NCAA board supports name, image and likeness compensation

The NCAA is moving forward with a plan to allow university athletes to earn money for sponsorships and a host of other activities that involve personal appearances and social media content.

The NCAA announced on Wednesday that its Board of Governors will support athletes profiting from their likeness, names, and images like never before and without the participation of association, schools or conferences.

Ohio President and Chairman Michael Drake called the move “unprecedented” on the part of the NCAA.

The next step is for members to draft a bill by October 30. Many details still need to be worked out, including how to ensure that these sponsorship agreements are not used as inappropriate incentives for recruits. Schools will have a formal vote at the next convention in January and the new rules will come into force no later than the 2021-2022 school year.

“The NCAA member schools have adopted a very real change,” NCAA president Mark Emmert said on a conference call with reporters on Wednesday.

The move comes months after a number of states, including California, passed legislation allowing students to receive compensation. In a statement released on Wednesday, Emmert said the NCAA will work with states and Congress to align their rules with local regulations.

“It’s clear we need Congress’ help in all of this,” Emmert said.


Chase Young out due to possible NCAA issue from 2018

Ohio State University announced Chase Young will miss Saturday’s tilt against Maryland.

“Ohio State’s Chase Young will not play in this Saturday’s game between the Buckeyes and the Maryland Terrapins due to a possible NCAA issue from 2018 that the Department of Athletics is looking into,” the school said in a statement obtained by

It’s unclear just how Chase’s absence will affect the Buckeyes.

Young issued the following statement on Twitter:

“Unfortunately, I won’t be playing this week because of an NCAA eligibility issue. I made a mistake last year by accepting a loan from a family friend I’ve known since the summer before my freshman year at OSU. I repaid it in full last summer and I’m working with the University and NCAA to get back on the field as soon as possible. I want to thank my family, teammates, coaches and the whole Ohio State community for all the love and support. God bless and go Bucks!”


Kanye to African Americans: Stop supporting Democrats

Kanye West is back at it. The rapper is jumping back into politics, telling followers to stop supporting Democrats.

According to Page Six, West advised black voters: “Own your power. Your power is not to just vote Democrat for the rest of our lives. That’s not the power.”

He continued: “The power is when I talk to my lawyer … I put on my trench coat and said, ‘We’re moving these factories to America, and that’s how it’s going to be’ — and it’s lovely.”

The “Jesus Is King” rapper made the comments during the debut of his new shoe wear line, which he noted was part of his attempt to increase American manufacturing.

“We moved the headquarters to Cody, Wyo…Our goal is to bring the manufacturing back to America — South America, North America — bring it back Stateside and to present jobs for people back here,” he said.


‘Girls’ to finally come to an end after 6 seasons

It’s official: HBO’s “Girls” will end after six seasons.

Of course, that doesn’t mean the show is going after the air anytime soon, as season 5 still has yet to start airing, so fans will still get two more seasons to soak up the millennial dramedy, according to a Hollywood Gossip report.

The show, which stars Lena Dunham as Hannah, was always set to end in 2017, but the show’s creators have given that target some real finality.

Dunham said it feels right to end the show at this point, as she was 23 when the show started and will be 30 when it ends.

Girls also features Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet, and Jemima Kirke.

Season 5 will begin February 21 six months after the events of season 4. That season ended with all of the girls finding themselves in very different situations and about embark on new journeys in life.

Girls premiered on HBO back on April 15, 2012. Lena Dunham is the creator of the show, which follows twenty-somethings as they try to figure out life in New York City, dealing with heartbreak, rejections, and career failures along the way. Dunham said she draws the story lines for the show from her own life.

The show began when aspiring writer Hannah gets a visit from her parents from East Lansing in Michigan, telling her that they won’t support her financially anymore, leaving her on her own in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.


Chinese detergent company apologizes for “blatantly racist” commercial

Qiaobi. a Chinese detergent company, has come under fire for a commercial many have labeled “raw racism”.

