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Cricket- The DRS System

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2013 by jackpinnock

DRS, known as the Decision Review System, is a technology based system used to review controversial decisions made by on-field umpires in the subsequent scenario of the batsman being dismissed. There are two main components of the DRS system. Firstly, there is Hawk Eye, which is ball tracking technology that plots the trajectory of a bowling delivery that has been interrupted by the batsman, and it will also determine whether the ball would consequently hit the stumps or not. The second component to the Decision Review System is Hot Spot, which is an infra-red camera devise which shows where the ball has been in contact with the pad or bat.

However, the DRS system is not in place for all international matches, and it has made many international nations rather angry that it is not a mandatory tool. Firstly, in the rules and regulations, is the decision of the international boards whether or not to include the DRS system and not the International Cricket Council (ICC). Secondly, with the use of the DRS system, there is no real need for the umpires, as video technology alone can determine the correct decision of a piece of controversial incident that has happened in a Test match.

One nation that is rather sceptical about the DRS system’s accuracy is top ranked nation in the ICC rankings, India. England have a four day tour of India coming up and are not to pleased with India, because of the exclusion of the DRS system. The Indian board feel that the Hawk Eye and Hot Spot technology is not up to professional and is sometimes inaccurate. However, from my perspective, I think that this excuse is rather pathetic, as most nations are in favour of this technology. Furthermore, I truly believe that many other sports, like Football, can learn from this and introduce technology, especially Hawk Eye into their respective sports.

However, without the technology, broadcasters still use it for their productions so that viewers can see the contentious decisions made by the umpires without the technology, and maybe, this could be classed as acceptable. There is one fundamental reason why broadcasters take advantage of the umpires not using it, entertainment. Cricket, and all other sports, is a perfect platform for controversy, and for broadcasters to use this in there productions create many talking points and drama. This increases the viewing stats, and therefore, more people watch more one day internationals.

On the basis of all of these points, the question beckons, should the DRS system be used in all competitions? From my perspective, I think it should, solely because it creates a level playing field, and with the game of Cricket being surrounded by match fixing, I think that the last thing that Cricket needs is more controversy on and off the field.


Darts in the Olympics?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 9, 2013 by jackpinnock

16 time world champion, Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor said that he would be chuffed to bits to see Darts in the Olympics, after his 7-4 victory against Dutchman, Michael Van Gerwen in the PDC world championships. However, is he right?

Despite the announcement that there will be an investment of £508 million until 2016, unfortunatly there will be funding cuts to some key Olympic sports including Handball and Volleyball which may not feature British participation in Rio De Janeiro for 2016.

With the success of the 2012 games in London in all areas of the track and field, the question lies with is there room for Darts to compete in the Olympics?

You have to say that it is more popular than many Olympic sports, and there are now sports that are being questioned for being categorized as Olympic sport such as Football and Dressage.

Former British Olympic Association Director, Sir Clive Woodward took to Twitter to say “Darts is definatly an Olympic sport. Look at the fans, TV coverage, audience and real skill under pressure.” Taylor said “You’d have a good atmosphere, it’d be exciting to watch.”

Based on these comments made by people who have extensive knowledge in the sporting legacy, I would definatly agree that Darts could become an Olympic sport, and maybe should be considered for Rio de Janeiro in 2016.



The Future of F1?

Posted in Formula One with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 9, 2013 by jackpinnock

As a dramatic new season concluded, and with 26 year old Sebastien Vettel equaling fellow German great Michael Schumacher’s record in winning three straight world championships, it begs the question to me, what is the future of F1?

Well, from my perspective it all comes down to one crucial element that is now absolutly critical in almost every Sport, money, money and more money!

You can now safely say that the driving days of Sir Jackie Stewart, Sterling Moss, Alain Prost and of course Ayrton Senna are now extinct, when all that was avaiable to them was an acceleration pedal and a steering wheel!

In today’s world, there are too many components in order for Mr. Ecclestone to pocket a few millions, but is it destroying the love of racing?

Sponsorship, adveristisement, endorsements, technology, prize money, all of these are now high priority in the world of Formula 1, and all of these are also linked to the most expensive sport in the world, Football.

