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The Game Is Changing, Baby: Sport, Media, and Sexism
The Game Is Changing, Baby: Sport, Media, and Sexism
A star player steps off the field for an interview . . . and proceeds to ask the young reporter for a date. As a sports media scholar shows, that recent episode in Australian cricket points to the challenges women still face, especially as journalists, when they step on the field.
Sporting Teams, Spacetime Worms, and Israeli Football
Sporting Teams, Spacetime Worms, and Israeli Football
What makes a team a team, despite changes in players, managers, owners, even colors? What is it that inspires the passion of fans over generations and the loyalty of players whose careers are long over? A philosopher offers his theory.
“Slaying the Badger” and the Art of the Sports Documentary
“Slaying the Badger” and the Art of the Sports Documentary
A scholar of sports documentaries – who is also a fan of cycling – looks at ESPN 30 for 30's film on Greg LeMond as a study of a personal rivalry and a turning point for the Tour de France.
The Player Played: Australia’s Failed World Cup Bid
The Player Played: Australia’s Failed World Cup Bid
As Sepp Blatter and his accomplices are under investigation, what will become of the misguided federation leaders who dropped millions down the FIFA hole and came up with nothing?
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.
Book Excerpt: An ESPN Culture
Book Excerpt: An ESPN Culture
Since its launch in 1979, ESPN has completely changed the way that we experience sports. A new book, based on extensive interviews and archival research, looks at how the network became the Worldwide Leader and in the process shaped contemporary culture.
Growing Up a Real Fan
Growing Up a Real Fan
Women often find their fan credentials questioned by men, who enforce a gendered definition of "real" fandom. The author confesses that women who enter the ranks of the real fan are also willing to defend those lines.
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?
The Snake Defanged: Athletes, Ads, and the Disappointments of Adulthood
The Snake Defanged: Athletes, Ads, and the Disappointments of Adulthood
The end of a great sporting career is difficult not only for the athletes but also for the fans. We admire competitors of skill and intensity, but are they still our heroes when they start peddling goods in cheesy TV ads?
Book Excerpt: Duke Down Under
Book Excerpt: Duke Down Under
A new biography of Duke Kahanamoku chronicles the life of the Olympic swimmer who popularized surfing in the early 20th century. Our excerpt recounts Duke's 1914 trip to Australia, where he demonstrated the sport of his native Waikiki to crowds of Aussies.
SPORTOLOGICALLY SPEAKING
Athens hosted the first Intercalated Olympic Games in 1906, between the 1904 St. Louis games and the 1908 London Olympics. The IOC planned that this second series of games would also be held every four years, but only in Greece. Even though these games were more successful than the 1900 or 1904 Olympics, they were held only once and their medals are not included in the IOC's official tables.
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