Sports

Stick to sports? Here’s what these legends say about mixing politics and ballgames

“Stick to sports” has been heard this fall almost as much as “The President said what?” The developments surrounding the national anthem protests have put sports journalists in a vice: Do we ignore what athletes are doing on the field when it’s not sports? Or do we talk about it and potentially alienate the masses who want their sports page to be ... Read More »

Barcelona set to offer Lionel Messi lifetime contract

Barcelona are set to offer Lionel Messi a lifetime contract at the Nou Camp, according to CEO Oscar Grau. Messi agreed a four-year deal at the club in July, but he still hasn’t officially signed the deal. However, Grau told fans at the club’s annual general meeting that Messi – Barcelona’s all-time leading goalscorer – would be offered the chance to ... Read More »

When It Comes To Race And Sports, Who Owns An Athlete’s Opinions?

The NFL’s players are 70 percent black; its fans are 83 percent white and 64 percent male, according to online sports site The Real GM. And when it comes to the current controversy over the national anthem and players taking a knee, that statistic is playing a huge role. It leads to the idea, says Amira Rose Davis of Penn State ... Read More »

Sports Illustrated cover jinx hits the NFL

The Sports Illustrated cover jinx has shown no mercy to the NFL this season. Looking back at the magazine’s 2017 NFL season preview, there were four athletes featured as giants on the regional covers with a bunch of other league stars trying to tackle them. Those four athletes were Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, David Johnson and J.J. Watt. Two out ... Read More »

Panel: Sports fans want multiple options to watch games

How can you nourish sports superfans when it comes to watching games? Give them what they want, says Mark Cuban, tech investor and owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks. Cuban made the suggestion during a panel discussion Tuesday at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit in Beverly Hills. Amazon executive Jeffrey Blackburn and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban (right) say young ... Read More »

Why did Sports Illustrated erase Colin Kaepernick?

Earlier this week, Sports Illustrated used Twitter to publicize its newest magazine cover. Against the American flag, a bricolage of professional athletes, coaches and owners lock arms around the tidy and seemingly uncontroversial phrase “A NATION DIVIDED, SPORTS UNITED.” It was a clear response to Trump’s stinging attack on the NFL. The digitally altered image creates a patchwork of athletes including LeBron ... Read More »

The Gold Rush: Will Newton ensure our chance to win the Oscar race this time?

I fail to understand the high-pitched annual fervour, of the electronic media in particular, in covering the Oscars. “Why don’t we win the Oscar? Where do we go wrong? What are the challenges faced by the Indian directors?” The same issues get churned year after year! I also fail to appreciate the fascination with these awards. Are we not mature ... Read More »

‘Stick to sports’ is over, thanks to President Trump

Bad news for sports fans who wish their sports would remain politics-free: the nation’s lead politician has fired off his own sports hot take, and that means “stick to sports” is dead and gone. During a Friday night rally in Alabama, President Trump took a moment to focus on the NFL, and in just a few paragraphs obliterated whatever lines ... Read More »

In This Sports Gender Gap, Men Fall Short

Venus Williams playing in the fourth round of the U.S. Open. CreditBen Solomon for The New York Times The electric talent Sloane Stephens, a player just now coming into her own after having her career nearly wrecked by injuries, won the U.S. Open women’s tournament last week. But let’s not kid ourselves: The real winner of this year’s tournament was Serena ... Read More »

New Study Shows Youth Sports Are In Big Trouble

  Photo by Keith Johnston/Pixabay. Are we helping kids stay active? The answer is a resounding no, according to a newly released study from the Sports & Fitness Industry Associationand the Aspen Institute. While almost 45% of kids ages 6 to 12 played a team sport regularly in 2008, according to Aspen data, that number has been on a steady decline and has now ... Read More »