THE COLLEGIAN

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What GSU Panther Fans Need to Know about the next 135 Days.

This is the time of year all “experts” in the media predict how college football teams will fair this upcoming season. So I decided to join the party and inform Panther fans out there what the next 135 days is going to look like.

2 days – The 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup be decided. Will the U.S. Men’s soccer team take home the big prize? I. Believe. That. We. Will. Win.

14 days – The Georgia State Panthers begin practice for the 2015 season.

43 days – The 49ers will travel to Atlanta to face the Panthers in the Georgia Dome. This will be UNC-Charlotte’s first foray into Division 1 football after going a meager after going 5-6 their first two years as an FCS independent. The 49ers will not likely have a very good year in their inaugural season in FBS. My prediction? A W.

51 days – The Panthers will pay a visit to New Mexico State University.  In 2014, Georgia State fell to the Aggies in a 34-31 nail biter. This was the first in a series of games in 2014 where a defensive stop could have meant a win for the Panthers. The Aggies will be coming off what will likely be a major beating from the Florida Gators the week before. The Aggies might be favored headed into this game, but I think the Panthers can pull off the upset.

58 days – 7 days after potentially matching their entire win total from 2014, the Panthers will be making a business trip even further west to earn some cash to hopefully and eventually purchase Turner Field. Oregon isn’t likely to go too easy on the Panthers either. I think it’s safe to say this will be one for the L column.

72 days – The panthers will have had a week off after taking what is likely a pretty good beating by the Ducks. It also gave them time to prepare for their upcoming home game versus FCS opponent Liberty Flames. In 2014, Liberty went 9-5 and included a victory over the Panthers SunBelt rival Appalachian State. Panthers should win this game but must take the Flames seriously.

79 days – Speaking of the Mountaineers, they come into the Georgia Dome to face the Panthers. Last year, the Mountaineers put quite a beating on the Panthers, shutting them out 44-0. The weather may have factored into the 3 turnovers and only 62 yards total the entire game. Considering how well the state of Georgia handles snow, the Panthers should get a pass on this. The Mountaineers won’t have the same luxury in 2015, however, I think they pull out another W but only by 10 at most.

86 days – The Panthers hit the road again in a SunBelt versus MAC clash versus Ball State. The Cardinals are coming off a 5-7 season in 2014 but nearly came away victors against Iowa. Panthers will likely come back to Atlanta with an L, but I suspect they give Ball State a decent test.

100 days – After another open week, the Arkansas State Red Wolves will welcome the Panthers to attempt to settle the cats versus dogs debate. Last season the dogs had a pretty easy time of the cats with a 52-10 decisive win in the Georgia Dome. Arkansas State are a fairly established program thanks the likes of Hugh Freeze, Gus Malzahn, and Bryan Harsin who have all moved on to bigger and better gigs. Expect the Red Wolves to make it 2-0 versus the Panthers all time.

104 days – Major League Baseball season will officially be over. Let us all rejoice! But no one cares about baseball anyway because they are all watching football.

107 days – OK, back to a sport that really matters – College Football. In 2014, the Ragin’ Cajuns barely managed a 34-31 W playing host to the Panthers. They make a trip to the Georgia Dome this year and to me this could be the game that proves the Panthers are heading in the right direction. If you want the one game the Panthers must win… this is it. Put it all-out there.

114 days – Last year the Bobcats laid it on the Panthers pretty good ending Georgia States season with a 54-31 loss. 2015, the Panthers should be able to make this one a lot closer if transfers Kendrick Dorn and Demarcus Kirk can burn some clock and help keep the other teams off the field. Texas State pulls out another W.

121 days – In 2014, the Panthers were 4 points away 3 times from having 4 wins. One of those three was a road trip versus the Jaguars where the Panthers were 5 minutes away from a victory until the Jaguars marched right down the field 85 yards in 1:02 minutes to take the lead and score the eventual game winning TD. This game will be close again, but I think the Panthers will be worn down by this point of the season due lack of depth.

128 days – The Panthers stay home 2 weeks in a row as the Trojans come rolling in on their horse with new head coach Neal Brown after a stint as Offensive Coordinator for the Kentucky Wildcats. The Trojans didn’t exactly have a very stellar 2014 either even if they defeated the Panthers by 24. I don’t expect the Trojans to go home with a W, but the Georgia State will make it not quite as easy in the Georgia Dome.

