By Derek Helling

Derek Helling is a freelance journalist who resides in Kansas City, Mo. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa and covers the intersections of sports with business and the law.

Professional Collegiate League Provides New Path to NBA

There are conflicts inherent in the experiences of college basketball players in the NCAA. Whether that takes the form of not being able to choose certain majors because the class schedule conflicts with sports commitments or well-documented “paper classes” designed to keep athletes academically eligible without them doing any actual classwork, the academic experience of…

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WNBA’s New Collective Bargaining Agreement Reminds How Poorly Players Were Treated

The new tentative collective bargaining agreement between the WNBA and WNBPA is a groundbreaking labor contract for those parties. But that’s kind of the problem. While the league has yet to make the full text of the CBA available (and likely won’t do so until after the contract is voted on by the league’s Board…

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It’s Time for a Massive Investment in WNBA Kicks

As Miami Heat guard Jimmy Butler searches for a new shoe deal, the vast majority of his counterparts in the WNBA are in the same situation. But one is far likely to find a new home than all the others. The time to change that has come because of the prevalence of star power in…

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What to Expect From the WNBA’s New CBA

With the recent announcement that collective bargaining agreement negotiations between the WNBA and the WNBPA have been extended to January 15, (and with free agency set to begin February 1), it seems like the new CBA is imminent. While there are many unknowns until the final document actually goes public, there are some educated guesses…

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Atlanta Dream Co-Owner & US Senator Can’t ‘Stick to Sports’

Kelly Loeffler is simultaneously a future member of the United States Senate and a co-owner of the Atlanta Dream. Having an owner of one of the WNBA’s 12 franchises in the US Senate should be a win for the league in terms of both the ability to influence policy and visibility. Because of Loeffler’s politics,…

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NBA 2K League May Have Strong International Presence in Season 3

The third season of the NBA 2K League already promised to have a strong international flair because of its first franchise from outside North America, Gen.G. The success of the league’s first European Invitational further heightens that quality. The event’s primary focus was adding the best talent on that continent to the league’s draft pool…

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Imagining the WNBA’s Hot Stove That Isn’t

Right now fans could be watching Twitter feeds for any clue as to the future destinations of some of the WNBA best talents in free agency. But they’re not. Everything is quiet amid a missed opportunity. The league’s horrible compensation structure—which gives players as a group a mere 20 percent of basketball revenues—is mostly to…

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WNBA Can Address Many of its Challenges With a Legit OTT Service

WNBA League Pass provides fans with an opportunity to watch far more league games than just those few which broadcasters like CBS and ESPN provide. Those broadcast partners aren’t providing adequate coverage of the league either way. But instead of spending resources to convince them to add more WNBA games to their calendars, it’s time…

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Why WNBA Needs an In-Season Tournament

The proposal to introduce an in-season tournament to the NBA is gaining traction. It may even prove necessary if the NBA wants to continue asking for more money to obtain/retain its broadcast rights. The idea might also prove a winner for another NBA league, the WNBA. It could help the league retain top talent, boost…

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