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Appealing to millennials, Las Vegas gets e-sports arena – Toledo Blade

Sunday, February 26, 2017

LAS VEGAS  — The arena has all the features that a professional sports venue needs: stands, warm-up areas for teams, massive screens for spectators and a broadcast platform for commentators. But what distinguishes this new Las Vegas arena is its dozens of video game consoles. The 15,000-square-foot e-sports venue slated to open Friday will host competitive video game tournaments. It’s part of…

Saturday Sports: Possible Changes In Baseball – NPR

Saturday, February 25, 2017

NPR’s Scott Simon talks to Howard Bryant of ESPN about possible rule changes for Major League Baseball that are designed to make games shorter.

Warriors contact Turner Sports about JaVale McGee coverage – SFGate

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Caption Close The Warriors have contacted Turner Sports about Shaquille O’Neal’s ongoing coverage of center JaVale McGee, a source confirmed to The Chronicle. The news was first reported by ESPN. Golden State reached out to Turner officials to voice concerns that McGee’s numerous appearances on “Shaqtin’ a Fool,” TNT’s bloopers segment on “Inside the NBA,” is unnecessarily hurting McGee’s reputation. This comes after O’Neal and McGee engaged in a heated…

Tourneys and pro teams planned for Stonecrest sports complex – Atlanta Journal Constitution

Saturday, February 25, 2017

While soccer will be the main event at Atlanta Sports City, it will host more than two dozen sports including football, baseball, basketball, lacrosse, volleyball, martial arts and rugby.

Nascar boss: The sport is ‘stronger than ever’ despite falling viewership – CNBC

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Ahead of Sunday’s big Daytona 500, racing legend Roger Penske dismissed claims that his sport is faltering. “I see the sport as stronger than ever from a competitive standpoint,” he said on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street.” As the Nascar season kicks off at Daytona 500, new questions have emerged about the state of stock car racing as both viewership numbers and admissions are seeing major declines. Nascar’s television viewership…

Turner’s soccer shocker – SportsBusiness Daily (subscription)

Saturday, February 25, 2017

In a move that has shocked U.S. media companies, Turner Sports picked up the U.S. English-language media rights to the UEFA Champions League starting in fall 2018, according to multiple sources. Turner, which has not carried soccer programming of any kind for at least 27 years, was a surprise bidder and aggressively committed more than $60 million per year as part of a three-year deal that runs through the…

Sports – FOXSports.com

Saturday, February 25, 2017

If you’re a fan of goals (who isn’t?), then Ligue 1 is your spot. PSG’s Edinson Cavani has seven goals in his last six matches and the Parisians have 50 for the season already. That half-century mark is good for only second in the league, however.  Monaco, the highest-scoring team in the league, have that mark well covered. With an eye-watering 76 goals this season, Monaco are crushing the…

NFL-bound SDSU player rips SD sports fans. Was he right? – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Friday, February 24, 2017

Nico Siragusa, a football player headed to the NFL, was born in San Diego, attended high school in Chula Vista and spent the past five years at San Diego State. So if Nico opines on San Diego sports, no yellow flags fly for illegal participation. Opine Nico did this week, via the electric Twitter device. What got the 22-year-old to typing was the ire that local fans directed at his SDSU football teammate Donnel Pumphrey for wearing…

Watch the new This Girl Can advert released by Sport England – Telegraph.co.uk

Friday, February 24, 2017

“She is 67 and she started boot camp when she was 60,” Sport England chief executive Jennie Price told Telegraph Sport. “She was walking her dog in the park and decided she would like to try it. And, seven years later, there she still is. “That’s a great message, too, because we don’t see many positive, everyday, role models for women as they get particularly into their 60s.” New mother Stephanie…

Indian man killed in possibly racial shooting at Kansas bar – Fox News

Friday, February 24, 2017

OLATHE, Kan. –  A man has been charged with murder in what some witnesses described as a racially motivated shooting at a crowded suburban Kansas City bar that left one Indian man dead and two other men hospitalized. Local police are working with the FBI to investigate the shooting Wednesday night in Olathe, Kansas, but have declined to describe the attack as a hate crime. A bartender at…

