Thursday, May 29, 2014

Sterling sells Clippers for $2 billion!! is reporting that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will become the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers with a price tag of $2 billion dollars. (

Sources tell that Ballmer’s bid won the against other bids set by David Geffen ($1.6 million) and L.A. investors Tony Ressler and Steve Karsh ($1.2 billion). Although the sale is not final, it will become the second highest sale of a North American Sports franchise behind the 2012 sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers ($2.1 billion) becoming the overall highest in the NBA.  (

The sale comes in the heels of NBA’s force sale of the Clippers after a recording of former owner Donald Sterling making racists remarks about Magic Johnson and others was leaked back in April.  (

The deal is still tentative, as it will need approval of the 29 other NBA owners, which is expected to go well as long as Ballmer agrees to keep the team in Los Angeles.  At this time there is no comment from the NBA.

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Does "Paternity Leave" count for a foul play?

Earlier this week news of New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy suffered a little heat for missing two games during Opening Week.  I know your probably thinking it must have been some type of injury or just being benched for the games.

Murphy flew to Florida, missing the Mets Opening day to be with his wife after the birth of their son taking advantage of the 72 hour paternity leave rule. Although 72 hours isn't seem like a whole lot of time, it does meet the standards set by the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) that allows both women and men whom work for a company of 50 or more to take up to 12 weeks unpaid time off for the birth of a child.

However, for sports radio hosts Craig Carson and Boomer Esiason that just isn't ok. These guys may have just gotten a bit carried away…

But rather than stooping to their level, Murphy's response was:
“I got a couple of text messages about it, so I’m not going to sit here and lie and say I didn’t hear about it,” Daniel told WFAN Radio of his decision. “But that’s the awesome part about being blessed, about being a parent, is you get that choice. My wife and I discussed it, and we felt the best thing for our family was for me to try to stay for an extra day — that being Wednesday — due to the fact that she can’t travel for two weeks.”
Chick's Take:
Apparently, according to these guys a player's primary function is to be at the mercy of the team while neglecting the responsibilities of parenthood.  Honestly, ball players are only ball players for about 7 months a year while the rest of the time they have their own lives to lead. On top of that they have the full support of the MLB to take the time off.  Not many companies offer the opportunity for a father to take time to bond with their newborn, despite it only being 72 hours.  I think, he did the right call and handled this in a classy way.

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