135 days – Remember how Georgia Southern was “forced” to enter Division 1 football after Georgia State decided to make the jump? Well now they are on a mission to make sure everyone across the state knows who the real GSU is, not to mention the team touted to repeat as SunBelt champions. The Eagles will likely dominate this match up with a Panthers rush defense allowed 613 yards on the ground in 2014. Georgia State just isn’t built to stop that kind of attack just yet.

Woody Bass is a staff writer at the Collegian.
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Are You Ready for Some Futbol?

 

Liverpool vs Manchester City in Yankee Stadium (photo courtesy of Peter Roan/Flickr/New York/2014

Is the recent success of the men’s and women’s national team a sign of things to come for soccer in America?

The U.S. women’s national soccer team made history on July 5th when they defeated Japan to win the 2015 World Cup championship. The win gave the U.S. their third world championship the most of any country in women’s soccer.

The team also found redemption by avenging their loss to the Japanese team in the world championship game four years ago. The World Cup finale capped off what was an amazing stretch of soccer played by both national teams.

While the women were making their dominant run in the World Cup. The men were busy earning wins over seas against defending World Cup champions Germany and 3rd place finalist the Netherlands with both games being played in opponent’s home country.

The recent support that U.S. soccer has received for it’s success is a sign of the change that Americans have had with their attitudes towards the sport. The reputation and support for the U.S. women’s team can be thanked for record-breaking ratings FOX experienced during their coverage of this year’s World Cup tournament.

According to Sara Bible of TV by the Numbers, the championship game between the U.S. and Japan earned an average of 25.4 million viewers making it the most watched soccer match in U.S. television history. Bibel’s colleague Amanda Kondoljy reports that the women’s championship games beat the men’s final in 2014 between Germany and Argentina by over 8 million viewers.

The popularity of watching the game is not only as high as they ever been according to Daniel Cox of the Public Religion Research Institute the interest in the sport is continuing to grow. In Cox’s Huffington Post article he makes a case that soccer is gaining ground on American football in popularity.

P.R.R.I. research poll in 2014 revealed that Whites, Blacks, and Latinos were three times more likely to watch the 2014 World Cup no matter what their interest was to watch soccer on regular basis. Cox also points out that young people (ages 18-29) and Latinos are the biggest demographics who watch soccer.

The average age of soccer fans are lower than fans of football and baseball and the Hispanic population is expected to triple by 2050. These two demographic trends could be the reason why soccer could give football a run for it’s money as America’s national pastime in the future.

The love of the games has translated itself well from the TV screen on to soccer fields across the country as more athletes appear to have an interest in playing. According to the U.S. Youth Soccer governing body the amount of kids playing have increased from 103,432 in 1974 to over 3 million in 2014. The sport has even done better in youth participation than football, which saw a 10 percent decrease in 2013 according to E.S.P.N’s Steve Fainaru.

Davis Marino-Nachison of the Wall Street Journal chronicled the success soccer has had on expanding the game on the professional level in the America. Marion-Nachison talks about the new trend of internationally recognized soccer talent choosing on their own free will to play for Major League Soccer (M.L.S.).

The premier soccer league for America and what was once seen as a laughing-stock to the international community and a dumping ground for aging legends when they could not play on top-level any more.

Professional clubs like Sporting Kansas City (formaly Kansas City Wizards) are looking for new ways to find more professional players to expand their talent pool. (photo courtesy of Greg Beoge/Flicker/2010)

The article also mentions the major expansion that has happened in the first and second division pro leagues inside the country.The M.L.S. has expanded to 20 clubs as of this year and will be adding two more by 2017 (Atlanta and Los Angeles).

The second division leagues have made great strides in their expansions to give more players an opportunity to play on a professional level. In its first five years of existence the North American Soccer League (N.A.S.L.) has created 13 franchises as of this year and look to create another five by 2018.

The United Soccer League (U.S.L) has added 17 franchises to its league in the last two years creating 24 clubs in their first five season.According to Marion-Nachison eight of the division two clubs are owned by M.L.S.franchises who look to develop more talent to play at the professional level.

Soccer has finally hit a spot in America’s heart and will not go away anytime soon.
The games quick pace and continuous action makes the matches quicker than most of major sports in the country.

The small amount of contact in the sport will ease parent’s fears of long terms medical effects from playing it especially for children and teenagers. The appeal to the millennial and the continued growth of the Latino population will give soccer the momentum it will need to grow its popularity in the country.

