupendous play of Brian Heruela as he sparked his squad to a 16-5 run and grab a 62-52 lead with seven minutes to play in the third quarter.San Miguel also weathered Rhodes’ foul woes, as its all-Filipino crew kept the KaTropa at bay and preserved its 10-point cushion up until the fourth quarter.The win came despite June Mar Fajardo’s silent outing as the three-time MVP was limited to just six points, five rebounds, and two blocks.Also aiding the Beermen were TNT’s 23 turnovers, which turned to 26 easy points for them.RR Garcia led TNT with 19 points and four assists, while Joshua smith got 18 markers, 14 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks.ADVERTISEMENT PBA IMAGESSan Miguel did just enough to hold off TNT, 109-97, and gain a 2-1 edge in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Charles Rhodes celebrated his 32nd birthday in style, carrying the load for the Beermen with 25 points, 20 rebounds, two assists, and two steals, while Best Player of the Conference contender Alex Cabagnot scattered 28 markers, nine boards, and six dimes.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken MOST READ Jayson Castro contributed 17 points, three boards, and three assists, but committed 10 turnovers while Roger Pogoy was held scoreless for the second straight game after delivering a career performance in the finals opener.The scores:SAN MIGUEL 109 – Cabagnot 28, Rhodes 25, Ross 17, Lassiter 16, Santos 10, Fajardo 6, Heruela 5, Semerad 2, Tubid 0, Espinas 0. TNT 97 – Garcia 19, Smith 18, Castro 17, Semerad 12, De Ocampo 9, Williams 8, Tautuaa 7, Reyes 7, Pogoy 0, Rosario 0.Quarters: 23-23, 46-47, 79-72, 109-97. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage View comments Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire What ‘missteps’?last_img read more

HC upholds stay on Royals’ termination

first_imgThe Bombay High Court on Tuesday upheld the independent arbitrator’s order granting a stay to the Rajasthan Royals’ termination from the Indian Premier League (IPL).But the court sought an affidavit – as asked for by the BCCI – from the team-owners that they are in control of the team’s affairs.The Royals were also asked to provide a bank guarantee of Rs 18 million and a security guarantee of Rs 2.83 million.Earlier, the court-appointed independent arbitrator had stayed the termination of Royals’ IPL contract, but the BCCI had opposed the move.last_img read more

