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Here’s why professional sports teams are buying esports teams … – TechCrunch

Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2017

Today at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 we sat down with three experts from the esports world to explain why you should start paying attention to the industry. To kick it off, Heather Garozzo, a former competitive Counter Strike player and current Director of Fan Marketing for Team Dignitas, told us what a day in the life of a professional esports player is like. And surprisingly, it’s not all that different from a…

Live sports audiences are getting older – Axios

Posted: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Amazon has been quietly preparing to introduce its first wearable device, a pair of smart glasses with the company’s Alexa assistant built-in, according to a new report from the Financial Times. The company is also working on a connected security camera, the newspaper said, citing sources. The camera could tie in to the company’s recently introduced Echo Show device. The smart glasses, the FT said, are designed to resemble regular…

What Amazing Sports Plays Are No Longer Special? – Deadspin

Posted: Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Illustration by Sam Woolley/GMG Time for your weekly edition of the Deadspin Funbag. Got something on your mind? Email the Funbag. Today, we’re talking Fritos, hobbies, working while hungover , and more. Your letters: Jordan: When did robbing home runs become so commonplace? Growing up in the 70’s and 80’s (yeah, I’m old as dirt) I don’t remember anyone ever scaling a wall to steal a sure home run. Nowadays,…

Boom in women’s sport causing spike in injuries, study finds – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The boom in women’s sport has led to a rise in related injuries, a study has found.  Figures show a “spike” in injuries relating to physical activity in women, according to health insurance provider Bupa.  There has been an overall 35 per cent rise in sport-related problems as a proportion of the overall injuries reported, the data shows.  Half of the top 24 injuries which have grown in incidence are…

Game changers: Rio Ferdinand and the stars who swapped sports – The Guardian

Posted: Tuesday, September 19, 2017

When former footballer Paolo Maldini bowed out of his nascent tennis career after a solitary chastening afternoon on clay, he summed up the difficulties with the elegance of a man more used to taking effortless command of the defences of Italy and AC Milan. “It was like writing a poem after studying years of maths,” Maldini said after suffering a 6-1, 6-1 doubles defeat at the Aspria Tennis Cup in…

How Sports Can Unlearn Toxic Masculinity – The Nation.

Posted: Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Seattle Seahawks player Michael Bennett during a playoff game against the Detroit Lions on January 7, 2017. (AP Photo / Ryan Kang) This week we speak to Joe Ehrmann, former NFL player and founder of InSideOut Coaching: How Sports Can Change Lives. Ad Policy Also, I speak about the solidarity statement we organized to support Seattle Seahawk Michael Bennett, in his efforts to challenge the violence and racial profiling of…

Chelsea fans paying double Arsenal supporters to watch team on Sky Sports – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Tuesday, September 19, 2017

While football fans regularly complain about the soaring cost of match tickets, new analysis shows that for supporters of many clubs it can be cheaper to pay to go to a game than watch on TV. Fans of Premier League champions Chelsea are forking out a mighty £40 a game to watch their team on TV, while Arsenal fans are paying half that price. This means Arsenal fans can make a hefty…

What Happened to Superman? How Dwight Howard Lost His Way and Is Trying to Get It Back – Sports Illustrated

Posted: Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Dwight Howard peers out the living-room window of his condominium on the 25th floor of an apartment building in uptown Atlanta and points south: beyond Buckhead, past the skyline, to a neighborhood by Hartsfield-Jackson airport’s westernmost runways that he can’t see. Every couple months he drives there, to College Park, and idles on Godby Road, in front of the lot where his childhood home used to sit, before it burned…

McDEVITT | The Fall Blues of a Cornell Sports Fan – Cornell University The Cornell Daily Sun

Posted: Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Last Friday, I stood in a crowd of 100 sweaty 20-year-olds at the State Theatre of Ithaca to enjoy a performance by one of my favorite bands, Two Door Cinema Club. A long wait between the opener and the main act had left the crowd antsy, and as the build up was about to culminate in the band’s arrival onstage, I felt an urge to yell something. “Let’s! Go! Red!”…

The Tennis Debate: ATP should be applauded for trialling innovations – the sport needs to evolve – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Agree with the arguments put forward here? Disagree? Have your say in the comments section below. On Monday, the ATP confirmed that it will trial live electronic line calling at November’s Next Gen Finals in Milan, meaning no line judges and the chair umpire as the sole on-court official.  The experiment will be just one of a raft of potential reforms – including a shot clock, sudden death deuce points, no service lets and sets…

This is the world’s most valuable sports team – CBS News

Posted: Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Dallas Cowboys not only are the NFL’s most valuable franchise for the 11th straight year, they are the top-valued team in the world. According to Forbes magazine, their worth increased 14 percent in the last year, reaching $4.8 billion. That’s more than $1 billion ahead of the Patriots ($3.7 billion). Rounding out the NFL’s top five are the Giants ($3.3 billion), Redskins ($3.1 billion) and 49ers ($3.05 billion). On…