Futbol may not overtake its American counterpart in the next five years but with time and the growth of it’s fan base. “Are you ready for some football?!” could one day have a completely different meaning.

Ben Abrams is the Collegian sports editor. He also writes the column, “I Left My Lunch in the Library”.

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SoundCloud to go Commercial

Swedish audio site Sound Cloud, has been providing a musical outlet for bigwig musicians, aspiring artists, and music lovers of all kinds for years. Although SoundCloud and its site managed to maintain their services to the public commercial free for a total of eight years, a hidden contract regarding this is hitting the surface that they may soon be captured by the bandwagon that competing musical outlets are riding.

Sites and programs such as Spotify, MySpace, and Groove shark are all services that promote a subscription-like service in which royalties are paid. This is simply a way users can listen to music in exchange for a few minutes of ads.

Royalties, or money paid by musical sites to play music, has been a trending movement for many musical outlets. Broadcasting with commercials is a primary way to pay for such royalties.

Record labels are getting paid for their artists’ music to be broadcasted on programs such as Spotify, Myspace, Grooveshark and quite possibly Sound Cloud as well.

Currently, Sound Cloud disregards ads, and only offers upgrade options for users trying to see their status as a user by going pro.

Fader magazine clarifies that this “commercial” contract is in effect as a three-tier subscriber service, meaning there will be three different levels for listening to certain selections of music. The site’s services will include a choice between a free service, a semi-free service, and their most expensive service, which will contain the maximum amount of music available and of course is ad free. Fader also makes mention that the streaming revenue acquired from members would be “18 cents a month for each individual with a “Full Catalog” account, and 80 cents per month for each individual signed up with an “Additional Services” membership.”

Some of this hidden contract is said to be slightly similar to the contract of a Spotify/Sony contract that released last May.

Jada Braxton is a Collegian staff writer.

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Exes and Ohs: Getting through the Summer

• The Stanley Cup has been decided with the Chicago Blackhawks defeating my beloved Tampa Bay Lightning and the Golden State Warriors dethroning “The King” and his Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA finals. Now the doldrums of summer are in full swing with only the Wimbledon and bar-b-ques to get us through the summer until the College Football season kicks off in less than 75 days. You will probably notice that I didn’t mention baseball or golf events for good reason. Zzzzzzz.

• Speaking of baseball, the Vanderbilt Commodores and Virginia Cavaliers will face each other in the NCAA College World Series in a best of 3 beginning June 22. Vanderbilt will be looking to repeat as national champions, while Virginia will be looking for a little revenge after facing defeat in 2014 to the Commodores. My pick is the Cavaliers.

• One way to help us all through the summer is the FIFA Women’s World Cup, which is well underway and USA Soccer, which has already defeated both Australia and Nigeria while tying Sweden, has come out on top of the dreaded “Group of Death.” The USA will now face Colombia and hopefully China before moving on to the next stage in the FIFA bracket. Is this the year Abby Wambach, Megan Rapinoe, Hope Solo and the rest of Team USA bring home the ultimate victory? I believe that we will win. I believe that we will win. I believe that we will win.

• College Football Preseason Magazines are finding their way to store shelves and I have already heard Phil Steele on the local airwaves discussing his prognostications for the upcoming season. You college football fans, particularly GSU Panther’s, can expect some reviews of what the experts have to say about the Panthers and the College Football in general. You can also expect to see a preview of my own of the upcoming football season.

• Finally, I want to take a moment to reflect upon the tragedy that occurred at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC where 9 human beings were senselessly murdered because one human being who carried out the act over an intense hatred he harbored for absolutely no reason at all. Dylann Roof confessed to Charleston authorities that he wanted to “start a race war.” He wanted to perpetuate a message of hatred and attempt to divide this country. I remember after 9/11, another senseless tragedy spurn from hatred and meant to test our freedom, Americans came together like I have never seen before in my 44 years of life and “Old Glory” was flying in front of nearly every house and on nearly every car. Collectively, we sent a message of our own back to those terrorists that freedom and democracy will always endure. Once again America must come together and show that we will continue to endure and not allow acts of terrorism to tear us apart. We cannot let Roof and those like him win. We cannot give him what he wants. We have to show him and anyone like him that their beliefs are the extreme minority because that is the truth. We can and always will rise above such ignorance.

