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Credit: New York Road Runners

Credit: New York Road Runners

Intelligence Squared US, the organization that sponsored the recent NYC mayoral debate on NY1, held a debate last week in Manhattan on the thorny topic of whether college athletes should be paid.

Arguing they should be compensated were New York Times columnist and Joe Nocera and economist Andy Schwarz while taking the seemingly less popular side of the debate were USA Today sports scribe Christine Brennan and former Harvard Law School alum, onetime center for both the Knicks and Nets, and former Woodside resident Len Elmore.

Athletic footwear has long been a part of general fashion as much as it is for working out and for weekend use. MSG Networks will be airing “Sneaker Shopping” in which celebrities from all walks of life talk with host Joe La Puma about their favorite brands and styles after select Knicks and Nets games.

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more passionate Knicks fan than New York-bred actor Michael Rapaport who has just written “This Book Has Balls” (Touchstone). Rapaport is known for his earth and profane roles and he won’t disappoint his fans as he pontificates on sports with enough epithets to keep any Barstool Sports fan happy. His monthly podcast, “I Am Rapaport,” gets almost two million listeners.

While I wish that he would have used f-bombs with less frequency, Rapaport is funny and insightful. He devotes a chapter to rating the hoop skills of celebrities. He is effusive in his praise for Justin Bieber but wishes that Sasha Baron Cohen had better game for a man of his height.

Sunday’s New York City Marathon that is organized by New York Road Runners gets very little coverage in the sports pages of the dailies nor any discussion on sports radio stations but it should be noted that it provides arguably the greatest boost to the local economy because of the thousands of participants and their families who travel from all over the globe to race in it.

Biz Bash Live! is the annual trade show devoted to corporate hospitality and party planning. Sports has increasingly become a bigger part of team building in the business world and so it wasn’t surprising that Ace Indoor Golf, a company, which makes golf simulators so that you can measure drives and approach shots without going to an actual golf range, and RPM Racing, an indoor go-karts facility in Jersey City, had large booths at the Javits Center.

Thoroughbred racing’s biggest fall event, the Breeders’ Cup will take place this weekend at beautiful Del Mar located just a few miles north of San Diego. Nearly every stakes race that weekend will have a purse starting with at least a half a million dollars and many will cross the seven-figure mark.

Queens’ own JetBlue has two flights a day between JFK and San Diego. The Hyatt Regency La Jolla located just off I-5 is a ten-drive from Del Mar.

US men won’t be playing in soccer’s World Cup next year but both our men and women will be competing in the Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament that will be taking place at San Francisco’s AT&T Park from July 20-22. At&T Park’s main tenant, the San Francisco Giants, are one of the major sponsors of this event.

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About Lloyd Carroll

Lloyd Carroll is the Senior Columnist for the Queens Chronicle, an award-winning weekly newspaper that has served the communities of Queens since 1978. This article as well as many future articles will also appear at Queens Chronicle. In addition, Lloyd also writes for our friends over at In today’s world of online publications, we at Latino Sports understand and value the importance of collaborating with other online publications in order to showcase and create awareness of each other’s work and dedication to our respectable communities.

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