What basketball can teach us about economic mobility

Mar 11, 2021
Ambitions to go pro are often "a metaphor for the elusiveness of the American dream," says "Hoop Dreams" director Steve James.
Success stories for Black athletes "can sometimes hide the fact that for the great majority of people in these communities, the hurdles are so huge that it makes it hard to succeed," "Hoop Dreams" director Steve James says.
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A conversation with "Hoop Dreams" basketball star, 3 decades later

Mar 11, 2021
William Gates, star of the 1994 documentary, on the economic challenges college athletes face today.
"Hoop Dreams" documents over five years the lives of two high school basketball players from families struggling economically in Chicago as they work toward pro careers.
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The economics of the NBA "bubble"

Jul 15, 2020
What the Disney World bubble is costing the NBA in its effort to keep players safe — and why it's probably money well spent.
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Kobe Bryant's legacy as an athlete and a venture capitalist

Jan 27, 2020
"He was really diverse in this first few moments of retirement," says Kenneth Shropshire of Arizona State University.
Kobe Bryant smiles at halftime as both his #8 and #24 Los Angeles Lakers jerseys are retired at Staples Center on Dec. 18, 2017, in Los Angeles.
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One small step for the WNBA, one giant leap for women's sports

Jan 27, 2020
As athletes demand equal pay, a salary hike in women's basketball is promising
Alyssa Thomas of the Connecticut Sun plays in Game 3 of the WNBA finals in 2019.
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David Stern, NBA commissioner, leaves a lasting legacy in the sports business world

Jan 2, 2020
Stern died of complications stemming from a brain hemorrhage he suffered on Dec. 12.
Michael Jordan (R) of the Chicago Bulls shakes hands with NBA Commissioner David Stern as he is presented with his 1997 NBA Championship ring prior to the 01 November game against the Philadelphia 76'ers, at the United Center in Chicago, IL.
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Here's why the NBA's draft is a game of chance

May 15, 2019
There's way more to one player than meets the eye.
Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils looks on against the Michigan State Spartans in the East Regional game of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Capital One Arena on March 31, 2019 in Washington, DC.
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In basketball, the right tech can improve your shot

"This merging of artificial intelligence and basketball is a really powerful thing," said Dr. Rachel Marty Pyke, data scientist.
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Zion Williamson's shoe: The business of college sports footwear

Feb 22, 2019
Duke's Zion Williamson split his Nike shoe wide open in a game against rival North Carolina, injuring his knee.
Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after falling as his shoe breaks against Luke Maye #32 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 20, 2019 in Durham, North Carolina.
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