Topic archives: SPORT

If Steve Smith were a politician …

March 26, 2018 19

Politicians should shut up about the integrity of sport. How would they handle the ball-tampering controversy?

How the Seven Network is failing the AFLW

February 9, 2018 11

After a big ratings dip, AFLW coaches are being asked to overhaul the game. With huge crowds and massive interest in the game, is that really the only factor at play?

Titus O’Reily presents A Thoroughly Unhelpful History of Australian Sport

October 25, 2017

Ahead of the spring racing carnival Titus O'Reily, Australia's least insightful sports writer, looks back on some of horseracing's most elaborate and/or idiotic scams.

Why didn’t we win more medals in Rio?

August 23, 2016 7

If Australians want to improve the medal prospects of their athletes in Tokyo and beyond, they've just one solution ...

SBS closes Zela, another door in female athletes’ faces

August 15, 2016

SBS has quietly announced it is closing its women's sport website, Zela. Sports writer and Zela contributor Erin Riley mourns its passing.

Why does the Olympic Committee want to sue everyone?

July 18, 2016

The International Olympic Committee doesn't like people or businesses co-opting its brand. It doesn't like it one bit.

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Seven’s salvation on the mount

October 14, 2013 1

Car racing and talent shows kept viewers glued to Seven, while Nine continues to flounder

Despite corruption, the last thing we need is a world sport police

Despite corruption, the last thing we need is a world sport police

February 14, 2013 8

Given the corruption in sport, we must wonder -- why is the reality so far from the ideal? Sport is not beyond the foibles of mere mortals -- it is just like the rest of the things we do. And we should certainly not allow further investigative bodies, beyond national control, to police it.

Basketballers on coke, it’s the end of sport as we know it

Basketballers on coke, it’s the end of sport as we know it

February 13, 2013 9

The very existence of drugs has sucked the life out of sport. The era of the glorious four-minute mile is drawing to a close -- although sport will stagger on because big media needs it.

The politics of cricket: forget a reshuffle, it’s time to bring out the axe

December 12, 2011

It’s fitting that on the day Gillard announced a cabinet reshuffle, a devastating loss to New Zealand in the Second Test at Hobart may be the catalyst for the axe to be applied to the Australian cricket team, writes Leigh Josey.

Your one-stop All Blacks Rugby World Cup victory thread

October 24, 2011

Well done New Zealand. Winning the Rugby World Cup is clearly the nation's greatest achievement since it through the ring into the fires of Mordor, writes Leigh Josey.

Kicking goals as sport’s most powerful: number 10

Kicking goals as sport’s most powerful: number 10

October 24, 2011

By night Labor apparatchik Mark Arbib counts numbers. But by day he's paid to help decide which sporting bodies get what cash, how much punters can bet and what high-performance drugs are illegal, writes Tom Cowie.

Roger that: it’s a grand slam win for all

Roger that: it’s a grand slam win for all

September 23, 2011

Like most live sporting events, grand slam tennis is shaped to a large degree by the character of the crowd. Writing from the US Open, tennis buff Julie Zhou reports on the joy of watching her third "Roger (Federer) slam."

The AFL’s New Deal — more Demetriou than Roosevelt

The AFL’s New Deal — more Demetriou than Roosevelt

April 28, 2011

The AFL has announced its broadcast rights for 2012 through to 2016. The amount was a staggering $1.253 billion for that five year period -- the biggest deal in the history of Australian sports broadcasting, writes Leigh Josey.

Game-in-a-box: Sea Eagles spear Knights

March 29, 2011

In this week's Game-in-a-box, Pat Byrne covers the Newcastle Knights vs the Manly Sea Eagles.

The payout stunt delivering a marketing bonanza to bookies

The payout stunt delivering a marketing bonanza to bookies

October 22, 2010 1

Bookies are rarely seen as charitable organisations, so any time they cough up early on a wager there could be reason for suspicion. Crikey examines the marketing stunt and increasingly pervasive nature of betting agencies.

It’s just not cricket

It’s just not cricket

October 12, 2010

Corruption is a way of life in Pakistan and India, so why are we surprised and punish cricketers when they do it? Because sport needs to exist on a higher holier ground or the entire notion of it collapses, argues Rahul Bhattacharya.

Roller derby riot grrrls

August 24, 2010

Ruby Murray headed out for a theatrical, thrilling night of roller derby, with tats, sex and physical strength. Finally, a sport that elevates women to the same level as the fellas.

Milking LeBron’s Miami moment for all its worth

July 9, 2010

It was the decision that rocked the world of US sports, but why did freelance journalist Jim Gray ask LeBron James sixteen random questions before getting the basketballer to confirm he was moving to Miami?

Aunty to cut sport presenter for clips

Aunty to cut sport presenter for clips

July 9, 2010 7

How thinly can ABC journalists' butter be spread over the ever increasing bread of news? Staff in the ABC newsrooms suspect that sports presenters will be scrubbed from the evening bulletins in favour of a reel of clips.