WORTHY READS

Data Tech: A whole new ball game

Wolfram Klug ◊ The Guardian ◊ 9 April 2015

From the ability to track the movement of athletes, to marketing and business analytics, data tech is revolutionizing how sports are being played and experienced.

Detroit: Olympic Dreaming

JC Reindl ◊ Detroit Free Press ◊ 18 August 2015

Boston's withdrawal of its bid to host the 2024 Olympics has brought up debate about the immense financial burdens that can come with hosting the world games. While the plan remains unofficial, one writer's proposal has Detroit submitting a bid that emphasizes fiscal responsibility by cooperating with Windsor, its Canadian border-city.

Winter Olympics in Snowless Beijing

Rebecca Leber ◊ New Republic ◊ 31 July 2015

Beijing recently won the bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. However, at the cost of the environment, China may be overestimating its ability to produce enough snow in Beijing, a typically snowless city.

The Sports Game Release Schedule

Bryan Wiedey ◊ Hit the Pass ◊ 23 July 2015

Many fans relate to sports through video games. There was a time when sports games were released throughout the entire year. Now, however, almost all of the major games release in a narrow window, hurting the viability of the games themselves and forcing consumers into picking and choosing.

The Cycling Superhero of South America

John Otis ◊ The Wall Street Jounral ◊ 23 June 2015

Colombia boasts a rich tradition of cycling competition and consistently produces elite road cyclists. Brought up riding the country's grueling mountain passes, Nairo Quintana, a Colombian cyclist, hopes to become the first Latin American to win the Tour de France.

Remembering “Backyard Baseball”

Ethan Hammerman ◊ The Classical ◊ 24 June 2015

"Backyard Baseball," a computer game released in 1998 for the PC, brought a lighthearted sports experience to a generation of kids who weren't allowed to own a video game console or could not afford one. It had a special charm--simple and fun--that highlighted the joy of sports.

Women’s World Cup Briefing: China

Jere Longman ◊ New York Times ◊ 23 June 2015

The United States faces China in the quarterfinals of the Women's World Cup on Saturday, June 26. Once one of the best teams in the world, the Chinese team has been rejuvenated and is confident it can knock out the US.

Corruption on the Fringes of FIFA

Steve Menary ◊ Transparency International ◊ 11 June 2015

Sepp Blatter received 133 votes in his recent re-election as FIFA president. Many of those votes are presumed to have come from the small football associations at the bottom of the world rankings. Their teams don't compete in international tournaments, but their executives rise to FIFA's top echelon.

Football Amidst War in Yemen

Faras Ghani ◊ Al Jazeera ◊ 18 June 2015

Football, along with the infrastructure to support it, has largely been destroyed in Yemen as a result of the conflict raging within the country. Despite this, the country's national team has managed to find a way to go on.

Lucha Libre: The future of Mexican Wrestling

Elizabeth Palacios ◊ BBC Business ◊ 11 June 2015

Lucha Libre, the "sport" of wrestling in Mexico that some compare to WWE in America, has a rich cultural history of vibrant masks and spectacular aerial acrobatics. However, the sport's future faces a slew of challenges, including a small revenue base, wrestler's wages, and the dominance of sports like football.

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