The St. Louis Spirits haven't played a game since 1976. But their owners - Daniel and Ozzie Silnas - made $30 million off NBA TV rights last year. Richard Sandomir of the New York Times explains how to Only a Game's Bill Littlefield
Daniel and Ozzie Silna have earned about $255 million in NBA TV revenues in the last 32 years-and they don't even own a team. The former owners of a defunct ABA team still reap the benefits of a deal made in 1976.
A spokesperson with Saint Louis University confirms that Rick Majerus will be taking a one-year leave of absence from his role as the University's head men's basketball coach. An ongoing heart condition is cited as the reason behind Majerus' leave.
"Rick is in a California hospital undergoing evaluation and treatment for an ongoing heart condition," SLU's Director of Athletics Chris May said in a statement. "His health is the most important issue right now, and our hope is for full and complete recovery."
The University of Illinois has fired head men's basketball coach Bruce Weber after a 17-15 season that included a 2-12 finish. Weber is shown here on Dec. 22, 2011 during the annual Braggin' Rights game against the University of Missouri.
The St. Louis region is kicking off what the St. Louis Sports Commission is calling its version of "March Madness." Beginning with the Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball tournament this weekend, the area will host four straight weeks of college sports tournaments.
The region will also host the MVC women's basketball tournament from March 8-11 at The Family Arena, the NCAA Division 1 wrestling championships from March 15-17 and the NCAA Division 1 men's basketball regional on March 23 and 25.