NFL Commissioner Goodell must punish the cheating Patriots harshly for #Deflategate

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots will have their fate determined by commissioner Goodell after the findings of the Wells report.

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots will have their fate determined by commissioner Goodell after the findings of the Wells report.

By Charles Glover, Jr.

Since the NFL’s AFC title game that occurred at the end of January, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao agreed on terms and fought their match, five different people have announced they are running for president, and Tiger Woods got injured then returned to action on the PGA Tour.

These major sporting events things occurred before the conclusion of the Deflategate investigation that began well before Super Bowl 48. Attorney Ted Wells announced his findings of the NFL investigation into whether the New England Patriots cheated during the season by using improperly deflated footballs to give them an edge over the opponents during games. In the report, Wells said:

On Wednesday, May 6, NFL investigator Ted Wells released his report on the Patriots' cheating that was labeled #Deflategate.

On Wednesday, May 6, NFL investigator Ted Wells released his report on the Patriots’ cheating that was labeled #Deflategate.

“For the reasons described in this Report, and after a comprehensive investigation, we have concluded that, in connection with the AFC Championship Game, it is more probable than not that New England Patriots personnel participated in violations of the Playing Rules and were involved in a deliberate effort to circumvent the rules.

“In particular, we have concluded that it is more probable than not that Jim McNally [the Officials Locker Room attendant for the Patriots] and John Jastremski [an equipment assistant for the Patriots] participated in a deliberate effort to release air from Patriots game balls after the balls were examined by the referee. Based on the evidence, it also is our view that it is more probable than not that Tom Brady [the quarterback for the Patriots] was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities of McNally and Jastremski involving the release of air from Patriots game balls.”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should come down with a multiple game suspension for Tom Brady.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should come down with a multiple game suspension for Tom Brady.

Commissioner Roger Goodell has gone on the record in recent months about his determination to ensure the integrity of the NFL.

“Whether a competitive advantage is gained or not is secondary in my mind to whether a rule is violated,” he said about the #Deflategate controversy.

With that in mind, Goodell should suspend Brady multiple games and take away multiple draft picks from the Patriots. As Goodell said, it doesn’t matter if the Patriots felt it was necessary to cheat to win. The NFL’s investigation clearly shows that the Patriots cheated so Goodell needs to make an example out of the New England team and punish them harshly.–OnPointPress.net

Charles Glover, Jr. is a sports aficionado and a training/benefits consultant. Follow me @GloverIsGood on Twitter.com.

Is boxing prepared for what the post-Mayweather era holds?

Floyd Mayweather Jr., at the podium, speaks at a press conference about his upcoming fight with Marcos Maidana (r).

Floyd Mayweather Jr., at the podium, speaks at a press conference about his upcoming fight with Marcos Maidana (r).

By Charles Glover, Jr.

On Saturday, May 3, Floyd “Money” Mayweather will attempt to unify the welterweight championship belts as he faces fellow champion Marcos Maidana. The undefeated Mayweather is the biggest pay-per-view draw by a wide margin, allowing him to earn upwards of $73 million in just two fights last year. There is no denying Mayweather is the best that boxing has to offer at this point.

However, Mayweather is 37 and has already participated in forty-five professional fights. There will come a time in the near future when Mayweather is unable to draw the fans to the television and to the ring to watch his fights. The ‘dangling carrot’ of a fight with the second most popular boxer, Manny Pacquiao, will eventually lose its effect on fans.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. (r) is boxing's pound-for-pound king and biggest draw. Manny Pacquiao (l) is the fighter fans most want to challenge Mayweather.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. (r) is boxing’s pound-for-pound king and biggest draw. Manny Pacquiao (l) is the fighter fans most want to challenge Mayweather.

Floyd Mayweather Sr., the boxer’s father and trainer, may have added fuel to that proposed fight by recently when he said:

“Manny and Floyd? That would be the easiest fight Floyd could make…This [Maidana] fight right here will be harder than Manny, trust me.”

