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Pay for Play?

Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Ray Allen (left) and Dwyane Wade (right) feel that Team USA players should get paid for their services in the upcoming Olympic Games. Both future Hall-of-Famers are way out of line.

By Josh Kramer

Through the majority of the 20th century, only amateur athletes were allowed to compete in the Olympics.  Then the Dream Team arrived in 1992.  American superiority in basketball was demonstrated to the fullest.  Eventually, European countries began to catch up.  Now winning the Olympics is somewhat of a challenge for the United State every four years.

Dwyane Wade currently is making over 15.5 million dollars this season.  Ray Allen is currently raking in a meager 10.5 million this year. Yesterday, both said that they feel Team USA basketball players should get paid for their services in London this summer.  Is representing your country not enough?  A chance to play basketball in front of thousands of Europeans fans and millions watching on television in London not enough?  Is likely adding a gold medal to your collection not enough?  Is being a part of Olympic history not enough?  I have always been a fan of both Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen.  Wade’s very hard-nosed style of play since his Marquette days has always been admirable, while Ray Allen’s amazing three-point stroke dating back to his days at UConn has always been a thing of beauty.  Both are way out of line here. Continue reading

Marion Bartoli – An Opportunity Missed

Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Wouldn't it be a shame if current world #7 Marion Bartoli (pictured above) had to miss the 2012 Olympic Games due to her ongoing conflict with the French Tennis Federation?

By Toni Headley

Toni Headley is a tennis expert who worked at ESPN for 10 years and has been a freelance writer there for the past 2 years.  She also previously worked at CBS Sports and has covered every major tennis tournament in the world multiple times.

Marion Bartoli will most likely miss the 2012 Olympics due to her ongoing feud with the French Tennis Federation. The current tussle stems from Miss Bartoli’s refusal to be coached by the Federation coaches and insistance that her father coaches her during Fed Cup and Olympic competitions. Miss Bartoli was hoping for an exemption from the ITF, but it seems unlikely that she will receive one. Miss Bartoli’s unwillingness to work with the federation and participate in Fed Cup competition throughout the year has deemed her ineligible to compete in the upcoming Olympics. While I am all for a player’s individual rights to choose her coaches, trainers and hitting partners, I will have to disagree with Miss Bartoli in this instance. Continue reading