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An Uber Option for Public Transportation

Travis Kalanick, co-founder and chief executive officer, hit the jackpot when he discovered the idea of the international transportation network company, Uber. The foundation of Uber as the fastest growing driving opportunity and option for public transit was built upon providing users with a functional and convenient way to be chauffeured.

Uber thrived where taxi service’s lack of innovation left a gaping hole in transportation services. Uber built its own app for customers to use no matter where they are located–features are accessible through any electronic device. Unlike taxis, Uber doesn’t require riders to place a physical call each time they desire to make a trip.

Philip McDowell, 17, Georgia State University student rides Uber frequently. “Uber charges significantly less than taxis. Uber has multiple car options. You can order a SUV, normal size car or luxury car. Uber drivers are more laidback. You get a better experience.”

Uber’s convenience isn’t limited to only riders. Uber drivers work for themselves and drive their own cars as long as they pass inspection. Uber Atlanta requires that vehicle models be newer than 2005.

“Uber charges significantly less than taxis. Uber has multiple car options. You get a better experience…” – Phillip McDowell, Georgia State

Drivers are also rated by passengers at the conclusion of each ride. The culture of  instantaneous feedback gives riders a perspective of the quality of service to be expected while giving drivers the incentive to provide a solid service. Some drivers choose to offer refreshments like water and peppermints.

Roosevelt Simmons, an uberX and uberXL driver said, “The company is the best company to work for! You are your own boss and you make great money. I’ve driven a Lexus for four months and I bought this car specifically to drive for Uber. My riders are interesting people. I ride about at least 20-30 people a day depending on how long I schedule myself for.”

Although, Uber doesn’t offer more discount promotions for frequent riders, Simmons doesn’t see an issue with the company’s promotional offers.

“I think Uber gets to their parties quicker than taxi’s. Drivers are more personable. Uber always does promotions. For instance, on Valentine’s Day, they had drivers go to Costco’s and give flowers to female riders. They also had an ice cream promotion, where the drivers drove around and gave out free ice cream cones. So, Uber does promotions just not as many discount promotional offers,” said Simmons.

Uber doesn’t have any commercials, but still manages to become successful internationally. The company is known in approximately 311 cities and continues to expand. If Uber continues to grow its innovative product, the potential to supercede taxis and other forms of public transit is a possibility.

Lacee Harper is a staff writer for the Collegian. Visit Uber for information on driving, riding and promotions. 
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Moving forward without the Cancers of the Past

Every year nearly throughout the year, especially in the Southeastern region of the United States, fans gather in troves to cheer on their favorite college teams. Teams which are universities that not only receive government funding, but in some cases are considered the flagship university for that particular state. The racial and ethnic makeup of the students, especially the athletes that play for these universities, are as diverse as you will find in any melting pot anywhere. Yet at some state buildings and monuments where these flagship universities reside still flies a symbol the majority of Americans connect to America’s darker past where you were discriminated against (or worse) simply because of the color of your skin.

That symbol is the Confederate Flag.

The tragedy that occurred at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, triggered some events that brought attention to the Confederate Flag front and center. For whatever misguided reason, Southerners just cannot let that damn thing go.

“If anybody were ever to ask me about that damn Confederate flag, I would say we need to get rid of it…” -Steve Spurrier, University of South Carolina head football coach

Fortunately, companies like Target, eBay, Wal-Mart, and Amazon announced that they will cease sales of any items with the Confederate Flag. State governments, like South Carolina, where the Confederate Flag was still present to this day rushed to change course and remove it from public buildings.

Finally we are starting to open our eyes and leave such a treacherous past behind and enter the modern era where race, color, creed, ethnicity, and sexual orientation should never matter. An era where a person is judged solely by his or her character and actions.

Steve Spurrier, head coach for the University of South Carolina football team, is a man who was well ahead of his time both on and off the field and never feared speaking his mind even when he was “encouraged” to not speak about certain matters such as politics or religion.

In 2007, Spurrier spoke out against the Confederate Flag flying at the South Carolina state capitol:

“I realize I’m not supposed to get in the political arena as a football coach, but if anybody were ever to ask me about that damn Confederate flag, I would say we need to get rid of it. I’ve been told not to talk about that. But if anyone were ever to ask me about it, I certainly wish we could get rid of it.”

