In the summer of 2015, Jen Welter took the sports world by storm becoming the first woman coach in NFL history. Welter was hired by the Arizona Cardinals as an assistant coaching intern for training camp and the preseason to work with inside linebackers. But once her month-long internship with the Cardinals concluded, Welter didn’t land a full-time coaching job in the NFL.
This begs the question if Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians had any intentions of hiring Welter full-time or whether it was a publicity stunt for the Cardinal organization to be the first to give a woman a chance to coach in the NFL. A little less than a year prior to Welter being hired, Becky Hammon became the first full-time, paid woman coach in the NBA, working as an assistant for the San Antonio Spurs. Even with her reputable collegiate and professional basketball resume and future Hall of Fame likelihood, it’s likely Hammon did have to intern with the Spurs to see if she would be a good fit. However, the groundbreaking news was that Hammon was actually hired as a full-time assistant coach… meaning the internship was private and the announcement of her being hired was made public; the complete opposite of Jen Welter’s situation. Continue reading “Jen Welter: Women, Publicity and Leverage”→
Many NFL players have played football their entire lives, but Jamarcus Nelson’s journey began his junior year in high school. At the University of Alabama at Birmingham, his hands and speed catapulted him from a sleeper to one of the most talked about wide receivers and kickoff and punt returners in college football. BYNC Reporter Brittany Young speaks with the former UAB All-American and Arizona Cardinal rookie about his road to the NFL and his expectations for the upcoming season.
June 17, 1994 is arguably the wildest day in sports history. ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary “June 17, 1994” highlights the sporting events – NBA Finals, MLB game, Stanley Cup and U.S. Open- surrounding the highway chase and capture of O.J. Simpson on charges of murdering his ex-wife and her boyfriend. Unlike most documentaries, it does not consist of interviews and voice overs. It is a compilation of footage from the sporting events and news sources covering the events on June 17 and the days leading to it. However, I don’t want to focus on the entire documentary, I want to focus on how Simpson’s situation was handled because of his status as a star, NFL running back. People didn’t know if he was guilty of the crime he was accused of or not but they still supported him. Fans stood outside of his home chanting “Juice,” held signs that said, “Save the Juice,” and “We love the Juice.” The police officer speaking to Simpson during the chase even referred to him as “Juice” – did he forget that he was speaking to a man wanted for murder or was it just me? Continue reading “Athletes Get a Pass from Public”→