Spanish Town Skills Training Centre Serving the Community for 20 Years

first_img For almost 20 years, the Spanish Town Skills Training Centre (STSTC) has been providing training for professionals, at-risk youth, non-certified and unskilled employees and employers, in partnership with the HEART Trust/NTA. Story Highlights After leaving secondary school, Ms Dixon faced several job rejections for the lack of employable skills, but with one year of training with the institution, she is now a permanent employee with a business establishment in the St. Catherine town centre. Student at the institution, 19-year-old Alexis Dixon, has high praises for the opportunities being provided to her through the Centre. For almost 20 years, the Spanish Town Skills Training Centre (STSTC) has been providing training for professionals, at-risk youth, non-certified and unskilled employees and employers, in partnership with the HEART Trust/NTA.Student at the institution, 19-year-old Alexis Dixon, has high praises for the opportunities being provided to her through the Centre.After leaving secondary school, Ms Dixon faced several job rejections for the lack of employable skills, but with one year of training with the institution, she is now a permanent employee with a business establishment in the St. Catherine town centre.She tells JIS News that, not only was she provided with the training opportunities but the Centre also sourced employment for her.“I cannot give them enough money for what they did for me, or tell them a million thanks,” she states.According to Ms Dixon, the Principal and instructors at the school, make concerted efforts to impart knowledge to the students, while also sharing life experiences as a way of encouraging growth and development. “It really motivated me to push forward,” she adds.She also encourages young persons in and around the Spanish Town area to get their training at the Centre.“[They should] definitely come to the Spanish Town Skills Training Centre. Don’t hide, it is really a great place, and if you want to move forward, that is the place that you can go,” Ms. Dixon states.Located at 56 Brunswick Avenue in Spanish Town, St. Catherine, the Centre offers training in areas such as Commercial Food Preparation, Levels One and Two; and Customer Engagement at Levels One and Two. In January 2019, the school will offer courses in Early Childhood Development.For former student, Rahean Bailey, he says he is grateful for the opportunity to have completed the Level Two programme in Commercial Food Preparation, and the job that the institution assisted him to obtain. He tells JIS News that in the future he hopes to become Executive Chef.Meanwhile, Manager at the STSTC, Ruth James, states that the vision to offer skills to youth from the area, and elsewhere, has been impactful.“We have seen so many young persons whose lives have been changed, and they are doing very well, all over the world, in the hospitality industry, business process outsourcing, and at front desks at hotels. We are impacting a great number of persons,” she reasons.Mrs. James tells JIS News that while the institution provides services primarily to students between the ages of 17 and 35 years, the school also continues to reach persons who are 35 and older.She informs that on an average, 50 to 70 students are engaged in the day and evening programmes.“We offer at least one month’s work experience, and on most occasions these persons have gained permanent employment with the places where they are sent for work experience,” the Manager shares.Mrs. James lauds the HEART Trust /NTA for providing training opportunities for young people, to gain the necessary skills needed for the work environment.“The standard of HEART Trust/NTA, is international; you can go to most countries with (their certificates) and get a job,” the Manager states.The STSTC mission is to empower participants through goal-oriented activities within an environment that is safe and conducive to learning, while promoting respect of self and others, as well as developing a positive attitude towards work skills, academics, certification and assessment, as required by the Heart Trust/NTA.In the meanwhile, President of the Central Jamaica Conference (CJC) of Seventh-day Adventists, Pastor Levi Johnson, who was a founding member of the STSTC in 1999, says the move to establish the school was in response to the needs of the communities in the area.Pastor Johnson, who headed the Spanish Town Seventh-day Adventist Church at the time, shares that the establishment of the Centre was a move to improve the quality of life for community members.He tells JIS News that the CJC provides resources to keep the institution going, and “once there is a need, we can’t say no to them; because we know how relevant the Skills Training Centre is. We see them as one of our key partners”.For Community Training Interventions Manager at the HEART Trust/NTA, Kevin Walker, institutions like the STSTC help the training agency to meet their mandate.For more information on the Centre, persons can call (876) 984-3571, (876) 419-2249, or email at spanskillsda@gmail.com.last_img read more

The Heat Should Keep Playing Small Ball

Every NBA game between the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers is a contrast in styles. While the Pacers rely heavily on a starting lineup featuring two traditional big men, the Heat employ a multitude of flexible lineups favoring speed and shooting. This contrast presents advantages and disadvantages for both teams; each game, each team has to either make the other team adjust or adjust themselves.Through the first three games of Eastern Conference finals, the Heat were making the adjustment, using lineups with two traditional big men far more often than they did during the regular season. And though the Heat won two of the first three games, it didn’t work too well.Miami Heat Minutes Played And Point Differentials, By LineupThe Heat regularly use just three players who could reasonably be categorized as bigs: Chris Andersen, Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem. With Andersen unavailable in Game 4 because of a calf injury, the Heat were forced to stay small. They used the combination of Haslem and Bosh for just six minutes together about 13 percent of the game, a single stretch in which they outscored the Pacers by one point. Over the remaining 42 minutes, the Heat’s smaller lineups outscored the Pacers by 11 points. The Heat beat the Pacers 102-90 and lead the series 3-1.For the most part, the Pacers have outscored the Heat when Miami has two big men on the floor; the less Miami does that, the better off it is.Playing these small lineups helps spread the floor, opening driving lanes for the Heat’s ball handlers and stretching the Pacers’ defense. In Game 4, that stretch effect (and the open lanes that resulted) were one of the main factors in the Heat’s series-high 34 free-throw attempts. The Pacers complained about the officiating, but the Heat’s free-throw rate in Game 4 was roughly as far above their season average against the Pacers as their free-throw rate in Games 1 and 2 was below it.The Heat’s small lineups also coincided with the best game in the series from Bosh — 25 points on a 76.2 true shooting percentage. This development shouldn’t have been unexpected. Across the season, Bosh’s true shooting percentage was about 8 percentage points higher when he played without either Andersen or Haslem as compared with when he played alongside one of them.Game 4 gave the Heat firm control over the Pacers and the rest of the series, but it also provided an emphatic reminder: The Heat are at their best with a small lineup on the floor, even with its inherent drawbacks. read more

