With the World Cup 3 years away in Russia and The Women’ World Cup a few days away in Canada all of the attention is on FIFA President Sepp Blatter. Today in Zürich, Switzerland he was reelected to his fifth term as President, and despite several members being arrested for corruption FIFA is making billions in revenue. However, the revenue has not come without problems wide-spread corruption, Qatar stadium workers being killed in accident building stadiums getting ready for the 2018 World Cup, and Blatter not doing anything to clean up the problem from the past. I have been talking about corruption of sports governing bodies. FIFA has to undertake a massive overhaul to clean up the corruption from the past, but as long as Sepp Blatter is in charge things will not change any time soon.
The NBA Finals are still for next Thursday between the Golden State Warriors vs the Cleveland Cavaliers. Lebron James, whose homecoming to Cleveland garnered a lot of attention and raised expectations. Trades to get Kevin Love, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert bolstered the roster. Despite James early season struggles with new teammates, working with Head Coach David Blatt, and season ending injuries to Anderson Varejao and Love they have overcome everything to play in the NBA Finals. The Golden State Warriors have been a team on the rise led by MVP Stephen Curry and the biggest adjustment was going from Mark Jackson to new Head Coach Steve Kerr. The other half of the Splash Brothers is Klay Thompson, but he dealing with a concussion from game 5 of the Western Conference Finals versus the Houston Rockets. Thompson’s status is a question mark going into game one. I see this series going seven games and the drought for Cleveland sports teams will end with Cavaliers winning it.
Las Vegas wants an NBA or an NHL team, Seattle wants an NBA and an NHL team and Los Angeles wants an NFL and maybe host a Super Bowl in 2020. These cities have wanted a pro sports team for a long time and new arenas/stadiums are either being build or in the planning process. It would bring excitement to their fans and new jobs to those cities. For someone like me trying to breaking into broadcasting it would me opportunities on radio, TV, or digital media. When will these cities get teams well only time will tell, but nothing would surprised me if one or all three cities would get these teams.
At the NFL Spring Owner meetings in San Francisco, Patriots owner Robert Kraft announced he is not pursuing any legal action against the league. He feels that any legal action would hurt the league, and that one team would supersede the needs of the rest of the league. The NFLPA will still appeal the Tom Brady’s four game suspension and they don’t want Commissioner Roger Goodell to hear the appeal. I would not be surprised if the suspension is reduced to 2 games, but the $ 1 million dollar fine and the lost of a 1st pick in the 2016 draft, plus a 4th round pick in 2017 draft would still stand.
The NFL made its decision about the Wells Report and the New England Patriots got hit hard with the punishment. Tom Brady got suspended for four games, Patriots got fined a $1 million dollars, and they lost their first round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft and a fourth round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Brady will appeal the suspended and his agent Don Yee complained about Ted Wells being unbiased during the investigation. Wells fired back that he fair during the whole investigation and questioned why Brady would not turn over text messages and information from his phone. Patriots owner Robert Kraft was upset with the league at a pre Super Bowl press conference. Now he is standing up for Brady, and his friendship with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is irreconcilable broken. As far as the punishment it should have been 8 games and the Patriots would have to work with a lower salary cap. This was a fair decision by the NFL and it will be a while before the appeal will be heard.
New England quarterback Tom Brady made his first public appearance since the Wells Report was released and it said that Brady knew about the Patriots deflating footballs during the AFC Championship game vs the Indianapolis Colts. The report mentioned Patriots locker room attendant Jim McNally and equipment assistant John Jastermski deflated the game balls to give them a competitive advantage, but after the game they denied in involvement in the matter. Brady didn’t answer any questions at an event at Salem State University and to me it speaks volumes. It means he is talking to lawyers and mentioned that he will talk about this at a late date. He has a sympathetic audience, and Jim Gray who was the host for the event asked questions, but Brady didn’t answer it. The NFL has not announced its punishment for the Patriots or Brady. Here is my punishment for Brady and the Patriots if I was NFL Commissioner.
1. Tom Brady gets suspended for 8 games for misleading the league’s investigation into the matter.
2. The Patriots gets fined $500,000 for not cooperating with the league and docked 1st and 2nd draft pick for 2016 and 2017.
3. Head Coach Bill Belichick who was exonerated by the report should be fined $250,000 for not reporting this to the league.
No matter what happens this will taint the Patriots achievements of winning four Super Bowls.
Floyd Mayweather victory over Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night proved he is the pound-for pound champion in boxing and an all-time great. The fight was deemed lackluster by fans and experts, but the fight took a backseat to something that happened before bell-time. Mayweather’s past problems with domestic violence has been well chronicled and discussed before the fight. Rachel Nichols of CNN and Michelle Beadle Of ESPN/HBO have been critical of his past transgressions had their press credentials take away several hours before the fight,. His public relation staff denied that and the credentials were returned but both ladies were not at the fight. This incident proved how small of man Mayweather is and how he will not answered the questions about his past. I am hoping other members of the press will call him out for his behavior and not give him preferential treatment.
The Steelers were able to filled their needs in the 2015 NFL Draft. In the first round they drafted LB Bud Dupree from Kentucky and got themselves an end pass rusher. In round two, they got CB Senquez Golson from Mississippi to sure up the secondary. In round three, they got WR Sammie Coates from Auburn to add depth to receiver core. In round four, they got CB Doran Grant from Ohio State to add more depth to the secondary. in round five, they drafted TE Jesse James from Penn State the heir apparent to Heath Miller. They had two draft picks in the sixth round, DT Leterrius Walton from Central Michigan to add depth in the defensive line. The second pick in the round was DE Anthony Chickillo from Miami of FLA to add more depth and play in the sub package. In the seventh round, they drafted FS Gerod Holliman of Louisville to get help for the safety position. Overall the draft was a success and the true measure won’t be measured until the start of training camp.