The 2014 TSL Season in Sports was another action-packed, multi-layered experience with athletics once again crossing over into national news and sparking social and political conversations on race, wealth privilege and homosexuality in pro sports. Conversations that are offspring of the emotionally-charged fabric of athletic competition and our country's dependence on it.
Records were broken on the field and revelations were made off of it, as the changing dynamics of a far-reaching sports landscape forced Americans to look into the mirror and evaluate their own morals, beliefs and character.
A volatile and tense racial tea kettle brewing between America's citizens, urban jungles, police force, billion dollar industries and instigative media machines, has relied on the world of sports as an expression of growing frustration and a tool of medication and mediation.
Here's another TSL piece I wrote that I consider a must-read as we reflect on the most important sports stories that we covered with our bold, culturally unique, eloquent and impassioned flavor.
In February, the NBA named a new successor to its long-time, legendary commissioner David Stern. Adam Silver's commissionership was barely underway when in the aftermath of former LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling's secretly recorded racist rant against blacks, the rookie Czar was faced with historical player unrest and the threat of a player boycott — smack in the middle of the revenue-generating 2014 NBA playoffs. Avoiding what could have been a disastrous moment with long-lasting negative PR for the NBA, Silver wasted no time in supporting the players and delivering them Sterling's head on a platter with a lifetime ban.