- Story about basketball
The first basket used in basketball was a peach basket and the backboard was a wire mesh.
The diameter of a basketball is half the diameter of the basket.
The two tallest athletes ever to compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA for short) are Manute Bol (Sudanese) and Gheorghe Muresan (Italian), both are 2.31m tall.
- The volleyball ball is taken from the gut of a basketball ball
When William G. Morgan invented the first volleyball in 1895, he tried using basketball in it but found it too heavy. He then decided to use only the elastic rubber inside the ball.
- Chess and the unexpected number of checkpoints
From the opening position, there are 8 different ways to check just in 2 moves and 355 different ways to check just in 3 moves. Also, one more interesting piece of information: the word “Checkmate” meaning Checkmate in chess is derived from the Arabic phrase “Shah Mat”, which means “king of the dead.
- A turkey dish in bowling?
The term ‘Strike’ is used when you toss all 10 pins on the first throw, the player will be awarded 10 points, plus a bonus score equal to the number of points gained on the next frame with 2 throws. 2 Strike results in a row will be called “Double”, and 3 consecutive Strike results will be called “Turkey”.
If more Strike is thrown, the suffix “bagger” + the number of Strike hits will be used, eg, “four-bagger” (4 consecutive Strike) or “five-bagger” (5 consecutive Strike). With 6 Strike results in a row, one can be called “Six Pack” or “Wild Turkeys”. 9 Strike was called consecutively with the name “Golden Turkeys”.
You can be a sports enthusiast ready to spend the whole night with top-notch live matches, get a clue of all types of sports charts, completely confident of your own knowledge in the sport. certain, but the following unexpected facts can still make you completely “be taken aback”.
- The Olympic gold medal is actually mostly made of … silver
The gold medal at the 1912 Olympics was the last gold medal made purely with gold. The current gold medal is made from 93% silver, 6% copper, and only 1% (equivalent to 6 grams) of premium gold. However, at the 2012 Olympic Games, the organizers actively increased the golden ratio to … 400 grams. Each 2012 Olympic gold medal is worth approximately 1571 USD. It is known that if being made entirely of gold, it may cost up to … 20,000 USD.
- Have you heard the story of a magical swimsuit?
The current swimsuit has been produced completed perfectly to the point where the material’s speed of movement makes the swimwear even faster than the skin’s movement speed. The seamless swimsuit (stretching from the neck to the ankle) is therefore controversial because, since its introduction in 2000, the world swimming record has been continuously broken.
- The first person to play sports on the moon
Astronaut Alan Bartlett Shepard (1923 – 1998) was the first person to play golf on the moon because he secretly brought a golf ball and a golf club during the NASA Apollo 14 moon mission in 1971. Alan is the first American astronaut, the second astronaut of the world (after Youri Gagarin) and the fifth person to set foot on the Moon.
Solution for the conservation costs?
“Since there is no sport going on, we have to be more creative than usual. Sharks are totally a suitable animal for this, they follow the same migration route, so you can make a deal on where they are going to, but don’t know when they will get there.” Strauss added.
Being famous for the sharp teeth and huge size (adults can weigh more than 1 ton), white sharks are special species that migrate over long distances. They can swim thousands of miles to reach the waters zone which provides abundant food supply and more mates. But there’s so much information about this species that people still don’t fully understand, and Ocearch’s mission is to fill that gap.
Since its inception in 2007, the organization has attached positioning devices to more than 100 white sharks, and every time the shark emerges from the surface, the device will transmit signals to researchers.
Melissa Cristina Marquez, a shark scientist, believes that organizing betting on them like MyBookie could be a new way to draw the public’s attention to this animal.
Other experts also said that if MyBookie donates money to researchers – who work in areas that need financial support – then betting will have a positive impact on the scientific community.
Mr. Strauss said he intended to have MyBookie provide financial support to Ocearch, although he did not think that betting on sharks would be very profitable for his company.
“We do not expect to make millions from this,” Mr. Strauss added.
Meanwhile, Mr. Fischer, the head of Ocearch, said that it would take more time for his organization to evaluate whether the cooperation with MyBookie would be beneficial, both for the organization and the animals that Ocearch is doing. to protect.
