As a team, Team USA ranks 85th; pretty good for two Games every four years

TSX HEADLINES – for May 23, 2018: One of the positive aspects of the digital age is that audiences can be measured with more precision than ever before. That’s especially true on social media site such as Facebook and Twitter. One such survey of audiences on Twitter showed that while soccer teams in Spain and (more…)

City of L.A. planning a light show for the 2028 Games; is that a good thing?

TSX HEADLINES – for May 21, 2018: The chief of the Bureau of Street Lighting for the City of Los Angeles is already planning for the 2028 Olympic Games. Really? Why? Some of the concepts under consideration include changing some of the City’s 220,000 light poles to accommodate message boards and electric-vehicle and mobile phone (more…)

Katie Ledecky’s Star Trek problem: To boldly go where no one has gone before?

TSX HEADLINES – for May 18, 2018: In her first swim as a professional athlete, Katie Ledecky set a world record in the 1,500 m Freestyle. Then she won the 400 m Freestyle in a world-leading time on Thursday. But she’s already the best in the world in those events. What about Tokyo in 2020? (more…)

The future of Olympic sport isn’t on television, or is it?

TSX HEADLINES – for May 16, 2018: Your beautiful new, flat-screen television is about to become useless for watching Olympic sports. The move to online streaming is picking up steam. NBC is in on it in cycling, track & field and other sports and the exploding FloSports network now has two dozen sports on offer (more…)

An unhappy stroll through doping control in PyeongChang

TSX HEADLINES – for May 14, 2018: The Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang had their problems right from the start. Some were easy to appreciate; others were below the surface. Once the event got underway, it appeared exciting and inviting on television, but there was tension on the ground. Some of that was in the (more…)

IAAF schedule for Doha’s 2019 Worlds admits track & field is boring

TSX HEADLINES – for May 11, 2018: The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) announced the schedule for its 2019 World Championships in Doha (QAT) this week. Because of the heat, there will be no morning sessions, no rest day and sessions which run to midnight and beyond. In fact, the marathons will start at (more…)

The day the Olympic Movement started back up: 8 May 1984

TSX HEADLINES – for May 9, 2018: It didn’t seem like it at the time, but the momentous events of the 8th of May, 1984 marked the turn of the Olympic Movement from tragedy to triumph. The 1984 torch relay, beset by controversy, started in a drizzle at United Nations Plaza in New York and (more…)

Doesn’t the IOC need a RICO-in-reverse law to fight doping?

TSX HEADLINES – for May 7, 2018: For decades, U.S. prosecutors could not convict the leaders of organized crime because these “bosses” were not committing the crimes themselves, but instead ordering the crimes to take place through their associates. Finally, a law was passed called the Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, which allowed (more…)

Combine “Just Say No” with a zero-sum policy to stifle Olympic expansion

TSX HEADLINES – for May 4, 2018: Somewhere deep inside the Tokyo government and the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, a staff member is shaking their head at why – with the Games costing so much – six sports, 18 events and 474 athletes were added at Tokyo’s suggestion to the Olympic program. With the explosion (more…)

The problems of promoting Olympic sport: Water Polo needs to deal with Why

TSX HEADLINES – for May 2, 2018: The international aquatics federation called a special conference to consider what to do about water polo. Simply put, the sport is under threat of being pulled from the Olympic program because it’s essentially a European sport with competition from Australia and the U.S. What should be done? How (more…)