AFL: Crackdown on troubling issues needs to step up a gear

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Sportsbet logo (sourced from Google Images)

It does not matter whether it is to do with racism, betting, or ensuring player welfare.  The AFL has been standing in shadows for too long, poking at straws in an effort to either eradicate or limit the impact of these issues.

Today’s game is absolutely saturated with live in game odds, posters plastered on shop fronts (and on social media) and almost anywhere you can think of.  Prime Minister Julia Gillard yesterday announced that the advertisement of betting odds would be prohibited doing the broadcast of live sports matches – a big step in the right direction. Continue reading

Cricket: DRS proving to be a pain in review

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Bails knocked off-now the dismissals are being checked

Technology in cricket has become more and more prominent. So much so that it seems it comes into play far too often.

So where to draw the line on technology, in particular the Decision Review System (DRS).  A hot topic not just in the recent test series against South Africa, but has also demanded controversy ever since it was introduced.

If you break down into its essential elements – the no-ball check, hot spot, hawk-eye and sometimes snicko – all your pieces are there.  For the most part, the system works well.  However, there has been a string of controversies and issues surrounding the DRS use. Continue reading