Athletes are bringing candid and influential voices to social concerns as barriers denying them the opportunity to speak out vanish.
Within the past five years, players from multiple sports in addition to the big four (men’s basketball & hockey, football and baseball) are more willing to voice their stands on gender equality, movements including Black Lives Matter and police brutality.
The U.S. women’s national soccer team filed a class-action lawsuit in pursuit of earning pay equal to their male counterparts last year and players in the WNBA protested in multiple demonstrations in support of Black Lives Matter in 2016.
After finishing preseason training in Tampa and Los Angeles, the Chicago Fire began preparations for their season-opening match Sunday against the defending Major League Soccer Champions the Seattle Sounders.
New head coach Raphaël Wicky said he couldn’t see much of a change in the players’ responsiveness at their first practice back home. They have continued to go about their training prior to opening day as planned, but have had to adjust to a brisk windchill hitting their faces instead of balmy Florida or California breezes.
Whether Luka Doncic was behind the podium at the Rising Stars Media Day, All-Star Media Day or after the actual games, one man stood by his side as if his life depended on it.
It essentially does.
Scott Tomlin is the Director of Basketball Communications for the Dallas Mavericks. Anytime Doncic, the second-year Mavericks star, spoke with the media during All-Star weekend, Tomlin was never too far away, and listened closely to ensure no conversation went in a direction that could tarnish the team’s or his young superstar’s reputation.
“He’s always with me,” Doncic said. “He’s a great guy, and always takes care of me. There’s a lot of media.”
Former Chicago Bulls forward Will Perdue and 2020 NBA All-Star Bam Adebayo share roots in Kentucky.
When he’s not working as a studio analyst for the Bulls at NBC Sports Chicago, the three-time NBA champion heads down to his home in Louisville. During Adebayo’s lone collegiate season with the Kentucky Wildcats, Perdue got the opportunity to watch the Newark native first-hand many times.
“He was pretty raw coming out of Kentucky,” Perdue said.
Upscale new commercial venues and stalwart old ones are making Chicago’s Wrigleyville neighborhood a year-round destination even when the Cubs’ season ends at Wrigley Field.
Whether it’s the slew of swanky new bars and restaurants such as Happy Camper Pizza on Clark Street or the bright lights that populate Gallagher Way’s Christkindlmarket during the holiday season, the Wrigleyville of today looks quite different than even five years ago.