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Before the pandemic struck, Nick Heath was a rugby announcer in the UK. Now that all sports have been suspended, he’s been making play-by-play videos of random strangers doing everyday activities. He says these hilarious videos may have a lasting impact on the way we view sports.
Take Me Out To The Ballgame
Anna Laymon (Executive Director of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission)
We all know the song “Take Me Out To The Ballgame.” But you’ve probably never heard of the woman who inspired its creation. Anna Laymon traces the feminist roots of the classic baseball song.
America’s International Pastime
Marissa Kiss (George Mason University) and James Witte (George Mason University)
While baseball is considered America’s great national pastime, it’s increasingly become an international sport. Marissa Kiss and James Witte study the demographics of foreign-born players in Major League Baseball. And they’ve found that the percentage of foreign-born players in the MLB goes hand-in-hand with changes in US immigration policy.
The Referee Shortage
Lynn Ridinger (Old Dominion University)
Throughout the country, and all over the world, sports leagues are suffering from a severe shortage of referees. In fact, studies show that around 80% of new referees don’t make it past their second year. Lynn Ridinger explains what’s causing so many referees to leave.
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