Archive for the ‘Sports/Olympics/Money at Play’ Category

Don’t hate the player, hate the virus: The truth behind pro male athletes pulling out of Olympics

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

It shouldn't be news that the Olympics aren't as important to many of the professional athletes competing in Rio as it is to win the pinnacle of their given sport – whether it is the Masters, Wimbledon, or the Tour de France.

Remember 1980? Possibility of Russian ban brings back memories of boycott

Friday, June 10th, 2016

A Russian ban from the Olympics may be the only recourse WADA has, writes Deidra Dionne. But is it fair for the clean athletes caught up in the mess?

From hero to human, athletes struggle with transition when playing career ends

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

At some point, every athlete has to stop lacing up their skates, pinning on their race number or strapping on their skis. Deidra Dionne's day was sudden and she wasn't prepared for it.

It’s not men vs. women: Indian Wells comments raise age-old debate of equal pay

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016
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Money at Play columnist Deidra Dionne examines the issue of equal pay for men and women tennis players - and why they are better served fighting together for a bigger share of the purse together.

What would it take for an athlete to sell an Olympic medal?

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

When the news came out recently that former Team Canada goalie Ed Belfour was selling his Olympic medal, my colleagues at work wanted to know if I would ever consider doing the same.

Olympic sponsorship model sometimes hurts athletes

Friday, March 4th, 2016

American runner Nick Symmonds is challenging the exclusivity of Olympic sponsorship deals that seem to be extending further than ever, creating more restrictions on athletes looking to build personal brands.

Training Ground could be blueprint for success

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016
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Canada's sport system needs to keep churning out top-level athletes, and the new Training Ground program could be a major boost. This kind of initiative can identify athletes with natural talent and a drive to succeed but without a sport to excel in.

Anti-doping system needs overhaul: Deidra Dionne

Friday, February 5th, 2016

It's unrealistic to expect countries and sport federations to prevent doping in high-performance sport. There's too much at stake and conflicts of interest stand in the way, writes Deidra Dionne.

Why is sports still a man’s game?

Thursday, January 21st, 2016
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Female athletes and analysts aren't given anywhere near the airtime that men are in sports media. And that's a problem, Deidra Dionne argues.

Olympic medals should be worth money

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Money at Play columnist Deidra Dionne asked her coach why her 2002 Olympic medal didn't come with any prize money. Fourteen years later, she believes more than ever that athletes are getting shortchanged by the International Olympic Committee.