NBA (NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION)
#FreeOakley. Charles Oakley played for the New York Knicks for a decade. On Wednesday, he attended a Knicks game on his own dime. During the game, some say he heckled the team’s owner, others say he did nothing. Either way the owner, who is disliked by fans, had Oakley forcibly removed from the arena while the fans chanted “Free Oakley.” Oakley now faces charges.
- At their wits end. The NBA is a trendsetter when it comes to embracing social media but they’ve had enough. Recent Twitter wars between teams and players have pushed them over the edge. They hit their “don’t make me pull this car over” level and now prohibit mocking and/or ridiculing of opponents or game officials by teams on social media.
- The Pebble Beach Pro-Am (golf) draws big name celebrities and golfers. Unfortunately, this also draws professional autograph seekers who profit off of free autographs. Golfer Jordan Spieth had enough of these seekers when one used profanity in front of kids, calling them scum. Needless to say, they won't be making money off of Spieth anytime soon.
- The voice of the Olympics, Bob Costas, has 12 Olympics under his belt. Yesterday he announced that he is passing the proverbial Olympic torch to Mike Tirico, who previously worked for ESPN. Tirico will take the reins at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.
- One of the biggest complaints about baseball is how long the games are. MLB (Major League Baseball) is addressing this by tackling the length of extra-inning games (overtime). They have introduced a new rule that states, when the game is in extra innings a runner will start on second base, instead of first, to encourage scoring. The new rule is being tested in a sampling of the minor leagues this season.