The Giants Clustered Their Luck

The 41,911 fans who filed into AT&T Park on June 8 got lucky. It was a perfect, 74-degree Sunday afternoon (instead of the notoriously fickle San Francisco weather), and the sky was filled with glorious sunshine. Those in attendance got a taste of baseball glory, too. The Giants beat the Mets 6-4 that day, making it five wins in a row for Los Gigantes. With that win, they improved to 42-21. A year after stumbling to a 76-86 record, the Giants owned the best record in baseball.They’ve been terrible ever since. San Francisco has lost 16 of its last 21 games, the worst record for any major league team during that time. After owning a 9.5-game lead in the NL West on June 8, the Giants have given most of it up, clinging to a half-game lead on the Dodgers. You can find all kinds of reasons for that swoon. Injuries forced journeyman Tyler Colvin and light-hitting rookie Joe Panik to take on regular playing time, with predictably bad results. Mike Morse, an early-season terror at the plate, hasn’t hit a lick for the past month. And closer Sergio Romo turned into a piñata, becoming former closer Sergio Romo in the process.Few could have predicted such a sharp and sudden drop. But one indicator did suggest that regression was coming, sooner or later: cluster luck.In a late-May Grantland column, I wrote about the concept of cluster luck as a way to explain how a series of good (or bad) events coming one after another can propel or punish a team:Joe Peta, a former Wall Street trader, presented cluster luck in his book, Trading Bases. Essentially, the concept boils down to this: When a team’s batters cluster hits together to score more runs and a team’s pitchers spread hits apart to allow fewer runs, that’s cluster luck. Say a team tallies nine singles in one game. If all of those singles occur in the same inning, the team would likely score seven runs; if each single occurs in a different inning, however, it’d likely mean a shutout.You’ll sometimes hear a broadcaster talk about a team that scores in bunches, or a pitcher who knows how to scatter hits. But those streaks don’t tend to last very long, since these aren’t sustainable skills for most teams, or players. So when a team has high cluster luck numbers, it usually means its luck isn’t going to last long. Losses are likely around the corner.Sports analyst Ed Feng, proprietor of ThePowerRank.com, calculates cluster luck by using the Base Runs formula to compare actual runs scored and runs allowed to expected runs scored and runs allowed. When that Grantland article ran just over a month ago, Feng had found that the 32-19 Giants ranked second in the majors in cluster luck. And while Giants hitters had bunched hits together about as well as an average team’s hitters would, their pitchers had been astoundingly fortunate, giving up 22 fewer runs than you’d expect over their first 51 games.1Three days after my Grantland article ran, the excellent Colorado Rockies blog Purple Row published an article that noted how the Giants had put up better numbers than any other team both in high-leverage pitching and hitting situations. So cluster luck wasn’t the only factor at work, nor the only one likely to regress.On Wednesday, Feng updated his cluster luck rankings. Below is the ranking of the 30 teams from luckiest to unluckiest:Whatever luck the Giants had earlier in the season, these latest numbers show that their good fortune has almost completely evaporated. A lot of that pullback falls on Romo. From May 29 to June 28, the team’s erstwhile closer allowed 12 hits in nine and two-thirds innings — subpar numbers for a closer, but not necessarily fatal ones, assuming those hits were spread out. They were not. Romo worked four straight perfect innings from June 4 through June 12, with all 12 of those hits coming in just six appearances. All told, opponents blasted him for 10 runs in those six appearances, netting a 16.88 ERA. The biggest beating came on June 13, when the Colorado Rockies clobbered him for four hits, drew a walk and tallied five runs in just one-third of an inning.2The Rockies have been a house of horrors for Romo this year. His past four outings against them netted this line: three innings pitched, 11 hits, 11 runs.The Giants are a talented team, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see them contend for the NL West title, and maybe even make a run at the World Series. They have a young ace in Madison Bumgarner, Tim Hudson enjoying a late-career revival, Tim Lincecum suddenly pitching masterfully, All-Stars Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval heating up after lousy starts, excellent first baseman Brandon Belt due back soon after a long stint on the disabled list, and a general manager who’s made lots of aggressive trades in his 18 years at the helm. The cluster luck regression has come, yet they’re still hanging onto first place.We could see more teams experience cluster luck pullbacks, starting with Seattle. The Mariners boast plenty of front-line talent themselves, with Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma at the top of the rotation. Robinson Cano is performing about as well as a guy with six home runs can, and 23-year-old Mike Zunino is emerging as a top defensive catcher and dangerous power hitter. Underrated third baseman Kyle Seager is putting up career-best numbers, and the bullpen is leading the American League both in ERA and in fielding-independent metrics. This is also a team with lots of holes, one that has 36-year-old banjo hitter Endy Chavez leading off every day, to name only the most glaring problem. Yet the Mariners are on fire, having won four in a row, 10 of their last 12, and 27 of their last 43 games.That’s what happens when your hitters bunch together hits better than any other team. Through Tuesday, the Mariners had scored 31 more runs than you’d expect from a club with average hit distribution. That Tuesday game offered a Ph.D.-level course in what happens when your hitters click at the same time. Coming into the sixth inning, Seattle clung to a narrow 3-1 lead. The first two batters of the inning reached on a walk and an infield single, followed by two straight groundouts by the lineup’s 1-2 hitters. Then, an outburst. Cano doubled. Seager doubled. Logan Morrison doubled. Zunino doubled. Michael Saunders singled. Finally, Ackley capped the monster inning with a sixth straight Mariners hit, this one an RBI single. All told, Seattle scored seven runs on seven hits in the sixth, an incredibly tough feat to pull off without the benefit of a single homer.None of this is meant to suggest that the Mariners will fall into an immediate slump, the way the Giants did.3Or that teams with poor cluster luck numbers like the Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels and Pittsburgh Pirates will suddenly go on monstrous winning streaks and steamroll the rest of the league. There are good reasons to like the chances of all three of those teams, to varying degrees. They have the best pitcher in the American League, and a supporting cast that’s getting increasing contributions from younger players. After sweeping the lowly Astros, they now play seven straight against the struggling White Sox and Twins. And they recently called up top pitching prospect Taijuan Walker from the minors, a far better fifth starter than Erasmo Ramirez, Brandon Maurer or others Seattle might have considered.Still, the Ms probably shouldn’t settle for the roster they have now. They already opened the vault for Robinson Cano last winter, and they’ve got the ample TV revenue they’ll need to go after other big talents. The cluster luck beast is lurking in the shadows, and the trade deadline is coming up. Might as well try to fight back. read more

