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Raptors Record Reality Check: The Little White Lie

How a little white lie manufactured by Raptors TV about a winning streak took “on a life of its own” in the mass media

By Our Senior NBA Insider

(February 6, updated February 7, 9, 10, 13) – Congratulations – the Toronto-based  basketball team and defending NBA champion that all the US pundits dismissed this season won a franchise record 15 games in a row.

Last Wednesday night last week (February 5th), the Toronto Raptors came from being down 19 points to beat Indiana Pacers in the last minute 119-118, its 12th straight win. They finished the game on a 11-0 run, their defence forcing Indiana to turn the ball over four times.

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TV monopolies and Canadian football

By TONY SEED

On Saturday November 25, the Canadian university football championship was held in Hamilton between the University of Western Ontario Mustangs and Laval Rouge et Or, with the former prevailing 39-17 . The Vanier Cup, attended by 10, 754 fans, was not broadcast on either CBC which featured an Alpine skiing race, an elite sport, or CTV, which featured the Hollywood doomsday movie Armageddon. Instead, it was relegated to TSN 3. (TSN is owned by Bell Media, with EPSN holding a 30 per cent share; Bell owns CTV.)

Sport in Canada has been commercialized, privatized, Americanized and colonized by private empires, reinforced by the sports media monopolies. To watch a Canadian championship, one has to be a cable TV subscriber. But even that is no guarantee. About ten years ago, CIS sports had to quietly pay the then Score TV cable channel $50,000 to come to Halifax to broadcast the semi-final and the final of the college basketball finals. (Score was later bought out by Rogers Sportsnet.)

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Toronto Wolfpack: Yet another sports franchise militarizes game, stadium

By TONY SEED

On August 31 the Toronto Wolfpack rugby franchise staged an inaugural “Forces and Families Day” at Lamport Stadium in parallel with the Canadian International Air Show being held over the Canadian National Exhibition (see below) to promote war and militarism in Canada. The event included a fly over featuring a CF-18 Hornet fighter jet, CH146 SAT Griffon helicopter and Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone helicopter – all aircraft which have been used by Canada to wage war on other nations; displays of Canadian Forces military equipment in the pre-game FanZone (a beer garden) as “family entertainment”; a half time contest with active military members; and free admission for hundreds of well-paid members of the Toronto Scottish Regiment and their families. Continue reading

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Canada sets its roster for FIBA World Cup

Canada’s is appearing in the FIBA World Cup for the first time since 2010. Canada’s men’s basketball roster has been set, but it doesn’t much look like what many envisioned several weeks ago. Almost every celebrated Canadian player on a NBA contract – 17 in total – inexplicably pulled out of the World Cup with the exception of guard Cory Joseph (Sacramento Kings) and forward Khem Birch (Orlando Magic). Forward Kelly Olynyk (Miami Heat) – like Joseph a longtime combatant for the country – was forced to pull out due to injury suffered in an exhibition game against Nigeria in early August. Two players under contract with the Toronto Raptors also left the team. 

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XVIII Pan Am Games: A world away

By TONY SEED

Do you remember the Pan-American Games in 2015 in Toronto? It was a festival of sport and friendship of more than 6,000 young athletes from the Americas with venues throughout Southern Ontario. To raise the army of volunteers needed for various tasks, more than 60,000 people came forward to be selected, and of these only a third were chosen. Canada organized a delegation of its top athletes, who finished second in the medal standing. The Rogers Centre was packed for the closing ceremonies. The hosts built more than ten new facilities and 15 others were remodelled, to inspire the crowds that filled them. The privately-owned Hamilton Tiger Cats even finally walked away with a new stadium paid for by public tax dollars and renamed after some coffee chain owned in Brazil. Continue reading

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In memoriam: Paul Sherwen, 62, the Voice of the Tour de France

Are you watching the The Tour de France? Begun in 1903, it is one of the greatest and most demanding athletic competitions in the world. Some 200 cyclists organized in 20-22 corporate teams of eight riders race some 3,500 kilometres (2,200 mi) through the villages and cities, the coast, plains, valleys, gorges and mountains (the Pyrénées and the Alps) of France. Like the other Grand Tours (the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España), it consists of 21 day-long races or stages over a 23-day period. This Sunday, July 28, it will finish on the cobblestones of Avenue des Champs-Élysées, 1.9 kilometres long and 70 metres wide, running between the Place de la Concorde and the Place Charles de Gaulle, where the famed Arc de Triomphe is located.

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The latest Calgary stadium swindle

After a closed meeting behind the backs of the people on July 22, the Calgary city council announced an outrageous pay-the-rich deal with the owners of the Calgary Flames of the NHL for a new 19,000-seat arena. It will be built on current Calgary Stampede parking lots to replace the Saddledome. Details include: Continue reading

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