Imagine, if you will, you are an athlete of a certain race, creed, ethnic origin or sexual orientation and you play a sport for the University of Whoever, the flagship university of the state. Flying over the state capitol of the state of Whoever contains a symbol on the flag that was placed as a mark representing the heritage of that state. Let’s say that heritage included specific events or actions that negatively targeted a particular race or ethnic group. Let’s also say that groups over time continued to use that symbol to this very day. Groups that promote hate, discrimination and inequality – often at times very violently. Let’s say your team wins a championship and is invited to the state capitol and as you walk up you look up and see this symbol that today is used to encourage inequality and oppression.

That is nearly the equivalent of sending a message saying… “WOOHOO. We won the championship, but hey… this is still Whoever and we still perpetuate a certain culture to remind you that we once oppressed and treated you as unequal. I can’t stand you, but you won that game for us!”

Byron Maxwell, cornerback of the Philadelphia Eagles and native of Charleston, SC, said it best over the prevalence of the Confederate Flag in his hometown:

“I remember just about every car had the Confederate flag when I was young,” Maxwell told Robert Klemko of the MMQB.com. “It’s something they’re proud of. If those things are still flying, how far have we really come? They want to say, it’s not hate, it’s heritage. But hate is the most important part of that heritage.”

Hate may or may not be the most important part of that heritage, but it has beyond a doubt become a big part of it. Back in the day, “gay” had a definition of “happy.” Look how that word is nearly unanimously used or been redefined today. Things change, meanings change and words and even symbols are often redefined over time.

Yes, plenty of atrocities have occurred while “Old Glory” was flying high. I am not brushing that aside. That is another story for another day. But it is also not proudly held up as a symbol of that kind of tyranny either.

Whatever the original meaning and symbolization the Confederate Flag was meant to have when it was designed, it now only represents a culture this country needs to leave in it’s past. Like the Ole Ball Coach said… “We need to get rid of it.”

Woody Bass is a sports writer for the Collegian.

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On The Clock: Georgia State University

Words by Woody Bass

The success or failure of any collegiate athletic program rests on the great trinity of facilities, coaching and recruiting. Athletic Departments across the country have set forth in a war of extravagance and excess to lure the nation’s best talent to their respective programs and keep fans out of their living rooms and in person at athletic events.

Facilities matter to coaches and recruits, alike. Georgia State University, in the infancy of building an athletic program comparable to powerhouses like Alabama and Texas A&M, currently sits at the base of Mount Everest looking up at the competition leaving them far behind.

Texas A&M is in the midst of $450 million in upgrades to Kyle Field–$15 million in upgrades to the Bright Football Complex which houses the team’s locker, training and meeting rooms and coaches offices, not included. Other schools, like Alabama and Oregon are investing heavy dollar amounts too in an off the field war to determine who has the better facilities in the country.

The point is facilities are not cheap and the GSU Alumni pockets are not quite as deep as we see in more established programs to pay for much of any facilities much less those that mirror “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.”

The administration at Georgia State is following protocol in order for their athletic programs to one day compete at a high level. Like most successful programs, a well thought out plan has been put in motion to determine the programs needs for future sustainability.

The Panthers first step is upgrading the weight room at their practice facility. GSU AD Charlie Cobb told the AJC that he hopes the new strength and conditioning center will be ready for the team to move in and get to work by early August.

While that is certainly is a small step in the right direction, GSU does have bigger issues to address. The Georgia Dome will be demolished in the coming years with the Atlanta Falcons moving to a new home, leaving the Panther football team without a place to call home. Unfortunately [for GSU] the options for available land for such facilities within the immediate confines of the campus are limited.

In another instance of potential space, the Atlanta Braves announced they will be departing Turner Field and moving into their new stadium–currently being constructed in Cobb County– in 2017.

GSU’s administration set forth creating a plan to potentially acquire and redevelop the land in and around Turner Field into mixed use development plans that would include a 30,000 seat football stadium, baseball stadium, student housing and retail.

Click here to see the $300 million plan GSU has for the area.

An ambitious plan without a doubt, that will be difficult to execute without the support of the City of Atlanta and its community. Mayor Kasim Reed has provided his support of the proposed project, along with the developer and GSU having opened lines of communication with the surrounding communities. The same site however, does have plenty of suitors which could derail GSU plans.

Fans of Panther athletics want to see their football program have the same success their basketball team is starting to see. Coaches want to attract higher level talent to their teams, hopefully leading to an increased count in the win total and eventually hang championship banners. Athletes and fans alike want a home to call their own.

