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In 1971 Alan Shepard used a makeshift six-iron to hit two golf balls on the lunar surface

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The Fan-Controlled Football League is becoming a reality
Andy Dolich -- 2015
Andy Dolich
Pro Sports on 
the Moon

By Andy Dolich

Yes, it will happen. I just don't know when. Let's not forget Feb. 6, 1971 when astronaut Alan Shepard used a makeshift six-iron to hit a golf ball on the moon. The Outer Space Race between Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Tesla's Elon Musk is expanding the galaxy everyday. Will either of these tech titans be willing to pay the NFL's multi-billion dollar expansion fee for a team at Tranquility Base?

"The Times They are a Changing" in the sports world -- remember that
*  ESPN wasn't on the air until 1979
*  The first video game of Madden Football didn't kick off until 1988
*  You couldn't Google up any knowledge until 1998
*  The creativity of a Tweet from a Twit wasn't available until March of 2006
*  Uber didn't roll until March 2009 and world peace wasn't achieved until........more on that later.........much later
*   There wasn't Fake News until 2016

Technologies that are impacting sports and entertainment today
*  Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Reality Reality are all leading to the growth of Immersive Technology. Being there without being there
*  AI -- Artificial Intelligence. These jobs are paying at the highest levels in the tech industry and the sports industry is defined by artificial intelligence
*  Analytics and Metrics -- A rule in today's world of sports numbers: If you can't metricize or analyse it, move on
*  Enhanced broadcast technologies -- Think of this as electronic boob tubes for boobs on every type of digital device
*  Convertible stadiums -- Push a button and go from baseball to football to soccer to concerts
*  Esports are now a multi-billion dollar business, on the path to disrupting existing stick and ball sports.
*   Intelligent Wearables -- Anyone wearing striped yoga pants should be arrested, along with those checking their fitbits after working out for four minutes.
*  Drones -- Everywhere in every aspect of games, including being dropped into your seat by an Uber-Drone
*   Sports Betting -- It's here......Ready, Set, Bet. "Show me the money!"
*  REDs (Robotic Enhanced Devices) -- We have seen the impact of PEDs. How will sports decision makers weigh in on REDS inserted into the athletes of the future? 
"Hey, look at Jimmy's new elbow. He now throws a 145 mph heater and he's only 15."
"Have you seen my daughter, Bonnie, who plays high school hoops. She dunked eight times and brought down the rim in her last game, thanks to her new spring-loaded ACLs."
Here's a real life example of tomorrow meeting today in the galaxy of sports
FCFL -- the Fan Controlled Football League (FCFL) (  Soon there will be an entire American football league built on the premise that fans should be able to choose the players and coaches that make up each of the eight inaugural teams and even pick the teams' offensive plays. The innovative league is based on the belief that fans will enjoy a product that feels more like a video game than a traditional football-watching experience.

The Fan Controlled Football League is centered on the fact that it is powered on the Ethereum blockchain with a newly developed crypto currency -- the FAN Token -- serving as the digital currency of the league and a tool for ranking the voting power of fans when it comes to drafting players, picking coaches and calling the plays that the seven-on-seven teams carry out on the field. Each fan will be required to pick one team to support and will thereafter be ranked, based on FAN Token ownership.
The eight FCFL teams will all share the same "high tech production stadium-studio" which is intended to create a strong digital product for fans who will be watching on mobile devices, both in, and eventually out of this world.
Andy Dolich has over five decades of leadership in the sports industry, including executive positions in the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, pro soccer and lacrosse. Dolich teaches sports business at Stanford's School of Continuing Studies and is co-author of the new book:
10-22-18 - Arif
Dr. John Carols (left) and Dr. Tommie Smith stand in front of their statue on the San Jose State University campus. Photos by Charles Jackson

After a half century, nothing has changed
by Arif Khatib

Sprinter Tommie Smith came to San Jose University (SJSU) straight from the cotton fields in the San Joaquin Valley and sprinter John Carlos came from the streets of Harlem.

They were among special athletes on the SJSU campus last Wednesday, where it all began 50 years ago.

"It is very sad nationally that two athletes had to do what they were doing to bring attention to racism," said Smith, 74, on Wednesday doing a commemoration of the most iconic occasion in Olympic history. The protest is still with us today, a half century later.

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(Left to right) Wyomia Tyus, Dr. John Carlos, Dr. Tommie Smith
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Dr. Harry Edwards

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(Left) Spencer Hayward, 
Arif Khatib
Dr. Harry Edwards, a sociology professor at SJSU, started a movement called Olympic Project for Human Rights and prior to their protest, Carlos and Smith joined the group. "Someone had to come out of the ground like a rare piece of grass to let society know it is not as the picture presents itself," said Carlos, 73.

Wyomia Tyus, who recently released her autobiography, Tigerbelle, was the first athlete to win consecutive Olympic medals in the 200 meters in 1964 and 1968, and said, "It goes back and forth now between liberals and conservatives; you have two movements against each other."

They are now traveling the country focusing on racial inequality.

Arif Khatib is the founder and president emeritus of the Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame.

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