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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Here's how the NFL draft is like picking stocks

Apr 24, 2019
Patience and risk management are key to both.
The 2018 NFL Draft logo is seen on a video board during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. 
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Major League Soccer bounces back

Mar 19, 2019
As Major League Soccer’s 24th season gets underway, sports investors are fueling a soccer growth spurt.
FC Cincinnati fans are seen during the match against the Portland Timbers at Nippert Stadium on March 17, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. FC Cincinnati won its inaugural home match 3-0.
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When the family business is the most famous basketball team in the world

Oct 29, 2018
Lakers CEO and co-owner Jeanie Buss on life and basketball.
Los Angeles Lakers CEO and co-owner Jeanie Buss at the UCLA Health Training Center, the Lakers practice facility in El Segundo, California
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When the family business is the most famous basketball team in the world

Oct 29, 2018
Lakers CEO Jeanie Buss on life and basketball.
Los Angeles Lakers CEO and co-owner Jeanie Buss at the UCLA Health Training Center, the Lakers practice facility in El Segundo, California
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The team is hot, but Yankee ticket sales are not

Jun 15, 2017
Fewer people are saying 'take me out to the ballpark.' At least, the ballpark in the Bronx.
Tickets at the new Yankee Stadium are more than $50. Above, Aaron Judge walks off the field after he grounded out to end the game against the Chicago White Sox in April.
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Biking industry keeps pedaling into winter with fat tires

Feb 3, 2017
Fat bikes have increased in popularity recently all over the country, not just for riding in cold temperatures. They can be used like a standard mountain bike on all kinds of terrain.
Fat bikes hang in the maintenance department of Freewheel Bike in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
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Squash tournaments can lead sponsors to coveted clients

Jan 19, 2017
At the professional squash tournament of champions, held in New York this month, sponsors gain access to niche clientele.
The Professional Squash Association 2017 Tournament Of Champions is played in Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Station.
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Retired U.S. Women's Soccer star Abby Wambach on gender wage gap

Oct 3, 2016
Wambach shares her personal struggles in new memoir, 'Forward'
Abby Wambach of the United States reacts during the women's soccer match against China at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. 
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