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Entries from October 2016

Episode 169: Steve Simon (and the Streams)

October 29th, 2016 · Comments

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With the WTA season wrapping up in Singapore this week, there's no better time to check in with women's tennis boss Steve Simon, who is finishing up his first full year as the tour's chief executive. It's been a turbulent year in tennis, at times, but Simon also made waves of his own this fall by expressing interest in revamping the tennis scoring system to shorten singles matches, including eliminating third sets in lieu of super tiebreaks. Speaking to Ben by phone from Singapore on semifinal Saturday, Simon discusses that as well as other various tour quandaries, including what, if anything, the WTA has planned to cover for its exodus from the ATP Media controled streaming platform, TennisTV, starting in 2017.

Speaking of streaming, we then shift to an issue that more affects the journalistic side of the equation: the live streaming of press conferences. After a snippet of the Steve Simon's State of the WTA address via the WTA Insider podcastWe bat around the topic in a roundtable with two NCR favorite guests, Reem Abulleil and Simon Cambers.


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Tags: tennis · sports · wta · women's sports · journalism · technology

Episode 168: Sinking, Tanking, and Politicking

October 20th, 2016 · Comments

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Ben and Courtney are reunited at last, and have lots to catch up on. First, how is WTAsia doing? What to be made of Kerber's underwhelming fall swing, and Serena's (again) nonexistant one? 

Also, we discuss Djokovic's increasingly worrying malaise, Kyrgios' finally cracked down upon tanking, and whether or not players should discuss politics. 

Lastly, the highs and lows of air travel.

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Tags: tennis · sports · novak djokovic · serena williams · angelique kerber · nick kyrgios

Episode 167: The Sharapova Resolution

October 12th, 2016 · Comments

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NCR is back after an unforeseen delay (our apologies), and we start by catching up with the conclusion of the Maria Sharapova meldonium case, as Ben welcomes back guest Richard Ings, who had previously discussed Sharapova's positive test with us back on Episode 145A when she announced it back in March. What have we learned over the course of this case? How much should this affect Sharapova's reputation, and should she be labeled a "cheater"? What can ITF do to prevent its athletes having similar pitfalls in the future? All that, plus transparency, TUEs, and more.

Reading material referenced in this episode:
  • The initial ITF decision against Sharapova
  • The CAS decision overturning the ITF decision and reducing ban from 24 to 15 months.
  • Ben's interview with Sharapova in the New York Times
  • ESPN's Outside the Lines report critical of tennis anti-doping systems.


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Tags: tennis · sports · maria sharapova · doping