2021: the world of sport is forever changing – OZY

In a year that has been more of a hangover from 2020 than for brilliant new starts, major global sporting events have played a giant role in distracting us from the trauma of the COVID-19 world. In Japan, thousands of athletes have come together to give us a remarkable Olympic experience. In Europe and South America, football fans were treated to a football feast as the world’s best players took to the stage. And in the United States, huge changes have taken place that are expected to shape professional sport in particular. So sit back, relax and enjoy today’s daily dose as we feature OZY’s best sports coverage of the year that was.

All changes

1 – The changing face of sport

Nelson Mandela knew that power sports must bring about change and used it to lay the foundation for the post-apartheid rainbow nation of South Africa. “Sport can create hope where there was only desperation,” said the Nobel Prize winner. Today, a quick glance at the biggest stars of the most popular sports is enough to see that change is happening faster than ever. Racism and machismo have long been a bitter reality in high performance sports. But a new generation of athletes – from rodeo athletes to refugees and hoopsters to hitters – are fundamentally changing the look of our favorite sports.

2 – A New Better World for Baseball

It’s the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors. . . calm. But after 150 years and a changed global pandemic, well, baseball is not the same. How is the game viewed? Amended. How is the game played, thanks to technological innovations? Amended. We’ve delved into what happened to baseball as we know it to see if it can once again become America’s favorite pastime. Beat you !

3 – A New Landscape for the NFL

The league is at a pivotal moment: its politicized brand, its audience shrunk by COVID-19 and many of its retired stars. Football needs new stars to galvanize a new generation of sports fans – not just for the NFL, but for the networks spending $ 100 billion on games which they hope will draw viewers to their new streaming efforts. In short, the NFL players of tomorrow won’t just be tasked with winning games; they will also redefine what it means to be a modern athlete.

2021 through a sporting objective

1 – 2021 was a football party

For four glorious weeks last summer, the world’s best male players strutted through stadiums across Europe and Brazil during the European Football Championship and Copa America respectively. All over the world, day and night, millions of fans were glued to their screens. But let’s not forget that the first European and South American football championships were held in the shadow of political turmoil and the risks associated with COVID-19. We portray the rising stars and key new trends in the world of international football.

2 – Modern cheaters

Doping destroys public confidence in athletics and in every sport involved – not just in countries known to concoct systematic doping measures, but right here in the United States. Worse yet, offenders take money, fame and glory from clean competitors. We took the time to deepen the fight against doping and the main culprits and to highlight how cutting-edge and controversial technologies are disrupting the world of sport.

3 – Tokyo surprises

The Tokyo Games had some sure-fire shows: an exaggerated opening ceremony, tumbling records and barrel-rolled tears of joy to name a few. But they also spoke of events and precedents that no one could have expected. There were the shocking failures and miracle moments that had to be seen to be believed. As such, we thought it appropriate to inform you, dear reader, about the biggest and most scandalous surprises of a Games for the ages.

College sports have changed forever

1 – The next big change in college sport

On September 3, nearly 70,000 fans shouted the Virginia Tech Hokies entry song, Enter Sandman by Metallica, at the opening of the season. The Virginia Tech crowd was so excited that their rendition of the rock classic was recorded as seismographic activity. But there are other shakes that are reshaping varsity sport. How will the US Supreme Court’s summer ruling allowing student-athletes to earn money through sponsorships play out on campus? From colleges rethinking the role of sport to game-changing legal affairs, we give you a seat on the field for changes that could fundamentally alter the relationship between the NCAA, school campuses and athletes.

2 – Black athletes take center stage

Ohio State University, Alabama, Gonzaga – college sports royalty we know and love or despise. But what if we told you that the recent groundswell of anti-racist activism that swept America in 2020 is also helping to reshape the world of varsity sport? Embracing what observers call increased “racial awareness,” elite black athletes today are drawn to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). It’s a trend that could reshape the world of varsity sport.

3 – The field is moving under university sports

This year, the varsity athletes completed the ultimate Hail Mary. In June, the United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the NCAA violates antitrust laws by limiting the benefits schools can offer their athletes. The NCAA Division I council then recommended that schools in certain states be allowed to decide whether college sports stars can make money with their personal brands. What does it mean? Basically, it paves the way for college athletes, hundreds of whom are full-fledged sports stars, to one day be paid. It’s a move that will likely shake up the billion dollar college track industry, not only economically, but also academically and culturally, given the way the sport touches every sphere of American life. .

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