As clamor for Mayweather versus Pacquiao wanes, there are different options for fans of combat sports.

A survey completed by the company Scarborough and published in the Sports Business Journal shows interest in combat sports as of 2013.

A survey completed by the company Scarborough and published in the Sports Business Journal shows interest in combat sports as of 2013.

Two of UFC's biggest stars are decorated champions,  Jon "Bones" Jones (l) and Ronda Rousey (r).
Two of UFC’s biggest stars are decorated champions, Jon “Bones” Jones (l) and Ronda Rousey (r).

Mixed martial arts has risen drastically in popularity over the last twenty years. In particular, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), has established a product that has targeted the very demographics that boxing used to dominate. UFC president, Dana White, is excited to extol the gains the UFC has made on boxing in viewership among males.

“When I was at ESPN all day, all the guys there were talking about our numbers. That’s all that matters,” she said.

White is counting on the rising popularity of champions Jon “Bones” Jones and Ronda Rousey to continue the growth of the UFC. Meanwhile, the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) launched a 24-hour streaming network in February, in preparation for the marquee event, WrestleMania 30 that took place early April.

The WWE continues to give their fans more ways to enjoy their product with the advent of the WWE Network. Featured Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (l) and John Cena (r).

The WWE continues to give their fans more ways to enjoy their product with the advent of the WWE Network. Featured Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (l) and John Cena (r).

The WWE continues to reinvent itself as a brand by marketing to multiple demographics through cross promotions. The firm routinely has WWE superstars featured on television and in movies, while producing original programming that gives extra recognition to their talent. The WWE Divas are providing an added dimension to the company as their reality show Total Divas allows fans to connect even more with their favorite WWE cast member.

The bottom line for boxing is that the other combat sports are continuing to add layers of interest to grow their sport. Meanwhile, boxing appears to be doing more to harm its sport than help it. The multiple governing bodies, uncooperative promoters, and incompetent judges that have plagued boxing over the past 20 years have placed the sport in a precarious situation: loss of interest from the fan base. The sport of boxing needs to make some major changes before Mayweather retires and takes major fan interest in boxing into retirement with him.–OnPointPress.net–

Charles Glover, Jr. is a sports aficionado and a management training consultant. Follow me @OpenWindowMES on Twitter.com.

Has the pay-per-view model done the most damage to interest in boxing?

Manny Pacquiao (l) takes on Brandon Rios (r) on November 23, 2013 on HBO Pay-per-view.

Manny Pacquiao (l) takes on Brandon Rios (r) on November 23, 2013 on HBO Pay-per-view.

By Charles Glover Jr.

While boxing continues to see record breaking pay-per-view numbers for main attraction Floyd Mayweather, the sport is still struggling to regain the interest it had decades ago. Only a handful of boxing superstars can attract large pay-per-view numbers, but pay-per-view fights receive the most attention in the sports media market.

Olympic gold medalist and top pound-for-pound boxer Andre Ward is making a return to the ring after a year off to recover from injury.

Olympic gold medalist and top pound-for-pound boxer Andre Ward is making a return to the ring after a year off to recover from injury.

The problem with boxing’s current marketing strategy is the lack of promotion for rising stars. The established superstars in boxing like Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto, and the aforementioned Mayweather, earned their reputation from fighting a long list of reputable fighters. In boxing, like politics, name recognition sells more than anything else. The former pay-per-view model helped grow the reputation of unknown fighters as they fought on the undercard before the main event was shown. If they excelled in those moments, the extra exposure would help them make a name for themselves.

Floyd "Money" Mayweather earned his nickname by being the best pound-for-pound boxer and the biggest pay-per-view.

Floyd “Money” Mayweather earned his nickname by being the best pound-for-pound boxer and the biggest pay-per-view.

