A former basketball coach of a community college in the Hudson Valley has been indicted on charges he used forged transcripts to help star players transfer to NCAA Division I colleges.

  How can the NCAA blithely wreck careers without regard to due process or common fairness? How can it act so ruthlessly to enforce rules that are so petty? Why won’t anybody stand up to these outrageous violations of American values and American justice?

In the four years since Joe Nocera asked those questions in a controversial New York Times column, the National Collegiate Athletic Association has come under fire. Fans have begun to realize that the athletes involved in the two biggest college sports, men’s basketball and football, are little more than indentured servants. Millions of teenagers accept scholarships to chase their dreams of fame and fortune—at the price of absolute submission to the whims of an organization that puts their interests dead last.

Nocera's new book is Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA.

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For more than 30 years, the Glens Falls Civic Center has been the home of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association boys basketball tournament. Now, during the bidding process to keep the tournament for another three years, officials in the Warren County city are trying to keep the tournament from moving.

Western Massachusetts economic development officials are hoping for Olympics venues if Boston becomes host for the 2024 games.


In the NHL playoffs, Montreal completed the series 4-2 over Ottawa 2-0 taking the Habs to the second round and it was Minnesota over St. Louis 4-1 to advance to the second round after completing the series 4-2.

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Dean Smith, the North Carolina basketball coaching great who won two national championships, has died. He was 83.

The school said in a statement Sunday from Smith's family that the former coach died at his home Saturday night. He was with his wife and five children.

Smith had health issues in recent years, with the family saying in 2010 he had a condition that was causing him to lose memory.

Even as LeBron James make a run at his supremacy, the “greatest ever” conversation in basketball starts and ends with Michael Jordan. As Roland Lazenby makes clear in his new biography of the six-time NBA champ, Jordan has long been driven by an unrivaled competitive nature that has often damaged his personal relationships.

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Former New York Knicks guard Luther "Ticky" Burden has been diagnosed with a rare heart disease and is being treated at a Manhattan hospital. Two local fundraisers are being held to give the NBA star a helping hand.


  The Los Angeles Lakers of the 1980s personified the flamboyance and excess of the decade over which they reigned. Beginning with the arrival of Earvin “Magic” Johnson as the number-one overall pick of the 1979 draft, the Lakers played basketball with gusto and pizzazz, unleashing their famed “Showtime” run-and-gun style on a league unprepared for their speed and ferocity—and became the most captivating show in sports and, arguably, in all-around American entertainment.

Bestselling sportswriter Jeff Pearlman draws from almost three hundred interviews to take the first full measure of the Lakers’ epic Showtime era in Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, And The Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty Of The 1980s.


  Ed Breslin fulfills every college basketball fan’s fantasy of being an NCAA Division I coach in his new book: The Divine Nature of Basketball: My Season Inside the Ivy League. The book describes a season spent as a virtual coach in the Ivy League, shadowing head coach of Yale men’s basketball James Jones.

It’s sports journalism in the tradition of George Plimpton. But above all, it’s a celebration of basketball, of participation in life, of gifted mentors and coaches, and of the proper approach to collegiate athletics.

  Millerton resident Peter Richmond is a renowned sportswriter whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, and Rolling Stone among others. His journalism has been included in a dozen different anthologies, including Best American Sportswriting of the Twentieth Century.

His previous books include The Glory Game with co-author Frank Gifford, and Badasses. In his new biography is Phil Jackson: The Lord of the Rings, Richmond gives an account of the life of the legendary coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls.

Richmond will be speaking Saturday at Oblong Books at 6PM in Millerton.

  After winning the N.C.A.A. title and being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame this year, Louisville coach Rick Pitino is having a good year. One of the winningest college basketball coaches ever, Pitino has appeared in the Final Four seven times and has won two N.C.A.A. national titles.

As he enters his 40th season of coaching, he has authored a new book, The One Day Contract.

Keith Strudler: Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat

May 15, 2013

I always figured it would take an act of God to get me to root for LeBron James. Really, it took just two words. Chicago Bulls.  Thanks to an awful display of basketball over the past week, I’ve pulled for LeBron’s Miami Heat over the Bulls in the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals. Right now with a 3-1 lead in a best of seven series, it’s most likely the Heat can end this tonight so I can start hating LeBron again.

Simply one of the greatest basketball players of all time, Earl Monroe rose from the rough streets of South Philadelphia to the Hall of Fame in nearby Springfield.

With March Madness set to begin this week, several colleges in the region have their sights on the NCAA tournament.

With the NCAA Tournament just a week away, two regional colleges will face off Saturday morning for the right to advance to the big dance. University at Albany men’s basketball coach Will Brown has been here before.

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With March comes March Madness, and one local team will be gunning for its eighth consecutive trip to the Big Dance when the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament gets under way later this week in Springfield, Massachusetts.  WAMC's Ian Pickus has more.

Ballin' at the Graveyard - a documentary made by Albany filmmakers Paul Kentoffio and Basil Anastassiou and Co-Produced by Spectrum 8 owner Keith Pickard, Ballin' at the Graveyard is an intensely personal look into the society and community of pickup basketball as told by a group of hardcore ballers at Albany's Washington Park - aka, the Graveyard. It begins screening at The Spectrum this weekend.

The YMCA of greater Springfield Massachusetts is marking its 160th anniversary. It is the second oldest “Y” in the United States and the 4th oldest in the world.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Kirk Smith, the president and C-E-O of the Springfield “Y” about programs planned for the summer and an upcoming anniversary gala.