By Zaheer Clarke
Published on June 27, 2016
Whether you think the NBA is rigged, or it’s a contest between men with hot bodies flying through the air, exhibiting will and skill – as one girlfriend puts it – the NBA is a business and businesses maximise their returns.
The matchup between Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) in the 2016 NBA Finals has been a goldmine for the NBA.
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The NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors, the second such finals in consecutive years has been good for the NBA. Forget the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs dynasties of the 2000s with future Hall-of-Fame players and coaches like Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Duncan, Phil Jackson and Greg Popovich. Or the resurgence of another storied franchise in NBA history, the Boston Celtics under Doc Rivers with all-star players like Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors against the prodigal King LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers have set new rating/viewership records not seen since Michael Jordan’s last championship title in 1998.
“… look for Steph (Curry) and the Warriors to be marketed unlike any other Finals runner-up …”
By Zaheer E. Clarke
Published June 20, 2016
Though Usain Bolt won’t feature in the Men’s 400m race, it is the race that everyone should see at the 2016 Rio Olympics. A mindboggling sub-43 second, world record and/or an Olympic record run are all possible.
The 2016 Rio Olympics is a mere 47 days away and unfortunately, the buzz in the track and field world is about doping and the retests of samples from the 2008 and the 2012 Olympics. There’s hardly any mention of the potential legendary and Herculean performances of the athletes.
The blue riband event of every Olympics is the 100m event which knights its latest winner as the “fastest man in the world”. Usain Bolt has had a stranglehold on this title ceremoniously now for eight years and based on last week’s performance at the Racers Grand Prix there is no sign that he’ll relinquish it. The signs are more in line for him to add to his legend status and the fans and experts are all whispering about the potential world and Olympic records.
Usain Bolt will likely contest the 100m, 200m and 4 x100m at the Rio Olympics, but another race might be the most exhilarating spectacle of the meet.
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Unsurprisingly, the event which has me whispering about a potential world and/or Olympic record, and is the blue riband event, for me, at this year’s Olympics is the Continue reading
By Zaheer E. Clarke
Published June 13, 2016
Aired June 18, 2016, via Zaheer’s Zone on Sports Nation Live
Two losses in the Copa America tournament, which followed the win against #3 ranked Chile, disappointed many Jamaican football fans. With another World Cup qualifying campaign all but lost, several fans feel like they were scammed.
On Thursday night, a riveting documentary aired on local television, which highlighted the infamous scamming trade in Jamaica and the impact it has had on its victims and the perpetrators. The reality of scamming and its repelling repercussions were finally exposed for all Jamaicans to see and it resonated with viewers at large. The Twitter hashtag #Scammed dominated the night with hundreds of individuals commenting on the quality and reality of the production.
On that same night and almost simultaneously, the Reggae Boys were ousted from the Copa America Centenario tournament after losing their second consecutive game of the tournament, this time, to CONCACAF rivals Mexico. In the first game, the team’s loss was mainly due to Rodolph Austin being ordered to the showers for tackling a Venezuelan player early in the first half. There was an accord that the referee made a blunder in that game by sending off Austin. There were others who believed the referee made even more blunders throughout that game after that game-transforming moment. However, one thing is sure, the people of Jamaica felt scammed on Thursday night by coach Winfried Schäefer and the players, based on their performance. Continue reading
By Zaheer E. Clarke
Published June 6, 2016
An unnamed Jamaica medallist who participated at the 2008 Beijing Olympics has returned an adverse analytical finding upon retesting of the Beijing samples. Who is the unnamed athlete?
In Jamaica’s first appearance at the Summer Olympics in 1948, Jamaica finished first (Arthur Wint) and second (Herb McKenely) in the men’s 400m.
Track and Field is the heartbeat of the nation. The glorious exploits from the 1948 Olympics right up to now are a beckon of pride for the Jamaican people and their deep love for the sport over the years is unbridled and unquestionable.
Last week, Jamaicans were scared white as a sheet and many looked pale as ghosts when news surfaced that a Jamaican athlete was among 31 athletes, spanning six sports and 12 countries, who had their retested A samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics having banned substances. The fears of many Jamaicans were compounded when it was mentioned that the individual with the adverse finding was a medallist at the 2008 Olympics Games. The culmination of years of struggle, hard work and running against the cheats of other countries, as we often cried, was realised at the Bird’s Nest in 2008. This struggle, which was transformed into triumph, is now being haunted by a ghost of doping past. Speculation is rife as to who is this nameless person? Not Bolt, I was asked over and over. Not Bolt, I will confirm. Nevertheless, who is the ghost athlete? Continue reading