Chad Finn: What’s next for Katie Nolan at Fox Sports? – The Boston … – The Boston Globe

Friday, February 24, 2017

I’ve always had the sense that Fox Sports knows it has a special television personality in Katie Nolan. If the network didn’t have that figured out before the Framingham native won an Emmy in 2016 for her program “Garbage Time,” that little gold trophy should have been the final clue. But while Fox Sports figured out that Nolan is a host of quick humor and uncommon on-camera charisma, it seems…

Claudio Ranieri: Leicester caretaker boss denies player revolt – BBC Sport

Friday, February 24, 2017

Media playback is not supported on this device Ranieri didn’t lose dressing room – Leicester City caretaker Leicester City caretaker boss Craig Shakespeare has denied a player revolt led to the sacking of Claudio Ranieri. BBC Sport understands some players were summoned to meet the chairman after the 2-1 loss to Sevilla and Ranieri’s fate was sealed by the negative reaction. The Italian was sacked by Leicester on Thursday nine…

What’s next for Katie Nolan at Fox Sports? – The Boston Globe

Friday, February 24, 2017

I’ve always had the sense that Fox Sports knows it has a special television personality in Katie Nolan. If the network didn’t have that figured out before the Framingham native won an Emmy in 2016 for her program “Garbage Time,” that little gold trophy should have been the final clue. But while Fox Sports figured out that Nolan is a host of quick humor and uncommon on-camera charisma, it seems…

Why Facebook Is Focusing On Live Sports – Forbes

Friday, February 24, 2017

Reports suggest that Facebook is in talks with Major League Baseball to live stream one game per week on its platform. Both Facebook and Twitter are looking at live sports as a key catalyst to drive user engagement, growth and eventually revenues. Last year, Twitter won the rights to broadcast the NFL’s Thursday Night Football games on its platform, and has been constantly looking for similar deals since. In broadcasting live…

Fox Sports shakeup puts Katie Nolan front and center – New York Post

Friday, February 24, 2017

The Katie Nolan takeover at Fox Sports begins now, and her first casualties saw it coming. The network that said it was making a “big bet on opinion-based sports programming” is doubling down in the hope its viewers really like the “Garbage Time” host — a lot. After news broke Thursday that late-night sports highlight show “Fox Sports Live” would be canceled and “Garbage Time” would be retooled, Sporting News…

Go To College, Play Video Games. E-Sports Make A Play For The Big Ten – NPR

Friday, February 24, 2017

Members of the Ohio State team practice for an upcoming Big Ten League tournament for League of Legends. Gabriel Rosenberg for NPR hide caption toggle caption Gabriel Rosenberg for NPR Members of the Ohio State team practice for an upcoming Big Ten League tournament for League of Legends. Gabriel Rosenberg for NPR Lined up at a row of computers, five Ohio State University students stare intently at their screens amid…

It’s Early, But The Sports Highlight Of The Day Might Be This Guy’s Flying Leap To Take Down A Confederate Flag – Deadspin

Friday, February 24, 2017

It’s been a while since I watched rasslin, but that looks like a textbook Stinger Splash by a counter-protestor to break through the tape and snatch down a Confederate battle flag being waved by members of South Carolina Secessionist Party. The whole thing was caught on live TV, and it’s very satisfying. The flag-waving lost-causers were protesting a speech the College of Charleston given by Bree Newsome, an activist who…

FS1 cancels Fox Sports Live, replaces it with MLB show – For The Win

Thursday, February 23, 2017

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The LG Watch Sport is too big for its own fitness-tracking good – The Verge

Thursday, February 23, 2017

If you’re considering the LG Watch Sport as a health-and-fitness tracking sport watch, I won’t blame you. But if you have small-ish wrists, I will dissuade you. This new smartwatch, made by Google and LG, seems like it would be the platonic form of a fitness-focused smartwatch. It has an always-on display. It has GPS. It has LTE. It has built-in heart rate sensors. It has a barometer. It’s waterproof…