Neil Morris 
Member since Jan 4, 2007

Neil Morris 

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Neil Morris is an attorney, a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association, and a sports writer. Find him on Google+.

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Posted by Neil Morris on 05/04/2014 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Duke soccer star Sebastien Ibeagha on his decision to spurn Major League Soccer for Europe

Michael: Well, the full value he was getting for a scholarship and degree from Duke was probably still somewhat more than your estimate of what his contract plus Rice tuition might have been. But, there were also the other reasons Ibeagha spoke about, included in the article, that amount to more than testing his value.

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Posted by Neil Morris on 01/24/2014 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Revamped NASL website introduces new features, subscription fee for live matches

Daniel: Value is certainly subjective, but during the months the RailHawks play four games, that works out to about $1.25 per match. That hardly seems unreasonable. As I wrote, this move needs to go hand-in-hand with an improvement in production quality, etc. Fortunately, Carolina's home webcasts are among the best in the league. The league has made plenty of missteps, but I don't regard an improved web presence and placing value on your product as one of them.

Posted by Neil Morris on 01/15/2014 at 5:15 PM

Re: “Lumps of coal: New NASL 2014 spring season truncates schedule and fairness

You're correct, Timothy. Correction made. Thanks for reading!

Posted by Neil Morris on 12/23/2013 at 3:05 PM

Re: “Watching another league: Did a misguided tweet betray the NASL fall season's most pressing problem?

Thanks, Jesse. Time and space didn't permit an analysis of each team's possible additional factors. Certainly those two mid-Sat. afternoon start times haven't helped (I noticed that on the schedule), plus the move from downtown to Blaine affected attendance figures both last and this year. That said, Minnesota's ebb mirrors the trend line seen throughout the league (other than Edmonton).

Posted by Neil Morris on 10/07/2013 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Ron Howard's Formula One flick, Rush

Right - and the results sounds as I described.

Posted by Neil Morris on 09/25/2013 at 2:47 PM

Re: “Who knew that America's soccer legacy was stored in Hillsborough?

This comment from Albert Colone was sent to me by e-mail on Friday with a request that I post it "wherever it suits":

Neil, Hopefully your well-researched and well-written piece on the soccer hall will lead to renewed interest in reestablishing a living, breathing national historic center for the sport.

Failure to believe in a Hall and America's soccer heritage is failure to believe in the sport itself. Rather than America being seen as one of soccer's [Association Football's] founding nations, soccer in America is seen as the other guy's sport. That condition dramatically restrains the sport's overall public popularity and growth. Sadly, way too many within the sport here in the US are in that category of non-believers!

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Posted by Neil Morris on 08/18/2013 at 4:27 PM

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