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Deron Snyder

Deron Snyder

Deron Snyder is an award-winning journalist and Washington Times sports columnist with more than 25 years of experience. He has worked at USA Today and his column was syndicated in Gannett's 80-plus newspapers from 2000-2009, appearing in The Arizona Republic, The Indianapolis Star, The Detroit News and many others. Follow Deron on Twitter @DeronSnyder or email him at [email protected]

Articles by Deron Snyder

Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) throws during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Landover, Md. The Bengals won 23-13. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ** FILE **

SNYDER: Patience with Haskins now could lead to payoff later

NFL action -- or at least the facsimile known as exhibition football -- returned to FedEx Field Thursday for the first time since December, when Philadelphia laid a 24-0 whupping on the Washington Redskins. Published August 16, 2019

Former Auburn University assistant basketball coach Chuck Person arrives at federal court in New York for sentencing in a bribery scandal that has touched some of the biggest schools in college basketball, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

SNYDER: NCAA's new agent rules just another power play

Not content with its present system of exploitation, the NCAA has devised a new racket. Instead of merely keeping college athletes' pockets empty, it wants to dip into prospective player agents' back accounts. Published August 7, 2019

In a Tuesday, June 4, 2019 file photo, New York Giants' Golden Tate runs a drill during an NFL football minicamp at the team's training facility, in East Rutherford, N.J. Tate has been suspended for four games for using a drug prescribed for fertility planning. The 10-year veteran, who signed with the Giants in March as a free agent, announced the suspension in a Twitter post Saturday, July 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File) **FILE**

SNYDER: Gut decisions make NFL suspensions murky

Making suspensions for banned substances cut-and-dried is actually a reasonable position. Conversely, the policy on suspensions for personal conduct makes less sense than playing Russian roulette. Published July 29, 2019

Washington Wizards majority owner Ted Leonsis speaks during a news conference to announce NBA basketball star John Wall's contract extension, Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) ** FILE **

SNYDER: Wizards leave shallow end for deep dive in new structure

Now, with the announcement of several new hires and roles within the organization, the extent of Leonsis' unconventional thinking is clear: He didn't just want a new builder to lead the front office. He wanted a totally new blueprint for the front office. Published July 22, 2019

Washington Wizards' Rui Hachimura speaks with the media after playing the Atlanta Hawks in an NBA summer league basketball game Thursday, July 11, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) ** FILE **

SNYDER: Rui Hachimura has a role, and goals, beyond the court

Internationally speaking, Rui Hachimura is arguably the NBA's most popular rookie and already one of the league's most popular players regardless of experience. His adherents include about 127 million people, the entire population of Japan. Published July 17, 2019

SNYDER: Running with bulls a bad look for Norman

If you're a Washington fan -- or one of the team's executives, coaches, or players -- you can't be thrilled after viewing a recent video clip from Pamplona, Spain. Published July 15, 2019

In this April 19, 2018, file photo, Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant dunks as San Antonio Spurs' Rudy Gay (22) watches during the the first half of Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in San Antonio.  Just three seasons ago, the Brooklyn Nets were the worst team in the NBA. On Sunday, June 30, 2019, they were the story of the league. They agreed to deals with superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving as part of a sensational start to free agency, giving the longtime No. 2 team in New York top billing in the Big Apple. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File) **FILE**

SNYDER: Free agent frenzy changes NBA landscape, reflects society

There has been talk among some NBA observers that the flurry of free-agent movement -- in its anticipation and its actualization -- is detrimental for the league. They say it overshadows the games and creates instability for franchises. I say it merely represents where we are as a society, going hand-in-hand with our affinity for fantasy leagues, instant gratification and channel surfing. Published July 1, 2019