Archive for the 'Sports' Category

Government Controlled Sports Wagers

Sunday, February 15th, 2009 by Jon

Legalized sports gambling is coming to more jurisdictions in the United States.  This is prompting thoughts that Canadian governments need to get into the sports wagering action lest they be left outside of this lucrative revenue stream.  The argument made is the moral question is dead, failure to act will leave provincial governments out of a growing gambling revenue stream, attract more money from outside the jurisdiction in the form of tourists, and see less money from local citizens be gambled elsewhere.  No one seems to look at the other factors to be considered around this issue.

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Broadcasting Tension

Friday, February 6th, 2009 by Jon

In a post regarding an article in The Atlantic on NFL broadcasts, Jason Kottke theorizes that the advent of instant replay beyond just a television tool, but as an official part of the game, lends itself to greater drama and tension for the viewer.  Supposedly in place to correct blatant errors from stealing a team’s victory, it has become to be used to verify all calls and take away the instant release of excitement and euphoria with a score.

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Sports as Entertainment

Sunday, February 1st, 2009 by Jon

I’ve long held sports as a greater form of entertainment.  To me it hasn’t been a way to pass the time like television and a lot of movies — immediately enjoyable but soon forgotten.  Nor is sports at the same level as movies at the high end of the scale in terms of a story or examination of a subject and the theater, opera or concerts.  Sports is different as most people early in their lives participate in sports and competitions and relate to watching sports as a result.  There is a civic or group pride to sports that is not found in any other form of entertainment.  When it comes to reach the largest mass of people though, the game and civic pride won’t produce the interest the leagues and networks demand.  Today it seems like the media are minimizing the sports in an effort to produce a spectacle and entertainment that will appeal to the masses in order to maximize their ratings and profits.  Look no further than the Super Bowl for the leader in producing pomp that has nothing to do with the game that is the root of the day.

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New Forums

Sunday, July 15th, 2007 by Jon

By popular demand, I’ve expanded the Overtime Central Forums with a General Sports group consisting of CFL, Saskatchewan Roughriders, NHL and Chatter (anything goes) forums. These forums are public; you do not have to be a Overtime Central member to post or view.

I have not yet added forum rules to the site, but I do have some. First, please keep it clean. This is a family site. Second, please avoid defamation of character, whether it is someone you know, an athlete or anyone else. These forums are for constructive discussion, not anonymous attacks on people. Finally, keep it on topic. As moderator I reserve the right to delete or edit any post which does not meet with with the site standards.

If you think I’ve missed a forum topic that you would like to see, let me know and I will consider adding it.

Top 10 Sports Movies

Monday, June 11th, 2007 by Jon

Previously, I listed my top six sports themed songs. With CBC‘s annual airing of Happy Gilmore upcoming on June 17 I thought I would try to list my top 10 sports movies. Unfortunately, I have seen very few of the many sports movies made, so this will be a top 10 list of what I’ve seen.
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OC Jottings

No jottings in the last 7 days. Here is a random jotting.

  • November 2, 2007
    Fans Upset at Being Turned Away → Similar sentiments in Regina after the playoff game sold out. Why do fans feel so entitled to tickets just for making an effort? There is a limit to the number of seats and you take your chance when the demand is there. Unfortunately, in Toronto where more fans need exposure to the Argos, they could not get everyone in, but creating demand by limiting supply is one way to ensure ticket buyers do not always wait until the last game of the season. #
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