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5 Reasons Why Sports Matter in American Cities

Localeur | Posted 10.11.2014 | Travel

With football season nearly here and Major League Baseball approaching the dog days of summer, it's the perfect time to consider the overall importance of sports and what they mean to a city. What makes a city primed for sports relevancy?

My Share, Half of Azadi: Let Iranian Women Go to Stadium

Leila Mouri | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact
Leila Mouri

Iran-Brazil volleyball matches, part of FIVB Volleyball World League, held on June 13 and 16 in Azadi Sports Complex in Tehran. In both games, Iranian women were absent in the audience while a few of them, holding national flag, had gathered outside the complex.

Ballpark Bucket List: Flying to All 30 MLB Ballparks for Under $2,500 | Posted 07.28.2014 | Sports

Don't settle with just visiting one ballpark this baseball season, instead live out every baseball fan's dream and visit all 30 major league baseball stadiums! We've looked at two routes to do this: the cheapest route and the shortest route.

'Super' Bowls, Fields, Stadiums, Arenas: Where We Play Has a Huge Opportunity to Be Green

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 04.06.2014 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

Why should sports venues be green? Their very size and scale make it a no-brainer. By the very nature of their mission, they are going to use a LOT of energy, especially if some of it is needed to keep people warm.

Why Celebrate Babe Ruth's Birthday in Detroit? Why Not?

Ethan Casey | Posted 03.30.2014 | Detroit
Ethan Casey

More than two decades ago, in the early 1990s, the task at hand for some of us in Detroit was still to try to save Tiger Stadium. It's a long story, but in a city with a Third World-level infant mortality rate and many other severe problems, there was a lot more at stake than baseball or nostalgia.

Adopt an Ancient Theatre

Stavros Benos | Posted 09.25.2013 | Impact
Stavros Benos

Diazoma is a citizens' platform, which, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, tries to put the love for monuments and cultural heritage of Greece into practice. Diazoma focuses on the restoration of ancient venues for spectators and audiences and the focusing of resources necessary for their rehabilitation.

Doublewide Seats For Obese World Cup Fans?

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 03.02.2013 | World

Obese soccer fans will sit more comfortably at Brazil's World Cup in 2014, according to a British tabloid. The Sun reports that doublewide seats ha...

Zaha's UNBELIEVABLE Japanese Stadium

designboom | Posted 01.16.2013 | Arts

Zaha Hadid's winning design for the New National Stadium Japan It's confirmed! Zaha Hadid has been selected to design the New National Stadium Japan...

PHOTOS: Olympic Stadiums Worth Visiting

Travel + Leisure | Posted 10.04.2012 | Travel
Travel + Leisure

London's building boom is typical for host cities eager to make a big impression on the world stage. But the coolest stadiums make an enduring impression, not only through architectural flair and historic importance, but also by hosting events.

PHOTOS: A Road Trip To America's Great Baseball Stadiums

Travel + Leisure | Posted 06.18.2012 | Travel
Travel + Leisure

Kids can unleash their inner baseball star via MLB 2K12 consoles at Target field in Minneapolis or tackle the Coca-Cola Superslide that stands 465 feet from home plate at San Francisco's waterfront AT&T Park.

The Best Beers At Baseball Stadiums

Food Republic | Posted 06.12.2012 | Home
Food Republic

While we don't foresee beer prices ever getting any cheaper at ballparks, stadiums have smartened up to craft beer.

The 10 Best College Football Stadium Eats

The Daily Meal | Posted 08.31.2013 | Taste
The Daily Meal

There is no question that a hot dog is a great game day snack, but as college football fans become more food savvy, university athletic departments ar...

NFL In Los Angeles? No Thank You

Stu Kreisman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Stu Kreisman

Almost an entire generation of potential fans in Los Angeles has been lost to soccer, basketball, the beach, going out to dinner and reading. Speaking for most of the populace, we don't miss the NFL one bit.

A Looming NFL Lockout Is Rooted in Stadium Hypocrisy

Brian Frederick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Brian Frederick

There's a strong chance there won't be an NFL season next year. Among other things, the owners claim that the lavish new stadiums they have built are too expensive. They have only themselves to blame.

Sen. Sherrod Brown Sticks up for Sports Fans Over NFL's Blackout Policy

Brian Frederick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Brian Frederick

If an NFL game is not sold out 72 hours prior to kickoff, league rules mandate that the game be blacked out in the local market. Last season, the NFL blacked out 22 games and this season looks worse.

Revelations of Rot: Behind Baseball's Corporate Crime Wave

Dave Zirin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Dave Zirin

The leaked financial statements show how some teams, claiming poverty, demanded tax dollars for stadiums while pulling in record profits. It's a reminder that, for people in power, words like "democracy" aren't sacred values. They're punchlines.

Forget Mark Cuban -- Cities Should Own Their Sports Teams

Brian Frederick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Brian Frederick

Imagine a Kansas City-owned Royals team. The team would never be in danger of being hijacked by an owner looking only at his bottom line, and the city could spend as much as it wanted to build a winning team.

Stadiums: Proof That America Values Selfishness Over Morals

Gil Laroya | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Gil Laroya

Rememer the good old days, when neighbors helped neighbors? When your fellow man was there to help you or to be helped by you? When we all pulled toge...

Labor Dispute Threatens the NFL (And What We Should Do About It)

Neil K. Shenai | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Neil K. Shenai

It's hard to think that the NFL might have peaked in its popularity. But in the wake of record-shattering ratings, the NFL will have to grapple with a potentially game-arresting labor dispute.

On the Other Hand, Maybe Sports Make Us Happy

David Berri | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
David Berri

Soccernomics explains how the lessons of Moneyball (sports teams are not completely rational) applies to the world's favorite sport.

Stadiums, Hotels Warned To Watch For Terrorists

AP | TOM HAYS and DEVLIN BARRETT | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — The government expanded a terrorism warning from transit systems to U.S. stadiums, hotels and entertainment complexes as investigator...

Getting a Grip on Fan Behavior in College Sports

Myles Brand | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Myles Brand

There is something very wrong taking place in sports, including college sports. Fans cheering and jeering has, in some cases, gone beyond what is tolerable.

Merritt-ocracy: The Paulson Sporting Doctrine

Dave Zirin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Zirin

Like father, like son. Meet Merritt Paulson, the offspring of Henry Paulson. While his father is demanding $700 billion of our money to bail out the banks, Merritt wants his own little piece of our hide.

Despite Threats of Detention, Ticket Scalping Continues at Beijing's Subway Stations

Courtney Woo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Courtney Woo

Today, dozens of scalpers stood alone or in pairs inside the underground tunnel leading out of the subway to the Olympic Green Line. Some held signs asking to buy tickets, but most were looking to sell.

Talkin' Sports with Ralph Nader

Dave Zirin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dave Zirin

Ralph Nader: "One reason people are attracted to sports is because things happen on the merits of coaches and players. When that trust is betrayed, you can see that there's a real letdown among the fans."