PTI’s Underlying Sign Of Online Video Revolution

You may have noticed I’ve been posting a lot more video pieces in the past six months or so. Friday’s PTI highlighted why.

Wednesday afternoon the Paris-based sports outlet L’EQUIPE posted a video account of Tony Parker characterizing the Spurs’ future pursuit of an NBA Title as futile. (With the club’s roster as presently constituted.) The […]


Tony Parker Video: “This Was Our Last Chance”

Tony Parker spoke to reporters in Paris yesterday about a variety of subjects, including his assessment of the future prospects of the Spurs.

Of those NBA title hopes, Parker said:
“It was sort of our last chance this season.  .. We are aging. We must be realistic.
“We can’t count on trades to happen. We’re going to […]


Iverson Coach Speaks; Retirement Now On Hold?

Speculation in Eurasia abounds today about the future playing status of Allen Iverson, who is currently a member of the Besiktas Cola club team in the Turkish Basketball League.

(Australian Rules Hoops Anyone?)
Initial reports yesterday out of Turkey indicated that Iverson, who is averaging 14 points and five assists-per-game for Besiktas Cola, may have suffered […]


Downtown LA Stadium Backer Gives NFL Deadline

December 2 may have been the day any chance of NFL football in downtown Los Angeles died.

(San Diego? You can exhale now)
That was the day FIFA awarded the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, scuttling a concerted U.S. bid to host the tournament. One of the American bid’s primary backers was billionaire Phil Anschutz. Anschutz […]


Chargers, Rams First To New, Empty LA Stadium?

Eight months ago I suggested that AEG CEO Tim Leiweke and L.A.-based sports biz mogul Casey Wasserman had plans to build a downtown L.A. football stadium without the benefit of a pre-commitment from an NFL team to move into the facility.

(Where the L.A. NFL Stadium would be located)
So what has to happen for the […]


NFL Return To LA Hinges On 2022 World Cup Bid

Three months ago I strongly suggested that soccer could play a major role in whether the NFL returns to Los Angeles some time this decade. In the past week, there’s been new developments that only serve to confirm that notion.

(Anschutz, Leiweke (above) and Wasserman: Pitching own LA stadium deal)
Until today, the United States had […]


Female Ref Victim Of ‘Breast-Wiper’ Soccer Player

Last night was a landmark evening for the female soccer referee community in Germany as Bibiana Steinhaus became the first woman to officiate a second-division Bundesliga match on German national television.

(Delightful translation from Germany’s national daily BILD)
She also became the first woman to officiate a second-division Bundesliga match on German national television who had […]


Monkeys ‘Deployed’ As ‘Guards’ Of India Games

A week ago I wrote about the obstacles facing India in staging the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.

(What could go wrong?)
Apparently a citywide Dengue plague, hordes of wild monkeys terrorizing citizens around Games venues, piles of excrement and wild cobras being found in rooms of the Games athletes village, the collapse of two construction […]


Should We Allow Cuba To Sell Its Players To MLB? columnist Enrique Rojas, citing “a source close to Cuban baseball authorities” reports this week that Cuban government officials are “studying” the possibility of allowing Cuban players to sign as free agents with MLB teams.

The deals, which would be overseen by the Cuban government, would apply to players who have played for eight years or […]


Excrement, Plague, Venue Collapse: Hello Delhi!

Opening Ceremonies for the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, are less than two weeks away, so I thought we’d check in to see how preparations are going courtesy REUTERS, the ASSOCIATED PRESS and the LONDON GUARDIAN.

A portion of false ceiling in the weightlifting venue caved in today.
Yesterday, 27 workers were injured when a footbridge […]