The End of the Olympics?

The Rio Games mark the end of the twelfth decade of the modern Olympics, an impressive track record, yet far outstripped by the tenure of the original Games, which started in 776 B.C. and lasted nearly twelve centuries. Given the most recent news […]

August 1st, 2016|2016 Summer Olympics, Olympics, Sports, Sportsmanship|

An Adventure to the Women’s World Cup – An Odyssey Worth the Effort

Damn! How could it be nearly 4pm, 3:55, and we were still not in the arena? My wife, Lynn, daughter, Sierra, and I had left our house over six hours earlier. More than enough time to reach BC Place, a mere 110 miles from our starting point. Ok, that didn’t count the […]

July 10th, 2015|Empowering Women, Sports, Women's Soccer|

If You Dream Big, Define Success Accordingly

I’m a big believer in the power and importance of dreaming. I’m not talking about fantasies or the stuff that wishes are made of. I’m talking about aspirations that take hold of you and your life and won’t let go. You can’t shake them even if they seem impossible at the beginning, outlandish, or well beyond your reach. I believe dreams arise from a complicated, highly personal mix of our life experience; what we know, what interests us, and […]

June 23rd, 2015|Following Your Dreams, Sports, Success|

Game On!

Force 10 Hoops – 2010 Storm Championship Celebration (Photo credit: Aaron Last/Storm Photography) I had no idea what an adventure owning a professional sports franchise would turn out to be back in the early summer of 2007. Never in a thousand years would I have predicted I would want to do something like this, much less sign up to, or be granted the chance. Yet somehow, I teamed up with my current co-owners, Dawn Trudeau and Lisa Brummel, to attempt to purchase the Seattle Storm eight years ago, when it became abundantly clear that Clay Bennett, the then new owner… […]

June 2nd, 2015|Empowering Women, Seattle, Sports, WNBA|

Guts & Glory: Remembering an Early Victory in the Dawn of Title IX’s Passage

© 1976 Chris K. Ernst “Turn around and bend over.” March 3rd, 1976. Nearly 40 years ago, one of my teammates, wielding a Yale-blue magic marker, stood poised to inscribe my back as I prepared to join a protest destined to make history. Not that I thought for a moment that would be the outcome. As far as I was concerned, I was joining in solidarity with the rest of my crew to protest a perceived inequity. I had never done anything like that before in my long life of seventeen years, but wasn’t questioning authority part of one’s college curriculum? I was six months into my love affair with the sport of rowing, a freshman at Yale. I loved being a member of the women’s crew. […]

March 3rd, 2015|Gender Equality, Sports, Title IX|

On Breaking Up in Public

  There are several aspects of owning a professional sports team that I love: planning for the future; building the next championship-caliber team; working with a committed, deeply competent, and wildly passionate back office staff to strengthen our business; getting to know the players and supporting them in their lives; sharing the ups and downs of ownership with my partners. Trading players is not one of them. […]

January 29th, 2015|Sports|

Let’s Put Our Money Where It Matters to Our Daughters

I don’t pretend to know the answer to the NCAA’s mess regarding the big money that men’s college basketball and football bring to a plethora of universities across the country. But I do know that, nearly four decades since I started college, women’s athletic programs are still underfunded and undervalued. […]

January 21st, 2015|Empowering Women, Gender Equality, Parenting, Sports, Title IX|

Kids Just Wanna Have Fun

My oldest son, Gilder, starting rowing in eighth grade. He was a big guy, gawky, not super well-coordinated. He had played soccer since age five, and had developed an affinity for hopping away from the ball whenever it headed his way. Rowing was a great choice for him, as his height was a plus and lack of eye/foot coordination would not prove an impediment. Yes, he would have to attend every practice, commit himself to his team, but he seemed up for doing that. […]

January 20th, 2015|Sports, Youth|

As the Sports World Turns: Underdog to Top Dog & Back

I know, I’m a sucker. I love underdogs. I love their grit, their feisty, never-say-die relentlessness. I love their refusal to read the writing on the wall that spells out their inferior status. I love their eagerness to take on any opponent, their readiness to step up to a challenge—especially an outsized one. I especially love watching underdogs win. […]

November 26th, 2014|Sports|

Can We Have Sports Without Cheating?

It seems cheating is pairing with sports more frequently these days, like the vanilla ice-cream and apple pie combo: inseparable. Of course, there are some key differences. You can choose to eat apple pie solo, but why would you? A taste of creamy, melting vanilla ice-cream enhances the flavor and enjoyment of every bite of [...]

November 3rd, 2014|Essays, Sports|
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