The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2019.12.12

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Faith, Fear, and Fandom in the Time of Patrick Mahomes. Via The Ringer’s Rany Jazayerli (this is worth your 15 minutes):

I’m not saying I’ve never invoked God’s help during a sporting event; I may or may not still be honoring the terms of a promise made during the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series. But I do so as judiciously as possible. The world has enough problems to pray on. Sports are there to take our minds off those problems, not to compete with them for our devotions.

And yet for more than a year now I find a silent prayer on the tip of my tongue more often than I would like to admit, an unbidden benediction that escapes my lips almost every Sunday (not even my holy day!) and every other day of the week, as well. A prayer that anchors me to the joys of this world and reminds me of how ephemeral they can be.

Please, God, just keep Patrick Mahomes healthy.

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Cinematic Recap. Fun stuff. I’d encourage you to take the time to roll through these photos. Lots of terrific work.

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Legislation for NIL. Via NBC Sports, NCAA president Mark Emmert believes that it is highly probable that federal legislation will be needed to, well, legislate the name, image, and likeness:

Emmert, who spoke at a forum sponsored by the Sports Business Journal, said he is spending most of his time trying to figure out how the NCAA and its hundreds of member schools will allow college athletes to get that kind of compensation under the auspices of amateur athletics.

He said he is also spending a lot of time in Washington, meeting with lawmakers, often with university presidents and other representatives from individual schools.

Last week, Sen. Chris Murphy and Sen. Mitt Romney announced the formation of a bipartisan congressional working group that will examine compensating college athletes.

“They want to hear from their home universities,” Emmert said. “Members of Congress care about college sports. They recognize how important it is to American society. They don’t want to do harm. They want to make it better. But it’s going to be a long road. It’s not going to be something that happens overnight.”

Wondering how lobbying will slow down, if at all, the state legislation process, at least I’m guessing that is why Emmert is making all of this effort.


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