None of that will happen without a significant investment by the University and its alumni.

This is a crucial time for Panther athletics with such a great opportunity and with very limited other options available, the university must find a way to secure the land rights to Turner Field and transform the area into a place their fans, alumni and students can call home.

 

Woody Bass is a sports writer at the Collegian. Follow him on Twitter for sports related topics.

 

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Viewers Say it’s Still a Man’s World

I Left my Lunch in the Library is an on going sports column by Collegian sports editor, Ben Abrams

Why do women who play sports take a backseat to the men when they are on the same platform?

“The story didn’t end when the men lost to Belgium last year.” That was the message Fox Sports used in one of their commercials to promote this years F.I.F.A. Women’s World Cup in Canada.

The ad begins with the U.S. men’s soccer team after they were eliminated from the Men’s World Cup last year in Brazil. Scenes of disappointment are shown by players and their supporters before the story shifts its focus to the women’s team and promotes them as a symbol of hope to avenge the men by winning the world championship this year.

The ad was shot and produced very well and accomplished it’s missions to attract an audience to watch the tournament. Amanda Kondolojy of TV by the Numbers reports that television ratings for the group stage increased by 75 percent since the last World Cup in 2011.

What was odd about the commercial was that the angle depicts the women’s team coming to defend the honor of the men. This was not a bad angle to go with but kind of strange when you consider that the  women’s team would likely have their motivation come from the pain of losing in the 2011 finals to Japan by penalty kicks.

Why could redeeming themselves after that loss not be a story line on it’s own? Why does a women’s  program that has won two World championships (1991 and 1999) and have never finished worse than third place in the World Cup. Need the aid of their male counterparts to help promote the games in their tournament?

Did the network executives at Fox have concerns that people would not watch the games if there was not a connections between the women’s team and the men?

Credit is due to Fox for increasing the interest for this year’s tournament as Kondolojy reports. Fox Sports family of networks was able to blow away the 2011 ratings E.S.P.N had for their coverage of the group stage in that tournament. They have also outdone their Disney rival by beating them with the amount of viewers that have  increased compared to the coverage of both the 2010 and 2014 Men’s World Cup.

Despite this success the accomplishment does have some strings attached to it. The ratings for the group stage of last year’s World Cup was three times larger than this years event. The growth of viewers for the Women’s World Cup did not crush the men’s viewership it just benefited from the men’s audience stagnating its growth last year.

The same can not be said for the ratings between the N.B.A. and their counterpart the W.N.B.A. for their championship series. Unlike F.I.F.A. and N.C.A.A. with the College World Series the N.B.A.’s ratings crushed the W.N.B.A’s in embarrassing fashion.

Even with the recent increase in attention to women’s sports what is it about them that makes them less appealing than the men’s game?

Sports has always been seen as a male-dominated activity in America and even with the increase of female interest and participation there is still a widespread assumption that sports is man’s world. There is also another assumption in society that men are naturally better than women in sports. That claim from a general and objective standpoint that is not true.

If a woman has the right skill and receives the proper coaching with consistent practice she can beat a man in any sport. Mo’ne Davis proved it last year in the Little League World Series when she became the first woman earn a win and a shutout as a pitcher.

In 2012 when Tim Keown of E.S.P.N. wrote an article about the future of M.M.A. that featured a seven year old fighter,  Regina Awana also known as “The Black Widow.” Regina proved the society’s assumption of her as a girl wrong in this YouTube video from Sparewithme.com.

Rick Paulas of Vice Sports points out another misconception about men and women playing sports with his column. Men are assumed to be better than women in sports because the genetics have allowed them to grow taller and develop more muscle mass. This causes men to be naturally stronger than women in most cases.

The way this observation was translated into society was that people started to characterize someone as doing something  “like a girl,” when they performed any athletic task poorly.

Paulas points out that this assumption was proven wrong thanks to his coverage of the Lingerie Football League. Paulas states that the female quarterbacks in the league can probably throw the ball with better arm strength and accuracy than most of the “average joe” men they will ever meet.

The lower amount of interest in women’s sports could also be a reflection of the society we live in. A lot of sports in America were created in the early half of the 20th century when men were the sex that goes out and does the hard work while the women stayed at home and took care of the house and the family.

In the generations before Title IX laws were passed boys were given balls to play with while girls were given dolls to fit their gender roles. Despite the strides that were made by later generations to prove that the roles are not permanent there are still signs that America is a male dominated country.

