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FightClub.com, Now the Official Fantasy Football Game of Sports Media 101; Sign-Up Free, Win Big

September 28th, 2013 at 9:30 AM
By Sports Media 101

Sports Media 101 Inc. is proud to announce an official, and exclusive, fantasy football partnership with FightClub.com.

FightClub offers weekly fantasy football games suited for both the novice and professional fantasy football player, encompassing NFL football and NCAA football.

Sign-up is free and all new participants receive an immediate $5 credit. Additionally, if you sign-up through Sports Media 101 or any of our subsidiaries, you have a chance to win an additional $25 bonus each week. The $25 bonus will be awarded to whoever scores the most points. In other words, whoever proves to be the top dog.

In addition to the weekly games, $5 in free credit and the potential $25 bonus, everyone who signs up will have an opportunity to play the Sports Media 101 experts, as well as fellow fans and readers.

Players can win money each and every week, and do not have to worry about forgetting to set lineups, make waiver wire moves or trades. Your roster is set uniquely each week without a draft based solely on who you feel has the best match-ups. Ultimately, it's a true test of your Football IQ.

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Dallas Mavericks Believed to Have Released Lamar Odom Due to Drug Addiction

August 29th, 2013 at 11:41 AM
By Kyerstin Hill

Former Dallas Mavericks forward Lamar Odom has been in the news recently due to the discovery of his recent drug addiction. There have been endless rumors flying about the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star and his scandalous behavior in the past weeks. As these rumors surface, it is believed that his addiction is the reason behind the Dallas Mavericks' decision to list him as inactive halfway through the 2011-2012 NBA season.  

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After being traded from the Los Angeles Lakers in December of the 2011-2012 season, Odom struggled with the Dallas Mavericks from the beginning. He missed three games for personal reasons and was then assigned to the Texas Legends of the NBA D-League. Odom canceled the deal with the Legends and remained with the Mavericks. After not playing in a game against the San Antonio Spurs, Odom was listed as inactive and then traded at the end of the season. 

When asked about his run in Dallas, Odom said,  "I'm sorry that things didn't work out better for both of us, but I wish the Mavs' organization, my teammates and Dallas fans nothing but continued success in the defense of their championship."

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Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban Requires Team to Wear GPS Devices

August 21st, 2013 at 2:44 PM
By Kyerstin Hill

'Mark Cuban' photo (c) 2009, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is known for some bizarre antics and his latest requires the team to wear GPS devices that will track their workouts and exertion rates during summer training. Created by the Australia-based company, Catapult Sports, the device is called the OptimEye and players will attach it to their upper backs, underneath their jerseys. It tracks the player's movement as well as rates such as velocity, distance, and heart rate. 

When asked about his decision to have the Mavs use the devices, Cuban said "We just want to be able to get smarter about our players and how to train them and how to put them in a position to succeed. So that's just one component of a lot of different things that we're doing."

While this has only been used in the NFL in the past, a few other NBA teams have also decided to use the OptimEye including the Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, and New York Knicks. Catapult Sports spokesman referred to the device as an objective "dashboard" for coaches, trainers, and players to observe the workout progress of each individual player in order to promote improvement and avoid injuries. 

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Dejaun Blair Blasts Former Coach Gregg Popovich

August 18th, 2013 at 8:29 PM
By Jessica Pifalo

Newest Maverick Dejuan Blair is shaking things up even before the season has started. The former San Antonio Spurs Center/Power Forward slammed his former head coach, Gregg Popovich in a press conference, complaining about playing time, which apparently, wasn’t the first time.

When Blair was asked about getting back to the NBA finals he told NBA, that the Spurs could have taken the title, had it not been for Popovich limiting his playing time.

“Of course I want to get back. I don't think we've would have came up short if I would've played but, hey, keep that out there.”

Blair recorded only a mere four minutes in Game Four, and six in Game Five in the NBA Finals this past season. With the jab at Popovich, this will certainly ignite some fire to the Spurs-Mavericks rivalry, and it’s certain that Spurs fans will have something to say about it come January 8th when the teams first meet. As stated before this wasn’t Blair’s first comment about playing time, and stunts like this is something that Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle will most certainly not tolerate, something Carlisle has made very clear in the past.

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Dallas Mavericks Announce Free Agent Signees

August 17th, 2013 at 3:18 PM
By Kyerstin Hill

After losing Dwight Howard to the Houston Rockets, the Mavericks were left with more financial room to sign new players including a lengthy list of free agents. After deciding not to resign Darren Collison, Chris Kaman, and Elton Brand and losing O.J. Mayo to the Milwaukee Bucks, the Mavs set their sights on free agents. Monta Ellis, Jose Calderon, Devin Harris, Samuel Dalembert, Brandan Wright, Wayne Ellington, and DeJuan Blair are the seven free agents that were introduced in Dallas last Thursday. 

When asked about the newly signed free agents, owner Mark Cuban said, "I think we've got a good basketball IQ at the point guard with Jose and when Devin comes back. I think Monta is a smart basketball player whether he's playing the one or the two. So I think we're going to be able to do a lot more, a lot of different things than we were able to do last year."

In addition to the newly signed members, the Mavericks are expecting a lot from returning big men, Jae Crowder and Dirk Nowitzki. Nowitzki has been leading the Mavs since 1998 when he was traded from the Milwaukee Bucks. As the team's number one player, he's been named the NBA's Most Valuable Player and has broken several franchise records. After missing the beginning of last season due to a knee injury, Nowitzki is back to full health and the team knows to expect big things from him. 

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