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In this April 14, 2014, file photo, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) pauses on the court during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Washington.  A person familiar with the situation says Wade is staying with the Heat, agreeing to a two-year deal with a player option for 2015-16. Wade made reference to the deal Tuesday, Kuly 15, 2014, tweeting "Home Is Where the Heart Is" and calling himself a "HeatLifer" in a photo of him below Miami's three NBA championship banners.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

In this April 14, 2014, file photo, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) pauses on the court during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Special to the NNPA from The Miami Times

The Miami Heat better listen to their fans who overwhelmingly are screaming, “Pay the man.” The man is Dwyane Wade, the man who has given this city everything. His blood, his sweat, his tears. The man who has had a hand in every single one of the Heat’s championship parades down Biscayne Boulevard. Right now there is a divide between Wade and the Heat. What is best for Wade is not necessarily what is best for the Heat, but Wade has always done what was best for the Heat and trusted that when the time comes the organization would take care of him. The time has come.

It is hard to fathom that, after everything Wade has done for Miami, it is possible that other teams could value Wade at the end more than the Heat does. Imagine Wade in another uniform. You can’t? Me neither. That would be a sickening sight for Heat lifers to use a term that Mr. Heat Wade himself coined.

Before you naysayers start with your objections there are many things about the greatest athlete in the history of South Florida sports that you need to remember. I know Miami sports fans love them some Dan Marino, but Marino never won a championship and put his team at the very top like Wade did. Nobody has sacrificed more. A pro athlete like Wade is so rare in this ego driven industry. How many of you would have handed the number one spot at your job to another individual the way Wade gave the keys to Lebron James? Folks just do not do that.

Truth according to a reliable source it was Wade, not James, who by himself kept Udonis Haslem in Miami. Wade went to James with the idea of taking less money to include Haslem. James refused. The Heat couldn’t figure out a way to make a competitive offer to Haslem within salary-cap constraints until Wade volunteered to take that salary hit alone. It is why Wade was paid millions less than Bosh and James — one of the sacrifices Wade would make on behalf of the team that he evidently would now like reimbursed. Again I ask, who does that? What a selfless act indeed.

So what is Pat Riley and this Heat organization going to do? They can ill afford a PR nightmare on the heels of LeBron James leaving them at the altar and returning to his first love Cleveland. The Heat seem to believe the market will not pay Wade what Wade believes the market will pay Wade. What if they are wrong? What if someone makes a hard push for Mr. Miami Heat? Then what? Do I have the answers? No, I do not. That is Pat Riley and Mickey Arison’s job. This story has made national headlines. People are asking questions of this proud franchise that no one ever could envision. Sure, the Heat want to keep Wade here but not at the crippling expense of all future flexibility. The Heat it seems would prefer Wade to opt into his contract for next season at $16 million, then become a free agent and basically trust them all over again.

Once again they want the best player in franchise history to sacrifice for their and allegedly his benefit. The Heat’s greatest player has never been it’s highest paid player.

Miami is eyeing the future possibly a run at a player like Kevin Durant. We all know that guy who always wants a loan but never pays it back. I think the Miami Heat need to come up with a plan rather quickly that will appease Wade. Their line of credit has expired. Pay the man. Give Wade his money and figure it out from there.

Wade has always done right by Miami. Now it’s time the Heat do right by him. End of conversation.

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Planning Commission to Hold Public Hearing on Oakland A’s Real Estate Project

The Planning Commission will consider whether the Final EIR was completed in compliance with state law, represents the independent analysis of the city, and provides adequate information to decision-makers and the public on the potential adverse environmental effects of the proposed project, as well as ways in which those effects might be mitigated or avoided.

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The Oakland Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on the Oakland A’s Stadium and Real Estate Development. It will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 3 p.m., according to a city media release.

“During the hearing, the Planning Commission will consider whether the Final EIR was completed in compliance with state law, represents the independent analysis of the city, and provides adequate information to decision-makers and the public on the potential adverse environmental effects of the proposed project, as well as ways in which those effects might be mitigated or avoided” according to the media release.

The 3,500-page report was released the week before Christmas 2021, leaving little time for community advocates to read and critique the report.

After the commission makes a recommendation, the Oakland City Council will consider certification of the Final EIR, likely in February. A “yes” vote by the council does not mean the project is approved but is a major first step toward approval.

Community advocates are asking the commission to postpone the meeting, so that the community has time to read and analyze the 3,500-page report in time to provide public comment. You can contact the commission at drarmstrong@oaklandca.gov or cpayne@oaklandca.gov.

The following are Planning Commission members:

• Clark Manus, Chair

• Jonathan Fearn, Vice-Chair

• Sahar Shiraz

• Tom Limon

• Vince Sugrue

• Jennifer Renk

• Leopold A Ray-Lynch

To read the Final EIR, go to:  https://bit.ly/32KZ3pT

 

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Oakland Natives’ We Ball Sports and HBCU’s League Pass to Deliver Negro League Apparel

With the mission of bridging HBCU baseball with its historic Negro Baseball League roots, We Ball Sports, headquartered in Atlanta, will design integrated apparel, and distribute via HBCU League Pass news, sports, shopping, and entertainment network based in Roanoke, Texas.

