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Tim Bielik OSU and Browns beat writer for the Loraine Morning Journal joins us to talk about both teams.

Samantha Bunten joins us to talk about the Browns.

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The Business of Sports

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A massive signing bonus followed by a professional athletic career isn’t the only way to hit a financial home run in the business of sports in America. Today’s sports landscape is bursting with career and entrepreneurial opportunities ranging from entry level to luxury suite executive.

Entry level job opportunities involved with sports include positions in retail, manufacturing, logistics, stadium and arena maintenance, concessions, civic recreation, and coaching. Competition for these positions is fierce because of the career opportunities available in the sports industry. Upward and lateral career moves can be achieved with industry experience.

Executive level positions in sports range from agents to owners to publicists. The ability to create and publicize your own unique brand has leveled the playing field for ambitious individuals wishing to break into lucrative high level positions. A relentless work ethic and willingness to put in long hours are necessary to achieve executive level success in the business of sports.

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  • Published: Apr 15th, 2012
  • Category: Football
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What it takes to become an NFL Fan

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Are you a fan of the NFL? How do you consider yourself as one? Well, to be a true and proven NFL fan, it goes without saying that you love everything about football—the rules, the regulations, and the intrigue surrounding the league.

What do the letters NFL stand for? NFL is otherwise called the National Football League. This is the biggest among all professional American Football leagues that was formed year 1920. The NFL started with merely 11 members. At present, there are now 32 teams divided into two conferences and four divisions.

Each regular season of the NFL culminates into the championship event that is the Super Bowl. This consists of the division champions from the American Football Conference as well as the National Football Conference. These division champions meet on neutral grounds to garner every NFL fan’s dream, the Super Bowl championship.

The Super Bowl is a big event in the United States, and not just for NFL fans. Some people who do not care that much for the game still watch the Super Bowl for its amazing half-time shows multi-million dollar commercial sponsorships from major US corporations like Coca-Cola and Pepsi Co. A big-name celebrity is also picked to lead the singing of the national anthem.

Compared to baseball and auto racing, NFL football have twice as many fans and spectators for each game. This only proves that NFL Football has become a huge phenomenon, with fans that come from every age group, gender, and economic class. And because NFL Football has grown a huge popularity, the NFL sports memorabilia are becoming lucrative investments for various sporting goods franchises. Most of these items find a ready market, whether jerseys, hats, helmets, keychains, mugs, and many more.

Most NFL fans display their loyalty to their respective teams in a number of ways, like wearing the team colors at every game and sporting body paint. Some choose a more subdued route by rooting from their favourite players from the bleachers and participating in various social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date and weigh in their own opinions. There are also various sports websites and forums where fans and expert sports analysts alike can share their take on the current NFL seasons. In fact, at around this time, NFL team owners and strategists are preparing for one of the most exciting events in the NFL circle: the NCAA collegiate draft. From a pool of promising rookies playing college football, each team will have the chance to recruit new players into their time. For the rookies, it is the start of a professional career in football. For the teams, it is a chance to get fresh blood that can hopefully improve their teams’ performance. For the fans, it is an exciting time as the next football superstars take their places among their new team rosters.

Thanks to live media streaming and international cable channels like ESPN, the NFL is also winning fans outside of the United States. In fact, NFL games are also being aired and viewed by people around the world.

The author is a freelance writer with more than a decade of writing experience under his belt. He writes reviews of debt consolidation and credit monitoring plans. Click here for information on credit monitoring.

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  • Published: Mar 27th, 2012
  • Category: Cycling, Hockey, Other
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Super Summer Sports Perfect For A Sunny Day

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Français : Ludovic Dubau au Roc d'Azur 2008

Français : Ludovic Dubau au Roc d'Azur 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Super Summer Sports Perfect For A Sunny Day

Enjoy the summer sun with some great sports to get the heart rate pumping. Do them in combination with your diet to help the pounds slide away. Here is a list of summer sports to start you off.

With spring and summer comes the chance to brush off those winter cobwebs and get out of doors. The warmer summer months are perfect for enjoying a range of sports, from something simple to the more adventurous, here’s a list of some great activities for enjoying the summer.

1: Tennis. This traditional spring game can be played anytime during the warmer months, outdoor or indoor. Whether you’re a complete novice or a bit of a pro, there’s nothing better than a quick knock around to start off the season and it’ll help you earn those strawberries and cream.

2: Mountain Biking. Get out and about in the fresh air with this exhilarating sport. Suitable for any age or ability you’ll be sure to find the perfect track for you. Whether it’s a gentle peddle through the forests to an adrenaline fuelled whiz through the hills, mountain biking is a great way to get out and about, on your own or with a group.

3: Canoeing. There’s nothing better for cooling down in the summer sun than getting out on the water. Canoeing is fast becoming one of Britain’s most popular watersports and with man-made lakes and water courses popping up all over the country due to the Olympics, there’s sure to be one on your door step.

