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Penn State Child Sex Abuse NCAA SanctionsIn the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, the NCAA issued severe sanctions to the Penn State Nittany Lions football team including a reduction of scholarships and post-season bowl ban. Those on both sides of the issue were let down by the decision with some upset by the severity of the sanctions and others disappointed that the sanctions were not worse.
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2012 NFL Replacement RefereesJust a year removed from the labor conflict between the NFL and the NFL players, the 2012 NFL season opened with replacement officials calling the games and channeling their best Mr. Magoo in the process. Among the casualties included an epic fail in a game between the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football that gave Seattle a highly controversial win.
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Pacquiao vs. BradleyTo anyone watching the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley fight, most would agree that Manny Pacquiao completely dominated the match however the judges thought differently and gave Bradley a split decision win.
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2012-13 NHL SeasonAs if the two other somewhat recent NHL lockouts were not enough to drive that sport into irrelevance, the National Hockey League locked out its players at the beginning of the 2012-13 NHL season while the players and league reached a labor deal.
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NBC Coverage of the 2012 London OlympicsCompletely oblivious that word travels fast these days with social media and the Internet, NBC may have committed the biggest let-down of 2012 with its coverage of the 2012 London Olympics. Not only did they choose to air interviews and other dribble instead of important parts of the opening ceremony but they also tape-delayed their coverage, fouled up their paid online streaming coverage and routinely spoiled event results for US viewers.
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2012 NBA FinalsThe captivating story of the Cinderella Oklahoma City Thunder team against the star-studded Miami Heat made for what looked to be a long and exciting NBA Finals series but that energy soon turned to monotony when the Miami Heat dominated games two through five to take the championship.