By Gregory Crawford----TV, Radio and Print Basketball Analyst---COO of Kiyokawa Crawford Sports Management----on twtter @wchoops @crawssportsbiz @kcsportsmgmt
Endorsements----You can be sure in light of all the athletes who have been in trouble in the past few years, that it will continue to be strong vetting of any athlete that companies sign to major endorsement deals.
Of course, no one can be certain and mistakes are made when you try and judge how a person will be in one year, two years or ten years, but there is a reason why Nike was more than willing to match the offer Kevin Durant got from Under Armour to represent their company. Durant just appears at present and hopefully in the future that he gets it and understands what it is to be a much admired athlete.
The bottom line also is that just like in life, there are so many more good people than bad people in the business of sports, but we just never hear much about these people or the great things they do. As well, it for sure does not excuse any bad and horrible behavior.
Scheduling----It is great to hear that Gonzaga and Washington will resume their rivalry in men's basketball during the 2016-17 season. Surprisingly and sadly, the teams last played in 2006. In the all time series, Washington leads 29-14, but equally as important Gonzaga has won eight of the last nine games the teams have played.
Sticking with the Bulldogs, it is also good to note they will play UCLA at Pauley Pavilion this year on December 13th and the Bruins will return the favor in 2015, playing in Spokane on December 15th.
Speaking of schedules, the Pac-12 league schedule for 2014-15 is not out yet, but we do know that Oregon State will play in Portland on December 6th against the Portland Pilots. It seems to many that it is important for the both Oregon and Oregon State to make appearances in Portland, Oregon as often as they can.
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