Weekend Hot Reads....
The WASHINGTON POST's Sally Jenkins wrote the NCAA and its "arcane 400-page rulebook, which criminalizes athletes for daring to view college as an avenue to professions, cannot fold too soon." College athletes "work 60-hour weeks" and are "called cheats if they accept any cash for it." Jenkins: "What if college athletics became an open market?"
YAHOO SPORTS' Kevin Iole wrote under the header, "Mayweather-Alvarez Promotion Did Everything Right And Reaped The Benefits." Golden Boy, Showtime and Mayweather created "perhaps the finest promotion in boxing history," and the "same formula that worked for Mayweather-Alvarez can and will work again."
- UConn AD Warde Manuel found an ally in Bo Schembechler.
- A detailed look at the planned Nassau Coliseum renovations.
- Comedian Jeff Garlin offers ten thoughts on the Bears and TV.
- SI's Oklahoma State series shows why "sportswriters can't be fans."
- New Yorkers look to rent their homes to Super Bowl XLVIII attendees.