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Lockout For the NBA

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

The latest sports results for the NBA these days just reads “lockout.” After failing to reach an agreement, lockout will officially begin when the CBA expires at midnight. This will be the first lockout since the 1998-99 season. In that lockout the season was reduced to fifty games, and was the only time that a season has been shortened because of a lockout. For those who have been keeping up with sports 24 7 this year’s lockout isn’t entirely unexpected as it seemed there was very little that either side was willing to compromise on. What does this mean for 24 hour sports fans? Well, there won’t be a summer league, there are no preseason games in Europe and what players will do about the Olympic qualifying tournaments is yet to be decided. Without the NBA, players would be on their own in terms of insurance, making injury a much greater risk.

So far, players and owners are committed to continuing negotiation rather than taking it to the courts as the NFL has done. Where it goes from here nobody knows. Owners who invest and lose money don’t just want to stop the losses, they want to make money, and NBA players aren’t interested in accepting any more salary caps than already exist. And of course, there are a lot more people making their living from the NBA then just the players, too. While speculation is already rising about which teams could benefit from a shorter season and which might be hurt by it, the real issue at hand is whether there is enough common ground between owners and players to get through to an agreement so that there can be a season. Of course, a lot more is lost if they don’t play at all….

MLB’s Latest Sports Headlines

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Derek Jeter may see his 3,000th hit in New York after all. Jeter, who has been out with a strained right calf began a running program on Monday. After practice where he was seen batting, doing agility drills and light sprints, Jeter told the Associated Press that “everything’s good.” Now that Jeter is back to running, he could be going into a minor league rehab assignment as early as later this week. The Yankees will likely stick to tradition and work Jeter back into the line-up slowly and carefully. If Jeter were to return on July 4th, it is entirely possible for him to become the first Yankee to hit 3,000 as he only has six hits yet to go.

On the opposite coast, McCourt has made a power play to keep control of the Los Angeles Dodgers by filing bankruptcy. The way it works is this – because McCourt was going to be unable to meet payroll and that is reason for MLB to step in, he instead took it to the courts. For those drawing a blank, McCourt and his wife are divorcing and the Dodgers are caught up in the crossfire. By filing bankruptcy, McCourt hopes to convince the judge that he should remain behind the reins, likely by demonstrating that he has interim finances that would allow him to successfully run the team while the issues are sorted out. After turning down a multi-billion dollar TV contract, there is talk that it is actually exactly such a contract that will be needed to keep the team solvent. Meanwhile, plenty of sports 24 7 fans are hoping that the court rules against McCourt. A new owner for the Dodgers could mean many things for 247 sports fans, so stay tuned.

2011′s NBA Draft

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Despite predictions that the NBA draft would be a bit duller than usual given the lack of stand-out talent to create a big buzz, it seems that most fans were more than entertained and interested, in part due to a large number of deals that went through. The NBA may be a week away from a work stoppage but that didn’t stop speculation about the year’s upcoming teams. Items of note:

Kyrie Irving, a graduate of Duke University was the No. 1 pick only moments after the draft started. After an injury that kept him seated for most of the season (Irving played only 11 games this past year), the freshman guard was thrilled to be chosen first and expressed a great deal of excitement about getting to Cleveland and embracing the team and fans there. Irving is the first AAC pick since 1999 (Duke’s Elton Brand) and the ninth overall.

There were an unusually large number of international players drafted this year, including a record four who did not play at a U.S. college or university. There were six international players drafted overall, including Lithuania’s Jonas Valanciunus who went fifth and Czech Republic’s Jan Vesely who went sixth. The Congo’s Bismack Biyombo went seventh as part of a three-way deal between Charlotte, Milwaukee, and Sacramento.

As a result of the three-way deal, it was a long wait – about two and a half hours – for Jimmer Fredette to learn that he would be heading to Sacramento to play for the Kings.

The Minnesota Timerberwolves took Derrick Williams as the #2 pick and announced that fans would see him in a Timerwolve’s uniform next year- no trades are happening there!

Police Re-Evaluate Rioters

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

When the Vancouver Canucks lost 4-0 to the Boston Bruins, the Stanley Cup loss was followed by rioting in the streets. The crowd of about 100,000 turned over cars, burned buildings, smashed windows, looted stores and generally vandalized the city. Police originally believed (and the latest sports headlines asserted) that a small group of individuals consisting mainly of anarchists, thugs and criminals – were at the heart of the rioting. This assumption was based on the information they had at the time, said Police Chief Jim Chu, who now believes that rather than a small group with malicious intent, the rioting was more spontaneous and involved a wider variety of people, including young people with no previous criminal records. Seventeen year old Nathan Kotylak said of his participation, “After the game, some people in the crowd started to get out of control, and at that moment I made some very bad decisions, ones that I now have to live up to.”

So far, Sports 247 fans, the numbers are stacking up like this: 150 people were injured during the riots and around 100 people were arrested. Over a dozen more people have since come forward and turned themselves in to police for their actions during the riots. Police are now reviewing pictures, video and hearing witness testimony. All who participated in the riots are urged to get a lawyer and turn themselves in. Apparently, to do otherwise is to risk public embarrassment, as the Vancouver police department will be following up on arrests via the Integrated Riot Investigation Team. Those who turn themselves in can do so discretely and at the time of their choosing. “If you wait until we find you- and we will find you- we will arrest you in a public manner suitable to the public crimes you have committed” said Police Chief Chu.

