sports http://wesa.fm en Is Social Media Hindering the Business of Golf? http://wesa.fm/post/social-media-hindering-business-golf <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Golf has been described as a “good walk spoiled.” </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The rise of Tiger Woods brought an increased interest in the sport along with a new generation of fans in the early part of the century. However, recent stories from </span><a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2013/09/06/sport/golf/golf-economy-obama-fedex/" style="line-height: 1.5;">CNN</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span><a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-23/golf-market-stuck-in-bunker-as-thousands-leave-the-sport.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">Bloomberg news</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> report a declining interest in the game. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Business contributor Rebecca Harris, director of the <a href="http://www.chatham.edu/cwe/">Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship</a> at Chatham University, looks at the business of golf.</span></p><p>According to the <a href="http://www.ngf.org/">National Golf Foundation</a>, more than 400,000 players, mostly men, left the sport last year. This may be attributed to the wicked winter weather on the east coast delaying the start of the game.</p><p>Golf club and gear sales also declined due to the new technology being phased into the sport, which older players may be slower to pick up. But Harris believes that another form of technology has had a negative effect on the sport as well.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 21:04:56 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 30305 at http://wesa.fm Is Social Media Hindering the Business of Golf? Remembering Bill Nunn Jr., A Legend in Pro Sports and Racial Integration http://wesa.fm/post/remembering-bill-nunn-jr-legend-pro-sports-and-racial-integration <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last week saw the passing of a Pittsburgh sports legend. When Bill </span>Nunn<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span>Jr<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. first started writing for the Pittsburgh Courier in the 1960's, he was not allowed in the press box at Forbes Field. His annual selections for the black All-American football teams were ignored by the struggling Steelers.</span></p><p>Nunn overcame numerous racial barriers during his lifetime. He opened sports reporting for African-Americans and helped turn the perennially awful Steelers into a dynasty during the 1970’s.</p><p>Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reporter <a href="http://www.andrewconte.com/">Andrew Conte</a>, is writing a book about&nbsp;Nunn and wrote his <a href="http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/6074443-74/nunn-steelers-draft#ixzz314cvZVFE">obituary</a> for the Trib.</p><p>Conte said Nunn was a talented athlete who received an offer to try out for the New York Knicks and the Harlem Globetrotters. He decided to follow his father into newspaper reporting, with the hopes of more financial stability, but many barriers.</p><p> Mon, 12 May 2014 20:36:08 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 29089 at http://wesa.fm Remembering Bill Nunn Jr., A Legend in Pro Sports and Racial Integration Responding to Bad Behavior in Professional Sports http://wesa.fm/post/responding-bad-behavior-professional-sports <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After </span><a href="http://nypost.com/2014/05/03/stiviano-sterlings-recorded-racist-comments-werent-his-first-to-her/" style="line-height: 1.5;">racist remarks from L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;were published online, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling for life from the NBA and fined him $2.5 million.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Veteran AP sports editor and journalist John Affleck, a Knight Chair in Sports Journalism and Society at Penn State talked about h</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ow far sports leagues should go to clean up bad behavior, not only by owners, but coaches and players.</span></p><p> Mon, 05 May 2014 19:50:52 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 28704 at http://wesa.fm Responding to Bad Behavior in Professional Sports Former NFL Player Wade Davis Talks About Getting Past Homophobia in Sports http://wesa.fm/post/former-nfl-player-wade-davis-talks-about-getting-past-homophobia-sports <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sewickley Academy is hosting an event titled "NFL to </span>LGBTQ<span style="line-height: 1.5;">" featuring former NFL player Wade Davis.&nbsp;</span></p><p>As a defensive back for the Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins, and Seattle Seahawks as well as NFL Europe, Davis was constantly challenged physically and mentally.&nbsp;</p><p>He said he grew up with limited understandings of what it meant to be gay and was constantly on his guard.</p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:08:17 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27949 at http://wesa.fm Former NFL Player Wade Davis Talks About Getting Past Homophobia in Sports Changing Hearts and Minds with an Amazing Season of High School Basketball http://wesa.fm/post/changing-hearts-and-minds-amazing-season-high-school-basketball <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 1988, a team of juvenile delinquents in Western Pennsylvania achieved the unexpected title of regional basketball champions. The story is told in the book </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/All-Way-Down-Changing-Hearts/dp/1491832088">All the Way Down: Changing Hearts and Minds </a></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">by Robert Burnett.