Women who work full-time are still paid $0.78 to every dollar  a man makes with the same job and qualifications. In 2015 there are only 23 companies in the S&P 500 that have women as CEO’s that less than five percent (4.6%).

The biggest problem that women in sports are facing is that they are not as big of a commodity as the male athletes.The ratings are a clear indicator that not as many people are watching the games. If people aren’t watching then what’s the point of a network putting a lot of money behind a product that they know most people will not be interested in?

Male sports are not just earning more in ratings they are creating more in revenue. Outside of a few female athletes earning endorsements for themselves like the Serena Williams, Mia Hamm, and Lisa Leslie. Sports marketing appears to be dominated by the men’s world.

What makes the men more appealing than the women? The men can be seen as more entertaining. Compare the on-court action of the N.B.A. and the W.N.B.A for an example.

The N.B.A. markets itself with the star players that can perform great tricks with their amazing ball handling skills and stand alone ability to score especially when it comes to dunking. The W.N.B.A. markets itself on team basketball and a sound fundamental game.

The male counterpart just looks more exciting than the female one and all sports are facing this problem in the eyes of the viewing public.

The women’s game in all sports have shown great signs of improvement but their still in the infant stages of generating a solid following. A number of the leagues have not had the chance to develop that following or the revenue that the male leagues have.

The ratings for the 2015 World Cup show that things can change as time goes on and societies views of gender roles continue to evolve. Women’s sports can and hopefully will gain the notoriety it’s looking for one day. It will just have to go through some growing pains to get there.

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Same Sex Marriage is Legal..What’s Next?

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As of June 26th, the bonding of two people in the realm of marriage has no limits. Same sex marriage is now legal.

After a near five decades of fighting for equal relationship rights and being frowned upon by American large scale conservatism, the LBGT community has conquered a great feat for themselves while pushing the nation closer to true equality.

What’s next for the land of the free? Since two people are able to marry out of love, regardless of the ability to procreate, the boundaries of a religion, or anything else, this makes the possibilities endless on what will be legal next.

The possible  next step would be to evaluate  polygamy. Michael Guy, a student at the Clarkston campus, says, “Open relationships are becoming more and more popular among the younger demographics. I think [the legalization of same sex marriage] could lead to polygamy.”

“No one knows what is going to happen, but we can’t cross bridges that haven’t been built yet.” – Keeland Jones, GPC Newton

Polygamy, a marriage that involves more than two people, is outlawed in over sixty percent of the world. This large percentage includes the United States, where the act is fully criminalized.

The illegality of these polyamorous relationships stem from their prominence in the realm of Mormonism during the nineteenth century. During this time, the relationships entailed extreme acts that were seen as horrendously immoral.

In recent times, though, the openness of relationships have become more lenient. The legalization of same sex marriage serves as the icing on the cake in the world of marriage rights.

Jamar Smith, another Clarkston campus GPC student, says, “From an objective point of view, the legalization of same sex marriage speaks volumes. It says that traditional ‘man and wife’ relationships, with the purpose to have children, are no longer the norm. Now that two men or two women can get married, why can’t people get married to as many individuals as they please?”

Much akin to same sex marriage, the opposers to polygamy come in droves–with religion rooted as the main detractor of any marriage that is non-traditional.

In Christianity, there are extremely different views on polygamy. Mormons accept it. Other branches of Christianity, like Roman Catholicism, condemn polygamy, just as they condemn same sex marriage. Both acts are seen as transgressions on the integrity of marriage in religious doctrines, like the Catechism of the Catholic Church. An exception is Islam,where a  man can take up to four wives only if he knows he can treat them equally.

Conservative Republicans and Democrats view polygamy as immoral and a threat to the future. More often than not, the ideologies of these traditional political parties are built upon a religious foundation.

 “Traditional ‘man and wife’ relationships, with the purpose to have children, are no longer the norm…” – Jamar Smith, GPC Clarkston

Other parties see marriage as something that is out of the government’s control. For instance, the right wing Libertarian party support polygamy and its demotion as a crime. Other supporters of polyamorous relationships include individualist advocates, like feminists.

As far as the general public is concerned, media has played a role in influencing people’s point of views on polygamy.

For instance, television series, like Sister Wives, depict polygamy as harmless relationships that have the same amount of ups and downs as any other relationship.

