Infographic: Is Your State’s Highest-Paid Employee A Coach? (Probably)

Infographic: Is Your State’s Highest-Paid Employee A Coach? (Probably)

You may have heard that the highest-paid employee in each state is usually the football coach at the largest state school. This is actually a gross mischaracterization: Sometimes it is the basketball coach.

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Actually, Jason Collins Isn’t the First Openly Gay Man in a Major Pro Sport

Actually, Jason Collins Isn't the First Openly Gay Man in a Major Pro Sport

Actually, Jason Collins Isn't the First Openly Gay Man in a Major Pro Sport – Atlantic Mobile via http://nextdraft.com – the day's most fascinating news.

Major-league baseball player Glenn Burke was comfortably out to his teammates and friends in 1976–but back then, it was the press that wasn't ready for a gay male athlete.

Football’s death spiral

Football’s death spiral – Salon.com

Just as the Church in America will never be the same after the sexual abuse scandals, America’s dominant sport will never reclaim the air of cartoonish, ‘roided-up unreality it had a few years ago, when no one in sports journalism knew how to spell “encephalopathy.” All the loudness and emptiness of the Super Bowl spectacle can’t conceal the aura of doubt around the future of the game, or the collective shock of our discovery that the endpoint of this gladiatorial combat is actual death. Football is a central ingredient in the American narrative of masculinity, and it’s also the zillion-dollar linchpin of network television. But in case you haven’t heard the news, both those institutions are in crisis. Is it hard to imagine America without football? Yeah, but it’s time to start. It’s a killing game, and we have to let it die.