</span></p><p>Burnett was both coach and principal of at the Frew Mill School he talked about the team’s story and the impact it had on everyone around them.</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 23:14:19 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27179 at http://wesa.fm The Pros and Cons of Unionizing College Athletics http://wesa.fm/post/pros-and-cons-unionizing-college-athletics <p>The National Collegiate Athletic Association, commonly referred to as the NCAA, has argued for decades that giving student-athletes anything more than an education would be wrong.</p><p>But many former athletes and the National Labor Relations Board say that scholarship football players are employees with the right to unionize.</p><p><a href="http://www.usw.org/">United Steel Workers Union</a> President Leo Gerard says he understands why the players want to form a union. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 20:43:06 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 26645 at http://wesa.fm The Pros and Cons of Unionizing College Athletics Bracketology and the Rise of March Madness http://wesa.fm/post/bracketology-and-rise-march-madness <p>Workforce production will fall this month as employees around the U.S.become distracted by NCAA basketball. From filling out brackets to entering office pools, March Madness draws an audience more than any other sports tournament.</p><p>Pittsburgh Post Gazette Sports Writer Emeritus Bob Dvorchak says the event appeals to people that would not normally pay attention to basketball, or even sports in general. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:57:50 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 26192 at http://wesa.fm Bracketology and the Rise of March Madness Why Doesn't Pittsburgh Have an NBA Team? http://wesa.fm/post/why-doesnt-pittsburgh-have-nba-team <p>Sports teams enjoy an intense amount of popularity in Pittsburgh.</p><p>The Steelers hold more Super Bowl victories than any other franchise, the Penguins enjoy the highest TV ratings for any NHL team since 2000 and the Pirates are experiencing a surge in popularity following their first winning season in 21 years.</p><p>Even college teams like the Pitt Panthers or the Duquesne Dukes hold strong followings.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:40:13 +0000 Reid Carter 24591 at http://wesa.fm Why Doesn't Pittsburgh Have an NBA Team? Carlow University Introduces Its First Men’s Basketball Team http://wesa.fm/post/carlow-university-introduces-its-first-men-s-basketball-team <p></p><p>Getting into the excitement of March Madness, Carlow University has announced that starting in the fall of 2014, the once-all-girl’s school’s first men’s basketball team will take the court. The Carlow University Celtics will compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).</p><p>“This has been a few years in the making,” said Carlow University President Suzanne Mellon. “The original recommendation for a men’s basketball team originated from an athletics task force, a group comprised of students, faculty and staff that began meeting four years ago.”</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:38:26 +0000 Deanna Garcia 26016 at http://wesa.fm Carlow University Introduces Its First Men’s Basketball Team 5 Reasons Why People Should Go to MLB Spring Training http://wesa.fm/post/5-reasons-why-people-should-go-mlb-spring-training <p>This month the call of “play ball” will be heard in ballparks around the country.</p><p>Fans of the game who want an early look at the boys of summer may want to venture to Florida to participate in the annual spring training games for Major League Baseball.</p><p>Correspondent Elaine Labalme discussed the five benefits of traveling to these games. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 19:13:45 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 25423 at http://wesa.fm 5 Reasons Why People Should Go to MLB Spring Training Former Atlanta Falcon Tim Green Weighs in on New NFL Penalty http://wesa.fm/post/former-atlanta-falcon-tim-green-weighs-new-nfl-penalty <p>Former star linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons <a href="http://timgreenbooks.com/">Tim Green</a> discussed his latest baseball novel <em>New Kid</em>.</p><p>He also weighed in on the NFL's proposal to institute a 15-yard penalty for using racial slurs on the field, and how Missouri defensive end Michael Sam will be accepted after announcing he is gay.&nbsp;&nbsp; Wed, 05 Mar 2014 22:50:09 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 25404 at http://wesa.fm Former Atlanta Falcon Tim Green Weighs in on New NFL Penalty Watch As Pittsburghers, Including Our Own Paul Guggenheimer, Get a Handle on Curling http://wesa.fm/post/watch-pittsburghers-including-our-own-paul-guggenheimer-get-handle-curling <p>Curling is growing to be one of the most watched sports at the Winter Olympics. Although <a href="http://www.al.com/olympics/index.ssf/2014/02/winter_olympics_2014_dismal_us.html">it may be a little while</a> before Team USA wins a medal, Pittsburgh has a growing curling culture. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 14:16:50 +0000 Ryan Loew & Heather McClain 24629 at http://wesa.fm Watch As Pittsburghers, Including Our Own Paul Guggenheimer, Get a Handle on Curling How Michael Sam Became Bigger than the Olympics http://wesa.fm/post/how-michael-sam-became-bigger-olympics <p>This weekend was a very exciting weekend in the sports world, with the opening of the Olympics. But, something off the field and closer to home was the story that stole all the headlines.