Author: Miguel Nicolau

This weekend one of the biggest fights in the UFC history happened between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov, and what stood out was everything but sportsmanship and respect. The whole build up to this event started with controversy, and unfortunately, it ended in the same tone. Khabib drew first blood when he confronted Artem Lobov, a training partner of McGregor. Conor, the Irish flamboyant and charismatic fighter, responded by throwing a trolley into the bus which would take Khabib’s team. This, in turn, led to legal trouble to the “Notorious” and set up the pre-fight cold war game. As expected,…

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“Sports have the power to change the world. They have the power to inspire and unite people who have but a few things… and breaks racial barriers even with more ease than the most powerful governments.” – Nelson Mandela The political situation and general environment was not very peaceful in South Africa in the early 1990s. Hate, racism, tyranny and violence are just a few words which are associated with this place and time. But there was one man who was more determined than anyone else to turn his whole country around. Nelson Mandela, the once violent activist, who was…

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Almost 2 weeks ago, it was Champions League day. Cristiano Ronaldo was going to debut in this competition as a Juventus player, one day after Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick in Barcelona’s first UCL match of the season. Hence, unsurprisingly, Ronaldo was extremely driven to prove his worth once again. Unfortunately for him, with less than half an hour on the pitch he was sent off in a controversial decision. The referee’s decision is definitely questionable and most people do not agree with it. Although, beyond that, what do we see? An extremely competitive individual driven to perform at a…

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The US Open 2018 women’s final became popular due to the controversy between the umpire and Serena Williams. Whether this involved sexism or not, it is a whole other discussion which seems should be discussed by everyone, especially those who do not know enough of the sport, if we look at social media. So, what really happened? Basically, Naomi Osaka was beating Williams fair and square, until the American player was warned and penalised after having done code violations which implied those consequences. In the end, the Japanese player was crowned champion, but what really got media attention was the…

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The (once) special one is now under fire in his current job as Manchester United coach. There are rumours that Jose Mourinho will be fired and possible substitutes, such as Zinedine Zidane, were already thrown into the media debate. There are a number of reasons which explain the growth of these rumours. It started with expensive player transfers and a trophyless Manchester United last season. It went through a struggling summer when the Portuguese coach complained about not getting the players he wanted, which made his relationship with Ed Woodward and some of his players sour (at least in the…

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Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel are definitely the most successful Formula One drivers who came after Michael Schumacher. Hamilton is 33 years old, Vettel is 31, and they both started their careers in F1 in 2007. The older driver is British and the younger one is German. Currently, each one holds four world championships and both are driving for two of the top teams in the paddock. The Brit drives for Mercedes and Vettel races for Ferrari. At this stage, these two drivers are comparable to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal or Messi and Ronaldo, as these pairs of rivals…

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Most sports fans and professionals understand that there is a substantial difference between the sports industry in Europe and in the other side of the Atlantic Ocean regarding various aspects. The main ones are: competition format, relationship with sponsors and advertisements, fan engagement, and professionalization. Competition format Most of the Sports championships in Europe have a format which favours consistency, such as the Premier League, La Liga, Formula 1, MotoGP, and so on. On the other hand, in the USA, the major championships such as NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL, have a regular season followed by playoffs for the top…

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After the approval of the IFAB (International Football Association Board) for using small electronic devices on the bench, FIFA will provide the participant teams of the World Cup with the technology for the coaching team and match analysts to interact. For the first time in one of its tournaments, FIFA will give access to real-time positional data and video footage to the team’s analysts positioned on the media tribune. FIFA will also facilitate the connection to the coaching team next to the pitch so that they will be able to use this information for immediate action. The following video gives…

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Lately there have been several changes in the sports industry regarding live broadcasting rights, and we may still be in the beginning stage of this process. It is becoming more natural to talk about watching live streaming sports rather than watching a full tennis match of 3-5 hours live on TV. The main reasons which explain this process of change are related to the behaviour of the consumer and changes in the dynamics of the market. Each reason is briefly explained below. 1) Millennials The first reason is the behaviour of the younger generation. This newer generation (call it Millennials,…

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His team-mate is in a totally different situation, though. Pedrosa has been fighting for the top positions in MotoGP for twelve years and he is very consistent, having won races in every season he spent in the top category. However, his contract ends this season, and the new kids on the block may give Honda a hard time making a decision between going for experience and new blood. Rumours are that the likes of Zarco, Morbidelli or Joan Mir could replace the 32-year old Spaniard. Rossi is another rider whose contract ends this year, but still, he said he will…

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