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Tony Verna, inventor of TV instant replay, dies

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 12:14
Tony Verna, a television director and producer who invented instant replay for live sports 51 years ago, has died. He was 81.
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Gailey hasn't heard from Jets about OC job

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 11:26
The New York Jets' deal with offensive coordinator Chan Gailey has not gotten done, and there are questions as to whether it will, leaving Gailey and the Jets' futures uncertain.
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Tar Heels bring Chizik aboard to fix defense

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 11:14
The North Carolina Tar Heels officially hired Gene Chizik as defensive coordinator Monday, tasking him with revamping one of the nation's worst units this past season.
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Cubs acquire OF Fowler for Valbuena, Straily

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 10:33
The Houston Astros have traded outfielder Dexter Fowler to the Chicago Cubs for infielder Luis Valbuena and right-handed pitcher Dan Straily.
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NFL probing whether Pats deflated footballs

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 09:23
The NFL is investigating whether the New England Patriots intentionally deflated footballs during their victory over the Indianapolis Colts in Sunday's AFC Championship Game.
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When Society and Sports Collide

NASC - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 08:15

In the wake of the social unrest we’ve seen in Ferguson, Cleveland and New York, athletes have used their national platforms to express their opinions on the incidents—see the St. Louis Rams’ players coming out for team introductions with the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” pose.

This expression has reached basketball, where professional and college players alike have worn “I Can’t Breathe” shirts, signifying the last words of Eric Gardner, the New York man who died after an officer put him in a chokehold.

And now, a high school basketball tournament in Northern California has been included in the conversation, after a school scheduled to play in the tournament was disinvited because of concerns its players would wear “I Can’t Breathe” shirts during warm-ups.

The athletic director at Mendocino High School was told that neither the boy’s nor the girl’s team would be allowed to participate in the tournament if they wore the shirts.

The boys were reinstated after all but one player agreed not to wear the shirt. Too few girl players agreed to not wear the shirts and were not allowed to play.

No surprise here: The parent of the one boy who decided to sit out the holiday tournament has taken the issue to the American Civil Liberties Union. In a written statement, the principal of the host school, Fort Bragg High School, said the school administrators respected the Mendocino teams “for paying attention to what is going on in the world around them” and that the shirts were being banned as a security precaution.

This isn’t the first, and won’t be the last, time where the world of amateur and youth sports will collide with First Amendment rights and the desire of young athletes to express themselves.

Have you run into similar issues with your events or teams? If so how did you handle the issue and what advice would you have other rights holders or event planners on how to deal with the issue? Give us your thoughts on our NASC Facebook page. We always welcome comments on best practices.


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Vonn breaks all-time World Cup wins record

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 06:27
Lindsey Vonn provisionally won a super-G on Monday to break Annemarie Moser-Proell's 35-year-old record of 62 World Cup victories.
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McGregor mauls Siver, books title shot

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 01:03
Top featherweight contender Conor McGregor picked apart Dennis Siver before stopping him with a salvo of punches on the ground in the second round at UFC Fight Night in Boston on Sunday.
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Seahawks open as favorites against Pats

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 22:28
The Seattle Seahawks opened as Super Bowl favorites over the New England Patriots, but the point spread was on the move Sunday night.
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Ivanovic ousted for worst Slam since 2011

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 22:16
Fifth-seeded Ana Ivanovic struggled with her serve and lost in three sets to Czech qualifier Lucie Hradecka in first big upset of the Australian Open on Monday, Ivanovic's worst result in a major since 2011.
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Source: Broncos to hire Kubiak as new coach

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 21:31
Gary Kubiak has agreed to become the head coach of the Denver Broncos, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
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Patriots stomp Colts with Brady in high gear

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 21:27
Tom Brady threw for three touchdowns and LeGarrette Blount ran in three more on Sunday to lead the Patriots into the Super Bowl with a 45-7 victory over the Colts.
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Source: Scherzer nearing multiyear contract

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 20:47
Free-agent pitcher Max Scherzer is nearing agreement on a multiyear contract with an unidentified club, a baseball source confirmed to ESPN.com Sunday.
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Packers TE Bostick: 'I let my team down'

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 20:25
Brandon Bostick wasn't even supposed to go for the ball. His job on the Seattle Seahawks' onside kick with 2:09 remaining in Sunday's NFC Championship Game was to block.
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Lynch may pay for lewd gesture, media snub

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 20:12
Marshawn Lynch of Seattle Seahawks may face NFL discipline for making an obscene gesture on the field and ignoring the media off of it.
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Seahawks' Sherman, Thomas to have MRIs

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 19:57
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and free safety Earl Thomas both suffered injuries in the team's 28-22 overtime win against the Green Bay Packers in Sunday's NFC Championship Game.
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Super rally: Onside kick, OT TD lifts Seattle

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 18:31
Russell Wilson hit Jermaine Kearse for a 35-yard touchdown 3:19 into overtime to lift the Seattle Seahawks to an improbable 28-22 victory over Green Bay in the NFC championship game.
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Brady sets NFL's postseason passing record

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 18:26
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady became the NFL's all-time leading passer in the postseason on Sunday night.
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Source: Rangers close to acquiring Gallardo

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 17:21
The Texas Rangers are close to a trade to acquire right-handed pitcher Yovani Gallardo from the Milwaukee Brewers, a baseball source confirmed to ESPN.com on Sunday.
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Golfer Allenby on robbery: Happy I'm alive

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 16:05
His left eye bruised and swollen shut, Australian golfer Robert Allenby is still shaking over a beating and robbery that left him unable to remember anything except being dumped in a gutter near a park.
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