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Who Cares About a Player When They Are “Gone?”

In 2009, Sports Illustrated arrived at the statistic that 78 percent of all professional football players declare bankruptcy within a 24 month period. The statistic has been proven to be false. In April 2015, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) re-worked the numbers and found that it was more like 1.9 percent of players go bankrupt after two years, and after 12 years, it is closer to 16 percent. This news is not cause for cheering and celebration. Jordan Weissmann, writing for Slate.com (April 13, 2015) pointed out a […]

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Sports Ethics: NASCAR penalizes Ryan Newman’s team for illegal tires

Ryan Newman

This blog does not so much deal with Motor Sports as it does with athletes in any sport, who will make choices that are so bad, they may almost never recover from the consequences for an entire season or many seasons. The issue here is to explore is the “why?” of it all. In this case, we need to talk about tires. Randy Sartin, writing for USA Today on April 1, 2015 (this is not an April Fools joke): “NASCAR issued one of the largest penalties in its history Tuesday […]

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NASCAR Did The Right Thing. Period.

Kurt Busch

You don’t hit women. You don’t choke women. You don’t slam their heads into a wall. It is called domestic violence. Kurt Busch committed domestic violence against ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll in his motorhome on September 26, 2014. It was not alleged; it happened. According to an ESPN report by Bob Pockrass for ESPN (February 21, 2015): NASCAR suspended Busch after a Kent County (Del.) Family Court commissioner issued findings and opinions Friday for a protective order he granted Monday to Busch’s ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll. In the opinion, Commissioner David Jones […]

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