Donald Sterling and the problem of pro sports ownership

So Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, stands accused of having made remarks of unbelievable crassness and flavored with a racism that would bring a tear to the eye of Cliven Bundy.

Are you surprised? Me neither. Sterling’s record of difficulty with racial issues is well-documented, including two lawsuits (one from the federal government) alleging racially discriminatory rental practices at his real estate properties. He settled both for millions.

Then there was the lawsuit from long-term Clippers general manager Elgin Baylor accusing Sterling of racial and age discrimination; Baylor lost his case in a 2011 jury trial. Another accusation of racist rhetoric, attributed to veteran college basketball coach Rollie Massimino, dates back to the 1980s. And there’s more.

The fact that Sterling has survived all these prior dustups — and the betting here is that he’ll survive this one, too — says less about Sterling himself than it does about America’s unhealthy relationship with its pro sports tycoons and about the unhealthy structure of pro sports leagues.

Abandoning a loyal fan base for profit? Bob Irsay of the NFL Baltimore Colts did that, infamously moving the team to Indianapolis in the dead of night. His son Jim is still the owner of the team.

Failing to invest for success on the field? Lots of guilty parties here, including Peter Angelos, whose Baltimore Orioles have made it into the postseason three times in his 21 years of ownership. Sterling is a standout in this category: Since he acquired the Clippers in 1981, it’s had five winning seasons, going 930-1,646 — a winning percentage of .361.

Felonious activity? Eddie DeBartolo Jr., owner of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers, pleaded guilty to a federal felony in connection with the solicitation by former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards of a bribe for a casino license. DeBartolo relinquished control of the team, but this year he was a finalist for the NFL Hall of Fame, and he still hankers for a return to NFL ownership — a goal that several owners say they would favor.

Racism? Leaving Sterling aside, Marge Schott, onetime owner of baseball’s Cincinnati Reds, had a long history of racist and anti-Semitic remarks. Baseball finally suspended her as the team’s principal owner, but she retained a financial interest.

Leagues are reluctant to take firm action against owners for several reasons. One is that their authority to do so, absent some truly egregious act, is murky — even overt racism is a judgment call. Figuring out what to do with an orphaned team is a headache. And fellow owners are loath to lower the bar, possibly because not a few of them have unsavory histories of their own to worry about.

Ten Secrets about Fantasy Premier League Cricket That Nobody Will Tell You

Cricket is one of the most followed games in the world. With the introduction of the T20 format, the popularity of cricket has surged even more and leagues like Indian Premier League have just brought the popularity to a whole new level. Players who play the game earn a ton of money through advertisements and franchise payments. Many smart common people have also started earning and reaping benefits through this game. The way to do so is Fantasy League Cricket.

Fantasy Cricket Secrets

Playing Fantasy Premier League Cricket isn’t easy. There are a ton of things that you need to know, which makes it a game of skill. Therefore, if you are thinking of professionally playing this game, you should know the following secrets:

  1. Don’t Max out the Maximum Team Value to Keep the Possibility of Transfers Open- The limit of the total value of all players combined should never be maxed out so that you have the possibility of transferring a better player later on.
  2. Bet on Matches Nobody Else Would- Everyone bets on high profile matches. The prize money from lesser known matches is for the taking. Target them if you have all the knowledge that is needed.
  3. Form a Balanced Team- Don’t just target A-listers. Make a balanced team with lesser known players as well.
  4. Select Only Those Players Who Are Going to Play- Don’t blindly select players. Know who is going to play and who isn’t.
  5. If You Are Just Starting, Play Practice Matches First- People who play fantasy cricket are really experienced. It is not easy to compete at the big leagues if you have no idea of what you are doing. So, play practice matches first.
  6. Make a Different Team for Each Match- Each condition is different and each ground is different. You should make a team specifically for that match and ground.
  7. Keep Player Stats in Mind While Picking the Team- There are many fantasy league websites that allow the team to get points if a player performs extraordinarily. So, if you have a gut feeling about who’s going to score the most run or take the most wickets, do have that player in your team.
  8. The Winnings Are Taxable- It is fun to play fantasy cricket league, but what you win is taxable by law. You have to show this earning as income from other sources. For amount above INR 10,00,000, the website would deduct TDS or else you would have to pay the tax.
  9. The Team Gets Points Only If the Player Performs- There are no participation points. If the player doesn’t perform, your team gets no points.
  10. Each Match Has a Prediction and Preview Available at the Fantasy Website’s Blog- Don’t forget to read the preview and prediction as it is written by experts who know a lot about the game.

Ensure that you know the most common secrets to winning big in fantasy cricket and you are ready to make your own team and earn a significant amount of money.

Cricket Fantasy Premier League Cheat Sheet That Can Really Help You Win

Fantasy Premier League has been around for a really long time. It started with soccer, the most popular game in the world. Now almost all sports have their own fantasy premier leagues. Cricket was a little late to join the party, but still it is one of the most popular fantasy sports out there. The best part about fantasy cricket premier league is that it is really easy and rewarding.

There is still a lot of skill required to win big money. Therefore, if you are looking to get your cricket fantasy premier league winnings started, here is a cheat sheet that can really help you win:

Selecting a Match

The first step of playing cricket fantasy premier league is selecting a match. This is the match that you are going to bet on. When you are selecting the match, you need to remember that you should not go for really high profile matches on your first try. All highly professional and brainy experts play in the big leagues. It is true that the prizes are tremendous in these leagues but so is the competition. Therefore, go for matches that are low key as lesser people are likely to bet on them. The prizes would be for the taking if you have the knowledge required to bet on the matches. Once you have gained confidence in your abilities, you can play in the big league matches as well.

Selecting a Team

Once you have selected a match, you are asked to create your very own fantasy cricket team. This team can have anyone from both the team’s squad. You would have about 100 credits to select players. Different websites have different credit limits. You should make sure that your team has a few good batsmen, an excellent wicketkeeper, a few bowlers and one or two all-rounders as well. The team should be balanced.

You need to also ensure that you select players that cost in the moderate range. Don’t just blindly go for the top players because you won’t be able to complete your 11 if you just go for top players. Take 2-3 players from the top, 5-6 from the middle and rest from the bottom of the table, but ensure that all the players would play the game or else you won’t get any points for them.

Don’t forget to consider the weather and pitch conditions during the live match. If the pitch favours spin, take more of spinners, but if the weather has made the pitch tougher, go for pacers. Also keep in mind, the players your batsmen would face and pick batsmen accordingly. Never blindly pick team members.

Transfers and Match Points

You are allowed to modify your team until the match starts, so use it by being up to date with who is going to play and who won’t get to play. You get points on how your player performs on the field. The total points of all your players become team points and if your team scores the highest points, you win.

Fantasy cricket premier league is an easy way of making pocket money and if you have good skills you can make even more. Use this cheat sheet to brush up your skills and win good money.