Three-on-Three Basketball Is Now an Olympic Sport

Photo illustration by Joe Trinacria.

The International Olympic Committee announced on Friday that men’s and women’s three-on-three basketball has been added to the 2020 Summer games along with 14 other new events that will debut in Tokyo.

Tournaments for both men and women will consist of eight teams, each of which will presumably have to go through some sort of international qualifier to make it to Japan. It’s unclear if countries will be permitted to have multiple squads or just one.

Games last ten minutes and are played half-court with a 12-second shot clock. There’s no timeouts, no quarters and no halftime. The game was part of the Youth Olympic program in 2010 and 2014. Read more »

Comcast’s NBC to Broadcast 2018 Olympics Live Across All Time Zones

Todd Lodwick in Nordic combined. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

Todd Lodwick in Nordic combined. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

Comcast’s NBC is finally putting an end to the dreaded time delay in Olympics coverage. This week the network announced that it will broadcast all of its 2018 Winter Olympics coverage live across all time zones.

The new coast-to-coast live coverage will be the network’s attempt to give all viewers instant access to the games before social media has the chance to spoil results for viewers. The new strategy might also help the network reinvigorate viewership and bolster Olympic ratings. Read more »

So, Is Olympic Silver Medalist Nia Ali From Philly or Jersey?

Nia Ali after placing second in the women's 100m hurdles final in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Estadio Olimpico Joao Havelange.

Nia Ali after placing second in the women’s 100m hurdles final in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Estadio Olimpico Joao Havelange.

Last night, Nia Ali took the silver medal in an all-American sweep of the women’s 100-meter hurdles. Brianna Rollins won gold, and Kristi Castlin took bronze. It was the first time three U.S. women had swept any Olympic track event.

But where is Nia Ali from? Various sources have her from Norristown (Wikipedia), Philadelphia ( or Pleasantville, New Jersey (The Press of Atlantic City). To make things more confusing, Ali’s USA Track and Field bio says she graduated in 2006 from West Catholic High School, while other sources note she’s a graduate of Pleasantville High School.

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Comcast Will Have All the Olympics You Could Possibly Ever Need — And Then Some

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts | Photo courtesy Comcast

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts | Photo courtesy Comcast

Remember the Olympics? The world’s social and political climate may have shadowed this summer’s grand sporting event, but the games are still happening in less than two weeks. About 207 countries and 10,500 athletes are expected to participate, and Comcast says it will capture it all. The company has been working all along to bring fans a viewing experience of the future, they say.

For the Olympic enthusiasts out there, Comcast and NBCUniversal will record every single event and have a projected 6,775 hours of Olympic content available, including live, on demand and online streaming content.

If you sat down to watch that content straight through, you’d be at it for 250 days.

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Montco Teen Reece Whitley Wins ‘SportsKid of the Year’ Award


We are still 249 days away from the next Summer Olympics. But we already know which local athlete Philadelphians will be rooting to make it to Rio next August: Penn Charter swimmer Reece Whitley.

Whitley is just 15, and a sophomore at the school. He’s also 6-foot-8, has won a junior national championship and holds five individual national age-group records in the pool. He’s qualified for the Olympic trials in June. For this and for his “talent, humility, and willingness to mentor younger athletes in his sport,” Whitley was named the Sports Illustrated for Kids SportsKid of the Year today.

Last December, Michael Bradley wrote about Whitley for Philadelphia magazine. “I think his potential is unlimited,” Kathryn Scheuer, director of aquatics at Upper Dublin Aquatic Club, said at the time. “The best thing he has going for him is his joy for the sport. That’s going to feed his desire to get better and to work to achieve his goals.” Read more »

Penn Charter’s Reece Whitley May Be America’s Next Olympic Star

Whitley (with Coach Keelan) is fast enough to qualify for the 2016 Olympic trials. Photograph by Jared Castaldi

Whitley (with Coach Keelan) is fast enough to qualify for the 2016 Olympic trials. Photograph by Jared Castaldi

When the grueling pace of kindergarten life overwhelmed him, Reece Whitley would escape to the bathtub. Two hours of soaking soothed his tired mind and prepared him for another tough day of coloring and story time. Even if the water cooled or his skin pruned, Whitley stayed in. “I just liked the feel of the water,” he says.

Whitley still loves the life aquatic, although those restorative soaks have been replaced by punishing swimming workouts. The Penn Charter freshman is one of the hottest young swimmers in the nation, owning a stack of age-group records and already posting fast enough times in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke to qualify him for the 2016 U.S. Olympic trials in Omaha. At this past summer’s Junior (18-and-under) National Championships, 14-year-old Whitley finished third in the 200 and won the 100-meter “B” final.

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Johnny Weir Shot Secret Gay Film at Sochi Winter Olympics

Apparently Olympic skater—and Quarryville, Pennsylvania native—Johnny Weir was doing more than moderating for NBC (and Instagramming his outlandish outfits) at this year’s Sochi Winter Olympics. Amid all the flack he took for being there in the first place, Weir was covertly working with a film crew to document what it was like being gay at the games.

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Nutter and Comcast Are Olympic Quitters

I love Philadelphia, but I guess it’s not a world-class city after all.

The worst part is that it wasn’t a New York Sports fan, a national magazine list, or a hack comedian who made me face that fact, but our own city leaders. That’s what stings the most about the news.

Mayor Michael Nutter, Comcast Executive David L. Cohen, et al, confirmed our standing when they announced that the city was withdrawing from the bidding process to host the 2024 Olympics. So we are not even going to try because we can’t compete with the big boy cities. Sigh.

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