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Curt Flood HBO Documentary Premieres July 13

Curt Flood, whose pioneering fight against baseball’s reserve clause paved the way for the advent of free agency in the 1970s, is the subject of a 90-minute HBO documentary that will premiere July 13 at 9 p.m. ET.

The Curious Case of Curt Flood will examine his on-the-field accomplishments (three-time All-Star, seven-time Gold Glove winner, three-time World Series participant).

However, Curt Flood’s legacy has little to do with his on-field accomplishments. His biggest contribution was paving the way for modern free agency. After being traded from the Cardinals to Philadelphia Phillies in 1969, Flood refused to report to his new team, challenging the reserve clause that bound a player to a team in perpetuity.

The Supreme Court case that ultimately ensued would not end favorably for Flood, who sat out the entire 1970 season as his case moved through the judicial system. While he received little support from influential active players at the time, Flood’s actions brought valuable attention to the slave-like provisions of baseball’s reserve clause. Today, he is remembered as the man whose courage and sacrifice turned even major league bench players into millionaires.

Among the interviewees are Flood’s widow, his daughter, his sister, his friends, and former teammates and fellow players including Bob Gibson, Joe Torre and Tim McCarver. Flood was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1996 and passed away in 1997.

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McEnroe: Tennis Should Get Rid of Warm-Ups

Tennis great John McEnroe, NBC’s lead analyst at Wimbledon, thinks the sport would benefit from eliminating pre-match warm-ups and letting the first ball hit be the first serve. Speaking to Michael Hiestand of USA Today, McEnroe said, “Some people might knock it having no warm-ups. But there’s more at stake in boxing – people’s lives are on the line – and you don’t see them jabbing each other a little bit before the fight.”

Maybe because punching people causes damage to both parties, whereas hitting a tennis ball back and forth tends to be less bloody. Really, it’s hard to see how eliminating warm-ups would benefit tennis at all. Would the tension be higher? I guess. But the first time a player pulls a hamstring, commentators would be bemoaning the absence of suitable warm-ups. It’s commendable that McEnroe wants to find ways to increase the popularity of his sport, but looking to boxing for inspiration seems like a non-starter.

The NFL Holds the Key to Solving the NBA's Labor Issues

The Portland Tribute talks to NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver, and the interview gives huge cause for concern if you were hoping there would be an NBA season next year.

According to Silver, three-quarters of the teams are not making any money and many of them would be better off if the games were not played. As he says, that’s “not a good state of affairs.”

But are the sides close? Um, no. Not even close, apparently.

“There is an enormous gulf – not even a gap – that separates the players and owners right now. It’s going to require an intensive effort and a certain reality check on both sides of what’s at stake for the business. I remain an optimist, but to mix metaphors, it’s still a long putt.”

So solutions? The NBA is… turning to the NFL? Read more