Amateurism is dead, revealed so in the trial against the NCAA now in progress in Oakland, Calif., U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken presiding. Before her skeptical eyes, amateurism has been laid out naked on a courtroom slab for a jury of all fans to see that it has no beating heart.
Amateurism, Judge Wilken has been told in the case, commonly known as the O'Bannon trial, nobly protects college athletes from being exploited by evil outsiders â€” so the NCAA knighthood was created in order that colleges could tie up athletes all by themselves.
Steve Scher talks with Andy Challenger, vice president of the outplacement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas, about the firm's report that the college basketball tournament costs billions of dollars in worker productivity.
The city of Seattle has no basketball team yet, but the fight over a proposed arena continues.
The state Court of Appeals upheld a decision to dismiss a lawsuit by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union over the proposed site for a new basketball arena in SODO.
The longshoremen argued that an environmental review should have happened before the city made an agreement with arena investor Chris Hansen.
The appeals court ruled that the Memorandum of Understanding between the city of Seattle, King County and Hansen did not constitute final approval for the project.Â In essence, the court wrote that there was no action as of yet to challenge. Â
Mountaineer Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner is the first woman to summit all 14 of the worldâ€™s 8,000-plus meter peaks without supplemental oxygen. This accomplishment came with a price. Her 2010 attempt to summit K2 â€” her last peak â€” ended when her good friend and partner slipped and fell to his death. A year later, she tried again and was rewarded with a view like sheâ€™d never imagined. She said, â€œI had the feeling that I was one with the universe." Weâ€™ll talk with National Geographic's 2012 explorer of the year.
At least, the best pieces of memorabilia weâ€™ve ever seen. Because the Museum of History and Industry let KUOWâ€™s Deborah Wang peek at the stash that came into their hands as part of a settlement between the city of Seattle and Clay Bennett.