Sports and News Links (The Day After The “Big Game”)

Micah Hyde of Iowa (left) breaks up a Steele Jantz pass to Josh Lenz of Iowa State. (Rodney White/Des Moines Register)

There’s some news and interesting stories that may have flown under the radar over the past week.  Let’s check some Sunday reading before settling down to watch pro football or whatever suits your fancy. 

  • ESPN has been the king of sports coverage and have withstood most of their competitors.  Could that change now with the rise of Yahoo Sports?  With the acquisition of Sporting News Radio and rebranding it, and the recent addition of Bruce Feldman, ex of ESPN, Clay Travis breaks down how Yahoo Sports has bolstered their way to the top when it comes to the first place to get your sports mojo. 
  • University of Connecticut (UConn) Coach Jim Calhoun brings in a highly touted player, Andre Drummond, into the program.  Problem is, UConn has no more scholarships to hand out.  Backup center Michael Bradley decides to give up his scholly so UConn can give it to Drummond. 


Is Jim Calhoun and UConn thumbing their nose at the NCAA again? Warren K. Zola thinks so.


Many call Bradley’s move selfless, but Warren K. Zola (via Sports Law Blog), in the Huff Post, questions this under-noted practice and the NCAA’s inability to corral their member institutions. 

  • Will she run or not, that is the question when it comes to Sarah Palin.  She may be a lot of things, most of negative, but should her recent speech in Indianola have gotten more play?  You bet it should have.  Anand Giridharadas of the New York Times writes that Palin didn’t just assail the “far left”, but she delivers a sucker punch to the left, center, and the right of the political divide.  Her speech might raise a few eyebrows. 

If it was anyone else saying them, everyone would be talking by now.

That should do it for your Sunday. 


Don’t forget to “brand” what you do best

What is your "brand"?

I’m not sure if I want to offer an opinion of “LeBronapalooza” as LeBron James’ primetime announcement of what team he will play for draws near this evening.  I’m having too much fun re-watching Lindsay Lohan’s reaction to being sentenced to jail for 90 days for violating her probation and not reporting every week to a treatment center.

The buildup over where LeBron goes has reached a level that is unprecedented.

Adrian Wojarnowski of Yahoo sports offers a frank observation of the so-called “circus”.

Beyond that, there is no doubt that LeBron is about “branding” himself as a “global icon”.  He also knows that, similar to the business world, you can have a brand, but you have to deliver the goods (win a NBA title).  Maybe that’s the problem.  He’s focused solely on his “name” brand and not what he can bring to a team and the results.  Not branding what he is good at could be a detriment for him.

What you do well or what your strongest skills are, is what you brand.  Not the other way around.  If you’re branding yourself something that you are not, then you should sit down and figure out who you really are.

How do you “brand” yourself?