4: Cricket. If you want to tone it down a bit, why not wile away the days with the most British of games. Nearly every village, town or city has its own cricket ground, so it’s easy to find a club or group to suit any age or ability.

5: Orienteering. If you’re one for getting out into the countryside then orienteering is definitely the sport for you. With few overhead costs and expensive equipment required, all you need is the mindset to get up and go.

6: Rock-climbing. This is fast becoming one of the most popular ways to get out doors and keep fit. With climbing walls being put up all over the country, indoor or outdoor, you really can’t go wrong. With the proper training and guidance this great summer sport will have you climbing up the walls for another go.

7: Track and Field. This is a great way to get out and meet new people all while getting fit and trying new sports. With a range of different activities, from running and jumping to javelin throwing, you’ll be sure to find something new and different to get you in the mood for the Olympics.

8: Free Running. And now for something a bit different- If you’re a city dweller looking for an adrenaline filled sport that won’t take you too far from your urban home, then give this exciting new sport a go. Once the past time of a few adventurous souls, Free Running is become the sport of choice for many, with clubs and societies popping up in cities all over the country.

Super Summer Sports Perfect For A Sunny Day

Enjoy the summer sun with some great sports to get the heart rate pumping. Do them in combination with your diet to help the pounds slide away. Here is a list of summer sports to start you off.

With spring and summer comes the chance to brush off those winter cobwebs and get out of doors. The warmer summer months are perfect for enjoying a range of sports, from something simple to the more adventurous, here’s a list of some great activities for enjoying the summer.

1: Tennis. This traditional spring game can be played anytime during the warmer months, outdoor or indoor. Whether you’re a complete novice or a bit of a pro, there’s nothing better than a quick knock around to start off the season and it’ll help you earn those strawberries and cream.

2: Mountain Biking. Get out and about in the fresh air with this exhilarating sport. Suitable for any age or ability you’ll be sure to find the perfect track for you. Whether it’s a gentle peddle through the forests to an adrenaline fuelled whiz through the hills, mountain biking is a great way to get out and about, on your own or with a group.

3: Canoeing. There’s nothing better for cooling down in the summer sun than getting out on the water. Canoeing is fast becoming one of Britain’s most popular watersports and with man-made lakes and water courses popping up all over the country due to the Olympics, there’s sure to be one on your door step.

4: Cricket. If you want to tone it down a bit, why not wile away the days with the most British of games. Nearly every village, town or city has its own cricket ground, so it’s easy to find a club or group to suit any age or ability.

5: Orienteering. If you’re one for getting out into the countryside then orienteering is definitely the sport for you. With few costs and equipment required, all you need is the get up and go.

6: Rock-climbing. This is fast becoming one of the most popular ways to get out doors and keep fit. With climbing walls being put up all over the country, indoor or outdoor, you really can’t go wrong. With the proper training and guidance this great summer sport will have you climbing up the walls for another go.

7: Track and Field. This is a great way to get out and meet new people all while getting fit and trying new sports. With a range of different activities, from running and jumping to javelin throwing, you’ll be sure to find something new and different to get you in the mood for the Olympics.

8: Free Running. And now for something a bit different- If you’re a city dweller looking for an adrenaline filled sport that won’t take you too far from your urban home, then give this exciting new sport a go. Once the past time of a few adventurous souls, Free Running is become the sport of choice for many, with clubs and societies popping up in cities all over the country.

Exercise needn’t be a chore, there are plenty of great sports for summer and with your diet plans you’ll be in great shape in no time.

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  • Published: Mar 12th, 2012
  • Category: Baseball
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4 Ways to Enhance Your Spring Training Baseball Experience

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It’s that time of year again! It might still be snowing in some parts of the country, but residents in Arizona and Florida are pulling out their short sleeves and flip flops for another round of Spring Training baseball. The regular season won’t start until the end of March, but in the meantime, players and fans alike are warming up in the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues.

If you’re planning a trip to either of these locations to take in a game or two, here’s some tips to maximize your experience:

Pick a team. Sure, it can be argued that a baseball game is largely about the experience and not so much about the slow-moving game in front of you. But even if that’s true, it’s more fun when you’re invested in one of the teams playing. If you’re stuck in Florida and your team is in Arizona, go ahead and pick a second favorite for the time being! Unless you’re feeling antagonistic, your best bet is to pick the team of the stadium you’ll be attending — wouldn’t want to cause any of the stalwart fans to get feisty!

Buy some gear. Whether you just picked a team to root for or you’ve been cheering for the same one since before you could walk, you need to look the part of a true fan. The good part about Spring Training tickets is that they are often cheaper than regular season tickets, so you can afford to splurge on an overpriced jersey and official hat. Not ready to drop that extra cash? Check out local grocery stores or do some shopping online. You can often find look-alikes without the official label, which works just as well for most people.