</p><p>Michael Sam, a graduating defensive end from the University of Missouri publicly announced Sunday that he is gay.</p><p>Sam was the Co-SEC Defensive Player of the Year this past season and played a key part to a surprisingly successful Missouri football team. With this announcement two weeks before the 2014 NFL Draft, Sam is on the fringe of making history by becoming the first openly gay NFL player. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 23:08:43 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 24189 at http://wesa.fm How Michael Sam Became Bigger than the Olympics Weather Likely to Impact the Spectacle of Super Bowl XLVIII, But Not the Game http://wesa.fm/post/weather-likely-impact-spectacle-super-bowl-xlviii-not-game <p>This Sunday, <a href="http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/48">Super Bowl XLVIII</a> pairs the AFC champion, the Denver Broncos with the NFC champion, the Seattle Seahawks.</p><p>For the first time, the big game is being played in the cold weather of a northern city, outdoors. This means there may be some snow, and temperatures are likely hover around freezing. How is the weather likely to change the game? Fri, 31 Jan 2014 23:27:21 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 23718 at http://wesa.fm Weather Likely to Impact the Spectacle of Super Bowl XLVIII, But Not the Game In 2013, Words Matter in Sports, But Profanity is Unavoidable http://wesa.fm/post/2013-words-matter-sports-profanity-unavoidable <p>In a recent op-ed for the Associated Press, sports journalist&nbsp; <a href="http://www.knightfoundation.org/staff/penn-state-sports/">John Affleck</a>, examines modern sports culture and language. As evident from the title of the article, in 2013 <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/Op-Ed/2013/11/29/Words-matter-even-in-sports-Copy/stories/201311270210"><em>Words Matter, Even in Sports.</em></a></p><p>“Really, I think it was the Incognito/Martin mess down in Miami that really drove it home for me that what we were really seeing this year was a set of stories where the behavior of sports figures was just completely beyond the bounds of anything you would think of as acceptable in a professional environment.” Mon, 09 Dec 2013 22:57:23 +0000 Nick Frost 21068 at http://wesa.fm In 2013, Words Matter in Sports, But Profanity is Unavoidable When Clubhouse Culture Goes Too Far http://wesa.fm/post/when-clubhouse-culture-goes-too-far <p>While “boys will be boys” may seem a likely excuse for some, in the wake of <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/11/04/243058164/miami-dolphins-suspend-richie-incognito-over-slurs-threats">hazing allegations</a> against Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito, many fans believe the teasing of Jonathan Martin crossed the line into inappropriate bullying.</p><p>Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Sports Writer Emeritus Bob Dvorchak says the NFL does exist in a “culture of hazing,” but usually the tasks forced on rookie players are not so cruel. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 21:55:10 +0000 Katie Blackley 19456 at http://wesa.fm Buccos and Game 5 - The Legacy of Buctober http://wesa.fm/post/buccos-and-game-5-legacy-buctober <p>Carmen Gentile, a seasoned war reporter for USA Today, usually finds himself spending summers in Afghanistan and reporting from embattled parts of the Middle East. But the Pittsburgh native now finds himself on the front lines of another national sensation: <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/09/19/pittsburgh-pirates-baseball-playoffs/2832199/">The Pirates Post-Season</a>.</p><p>&ldquo;I have gotten more reaction to this story, positive and negative, than any other piece I have written on Afghanistan,&rdquo; says Gentile. Wed, 09 Oct 2013 18:32:16 +0000 Katie Martin 17881 at http://wesa.fm Buccos and Game 5 - The Legacy of Buctober Former NFL Players Not Receiving Their Due for Appearances in NFL Films http://wesa.fm/post/former-nfl-players-not-receiving-their-due-appearances-nfl-films <p>When a blockbuster films appears on television, the actors receive royalties for their appearances, the same goes for TV show reruns.</p><p>One would think the same goes for former football players who appear in NFL films. Video clips of the “Immaculate Reception,” have run countless times on television, yet Franco Harris and John Fuqua have never seen payment for the replays. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 22:30:31 +0000 Katie Martin 17031 at http://wesa.fm Former NFL Players Not Receiving Their Due for Appearances in NFL Films Night Football Returns To Its Place of Origin http://wesa.fm/post/night-football-returns-its-place-origin <p>One hundred and twenty-one years ago the <a href="http://www.adweek.com/video/general-electric-night-football-122248?auto">first night football</a> game was played in Mansfield, Pennsylvania. The game was between Mansfield University formerly known as Mansfield State and Wyoming Seminary.</p><p>The teams played with the help of a new promotional lighting device from General Electric, the light bulb.&nbsp;The setup involved a string of lights wrapped around a wooden pole placed in the middle of the field.