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The Disgrace of Minor League Baseball
"It’s not that MLB owners can’t afford to pay their minor leaguers a living wage. No, it’s just that they don’t want to."
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20 hours ago by jimmykduong
Training Partners | superteam
My friend Jim writing about running with his running group, and with his Dad. Made me want to go out and run. 🏃‍♂️
yesterday by thingles
ESPN’s Streaming Service Is A Peek At The Future Of ESPN—And Disney
ESPN+ caters to sports fans in ways traditional TV can’t. And the lessons Disney learns could be invaluable as it launches new direct-to-consumer services.
When Disney CEO Bob Iger presided over a quarterly earnings call in August 2017, he didn’t just recap the media giant’s recent financial performance. He also unveiled wildly ambitious plan to give the company control over its own future in the era of streaming video.
The headline news was that the company had decided to get out of the business of supplying content to Netflix in favor of launching its own direct-to-consumer streaming service featuring Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, and Marvel titles, debuting in late 2019 once all the necessary rights were back in hand. Disney was also taking a 75% ownership stake in BAMTech, the streaming technology company originally founded by Major League Baseball, providing it with a robust platform of its own for new services. And Iger announced that a new streaming service from Disney’s ESPN arm—once expected to launch by the end of 2016—would be ready by early 2018.
disney  sports  streaming  tv  apps 
4 days ago by rgl7194
NBA Regular-Season Ratings Hit 4-Year High – Variety
For the regular season, which ended earlier this month, Nielsen-measured average total viewers for national telecasts of NBA games was up 8% from 2016-17 at 1.28 million. That’s across the league’s four television-network partners — ABC, ESPN, NBA TV, TNT — and the highest average since the NBA’s 2013-14 season.

All four networks saw viewership climb this season, with broadcaster ABC up 17% from last season. On cable, TNT was up 13% from last season. ESPN was up 4% and NBA TV up 1%.
Sports  tvratings 
4 days ago by JohnDrake

Desiree Linden, first American winner in Boston since 1985. What a hero.
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4 days ago by marks
It’s Okay to Be a Fair-Weather Sports Fan - The Atlantic
One of the stronger arguments for unconditionally supporting even bad local teams is that doing so fosters a civic union that transcends class, politics, and other divisions, making small talk possible across otherwise unbridgeable divides. But this serves more aptly as an argument for the unifying power of sports than for any particular allegiance—many of my most entertaining sports conversations have been colorful exchanges with Red Sox fans. If anything, being a Yankees fan is a boon to sports banter; try getting somebody outside of Maryland to talk with you about the 2018 Baltimore Orioles.

Rather than fostering civic bonds, blind loyalty makes our cities worse. Millions of people pledging unconditional devotion to any business threatens to imbue it with monopoly power. This power is plainly corrupting.

America’s professional athletic leagues are essentially cartels. By prohibiting cities from having too many competing teams, they obligate fans to support local powerhouses owned by billionaires who use fans’ undying loyalty as emotional leverage for municipal extortion. Many of these owners make ludicrous financial demands of city and state governments. London, by contrast, has more than a dozen professional soccer clubs that move up and down through various leagues; as such, none are viewed as civically essential, and local governments tend not to subsidize their stadiums.
sports  masculinity  toxic-masculinity 
5 days ago by thegrandnarrative
MLB Rule Changes: Baseball Is Leisurely, Don’t Try to Make It Over
I have to disagree with this article. I like baseball to an extent but I never find myself wanting to watch it because the games are really long. That could just be because I’m used to soccer though.
sports  culture 
5 days ago by trvrplk
‘Borg vs McEnroe’ Is Too Honest to Be a Good Tennis Movie
"The biopic painstakingly re-creates the tics and sparks that made Björn Borg and John McEnroe’s rivalry so compelling, but its faithfulness restricts the film’s ability to transcend history"
tennis  movies  sports 
5 days ago by jimmykduong

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