The problem now is boxers that lack do name recognition do not get the opportunity to fight on the undercard of the pay-per-view card as often as in the past. For example, HBO Pay-Per-View will be the host station for the Manny Pacquiao versus Brandon Rios fight on November 23, 2013. Pacquiao is the second biggest pay-per-view draw in boxing at this time (Mayweather is first) so the numbers will likely be good. However, HBO aired excellent fights this past weekend and will feature another excellent bout this weekend.

Nonito  Donaire (l) defeated Vic Darchinian (r) by ninth round TKO last weekend November 9, 2013.

Nonito Donaire (l) defeated Vic Darchinyan (r) by ninth round TKO last weekend November 9, 2013.

Nonito Donaire, an exciting Filipino fighter with a good fan base knocked out bruiser Vic Darchinyan. Additionally, rising star Mikey Garcia, a Mexican-American fighter with exceptional knockout power, displayed that power to win a vacant title against highly touted Puerto-Rican fighter Rocky Martinez. This weekend, top pound-for-pound and undefeated fighter Andre Ward will come back from a year-long injury layoff to assert his dominance in his sport against the very skilled and also unbeaten Edwin Rodriguez.

Rocky Martinez (l) suffered a knockout loss at the hands of rising star Mikey Garcia (r).

Rocky Martinez (l) suffered a knockout loss at the hands of rising star Mikey Garcia (r).

In the past, HBO PPV would have combined these fights to make an entertaining and exciting card. That would encourage the casual fan to spend the money not just to see the main event, but also the rising stars in boxing. HBO is far from being the only culprit in this problem in marketing, but this month on HBO will feature several boxers that would have benefited from the extra exposure the Pacquiao pey-per-view would provide. Going forward, boxing would benefit from consolidating events and combining fight cards which should generate larger purses for the fights. The extra money in the purses would help market the fight on a broader level, which would generate a greater interest in a broader range of boxers.

Charles Glover, Jr. is a sports aficionado and management training consultant.

Emotional, physical health equally important for athletes

Mike Tyson recently admitted he's been untruthful about his recovery and he still struggles with alcoholism.

Mike Tyson recently admitted that he’s been untruthful about his recovery. He said that he still struggles with alcoholism.

By Charles Glover, Jr.

Athletes are often revered for their exceptional physical gifts and spectacular performances, yet many athletes are less successful in conquering their emotional issues and the subsequent struggles that accompany those problems. Alcoholism, drug abuse and violent outbursts are symptoms of unresolved emotional issues that unfortunately have troubled  many revered athletes across the vast sports landscape.

Former Olympic figure skater Tanya Harding

Former Olympic figure skater Tanya Harding, who assaulted her competitor Nancy Kerrigan with a bat, injuring her knee.

Whether its retired boxer Mike Tyson, former NBA star Allen Iverson and Lamar Odom, who has no current NBA team, there are many athletes who have had prolonged public battles with emotional issues.

There is still a large segment of the population that believes that seeking help for emotional issues should still be reserved for extreme cases only. The same belief often exists when dealing with drug and alcohol problems as well.

Former MLB pitcher Dwight Gooden released his autobiography in June 2013 detailing his numerous struggles with addiction while dealing with personal and professional success and failures.

Former MLB pitcher Dwight Gooden released his autobiography in June 2013 detailing his numerous struggles with addiction while dealing with personal and professional success and failures.

 

 

The result of this unhelpful attitude towards mental and emotional health are the numerous are seen in questionable conduct shown by troubled athletes. Mike Tyson, Dwight Gooden, JaMarcus Russell, Tanya Harding, and current NBA players Lamar Odom and Michael Beasley have all had brushes with infamy due to untreated issues. The recurring theme of legal, financial and personal struggles that these athletes have experienced has a direct link to their approach to addressing their myriad of emotional issues.

Oscar De la Hoya's issue with substance abuse resurfaced as he checked himself back into rehab just days before the mega fight featuring Floyd Mayweather on Sept. 14,2013 that De la Hoya's Golden Boy company helped promote.

