NASCAR made history right before the start of the 2016 season with the announcement that a deal has been agreed upon by the body and the team owners to come up with a new charter system. The confirmation about the deal was made by chairman and CEO Brian France.
The new charter system is reportedly going to be enforced as a means to address three crucial aspects, namely the participation, governance, and economics, with the ultimate objective of promoting a more sustainable, valuable, and predictable team business model.
The 2016 NASCAR season begins at the end of this week at Daytona International Speedway, and every team that has made an attempt to qualify for all races beginning in 2013 will be provided a charter by the sanctioning body, which in turn will guarantee them a spot for a Sprint Cup race every week. However, the field will be limited to 40 cars instead of the usual 43, while there will be four open spots every week. more >>
The Texas Rangers and Mitch Moreland were about to embark on a particularly rare case of arbitration hearing when both parties eventually agreed right in the nick of time. Instead of hearing the very first salary arbitration for the team in more than 10 years, Moreland agreed to receive $5.7 million, which is quite close to what he demanded ($6 million), while the Rangers first proposed a salary of $4.6 million.
The back-and-forth negotiations eventually went in favor of the 30-year-old first baseman, with the simple reason that the club didn't want to lose him and fight him in a very awkward scenario wherein teams are left with no choice but to dig in deeper to its players' merits, arguing why they should be paid less than what they are asking.
For the most part, those players and teams who had to go through an arbitration hearing end up separating in a year or two since it's pretty difficult not to harbor hard feelings after the proceedings. In Moreland's case, the Rangers apparently didn't want to go to that direction. more >>
Two homeschooling families in Ohio could face hefty fines and many years in prison for failing to properly fill out notices of intent with their local school districts.
"Both families said they felt blindsided by these charges after they had taken steps to correct minor paperwork issues, which the school district did not bring to the families' attention for weeks," said attorney Peter Kamakawiwoole with the Home School Legal Defense Association to The Christian Post Tuesday.
"As this litigation is on-going, we are hesitant to discuss their situation in significant detail, beyond saying that the families are preparing for their criminal trials, which were originally scheduled for later this month." more >>
The trash-talking Conor McGregor will be facing a silent but dangerous fighter in Rafael dos Anjos in a lightweight championship bout for UFC 196 scheduled in March. And if some fights out there struggle to sell tickets and PPVs, this one's exactly the opposite, thanks to the Irish fighter's brash way of hyping his fights.
And while McGregor has done all the talking in the lead up to the highly anticipated matchup, it certainly looks like dos Anjos has had enough of it. "I will shut this guy's mouth," the Brazilian said. And no one can blame him for making this personal now. For the entirety of the fight's promotion, the 31-year-old veteran MMA fighter has been receiving barbs and insults from McGregor. For one, the Irish fighter accused dos Anjos as a "traitor to his people." He was referring to the fact that although dos Anjos is Brazilian, he lives and trains in the United States.
As the current UFC lightweight champion, dos Anjos feels like he should easily beat McGregor and that the only advantage the challenger has is the fact that he runs his mouth like no one else can. In retaliation, dos Anjos believes his opponent is a "classless" and a "low life," even though he wears expensive clothing and all that. more >>
Georges St-Pierre will be known as one of the most-decorated fighters in MMA history, but his decision to leave the sport somehow left a big question mark for fans and fellow fighters. But in a recent interview, GSP may have revealed the real score.
Talking to Joe Buck on "Unbelievable," the Canadian two-time champion discussed in detail why he decided to leave the sport he has spent most of his life with, and his answer was a revelation. "The last two or three fights, I didn't have fun," he said. "I did it because I had to, not because I wanted to and I had too much pressure, too much criticism," he added, referring to the abrupt and surprising decision to quit the sport.
The 34-year-old MMA great also revealed that he is suffering from an obsessive-compulsive disorder and it was pretty difficult for him to be consumed by the need to become the best in the world. If he were to force himself fighting, he couldn't have a normal social life. more >>
Oculus VR announced that starting Feb. 16, gamers can begin pre-ordering Rift Ready PC bundles starting $1,499 for a limited time.
Beginning Tuesday next week, Oculus Ready PCs bundled with the Oculus Rift VR system can be pre-ordered from Alienware, ASUS, and Dell. The bundles will include the VR headset, sensor, remote control, and Xbox One controller, according to Geeky Gadgets.
In addition, the bundle will include the games "EVE: Valkyrie Founder's Pack" and "Lucky's Tale." These two games are set to be launched with the Oculus Rift VR headset, the report explains. more >>