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Real Newspaper: Cheerleaders Not Legit Employees - Because Rich Athletes!

Real Newspaper: Cheerleaders Not Legit Employees  - Because Rich Athletes!
The editorial board of the Orange County Register decided to kick off 2016 by going full 1916. How did a paper of record turn the clocks back so? By questioning the motives of professional cheerleaders who are seeking employee (rather than independent contractor) status. The Register suggests that “they receive the fringe benefits of being surrounded by men who earn on average $1.9 million in the NFL and $5 million in the NBA” and should thus shut their damsel traps.
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Beyond Human Capital: Donald Sterling, Race, and Sports Ownership

Beyond Human Capital: Donald Sterling, Race, and Sports Ownership
Within hours after the NBA announced sanctions against Donald Sterling, a list of potential Clippers buyers emerged. Among them were noted People of Color such as Oprah Winfrey, Sean Combs, and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. While it’s too soon to safely assume that Sterling will lose his ownership, it’s not too soon to hope for a systemic change in the ownership culture of major American sports. And the best way to affect that kind of significant shift is to have People of Color not only provide the human capital, but also the financial capital through ownership.
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Kiss and Yell: Right Wing Whines About NFL Draft Pick's Embrace and Their Right To Be Bigots

Kiss and Yell: Right Wing Whines About NFL Draft Pick's Embrace and Their Right To Be Bigots
Michael Sam has become the first openly gay football player to be drafted in the NFL. Sam Seder takes a look at Newt Gingrich whining that we aren't tolerant of the intolerant and Derek Ward's homophobia after ESPN showed Michael Sam kiss his boyfriend.
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Huge Upside: Michael Sam's Draft Day Kiss Seen Around the World

Huge Upside: Michael Sam's Draft Day Kiss Seen Around the World
The handsome football player gets drafted by an NFL team, plants an emotional kiss on his sweetheart and gives sportscasts a feel-good video clip. It's a scene that plays out for dozens of draft picks. But when a sobbing Michael Sam celebrated his selection by the St. Louis Rams by hugging and kissing his partner, another man, it made real and physical that an openly gay athlete had taken an unprecedented step toward an NFL career.
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Lynn Elber
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Fake Native American Chief Shills for NFL's Redskins

Fake Native American Chief Shills for NFL's Redskins
What better spokesperson for those who'd like the Washington Redskins football team to keep their racist name then an actual Native American Chief? The only problem is that this person is not actually a Native American Chief.
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Republicans Moving From Obstruction To Outright Sabotage

Republicans Moving From Obstruction To Outright Sabotage
After years of obstructing any progress from the Obama administration, Republican leaders are taking things a step further in efforts to cloud information surrounding the Affordable Care Act. If a law passes in the woods and no one is around to understand it, does it actually make any difference?
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Low Pay Isn’t the Solution to Economic Problems; It’s the Cause

Unions aren’t a third party entity; they are simply a group of people who have agreed to work together. Instead of bargaining individually, they bargain collectively (that’s why the contract is called a collective bargaining agreement.) When you mock unions, you mock workers – probably workers like you – who have a skill and feel like they should make a fair wage for that skill.
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Hey Broncos Fans: It's Not the Refs, It's the Cheap, Billionaire Owners

It's clearly the bipartisan conclusion of fans that the NFL's replacement referees are not up to the job of judging our most talented athletic events and are causing teams to lose football games with bad call after bad call.
Most, if not all, NFL owners are Billionaires just by virtue of owning a team, let alone how they made the money to buy the team in the first place.
The lockout of referees (this is not strike by refs, though I wouldn't blame them if they did) by NFL owners is their strategy to inhibit refs' pay and pensions. Sound familiar?
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