Alan Blinder, The New York Times

Alan Blinder

The New York Times

Atlanta, GA, United States

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Recent articles by Alan:

Senators Tell N.C.A.A. to Stop Lagging and Change College Sports

With the president of the N.C.A.A. on Capitol Hill, lawmakers of both parties expressed frustration over rules that limit players. → Read More

Should College Athletes Profit From Their Fame? Here’s Where the Debate Stands

Congress is examining the issue. State legislatures are considering their own plans. And the N.C.A.A. has promised changes, but has long stopped athletes from making any money from their play. → Read More

College Football Prospects Actually Signing on Signing Day? That’s So 2017

The introduction of the early signing period has proved popular among coaches, recruits and parents. For many programs, February may be too late to sign the top players. → Read More

Live Updates: Helicopter With Kobe Bryant Got Special Approval to Fly

Bryant, 41, was traveling with his 13-year-old daughter to his youth basketball academy when they and seven other people perished in the crash. The helicopter had been given special approval to fly in foggy weather. → Read More

The N.C.A.A. Says It’s Working to Change. Next Year, at the Soonest.

At a meeting in California, top officials in college sports mulled how to change the rules that would allow athletes to profit from their fame. But new standards won’t happen until at least 2021. → Read More

Police Seek to Arrest Odell Beckham Jr. After Video Shows Backside Slap

Video of the star Cleveland Browns receiver showed him smacking the backside of a security officer while celebrating his former university, Louisiana State, winning college football’s national championship. → Read More

L.S.U. Examines Whether Odell Beckham Jr. Gave Cash to Players

After the Tigers won the national championship, Beckham, a former L.S.U. player, was recorded counting “apparent cash” on the field and giving bills to at least one player. → Read More

The College Football National Championship Game Is When? How the Wait Widened

A 16-day gap between the College Football Playoff semifinals and the title game was not exactly by design. → Read More

Roy Moore to Run for Alabama Senate Seat

The former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court wants a rematch with Doug Jones, who defeated him in a special election in 2017. Many Republicans are hostile to his plans. → Read More

Man Accused of Burning Louisiana Churches Is Charged With Hate Crimes

Holden Matthews, 21, was charged in a six-count federal indictment after three Louisiana churches burned this spring. → Read More

There Are 472,000 Words in the Dictionary. For the Spelling Bee, That May Not Be Enough.

The winners of the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee had more in common than an aptitude for spelling: six of the eight used the same coaching program. → Read More

What You Need to Know About the U.S.S. John S. McCain

The disclosure of a White House request to hide the Navy destroyer during President Trump’s state visit to Japan has turned the ship into a political symbol. → Read More

Ralph Northam Investigation Ends Without Answers on Racist Photo

An inquiry into a racist photograph on the medical school yearbook page of the Virginia governor could not determine whether he himself appeared in the image. → Read More

Alabama Lawmakers Vote to Effectively Ban Abortion in the State

Supporters of the measure hope it will lead the Supreme Court to reconsider Roe v. Wade, which recognized a constitutional right to end a pregnancy. → Read More

Virginia Men’s Basketball Will Not Go to the White House

A trip to the White House from a team based in Charlottesville would have been fraught, regardless of the head coach citing scheduling conflicts. → Read More

A Charred Gas Can, a Receipt and an Arrest in Fires of 3 Black Churches

The 21-year-old son of a sheriff’s deputy was charged in connection with the blazes that destroyed three black churches in Louisiana. → Read More

Suspect Arrested in Fires at Black Churches in Louisiana

The three fires occurred over a 10-day period starting on March 26 in St. Landry Parish, north of Lafayette. → Read More

Son of a Deputy Sheriff Charged With 3 Black Church Fires

The authorities arrested the 21-year-old son of a deputy sheriff in the blazes that set a rural Cajun community on edge. → Read More

U.N.C. Women’s Basketball Coach Sylvia Hatchell Faces a Reckoning

Players and their families have accused the longtime coach of racially insensitive remarks. → Read More

North Carolina Women’s Basketball Coach Faces Complaints of Racially Insensitive Comments

Sylvia Hatchell was placed on leave after players’ families complained to university officials, according to two people with direct knowledge of the accusations. → Read More