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That's More Than Any Current NBA Player  That's More Than Any Current NBA Player

By Jen Slothower

Make fun of the Charlotte Bobcats all you want. Owner Michael Jordan and his famous sneakers are still running all the way to the bank. The NBA legend made about $90 million last year, according to Forbes — his most ever, and the highest amount since he raked in $80 million while playing for the Chicago Bulls in 1997-1998, his last year with the team and his final championship season. The huge net — which is more than any retired or current athlete earned in 2013 except Floyd Mayweather Jr. — came from his still highly lucrative partnership with Nike. Jordan’s Air Jordan 10 “Powder Blue” retro sneaker, released Saturday, pulled in $35 million on the first day of sales, according to Forbes. Last year alone, Jordan’s retail items made $2.25 billion worth in sales, compared to LeBron James’ $300 million. Adidas’ biggest seller, Derrick Rose, had $40 million worth of his signature shoes sold. Jordan has been working with Nike since his rookie year, when he famously signed the first huge shoe deal in history and kept wearing his signature sneakers in games despite regular $5,000 fines from the NBA (which Nike paid). That endorsement led to his eventual Air Jordan line, which has spawned dozens of styles and colors that have developed a cult following of their own. About half of Jordan’s total Nike shoe sales are for retro shoes, and other Jordan apparel also continues to sell well. Nike made about $26 billion last year, with $2 billion of it coming from Jordan’s brand, Forbes estimates. Nike has a 92 percent share of the shoe market. Add it all together, and it makes sense that Jordan is making more money now than ever — although, as Forbes notes, that Hanes endorsement is part of it as well.

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BCL Awards Banquet

BCL Awards Banquet

Last evening was good night for Calvert Hall Basketball.we won several awards. Coach JB won Coach of The Year, Nico Clareth won Defensive Player of The Year, Evan Phoenix won Most Improved Player, Drew Edwards and Nico Clareth were 1st Team All-BCL, and Darius Able won The Never Quit Award. Way to go Cardinals!

Athletes Don’t Get Paid

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and member colleges and universities are comparable to slave plantations. They acquire “student athletes” who work for them tirelessly without pay. For free.  Not one dime.

With college sports now generating upward of $8 billion a year from television rights, tickets, and licensing fees, the young people whose labor actually makes all that money possible are getting impatient with amateurism rooted in 19th-century British ideals.

NCCA Owns The Players’ Identity

Universities have the rights of “owners” and receive payment from the labor of the athletes in various forms, including selling shirts and other officially licensed gear with their names, faces and identification numbers, while prohibiting the players to earn any money.

Not only does the NCAA prevent the students from making money from their likeness during their tenure at the schools, they also own the rights in perpetuity and continue to profit from the players long after they leave.

College merchandise licensing is a $4-billion annual industry, and the NCAA has cornered the market. An NCAA business partner, Thought Equity Motion, has called the NCAA’s video content archives “one of the most unique and valuable content collections in the world.”

Many Players Live Below The Poverty Line

The average scholarship shortfall (out-of-pocket expenses) for each “full” scholarship athlete was approximately $3,222 per player during the 2010-11 school year. However, the room-and-board provisions of a full scholarship leave 85 percent of players living on campus and 86 percent of players living off-campus surviving at below the federal poverty line.

Meanwhile, the fair market value of the average Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) football and basketball player was $121,048 and $265,027, respectively.  At larger programs, the disparity is even larger. University of Texas football players’ fair market value was $513,922 but they lived $778 below the federal poverty line and had a $3,624 scholarship shortfall. Duke basketball players were valued at more than $1 million while living just $732 above the poverty line with a scholarship shortfall of $1,995.

An Injured Player May Not Be Covered by Health Insurance

Not only are the players cheated of the income they make for the colleges, universities and NCAA, but they are also subject to the long-term effects of injuries sustained while playing the sports.

There are no funds set aside for the players who suffer concussions, broken limbs, memory loss, and other ailments. All a player gets is “thank you for your football-playing days,” and possibly a championship ring or two.

Scholarships Are Not Guaranteed 

Student athletes are not guaranteed full scholarships. A coach can take away a football player’s scholarship at any point even if the student is earning good grades and staying out of trouble.

Athletes Are Prohibited From Working

Unlike students who receive full academic scholarships, student athletes must surrender their right to work. So if you’re an 18-year-old wide receiver with a baby, how can you help feed and care for your child? Even Olympians are allowed endorsement deals.

By Glenn Erby | Posted on Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

 John Wall 360 dunk against Lakers.

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall is scratching to be recognized and respected by those in NBA circles.

During an interview with CSN Washington, Wall says people still don’t properly recognize his accomplishments thus far, and he still refers to himself as the skinny kid out of Kentucky.

I think they still still see me as a skinny kid from Kentucky that got drafted No. 1, that hasn’t done nothing or proven nothing in this league. I think just making this first All-Star Game still doesn’t get me a nod.

I think I respect the coaches and those guys that give me the the credit for seeing I worked on my game and I’m getting better.

But until I make it to the playoffs and win a series and keep improving, I haven’t done nothing in this league

Wall, who’s still just 23, has gotten better each season of his career.

