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The Ravens Are Worth $1.157 Billion. What a Steal!

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Ever been watching a Ravens game and idly thought, “Gosh, the Ravens are so great. I wonder how much would it cost to buy them?” Well, we imagine that owner Stephen Bisciotti isn’t selling anytime soon, but you may as well start saving your pennies anyway:  According to Forbes’ annual sports franchise survey, the Ravens are valued at $1.157 billion, making them the 19th most-valuable sports franchise in the world.

State Looking to Make Baltimore “Semi-Permanent Home” of NCAA Lacrosse Championships

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The NCAA is changing the way it chooses host cities for its championships. Instead of selecting sites year by year, it will determine locations for “almost every one of its championships from fall 2014 to spring 2018” in December. And that puts the pressure on Baltimore to make a bid to be the four-year home of the lacrosse championship, something that the head of Maryland’s sports office Terry Hasseltine thinks we deserve.

Lacrosse Early Recruiting Has Players Committing to Colleges in Ninth Grade

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We’ve been hearing rumblings for the past few months about early lacrosse recruiting at Baltimore area high schools, sometimes as early at the ninth grade.  Now the Washington Post is reporting the same trend in the DC suburban private school community, too.  Parents and fans are asking: Isn’t it a little much?

“I can maybe see [early recruiting] in the sports in which the professionals are paid tens of millions of dollars — lacrosse doesn’t have that,” US Lacrosse President Steve Stenersen says in the article. “To what end are we creating this culture of pressure on younger and younger kids to make a college decision?”

What do you think?  How early is too early to recruit for lacrosse, or any college sport for that matter?

Read High School Lacrosse faces Challenging New Reality With Early Recruiting at washingtonpost.com

 

Celebrate Baseball Season With Author Tom Dunkel and “Color Blind” at The Ivy, Wednesday

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Celebrate the opening of baseball season on Wednesday, April 17 at 7 p.m. as The Ivy Bookshop and Sports Legends Museum welcome Tom Dunkel to share a largely forgotten story from the sport’s past.

In Depression-era Bismarck, North Dakota, one of baseball’s most unlikely champions assembled one of the most improbable teams in the sport’s history.  A decade before Jackie Robinson broke into the Major Leagues, car dealer Neil Churchill signed the best players he could find to his semi-pro baseball team, regardless of race, and fielded an integrated squad that took on all comers in spectacular fashion. Dunkel’s book Color Blind returns Churchill’s team to its rightful place in baseball history.

Kids Like the Orioles Again; Merchandise Sales Go Way Up

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All it took was one stellar season and young sports fans who were born when the Orioles’ 14-year slump was already well underway are flocking to the team, according Baltimore Business Journal. Kids are getting even psyched about Opening Day and asking for their parents for caps and jerseys. 

Lacrosse’s First “Million-Dollar Man”

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No one has ever made a million dollars as a lacrosse player before, but Johns Hopkins alum Paul Rabil is well on his way to netting that (and more!). Once considered a niche activity of interest only to rich prepsters in Mid-Atlantic states (43% of lacrosse players come from families earning over $100,000), lacrosse is on the verge of becoming our newest national sport. In 2012, 1.5 million people played lacrosse in the U.S. — a 37 percent jump since 2008, making it the fastest-growing team sport in the nation. Meanwhile, participation in perennial pastimes like baseball and tackle football dropped 13 and 18 percent, respectively. And savvy players like Rabil are cashing in on this new popularity.

Watch Ray Lewis Lampooned in SNL Sketch

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Whether Ray Lewis will be immortalized as a Hall of Famer will continue to be argued over, but another honor has been settled: on Saturday, Lewis was impersonated in a “Saturday Night Live” sketch.

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