Littlefield on Sports: College Unions And Red Sox GM Is OutPlay
The trial of deflategate continues in federal court in New York, while in Boston, the Red Sox shake things up by hiring Dave Dombrowski to run baseball operations. Ben Cherington, the general manager has opted to leave the team.
Also, the Northwestern University football players who have been fighting to unionize, saw their case dismissed on Monday by the National Labor Relations Board.
Curt Nickish, WBUR reporter. He tweets @CurtNickish.
Bill Littlefield, host of NPR’s Only A Game. He tweets at @OnlyAGameNPR.
Sports Illustrated: The Legal Arguments Tom Brady May Deploy In His Deflategate Appeal
- "While the hearing will be tense, it will seem more like a meeting than a trial: The hearing will occur in a conference room rather than a courtroom and the two sides will be seated and will face each other on opposite sides of a round table. This is a dramatically different setting from a trial, where the parties sit at different tables, face the judge (rather than each other) and only interact with one another through carefully designed procedures. Goodell will direct the hearing, which will consist of fluid conversation as much as formal questioning."
The Boston Globe: Ben Cherington Out As GM In Red Sox Shake-Up
- "In the latest in a series of a stunning developments for the struggling Red Sox, team officials said Tuesday night they have hired Dave Dombrowski to run the baseball operations. Ben Cherington, who helped lead the team to the World Series only two seasons ago, declined to stay as general manager but agreed to assist during the transition."
ESPN: Northwestern Players Denied Request To Form First Union For Athletes
- "Analysts expected the five-member NLRB to either back or reverse the decision, but instead, the board exercised its discretion not to take charge of the case and dismissed the representation petition filed by the College Athletes Players Association, which had worked with then-quarterback Kain Colter and the Wildcats football team."
This segment aired on August 19, 2015.