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Raptors Record Reality Check: The Little White Lie

How a lie manufactured by Raptors TV about a winning streak took “on a life of its own” in the mass media

By Our Senior NBA Insider

Originally published on the Amateur Sport blog

(February 6, updated February 7, 9, 10, 13) – Congratulations – the Toronto-based  basketball team and defending NBA champion that all the US pundits dismissed this season have won a franchise record 15 games in a row.

Last Wednesday night last week (February 5th), the Toronto Raptors came from being down 19 points to beat Indiana Pacers in the last minute 119-118, its 12th straight win. They finished the game on a 11-0 run, their defence forcing Indiana to turn the ball over four times. Continue reading

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XVIII Pan Am Games: A world away

By TONY SEED

First published on Amateursport.wordpress.com on August 10. 2019

Do you remember the Pan-American Games in 2015 in Toronto? It was a festival of sport and friendship of more than 6,000 young athletes from the Americas with venues throughout Southern Ontario. To raise the army of volunteers needed for various tasks, more than 60,000 people came forward to be selected, and of these only a third were chosen. Canada organized a delegation of its top athletes, who finished second in the medal standing. The Rogers Centre was packed for the closing ceremonies. The hosts built more than ten new facilities and 15 others were remodelled, to inspire the crowds that filled them. The privately-owned Hamilton Tiger Cats even finally walked away with a new stadium paid for by public tax dollars and renamed after some coffee chain owned in Brazil.

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Boston Red Sox, Globe combine

The further concentration of the ownership of the monopoly media and professional sports by big capital

Bill Mitchell on Facebook notes that the main Boston Red Sox owner John Henry, a finance capitalist, just bought the 141-year-old Boston Globe and its affiliated companies from the New York Times for $70 million, less than one month after this deal:

Boston Globe  Dustin Pedroia’s new eight-year deal is worth $110 million, according to a source, making him baseball’s highest-paid second baseman.

The sun beamed on Fenway Park. About 200 fans sat in the stands. Camera crews broadcast the news conference live.

“This contract gives Dustin a very good chance to finish his career in Boston,” general manager Ben Cherington said.

 

The deal runs through 2021, at which time Pedroia, already a four-time All-Star, will be 38. Continue reading

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Lockout: Antitrust case to proceed against NHL, U.S. sports oligopolies

A group of US hockey fans seeking greater access to NHL broadcasts is suing the NHL. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)U.S. sports fans can pursue antitrust case over monopolization of programs. – Reuters

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and the wealthy owners are crying a blue river that they locked out some 730 players and shut down the hockey league “in the interests of fans and growing the game.” According to a Reuters report (see below), a U.S. federal court judge, however, has just ruled that a lawsuit can proceed that asserts that the NHL and other U.S. sports oligolies are conspiring against fans. By restricting more widely available game telecasts, the league “is able to charge monopoly pricing and limit the choices available to consumers.” Continue reading

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World Baseball Classic II: Team Canada – just who capitulated and to whom?

WBC.2009.logo-clasico2Part I of two articles by TONY SEED*. Baseball Canada, which extensively collaborates with the Rogers-owned Toronto Blue Jays, capitulated to the U.S. baton in the meetings of the baseball federations to organize the Classic and became one of its first casualties. Part II is here.

HALIFAX (March 15, 2009) – TEAM CANADA ignominiously exited the World Baseball Classic in the first round for the second successive time. Playing in a pool with the United States, Venezuela and Italy, it lost successive games to the United States and Italy on March 7 and March 9 respectively. Canada’s overall record in the 2006 and 2009 tournaments is three wins (against South Africa, Italy and the U.S.A.) and four losses.

The Friday March the Thirteenth Prime Time Sports, the Canadian nationally-syndicated TV and radio show, convened its roundtable to assess the emphatic exit. Continue reading

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