Friday, August 29, 2014

For Club or Country?

Every four years, basketball fans from all over turn their televisions on to watch some of the best players in the world compete in the Olympics and the FIBA World Cup.  These players are all seen playing in the NBA and leagues in their own nations across the world, but are now taking off their club uniform and replacing it with their country.  While fans do see some of the world's best athletes, they do not always see the most prominent players.  LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony are both not participating in the FIBA World Cup, but will likely compete in Rio in 2016.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

College athletics are perfect for breaking into sports

Well, it's that time of the year again. The time when students make their way to college campuses across the nation and begin their studies. However, it's also time for fall sports seasons to begin. For students looking to break into the sports industry, they needn't look further than their school's own athletic department to find the foot-in-the-door opportunity they're seeking.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

More Inspiring: Mo'ne Davis or Jackie Robinson West Little League?

This year’s Little League World Series is probably going to be the more memorable ones. There were so many great stories throughout the tournament. From two teams from inner cities Chicago and our very own Philadelphia who both made good runs. Then there’s the cover girl of the entire tournament Mo’ne Davis. It is incredible to see a girl who can throw 70 miles an hour. Mo’ne Davis’s life has just changed a whole lot with all the publicity she received. Had it not for her success, by tossing a complete game shutout in the first round, would we even be talking about her? Probably not. Now everyone in the world knows she wants to play basketball at UConn from her interviews and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see her there in about five years. She just seems like a person with a good head on her shoulders and not to mention she is athletic. It looks like she has a bright future ahead so hopefully all this fame doesn’t get her off her track. You see in her interviews that she’s a team player and mentioned how her teammates get overlooked because of her. She answers all the questions the right way and it was great to see her success during this Little League World Series.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Sport for Thought: Joe Torre's Managerial Greatness

On Saturday, August 23, 2014, The New York Yankees retired yet another number into their prestigious monument park in center field. What made this different from all of the other retired numbers, #6 belonged to the beloved long-time Yankee coach, Joe Torre. He is now placed in the same category as some of the greatest baseball players to ever put on a baseball uniform, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Joe DiMaggio (as well as 14 others).

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Well Worth the Investment: Roberto Hernandez

Newly Acquired SP/RP Roberto Hernandez

On December 18, 2013 it was reported that the Phillies were indeed inking Roberto Hernandez to a 1 year deal with a base salary of $4.5 million.  Included in the deal, are several incentives of varying amounts based off the amount of innings pitched by Roberto in 2014.  Hernandez was coming off a rather poor 2013 with the Tampa Bay Rays, turning in a 4.89 ERA at seasons end.  What he did provide the Rays with was innings every 5th day in the rotation.  This kind of pitcher was sorely missed on the 2013 Phillies' squad.  Going along with Bert's ability to eat up innings all year, he has a very healthy career 57.1% ground-ball rate, a stat that plays well within the confines of hitter friendly CBP.  I'd say the Phillies' front office realized that information, along with the fact the NL and more specifically the NL East is a much easier league & division to pitch in, and decided that Hernandez was their man for the 5th spot in the 2014 rotation.  

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

After PGA Championship, McIlroy and Fowler are 2014 Winners

NY Daily News
It was at the beginning of the 2013 PGA Tour schedule when Rory McIlroy signed his massive $200 million long-term deal with Nike. By the end of the year, McIlroy had gone winless and there were rumblings that the deal was a bust. 

Some cited the new club manufacturer as a source of the struggles; some cited his then-relationship with Caroline Wozniacki. A little patience was all that was needed, though. Because in 2014, McIlroy is asserting himself as the top golfer in the world. And he looks to have gained the killer instinct it takes to win majors.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Ray Rice: A Slap on the Wrist

Knock out a women = two game suspension. Smoke marijuana = four game suspension. Makes perfect sense right? No. Was the NFL too soft on Ray Rice who knocked out his wife in an elevator? There was even video footage on Ray Rice dragging his wife out the elevator. I'm sure I'm not the only one who thought Ray Rice got a slap on the wrist with this two game suspension. I guess domestic violence is less punishable than smoking marijuana according to Roger Goodell, the commissioner of the NFL.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Friday, August 8, 2014

Full 90: International Champions Cup is Champion

After a widely popular Guinness International Champions Cup, Relevent Sports plans to expand the North American tournament to Asia next year. The North American tournament will maintain the same format of eight teams, while the Asian tournament will feature four or six teams. While he International Champions Cup is essentially a friendly campaign, hosting dual international tournaments will be a profound step if it permits MLS teams to face-off and gain global exposure alongside the mega-clubs of Europe and the rest of the world.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Co-op Confidential: Kevin Rossi, Athletics Communcation Assistant/Web Productions Intern

Name: Kevin Rossi
Year: Senior
Co-op Employer: Drexel Athletics/Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Job Title: Athletic Communications Assistant/Web Production Intern

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Co-op Confidential: Greg Monforte, Development Intern

Name: Greg Monforte
Year: Senior
Co-op Employer: Richard Stockton College
Location: Galloway, NJ
Job Title: Development Intern

Paul George's Injury: Another Sticking Point for Keeping Players Home?

Over the weekend, news broke from team USA basketball camp that Paul George had severely broken his leg during a USA intrasquad game.  George was coming back to defend against a James Harden break away, making a leaping attempt to block Harden's drive to the hoop.  Unfortunately for Paul, his leaping ability might have cost him this one.  As he landed his foot caught enough of the bottom of the hoop stanchion that the force from the land bent his leg at the high ankle area.  The unpleasant result was a compound fracture of George's tibia and fibula.   Just like that, the budding superstar's 2014-2015 NBA season was over before it started.

Monday, August 4, 2014

MLB Trade Deadline Winners and Losers

In recent years, the trade deadline has not fallen short on the excitement factor, seeing big names like Manny Ramirez, Jason Bay, C.C. Sabathia, Cliff Lee, and this year, Jon Lester, David Price, and Yoenis Cespedes. Teams with star players who are out of the playoff race have long traded there star players for prospects for the future, but this year was somewhat different. 25-Man Roster talent was being moved left and right, which led to one of the most active trade markets to date, and also produced some trade deadline winners and losers, here are a few:

Friday, August 1, 2014

Co-op Confidential: Kevin Murray, Student Alumni Liaison

Name: Kevin Murray
Year: Junior
Co-op Employer: Drexel University Office of Institutional Advancement
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Job Title: Student Alumni Liaison - Alumni Discovery Initiative

Basketball Jersey Sponsors

With millions upon millions of dollars being thrown at teams for sponsorship deals each year, their company names end up on billboards, signs, and videos at stadiums and arenas; hell, stadiums are named after sponsors!  However, the one item in basketball that has yet to be touched is the uniform.  The uniform seems to be the sacred item that will never be touched by an outside sponsor.  The pinstripes of a New York Yankee home uniform, the Bay Bridge logo on the front of the Golden State Warriors' jersey, and the number written loudly and proudly on a football jersey.  It just does not seem appropriate to add 'Toyota' or 'TD Bank' to the front of the jersey.  Yet, that could be a source of more income to an organization.