The big news in sports and social sectors this week centered around the University of Missouri campus in Columbia, Missouri. The school’s football team, led by its African American players and supported by their coach, took the extraordinary step of threatening to boycott all football activities — including this Saturday’s game versus BYU — until the school’s embattled president resigned, amid reports of a culture of overt racism permeating the campus.
The president, Tim Wolfe, was forced to act quickly, resigning two days later. And the Missouri football team showed the world just how powerful a money-making collegiate sports team can be when they use their leverage to effect change.
On the latest episode of Bill Rhoden On Sports, we discuss how and why this occurred, as well as what it means for the future.
“The symbol of this is, here you had black people of significance lending their voices to voiceless people,” Bill opines.
A big part of this story, of course, is the public’s reaction to this type of athlete activism, which makes many onlookers uncomfortable.
“Things only happen when you protest and when you push,” Bill continues. “It’s not comfortable to talk about. Trust me, I know, it’s not comfortable to even write about.”
The other big news this week was New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s ruling that games on daily fantasy sites DraftKings and FanDuel constitute illegal gambling, thus banning the companies from doing business in New York.
Bill, producer Pat Antonetti and I discuss the merits of the ruling from a legal and fan standpoint. Are daily fantasy games based on luck or skill? Does the potential for insider information make the platform inherently unfair? Is this the end of the short-lived daily fantasy phenomenon, or is regulation and tax the end game?
We discuss these issues and more on the latest episode of Bill Rhoden On Sports.
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