Weekend roundup

Most of the weekend’s sports news centers around the Seahawks’ obliteration of the Broncos in a stunning 43-8 win, but there are a few articles that touch on some legal concerns.

Rams Returning to L.A. More Than Just Rumors

A few days ago, I mentioned that Billionaire and St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke purchased a substantial area of land in L.A. large enough to house an NFL stadium (if you want to get specific about it, Kroenke purchased the land through a corporation of which he has ownership) and that it was questionable whether Kroenke would move the team back to where the Rams originally played. The article features in an L.A. Times column which highlights factors which may predict that a move in the near future is imminent. These factors include:

  • An estimated 90 million dollars was used to purchase the land.
  • The NFL is aware of the purchase, as Kroenke informed them.
  • Unofficially (and possibly officially), the NFL approved the location for an NFL stadium.
  • The current stadium lease in St. Louis, Missouri is set to expire within a year, giving Kroenke the ability to leave St. Louis without incurring any legal recourse (in ending the lease).
  • St. Louis fans aren’t known for their attendance rate, as it ranks one of the lowest in the NFL, meaning that few fans would be upset.
  • L.A. housed the Rams for 33 years before they moved to St. Louis, and as the nation’s second largest city, it has strong potential.

The article does mention a few drawbacks (environment, traffic, air transportation), the likelihood of negotiations with St. Louis, and whether the NFL would approve the move. It is still early enough in the process, but it’s a topic many newspapers are picking up with gusto. It is interesting that the article does not point out why the L.A. Rams left in the first place , so it might be worthwhile to explore those concerns and see if history repeats itself.

Despite Threats to Winter Games, U.S. Athletes Feel Safe

The Opening Ceremonies to the Winter Games will begin later this week. Despite terrorist groups’ threats looming over the period of the Winter Games, U.S. athletes report that they feel safe, according to the New York Times. The security is top-notch, and while all of the U.S. coverage encourages U.S. athletes to be constantly vigilant, athletes appear comfortable with the situation. Considering the vast number of security that is apparently prevalent in Sochi now, it is not unreasonable for U.S. athletes to feel safe. However, the Winter Games last more than just a few days, and an attack may occur at a point when guards are let down and stupid mistakes are made because of too much confidence and boldness.

Marathoner Becky Wade Signs With Asics

Runner’s World reports that Becky Wade, 24, is now sponsored by Asics. Wade was the top female American marathoner under 30 in 2013. She turned in a blistering time of 2:30:41, winning the Cal International in Sacramento. Her time ranks her as the third fastest American woman marathoner under 25, and the fifth fastest American in 2013. Jim Bevan, Wade’s coach from her alma mater, Rice University, will continue to coach her, as well as Joe Vigil, who coached Bevan and Olympic marathon bronze medalist Deena Kastor.

Finally, distance runners can run on treadmills without worrying that they are ruining their running biomechanics. Additionally, setting a treadmill at 1% incline affects runners who run a 7:09 pace or faster; if you run slower than that, setting the incline won’t emulate running outdoors, as it makes no significant difference. And, Genzebe Dibaba now holds the world record in the 1500 meter run – 3:55.17, which beats out the previous time of 3:58.28 by over 3 seconds.


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