Media & Technology: Sports Media
USFL Attempts Comeback, Reveals New Logo, Targets Cities
by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor July 2012
If you haven't been paying close attention, you may not have noticed the gradual relaunching of the United States Football League. The organization, headed by San Diego businessman Jaime Cuadra, unveiled its new logo late last week as part of a plan to establish a fresh brand identity. "We are building this league from the ground up, and we believe it is vital to our early success to distinguish ourselves as a new brand of USFL football representing 'Real. Fun. Football,'" Cuadra, USFL president and CEO, said in a statement announcing the stocky powder-blue logo, which is said to incorporate elements that pay homage to the league's roots while also positioning the league as a dynamic and modern version of its predecessors.
Live Streaming of Prep Sporting Events Makes Slow But Sure Progress
by Michael Popke April 2012
Locals in southeastern Louisiana call it the "Battle on the River," the annual football rivalry between Destrehan and Hahnville high schools.
A-11 Football League Takes Major Step Toward Kickoff
by Paul Steinbach March 2012
The A-11 Football League took the first big step toward kicking off a spring 2013 season when it began last week to formally engage with more than 20 interested city groups (including both municipal governments and sports authorities) in nearly as many states.
Remembering the Voice of Summer
by Nicholas Brown May 2010
During home games, when a player would hit a foul ball into the Tiger Stadium stands, Detroit Tigers radio broadcaster Ernie Harwell would, in his characteristic light Southern drawl and easygoing delivery, say "a man from Livonia with the catch," or "that ball was caught by a young lady from Saginaw."
Spectacular, If Not Miraculous
by Paul Steinbach February 2010
The Americans were handily out shot. They relied on spectacular goaltending. They got some bounces. And, facing intense pressure late, they held on to pull off the upset. I'm not recounting the Miracle on Ice, the U.S. Olympic hockey team's improbable 4-3 victory over the vaunted Soviets in Lake Placid 30 years ago today. I'm talking about Team USA's win over Canada last night in Vancouver. The score of the two games would have been identical, too, if not for a late empty-net goal by the current Americans.
Money Has Always - Always - Bought Championships
by Andrew Cohen November 2009
I'm about to make myself sick.
Chicago Goes First, Is Out First
by Andrew Cohen October 2009
It's definitely better to give the last presentation, isn't it? The Chicago Olympic bid committee went first today in Denmark, fielding questions from 106 IOC delegates, including a particularly pointed one from a Pakistani delegate about foreign athletes' ability to enter the United States freely. But even the star power of the President and First Lady were unable to sway the 97 eligible first-round voters, as the Windy City was eliminated in the first round.
You Haven't Come as Long a Way as We All Thought...Baby
by Andrew Cohen September 2009
The beach volleyball doesn't go by the name, "Beachwear Volleyball."
High School Officials Debating the Merits of Instant Replay
by Michael Popke April 2008
Two close calls have high school officials debating the merits of instant replay -- again.
Dispute Over State Tourney Photos Affects Newspaper Coverage of Prep Events in Illinois
by Michael Popke April 2008
A dispute over photographs taken at state tournaments is affecting how Illinois newspapers cover interscholastic athletics.