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December 2011

Dopes about doping #2

The NBA lockout gave me a chance to write about non-NBA topics that I feel strongly about. The other day I wrote the overview for my series on doping; today’s post is the second in the series and covers the common arguments in favour of a ban on PEDs. Next time …

Explaining How the NBA Owners Won Again

After the NBA players and owners reached their agreement, I was asked the following question by a couple of different people in the media:  Why did the NBA players’ union not do as well as the players’ union in baseball? My answer appeared today at Freakonomics.  In Why the NBA …

Dopes about doping #1

A while ago I wrote a brief summary of Taylor Branch’s excellent article on the “NCAA cartel”, which outlines the a majority of the problems of the NCAA. Today I get to tackle another controversial subject that is often poorly understood: doping. A broken record 1988 Men’s 100m Final At …

Qualifying offer shenanigans in the new CBA

  According to an official memo, as reported by SI.com and found via Rob Mahoney, the new CBA will use either NBA starts or minutes played to determine the rookie qualifying offer given to certain players: Any first round draftee who hits one of two benchmarks — either 41 games started [edit: …