Yizra Ghebre, a Clarkston student, went on to say, “This is a topic that has nothing to do with me.” As for the GPC student body, many student feel the same as Yizra. A significant amount of students view polygamy and same sex marriage as a topic that does not affect them.

Many students went on the say they were not sure what would come next after same sex marriage becoming legal. Keeland Jones, a Newton campus student, says, “No one knows what is going to happen, but we can’t cross bridges that haven’t been built yet.”

Britney Sparks is a staff writer for the Collegian. Tune in to Outside The Perimeter  for more stories like this one. 

 

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FIFA Saved..Thanks to America?

Sepp Blatter resigned three days after winning re-election for a fifth term (photo courtesy of The Sports Review/Flickr)

 

The irony America faces is it’s biggest contribution to international soccer doesn’t involve scoring goals.

When the inaugural article for this column was written it had been several hours after Sepp Blatter was elected to his fifth term as president of F.I.F.A. In the face of growing accusation of corruption from the federation and indictments delivered from attorney general Loretta Lynch and the U.S. Department of Justice. Which has caused 18 soccer executive to face corruption related charges, and investigation by Swiss authorities on the bidding process for the host selections for the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar.

Sepp Blatter resigned three days after winning re-election for a fifth term (photo courtesy of The Sports Review/Flickr)

Sepp Blatter resigned three days after winning re-election for a fifth term (photo courtesy of The Sports Review/Flickr)

Blatter still had security in the confidence of 133 members in F.I.F.A’s congress on May 29, when they voted for him causing Jordanian Prince Ali Bin-al-Hussein to concede before a second round of voting could begin. After the election Blatter took a bizarre figurative victory lap by accepting the responsibility of the current problems in F.I.F.A in his acceptance speech.Then criticized the U.S.D.O.J. and English Media for creating the controversy as attempt to oust him as president, because they had “sour grapes” over losing their bids to host the World Cup.

With the election over and another term in front of him the president looked like he was in good standing to escape the wrath of the U.S. and continue to enjoy his life as the “Boss of Footbol.” The weekend went by and then Monday started and things changed for Blatter and F.I.F.A

The day started with letter released by the Press Association from the South African Football Association (S.A.F.A) to F.I.F.A. general secretary, Jerome Valcke. The letter stated details about a transfer of $10 million from F.I.F.A to a bank account linked to former C.O.N.C.A.C.A.F. president, Jack Warner in 2008.   Owen Gibson of The Guardian reports the money was alleged a bribe for Warner and U.S. soccer diplomat,Chuck Blazer for the votes they cast for South Africa to host the 2010 World Cup.

 

Jerome Valcke linked to knowledge of allegations of bribes involving S.A.F.A. and Jack Warner. (photos courtesy of B.B.C. World Service and Panorama Mercantil/Flickr)

Jerome Valcke linked to knowledge of allegations of bribes involving S.A.F.A. and Jack Warner. (photos courtesy of B.B.C. World Service and Panorama Mercantil/Flickr)

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In the U.S. a source told A.B.C. news that Blatter is under investigation by the F.B.I. as part of a probe connected to the indictments that were made the previous week. Hours later Blatter returned in front the world to announce his plans to resign as president and call for a special congress to elect his successor in the next six to nine months.

While Blatter will still be in power for the rest of 2015 and possibly the start of 2016 the story that has unfolded since last week’s column is stunning. One week from the day this column is written the most powerful man was ruling his sport with an iron-fist and avoided the storm of justice like a plague.

Three days later he’s forced to start preparing his move from his pedestal of power and possibly get ready to answer for the “questionable practices” his non-profit organization has engaged in over the years.

The ultimate irony is that this is all thanks to the United States. The one country that has been notorious about it’s disinterest in soccer.

The country that was so uninterested in the sport that the people use the real name of the sport for a full contact game where the hands are the primary weapons. A country where their professional league is considered the last stop for a worldwide legend before their career goes out to pasture.

The world has acknowledged America’s limited role in the global game. Now the world is facing a possible reality where they have to thank the U.S. for being the heroes that helped bring world-wide reform to their beloved game. The most mind boggling part of this equation is that this was all done without a single ball being kicked on a field.

While there are still a lot of issues to work through both in and out of a courthouse. If things go the way the U.S.D.O.J. hopes, the millennial generation can have their story of how America used its power to help make the world a better place.

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