Even if the two sides can’t work together, Mr. Fischer thinks the idea of betting on sharks is “very interesting”.
It was not until he read an article in Forbes about this did Mr. Fischer break down and asked the bookmaker to stop organizing betting on sharks.
Mr. Fischer emphasized that, although he believed that MyBookie had made a mistake this time, he did not dare to claim that betting and conservation – which are seemingly unrelated to each other – would not be cooperated in the future.
“At first, I thought, we can’t do science and bet at the same time. But this is a new way of thinking. And if you are a thorough thinker, you will ask yourself: ‘How to execute this transparently, “said Mr. Fischer
This is not the first time did wildlife become the subject of gambling. In 2015, the famous British bookmaker William Hill used to team up with the UK ornithology fund to hold a betting deal with 17 cuckoo birds during the spring migration. As part of the event, the house offered £ 1,000 for raising fund and a William Hill spokesman said the purpose of the competition was to raise awareness about the cuckoo birds.
Another bookmaker also organized a bet based on the journey of a leather back turtle from Costa Rica to the Galapagos Islands in 2007, according to David Strauss, the leader of MyBookie.
Solution for conservation costs?
Since most sports are delayed, Mr. Strauss was inspired by events in 2007 and 2015 to hold new interesting betting deals for his customers.
Being interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, many bookmakers have come up with different, unique ways to attract customers, such as betting on the speed of shark migration.
On the 17th of June, MyBookie, an American online bookmaker, invited customers to bet on nine white sharks on the purpose of predicting where they will migrate this summer.
Racing in the ocean
The company’s website displays odds ratios based on various aspects of the white shark migration journey. The data was taken from Ocearch, a non-profit organization that tracks the movement of white sharks – endangered species.
The interactive map on Ocearch’s website tracks every movements of sharks in real time as they are equipped with navigation devices. Players will rely on this data to bet, everything runs just like a virtual horse race, however, takes place in the ocean.
During this complicated condition of most sports tournaments in the US which are now postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the betting market has also been affected badly in recent months. Betting on sharks can give gamblers a new pastime out of boredom, and some conservationists question whether this will help improve the image of the white shark in people’s eyes or not.
Chris Fischer, the founder of Ocearch, said he didn’t know that the MyBookie bookmaker used his organization’s data to make bets.
It is often said that dogs are human’s best friends. And this competition is actually organized to fulfill the happiness of surfing vs pets lovers as surfing enthusiasts can now share their passion with their pets.
The dog surfing contest is an annual activity being held at major beaches in the United States such as Del Mar, Imperial in California and Jupiter Beach in Florida. This is considered to be the cutest sport, which quickly spreads and become a common sport throughout Australia.
The championship was divided into different categories according to the sizes and weights of the dogs, from super large, large, medium to small. Apart from the single combat, there is also double combat and competitions in teams for dogs. Before participating in the competition, they will be equipped with full life jackets.
Cheese rolling is one of the craziest and funniest competitions in the world. Contestants will chase after a round piece of cheese dropping from the top of a hill which 200 meters high, with a slope of 50%. At the end of the race, whoever catches the cheese will be the winner.
This competition is usually held on Cooper Hill in Gloucestershire, England on the occasion of the Spring Bank Holiday (the last Monday of May). One noteworthy information is that the velocity of the cheese can reach 112km per hour. Players will have to run as fast as possible to catch the cheese. Therefore a lot of accidents have happened during these races. In 2014, the organizers replaced the cheese with a sponge to make the “rolling downhill” safer. The prize for the winner is a piece of cheese weighing 3-4 kg.
The smartphone can now open the bookmaker website and watch live football while betting. This has made the British government very angry and frustrated.
Not a long time ago, the Football Association of England (FA) had to make an arrangement with the British government to talk about their application of betting app, Bet365 for specific directly on mobile phones through the website of this bookmaker.
This means anyone can play gamble and bet via their smartphones and deposit money via their cards to take part in various online bets anytime, anywhere.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesperson said: “The FA needs to take this under great consideration again.”
