Gedeon Maheux asks on his site, Gedblog, Why Won’t TV Sports Blackouts Just Die Already?:> "Since they were first televised in the late 60′s and 70′s, sports such as baseball and football have been subject to broadcast blackout restrictions. Originally designed to get people up off the couch, sell tickets and into the home team’s stadiums, blackouts were designed to help ensure a healthy bottom line for both league owners and those with a stake in local television markets. Stadiums cost millions of dollars to build and back in the day blackouts made sense, but not any longer. In today’s age of interconnectivity, smart phones, place-shifted broadcasts and on-demand programming, fans are fed up with the NFL & MLB’s blackouts." I wholeheartedly agree.
Paul Kafasis writing on One Foot Tsunami:
Following another crushing defeat for a US national soccer team, this time in the Women's World Cup, many fans are no doubt feeling burned. It seems like every time we start to care about soccer, it spits directly into our collective face, while handing us another devastating loss. So, in the spirit of sour grapes and being a true Ugly American, I present my four-point plan to fix soccer. I wholeheartedly agree with points 1, 2, and 4. Not sure about number 2. You may commence yelling at me now, soccer fans. Wake me up when its real football season, in the meantime I'll go back to watching baseball.
Courtesy of Jason Kottke:
The manufacturing process for the official NFL football made by Wilson.
It's fascinating that every football used in the NFL for the past 20-30 years has been made by Deb, Peg, Geln, Emmitt, Tina, Etta Mae, Pam, and Michelle. Also, they call the pre-laced, pre-inflated ball a carcass! (thx, peter)
The 2010 NFL maps site has been up for weeks now, given that we're in Week 5 of the NFL, but better late than never, right? This site displays what games are going to be on TV in different parts of the country. Very cool.