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A Little Solidarity Goes a Long Way

The US won the gold medal at the IIHF Women’s World Championship on Friday in Michigan. They defeated Canada in the final in overtime. It was a thrilling match and a great victory, but the US team had an earlier triumph that spoke to the political moment in the US is in right now. The American women threatened to boycott the tournament if they did not receive better pay, conditions, and a more robust commitment to player development. After a “productive” first meeting, USA Hockey, the national organization who manage the team, began searching for replacements to field a team without the boycotting players. The last players cut from the squad were, of course, the first one’s called. When they refused to cooperate with management, public support for the players’ boycott began to grow. A social media campaign brought attention to the situation and USA Hockey capitulated three days before the competition and agreed to an arrangement very much akin to that of their defeated opponent, Canada. Continue reading

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We Should Do This More Often

by Glen Hamilton I realized the World Baseball Classic (WBC) was happening while I was getting my daughter off to school and noticed a live, televised baseball game going on in front of a chanting audience at around 7 AM … Continue reading

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It Gets Better

by Glen Hamilton The US Olympic team won more medals than any other country at this year’s Summer Games. The media’s constant drumbeat about American young people being lazy underachievers sure as hell didn’t apply to the delegation in Rio. … Continue reading

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What We Remember

In a little less than a week, parts of the media will begin discussing the legacy of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Only briefly, of course. The real treatment won’t begin in earnest until the beginning of 2018, when the Winter Games in South Korea begin to loom in the near future. The Olympics will have a significant effect on the fabric of Rio. Much of the perception of success will be framed for the foreign media by the size of Rio’s Olympic venue boneyard, how “over budget” the Games appear to be, and how Brazil’s political situation plays out to audiences abroad. All of those things are not looking good for Rio right now. I have lived in two cities that hosted the Olympics: Atlanta and Montreal. The effect of an Olympiad on actual residents is more subtle and complicated than most visiting media care to discover. Continue reading

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Trying Just a Little Too Hard

by Glen Hamilton Apparently American basketball players are staying on a cruise ship, separate from the Olympic Village. USA Basketball cited several reasons, including security concerns. Another of the rationales for separating the American players was how tired the players may … Continue reading

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If It Seems To Good To Be True, It Probably Is

The Olympic Torch arrived in Rio De Janeiro today and the first events began as well. So the media will soon tip from reporting on Rio’s apocalypse to finding candidates to be put on a Wheaties Box. But right now the current wisdom is that any city that hosts the Olympic Games is insane and doomed to decades of misery. While very much a critic of the Olympic Movement, Dave Zirin is normally one of the most astute observers of the intersection of sport and society. In an L. A. Times Op-Ed Zirin suggests that Los Angeles should drop its 2024 Olympic bid in order to force the Olympic movement reform its host selection process in a way that addresses human rights and corruption. This is a very worthy goal. However, a boycott by candidate cities is not an effective tool of reform and Zirin’s solution of moving to a single location is completely unworkable. Continue reading

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