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Thom Loverro

Thom Loverro

Thom Loverro has been a professional journalist since 1977, working for a number of newspapers, including eight years as a news editor and reporter for The Baltimore Sun, where he covered government, politics, and crime. He moved into sports writing when he joined The Washington Times in 1992. He moved to The Washington Examiner as a sports columnist in 2009 and returned to The Washington Times in 2013, where he is currently the lead sports columnist.

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In this Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, file photo, An 'NFL on prime video' banner hangs on the field prior to an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Ariz. The NFL will nearly double its media revenue to more than $10 billion a season with new rights agreements announced Thursday, March 18, 2021 including a deal with Amazon Prime Video that gives the streaming service exclusive rights to “Thursday Night Football” beginning in 2022.(AP Photo/Jennifer Stewart, File) **FILE**

LOVERRO: Amazon telecast just another sign Bezos’ tentacles are all over NFL

The commitment to Amazon is a big step for the league, devoting one of its prime-time broadcasts solely to a streaming site. It is also another step in the relationship between the NFL and one of the most powerful men in the world -- Amazon owner Jeff Bezos. But he already has more influence in NFL business than any of the 32 franchise owners. Published October 6, 2021

In this Sept. 30, 1971 file photo,  Washington Senator fans lean over the dugout to shake hands with Washington's Dave Nelson (15) before fans storm the field in the ninth inning of the Washington Senators farewell appearance at RFK Stadium.  (AP Photo/File) **FILE**

LOVERRO: A half-century ago, the lights went out on baseball in Washington

Fifty years ago, on Sept. 30, 1971, Dick Bosman took the mound to preside over a wake. Washington baseball fans had gathered at RFK Stadium to say their goodbyes to the second incarnation of the dying Senators, who would be resurrected the following year in a Texas cowtown called Arlington -- a suburb of the bigger cowtown of Dallas. Published September 29, 2021

New York Mets fans wear jerseys to remember the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks before a baseball game against the New York Yankees on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

LOVERRO: Waldorf’s baseball treasure climbing into record books a game at a time

Last week, Stan Cliburn won his 1,800th game as a minor league manager, leading the Atlantic League's Southern Maryland Blue Crabs to a doubleheader sweep over the York Revolution. He's managed 3,631 games total, and those numbers have him on the brink of cracking the all-time top 25 for minor league managers. Published September 16, 2021

FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, file photo, Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder listens to head coach Ron Rivera during a news conference at the team's NFL football training facility, in Ashburn, Va. The NFL has fined the Washington Football Team $10 million and owner Dan Snyder is stepping away from day-to-day operations after an independent investigation into the organization’s workplace misconduct. The team was not stripped of any draft picks as part of the league’s discipline that was announced Thursday, July 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

LOVERRO: Maryland, Virginia, District can demand honesty from Snyder

There may be a way to give a voice in the future to those who wind up muzzled by nondisclosure agreements -- legal contracts that pay accusers for their silence -- wielded by powerful sports owners. At least here in Washington, as it relates to Dan Snyder, there may be. Published August 22, 2021

U.S. gymnast Simone Biles poses with her bronze medal for the artistic gymnastics women's balance beam apparatus at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko) ** FILE **

LOVERRO: Biles made right decision to withdraw, but isn’t worthy of canonization

This was a competition decision, one that is part of the world of gymnastics. It prevented her from competing, so she didn't compete. Yet her legion of protectors sought to paint this as some sort of seminal moment in sports, where an athlete refuses to compete because of mental health issues, an overreaction and overcompensation to protect her legacy and defend her decision. Published August 9, 2021

Shohei Ohtani, of the Los Angeles Angeles, larrives to a news conference to be named the American League's starting pitcher for the MLB All-Star baseball game, Monday, July 12, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

LOVERRO: Two-way Ohtani takes center stage at All-Star Game

Ohtani, 27, is the starting pitcher for the American League All-Stars, facing off Tuesday night against the National League starter Max Scherzer. For Scherzer -- 7-4 with a 2.66 ERA this season -- it's a fourth All-Star Game start. For Ohtani -- 4-1 with a 3.49 ERA and 33 home runs -- it's an acknowledgment of one of the most remarkable seasons since the days of Babe Ruth. Published July 12, 2021