Sporting Box

NBC and Facebook won’t skimp on the Winter Olympics

We’re talking real money. The 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City cost $2 billion to produce. The 2006 edition in Turin, Italy, cost $4.1 billion. Four years later, in Vancouver, the bill was $8 ...

Wretched excess XLVIII

Behold, sports fan, the most expensive game ever played.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... Super Bowl 48 will be played in the $1.6 billion MetLife Stadium, which is nestled within the romantic confines of East Rutherford, New ...

The NFL ought to worry about TiVo

The NFL and me

Remember the three-out-of-four-NFL-wildcard-games-might-be-blacked-out story? Things are changing in the NFL. Which makes sense; my relationship with the NFL has changed several times. Relationship 1. I’m hitchhiking with Gretchen, heading south on Highway 99, somewhere around ...

The NFL — get this — is a nonprofit trade association

How they got there

The best way to become an NFL team owner is by inheriting an NFL team. Second best is by marrying someone who owns an NFL team. Third best is by inheriting a colossal amount of ...

Not too late to stake your claim in Flyboarding

Present at the creation

The first Flyboard video I saw was a game-changer. There was a man in a wet suit, slowly emerging from the ocean. His head, now shoulders, now torso, grow out of the water. And then ...

Two Thanksgiving POVs

Bad timing for turkeys and West Coast NFL fans

Found on Mrs. Lambert’s (Nauvoo-Colusa Middle School) Social Studies web page: “The first Thanksgiving was not a feast, but rather a time when Native Americans helped Pilgrims by bringing them food and helping them build ...

Rumble at the Hyatt, part 2

As of Monday, the World Chess Championship is even. There have been two quick draws. Defending his title is five-time world champion Viswanathan (Vishy) Anand, 43. The challenger is Magnus Carlsen, a 22-year-old Norwegian and ...

Rumble at the Hyatt

World-class chess is sexy...and full of weirdness

A friend, who has been a serious chess player, recently emailed me, “I don’t know if you have any interest in covering professional chess, but something pretty epic is happening right now: a Westerner is ...

That one time...

Patrick Daugherty recalls August 1983 and the pick-up baseball game in Alaska that he played in which he could do no wrong.

Future-future-future bets

A look at the Golden Nugget point spreads for pre-season college football, 117 days after the season got under way.

The firing of Lane Kiffin

Another team lets Lane go

USC becomes another employer who has a hard time being satisfied with the coaching savvy of Lane Kiffin.

Tim Tebow's career decision

The Moscow Black Storm has offered Tim Tebow $1 million to play in two games.

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