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October 2019 Archives

Tom Brady Denied Trademark

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is one of the most prominent sports figures of his time, so news items about him are just as likely to show up on celebrity websites as they are on the sports pages. Last June, he caused an uproar when he applied for a trademark of “Tom Terrific” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Professional surfing awards equal pay

The surf community has always operated by its own set of rules. This, of course, carried over into the world of professional surfing. Nevertheless, the World Surf League (WSL) followed many other sports’ example by paying the male competitors more prize money than the female ones. At WSL competitions in Australia earlier this year, for example, the men were paid $100,000 while the women were paid $65,000.

Sprinter wants an apology

Christian Coleman cemented his title as the world’s fastest active sprinter when he became world champion last month in Doha. His 100-meter time was 9.76 seconds, which was a personal best and sixth fastest in history.

Is Antonio Brown getting a raw deal?

Talented wide receiver Antonio Brown has been the news a lot this year. There was his demand to be traded from the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Oakland Raiders. There was the controversial resistance to use a new and safer helmet the NFL required players to wear. Then there were the burns to his feet from a mishap in a cryotherapy chamber that helps with swelling. Tired of the drama, the Raiders released him September 7 before its first regular-season game. He was subsequently picked up on September 9 by the Patriots, whose coach Bill Belichick has a history of using talented but troubled players.

Eastern Zone Swimming approves anti-discrimination policies

The Eastern Zone Swimming (EZS) approved a new policy barring it from doing business with discriminatory organizations. The group, which oversees 12 local swimming committees for USA Swimming, instituted this new policy because it believes that discriminatory practices violate the Sports Act, which gives certain rights and bargaining power to athletes in Olympic sports.

California assembly passes measure allowing colleges athletes to earn income

The money surrounding college sports is enormous, with college football and basketball being billion-dollar industries. Unlike professional sports where athletes are handsomely paid for their services, the governing body of the NCAA strictly forbids athletes from seeking sponsorships, endorsements and otherwise profiting from the use of their image and likeness. In other words, everyone is making a ton of money except the athletes.

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