PR Newswire: Ali Center Launches New Digital Museum and Archives as Part of Ali Festival (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: Ali Center Launches New Digital Museum and Archives as Part of Ali Festival (PRESS RELEASE). “For the first time ever, the Muhammad Ali Center is able to open up its archival collection and offer online exhibits for the world to experience as a way to extend Muhammad Ali’s global reach. The launch of the Center’s new digital museum and archives was specifically planned to be introduced during the annual Ali Festival, and on what would have been the 100th birthday of LeRoy Neiman, a longtime friend of Muhammad Ali’s.”

USA Today: Negro Leagues stats officially incorporated into Baseball Reference’s database

USA Today: Negro Leagues stats officially incorporated into Baseball Reference’s database. “For the better part of three decades, Black baseball players competed on identical fields under the same rules as their white counterparts, but were considered inferior – even if their style of play and level of competition said otherwise. Last December, Major League Baseball took a giant step toward correcting that by officially elevating the Negro Leagues to major league status. The transformation takes another step forward Tuesday with Negro League statistics now listed alongside those of the American League and National League on Baseball-Reference.com.”

BBC: The firms paid to delve into sport stars’ social media past

BBC: The firms paid to delve into sport stars’ social media past. “Officials at sporting organisations are increasingly requesting detailed reports into sport stars’ social media history to unearth risky and problematic content. For companies offering so-called online due diligence – or background checks – the headlines around England cricketer Ollie Robinson, who was suspended over offensive historic tweets, are a cautionary tale likely to feature in sales pitches in the coming months and years.”

ESPN: New partnership will allow college athletes to earn money from content posted on Twitter

ESPN: New partnership will allow college athletes to earn money from content posted on Twitter. “A company that has partnered with dozens of college athletic departments on name, image and likeness programming announced a deal with Twitter on Thursday that will allow athletes to monetize video posts on the social media platform. In less than a month, several state laws will go into effect that will make it possible for college athletes to be paid for endorsements, sponsorship deals and personal appearances.”

Milwaukee Magazine: Aaron Rodgers Just Launched the IMDb for Sports

Milwaukee Magazine: Aaron Rodgers Just Launched the IMDb for Sports. “The platform went live with a complete roster of NFL, MLB and NBA athlete profiles. It also has an editorial arm, which will regularly publish content that’s exclusive to the site. In advance of its launch, [Online Sports Database] raised $2.5 million in funding that will help the platform expand its offerings in the coming months to include NHL, soccer, UFC, WNBA, PGA, LPGA, cricket and E-Sports, while adding features such as college, high school and retired athlete profiles, historical data and sports betting insights, as well as subscription services.”

Deadspin: On the anniversary of sports shutting down due to COVID-19, what have we learned about sports, the virus, and ourselves?

Deadspin: On the anniversary of sports shutting down due to COVID-19, what have we learned about sports, the virus, and ourselves?. “There are 6,629 cases of coronavirus associated with college sports according to the New York Times coronavirus tracker. And whether they contracted the virus in the locker room or elsewhere, they aren’t all fine. Justin Foster just ended his career at Clemson citing the effects of COVID. HBO’s Real Sports did this piece on college runner Natalie Hakala, who went from competing in track to using a wheelchair with long-term COVID. There is still research into what degree myocarditis impacts athletes. Former Ironman competitor Tamsin Lewis is still suffering effects from covid a year later. WNBA player Asia Durr’s basketball career is in jeopardy after getting the disease. These are just a few of those stories.”

Athletics Weekly: Museum of World Athletics is launched online

Athletics Weekly: Museum of World Athletics is launched online. “The Museum of World Athletics – or MOWA for short – features 3D images of shoes, clothing and equipment, plus medals and more. It has evolved following the creation of the World Athletics heritage initiative in 2018 ‘to honour, preserve and promote the sport’s history’ and includes attractive computer-generated images combined with actual high-quality photographs of various items and artefacts.” I’m not 100% but I’m inferring from the article that “athletics” in this sense means track and field sports.

CNN: How wearable tech helped elite athletes through the pandemic

CNN: How wearable tech helped elite athletes through the pandemic. “Until recently, gathering athletes’ performance data was a laborious process. Coaches and sports scientists would spend hours compiling information from games and training sessions, pulling out the information relevant to their players’ development. But technology-based performance analytics has changed all that. These days, athletes can wear devices or vests with GPS-tracking capabilities that record the speed and distance they run, as well as the impacts on their body. The information helps coaches develop training plans to avoid athlete fatigue and maximize performance for match days.”

Manhattan College: New Videos Added to Time Out for Black Lives Digital Library

Manhattan College: New Videos Added to Time Out for Black Lives Digital Library. “Time Out for Black Lives features an interactive website… where coaches and student-athletes from [Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference] basketball programs contribute their time and resources to read children’s books in entertaining videos, all focusing on Black culture, history, music and myths. Posted videos feature short biographies on each coach or student-athlete, with kid-friendly information such as the reader’s hometown, favorite book and favorite basketball player.”

BBC: Cristiano Ronaldo investigated for Covid-19 ‘birthday trip’

BBC: Cristiano Ronaldo investigated for Covid-19 ‘birthday trip’. “Juventus footballer Cristiano Ronaldo is being investigated by Italian police over a trip he allegedly took to celebrate his girlfriend’s birthday. He is accused of breaking Covid-19 rules by travelling between the regions of Piedmont and Valle d’Aosta. Now-deleted footage posted on social media showed the couple on a snowmobile in a mountain resort, the same day Georgina Rodriguez turned 27.”

As thousands of athletes get coronavirus tests, nurses wonder: What about us? (Washington Post)

Washington Post: As thousands of athletes get coronavirus tests, nurses wonder: What about us?. “As sports lurched back to life over the summer, health experts debated the ethics of entire leagues jumping to the front of the testing line. But ultimately the leagues, with billions of revenue dollars at stake, contracted with private labs to pay for the best and fastest tests available — a luxury many hospitals and other healthcare providers, reeling from the pandemic, can’t afford.”

CNN: US tennis player Sam Querrey accused of fleeing Russia after testing positive for coronavirus

CNN: US tennis player Sam Querrey accused of fleeing Russia after testing positive for coronavirus. “American tennis player Sam Querrey is under scrutiny for leaving Russia on a private jet after testing positive for Covid-19. The 33-year-old and his wife had tested positive for the virus ahead of the St. Petersburg Open… and were placed in quarantine at a five-star hotel, according to the tournament organizers.”