MARK NORMAN

Mark Norman is the editor of the website Hockey in Society. He is PhD candidate at the University of Toronto, specializing in sociocultural studies of sport. You can follow him on Twitter at @markdavidnorman.

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Back to the Future? The NHL Caught Between Heritage and Hard Cash
Back to the Future? The NHL Caught Between Heritage and Hard Cash
Canadian fans are clamoring for the NHL to place another franchise in the land of hockey's birth. But the league is not moved by legacy when there are dollars – American dollars – to be made.
Technology & the Referee, Part III: Vanishing Spray & the Future of Sport
Technology & the Referee, Part III: Vanishing Spray & the Future of Sport
While the foam lines it creates on a football pitch last only minutes, vanishing spray is a significant development in the game and in our use of technology to bring order to sport.
Technology & the Referee, Part II: Smart Phone Referees
Technology & the Referee, Part II: Smart Phone Referees
At any given sporting event, nearly every fan, coach, trainer, beer vendor, television camera operator, stadium steward, sideline attendant, and ball boy or girl has a device capable of taking high-definition photos and videos. But the referee can't look at any of those images. Why not?
Technology & the Referee, Part I: Competing Visualities in the Stadium
Technology & the Referee, Part I: Competing Visualities in the Stadium
Nobody objects when an athlete looks to the stadium Jumbotron, to check on the opponents' position during the action or to engage in self-critique (or admiration) after the play. Why do we forbid referees from doing the same?
About a Boy
About a Boy
Expanding upon his award-winning New York Times series on the 2011 death of Derek Boogaard, John Branch has written a biography of the former NHL enforcer and the culture of violence in hockey. Mark Norman gives our review.
SPORTOLOGICALLY SPEAKING
"Cheering is a paltry description. The Giants were my delight, my folly, my anodyne, my intellectual stimulation." –Frederick Exley
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