Freedom of Speech and Winning at Sport

Freedom of speech and sport are not paired too often, but this column by Paul Edwards does just that.

Image via the cricketer.com

Edwards argues that cricket commentary is being unduly effected by commercial arrangements. Being ostensibly journalists, they should have a degree of autonomy to allow for critical analysis.

That autonomy is called into question when commercial arrangements are in place.

Perhaps to improve their credibility, the commentators need to stay out of the pavilion.

The Crowd Scores

Professional sport has been making its return over the past few weeks. In the English Premier League, Liverpool finally achieved there deserved goal of the championship win (with Manchester City promptly tackling the party).

What has not returned however is the crowds.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – MAY 28: during the round three NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Parramatta Eels at Suncorp Stadium on May 28, 2020 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

In Australia, the NRL has made up for the lack of crowd with noise effects heard more in sport computer games.

It almost works. Mainly when you’re not considering how silly it is.

Yet it does let the side down with how lonely it sounds without the noise.

The T-Harris Blues

While the initial comments to a photo of footballer Taylor Harris showed the internet at its worst, the response by those who can spot an elite athlete when they see one, showed the internet at its best.

Photo: AAP: Hamish Blair via abc.net.au

Let’s hope her next round of questions will concentrate on if she can kicks some goals and produce a performance to win the championship this year.