The commercial depicts a young Asian woman doing laundry. A young black man enters the room with a paint brush and paint stains all over his face and clothing. The man whistles at the woman, who beckons him to come closer.

It seems that the two will share a kiss, but the Asian woman puts a Qiaobi detergent pack in the mouth of the black man and then pushes him into the washing machine.

When the wash is done, the Asian woman opens the machine to reveal that the black man has been washed into a young Asian man. The young Asian man winks at her, holding a Qiaobi detergent pack.

“[We had] no intention of discriminating against people of color,” read a Weibo statement posted Saturday by the company. “The color of one’s skin is not the standard by which we should judge each other. We strongly oppose and condemn racial discrimination.”

The Shanghai based Qiaobi apologized for the commercial after receiving backlash internationally but also accused the international media of being too sensitive and fueling the controversy for profit.

Before the apology, the company suggested that there was nothing wrong with the ad spot.

“We meant nothing but to promote the product, and we had never thought about the issue of racism,” said a Qiaobi spokesman on Friday.

In December, 2015, a Chinese promotional poster for the movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens was also criticized for marginalizing one of the main characters, played by John Boyega, a black man.



Google News founder, Bharat, returns to company

The man inspired by 9/11 to push Google to develop its own news aggregator is set to return.

Krishna Bharat, the inventor of Google News, will return to the company after four years. The news was confirmed by Google on Friday.

Bharat, who left Google after founding the news vertical, explained his inspiration at the time, saying he had pushed for the invention of a news aggregator after the events of 9/11/

“At Google we realized that our ability to display links to the freshest and most relevant news was limited by a fundamental problem: fresh news lacked hyperlinks,” he wrote in a blog post in 2011 after Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, was killed. “I realized that if Google could compute how many news sources were covering the underlying story at a given point in time, we could then estimate how important the story was.”

It remains unclear how Bharat will influence Google News moving forward. Google News has faced criticism over the years due to its inclusion of suspect news sources, and the spreading of unconfirmed news stories.


#boycottBudweiser gains steam over Super Bowl commercial

Budweiser has found itself the victim of the latest American boycott.

Anheuser-Busch released a Super Bowl commercial showing co-founder, Adolphus Busch, immigrating from Germany to St. Louis in the United States of America. Busch faced discrimination in the commercial from native Americans before beginning the popular beer brand.

“Budweiser sees no difference between white immigrant Adolphus Busch, and jihadis who would destroy America. I see the difference #BoycottBud,” tweeted Paul Nehlen in response to the commercial.

Many took the commercial as commentary on the current controversial immigration and travel ban that has dominated American news and politics.

“Way to go @Budweiser you’ve managed to piss off middle America. You know, the people who used to drink your beer. #BoycottBudweiser,” tweeted a third.

Anheuser-Busch claimed that it had been working on the commercial for over a year and that Super Bowl LI just happened to fall during a time when immigration was a hot button issue in the United States of America.

“Budweiser tomorrow will try in their ADD to convince us immigration of 100 years ago is same as the mess that goes on today. wrong & Pathetic,” tweeted another user.

Many Americans have taken to Twitter to disapprove of the behavior of the company. Some claim that as a foreign brewery, it should not comment on U.S. politics.

“The @Budweiser commercial is irrelevant to Americans. It is owned by a foreign company. Oh, and it tastes like cow piss. #BOYCOTTBUDWEISER,” argued a Twitter user.

“@xatzisotiris #boycottBudweiser – Budweiser is a Belgium – Brazilian brewery which no doesn’t reflects Americans. Drink Samuel Adams!” argued another.



Bulls accuse Celtics guard Thomas of cheating

Chicago Bulls head coach, Fred Hoiberg, said that Boston Celtics guard, Isaiah Thomas was being refereed unfairly.

