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    The Rise of E-Sports Has Big Implications for Traditional Sports

    The implications are global. There are currently more than 2.4 billion gamers — about one-third of the world’s population, according to Statista, an international marketing and consumer data firm based in Germany. There are professional teams around the world that compete in tournaments for prize pools up to $34 million as well as tens of thousands of other competitions with prize money or contested in school and recreational leagues, accounting for more than a $1 billion in global e-sports revenues. The effect on traditional sports is just one of the concerns often expressed about this phenomenon. The proliferation of  

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    Joe Connor Turns Sports Travel Into A Tribute

    ORLANDO, FLA – Walking up the steps of the Amway Center, a big smile overtakes Joe Connor’s face. It’s Thanksgiving morning. He’s watching an ECHL hockey game between the Orlando Solar Bears and the Norfolk Admirals. That’s exactly how he wants to spend it. “I still have that kid-like mentality,” Connor said. ”I’ve been to this building before but I’ve never seen hockey before. It’s something new. It’s like opening a present. For me it’s like a Christmas present.” It’s a one he’s unwrapped thousands of times. Throughout his life, Joe has seen a home game for every major professional  

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    The Most Influential People in Seattle Sports, Travel, and Recreation

    Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe Step Out of Bounds The partners and sports legends have crafted different game plans for athlete activism. As vaccine-seekers filed into Lumen Field’s clinic in mid-March, two familiar figures stood as greeters: Megan Rapinoe, easily identified by her cotton candy–colored pixie cut, and fiancee, Sue Bird, beside her. As stars of the OL Reign and the Seattle Storm, respectively, Rapinoe and Bird rival Russell and Ciara as the city’s biggest power couple. Since being drafted just two years into the team’s existence, Bird has become synonymous with the Storm and its four-time  

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    Kids are losing interest in organized sports. Why that matters

    This is the Dec. 6, 2021, edition of the 8 to 3 newsletter about school, kids and parenting. Like what you’re reading? Sign up to get it in your inbox every Monday. For more than a century, team sports have been a mainstay of American childhood. What began as a way to keep boys in cities occupied and out of trouble has evolved into a $19-billion industry, with much of that revenue being generated by elite travel teams. Yet the number of kids involved in team sports has been falling. In 2018, 38% of kids ages 6 to  

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