here's one vote for "John Beilein's head in a Futurama jar"
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|2 days 21 hours ago||2 years at least||
I'll be shocked if the NBA still allows one-and-dones by the 2017 draft. Might change as early as next draft.
|4 days 3 hours ago||And if he did, he could keep his residency elsewhere||
Most athletes of his stature have residences in multiple states, and could, if they wanted, have their endorsement deals declared as income in one of the lower tax states. Heck, if LeBron can get a sizable portion of his next deal as a signing bonus, and could actually declare that Florida income, if he wanted to avoid a few hundred thousand in taxes.
|5 days 3 hours ago||Because it occurred before he got here||
Simply that. Do I think it should have been dealt with differently? God yes. But it happened 14 months before he arrived. And if you want to think there weren't University lawyers who had a say in what happened there, go right on ahead believing that, but the only thing Hoke miffed on was making excuses for him last December, and that's covered in the PR section. Gibbons should have been kicked out of school a year before Hoke got here. He wasn't, and that's not on Hoke.
|5 days 7 hours ago||Extra Category -Treatment of Players||
Let's not forget that Hoke is in charge of 100 people somewhere between the stage of adolescence and adulthood. They're going to make mistakes, both on and off the field. With the exception of the Gibbons incident (and I'm not certain how much of what occurred fell under Hoke's authority), I really appreciate how he's handled his players as people, much more so than Meyer.
|1 week 3 days ago||Thanks!||
The more you know...
|1 week 3 days ago||Who's Miles Boykin?||
Not trying to be rude, but I've missed knowing about this kid. What position, where's he from, how much of a chance did we think we had, etc? I want to know how to react.
|1 week 5 days ago||They have to||
Should have done a better job on this earlier, but when you're arguing that education is a valuable benefit, it looks beyond bad when school's don't provide that benefit.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I actually debated what to write||
I assume that it's a wolf, so it should be Timberwolf.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||My mistake||
Got my summer leagues wrong. I thought I'd seen the Wolves listed as Orlando.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||He may still||
The D league conducts its own draft in November, after the NBA teams have set their roster. He's playing with Minnesota for a week. The sad fact is that the majority of undrafted rookies on a summer league team don't even get a training camp invite, so its more likely than not he'll never set foot in Minnesota as a Timberwolf.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Housing and a smallish per diem ($100)||
The league is only a week long. What I don't know is how injuries are handled. I assume the NBA has some insurance policy for that.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||For those who don't understand NBA summer league rules||
This does not mean he's signed a contract with the Timberwolves for the upcoming season, or even will join them for training camp. He will play with their summer league team (mostly rookies, second-year guys, and some vets who are trying to get noticed and picked up) for up to 5 games. He's free to sign a contract with any team beginning July 10th, the first official day free agents of any level of experience can sign.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||The league year starts on July 1st||
Technically, contracts can't be signed until July 10th, when the salary cap is set for the season, but they can be negotiated beforehand. Consider the NBA draft as sort of the end of the NBA calendar, whereas the NFL draft is near the beginning of its calendar.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Managing expectations||
J-Mo will not sign anywhere tomorrow. NBA rules dictate he can't even talk to teams about a contract until July 1sf. At most you should hope to hear that he's signed on with some team for summer league.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||The NCAA cartel||
While I do think the NCAA is in a lot of trouble, and I haven't read the NCAA's economist's book, as someone who is very much involved in antitrust work, I will say that it is definitely possible to be a cartel and not violate Sherman. That their economist wrote a book that called them a "cartel", while a nice talking point, doesn't matter all that much, or necessarily create an inconsistent argument.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||You can RS at any time you have eligibility||
As long as you sit out the entire year, it doesn't matter.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||There are worse seats in Fenway||
My first game there I was blocked by a pole. But I was also down the right-field line where seats face(d?) away from most of the action, except for fly balls to the outfield. So I couldn't see and I hurt my neck.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Not sure about the escorts||
That doesn't go over too well in Utah.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Correct||
If he sits out a year, it just counts as his redshirt and he still has three years of eligibility. The NCAA waiver process is only as important as not sitting out a year is to him. This could be very important, even critical, or it could be something he has accepted as worth doing to go to Michigan.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I think it will depend on his waiver||
If he's not eligible until 2015, I bet that scares off Harris and Weber, because now you're going to have real trouble cracking the depth chart as a freshman, and you're going to be competing with someone of similar pedigree who's two years older than you for three years. The staff may also decide he's their 2015 back, since he takes up a scholly, and those are limited.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Lifetime of those roads is much lower||
I mean, it depends on traffic of course (especially big trucks, which do far and away the most damage to roads) how thick you lay the stuff, weather, and what sort of preventive maintenance you do, but HPA (hot-pressed asphalt) will often times give you no more than 10-15 years, especially in northern climates. Concrete is more durable, but not that much in northern climates either due to weather erosion, and is 2x the cost. For the south concrete is great tho, since they don't worry about freeze-thaw erosion, and it doesn't absorb heat as much so it doesn't warp/buckle.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Nuss||
Anyone know if Nuss recruited this kid while he was still at Washington? Also, I saw character issues mentioned... Any actual details, or just rumors?
