The NBA and its teams are a brand. The average franchise is now worth a record $1.25 billion, a 13% increase over 2015. The top three teams in value (New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, and Chicago Bulls) are worth a combined $8 billion. The value is tied to the size of the individual market and television deals, the latter a huge piece of the value pie.
Kevin Durant’s move to the Golden State Warriors followed possibly the greatest NBA season ever and was part of one of the more interesting offseasons in recent memory. Broken records, incredible collapses, and sensational wins kept us entertained from beginning to end…
“The New York Yankees don’t rebuild.” That was the motto and stigma around baseball’s most recognizable franchise for as long as many young fans can remember. The biggest budget always … Continue Reading The New York Yankees Are Bucking Their Own Trend
The Indians’ bullpen is beginning to look similar to the Kansas City Royals’ of the past few years: dominant. That will be necessary to get through some of the AL’s more powerful offenses in the playoffs. This is a move that screams, “OCTOBER!”
They were patient and waited for a better deal, and they were rewarded. Instead of giving up any top-tier prospects, the Nationals parted with talented but struggling reliever Felipe Rivero, and 21-year-old leftie starter Taylor Hearns. In return, elite closer Mark Melancon strengthens the bullpen and pushes the struggling Jonathan Papelbon back into a lower-stakes role.
The most important thing to remember from this trade isn’t that the Miami gave up its Top 2 prospect and best potential relief pitcher in exchange for a mid-rotation starter.
It’s that the prize of the deal, 29-year-old starter Andrew Cashner, will have to shave off his trademark beard to fall in line with the Marlins’ somewhat-new no facial hair policy.
It’s no surprise the Cubs emerged out of the crop of teams in contention for the best closer not just on the market — but in all of baseball right now — Aroldis Chapman.
As a longtime Wizards fan, I’ve seen the worst of the worst and glimpses of daylight. The #KD2DC movement is down there with the worst.
It’s really incredible how far Robert Griffin III’s stock has fallen. He was fresh, electric, and innovative at the quarterback position in his rookie year four years ago. There were … Continue Reading Robert Griffin’s Decline is a Spectacle
There is a fine line between the two types of baseball fans: traditionalists and modernists. Both sides have their merits and pitfalls.
Although I am fully a modernist, I can certainly respect the traditionalist point of view; when a professional sport veers too far from its roots […]
The Philadelphia 76ers won their sixth game of the season on January 20. What was once a rare sight, yet another victory — the team is 5-8 since trading two 2nd-round draft picks for point guard Ish Smith– shows the dungeon dwellers are in the process of a plotting an escape […]
Big boards, scouting reports, game film. Copious amounts of preparation and speculation goes into the NBA draft, the highlight of the off season […]
With the MLB playoffs in its penultimate stage, I lay out the best course of action for this franchise moving forward. It’s free-agency damage control for GM Mike Rizzo and his staff during the next few months. What can he do to protect his job […]
After I wrote the first story in this three part set, Max Scherzer proceeded to pitch one of the greatest games ever pitched against the New York Mets on October 3. In nine full innings […]
The Washington Nationals, a franchise that rose from zero-to-hero in a span of just three years, are victims of a historic collapse. Such is the sport we love. […]
Football is back, and with lots of off season changes. Big free agency signings came in waves, and suspensions were thrown around like putty. But the regular season is here. In Part 2 of my NFC East Preview […]