Cardinals recover from nine-point halftime deficit to pull away from Panthers at home

Trailing by nine points to St. Frances after a jittery first half, the Calvert Hall boys basketball team didn’t discuss strategy or adjustments at halftime.

The message from the coaches was simple and direct: Go harder.

The No. 2 Cardinals responded with a 15-3 run to open the third quarter and finished strong to pull away for a 69-62 home win over the No. 7 Panthers in the regular-season finale for both teams. The win ended a run of eight straight wins by St. Frances over Calvert Hall, dating back to the 2010-11 season.

Calvert Hall, behind a 21-point performance from junior guard Drew Edwards, finished the regular season at 26-4 with the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference and Baltimore Catholic League playoffs approaching.

The Cardinals (14-4 in the MIAA and 11-3 in the BCL) earned a first-round bye as the second seed in this week’s MIAA playoffs. On Thursday, they will host the winner of the quarterfinal game between third-seeded St. Frances (22-11 overall, 12-6 in the MIAA, 8-6 in the BCL) and sixth-seeded Mount Carmel.

After getting back in Sunday’s game with the dominant third quarter — Edwards scored nine of the team’s 19 points to give Calvert Hall a 46-45 lead heading into the fourth quarter — the Cardinals proved they wanted it more in the closing minutes of the game.

Senior guard Sean Mayberry hit two important jumpers, Edwards added a 3-pointer, and junior center Evan Phoenix hit a reverse layup and added two free throws. Defensively, the Cardinals kept the Panthers to just four made free throws in the final 3:08, and senior forward Chris Wallace (14 points) sealed the victory with an emphatic dunk at the buzzer that represented Calvert Hall’s determined play in the second half.

“It’s just a great win. The kids played hard, a great second half,” Calvert Hall coach John Bauersfeld said. “We were super tentative in the first half — I think our nerves got to us a little bit, we hadn’t beaten them in awhile — and just came in and got after it.

“We just said you got to go out and play harder, you got to play less tentative in a not-so-nice way. And you just have to match their intensity and their physicality. They’re going to come at you and you got to match that. You’re either going to take it and lay down or fight back a little bit, and that’s what we did.”

The Panthers, playing without injured sophomore guard Khalil Richards and coming off upset losses to Loyola and Mount Carmel, ended the first half on a 8-1 run. A three-point play from Daquan Bracey (11 points) with 1:33 left before halftime provided the big spark for St. Frances.

After the Cardinals rallied in the third quarter to take their first lead since the opening basket, St. Frances stayed close throughout the fourth quarter behind senior forward Dwayne Morgan, who scored nine of his team-high 19 points in the final frame.

But after his jumper gave the Panthers a 58-55 lead with 3:51 to play, the Cardinals took charge at both ends.

Mayberry, coming off the bench, hit a baseline jumper to close the gap to 58-57, and then, after Edwards’ 3-pointer gave Calvert Hall the lead for good, 60-59, Mayberry hit another jumper to make it 62-59.

“It was a huge win. Coach got into us a little bit at halftime and … we knew what we had to do,” Edwards said. “It was a goal, we had to beat them and we knew what we had to do. We wiped the score off the board and we just played.”

Junior Nico Clareth added 13 points for the Cardinals, who also got eight each from Phoenix and Mayberry.

“For us, it’s a big momentum builder because we haven’t beaten these guys for awhile,” Bauersfeld said. “So much of the game is mental, just believing you can beat the team in front of you, and that’s what we did.”

BCL Standings

2013-14 Baltimore Catholic League
TEAM CONFERENCE OVERALL POINTS
W L Win % W L Win % PF PA
   Mount Saint Joseph High School 11 3 0.786 25 4 0.862 2076 1630
   Calvert Hall College High School 9 3 0.750 24 4 0.857 1877 1525
   St. Frances Academy 9 4 0.692 22 9 0.710 1927 1768
   John Carroll School 7 6 0.538 21 12 0.636 1772 1620
   St. Maria Goretti High School 5 8 0.385 17 13 0.567 1672 1531
   Archbishop Spalding 4 8 0.333 14 10 0.583 1470 1368
   Our Lady of Mount Carmel High School 4 9 0.308 15 11 0.577 1493 1444
   Loyola Blakefield 3 9 0.250 9 15 0.375 1234 1287
TEAM CONFERENCE OVERALL POINTS
W L Win % W L Win % PF PA
   Mount Saint Joseph High School 13 3 0.812 25 4 0.862 2076 1630
   Calvert Hall College High School 12 4 0.750 24 4 0.857 1877 1525
   St. Frances Academy 12 4 0.750 22 9 0.710 1927 1768
   John Carroll School 10 6 0.625 21 12 0.636 1772 1620
   Archbishop Spalding 8 7 0.533 14 10 0.583 1470 1368
   Glenelg Country School 7 10 0.412 14 11 0.560 1419 1375
   Our Lady of Mount Carmel High School 7 10 0.412 15 11 0.577 1493 1444
   Loyola Blakefield 6 10 0.375 9 15 0.375 1234 1287
   Gilman School 6 11 0.353 9 15 0.375 1404 1490
   McDonogh School 0 16 0.000 4 20 0.167 1213 1317
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