Motorsport Network acquire sport media group for German expansion – Motorsport.com, Edition: Global

Posted: Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Motorsport-Total.com to become Motorsport.com Germany Motorsport Network’s global expansion has continued with the acquisition of Germany’s biggest motorsport digital media company – sport media group GmbH, publisher of Germany’s leading websites and apps, Formel1.de and Motorsport-Total.com. Motorsport Network made the acquisition by purchasing the company from its current shareholders including German publicly-traded technology and media company, SPORTTOTAL AG (ISIN: DE000A1EMG56). SPORTTOTAL AG CEO, Peter Lauterbach said the group…

The ötillö – home of one of the world’s fastest-growing endurance sports – The Guardian (blog)

Posted: Tuesday, September 19, 2017

From the sky, the Stockholm archipelago looks benign. More than 30,000 islands spread off the Swedish coastline in the Baltic Sea. In the Summer, they’re the islands of love, packed with holidaymakers. Today, it’s early September and the weather is a little rough: winds, swell and constant rain. I’m on a safety boat, following the progress of one of the world’s toughest adventure races, the ÖtillÖ (“ö till ö”, or…

This is the world’s most valuable sports team – CBS News

Posted: Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Dallas Cowboys not only are the NFL’s most valuable franchise for the 11th straight year, they are the top-valued team in the world. According to Forbes magazine, their worth increased 14 percent in the last year, reaching $4.8 billion. That’s more than $1 billion ahead of the Patriots ($3.7 billion). Rounding out the NFL’s top five are the Giants ($3.3 billion), Redskins ($3.1 billion) and 49ers ($3.05 billion). On…

Safest Bet in Sports: Men Complaining About a Female Announcer’s Voice – New York Times

Posted: Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The veteran N.F.L. reporter Andrea Kremer said she was hardly surprised by the backlash against Mowins’s play-by-play on the sport’s biggest stage. “I have no doubt that ‘hating the sound of her voice’ is code for ‘I hate that there was a woman announcing football,’” Kremer told me. The whining was neither surprising nor accurate, Kremer said: “One of the many positives about Beth doing the game, in addition to…

‘I’m handing back my medal’: Is Paralympic sport classification fit for purpose? – BBC Sport

Posted: Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Athletes are grouped depending on the level of their impairment to try to ensure fair competition With medals being handed back, officials alleging dirty tricks, and calls for an independent system to judge levels of disability, is Paralympic sport losing trust? A File on 4 special – Paralympic Sport – Fair Play?– spoke to athletes, parents, coaches and classifiers, and uncovered claims of tactics including the taping up of arms,…

Kellyanne Conway says sports and entertainment are becoming too politicized and ‘America is responding by tuning out’ – Business Insider

Posted: Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Pool/Getty Images Kellyanne Conway, senior counselor to the president, took on Hollywood and criticized what she deemed the “unfortunate” politicization of entertainment and sports during an interview on “Fox & Friends” on Monday.  The comments came the morning after the annual Emmy Awards, which featured a surprise appearance by former White House press secretary Sean Spicer and a series of jabs at President Donald Trump. “Your takeaway from yesterday’s three hour celebrity…

CBS Sports 130 college football rankings: Clemson ties Alabama at the top as No. 1 – CBSSports.com

Posted: Monday, September 18, 2017

The comprehensive college football ranking of all FBS teams, now known as the CBS Sports 130, has been running for a few years. Ballots of CBS Sports and 247Sports writers have provided us with a full view of the sport’s landscape beyond the reach of the weekly top 25 polls.  Never in that time has there been a tie for No. 1 … until now. Though we’ve had different No….

Safest Bet in Sports: Men Complaining About a Female Announcer’s Voice – New York Times

Posted: Monday, September 18, 2017

The veteran N.F.L. reporter Andrea Kremer said she was hardly surprised by the backlash against Mowins’s play-by-play on the sport’s biggest stage. “I have no doubt that ‘hating the sound of her voice’ is code for ‘I hate that there was a woman announcing football,’” Kremer told me. The whining was neither surprising nor accurate, Kremer said: “One of the many positives about Beth doing the game, in addition to…

‘Stick to sports’ or stick to reality? Jemele Hill controversy highlights media issues – Chicago Tribune

Posted: Monday, September 18, 2017

Years ago, it seemed standards were pretty clear for most journalists: Keep your opinions to yourself. This is still the ethos many of us try to live by as an understanding that our professional life and our personal lives overlap as journalists. We aren’t really ever off the clock or not representing the media outlet for which we work. But that’s getting trickier with social media and news outlets like…