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Glad he's at least calling the coaches||
If he didn't call, the door is slammed shut. A call is if nothing else the grown up thing to do, and means he'll have a spot til they replace him.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||He'd have been right if he said it||
McDermott hit 36.5 inches to Stauskas' 35.5.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||They have to be careful on that||
Comcast, which controls NBC's entire portfolio, will run into trouble if they play too much hardball with their content. Netflix will need to pay fairly for it, but Comcast has to keep an eye on antitrust regulations, especially if they successfully get Time Warner. The DOJ, FTC, and FCC all have some authority if Netflix feels like launching a complaint.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||ESPN could do that||
My feeling is that ESPN, as part of Disney, cross-subsidizes some of their other stations. So ESPN gets Disney channel on lower tiers (I remember when Disney used to be a premium channel like HBO), which allows Disney to obtain more viewership, and move those viewers into the lucrative movie and merch revenue streams. There's also a political aspect -- since a lot of sports are publicly subsidized, there is a public trust aspect of keeping the major sports leagues on highly accessed TV. That used to be broadcast TV, but now that ESPN has such huge penetration, they can fill that role. If they went premium, they may lose their league contracts for that reason, and also because the leagues want viewers to develop merch and game attendance revenues. Now, if it's a la carte, that prohibition is dropped, because it's not ESPN's problem if people don't sign up, and their competitors for broadcasting rights will be in the same boat.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Some consumers may come out ahead||
But those consumers are already pulling the cord.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||FCC's new rules||
Sorry, I need to correct this because of all the misinformation out there -- there ARE NO NEW RULES! The media completely botched its coverage of this issue. What passed today was called a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. It begins an official period of public discussion lasting no fewer than 120 days, and more likely at least 6 months given the FCC's typical pace. Today's NPRM merely set a very basic and broad outline of what might be considered, but was nothing resembling actual rules. Currently, there are no rules at all since the DC Circuit Court struck down the old rules in January. That's why the NPRM was released.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||I highly doubt it||
If you think you can get a better price from BTN or ESPN than Comcast has to pay those stations, you're kidding yourself. At best you'll get the same price. More likely the price will be higher. Why? Because ESPN is on virtually every cable package in the country at this point, and there's certainly some discount because both Comcast and ESPN know that not every household watches. But if you get a la carte pricing, ESPN will no longer price to account for the people who have no interest in their product, and will instead set its price to maximize revenue for the people who want their product. And that price won't be any lower than what Comcast pays, and will likely be higher.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Kyrie will stick around||
The Cavs can offer him the most money, beginning with an extension this summer. And if he doesn't want the extension, he'll be a restricted free agent, wherein the Cavs will again offer him the most money, but also have the right to match any other team's lesser offer. He'd have to want out of Cleveland so bad that he'd be willing to sign a one-year qualifying offer at about 50% of what he'd otherwise be paid to be able to leave two years from now. Not happening.