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The NCAA and its member schools have fought fair compensation for the players for years. In the wake of evolved NIL rules, senior staff writer Stephen Thompson doesn’t want to forget who held the athletes back. Pictured is NCAA President Mark Emmert.

Column | Don’t forget who kept NIL off the table for college athletes

By Stephen Thompson, Senior Staff Writer July 14, 2021
The same institutions and people that actively campaigned against the mildest of player compensation solutions — releasing name, image and likeness rights to the athletes — are now attempting to pull an ambitious 180 and jump on the bandwagon long after it has left.
PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates selected Henry Davis with the first overall pick in the 2021 MLB Draft.

Column | Pirates selecting Henry Davis first overall sets them up for success

By Frankie Richetti, For The Pitt News July 14, 2021
Pirates General Manager Ben Cherington and the team surprised many Sunday, picking Louisville sophomore catcher Henry Davis with its first overall selection.
Ahead of a 2021-22 school year where many of Pitt’s teams have lofty hopes, senior staff writer Kyle Saxon ranks the top five athletic programs to watch next year.

Column | The top five Pitt programs to watch in 2021

By Kyle Saxon, Senior Staff Writer June 28, 2021
Over the past year, several Panther teams reached unprecedented heights and are poised to find even more success in the coming season.
Staff writer Griffin Floyd argued that if students want to see Panther teams succeed at the highest level, they must turn to non-revenue sports such as baseball and women’s volleyball.

Column | To get full Pitt Athletics experience, fans must invest in non-revenue sports

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer June 27, 2021
Non-revenue sports are an untapped gold mine for viewing pleasure, especially as they leave Pitt’s flagship sports in the dust from a competitive standpoint.
The MLB’s passive nature regarding defending and ensuring the integrity of the game has set themselves up to be marred by scandals. Pictured is New York Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole.

Column | MLB cannot be passive when policing pitchers’ foreign substance use

By Zack Gibney, Staff Writer June 15, 2021
After being embarrassed and having the game’s integrity be put into question in past scandals, most would assume the league had learned its lesson and would be more willing to address issues that harmed the game’s honor. Instead, MLB and their lackluster commissioner are once again struggling to defend their own rulebook.
Staff writer Zack Gibney argues that Pitt Baseball’s omission from the National Tournament exposes the selection committee and the entire system’s inconsistencies and flaws.

Column | Pitt omission from NCAA Baseball Tournament magnifies flawed system

By Zack Gibney, Staff Writer June 9, 2021
While Pitt Baseball's sluggish finish was certainly a variable that the team could have avoided, its absence from the national bracket comes thanks to a lack of diligence on the part of the committee, a patently ridiculous ranking system and an absence of consistency.
Pittsburgh sports fans haven’t seen their team advance in the playoffs in more than three years. Contrary to what many fans may believe, senior staff writer Kyle Saxon argues that the recent playoff drought isn’t solely due to aging rosters.

Column | Pittsburgh’s recent playoff woes run far deeper than aging rosters

By Kyle Saxon, Senior Staff Writer June 2, 2021
After an even more impressive regular season than the year prior, the Penguins sit exactly where they did just 10 months ago –– concerned, confused and eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs by the Islanders, now for the third consecutive season. Their 4-2 first round series loss highlighted the two biggest concerns surrounding the team –– goaltending and age.
Pittsburgh is an established hockey town. But for years, it has lacked an element that would exponentially expand on the sport’s impact at a regional level: a Division I level team at Pitt.

Column | Pittsburgh is a proven hockey market. It’s time to give the City a college team.

By Zack Gibney, Staff Writer May 26, 2021
Pittsburgh is now an established hockey town. But for years, it has lacked an element that would exponentially expand on the sport’s impact at a regional level — a Division I level team at Pitt.
Senior staff writer Ben Bobeck reflects on his career at The Pitt News as he prepares for graduation.

Bobeck reflects on the highs, lows and in between of his TPN career

By Ben Bobeck, Senior Staff Writer April 23, 2021
From quirky columns to pivotal features, senior staff writer Ben Bobeck reflects on the highs, lows and everything in between of his career at The Pitt News.
NFL owners approved the addition of a 17th regular season game for the 2021 season and beyond in a move certain to increase revenue for the league.

Column | NFL’s 17th regular season game puts players’ safety at risk

By Kyle Saxon, Senior Staff Writer April 16, 2021
In response to the decrease in revenue, NFL owners last month approved the addition of a 17th regular season game for the 2021 season and beyond. While this move is certain to increase revenue for the league as a whole, it is also contradictory to one of the most pressing issues the sport of football currently faces — keeping its players safe.
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