And with the recent movements of Lewis Hamilton controversially leaving McClaren to join forces with Nico Rosberg at Mercedes and young Mexican, Sergio Perez replacing Hamilton to partner Jenson Button at McClaren, drivers are changing teams quicker than footballers are.

So, the most fundamental question that needs to be answered is why has Formula 1 become more of a business venture than an exciting and enternaining sport to watch?

What does community mean in Football today?

Posted in Football, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on December 4, 2012 by jackpinnock

In this document, I will thoroughly describe and evaluate several fundamental aspects on the importance of the community of Football today. The importance of the crowd as an individual, the expression of a football club as a community, the idea of the corporate fan, supporting your club as the urban working class, and the importance of the well renowned, Sky Television, are just some of the pivotal areas that need to be explained in great detail. Nevertheless, the most important question is, what role to each of these factors have for helping the community from the perspective of football?

Firstly, the importance of a fan from an individual perspective is fundamental for the club they support. The average football fan is critical for any football club because on a consistent weekly basis, they pay a staggering amount of money over the course of the year to watch their team through thick and thin. However, another query to this argument is do clubs appreciate their fans enough? From the 1980’s people were willing to pay over the odds to watch their much favoured team, and most importantly, enjoy their experience. However, in this present time, to go to an ordinary game, about £150 is spent to watch a 90 minute game. The most worrying factor is though; this staggering figure is not dwindling, and will keep rising for many years. Nevertheless, you cannot comprehend how much passion and commitment is shown by the fans in order for their team to strive forward.

Secondly, to give supporters the sense of reward, football clubs tend to involve themselves in community projects to help raise awareness. However, is a football club an expression of a community? Charity events, help with grassroots, and local visits to local institutions are just some of the activities both players and members of club staff get involved with. This is so the club can give something back to the urban working class who follow the club. But to say that a football club is an expression of a community is something that needs to be questioned. I agree, players and staff of every club across the football league and premier league all contribute to community work, but not on a regular basis, and I feel that prioritising can be improved for each club. Football is more of a business than a sport, and this is where the community is out of its depth and cannot compete with the wealth of football.

Thirdly, community is vital in the footballing world, however, no one seems to acknowledge that stadiums and arenas play a huge factor, which begs the question, were all seater stadiums bound to become cooperate?. During, what is called, ‘the Thatcher years’, the Luton Riot, the Heisel tragedy, and most notable, Hillsborough, all tragically happened in the 1980’s, which the rise of football hooliganism. During this period, terraces were the main attraction for fans to stand out and create a euphoria of noise on their home turf. Unfortunately, this caused major unrest between rival fans, and some matches spiralled out of control. This is where clubs saw a gap in the market, and create a so called business class experience by creating the cooperate box for the upper class customer. This was also the opportunity to eliminate most of the football hooligans from grounds, as it will be impossible for them to afford a box seat. After witnessing such horrific scenes, I think it was inevitable that terraces would be banished from stadiums and more money would be charged.

As a result of the business class customer to football matches, I think that the urban working class were trying to be deliberately excluded from football matches. This might not be because of the vile behaviour from some supporters, but the business and upper class was becoming a much more profitable market. It is remarkable how the game has changed, from the late 1800’s-even late 1900’s, you were considered scum if you followed football, especially during Margaret Thatcher’s reign. In this present day, the business class customer is looking far more attractive, and it’s almost as though the urban working class is being demolished. With this in mind, this is not the perfect solution on the community in football today.

Finally, as the urban class were gradually being forgotten, Sky Television exploited a great opportunity in bringing community back into football, and making it a more profitable market. In 1992, the formation of the Premier League was introduced, and Sky, who were only a small satellite broadcasting company at the time, introduced live matches to the nation. Football pundits, commentators, and television presenters became a worldwide phenomenon, and while winning back the footballing passion of the working class, also made football the most profitable sport in the world.

Overall, through the crowd as an individual perspective, football clubs on their involvement in the community, seated stadiums to cater for everyone, the working class football fan, and the emergence of Sky television, I feel that in this day and age, the community in football is still with us today, but I also feel that improvements and prioritising could be implemented into the football community.