Posts Tagged ‘a level playing field’

“With the Playing Field Leveled, Getting the Right Coach Is Key”

November 30, 2016

The New York Times, Monday, November 28, 2016, by Marc Tracy

ON COLLEGE FOOTBALL

With the Playing Field Leveled, Getting the Right Coach Is Key

…”College coaches are, to their teams, what the head coach and the general manager, combined, are to an N.F.L. team.  For everything to work, the university needs a competent president and athletic director, but success begins and pretty much ends with the head coach…

This season, in Coach Jim Harbaugh’s second year, Michigan is 10-2 and ranked fifth.  Hint: it’s not because of the maize and blue uniform.”

Rio Olympics: American Women are Pre-eminent

August 24, 2016

Tuesday, January 23, 2016

In Top Effort by U.S., American Women Are Pre-eminent

By Jere Longman

Rio De Janeiro–“…The size and depth of the American States team resulted in the most gold (46), silver (37) and bronze (38) medals of any nation…

Most striking was the performance by the American women.  The American men won 18 gold medals, the same as Britain.  But the American women were dominant with 27 (not including a gold in mixed doubles tennis).  Had the women competed as a separate country, they would have ranked third in the overall medal count…

There are two primary reasons for this pre-eminance.  The United States is one of the few countries to embed sports within the public education system. And equal access to sports for women comes with legal protections, gained with the education amendment known as Title IX in 1972 and the Olympic and Amateur Sports Act in 1978.

About one of every two American girls participates in sports in high school, according to the U.S.O.C., nearly 85 percent participated in university-funded sports…

A level playing field benefits all athletes and helps our medal chances,’ said Jill Geer, a spokes woman for U.S.A. Track & Field.”

A level field includes not only the field itself, but the protections for women instituted in 1972 and 1978 at both the high school and the university levels.  When I was at U.C. Berkely before these laws there was no such protection and money was allocated to men first.  Women were on the U.C. tennis team,  but no women’s U.C. swim team.  I organized a intra-residence and sorority women’s group to compete: there was a butterfly-breast Olympic gold winner competing in our little group weekly, as well as other young women winning medals, one a silver medal in the back stroke and a gold in the relay.  And the young women in a local synchronized swim team had won national titles, but not for U.C.  This changed in the ’70s.

The Sales Tax: A Level Playing Field?

May 2, 2013

The New York Times, EDITORIALS/LETTERS, Thursday, May 2, 2013

“Fairness on Sales Tax:  The Senate is finally about to pass a bill to let states collect sales taxes on online purchases

Twenty-one years is a long time to wait.  But that is how long local retailers have waited for Congress to undo a 1992 Supreme Court decision that exempted many online retailers, like Amazon.com, from collecting most state sales taxes.  The exemption has given online sellers a 5% percent to 10% price advantage over Main Street stores.  

The wait, however, may soon be over.  Next week the Senate is expected to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013, a bipartisan bill that would authorize states to require out-of-state sellers with more than $1 million in sales to collect sales taxes.  The states, in return,, must simplify their sales-tax codes and give retailers free software to calculate the taxes–steps already taken by most states.  A identical bill in the house also has bipartisan support…

Main Street needs a level playing field to compete with the exploding online industry.  So do large retailers like Best Buy, that have cut jobs as shoppers have increasingly tested electronics at local stores and then gone home to buy then online without paying sales tax.  Equally important, states need the revenue to help recover from the recession.”

A level playing field is needed in sports, but also in business. It’s only fair.