Roundtable on the Cancelled Sport History Course at North Carolina

By Andrew McGregor Recently the University of North Carolina (UNC) cancelled history professor Jay Smith’s class “Big-Time College Sports and the Rights of Athletes, 1956-Present.” The Daily Tar Heel reported that the department was “under pressure from the college to cancel the class to prevent students from learning about the University’s recent scandals.”  His colleagues…

2016-2017 College Basketball Roundtable

The 2016-2017 college basketball season is in full swing. Conference play began this week, signaling the beginning of the “true season” in the minds of many fans. Many of the conferences appear wide open, promising competitive races from Tobacco Road to the Pacific coast. According to the NCAA, over 27 million fans flocked to roundhouses, barns, and arenas…

Roundtable: Jürgen Klinsmann—A Retrospective

 By Benjamin Dettmar, Zach Bigalke, Cedrick Heraux, and Patrick Salkeld Hired in July 2011, fired in November 2016; Jürgen Klinsmann’s tenure as head coach of the United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) divides US soccer fans. It also divides our contributors. Klinsmann came to the US after a prominent career as a player and a…

2016 World Series Roundtable

Last week the Chicago Cubs won the World Series. Their victory inspired what’s been reported as the seventh largest gathering in human history in downtown Chicago. Millions of fans flocked to the streets to celebrate what has for generations been a mere fantasy. Millions more watched the World Series as its intense seven games served as a…

2016 NBA Roundtable

On Tuesday evening, the Cleveland Cavaliers received their championship rings and watched their 2016 NBA Champions banner rise to the rafters at Quicken Loans Arena. After the festivities, the Cavs took to the hard court to take on the New York Knicks. Hours later, the Golden State Warriors, with their new acquisition, the former league…