The high costs of being a professional athlete … even for an Olympic champion

TSX HEADLINES – for July 18, 2018: Trying to make a living in track & field – or most Olympic sports for that matter – is hard … even for a three-time Olympic gold medalist. American Tianna Bartoletta, who became World Champion in the long jump way back in 2005 and won two Olympic golds (more…)

The days of being anonymous are over: Russia 2018’s legacy will be the Fan ID

TSX HEADLINES – for July 16, 2018: The 2018 World Cup in Russia is over and except for French fans waiting to buy shirts with two stars on them, the memory is already fading. But there will be a legacy from Russia 2018, worn around the necks of future spectators in World Cups and likely (more…)

Tokyo and Paris sign mutual-cooperation accord, but will they really cooperate?

TSX HEADLINES – for July 13, 2018: With considerable fanfare, the chief executives of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee and Paris 2024 committee signed a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in various areas to help ensure the success of both Games. It’s a good idea, but will these organizations – and beyond them, the Los (more…)

Remember when 108,000 came to see a track meet at Stanford?

TSX HEADLINES – for July 11, 2018: There was a time when track & field was a higher-profile part of the American sports scene. Like when 108,000 spectators invaded Stanford Stadium in 1960 for the U.S. Olympic Trials and saw five new or tied world records as the American team was selected, just about this (more…)

Is it time for the IOC to consider a Do-It-Yourself Olympic Games?

U.S. General George S. Patton has some advice for the IOC’s current bid-city problems!TSX HEADLINES – for July 9, 2018: The iconic World War II U.S. General George S. Patton used to quote Napoleon’s maxim, L’audace, l’audace, toujours l’audace: “Audacity, audacity, always audacity.” With Graz’s withdrawal from the 2026 Winter Games race and the field (more…)

Why is the U.S. so strong? Look no further than high school sports

TSX HEADLINES – for July 6, 2018: The United States is the only country in the world that doesn’t support its Olympic sports program with government funding. So how is it possible that the U.S. dominates the medal count at Games after Games? Start with the country’s high school sports programs. Almost eight million U.S. (more…)

Hey IOC, follow golf’s lead to fix your Olympic bid (and cost) crisis

TSX HEADLINES – for July 4, 2018: Sure, it’s a holiday, but no one told the Olympic world about it! Amid a wild week of events, with the World Cup continuing, Wimbledon and the Tour de France starting and a sensational Diamond League ahead in Lausanne on Thursday, former PGA top-100 money winner and Olympics (more…)

Would you turn down an Olympic Games if it cost you nothing?

TSX HEADLINES – for July 2, 2018: In the coming months, southern Austrian voters will likely be asked this question: do you want to bid for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games, which will cost you nothing. That’s right, nothing. That’s essentially the proposition being put forward in the Austrian state of Styria, which includes famed (more…)

Have doping and criminality overtaken sport? David Howman says pay attention!

TSX HEADLINES – for June 29, 2018: In a speech to a high-profile anti-doping conference in Oslo this week, the director of the Athletics Integrity Unit told the attendees that one respected observer has declared that the battle against “systemic, institutionalized, state-organized doping is over” and the dopers won. Moreover, “the criminal underworld are getting (more…)

Is it really time for another Youth Olympic Games?

TSX HEADLINES – for June 27, 2018: There are 101 days left until the third Youth Olympic Games begins in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I can wait. Is this concept, first realized in 2010 in Singapore, really worth the effort? The man behind the “YOG” was International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge of Belgium, who expected (more…)