Category: Sports

Women’s sport is on the way up – but more needs to be done to secure its future

The delayed 2020/21 Women’s FA Cup final is finally taking place. Two London rivals, Arsenal and Chelsea, and some of the best players in the world make this a sporting event worthy of a grand stage such as Wembley Stadium. The timing of the final, December 5, is significant and ironic, as on December 5 1921 the […]

English fans want an independent regulator – here’s how it could help save clubs from ruin

Football clubs are not like other businesses. Their primary aim is not to make a profit, but to win matches. Research shows this creates a conflict between sporting goals on the one hand, and the logic of business on the other. This in turn can result in what one study refers to as a “gambling culture” in which “clubs overspend on […]

A win for transgender athletes and athletes with sex variations: the Olympics shifts away from testosterone tests and toward human rights

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) this week released a much anticipated policy document aimed at making the Olympics more inclusive for transgender athletes and athletes with sex variations. The new framework builds on more than two years of consultation with diverse athletes, advocates, and stakeholders. The devil will be in the detail and implementation, of course. But this fresh […]

Women in sport are winning the fight for equal pay – slowly

The Welsh national football association has pledged to introduce equal pay for their men’s and women’s teams by 2026. The news comes following a documentary featuring the most capped Welsh player Jess Fishlock, who called the lack of pay parity “unacceptable”. It also follows the Irish football association’s introduction of pay parity for its national teams. Through a combination […]

After $276.5 million in legal fees, St. Louis city, county get $513 million from NFL settlement

On the night before Christmas, more than $513 million will appear in a joint account of the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County and the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority. They’re not sure how they will spend it, but it’s the result of four years of litigation against National Football League […]

Ten years of financial fair play; has it been good for European football?

Even in a sport as old as football, the rules of the game can change. The same is true off the pitch, as with the introduction ten years ago of regulations known as financial fair play. Designed to ensure that clubs spend within their means, the rules were implemented by Uefa in 2011 to stop European teams […]

How COVID risks taking the fun out of the games

Eating alone, daily testing, no talking at mealtimes – the COVID rules recently announced for athletes competing in the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games are challenging, to say the least. On top of the rules, there is the threat of deportation for failure to observe those rules. This only compounds the considerable stress that athletes have been […]

England isn’t an underdog anymore – it’s time for new stories

You only need to watch a few sports movies to see how England’s filmmakers view their sporting nation. Whether in improbable fairy-tale victory (Wimbledon, Fast Girls), gloriously eccentric failure (Eddie the Eagle) or a triumph of the English spirit over unscrupulous invaders (Aardman’s Early Man or Escape to Victory). And let’s not forget that, for years, the theme from The […]

What’s behind the spate of super-fast sprints at the Tokyo Olympics? Technology plays a role, but the real answer is training

The Tokyo Olympic Games have seen incredible performances in the short-distance track events. We have seen two major world records fall: the men’s and women’s 400-metre hurdles – and numerous personal best times. In the women’s 400-metre hurdles, five of the eight competitors in the final ran personal bests. Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah set an Olympic […]

Maryland nearing sports wagering debut with approval of licenses at 5 casinos

The Maryland Sports Wagering Application Review Commission approved licenses for five casinos in a step that brings the state closer to legal gambling on sports. Baltimore’s Horseshoe Casino, Live! Casino in Hanover, MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Ocean Downs Casino in Berlin and Hollywood Casino in Perryville were green-lighted by the commission on Thursday […]