Author Archives: Wendy Parker

A sour turn for a ‘quality’ sportswriting venture

TweetOn Tuesday I write about developments in sports media, and occasionally step back in time to a different era in sports journalism.
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Just as Sports Illustrated was rolling out its 60th anniversary fare last week, the doors abruptly closed on a young sportswriting venture that never got settled [...]

The fate of the non-revenue NCAA athlete

TweetOn Monday my post is generally related to a timely sports topic prominently in the news, is focused on the business of sports or covers a sports subject at random.
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I don’t know much about law, economics, business, marketing, public relations, television rights and industrial organization.
I certainly don’t [...]

From the archives: The gap between sports and art

TweetWhile I’m taking a summer break from the blog, I’m reposting and updating selected links from the archive.
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Sports art exhibits are not uncommon, but they’re not talked or written about all that much either. Despite some yeoman work trying to bridge this gap, sports historians and scholars [...]

From the archives: The lure of Southern football

TweetWhile I’m taking a summer break from the blog, I’m reposting and updating selected links from the archive.
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When Florida State defeated Auburn in the last BCS title game in January, it ended a seven-year run for the SEC in winning national championship games.
But the trophy still remains [...]

From the archives: A half-century of SI swimsuits

TweetWhile I’m taking a summer break from the blog, I’m reposting and updating selected links from the archive.
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The usual furor over the Sports Illustrated annual swimsuit issue didn’t materialize much this winter. That was surprising, given the 50th anniversary of the highly popular edition, and the  cover [...]

From the archives: The Web and longform sports

TweetWhile I’m taking a summer break from the blog, I’m reposting and updating selected links from the archive.
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When I posted “The Web’s longform longform sports evolution continues” in September 2012, I had no idea how much better in-depth stories would become on a growing array of sites, [...]

From the archives: Baseball and the Romantics

TweetWhile I’m taking a summer break from the blog, I’m reposting and updating selected links from the archive.
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With another Baseball Hall of Fame Class having been inducted into Cooperstown, I thought I’d dig into the XCs vault and link to a post from January 2013, “Baseball’s Dwindling Romantics,” [...]

PEN/ESPN honors Anderson; BASW 2014 lineup announced

TweetWhen hearing the news this week that he had been awarded the PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing, Dave Anderson said, ”I’d put that right on the same level as the Pulitzer Prize.”
Anderson, a columnist for The New York Times and a Golf Digest contributor, did win a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1981. [...]

Midweek Books: The odyssey of golf in China

TweetOn Wednesday I highlight noteworthy new sports books, with links to reviews, interviews and other information about the subject and/or author.
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Golf was outlawed in China until 1984.
Now there are believed to be several million players, and hundreds of new courses have opened in recent years. These figures [...]

Summer Readings: Roger Angell and ‘An Angel or the Devil’

TweetRichard Sandomir writes about Roger Angell of The New Yorker, the J.G. Taylor Spink honoree into the Baseball Hall of Fame for his writing. Now 93, Angell joins the company of Ring Lardner, Red Smith, Shirley Povich and Dick Young.
His baseball essays for the magazine in 1962. He had no previous experience covering the [...]