26 March 2020, by: Carl Lewis

10 Sports Videos That Go Beyond the Field of Play

There is so much more to sport than what happens on the field; fans, finances and a whole lot of other things are key components in the makeup of professional sport.

In this list, we picked out videos that go beyond the field and has far-reaching impacts. The list is educational and entertaining.


Why France produces the most World Cup players

France has had the most native players and coaches in the last 4 World Cups… and their dominance has been on the rise. Players like Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba are the children of immigrants and the product of the French soccer academy system. French- born players have played for Togo, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Argentina, Portugal, and many more.

To truly understand the international conflicts and trends shaping our world you need a big-picture view. Video journalist Sam Ellis uses maps to tell these stories and chart their effects on foreign policy.

The Controversy Behind Nike’s Vaporfly Running Shoe, Explained

Nike’s Vaporfly shoes have become a popular choice for both elite and amateur runners. But the shoes may soon be banned in professional competitions if World Athletics, the world governing body of track and field, decides they offer an unfair advantage.

A Century In The Making: Temba Bavuma

Although South Africans have played cricket in townships for generations, no player of colour was eligible to represent the ‘Proteas’ national team during the apartheid era. In December of 2014, 5’2” Temba Bavuma became the nation’s first ever black African batsman, and later completed the incredible journey that started in the Langa Township of Cape Town and reached Newlands Stadium where the hometown hero recorded a test century for the Proteas.

The NCAA: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

The NCAA doesn’t pay athletes because they consider them amateurs. The NCAA considers them amateurs because they don’t get paid.

Cricket Corruption | Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj

On the latest episode of Patriot Act, Hasan takes a look at the history and politics behind one of the biggest sports in the world: cricket. With billions of fans scheduled to tune into the upcoming 2019 Cricket World Cup, Hasan examines how the game has evolved from a sport of British colonizers into a tool of diplomacy and a force for good despite recent scandals and corruption. Hasan also explores how cricket has especially grown in India due in part to the creation of the IPL, a flashy professional cricket league founded by the infamous Lalit Modi, and how that expansion has unfortunately come at the expense of the growth of cricket in other countries.

Why the Tour de France is so brutal

It’s all about the climbs in this brilliant Vox video on the iconic bike race.

How Red Bull took over my football club – the Energy Drink Empire

Red Bull don’t just make energy drinks and sponsor crazy extreme sports. They also run a global football empire spread across three continents. DW reporter and New York football fan Dave Braneck visits Red Bull’s teams in NY and Leipzig to see what that means for fans and the sport itself.

F1’s flawed financial model explained

Formula 1 has revealed its blueprint for major changes in 2021, but those well-intentioned plans could all fall flat if it fails to fix the way it distributes prize money among the teams. The current contracts between F1 and the teams were agreed with Bernie Ecclestone, at a time when he needed to do whatever it took to get long-term commitments from the main players. The result was a disproportionate amount of money being paid out to the most important teams, which has created an imbalance that now plays out on the track. This video explains how the current system works, and it’s pretty clear to see why it needs to change

Football Bubble: The Crash of ITV Digital

What can be learnt from the crash ITV Digital and its effect on football clubs? Primarily, that bidding for sports rights can be particularly risky if overvalued. Perhaps more ominously, ITV Digital’s crash demonstrated the interdependence between the sport and media industries. If one falls, the other will face serious repercussions.

Fiji's golden fairytale: Rugby's greatest story?

CNN’s Alex Thomas and rugby coach Ben Ryan reflect on the documentary of Fiji’s Olympic success. The team’s new coach Gareth Baber also talks to World Rugby.

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