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racism, Sports

Another reminder America’s most racist big city isn’t in the South

When I heard a black NHL player’s game-winning goal was greeted by a torrent of racist tweets it wasn’t hard to guess which city’s team lost.

Par for the course for Boston, where racist sports fans have always felt at home.

Sport and race always has been a combustible pairing in Boston. In the 1970s, when Russell was coaching the NBA‘s Seattle Supersonics, he said that as an African-American he’d rather be a lamp post in Seattle than the mayor of Boston.

Perhaps reflecting the racial attitudes of owner Tom Yawkey, the Red Sox were the last major league team to sign a black player (Pumpsie Green, in 1959). Years earlier, the team held a tryout at Fenway Park for Jackie Robinson and other black players, a charade designed to placate a liberal member of the city council. …

Darnell McDonald, an African-American outfielder in his third year with the Red Sox, said: “I’ve had the n-word written on my car, in Boston. It’s individuals, man. Racism is everywhere; I’m not just going to say Boston. It’s just unfortunate that people are that ignorant.”

He’s right, it’s not just Boston. But somehow Beantown always manages to find its way into any conversation involving racism and sports.

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Sports, The ATL

Blank’s boondoggle: $1 billion and counting

Shame on city and state officials if they neglect real needs to build this monument to corporate welfare.

The estimated $948 million pricetag for a retractable roof stadium for the Atlanta Falcons would probably prove to be significantly low, experts say, adding to questions about how the facility would be paid for.

Two professors who study stadium deals said estimates are generally low to make such projects palatable to governments and the public.

“One of the real rules in these analyses is they always underestimate cost,” said J.C. Bradbury, chairman of the Health, Physical Education, and Sport Science department at Kennesaw State University.

“When they say it will cost $900 million, I’m thinking, ‘How much over a billion is it really going to be? ‘”

No worries — they’ll just raise ticket prices to cover the cost.

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