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‘I’m here so I don’t get fined,’ Seattle Seahawks’ star running back Marshawn Lynch repeatedly told a Jan. 27, 2015, press conference on media day for NFL Super Bowl XLIX. And then he left. AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

Sports writers could ditch the ‘clown questions’ and do better when it comes to press conferences

Athletes no longer need the press to communicate with fans. They can do that directly through social channels – and unless sports reporters do a better job asking questions, they may become obsolete.
Bianca Andreescu at a press conference in Toronto, Ont., on Dec.10, 2019. Andreescu was awarded the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s athlete of the year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Hans Deryk

The Lou Marsh Trophy builds on a racist legacy, tainting the award’s meaning

The Lou Marsh Trophy was named after the famous sports journalist and editor. But Marsh’s sports coverage of racialized athletes was problematic — should this prompt a renaming of the award?
Is there more to the concussion crisis than what the science can tell us? Wikimedia Commons

Concussions aren’t only a medical issue

The sports media has a fascination with concussions. Not only is there a huge volume of stories about the issue, but there’s also an urgency to the tone of the reporting. The heightened coverage has served…
This may be the fight that started all the hoopla Library of Congress/Prints & Photographs Division

Entertaining the masses: sports spectacles of today began in the 20s

In the 1920s American sports became big business, a billion dollar industry with “stars” created by the media and represented by professional agents and promoters. One of the pioneers of this new industry…
The Sun says we should love this man. EPA

Does The Sun shine too brightly on Newcastle United?

One of the legacies of the Hillsborough stadium disaster in 1989 is the widespread and high-profile boycott in Liverpool of The Sun. That Britain’s biggest selling national newspaper experiences a circulatory…
Television audiences may be fragmenting, but sport happens in the moment and demands instant – and lucrative – congregation. EPA/Fernando Bizerra Jr

World Cup: round ball, square eyes and hungering to excess

Just before a critical World Cup game against Spain in Rio de Janeiro, scores of ticketless Chile fans broke into the expensively rebuilt Maracana Stadium at its least secure point – the media centre…

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