WBEZ | athletes http://www.wbez.org/tags/athletes Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en O'Bannon v. NCAA case ends in split decision http://www.wbez.org/news/obannon-v-ncaa-case-ends-split-decision-113132 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/NCAAhurdles_flickr-Phil Roeder 2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>College sports are a big-money business. Top-tier coaches earn millions while television (and gaming) contracts are worth billions of dollars. But the athletes are restricted from earning a cut because they&rsquo;re amateurs.</p><p>A case that many thought might open the door to compensation for college athletes ended in a split decision Wednesday. A federal appeals court ruled that the NCAA cannot prevent member schools from offering scholarships that cover the full cost of attendance. However, it threw out a lower court&#39;s plan to compensate athletes $5000 or more per year in deferred payments. ESPN senior writer and legal analyst Lester Munson joins All Things Considered host Melba Lara to help unpack how Wednesday&#39;s decision may affect future compensation campaigns.</p></p> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 17:11:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/obannon-v-ncaa-case-ends-split-decision-113132 Morning Shift: September 1, 2015 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-01/morning-shift-september-1-2015-112793 <p><p>Today we take a look at how <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-01/understanding-legal-aspects-chicago%E2%80%99s-recent-high-profile-sports">coverage of sports figures</a> has changed over the years, in light of recent sexual assault allegations against two of Chicago&#39;s biggest sports names: Patrick Kane and Derrick Rose.</p><p>We also turn the way-back machine to 1995 and 2001...that&rsquo;s when parents in two Chicago neighborhoods went on <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-01/looking-back-outcomes-chicagos-other-hunger-strikes-over-community">hunger strikes</a> to get new schools for their kids &mdash; it&rsquo;s a scene being repeated now in an effort to save Walter H. Dyett high school in Chicago&rsquo;s Washington Park neighborhood. We check in with Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garicia who played a role in the &#39;95 and &#39;01 strikes, and get his take on the current one.</p><p>And speaking of Dyett...<em>its</em> story, not the city&rsquo;s spending priorities...<a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-01/dyett-hunger-strike-took-center-stage-first-city-budget-hearing">took center stage</a> at the first city budget hearing last night. WBEZ&rsquo;s Lauren Chooljian recaps the meeting.</p><p>And the world renowned Chicago chamber music ensemble <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-01/world-renowned-chamber-group-eighth-blackbird-begins-residency-mca">Eighth Blackbird</a> is in with a preview of the group&rsquo;s residency at the Museum of Contemporary Art, which begins today and runs through June.</p></p> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 12:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-01/morning-shift-september-1-2015-112793 Unfamous Kids Named After Famous People http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-01/unfamous-kids-named-after-famous-people-104821 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/3467493336_73218b3d4a.jpg" style="float: right; height: 257px; width: 300px;" title="Flickr/Keith Allison" /><span id="internal-source-marker_0.4461371744547439">About a month ago, Drew Magary published an astounding little post on </span><a href="http://deadspin.com/5967948/2012s-definitive-list-of-unusual-baby-names-will-destroy-your-soul?tag=dadspin">Deadspin</a> about some of the most unusual names in 2012. My favorite is &ldquo;Donathan,&rdquo; just because it kind of makes sense, yet doesn&rsquo;t, sort of like &ldquo;Denjamin&rdquo; or &ldquo;Staniel&rdquo; or &ldquo;Misterpher.&rdquo;</div><p>Anyway, this got me thinking on the ways people name their kids. Our son is named &ldquo;Paul&rdquo; which is a pretty straightforward name, except my underlying rationale for doing so is maybe a little weird. He&rsquo;s named for a baseball player.<br /><br />My affection for Paul Konerko has been documented online before, although what used to be a crush has leveled off to a rational appreciation for his hard work, good attitude and odd ability to have a successful yet scandal-free athletic career. So the name &ldquo;Paul&rdquo; to me became imbued with those good qualities (incidentally, while the White Sox did lose the night my Paul was born, Paulie K. homered.)<br /><br />The more I thought about it, I was able to come up with even more good famous Pauls who have brought me happiness throughout my life: Paul McCartney, <a href="http://www.zulkey.com/2008/06/the_paul_f_tompkins_interview.php">Paul F. Tompkins</a>, <a href="http://www.zulkey.com/2008/09/httpwwwyoutubecomwatchv0qvqsza.php">Paul Scheer</a>, Paul Rudd, RuPaul. So why not a Paul for me? A good precedent had been set by the Pauls who had come before him.<br /><br />I&rsquo;m not completely alone. A friend of mine named Stephanie was nicknamed &ldquo;Stevie&rdquo; at birth due to her parents&rsquo; affection for the Fleetwood Mac singer Ms. Nicks. I know a child of some Bears fans who is named Keller because that&rsquo;s Mike Ditka&rsquo;s middle name.<br /><br />I must know other kids out there who were named after athletes and various other famous people, but my coffee intake is low and so I can&rsquo;t summon them at this time. So please share with me: who were your (or your friends&rsquo; or family&rsquo;s) kids named for that&rsquo;s in the pop culture realm, and why? Feel free to be totally judgmental of your peer&rsquo;s decisions.</p></p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 09:37:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-01/unfamous-kids-named-after-famous-people-104821