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    Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good: College football playoff edition

    Skip this entry if you’re looking for commentary about Donald Trump, Roy Cooper, or some other aspect of public policy. What follows deals primarily with the less important topic of college football playoffs. To justify its inclusion in the “Locker Room,” I’ll note two policy-related items. First, excitement about the…
    Mitch Kokai, December 8, 2019
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    Federalist columnist calls LeBron James a coward

    David Harsanyi of the Federalist explains why he believes pro basketball’s biggest star is displaying a disappointing level of cowardice when it comes to Hong Kong protesters. NBA superstar LeBron James says Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey was “misinformed” and “wasn’t educated on the situation at hand”…
    Mitch Kokai, October 17, 2019
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    Jay-Z deemed ‘insufficiently woke’

    Jim Geraghty of National Review Online explores the animosity surrounding rapper Jay-Z’s newly announced deal with the National Football League. Jay-Z’s agreeing to a lucrative partnership with the NFL was sufficient provocation for some progressive African-American writers to compare him to Judas: At The Root, Angela Helm writes…
    Mitch Kokai, August 21, 2019
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    National Review editor wades into debate over women’s soccer pay

    Rich Lowry of National Review Online takes aim at the argument that victorious American women’s soccer players deserve more money. The team’s lawsuit alleging pay discrimination against the U.S. Soccer Federation has done much to define its identity. A nearly perfect run through the World Cup has been…
    Mitch Kokai, July 11, 2019
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    Kokai Comments on Beer and Wine at UNC System Sporting Events

    This week, Winston-Salem Journal reported on the current bipartisan measure to allow for beer and alcohol sales at state university sporting events. The article reports the legislation, House Bill 389, would: expand alcohol sales and consumption to all campus stadiums, arenas and athletics facilities. It does not apply to…
    Brenee Goforth, June 21, 2019
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    Liberal anger at Tiger Woods explored

    Derek Hunter of TownHall.com explains how Tiger Woods’ unilkely Masters victory turned political. Americans love a great comeback story. In the midst of that celebration, something happened to turn a lot of people away from that happiness – the president of the United States joined in. First came…
    Mitch Kokai, May 13, 2019
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    Today at Noon at JLF: Join Us In Person Or Live on Facebook

    Jay Smith is the co-author of Cheated: The UNC Scandal, the Education of Athletes, and the Future of Big-Time College Sports. In this presentation, Professor Smith will first survey some of the institutional damage inflicted on UNC-Chapel Hill by its 20-year athletic-academic scandal (and the 7-year mishandling of the scandal…
    Donna Martinez, June 18, 2018
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    Tax Break for Charlotte Panthers Proposed Again

    The Carolina Panthers may have a new owner, but at least one thing remains constant, a provision tucked away in an otherwise unnoticed bill to provide a special tax break to the team (and Charlotte’s minor league baseball team). As explained last year, the Panthers (and Knights) rent the…
    Joseph Coletti, June 14, 2018