In ESPN The Magazine's NBA Preview Issue, Howard Bryant writes that in the face of increased heat for its amateur model, the NCAA is trying to get away with its most audacious defensive tactic yet: blaming the players.
In ESPN The Magazine's Body issue, Howard Bryant writes that the Miami Heat are the latest team to prove that talent trumps all. That includes salary caps, which don't promote parity -- merely owner profits.
What happens over the next months and years will say more about American society and its boundaries of acceptance than it ever could about Jason Collins or Kirk Walker or Kevin McClatchy or Martina Navratilova.
In a time of high unemployment and low job creation, oddly, there still seemed to be money for sports. A closer look reveals a largely stagnant industry -- except for skyrocketing media rights to broadcast sports.
In ESPN The Magazine's Analytics Issue, Howard Bryant writes that LeBron James and the Heat are clearly the tops of the NBA and, although they aren't destroying opponents, parity in the league is a myth.
For five years we had a renewed Celtics-Lakers rivalry. Now both have put their future hopes in players who don't score first. It won't be an easy transition for either, but with Rajon Rondo's injury, it will be tougher for the Celtics.
Professional sports has reached its tipping point. The players, already too big, already too fast, already too strong, are now engaged in a game of attrition not against the other team, but against the regular season.
To be an NBA coach is to be stepped on, cursed at, stared down -- that is, when you're not being flat-out ignored. In ESPN The Magazine, Howard Bryant writes about the difficulty NBA coaches have in demanding accountability from their players.