Hampton blows away Howard in Windy City

Harrington Gardiner | Staff Writer Photo Credit: James Heath The Hampton vs. Howard rivalry has been renewed, but this time it was in the windy city of Chicago. The Pirates blew away the Bison as Deondre Francois threw for four touchdown passes in Hampton’s 41-20 victory Sept. 14 at Soldier Field. More than 51,000 tickets were sold for the “Battle of the Real HU” football game. According to the chicagofootballclassic.org, the $1.5 million in proceeds from last year’s Chicago Classic went to the event’s scholarship fund. After years of the “HU vs HU” game being played in Washington, D.C., at … Continue reading Hampton blows away Howard in Windy City

NBA players are WNBA fans, but there are still plenty of seats available

Amber Anderson | Staff Writer Flickr User  City of Indianapolis | Mayor’s Office Although this WNBA season has attracted the viewership of many NBA players, it has not yet attracted many fans to do the same. According to Sports Are From Venus, “This year, the Mercury and the Sparks are the only two WNBA teams averaging more than 10,000 fans per game, with average attendance falling to a meager 7,716 fans per matchup.” The NBA averages 17,857 fans per game and nearly 22 million per season – and that doesn’t even count the number who watch on television and the … Continue reading NBA players are WNBA fans, but there are still plenty of seats available

California governor signs bill into law to allow college athletes to collect endorsement money

Justin Norris | Staff Writer The movement for NCAA players to be compensated for their name, image or likeness is finally gaining traction. California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sept. 30 signed the Fair Pay to Play Act into law. The California State Assembly had previously and unanimously passed the bill, and the State Senate also had passed a previous version of the bill by a 31-4 vote, according to the Los Angeles Times. The law is set to go into effect Jan. 1, 2023. A common misconception is that colleges and universities will be paying athletes. What the Fair Pay to … Continue reading California governor signs bill into law to allow college athletes to collect endorsement money

Two old stars say goodbye, two new-look conferences say hello to NBA playoffs

Nazim Trammell-Wells | Staff Writer Chris Szagola | Associated Press April 11 was the last day of the 2018-2019 NBA regular season. Basketball fans saw all-time greats such as Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki play their last NBA games. After much grief and sorrow seeing those two pillars of the game retire, there is still a tiny glimpse of excitement this season. The playoffs are different with no LeBron James, no new dominate rookie and a new Eastern Conference. The 2019 NBA playoffs opened a new saga where a new set of challengers could make a Finals appearance instead of … Continue reading Two old stars say goodbye, two new-look conferences say hello to NBA playoffs

A peek at top NBA draft prospects

Roderick McLean |Staff Writer RJ Barrett (Left) and Zion Williamson (Right) | Nell Redmond | Associated Press The college basketball season has finally come to an end, and players are already looking at their futures and have started to declare for the 2019 NBA Draft. There are few players who already look NBA ready. One of those players is Duke freshman Zion Williamson. Williamson is projected to be the No. 1 pick on most analysts’ draft boards. The AP Men’s College Player of the Year is 6-foot-6 and 280 pounds. This season, Williamson was a must-see on television, as he … Continue reading A peek at top NBA draft prospects

HU’s Marrow takes next step toward NBA

Harrington Gardiner | Staff Writer Jermaine Marrow | HamptonPirat Hampton basketball guard Jermaine Marrow made the decision to declare for the NBA Draft, announcing his decision April 2 on Instagram. “The support I have gotten over my three years at Hampton University is something I will never forget,” Marrow said. “I am blessed to announce that I am officially declaring for the upcoming 2019 NBA draft.” Marrow has played three years as a point guard for the Pirates and has been one of the most reliable players on the team. During his Hampton career, Marrow has averaged 19.7 points per … Continue reading HU’s Marrow takes next step toward NBA

Professor Monique Smith’s PED 345 class promotes sports

Justin Whitner |Staff Writer Author Joseph Campbell once said, “The job of an educator is to teach students to see vitality in themselves.” Hampton University Professor Monique Smith teaches the Sports Public Relations and Promotion class, otherwise known as PED 345. This course introduces students to the unique nature of sport publicity and public relations in relation to the community, collegiate and professional sport environments. In addition, the class will examine the correlation between publicity and promotions as an overall components of a sport organization’s marketing plan. “I think that the class is very hands-on, and I personally like that … Continue reading Professor Monique Smith’s PED 345 class promotes sports