Category: Sports

Should Athletes Profit off their Image and Likeness?

By: Caleb Angus & Ekene Ezeh

Sports Editors

Viewing college sports is one of the most popular pastimes in America, and different people have different reasons for watching. Some people are simply entertained by the game, and others may watch to support their alma maters. However, while millions of people tune in every week to these games, the athletes don’t make any money off of their performances. According to the rules of the NCAA, athletes are not allowed to profit off their names and likeness. If there is an endorsement deal a company wants to give them, they can’t accept it. If there is an autograph event where they can make money and profit, they can’t go. Take Ohio State defensive end Chase Young, for example. Young received a loan from a family friend so that he would be able to fly his girlfriend out to one of his games. He was promptly suspended from playing for two games. These rules were put in place by the NCAA, rules created to hold down an athletes earning power. College athletes put in countless hours of hard work and dedication towards the sport they love, so should be allowed to profit for the hard work they put in.

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Photo credit: Los Angeles Times

These college athletes may only be students, but they dedicate a lot of long hours to their craft to make themselves better. “When I think about it, college athletes put in the same amount of work as a professional athlete would,” said senior Loick Amouzou. “Athletes on the highest level do that. So I think for them not to be able to profit off the effort, time, and hard work that they’re putting in… I think it is a little crazy.” 

Athletes will spend about forty hours at practice with their team. This, however, does not include the hours of private training that the athletes put in to improve their skills. Due to the hard work and dedication that college athletes put into their craft, they are able to put a great product out on the court and field, a product that people are willing to pay a pretty penny to watch firsthand. As a result, the NCAA is able to profit off these athletes, making 8 billion dollars per year as reported in 2017, while the athletes get nothing in return. But there is an argument to be made for student athletes to not profit off their likeness. 

Many believe that these student athletes do not require payment since the college scholarships that they receive for their talents are payment enough. They argue that since the players are students and they are there to learn, they should not demand compensation in return. Many will argue that these athletes are at the school to get their education, so focusing on making a profit off of their likeness will only distract them from their studies. However, this is simply unfair.

Although these athletes are students first, they are still athletes at heart and put their blood, sweat, and tears into the many sports they play. In many cases they’ve dedicated their whole lives to the particular sport they play, and deserve some sort of reward if they have a big enough presence on and off the field. Junior Ameer Abdulah agrees that players deserve to profit off themselves, stating, “I feel like college athletes should be able to make money because they’re devoting their time to play the sport that I’m assuming their good at, because they play at the college level, and since they represent the school and the school earns some sort of salary from the games, then they should get a portion of that because they’re devoting most of their time in college to play the sport for that season.” These schools cannot deny that they make thousands, if not millions of dollars off these athletes, so it is only right that the athletes should be able to do the same.

Hammond Allied Soccer Goes for the Goals!

By: Sarah Meklir
In-Depth Gold Editor

Hammond’s Allied Soccer team had a successful season this fall under the supportive instruction of Coach Dhillon. Dhillon said, “It’s always a bit of a struggle getting a team together at the beginning of the year, getting help, but once we get started it goes really well. The kids enjoy it.” 

Mr. Dhillon, a math teacher for the special education department, has coached the team for three years, and has prior experience coaching at high school and college levels. “I coached at Atholton for 8 years, helped out at Howard Community College coaching the guys on varsity there, and I was a graduate assistant coaching in college.” 

When asked about his favorite aspect of coaching, Dhillon replied, “The best part about coaching is seeing how much fun the players have. I’ll always enjoy that. That’s the most important.” While they’re trying to teach the team some soccer skills, he said the most rewarding part was presenting the players with opportunities they may not have been given otherwise.

“All the kids improved and got more comfortable as the year went on,” Dhillon said. Throughout the season, certain players stood out for their improvement and dedication. “Gabe Thompson started out very shy, and as the season went on, he came out of his shell a little bit.” Coach Dhillon added, “Camilia Omar-Jones started out, had a rough beginning of the season, then turned it around and finished the season really strong.” 

In regards to next season, the coach hopes to involve more students with the program. “[My] goals for next year are to get some extra helpers, to get more kids on the team. We’re trying to grow the program a little bit.” When enlisting new members, it’s hard to ignore the benefits of such a supportive environment. 

Students involved learn skills that will benefit them for years to come, including “following directions, teamwork, and overcoming limitations,” said Dhillon, “Being able to do something people said they couldn’t do, things like that. That’s what’s gonna help them in the long run.”