</p><p><a href="http://gomounties.com/staff.aspx?staff=5">Steve McCloskey</a>, Director of Athletic Operations and Sports Information, says the lighting post “proved to be a detriment” to the game, as multiple “players ran face first into the pole because they had trouble seeing it, or it just kind of snuck up on them.” Fri, 13 Sep 2013 21:02:55 +0000 Nick Frost 16510 at http://wesa.fm Night Football Returns To Its Place of Origin Reducing the Impact of Concussions http://wesa.fm/post/reducing-impact-concussions <p>Americans have become <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/high-school-football/varsity-xtra-numbers-game-rosters-dwindle-with-concussions-as-culprit-702197/">increasingly concerned</a> about contact sports and whether they should be played by children.</p><p>Dr. Anthony Kontos, UPMC Concussion Program Assistant Director of Research, says this may be a knee jerk reaction to increased awareness of injuries and recent NFL <a href="http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2013-09-04/nfl-commissioner-roger-goodell-concussion-settlement-lawsuit-revenue">lawsuits</a>.</p><p>His <a href="http://www.upmc.com/Services/sports-medicine/services/concussion/Pages/default.aspx">latest research</a> focuses on concussions in youth football for players under the age of 12. The studies confirm that concussions primarily occur during games. One finding that Kontos says may surprise people is the fact that 8, 9 and 10-year-olds who’ve played tackle football incur fewer concussions than previously thought. Mon, 09 Sep 2013 20:45:03 +0000 Nick Frost 16227 at http://wesa.fm Reducing the Impact of Concussions Military Level Technology Protects Athletes At All Levels http://wesa.fm/post/military-level-technology-protects-athletes-all-levels <p>According to Rob Vito CEO of <a href="http://www.unequal.com/">Unequal Technologies</a>, his company mission is to protect soldiers and athletes from severe blunt force trauma. The idea began ten years ago when, as a professor at Penn State, a student asked Vito, “What if you could make a kevlar vest lighter, thinner and more flexible?”</p><p>Since then, Vito and his company have designed Unequal gear for high profile celebrities such as Sidney Crosby, Troy Polamalu, Michael Vick, Tony Romo and even Tom Cruise. When their material is placed inside a helmet or layered into protective apparel, Vito says it may reduce the severity index of impact by 50 percent. Mon, 09 Sep 2013 20:08:12 +0000 Kate Martin 16226 at http://wesa.fm Military Level Technology Protects Athletes At All Levels Sports N'at with Bob Dvorchack http://wesa.fm/post/sports-nat-bob-dvorchack <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-29837423-0433-e796-9368-4175a8839fd9" style="font-size:15px;font-family:Georgia;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Sports contributor, <a href="http://bcove.me/g3elj4yl">Bob Dvorchak</a> jokes that Pittsburgh Pirate fans seem to have no idea how to live in a world where the Bucs are a winning ball club. &nbsp;For the first time in 20 years the Pirates do not have a losing record. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Georgia;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Dvorchak also comments on the NFL's $756 million settlement with former players who suffered head trauma on the field. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Georgia;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">While the money an immediate help to the former players, Dvorchak says, “It [the settlement] doesn’t make everyone whole. It's a payment to get it off the books.”&nbsp; </span> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 19:48:40 +0000 Nick Frost 16224 at http://wesa.fm Sports N'at with Bob Dvorchack After 20 Years of Waiting, a Winning Season is Within Reach for Pirates Fans http://wesa.fm/post/after-20-years-waiting-winning-season-within-reach-pirates-fans <p></p><p>The year 1992 was an exceptional time to be a sports fan in Pittsburgh.</p><p>The Steelers finished first in their division, the Penguins won the Stanley Cup and the Pirates made it to the playoffs. Little did baseball fans know then that it would be two decades before the Pirates would have another winning season.</p><p>Now the Pirates are a handful of games away from ending the skid.</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 11:50:45 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 15232 at http://wesa.fm After 20 Years of Waiting, a Winning Season is Within Reach for Pirates Fans What Makes a Good Sports Song Stick? http://wesa.fm/post/what-makes-good-sports-song-stick <p>The Pittsburgh Pirates are in a record winning season, and the Bucs euphoria can be felt and heard all over town.&nbsp;</p><p>Songs like "Beat 'em Bucs" are gaining new popularity on drive-time radio and YouTube.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/BN6xhSMNb8E" frameborder="0" height="323" width="575"></iframe></p><p>Batter <a href="http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/fan_forum/ballpark_music.jsp?c_id=pit">walk up songs</a> such as&nbsp; "Apache" from the Sugarhill Gang, can be purchased on iTunes for Garrett Jones fans.</p><p>When a Pittsburgh team starts doing well, we can’t help but sing. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 21:47:08 +0000 Heather McClain 15488 at http://wesa.fm What Makes a Good Sports Song Stick? College Sports with Bob Dvorchak http://wesa.fm/post/college-sports-bob-dvorchak <p>Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sportswriter emeritus Bob Dvorchak talks about the University of Pittsburgh opening a new chapter in Panthers athletic history, inaugurating the school's entry into the Atlantic Coast Conference by taking on Florida State on Labor Day night at Heinz Field. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 21:45:37 +0000 Marcus Charleston 15487 at http://wesa.fm College Sports with Bob Dvorchak