Author Archives: Kevin Draper

About Kevin Draper

Kevin “Franklin Mieuli” Draper was born and raised in Oakland, California, and loves it more than you can possibly imagine. Follow him on Twitter @kevinmdraper

It’s Okay to be a Sports Reporter

The New Republic senior editor Isaac Chotiner is not a sports journalist. That much is made clear—really, the only thing made clear—in his recent screed against sports journalists. If Chotiner were a sports journalist he might actually know what the … Continue reading

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How Much Should We Read into Fox Sports Hiring Adrian Wojnarowski?

Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski—the only person on earth possessing a supply of #WojBombs—has joined Fox Sports. Sort of. The press release says that he will contribute to Fox Sports 1’s Fox Sports Live (their version of SportsCenter), as well as … Continue reading

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Public Subsidies for Arenas are a Farce: Sacramento Kings Edition

Professional sports facilities don’t have an influential impact on local economies, and public money spent on them is largely wasted with no positive economic return. This isn’t an opinion I hold but a fact, the near consensus view of scores … Continue reading

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This is What Structural Racism in the NBA Looks Like

While Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s racist views and actions have been long known, this latest episode stands in stark contrast to an increasingly corporate, professionalized and streamlined NBA. The newest team owners are tech and finance moguls who … Continue reading

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What Mark Jackson and Everybody Else Doesn’t Understand about Warriors Fans

It was a weird season for the Golden State Warriors. The team hadn’t experienced such on-court success in over twenty years, but—with all due deference to Chris Cohan and Robert Rowell’s special brand of suck—it also hadn’t seen this level … Continue reading

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How TMZ, Deadspin and ESPN Nailed the Donald Sterling Story

Raise your hand if you knew that TMZ had a sports vision. Hell, raise your hand if you can tell me anything about TMZ besides the fact that they publish celebrity gossip. There are many things to unpack regarding Donald … Continue reading

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Increased Transparency Has Revealed that Awards Voting is More Broken Than We Thought

The most fun sideshow of the playoffs is awards season, where seemingly every day a new award winner is announced. Nothing will top Dirk Nowitzki accepting the MVP trophy while his Mavericks were getting bludgeoned by the eight seed Warriors … Continue reading

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