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Louisville Pay for Play Scandal Reaffirms Hypocrisy in NCAA

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As Adidas director of global sports marketing Jim Gatto was being escorted into FBI custody in handcuffs while the termination papers for Louisville University’s men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino were being filed, the blind hope of the Cardinal’s program and the NCAA was that this bribery scandal was just one of the fleeting isolated incidents taking place under their watch. By the letter of the law, Gatto planning to pay potential recruits to attend Adidas affiliated universities and then sign subsequent agreements with the company once they achieved professional status is indeed an infraction. The feeling behind this is that Gatto was attempting to capitalize on the recruits limitless earning potential with a set investment meant to lure the athletes in.

The irony in the NCAA taking issue with Gatto’s actions is that they are eerily similar to their own. Where Gatto used cash, the NCAA simply dropped scholarships in its place. From there the intentions paralleled, with the NCAA also capitalizing on the athlete’s earning power while in school and moving forward. Athletes names and likenesses simply don’t disappear from university advertisements once they make known their intentions to play professionally and while there are likely a few signed pieces of paper in existence that makes all of this legal, the NCAA’s reminder to Adidas that they deem anything they can’t profit from illegal doesn’t exactly do the most to inspire confidence.

With the countervailing argument of paying players still unresolved, many believe this is the heart of the issue at hand. In our capitalist society, on the surface it sounds perfectly sensible to have players profiting from their own talent. However certain pitfalls have been preventing this idea from reaching fruition.

Would all students-athletes be able to withstand taxation of their newfound income? Is there realistically a fair pay scale that accommodates all student athletes? Would an education remain a financial priority with scholarships out of the picture? Are the funds universities are spending being taken into equal consideration as the funds they are taking in?

Ultimately the NCAA is not in the business of spending money for someone else’s gain, especially being a non for profit organization. While student-athletes being compensated for their performance isn’t the most outlandish idea, we are still quite a distance from that reality.

 

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Former Heavyweight Champion: Mike Tyson’s 40-arce Marijuana Ranch

Former Heavyweight Champion: Mike Tyson’s 40-arce Marijuana Ranch

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Former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, Mike Tyson, and his two business partners plan to open a 40-acre marijuana ranch 60 miles southwest of Death Valley National Park. According to mirror.com Tyson Ranch will allow growers to cultivate their crop and there will also be a cultivation school to help growers get the most out of their strains.

The operating company, Tyson Holistic, will employ mainly veterans and bring much needed jobs to the city it’s in.

 

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Tyson is a long time believer in the medicinal benefits of marijuana use and with California legalizing recreational use of the plant, his plans to open the ranch are free to move full steam ahead.v

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Leading The Charge Exposure Magazine Co-CEO Gordon Woodberry on The E. Jones Show

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Exposure Magazine is on the move Co-CEO Gordon Woodberry is heading the movement. Manager of the legendary hip hop group EPMD weighs in on his role as Co-CEO and also the future for the publication.

Founded by Celebrity Publicist/ Producer CEO Tamara Lawrence

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The Heart of the Matter – Support The Club at Collington Square!

The Heart of the Matter – Support The Club at Collington Square!

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The November 26th Baltimore Sun story about East Baltimore neighborhoods was discouraging: “Poverty Makes a Powerful Statement”. The poorest area of East Baltimore, north of Hopkins Hospital, struggles with a grim list of challenges: poverty, violence, vacant properties, liquor stores and the lowest life expectancy in the city.

But in four renovated and connected rowhomes on Mura Street, behind four colorful doors, daily miracles are happening. The Club at Collington Square is an afterschool and summer program, a consistent, loving, educational haven for 92 children in a very tough neighborhood.

Here, Club staff are teaching and building the leaders this neighborhood and this city need. The staff know that changing young lives changes everyone’s future.

Program Director Vanessa Williams has intentionally recruited and developed a staff of young leaders as teachers and assistants — almost 100 percent of whom live in the neighborhood The Club serves. These dedicated staff provide a highly structured program between the hours of 3:15 and 6:30 chock full of academics, enrichment, play and homework help, and provide a snack and hot dinner cooked by The Club Chef in the on-site Community Kitchen. The program emphasizes student voice and leadership with roles for older scholars to mentor and serve younger scholars, and an elected student council.

Strong City Baltimore assumed operations of The Club at Collington Square when Episcopal Community Services of Maryland sought a more sustainable future. Strong City believes deeply in The Club and in its incredible staff, who do heroic work every day with some of Baltimore’s most vulnerable children.

Strong City assumed operations of The Club in October with a $130,000 deficit, which we have already reduced to $65,000. Your gift today will help us keep the doors open and enable the staff to be there every day with what our scholars need most: love, nourishment, academics and enrichment. It’s easy to despair when the headlines are so discouraging.

But we know that loving and investing in Baltimore’s children is the answer. Your gift will help the Club continue to build young leaders that will change Baltimore’s future.

Click here to give! Be sure to designate your gift to “The Club at Collington Square” and consider joining The Friends of The Club with a monthly gift of $100.

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