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Avalon: Follow-up on gender wage gap in tennis

On Tuesday I wrote an article titled “There needs to be a gender wage gap in tennis.” Since then I have seen two response articles published and my inbox has seen its fair share of dissent. Normally I would more than welcome the dialogue, but obscene messages and accusations of bigotry and misogyny have been flung in my direction willy-nilly, so I feel it’s appropriate that I clear some things up.

Avalon: How Disney Channel predicted the Eastern Conference Finals 16 years ago

In 2001, many months before my Seattle Mariners’ playoff drought began, Disney Channel warmed our hearts with the feel-good basketball flick The Luck of the Irish. Ryan Merriman (Pretty Little Liars, Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader) starred as Kyle Johnson, an undersized junior high scoring machine that had his team on the brink of a championship behind his sparkling play and Irish lucky charm that he thought was oriental. This is where it starts to get weird.

Avalon: Collegiate athletes must be students, too

The NCAA’s Core Purpose enumerates its commitment “to integrate intercollegiate athletics into higher education so that the educational experience of the student-athlete is paramount.” When you watch the NBA Draft this June and see the deluge of college freshmen fleeing school, it’ll become clear this is not the case. To correct this, the NCAA must punish teams whose players are not making an honest attempt at an educational experience.

Avalon: It’s time to eliminate the NBA draft

If you’re okay with dropping $100 of your hard-earned money to watch Tim Quarterman and Axel Toupane commit seven turnovers in the fourth quarter, this column isn’t for you. Likewise, if you get your jollies from watching impoverished 19-year-olds make life-ruining decisions, you can stop reading now. Still here? Good. It’s time we finally have…

Avalon: LaVar Ball and the American Dream

On June 22, some time a little after 7 p.m. ET, the rags to riches saga of the Ball family will reach its first big payday; LaVar’s oldest boy, Lonzo, will be one of the top picks in the NBA draft and will sign a contract worth more than $4 million per year. This father that sports fans love to hate is living the American dream, and his ride only goes up from here.