sports

5:51pm

Mon May 20, 2013
Arts & Culture

Behind the science of sports obsession

Millions of people are crazy about sports, whether or not their teams are any good. Exactly why that is is the subject of Eric Simons’ new book: The Secret Lives of Sports Fans: The Science of Sports Obsession. Simons sat down with KALW’s Ben Trefny to talk about the chemistry of fandom.

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1:48pm

Mon May 13, 2013
Arts & Culture

Radio Ambulante: La caída de River / The Fall of River Plate

River Plate fans
Flickr user DanielHP Under CC License

In 2011, River Plate, one of the most famous soccer clubs in South America, was relegated to the Argentine Second Division. From Buenos Aires, Cristian Alarcón shares the story of a soccer catastrophe that shook an entire nation.

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6:11pm

Mon August 6, 2012
Arts & Culture

Exodus of Oakland's sports teams may have already begun

Oakland Coliseum
Photo by Flickr user statixc CC License

By 2017, the Golden State Warriors plan to scamper out of Oakland to the more polished side of the court over at San Francisco’s waterfront. This move was announced in May at a press conference held in San Francisco. That day was cloudless, and the waterfront shimmered on San Francisco’s Pier 30. Loudspeakers belted Train’s “Soul Sista," a fire department boat shot off water cannons, and Mayor Ed Lee smiled as though his daughter were coming home for Christmas, which would be true if his lost daughter were the Golden State Warriors basketball team.

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