A person familiar with the plan tells The Associated Press that Major League Baseball will tweak its postseason tradition and add a seventh umpire to rotate between the replay booth and field for the World Series and league championship series.
BREAKING: The Cardinals have clinched the #NLCentral due to the Pirates 4-1 loss to the Reds. #PITvsCIN #STLCards #PostCards #Postseason #12in14
#Mizzou win a big shocker 21-20 over the Gamecocks. Big stop on 4th down. #MIZZvsSC #collegefootball #NCAAF
The International Olympics Committee (IOC) has announced that moving forward, prospective host cities will have to a agree to a new anti-discrimination clause as part of their contract to host the games. The new clause references Principle 6 of the Olympic Charter, which rejects “any form of discrimination… on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender, or otherwise.” The IOC has previously clarified that “otherwise” includes sexual orientation.
IOC Sports Director Christopher Dubi stated in a letter that the new requirements “are the result of the experience gained by the IOC in previous editions of the Olympic Games.” The IOC will now take into consideration “potential concerns for candidate cities and future host cities” and “certain comments made by the candidate cities.”
The change follows significant controversy over Sochi, Russia hosting the games this year, given that Russia has passed numerous anti-LGBT laws, including a ban on “gay propaganda.” In fact, activists were concerned about the safety of LGBT athletes as far back as early 2012, when a Russian judge upheld a decision not to allow a “Pride House” in the Olympic Village. The Olympic Committee assured athletes that they would be safe, but simultaneously helped Russian officials defend their anti-gay laws.
Russia eventually agreed to an Olympic Truce that included language promoting “social inclusion without discrimination of any kind,” but without any specific references to LGBT people. The IOC claimed to be “fully satisfied” by Russia’s assurances not to enforce its anti-gay policies during the games — which it didn’t — but President Vladimir Putin also banned all “gatherings, rallies, demonstrations, marches, and pickets” for a period of more than two months around when the Olympics were taking place.
Groups like All Out and Athlete Ally have engaged in a “Principle 6″ Campaign, raising awareness about LGBT athletes and encouraging the IOC to take more proactive approaches to being LGBT-inclusive. In August of 2013, they delivered over 300,000 petition signatures to the IOC, urging the organization to condemn Russia’s anti-gay laws.
Despite the lack of significant incident during the Sochi games, Russia’s laws remain unchanged. Just this week, the country’s Constitutional Court ruled that the law banning “gay propaganda” is not unconstitutional because its only aim is to protect minors from the promotion of non-traditional sexual relationships.
Upcoming Olympics are taking place in Brazil (2016), South Korea (2018), and Japan (2020). Though LGBT people do not enjoy full legal equality in these countries, none has laws that specifically target LGBT people for persecution.
This weekend is the final weekend of the Cubs being on WGN America.
Bill Simmons practically begged ESPN to suspend him, and the oafish and epically tight-assed media behemoth did just that Wednesday night, giving him three weeks for coming to the same conclusion about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell that just about everyone in the thinking public has.
"Goodell, if he didn’t know what was on that tape, he’s a liar," Simmons said Monday. "I’m just saying it. He is lying. I think that dude is lying. If you put him up on a lie detector test that guy would fail. For all these people to pretend they didn’t know is such fucking bullshit. It really is — it’s such fucking bullshit. And for him to go in that press conference and pretend otherwise, I was so insulted. I really was."
He went on to challenge ESPN:
"I really hope somebody calls me or emails me and says I’m in trouble for anything I say about Roger Goodell," he said. "Because if one person says that to me, I’m going public. You leave me alone. The commissioner’s a liar and I get to talk about that on my podcast."
ESPN previously handed Simmons a two-weeks Twitter suspension for criticizing an ESPN radio partner and a three-day Twitter suspension for criticizing First Take. This is the first time Simmons has been suspended for something he said on his podcast, though he has had previous battles with ESPN over how his podcast is edited.
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ESPN’s full statement is below:
"Every employee must be accountable to ESPN and those engaged in our editorial operations must also operate within ESPN’s journalistic standards. We have worked hard to ensure that our recent NFL coverage has met that criteria. Bill Simmons did not meet those obligations in a recent podcast, and as a result we have suspended him for three weeks."
