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Groundbreaking report reveals racial bias in English football commentary

Players with lighter skin more often praised for intelligencePower and pace referenced more often if player has darker skinRacial bias is a clear and significant problem in English football commentary, according to a groundbreaking study that found pla…

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Dutch football captains lead boycott of TV show over racist remarks

Virgil van Dijk and Sari van Veenendaal hit out at pundit and say ‘enough is enough’The captains of the Dutch men’s, women’s and youth national football teams are boycotting a leading sports TV programme over the racist comments of a longstanding pundi…

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Thirty-two years on, live top-flight football returns to the BBC

The broadcaster’s last offering was a north London derby in 1988 with a Perry Groves winner and Jimmy Hill in the gantryThe last time the BBC showed live top-flight English football something remarkable happened. The date was 6 March 1988, and the game…

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A short history of the BBC’s distant relationship with league football

Live top-flight football is back on the BBC this weekend for the first time in 32 years. Let’s hope it’s not cut short by a talk showBy Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogLive top-flight football is back. And, for the first time in 32 years, it is ba…

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A short history of the BBC’s distant relationship with league football

Live top-flight football is back on the BBC this weekend for the first time in 32 years. Let’s hope it’s not cut short by a talk showBy Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogLive top-flight football is back. And, for the first time in 32 years, it is ba…

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Willie Thorne obituary

Popular snooker player with enormous ability but a fragile temperamentWith his bald head, magnificent moustache and standing 6ft 2in tall, Willie Thorne, who has died aged 66 after suffering from leukaemia, was one of the most instantly recognisable an…

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College football’s leading rusher threatens boycott over coach’s OAN shirt

Chuba Hubbard says ‘he won’t be doing anything’ for teamPlayer was college football’s leading rusher last seasonOAN is a pro-Trump network keen on conspiracy theoriesChuba Hubbard, college football’s leading rusher last season, tweeted that he “will no…

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Dina Asher-Smith and David Beckham join call for more diverse sports media

Low BAME representation highlighted by campaigners BComsMedia urged to act on support for Black Lives Matter movement Sports stars including Dina Asher-Smith, Lewis Hamilton, Maggie Alphonsi and David Beckham have put their names to a letter calling fo…

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BT Sport reveal plans to tackle fan-free TV football spectacle

Artificial crowd noise and fans in studios planned‘We believe that crowds are what hold sports together’The head of BT Sport has said games behind closed doors will give broadcasters an opportunity to innovate despite accepting the spectacle will have …

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BT Sport reveal plans to tackle fan-free TV football spectacle

Artificial crowd noise and fans in studios planned‘We believe that crowds are what hold sports together’The head of BT Sport has said games behind closed doors will give broadcasters an opportunity to innovate despite accepting the spectacle will have …

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Fear and anxiety at Racing Post as paper makes plans for redundancies

The daily racing paper is cutting jobs in pandemic falloutBlow to staff after taking pay cuts to sustain businessJobs are to be lost at the Racing Post, the daily paper which serves horse racing and its followers, with its owner blaming loss of revenue…

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Liverpool among clubs to argue against paying £330m rebate to broadcasters

Broadcasters argue closed-doors games devalue productPremier League clubs will meet on ThursdayA group of clubs, led by Liverpool, will argue against paying a £330m rebate to Sky and other broadcasters at a meeting to discuss the matter on Thursday, de…

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A short history of rugby league on TV: from Richard Madeley to multiscreen

Rugby league returns this week with a glut of live games. There was a time when viewers only had an hour with MadeleyBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredOnly a few days to go until your rugby league famine is over. All eight of this weekend’s NRL g…

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Michael Jordan burned bridges, LeBron James builds them. I know who I prefer

I was born and raised in Chicago and idolized Jordan growing up. But, unexpectedly, The Last Dance has made me gravitate towards LeBronI am hard pressed to name another athlete who has dominated my life quite like Michael Jeffrey Jordan. You see, I was…

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‘Lie, lie, lie’: Former Jordan teammate gives withering assessment of The Last Dance

Horace Grant says labels show ‘a so-called documentary’Former NBA champion says Jordan often crossed the lineIt appears that The Last Dance backlash has arrived. ESPN aired the final episode of the wildly popular Michael Jordan documentary on Sunday bu…

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Dana White says media are trying to sabotage UFC’s return during Covid-19

UFC president says media have given unfair coverageWhite targets New York Times reporter over criticismUFC president Dana White has taken a leaf out of his friend Donald Trump’s playbook, and launched an attack on the media for its reporting on the pro…

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Nick Hancock says he is ‘appalled’ at himself for mocking Luke Chadwick

Broadcaster apologises for running ‘joke’ 20 years agoChadwick said jibes about appearance ‘lowered self-esteem’Nick Hancock says he is “appalled” at himself after the former Manchester United player Luke Chadwick opened up on the torment the broadcast…

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Why football superstar social network Otro had to pivot to films

The company with Messi, Neymar, Beckham and Zidane on its books had to ditch its subscription model and become a studioYou don’t need to tell Claire McArdle how quickly sports media are changing. When she joined Otro in 2018 it was in the role of chief…

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Premier League clubs face at least £300m bill to broadcasters

Broadcast money to be lost even if season carries on Product not delivered when and how TV companies wanted itThe Premier League’s clubs are set to lose between £300m and £350m in broadcast revenues even if they find a way to finish the season. The pen…

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The Last Dance: Is the Michael Jordan documentary a dressed-up puff piece?

The hit docuseries on Michael Jordan and the 1990s Chicago Bulls scores big as entertainment, but journalistic compromises make it little more than longform branded contentNot long after ESPN scored its first ever Academy Award for Ezra Edelman’s nonpa…