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To Trade or Not to Trade

By Ekene Ezeh 

Staff Writer

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Anthony Davis during his introductory press conference for the Lakers after demanding a trade from the Pelicans

Photo credit: Forbes

Player trades are a big part of sports. From the Hershal Walker trade in 1989, to Kobe being traded to the Lakers in 1996. Every year, fans look forward to seeing who their team has traded for. They are anxious to see how much better or worse their team has gotten, and whether or not the trade will bring them closer to a championship. But what happens to a fanbase when a star player decides to demand a trade? Athletes like Jalen Ramesy, Paul George, Anthony Davis, Antonio Brown, and others have all demanded trades and gotten their wish, which has sprung up plenty of controversy amongst the fans and the media. Is it a problem that athletes are forcing their way off teams despite being under contract? Or is it a good thing that players are taking control of their careers and making decisions that are better for their future? There are always two sides to this argument, but I believe that athletes should be allowed to demand trades.

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Sprinting to Success: Hammond Cross Country Runs!

By Sydney Phillips and Ekene Ezeh

Staff Writers

The Hammond High School Cross Country team has had another strong season after lots of hard work and team effort over the summer. The team had run counties, and finished strong this season. 

One cross country meet that really stood out to Freshman Wayne Low was the Howard County Invitationals. The Howard County Invitational took place on Saturday, September 14th, and the cross country team started their season off strong. “It was my first meet, and I saw a lot of schools there,” he said.

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Photo Creds: Coach Kim Williams

As Coach Kim reflected on what impressed her about the team this season, she said, “The improvement. We have a really young team. We don’t actually have any seniors on our team. Most of the kids we have are ninth and tenth graders. This is the first time we have had four kids in the 18 minute range and one kid in the 17 minute range.” But what impressed her even more was her team and the hard work that the runners put in over the summer. 

“We had five kids over the summer run over 400 miles,” she said, “So I think that shows where we stand because they put in the work.” To discuss next year’s team, and reflecting on all of the work the team did over the summer, Coach Kim responded saying, “I think going into next year, I think we are going to be a totally different team. I think that [work] really shows where we stand.”

Within the impressive team, there were a few runners that really stood out this season. One of the runners was Marie Pejcic. The junior received very high praise from her Coach. “She is probably going to make it states,” Coach Kim stated, “and she has the second fastest time in Hammond records.” Pejicic was able to run an impressive 20:55. The only girl to have a faster time the Pejcic was Nicole Dawson at 20:32 back in 2008. But Pejcic wasn’t the only runner that stood out to Coach Kim during the season. Freshman Mackenna Hunter was a runner who caught Coach Kim’s eye as well. Hunter was one of the most improved runners on the team “She’s done really well,” Coach Kim spoke. Coach Kim also mentioned Wayne Low. Although Coach Kim did not have her running times available, she said that both of them have dropped 5-6 minutes off of their time. 

Low said that he really likes the cross country team. “It was really fun,” he said. He is looking forward to doing cross country again, running, and pushing himself. He stated that he would like to improve his time and his scores. 

For next year, Coach Kim believes that “the varsity squad is going to work together and get even faster.” She said that she feels as if they are at a place now where they’re going to see the amount of work they have put in this season. “If they run over the summer, they are going to be able to get into the seventeens and they will probably be able to put us in place on the result charts.”

Overall, the Hammond High School Cross Country Team has had a great season, and they are looking forward to their next season!

Who is the Real NFL MVP?

By: Ekene Ezeh and Caleb Angus

Staff Writers

Over the years, the NFL has seen its fair share of outstanding MVPs, from Patrick Mahomes throwing 50 touchdowns, to Tom Brady going 16-0, to Peyton Manning breaking the single season touchdown record with 55. This year there are plenty of reasonable candidates for MVP, but which one will end up on top by February? Here are this year’s top MVP Candidates and why they should all be considered.

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Hammond’s Field Hockey: On the Come Up!

By: Abike Orenuga and Chisom Ibezue

Staff Writers

Hammond’s Varsity field hockey team has had an outstanding season so far, making significant improvements since last year’s season. 

Hammond’s Varsity field hockey team started off the year with a streak of three wins in a row. All the girls are in high spirits and hopeful that their seasons will be coming to a good end, as they are already two months into a roughly three month season, occasionally longer if the team wins their first game at playoffs.

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Hammond Golf Overview: A Strong and Successful 2019 Season

By: Jenna Kreh

Staff Writer

Hammond’s golf season has already come to an end for the 2019 fall season, but both the girls and boys teams had several exciting wins and personal bests along the way!

The boys team had two major wins this year, beginning with their first win against Mount Hebron on September 19. Later in the season they also beat Long Reach at the Iron Skillet Tournament on September 24, despite a loss to Oakland Mills. Coach Osborne said that the entire boys team improved a lot throughout the season, but a few specific players really stood out. “Tim Stryker really made leaps and bounds this year in his game,” the coach said. “He came very close to qualifying for the post season and improved to the number one position by the middle of the season.” Additionally, the coach spoke very highly of sophomore Connor Walls, saying that he “really turned it on for the second half [of the season].”

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