Oct. 17 – Oct. 30, 2021
Welcome to issue three hundred and seventy-five of the Sports Doing Good newsletter. This week’s 10 stories include:
1. A Street Basketball Mecca Gets a Face-Lift (New York Times)
2. The NCAA is having a Ted Lasso moment (Fulcrum)
3. How women in Australia’s football community helped Afghan female footballers get out of Kabul (ABC News Australia)
4. Lynn Williams, USWNT and NWSL star – ‘If I can inspire only one person, I think I’ve done my job’ (ESPN)
5. How NBA players are helping drive diversity in the wine industry (NBC News)
6. The Club Behind the Kit: The Making of Venezia’s Miracle (SI)
7. How the Seattle Kraken Are Striving to Change Hockey Culture for the Better (Bleacher Report)
8. Baseball, Popular but No Longer Dominant, Seeks to Reclaim Its Cool (New York Times)
9. How Pickleball Won Over Everyone From Leonardo DiCaprio to Your Grandparents (Vanity Fair)
10. How Hope Powell became a football legend: ‘I’m not afraid of anybody’ (The Guardian)
Olympism 365: Strengthening the role of sport as an important enabler for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (Olympics-com)
It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye (by Carli Lloyd) (The Players’ Tribune)
World’s Oldest Team Sport Reviving Indigenous Maya Culture (Beyond Sport)
The Moments I’ll Never Forget (by Lucas Moura) (The Players’ Tribune)
The issue of bullying in sport (Sport and Dev)
We present again our “Featured Video” offering(s). With the explosion of video content out there highlighting the good in sport, we want to showcase such content for your enjoyment and learning. This will be an ongoing effort. And now we add podcasts!
NBA at 75
The Business Case for Investing in Women’s Sports (Bloomberg)
Cryptocurrencies, Smart Contracts, and the Streaming Industry — with Mark Cuban (The Prof G Pod)
247: Sports Doing Good w/ Sab Singh (The CUSP Show)
I have always prided myself on the varied nature of the group of articles, and now videos and podcasts, I feature in each newsletter. With no particular strategy to ensure that variety, it really “just happens.” This week is no different and may actually be one of the most interesting collections ever. Starting with a legendary basketball court in Harlem, New York with stops in Australia, Afghanistan and Italy, to a legendary soccer player and coach from South London, England, the articles definitely had some geographic breadth. We, gladly, included a Ted Lasso reference and somehow allowed wine and pickleball to enter the fray. And we finished with a USWNT star and a look at how hockey and baseball are evolving and meeting their respective challenges. “Good stuff” as I like to say.
And I would also like to remind you that I feature some compelling videos and podcasts, and that is certainly the case this week with videos highlighting the NBA’s 75th anniversary, a great look at the investment potential of women’s sports, and some insights from Dallas Mavericks owner and serial investor, Mark Cuban (Mark, please don’t fly to space). And I finish with something involving, well, me. Thanks to Joe Favorito and Tom Richardson for the opportunity to talk about Sports Doing Good on the Columbia University Sports Management Program podcast. It was a great experience and I really look forward to contributing to that outstanding program in the spring.
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So, enjoy. And have a good week.
A Street Basketball Mecca Gets a Face-Lift (New York Times)
The NCAA is having a Ted Lasso moment (Fulcrum)
How women in Australia’s football community helped Afghan female footballers get out of Kabul (ABC News Australia)
Lynn Williams, USWNT and NWSL star – ‘If I can inspire only one person, I think I’ve done my job’ (ESPN)
How NBA players are helping drive diversity in the wine industry (NBC News)
The Club Behind the Kit: The Making of Venezia’s Miracle (SI)
How the Seattle Kraken Are Striving to Change Hockey Culture for the Better (Bleacher Report)
Baseball, Popular but No Longer Dominant, Seeks to Reclaim Its Cool (New York Times)
How Pickleball Won Over Everyone From Leonardo DiCaprio to Your Grandparents (Vanity Fair)
How Hope Powell became a football legend: ‘I’m not afraid of anybody’ (The Guardian)
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Oct. 17 – Oct. 30, 2021