Simmons did not respond to a request for comment.
Me booing the Rams blowing a 21-0 lead and losing 34-31 to Dallas. #DALvsSTL #STLRams #NFL
Football fans watching the Eagles-Washington NFL Team game on Fox Sunday were in for a bit of a surprise, as the South Park season 18 preview aired during the fourth quarter. In the commercial, Cartman takes advantage of the team losing the trademark protection on the “Washington Redskins” name, and names his company after the team. DC NFL Team owner Dan Snyder shows up with Robert Griffin III and demands that Cartman change the name, claiming that its offensive.
Former Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas tragically passed away Saturday night in a single-car crash in Nashville, Tenn. He was 36 years old.
According to a Nashville Metro media release, Bironas lost control of the SUV he was operating and went off the road into several trees before turning upside down around 11 p.m. CT on Saturday. He was transported by an ambulance to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. There was no evidence of drugs or alcohol.
Bironas was married to Rachel Bradshaw, the daughter of former Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw. The two wed in June.
Bironas holds the NFL single-game record for field goals after booting eight in a 2007 win over the Houston Texans. Bironas also holds the Titans' franchise-record of 11 game-winning kicks during his career, including a 60-yard game winner against the Colts in 2006. That kick remains the longest field goal in Titans or Houston Oilers history. He was released by the Titans after nine seasons with the club in March but recently tried out for several teams.
The Titans later released the following statement Sunday morning: “We are deeply saddened to hear the tragic news from last night about Rob Bironas. Rob made a significant impact as a player in his nine years with the team and more importantly touched many lives in the Nashville community off the field. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Rachel, and his family during this very difficult time.”
"As long as there is no justice, there’s no time for games."
There has been no peace in Ferguson, Missouri, since the shooting death of the unarmed Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson. Now community members are saying that as long as the justice is both delayed and denied, it is obscene for the games to go on in St. Louis as usual. A call has gone out by Ferguson community organizers to protest outside this Sunday’s game between the St. Louis Rams and the Dallas Cowboys at the Edward Jones Dome. They are also trying to get tickets donated to them so they can make their way inside the stadium to let their voices be heard.
One protestor, Umar Lee, taped the call to action on YouTube, where he says, “This is about a message. There is no business as usual. There is no drinking and being merry while there is no justice for Mike Brown…. All of those St. Louis Rams fans who love justice, who are with the people, I ask you to contact me and to donate your St. Louis Rams tickets so protestors can get in the dome.”
Using the hashtag #nojusticenofootball, Mr. Lee is also directly contacting Dallas Cowboys players directly, referencing the league’s recent scandals and asking them to join the protest. For example: to Cowboys running back to DeMarco Murray, Lee wrote, “NFL players in the news for bad things. Do something good. Join the #MikeBrown protests in #stl Sunday.”
I spoke to Charles Modiano, who spent weeks demonstrating in Ferguson and is also a freelance sportswriter. He said to me, “I love this idea. We have to keep the protests alive. Darren Wilson has not been arrested. The police chief has not resigned. The militarization continues. As long as there is no justice, there’s no time for games.”
Umar Lee also sent out a tweet thanking the St. Louis Rams fans who have already donated tickets to the protest. The Rams have been atrocious this season, and the Cowboys haven’t been much better. Given the poor quality of play as well as the widely publicized revelations that the NFL is an empty moral chasm of coverup and abuse, the specter of in-stadium demonstrators might actually be the only thing that makes this Sunday’s game worth watching. The chief of St. Louis’s police says that they are aware of these efforts and will be prepared to defend NFL Sunday against the threat of rightful assembly. Let the games begin.
ALERT: Roger Goodell will NOT resign.
BREAKING: Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has been put on the Excused/Commissioner's Permission List, is required to stay away from all team activities
BREAKING: Adrian Peterson on Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list, will “remain away from all team activities” pic.twitter.com/gjE8NnbHgE
— FOX Sports Live (@FOXSportsLive)September 17, 2014
Late night Adrian Peterson news. pic.twitter.com/0W5XCCNh3v
— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano)September 17, 2014
— Justin Gibson (@JGibsonDem)September 17, 2014
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports)September 17, 2014
Good move, Vikings!