by Susan Bigelow | Jan 22, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Education | Opinion | Sports | State Budget | Taxes
There’s a government department where state employees earn eye-popping seven-figure salaries, put out products that are sometimes brilliant but mostly mediocre, and have lately been losing over $40 million each year. If we weren’t talking about University of Connecticut athletics, it’s hard to see how it would ever survive.
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by Ken Krayeske | Sep 18, 2018 1:13pm
Posted to: Analysis | Education | Legal | Opinion | Sports | State Budget
A fairy-tale ending in the feud between UConn and former men’s basketball head coach Kevin Ollie would pay Ollie between half of the $10 million contract he is owed and use the remaining $5 million to seed the Kevin Ollie Academy, a new elementary school in Hartford.
Continue reading "OP-ED | For UConn And Coach Ollie, Now’s The Time To Settle, Save Face, And Move On" »
by Christine Stuart | Aug 23, 2018 6:18am
Posted to: Gaming | Sports | Tribes
HARTFORD, CT — It’s unlikely the state of Connecticut will take steps necessary to allow sports betting to begin this year.
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by Susan Bigelow | Jun 29, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Analysis | The Economy | Ethics | Jobs | Opinion | Sports | State Capitol | Transparency
We interrupt your regularly scheduled worrying about the decline of American democracy to remind you that the Connecticut legislature is still completely hopeless.
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by Christine Stuart and Jack Kramer | May 11, 2018 8:56am
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Consumer Protection | Corporate Watch | Election Policy | Equality | Gaming | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Immigration | Insurance | Law Enforcement | Labor | Public Health | Poverty | Public Safety | Sports | State Budget | Transportation | Tribes | Veterans Affairs
HARTFORD, CT—As another session of the General Assembly comes to a close with a mad scramble against the clock, let’s take a look at some of the bills that passed and others that came up short and will be left up to some future legislature and governor to tackle.
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by Brian Woodman Jr. | Apr 30, 2018 4:30am
Posted to: Business | Entertainment | Gaming | Public Safety | Sports | Taxes
HARTFORD, CT — Despite opening the door to Mixed Martial Arts and changing the law last year to make the state more hospitable to combat sports, no MMA events have yet been held in Connecticut outside the two federally recognized tribal casinos. At least two fight promoters say the dearth of events thus far has been about costs.
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by Jack Kramer | Apr 24, 2018 4:32pm
Posted to: Gaming | Sports
HARTFORD, CT—Two big-time major league sports stars came to the state Capitol Tuesday to try and kickstart the effort to pass sports betting legislation before the close of the legislative session.
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by Jack Kramer | Apr 10, 2018 11:35am
Posted to: Gaming | Legal | Sports | Bridgeport | East Windsor
HARTFORD, CT—The odds of passing legislation concerning new casinos and legalized sports betting before the close of the legislative session, May 9, aren’t good, according to House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin.
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by Susan Bigelow | Mar 15, 2018 9:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Business | Opinion | Sports | State Budget
Well, looks like the University of Connecticut fired their men’s basketball coach. Who should they replace him with? Dan Hurley? John Becker? Larry Bird? Whoever the assistant coach is? I’ve even heard Jim Calhoun’s name come up.
I have a better idea, though: let’s not replace him at all.
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by Barth Keck | Nov 24, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Education | Opinion | Public Health | Sports
Why coach football?
It’s a question I’ve asked myself more frequently this high school season — my 13th as an assistant coach — due to recent research outlining the dangers of the sport.
Football, in plain terms, is a brutal game that can cause serious injuries. A recent study at Boston University, for example, found that the potential for head impacts on kids under 12 who play tackle football “may double their risk of developing behavioral problems and triple their chances of suffering depression later in life.”
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