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Unsurprising: PAC 12 Football is Back Too

It was only a matter of time: after cancelling the season in August, the Pac-12 has followed the Big 10 and announced a November restart. The Mountain West has also announced a return. Hope it all plays out safely.

Wednesday Links

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Nike Air(plane?)

Some very interesting stuff in today’s edition of Joe Pompliano’s Huddle Up newsletter, which features two very futuristic Nike Projects. The first is a climate-controlled “smart chair,” which I expect is something we’ll see sooner than later: The chair contains hundreds of biometric sensors and thermal transducers which keep an athletes “active” muscles at an optimal temperature to re-enter […]

Big 10 Football is Coming Back

From Sportico: Big Ten football is back after conference presidents and chancellors voted unanimously to resume  play the weekend of October 23. And why? The conference says it is because of better access to faster testing. But pressure from fans, parents, lawsuits, and politicians also had to factor in. But of course, there’s really only one […]

Tuesday Links

Why Oklahoma maintains an old-fashioned PPV game and gives all the proceeds to Fox Sports The record setting sale of the Mets More on college sports and gambling partnerships Meet the man who makes your favorite (NFL) announcer sound smarter

Bizarre, But Not Surprising: Hacking Tee Times

No, I don’t mean “hacking” as in the way I struggle along the golf course, but actual hacking: The Singapore Island Country Club dialed 999 after declaring that its online golf session booking system had been “compromised” thanks to “millions” of online booking attempts daily, according to Channel News Asia. Tech-savvy golfers, it appeared, were using scripts […]

Pandemic Accelerant Watch: College Football Becomes a Partisan Battleground

As I’ve previously written about (here and here), I predicted that one of the effects of the pandemic on the sports world would be the increasing partisan politicization of the formerly “neutral” US sports scene. With the Big 10 football season cancelled, we’re now seeing some of this acceleration at play: Republican lawmakers are calling […]

Gambling on College Sports

In a pretty historic deal, the University of Colorado has signed the first sponsorship agreement with the sportsbook PointsBet. From Front Office Sports: The partnership includes support for the school’s Scripps Leadership and Career Development Program and will “emphasize and create awareness around responsible gaming and sports betting education,” according to a release, which could […]

US Threatening to Pull Funding From WADA

Interesting and somewhat unexpected story from Reuters, detailing the American threat to pull out of the World Anti-Doping Agency. This is big: under current rules, this would effectively bar American athletes from Olympic competition, along with most major international competition. But why? It’s not totally clear what’s driving the move. From the article: A report […]

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