A Moment of Celebration

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Even though the Super Bowl took place months ago, it was last night, Thursday June 16th, that players finally got to celebrate and don their rings…or should that be bling?  The labor situation remains unresolved, and players and owners are not supposed to have contact with one another but all that was put away for the evening.  The NFL granted special permission to the Packers to host their event, which was a private ceremony at Lambeau Field.  Mike McCarthy, Packers coach commented, “Everybody’s been separated too long.  It’s great to see everybody on a personal level.”

The ring itself certainly qualifies as bling, as it’s platinum and all but covered in diamonds – thirteen to represent each of the team’s championships and four for each of their Super Bowl wins.  With rings on their fingers and a feeling of celebration in the air, players tweeted out to the world their celebration of the game, and for a moment, all anxiety faded to the background.  While the latest sports results may soon fill back up with litigation, breaks like this are important and help everyone to see clearly, if even just for a moment.

24 hour sports fans may also have noticed a few other bits of NFL news lately, including a three-day team workout held by the Chiefs, further details on Osi Umenyiora’s contract woes (he claims an agreed-upon renegotiation never occurred) and the fact that a few NFL players’ images (which while in their jersey are under copyright) are being used for the Exxxotica Expo 2011, apparently without some of the players’ consent…not that it would be kosher had they given it in the first place!

Done is Done

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Now that everything is wrapped up, at least when it comes to the latest sports results for the NBA finals, we can look back and say definitively that this year, 2011, the Mavericks were the superior team.  While the Heat had the talk going, the super-star duo and a lot riding on their game, at the end of the day, that just isn’t enough.  Dirk is getting the credit he is due, and to be fair, he’s also sharing it heartily with his team.  His emotional response will not be forgotten by fans for a long time coming.
So, to recap:
Game One:  Heat 92 / Mavericks 84
Game Two:  Mavericks 95 / Heat 93
Game Three:  Heat 88 / Mavericks 86
Game Four:  Mavericks 86 / Heat 83
Game Five: Mavericks 112 / Heat 103
Game Six:  Mavericks 1-5 / Heat 95
What’s next for those keeping up with sports 24 7?  Well, more “secret” NFL talks are taking place, so this might land a deal worth talking about.  More likely then that, however is that it’s soon to be summer.  It’s time for baseball.  It’s time for looking at up and coming prospects, speculating on issues such as whether Dereck Jeter will let himself land on the DL or if he’ll push forward to get that 3000th hit in Yankee Stadium.  Stay tuned!

Game Five Results

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Slightly more than 70% of teams who leave a 2:2 tie in the lead go on to win the finals.  If the numbers run as expected, the Dallas Mavericks have a better-than-good shot at winning the finals this year.  Dirk Nowitzki was in top form for game five, no fever this time, and it showed.  Scoring 29 of the 112 points to win, Dirk was certainly a key player, and one who has gotten a great deal less attention than Miami’s superplayer duo.  That’s alright with Dirk, though.  The tall German is all about results, and he’s getting them.
The Heat and the Mavs head to Miami now, and while the hometurf advantage can help, it’s unlikely that the Heat is suddenly going to develop a strong resistance to the driving power of the Mavs.  LeBron James, who stated that game five was the most important game in his career to date, did not bring it as strongly as was needed.  Dwayne Wade, who scored a team high of 23 points is clearly hurting.  At one point during the game, Wade was seen down on his back on the court with a towel over his face due to pain in his hip. With LeBron under-performing, the Heat needs Wade more than ever.   His game face is good, and reports are that it is only bruising causing Wade’s hip pain.

Is Miami blowing their chance or are the Mavericks running the show?  If the Heat doesn’t win game six, it’s all over, and the Mavericks will have a lot to celebrate.

NFL: Tensions are Mounting…

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

With Miami up 2-1 against Dallas, tensions are mounting.  Lebron James has caught some heat in the past few days since Saturday from folks who are looking at his stats from the fourth quarter and comparing his game to Wade’s.  It may be that life in the latest sports results isn’t as kind once the big name comparisons start happening.  Regardless, if Dallas wins game four, things are going to get interested.

In other 247 sports news, the 76s talks of sale are ongoing, not that most people ever knew they were up for sale in the first place.  The Sixers are currently owned by Comcast-Spectator.  Meanwhile the Golden State Warriors are taking on Mark Jackson as a coach.  Jackson had a 17 year career, holds third place for most assists and played under five Hall of Fame Coaches during his career.  This will be Jackson’s first coaching position.

NFL Lockout Continued…

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Thursday June 2nd was day 79 of the NFL lockout, making it officially the longest lockout in NFL history.   On Wednesday and Thursday, the NFL and NFLPA sat down to talk in Chicago.   The meetings were very much a secret, to the point that there were NFL owners who were not aware they were taking place.  The mediation took place in front of Chief Magistrate Judge Boylan, a federal mediator.  The results may be apparent in Friday’s scheduled hearing in St Louis to take place in front of the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals.

In NBA news, Dirk Nowitzki will be wearing a splint on his finger for game two of the finals having torn a tendon in his middle left finger.  Neither Dirk nor his teammates are showing much concern about the situation.  Dirk has acknowledged that while it might not affect his shooting too much, that handling the ball may be more challenging.  The extend of that challenge will be seen on the court Thursday night.  For now, at least, he’s in 100%