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March 14, 2016
March 14, 2016

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March 14, 2016

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NCAA TOURNAMENT PREVIEW
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
  • The tiny Spanish island of Gran Canaria is home to a tour operator that handles college basketball teams' off-season trips—and to an academy that DEVELOPS PROSPECTS. Is there a link between booking tours and landing recruits?

NBA
  • Distant and accessible to only a few, the game's most dominant defender and underrated superstar desperately cultivates greatness, if not an image. He also is giving a second wind to the Spurs' dynasty, the best bet to unseat the Warriors

Patrick Kane
  • On the ice, it all comes so easily for Patrick Kane. Life off it is more complicated, whether he's behaving immaturely—or worse—or navigating a hometown that bred him to be the best but can also bring out his worst

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FOR FEB. 29, 2016

This is an article from the March 14, 2016 issue

I thought the story on the harassment allegations at Tennessee, involving Peyton Manning (Culture Clash), should have been on the cover. By not giving it more attention, you gave the appearance that you were reluctant to push a story about the misbehavior of universities that prioritize sports success at all costs.

Daniel Goldberg, Durham, N.C.

The article on unionizing college athletes (Fate of the Union) misses one major problem. If student-athletes become employees, they will owe taxes on their scholarships and any other benefits, which many low-income athletes will not be able to afford.

James Avrett, Fort Pierce, Fla.

The NCAA states in a filing that it "denies that it has a legal duty to protect student-athletes." This attitude is precisely why workers deserve unions. If workers don't feel that their employer is going to protect them from abuse and harm, they will find someone who will.

John Larkin, Chicago

As a marathon runner and caregiver for an elderly parent, I was moved by Dan Marshall's essay on his dad's battle with ALS and their love for the Utah Jazz (SCORECARD). It beautifully illustrated the bittersweet melody that sports play in the ballet of life.

Mark Hinshaw, Lovington, N.M.

COVER

SI criticizes the NFL for its slowness in recognizing the dangers of concussions but boasts of Conor McGregor's history of intentionally inflicting head injuries (Straight Outta Dublin). It criticizes coaches who reward causing injury but not the UFC's knockout-of-the-night bonus? I favor football's protecting against concussions, but not the hypocrisy of glorifying these injuries elsewhere.

John Juedes

Yucaipa, Calif.

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POINT AFTER

MMA fighter Holly Holm deserves many congratulations on her title, but I was disappointed that she does not acknowledge that much of her sudden fame is due to the hype that Ronda Rousey created for herself. Without that, Holm's win would've drawn as much attention as any other UFC title bout—virtually none.

Charlie Scheeler

Phoenix

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