NCAA vote may allow studentathletes in ads

Active Ohio State student-athletes have never been allowed to appear in corporate advertisements. That will change for the Buckeyes and all Division I student-athletes if the NCAA Division I Athletic Council passes proposed legislation, which would allow game clips of current players to appear in advertisements. The council is expected to vote today at the NCAA convention in San Antonio. The relationship between the corporation and the university would have to be clearly stated. For example, Nike Inc., which outfits OSU’s athletic teams, could use highlights from this football season in its ads as long as it included something like “a proud corporate sponsor of Ohio State athletics,” said Michael Rogers, NCAA Amateurism Cabinet chairman. The cabinet is in charge of drafting the proposed legislation to alter current standards of amateurism, but it is not the only council involved. “This is a highly collaborative process,” Rogers said. “You try to get all of the stakeholders involved.” In doing so, he said, the cabinet reviewed proposed legislation from previous years along with feedback from university presidents and input from student-athlete advisory committees. “I know the issue but I’m just going to have to think about that,” OSU President E. Gordon Gee said in an interview with The Lantern. “I’m not a corporate guy. I’m an old- school guy. I don’t believe in playoffs or anything. Anything that is a slippery slope toward professionalization I have to be very careful about.” Despite the reduced restriction on the use of student-athletes’ images, many limitations will remain. “Direct endorsement is clearly prohibited, (and) then there are some other limits and … consents that have to be obtained,” Rogers said. “The last thing we are trying to do is exploit student-athletes.” Others argue that the new legislation will do just that. Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany firmly opposes the legislation and told The Chronicle of Higher Education it was “the essence of exploitation.” Rogers said he understands his committee’s decision will be controversial. With “something like this you are never going to come up with a piece of legislation that everyone thinks is perfect,” he said. “What you try to do is strike the right balance.” If the athletic council feels that balance has been struck and passes the legislation, it will move on to the Division I Board of Directors for final approval. The committee can also choose to defeat the rule change or send it back to NCAA members for further review. If that is the case, Rogers said he expects his committee to be responsive. “I’ll be interested to see what they say and respond accordingly,” he said. “If we need to retool it or tamper it in some fashion, we can certainly do that.” The OSU compliance office did not respond to multiple requests for comment on its stance on the legislation. read more