Don Garber’s Big Gamble

Major League Soccer is a smallish league. Some of its owners fancy themselves big thinkers, so they sometimes talk it up as if it’s on the brink of competing with the EPL and Bundesliga, but that’s just self-flattering breeze. MLS commissioner … More

MLS is looking to rapidly expand to various cities across the country, which is exactly how it almost collapsed in the early 2000s. (USA TODAY Sports)

MLS is looking to rapidly expand to various cities across the country, which is exactly how it almost collapsed in the early 2000s. (USA TODAY Sports)

Follow the Money

Mark Cuban has been agitating against FIBA and the IOC for a while now, both publicly and privately, and Paul George’s gruesome leg break is another occasion for him to reiterate: The NBA should stop sending its players to other … More

Mark Cuban thinks the NBA should ditch FIBA and the IOC and start its own international tournament. Why? Because it would be lucrative. (USA TODAY Sports)

Mark Cuban thinks the NBA should ditch FIBA and the IOC and start its own international tournament. Why? Because it would be lucrative. (USA TODAY Sports)

Trade Deadline Trolls Are Essential

Any time a given league enters a transactions-heavy period — MLB hot stove meetings, the NHL trade deadline, NBA free agency — we turn to that sport’s handful of Most Respected Journalists: your Buster Olneyses, your Adrian Wojnarowskis. This is … More

Whenever there are a lot of transactions going down, you can bet someone is going to hop on Twitter and impersonate an esteemed reporter. We need those people around, if only for satirical purposes. (USA TODAY Sports)

Whenever there are a lot of transactions going down, you can bet someone is going to hop on Twitter and impersonate an esteemed reporter. We need those people around, if only for satirical purposes. (USA TODAY Sports)

A Change of Plans?

The Sixers are going to be awful on purpose next season. They’re entering year two of a rebuild, and that means not being much (or any) better than they were in year one. Their best player is either veteran forward … More

The NBA shouldn't change the lottery rules while the Sixers are in the middle of a multi-year rebuild. (USA TODAY Sports)

The NBA shouldn't change the lottery rules while the Sixers are in the middle of a multi-year rebuild. (USA TODAY Sports)

The Game Is To Be Sold

Every field has its own irritating jargon, but marketing folks in particular have a vocabulary that makes everything they talk about sound alien and dull. Asked about a data-mining initiative — sorry, “fan engagement program” — his team is launching, … More

Being a sports fan is increasingly like living inside a commercial. Faithful 49 is taking that development a step further. (USA TODAY Sports)

Being a sports fan is increasingly like living inside a commercial. Faithful 49 is taking that development a step further. (USA TODAY Sports)

Athletic Self-Care

Kevin Love recently withdrew himself from Team USA’s FIBA World Cup squad, citing that he might be traded soon and doesn’t want to pick up any sort of injury that might delay his exit from Minnesota. LaMarcus Aldridge has always … More

It's fine that stars like LaMarcus Aldridge and Blake Griffin don't want to play international hoops this summer. They've got grander ambitions. (USA TODAY Sports)

It's fine that stars like LaMarcus Aldridge and Blake Griffin don't want to play international hoops this summer. They've got grander ambitions. (USA TODAY Sports)

Trapped in Phoenix

We don’t want our favorite players to leave. One of the richer fan experiences is watching seasons and seasons worth of a player and becoming attuned to their idiosyncrasies and rhythms. Over the years, we familiarize ourselves with their characteristic … More

Eric Bledsoe is probably going to be a Sun for the foreseeable future, but he doesn't really have a say in the matter. (USA TODAY Sports)

Eric Bledsoe is probably going to be a Sun for the foreseeable future, but he doesn't really have a say in the matter. (USA TODAY Sports)

Some Guys Have All The Luck

How did the Cardinals end up in a competitive balance draft lottery, anyway? There’s a boring procedural answer to that question — St. Louis is a relatively small media market — but regardless, the Cards don’t require any additional draft picks. … More

Do the Cardinals deserve help from a competitive balance lottery just because they play in St. Louis? (USA TODAY Sports)

Do the Cardinals deserve help from a competitive balance lottery just because they play in St. Louis? (USA TODAY Sports)

The Games We Want

A game is recreation shaped by a set of restrictions. You have to stay between these lines; you have to hit this sort of ball with this sort of instrument; you can’t use your hands; etc. I’m sure, when you … More

We're having a debate about getting rid of the infield shift because, at least in American sports, we value scoring over all else. (Getty Images)

We're having a debate about getting rid of the infield shift because, at least in American sports, we value scoring over all else. (Getty Images)

The Cost of Greatness

The size of the fees is irrelevant. Barcelona and Real Madrid have ocean-deep pockets. They are towering, talent-hoovering mechanisms with enough wealth to buy the heavens, then loan them out to Napoli for a couple seasons. The Catalan club is … More

Real Madrid and Barcelona have bought themselves some terrific players this offseason, including James Rodriguez for Real Madrid. (Getty Images)

Real Madrid and Barcelona have bought themselves some terrific players this offseason, including James Rodriguez for Real Madrid. (Getty Images)