Topic: New Jersey

November 21, 2012

In our final installment, we look at the winners and losers of player movement, and what can be done to make the process more efficient. Also, we give you our secret for rearing a professional basketball player, because we're friends. 

May 14, 2012

In New Jersey, and elsewhere, Arturo Gatti became a boxing legend for his capacity, willingness, and seeming eagerness to absorb punishment in the ring. Outside the ring, things weren't much easier.

April 23, 2012

Cash-strapped communities routinely pay through the nose to keep a pro-sports franchise in town. The justification has always been that a pro team brings other business and economic development. Studies have shown that this argument is false. Places like Newark want a professional sports team because it offers them a source of civic pride.  But can Newark afford sports?

April 19, 2012

Dwayne Schintzius is best remembered for one of the league's most extravagant and meticulously maintained signature haircuts. It says something about the man who named his mullet "The Lobster" that he seemed more or less cool with that. But, haircut notwithstanding, he filled a role.

January 5, 2012

Big time high school football is big business already, and could be even more so even sooner than you think. All of which will make some people rich, some teenagers a lot more famous, and a lot of us uneasy, for some very obvious reasons.

January 3, 2012

Gambling has been big business in New Jersey for a long time, and the state is prepared to go to federal court in hopes of opening its first sports book. But the recent history of the Garden State's less-than-legal sports betting scene suggests that the criminals will always understand this game better than anyone else.

December 20, 2011

A decade ago, New Jersey's Gill St. Bernard's was a school with a fancy name, a leafy campus, and a nondescript basketball team. The name and campus haven't changed. The team really, really has.