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Nehemiah Mitchell and Derrion Herring, co-founders of We Ball Sports.
Nehemiah Mitchell and Derrion Herring, co-founders of We Ball Sports.

By Carla Thomas

E-commerce company We Ball Sports, specializing in high-quality football gear and apparel, announced a new retail partnership with Urban Edge Networks, owner of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) League Pass.

With the mission of bridging HBCU baseball with its historic Negro Baseball League roots, We Ball Sports, headquartered in Atlanta, will design integrated apparel, and distribute via HBCU League Pass news, sports, shopping, and entertainment network based in Roanoke, Texas.

Just in time for baseball season, Nehemiah Mitchell, a co-founder of We Ball Sports, says the new partnership is the perfect blend of technology and fashion that invokes awareness and pride in African American culture.

“This is a significant partnership for us that has grown from the community we’ve built and the trust we’ve earned from athletes nationwide,” said Mitchell. “HBCU League Pass enables us to bring both of our communities together to further our reach and foster relationships between young athletes and the HBCU community.”

According to Mitchell, a native of Oakland, Weballsports.com, is the most visited, privately-owned e-commerce football equipment business globally, achieving 500,000 visitors by the end of July 2021. “This year we expect $1.5 million in sales by the end of December and 2022 should yield up to $5 million in sales,” said Mitchell.

“Nehemiah Mitchell, Brendan Royal, and Darreon Herring have their fingers on the pulse of Gen-Z and cultural trends,” said Hardy Pelt, chief financial officer at Urban Edge Networks which owns HBCU League Pass. “Their amazing growth over the past couple of years and genuine relationship with the youth sports community made them an easy selection and the perfect partner to support HBCU baseball.”

Urban Edge Networks, the owners of HBCU League Pass and entertainment network company in Las Vegas, vow to continue promoting the legacy of African Americans’ contributions to the sport of baseball through collaboration with the Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, and with various HBCU baseball teams.

We Ball Sports co-founders Royal, DaHerring, and Mitchell, all former D1 football players under 30, are thrilled to partner with HBCU League Pass.

They hope to accelerate the brand’s growth by branching out into other sports and providing additional apparel and equipment in their catalog. The company also plans to partner with NFL athletes while increasing their philanthropic activities in the community.

“We plan to generate even more interest and investment into HBCU sports from professional athletes and entertainers similar to NBA point guard Stephen Curry’s agreement to fund Howard University’s golf program for six years,” said Mitchell. “Also, Deon Sanders and Percy ‘Master P’ Miller, both retired professional athletes, are also encouraging nationally ranked high school players to attend HBCUs and join their athletic programs.”

For more information visit: http://www.weballsports.com and http://www.hbculeaguepass.com.

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IN MEMORIAM: John Madden, Oakland Raiders Super Bowl Winning Coach, Dies at 85

“We all know him as the Hall of Fame coach of the Oakland Raiders and broadcaster who worked for every major network, but more than anything, he was a devoted husband, father and grandfather,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said.

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John Madden.

By Bay City News

John Madden, who won a Super Bowl with the Oakland Raiders and went on to be a television commentator and namesake of a popular football video game series, has died at the age of 85, the National Football League announced on Dec. 28, 2021.

No other information about a cause of death was immediately released.

Madden, who grew up in Daly City, led the Oakland Raiders to a Super Bowl victory in 1977, then went on to highly successful careers in TV and video games, and was recently the subject of a documentary titled “All Madden.”

“We all know him as the Hall of Fame coach of the Oakland Raiders and broadcaster who worked for every major network, but more than anything, he was a devoted husband, father and grandfather,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said.

Madden’s death prompted widespread reactions on social media from those who knew or admired him.

The Raiders, who have since moved to Las Vegas, wrote “A brilliant coach. A loyal and trusted friend. A Raider.”

Gov. Gavin Newsom wrote, “Tonight we mourn John Madden — he redefined the role of a sports broadcaster — his voice as recognizable as anyone who ever did the job. He hoisted a Super Bowl trophy with CA’s own Oakland Raiders. Our thoughts are with his family as we mourn this incredible man.”

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf wrote, “I join all in mourning + honoring SuperBowl-winning coach John Madden. He was a great personality who truly loved #Oakland. When his grandson played at O’Dowd, John was as enthusiastic about the Dragons as any NFL team. We will miss him!”

San Mateo County Board of Supervisors president David Canepa wrote, “RIP John Madden. A 1954 graduate of Jefferson High School in Daly City and Super Bowl winning coach for the Oakland Raiders. He did so much for Daly City!”

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