Oscar De La Hoya’s struggles with substance abuse resurfaced  recently. He checked himself back into rehab just days before the mega fight featuring Floyd Mayweather on Sept. 14,2013 that De La Hoya’s Golden Boy company helped promote.

There is no guarantee that addressing emotional issues will result in complete recovery. in fact, it is likely there will be relapses because relapse is a part of the recovery process. Oscar De La Hoya had to admit himself into rehab for his continued struggle with recovering from drug abuse. Jason Kidd is largely past the issues that landed him in trouble with the law. However, Kidd was arrested for suspicion of DUI during last year’s NBA off-season. Emotional issues are commonly dealt with by excessive drug and alcohol abuse as sufferers have not been able to find a productive manner in which to cope with their issues.

Lamar Odom has seen his current problems with substance abuse become front page news over the past several weeks.

Lamar Odom has seen his current problems with substance abuse become front page news over the past several weeks.

With the prominence of social media and the constant news cycle, athletes have an extremely difficult time hiding their emotional struggles when begin to unravel. This summer has been less than kind to Lamar Odom as his struggles with drug abuse resurfaced. But his refusal to engage in sustained treatment by checking himself out of rehab after only one day demonstrates a level of denial that will continue to fuel his struggles. However, there are examples of athletes who seem to be gaining a better understanding of how to cope with challenges.

Former WNBA star Chamika Holdsclaw on Iyanla: Fix My Life in 2013

Former WNBA star Chamika Holdsclaw appeared on Iyanla: Fix My Life in 2013

A recent episode of “Iyanla, Fix My Life” featured Chamika Holdsclaw, former WNBA and women’s college basketball star. The show gave a glimpse into Holdsclaw’s internal scars as viewers watched her begin to learn to accept her past and gain tools on how to improve her future. Metta World Peace (formerly Ron Artest) was known for his numerous outbursts in the past. Now, he often acknowledges the benefit of his therapist and readily spreads the word of how effective therapy can be.

There’s cause for optimism for affected athletes because of the varying success stories of recovery from emotional turmoil. Michael Irvin faced public scrutiny for his substance abuse problems during his NFL career. He has overcome those issues to have a successful career as an analyst.

Tennis star Andre Agassi

Tennis star Andre Agassi

Andre Agassi’s substance abuse problems threatened to derail a thriving tennis career until successful rehabilitation allowed him to rebound and have a resounding professional and personal revival. Herschel Walker was often described as angry and aloof while playing in the NFL. He was diagnosed with Dis-associative Identity Disorder, also known as multiple personality disorder. After the diagnosis, Walker gained greater clarity and understanding, leading to multiple successful business ventures including a food service company, an appearance on NBC’s Apprentice, and a brief career in mixed martial arts.

All struggles are different and any degree of success is helpful when acknowledged. Rookie NFL player Tyrann Mathieu made headlines last year when he was dismissed from LSU after multiple failed drug tests. Mathieu has been able to rehabilitate his image and revive his career with the help of John Lucas II, president of John Lucas Enterprises, a network of drug treatment centers that mostly features athletes as clients.

Former NBA player and coach John Lucas II has found success in his post-athletic career in running his Houston based John Lucas Treatment and Recovery Center for  individuals struggling with substance abuse.

Former NBA player and coach John Lucas II has found success in his post-athletic career in running his Houston- based John Lucas Treatment and Recovery Center for individuals struggling with substance abuse.

Essentially, the best way to ensure that current and future athletes get the help they need to address their emotional concerns is to shift the narrative. Lucas, who once faced serious substance abuse problems while playing in the NBA, is a prime example of an athlete recognizing the importance of addressing the negative results of untreated emotional issues. If more athletes attach the same vigor, and diligence to their emotional and mental health as they do to their physical health and abilities, there will be more comprehensive success stories. When that happens, athletes will experience success in multiple areas of their lives which will allow them to be their complete best.  – Onpointpress.net

 

Charles Glover, Jr. is a sports aficionado and a management training consultant.