basketball

Frank Deford
12:28 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Deford: NCAA Says Amateurism Is Alive And Well, But The Jig Is Up

Wisconsin's Traevon Jackson at practice for the 2014 NCAA men's college basketball tournament. Commentator Frank Deford says that, despite NCAA claims to the contrary, most college players are not typical students — "their job is to play a sport."
Jae C. Hong AP

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 9:48 am

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 — so the NCAA knighthood was created in order that colleges could tie up athletes all by themselves.

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Sports
3:07 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

What Steve Ballmer's Clippers Bid Means For Seattle

Ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
Flickr Photo/David Geller (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle Times reporter Geoff Baker about what ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer's bid to buy the LA Clippers means for Seattle's chances to land an NBA team.

College Basketball
3:26 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

March Madness In The Workplace

Flickr Photo/mvongrue

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.

Sports Arena Fight
6:43 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Seattle Arena Lawsuit Dismissed; Chris Hansen Fined $50,000

Seattle investor Chris Hansen, pictured here in 2012.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

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. In essence, the court wrote that there was no action as of yet to challenge.  

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College Basketball
11:50 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Is It Madness To Root For Gonzaga This March?

Gonzaga coach Mark Few watches practice for a second-round game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in Salt Lake City. Gonzaga is scheduled to play Southern University on Thursday.
AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

Ross Reynolds talks with The Nation's sports editor, Dave Zirin, about how Gonzaga University's basketball team has worked their way into the frenzy that is March Madness.

Mountaineering
9:00 am
Mon March 18, 2013

National Geographic's Explorer Of The Year: Mountaineer Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner

At sunset behind Capitol Peak as seen from the summit of K2.
Flickr Photo/Jack Brauer

Mountaineer Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner is the first woman to summit all 14 of the world’s 8,000-plus meter peaks without supplemental oxygen. This accomplishment came with a price. Her 2010 attempt to summit K2 — her last peak — 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 she’d never imagined. She said, “I had the feeling that I was one with the universe." We’ll talk with National Geographic's 2012 explorer of the year.

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Super Tchotchkes
6:37 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

The Five Best Sonics Souvenirs Ever

Coming in at number five, a photo of a photo of the Wheedle and his buddies.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

At least, the best pieces of memorabilia we’ve ever seen. Because the Museum of History and Industry let KUOW’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.

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