Sports and Society

Why cryptocurrency has a place in NASCAR

SBJ Newsletters / Friday, June 18, 2021
I grew up a child of the internet. My first races were virtual and I spent a decent chunk of time nerding out over the latest in tech and gaming. That’s where I first stumbled upon Bitcoin. It was a new concept at the time and I didn’t give...

Brentford players to break EPL's unity on kneeling

Global / Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Newly promoted EPL club Brentford is "on the verge" of becoming the league's first club to "refuse to take the knee next season." Amid an "increasingly-toxic divide over the gesture," the unity that has seen almost all top-flight players performing it is "close to being broken." Brentford stopped taking...

Tackling Bad Fans

Weekly / Monday, June 7, 2021
A wave of unruly fan incidents at NBA playoff games has raised arena security efforts as teams move to ban fans caught in the act. In a period of just a few days during the playoffs, security at NBA arenas dealt with fans accused of...

A-B aiding Biden's 70% vaccination push

Morning Buzz / Thursday, June 3, 2021
President Biden has been "dangling everything from sports tickets to free beer" to Americans to get vaccinated, and yesterday announced a "month of action" for June in order to get more vaccines taken ahead of the July 4 holiday. One promotional giveaway was announced yesterday by Anheuser-Busch, which said...

ManU fans targeted before Europa final in Poland

Global / Wednesday, May 26, 2021
ManU fans were the target of an attack at a bar in Gdansk, Poland, on Tuesday night before Wednesday’s Europa League final against Villarreal, the EPL club said. Video on social media shows a group, dressed predominantly in dark clothes, chanting and running from a bar in the city,...

Boston sports teams following through on social justice missions

Daily / Tuesday, May 25, 2021
The Celtics, Bruins, Patriots, Revolution and Red Sox all issued statements "calling for change and pledging, in varying degrees, to be a part of it" after the killings last year of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and in the year since, they have "laid the groundwork and...

One year later, sports confront Floyd's death

Morning Buzz / Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Today marks the one-year anniversary of the death of George Floyd , and on the eve of the occasion, the NBA's social justice coalition released a statement "calling on the U.S. Senate to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act as a way to honor the memory...

English soccer goes black on social to protest racism

Weekend Rap / Sunday, May 2, 2021
English men's and women's pro soccer teams were "joined by the sport's governing bodies and broadcasters in staging a social media blackout this weekend to protest online racism and bullying." The blackout, which includes Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, began Friday at 10:00am ET and "will run through" 6:59pm ET...

Panda Global: It’s all about the balance

Weekly / Monday, April 26, 2021
In the early days of Panda Global, CEO Dr. Alan Bunney, a practicing physician, would find a corner of the hospital to hide in for a moment to send out a tweet about his players’ most recent tournament results in between treating...