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A Short History of Thanksgiving Day Football

I originally published this piece for the holiday in 2017, on Stratfor.com. It now sits behind a paywall, but Stratfor subscribers can find it here. November 23 marks the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, a time for airport delays, overindulgence and passive aggression at the family dinner table. For many Americans, Thanksgiving also means […]

Tuesday Links

Some election day distractions…. The Lack of Home Field Advantage and the Impact on Betting Scaling Back Super Bowl Plans No Marathon? NYC Runners Run the Course Anyway A Takedown of Tommy Tuberville

Pandemic Accelerants: NCAA NIL Rights

More developments in one of the areas I suggested would be accelerated by the pandemic, as the NCAA has outlined their plan for granting athletes NIL rights. These are not the same as the federal and state level rules on the books or making their way through legislative processes. Why now? No surprise, as college […]

Pandemic Accelerants: Youth Sports In Danger

In what wasn’t a particularly bold prediction, I previously forecasted significant pandemic challenges for youth sport. This is not the type of thing that I’m happy to be right about, but some recent data confirms that there is reason for concern in this space. Excellent reporting from the New York Times. From Front Office Sports, […]

The SportsThink Weekly Review #18

The latest edition of the SportsThink newsletter is now up, featuring a round up of my favorite sports reading of the week, an absolutely hilarious tweet, and a couple of nice non-sports reads. Read and subscribe here, it’s free to do so!

The Power of Sports and Memory

My three year-old son, Gus, recently began his foray into organized (well, somewhat organized) sports with a great tee-ball program called Little Rookies. Newsletter readers may recall that the very first thing he did upon taking the field was to drop his little shorts and pee on home plate. I wasn’t there for that priceless […]

Listen: On Amateurism and NIL Rights

If you’re a reader who’s always wondered what my voice sounds like, the wait is over! I had the pleasure of joining some great student journalists on the Daily Texan’s Overtime podcast, discussing the early history of amateurism and how it connects to the current conversation on Name-Image-Likeness Rights.

Limited Attention: Gen Z Sports Fans

Following up on yesterday’s accelerant watch, some data to back up the declining interest in sports from Generation Z. Not necessarilly that surprising and it will be interesting to see if some of these new apps and platforms can improve the numbers. Data from the Morning Consult: –53% of Gen Zers identify as sports fans, […]

Pandemic Accelerant Watch: Broadcast Tech and High School Sports

As I’ve previously written, I’m keeping an eye on industry trends that are being accelerated by market forces during the pandemic. One firm to keep an eye on is Buzzer, “a notification-driven mobile platform for live sports personalized for fans and authenticated through existing subscriptions or micropayments.” In other words, the Buzzer app notifies you […]

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