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Paralympics to join events that must be shown on free-to-air TV

Games to be added to list of protected events, while airing of women’s sport to be studiedCampaigners have welcomed the government’s stated intention to add the Paralympic Games to the list of sporting events that must be screened live on free-to-air t…

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Jimmy Greaves had the right idea: football broadcasting should be fun | John Brewin

As one half of Saint and Greavsie, the former striker spoke about the sport he loved with enjoyment and wit. We could do with some of that now“I am someone who believes that what we need without a doubt is more of Jimmy Greaves,” wrote the performance …

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Duane Pipe and the sorely missed loo roll | Brief letters

Women’s football | Loo roll | Rare names | Kim Darroch | HeadlinesOne likely outcome of England’s performance in the World Cup (What will be the legacy of England’s Success?, 6 July) is that we will no longer be able to watch them live and free on TV a…

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John McCririck obituary

Journalist and broadcaster who became one of the best-known figures in horse racingJohn McCririck, who has died aged 79, was one of the pioneers of an abrasive, in-your-face, style of television broadcasting which was provocative, challenging and enter…

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Tour de France offers TV viewers a soothing look at some brutal sport

Commentators combine the history – boils and all – and the pretty countryside to make a seductive packageIn his book Down Under, the American travel writer Bill Bryson writes of accidentally stumbling into “the surreal and rewarding world of cricket on…

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World Cup prompts unprecedented global explosion for women’s football

• Viewing-figures records shattered across continents• England face Norway in quarter-final on ThursdayAs the Women’s World Cup enters the quarter-final stages, the sound heard across the globe is of records – and prejudices – being joyously shattered….

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Cold, hungry and home late – not quite how I envisaged Nations League stint | Max Rushden

Two long nights in Portugal gave me a new-found respect for pitchside reporters and an extra-time craving for a bananaIt’s the 90th minute. Cristiano Ronaldo, on a hat?trick, cuts inside his man and whacks it in the corner of the net to seal Portgual’s…

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The Guardian view on cricket: play the game | Editorial

The game is shrinking in its homeland, but it still thrills hundreds of thousandsOnce in a while sport throws up some feat of truly astonishing athleticism. Professional sportspeople operate all the time at a level which most of us could never for a mo…

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‘I’m so obsessed’: Adam Hills on fitting his TV career around rugby league

The Last Leg presenter talks about physical disability rugby league, playing at Anfield and his 400-mile trips to trainingBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredIf you happen to see a bearded bloke wearing South Sydney Rabbitohs gear in the Crouch End…

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How Stephen A Smith went from visionary pundit to ESPN’s $10m hot-take machine

The broadcaster’s shouter-in-chief is about to become the richest man in sports media after nearly washing out chasing a vision that was ahead of its timeAdidas needs Beyoncé more than Beyoncé needs Adidas. Last week’s announcement of their multi-year …

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How Stephen A Smith went from visionary pundit to ESPN’s $10m hot-take machine

The broadcaster’s shouter-in-chief is about to become the richest man in sports media after nearly washing out chasing a vision that was ahead of its timeAdidas needs Beyoncé more than Beyoncé needs Adidas. Last week’s announcement of their multi-year …

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How Stephen A Smith went from visionary pundit to ESPN’s $10m hot-take machine

The broadcaster’s shouter-in-chief is about to become the richest man in sports media after nearly washing out chasing a vision that was ahead of its timeAdidas needs Beyoncé more than Beyoncé needs Adidas. Last week’s announcement of their multi-year …

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‘We’re not allowed to talk about it’: inside the world of US sports betting

In the new series Action, an increasingly legalized world comes out of the shadows, changing the narratives of those involvedSeveral years ago, friends of Luke Korem, a documentary film-maker and Texas A&M grad, dared him to favor his team, an unde…

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Sunderland ’Til I Die, and the plight of the merely-very-good football player | Andrew Anthony

The Netflix series is fascinating for many reasons, but primarily for the insight it gives into the plight of players who have fallen just below the standards of the game’s eliteAmong the many joys of the eight-part Netflix series Sunderland ’Til I Die…

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The NFL is 70% black, so why is its TV coverage so white?

This Sunday’s Super Bowl on CBS will be broadcast by a team of competent professionals. They just won’t be representative of the sport they’re covering Last November, in the lead-up to the NFL’s Thanksgiving Day game between the New Orleans Saints and …

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Paul Sherwen obituary

Cyclist, television commentator and broadcaster who became one of the defining voices of his sportPaul Sherwen, who has died of a heart attack aged 62, was a pioneering member of the group of English-speaking cyclists nicknamed the Foreign Legion, a do…

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Harry Redknapp sets out tactics in crab-stroking I’m A Celebrity debut

The former Spurs and West Ham manager’s no-nonsense approach won admirers as he choked down emu in the jungle with Nick Knowles and ‘the brainy lady off The Chase’“They’ve got a football manager on the other team. That’s a bit of a problem because he’s…

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BBC and Sky call for EU crackdown on Saudi pirate TV service

Broadcasters highlight ‘threat’ from BeoutQ, which provides illegal access to content such as Premier League gamesThe BBC and Sky have called on the European commission to take formal action against Saudi Arabia over a pirate TV and streaming service t…

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BBC and Sky call for EU crackdown on Saudi pirate TV service

Broadcasters highlight ‘threat’ from BeoutQ, which provides illegal access to content such as Premier League gamesThe BBC and Sky have called on the European commission to take formal action against Saudi Arabia over a pirate TV and streaming service t…

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All or Nothing leaves City fans with more questions than answers | Simon Hattenstone

As a Manchester City supporter it’s impossible not to take some pleasure in the documentary but it pulls its punches, fails to probe and is nothing but a gloriously glossy club commercialWhy am I so reluctant to watch All or Nothing: Manchester City? T…