"We've won two World Cups back-to-back. We've done everything on the field to encourage and inspire players and kids and parents and coaches, boys and girls to come to the games," said Carli Lloyd, who plays for Sky Blue and is a member of the U.S. team. "Now again it's up to the people with money to market it, to buy into this, to invest in it, and to promote it." … [Read more...] about NWSL players say investment key to sustaining World Cup bump
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Hong Kong was returned to China from British colonial rule in 1997 under a “one country, two systems” framework that promised freedoms not found on the mainland. Anti-China sentiment has risen as residents see Beijing moving to erode those rights. … [Read more...] about Protesters mass in Hong Kong before anthem law is debated
“I think what will change after COVID is that there is also a new generation stepping up as in Gen Z’s turn is up and they will start spending money on sports. I think the biggest gamechanger will be in that. It’s not just that coronavirus happened to them, it’s that they just like to consume sports completely different than the generation before them. I think that’s what we’re tapping into rather than just having a VR experience,” said Sander Schouten, CEO and Co-Founder of Beyond Sports. “Basically what we’re going to launch soon here in Holland and then spread out over the world is we’re going to have virtual worlds where you can interact, engage with in a different way, tailor made for a Gen Z environment. Meaning, if you want to be the star of the show, you just add your own virtual character with your own face into that environment and then you can share it as if you made that final shot to win the game.” … [Read more...] about Can Virtual Reality Help Sports Fans Experience Game Day In A Post COVID-19 World?
China's ceremonial parliament now meeting in Beijing has moved to enact a national security law for Hong Kong aimed at forbidding secessionist and subversive activity, as well as foreign interference and terrorism. Hong Kong's own government has been unable to pass such legislation due to opposition in the city, and Beijing advanced the law itself after the protests last year. … [Read more...] about Protesters mass in Hong Kong as anthem law is debated
Ending two days before the start of the Online Nations Cup, a competition run by governing body FIDE which Carlsen did not participate in, the timing of the Invitational raised some eyebrows. In interviews last month, Carlsen said there were no issues between himself and FIDE. … [Read more...] about Magnus Carlsen: ‘My emotions are usually outside my body and that’s not what you usually connect to a chess player.’