Get the hot dog. This one goes without much explaining — a baseball game isn’t a baseball game without a hot dog. So bring some cash with you, flag down that vendor and get the works! Your heartburn might regret it later, but you’re bound to love every bite of it in the meantime. And you’ll always have the good memory of a true American experience!

Lodge strategically. If you’re coming from out of town just to attend some games, don’t waste more time than necessary with public transportation or car rentals. Instead, pick a hotel near a stadium so you are within walking distance. If you want to attend games at multiple locations, scout out a hotel somewhere in the middle. If you plan to spend an entire week and want to bring the family or a few friends, it might be your best choice to look into local timeshare properties. Contact local property managers in AZ or FL to get a feel for some of your best options.

Katie Hawkes is a freelance blogger for Real Property Management East Valley, a property management company in Gilbert AZ and all nearby cities.

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  • Published: Mar 9th, 2012
  • Category: Golf
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3 of the Greatest Athletes Who Never Won Olympic Gold

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Roy Jones Jr.The quest to attain Olympic glory is one of the longest running traditions in all of sport, and the spectacle provided by the games is one of the few events that can claim to appeal to a genuinely global audience.

However, despite being the most sought after prize around, many athletes, who have otherwise reigned supreme in their field, have found that coveted gold medal elusive.

Here’s a look at three of the best athletes who’ve never stood atop an Olympic podium;

Roy Jones Junior

 

From the title of this article, you’re probably expecting a list comprising entirely of athletes who, despite having vast amounts of talent, for one reason or another, never quite performed on the biggest stage of all.

However, when it comes to the boxer, Roy Jones Junior, this simply isn’t the case. He only competed in one Olympics, Seoul 1988, and, simply put, he blew the competition away.

He made his way to the final without conceding a single round en route. In his last opponent he faced a competitor from the home nation, Park Si-Hun, an athlete many commentators considered very lucky to have reached such an advanced stage in the tournament, having benefitted from some highly dubious judge’s calls in previous bouts. Nobody with any real knowledge of the sport gave the native fighter a prayer.

In the event Jones duly asserted his dominance and didn’t let up for the whole contest. As far as anyone watching was concerned, it was an almost embarrassingly one sided affair, with Jones landing 86 punches, to Park’s paltry 32.

This however, did not stop the judges voting 3-2 in favour of Park, who, when the result was announced, looked completely shocked. In a moment of brave honesty, as the two men stood on the podium, Park raised Jones’ hand into the air, suggesting to all watching that he knew who was to true winner and was himself unhappy with the result.

Though the decision was never overturned, in the light of various pieces of evidence, it is now widely accepted that the three judges who voted for Park had been bribed by South Korean officials, and the incident is usually ranked as the most shameful injustice in Olympic history.

Colin Jackson

Colin Jackson, who was also a force to be reckoned with in sprint events, has to be ranked as one of the all time great hurdlers.

During his illustrious career the Welshman won 3 World Championships, 2 Commonwealth Championships, went undefeated in the European Championships for 3 consecutive tournaments (constituting a 12 year unbeaten streak) and, at his peak, between 1993-1995, won 44 races in a row.

Unsurprisingly, in the course of notching up all these feats, he set a fair few records. His world record for the 110m hurdles stood for more than a decade, and the record he set for the 60m hurdles, way back in 1994, has still never been bettered.

Despite, all of this, Jackson only has a single Olympic medal to his name, a silver which he earned in his favoured event, the 110m hurdles, in his first Olympic games at Seoul in 1988.

At the 1992 games in Barcelona he was contending with an injury and only managed a 7th place finish. In 1996 he narrowly missed the podium, coming in 4th and by 2000 he was past his best, coming in 5th.

Whilst Jackson’s timing on the track was impeccable (he was said to start “on the B of the BANG”) he timed his athletic peak less well, with his major spells of dominance sadly falling between Olympic years.

Paula Radcliffe

We end the list with another British athlete whose dominance of their sport has never been reflected in their Olympic performances, the female marathoner, Paula Radcliffe.

Before even going into her track record at the Olympics, it has to be stated that Paula is, without a shadow of a doubt, the greatest female marathon runner the world has ever seen. Despite suffering from both anaemia and asthma, both of which are usually a hindrance to distance running, Paula holds the women’s marathon world record time by quite some distance. In fact, 4 of the 5 fastest marathon times ever achieved by a woman are Radcliffe’s.

Unfortunately, she’s never been able to shine at an Olympic games (as of yet, anyway). She was blighted by injury in both the races she’s taken part in, suffering a leg injury ahead of the 2004 Olympics that prevented her from even finishing (the only time she’s ever failed to cross the line) and picking up a stress fracture just before the Beijing Games which confined her to a 23rd place finish.

Will Kerr is a sports writer with a diverse pallet, commentating on everything from athletics to motorsports. You can read more of his work on UK Net Guide.

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