New Online: Branch Rickey Scouting Reports (Library of Congress)

Library of Congress: New Online: Branch Rickey Scouting Reports. “Opening day for Major League Baseball took place last week, on March 29—the earliest opening date in MLB history, excepting for special international events. This year’s opening day also marked the first time in 50 years that a full slate of games was scheduled for the first day. The Library of Congress is marking the beginning of the 2018 season by posting a series of scouting reports compiled by Branch Rickey (1881–1965), a former player, manager and baseball executive, best known as the man responsible for bringing Jackie Robinson into Major League Baseball in 1947, thereby breaking baseball’s long-established color barrier.”

NCAA March Madness: Twitter to Live-Stream Final Four Weekend ‘Watch Parties’ (Variety)

Variety: NCAA March Madness: Twitter to Live-Stream Final Four Weekend ‘Watch Parties’. “What’s the next best thing to live-streaming actual 2018 NCAA March Madness Final Four games? For Twitter, it’s hosting a live video and chat hub with video commentary and real-time tweets for hoops fans to follow during the men’s college basketball championship.”

ParaSport News: Introducing ParaSports Data

ParaSport News: Introducing ParaSports Data. “ParaSport Data is a Project created by Laura Hale, a two time Wikipedian in Residence for two different National Paralympic Committees, a sport journalist who has covered three different Paralympic Games and a sport researcher who graduated with her PhD from the University of Canberra with a thesis focused on developing understanding of sports culture using social media data. The purpose of ParaSport Data is to create the largest database of Paralympic, Deaflympic and disability sport data in existence. This data will include basic biographical data, sportspeople rankings, individual and completion results, classification information, disability prevalence data by country, and information about many disability sport organizations around the globe.”

Awful Announcing: The Masters uploads every final round broadcast from 1968 to present on YouTube

Awful Announcing: The Masters uploads every final round broadcast from 1968 to present on YouTube. “The Masters has amazingly uploaded every single final round broadcast from the tournament dating all the way back to 1968 on the tournament’s YouTube page. For all the golf fans out there, good luck with your social lives over the next three weeks.”

PC World: How to watch Major League Baseball online

PC World: How to watch Major League Baseball online
. “Major League Baseball has always presented the biggest hurdle for sports-loving cable-cutters. Unlike the NFL, which still airs the bulk of its games on broadcast TV channels, MLB is a predominantly cable league. Of the six networks hosting nationally aired games over the 2018 season, only Fox can be accessed over the air.”

TechCrunch: Twitter snags the Major League Soccer live streaming deal from Facebook

TechCrunch: Twitter snags the Major League Soccer live streaming deal from Facebook. “Facebook is streaming Major League Baseball, and now Twitter will stream Major League Soccer. The company announced on Friday a new three-year streaming deal that will bring at least 25 soccer matches that broadcast on Univision networks in Spanish to Twitter’s network, where they’ll be available in English.”

CNET: Google’s March Madness AI contest offers $100,000 in prizes

CNET: Google’s March Madness AI contest offers $100,000 in prizes. “Prizes can be useful incentives. They encourage people to take on challenges, say flying across the Atlantic Ocean or developing a self-driving car or finding large prime numbers. Now, Google has a great big incentive that will get almost the entirety of the country interested: $100,000 in prizes for computer scientists who write the best AI software to predict the outcome of the NCAA March Madness college basketball tournament.”