The Bulls lost Game Four of their first round 2017 National Basketball League Playoff series with the Celtics on Sunday night. The 104-95 loss tied the series up at two games apiece. Celtics All Star guard, Isaiah Thomas, scored 33 points in the victory, shined in his role as closer. Hoiberg, however, was not impressed by the diminutive guard. He claimed that Thomas had been blatantly carrying and traveling and not being called for it during the game.

“Let me say this, Isaiah Thomas is a hell of a player,” admitted Hoiberg. “An unbelievable competitor — he’s a warrior, everything he’s going through right now. He had a hell of a game tonight. But when you’re allowed to discontinue your dribble on every possession, he is impossible to guard. He’s impossible to guard when you’re able to put your hand underneath the ball and take two or three steps and put it back down. It’s impossible to guard him in those situations.”

Hoiberg claimed that he had already notified officials about the violations and hoped that they might be on watch for it. According to Hoiberg, officials told him that they would be watching for it specifically in Game Four.

“They talk about it every year,” said Hoiberg. “They talk about it every year, being a point of emphasis. It should be called. I’ve said all I’m going to say about it. I’m not going to talk about it anymore.”


De’Aaron Fox says he is ready for NBA

Kentucky Wildcats guard, De’Aaron Fox, declared for the 2017 NBA Draft and said he is completely ready for the next level.

Fox, a Freshman player at Kentucky, was expected to be a one and done player even before he signed with UK coach, John Calipari. According to Fox though, he did not decide to declare for the draft until he performed well in the NCAA Tournament.

“If I needed another year, I would have done it,” explained Fox. “I wouldn’t have forced my way into the draft If I wasn’t ready. But honestly, it was really just the competitiveness coming out of me. Even if I knew I was going one year, that loss [in the Elite Eight] would have still hurt because that was our chance to win a national championship. That was our goal with all of us freshmen coming together. So that was really just the competitiveness coming out of me. I was angry that we lost. I kind of knew that was my last ride, but that doesn’t stop my competitive juices from flowing.”

Fox is projected to be a top 10 pick in many mock drafts. He is believed to be the third point guard selected behind University of California Los Angeles phenom, Lonzo Ball, and Washington University standout, Markelle Fultz. Fox said he was not bothered by the possibility of being drafted behind Ball and Fultz. He thoroughly outplayed Lonzo Ball in the NCAA Tournament although Kentucky lost to UCLA earlier in the year.

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FOX News goes off air in the UK

Fox News will no longer be available in the United Kingdom, parent company 21st Century Fox announced Tuesday as the station’s UK feed went permanently dark. The company explained that its conservative-leaning news channel was averaging no more than 2,000 British viewers a day and therefore was not worth the continued investment.
“Fox News is focused on the U.S. market and designed for a U.S.,” 21st Century Fox said in a statement. “We have concluded that it is not in our commercial interest to continue providing Fox News in the U.K.”
U.S. audiences still tune into Fox News in large numbers, according to Variety, which reported that the station averaged 1.47 million U.S. viewers a day in the second quarter of this year. That average is 27% higher than its second-quarter average last year and more than a third higher than that of runner-up MSNBC, which averaged 886,000 viewers in second-quarter 2017.
Meanwhile, 21St Century Fox is seeking to buy full ownership of British news service Sky News and has petitioned the UK government for the rights. The UK government is still evaluating the proposal, however, and may first conduct an investigation into the Murdochs’ adherence to British broadcasting standards.
Tom Watson, the deputy Labour leader and shadow culture secretary, told the Guardian that 21st Century’s decision to pull Fox News out of the British market should not affect the government’s decision on whether or not the company should be allowed to buy Sky. But some critics in the UK argue that 21st Century Fox already owns too large a share of the British media landscape.
Fox News has also been on the receiving end of numerous official reprimands from Ofcom, the UK media regulator. The government body found Fox News guilty of seven license or code violations over the past decade—four of them in the past year. One of these involved a program in which a featured guest said that the British town of Birmingham was a city “where non-Muslims just simply don’t go.”