In 2017, when the FA cooperated with some bookmakers, they have spread and installed “apps” everywhere. This has been heavily criticized at that time.
During the recent arrangement, the FA had had to describe and give detailed information about how this system works in cooperation with other bookmakers to the British government and Parliament. Private Sports Minister Nigel Adams revealed that the British government was angry about this and offered the FA to find an alternative option. If it is necessary, the contracts between the FA and bookmakers will need to be invalidated beforehand.
Nigel Adams added that the FA will not be allowed to sign any new contracts after its six-year contract with the previous partner.
The British Government can not accept the live match being streamed on this bookmaker.
Minister Nigel Adams said: “Sports organizations are free to make a profit and find commercial partners for their products like television or social media partners. But the sports governing body must be strict to rules, especially, to fight against the bad crisis of betting.”
Competing for the winner of lying during the longest time, fighting against each other by pillows just like pijama party of hot chicks,… These below sports will definitely be some of the funniest and weirdest sports in the world.
The lazy version of Olympic
Just like its name, all the things that “athletes” need to do in this Olympic is to see who is the laziest one. You just need to lie down there and the one who has the most remarkable persistence will be the winner. This championship often takes place yearly in Montenegro (a nation locating near the Adriatic coast in the Northern Mediterranean.
And to adapt to the “lazy” inspirit of the tournament, its organization department does not run any advertisement or prepare for any prizes or rewards for the winner. It is obvious that they will not spend their efforts on writing down any rules of this Olympics.
If you do think that pillow fight is just the amusement of girls in pyjama party, then you should be wrong. Pillow fight is actually a competing sport which has appeared for more than 50 years in Sonoma County (now it is a county in California State, America).
The Player will sit on a steel pillar “suspended” in the middle of a mud pond and hit the opponent with a pillow so that the first one to fell into the mud will win. Apart from good health, many athletes take part in these competing sports will definitely need to know how to keep a good balance.
Loading wifes origins from Finland. This sport includes a man who carry a female on his shoulder – it is not compulsory for them to be already married and they have to pass all the obstacles along the race. If the man let his woman fell down to the ground, their total competing time will be added 5 seconds. The team which finishes the race under the shortest time will be the winner.
Frozing all sports tournaments of football, basketball, tennis, MMA,.. due to the outbreak of Covid-19 did not only cause the revenue loss to sports clubs but also other related business firms are affected.
Among all of them, the betting field is one of the most badly-affected field, which used to be considered legal in a lot of nations. According to BBC, the betting revenue in the East Africa has dropped up to 99%.
To settle this problem, many betting markets had to figure out alternative ways to earn a living. In Russia, many betting markets allowed bettors to play bet on events which are not relevant to sports, such as on the topic of when the pandemic-preventive vaccines will be produced. During this hard time, a lot of markets opted for a risky solution for bettors to play bet on rarely-hold plays, or even though they are just.. rehearsals.
This is a real story which took place in Sweden, when all the matches between amateur plays are still allowed, however behind the closed door. To be more specific, during the beginning of this week, this club has been playing for the top 7 tournament in Sweden, which is Skabersjo IF. The team has the rehearsal with Vastra Ingelstad IS.
Answering the Associated Press News (AP), the present of Skabersjo club – Mr. Mattias Andersson revealed that before the play, there had been a lot of people coming from Hungary, Denmark, England and several Asian countries making contact with their team with the viewing to asking for detailed information, such as the teams’ strategies.
After the match, Mr. Mattias thought that these people might belong to certain football betting markets. Mr. Mattias also revealed that the whole team had been given many threats in field of betting.
Since May, 2018 when the Supreme Court of the United States officially legalized sports betting, it has been a great kick for the sport betting field to create more new high-tech productions utilizing IT.
On nations in which the amount of money being rotated and spent on illegal sports betting was really huge, up to 150 billion USD per year like in America, the development of a betting app which can successfully make many people involved and bring back a large proportion of profit for various technology firms. Throughout the period of 4 years, WSC firm of Israel is a close business partner of NBA in applying new tech, namely AVGEN (Automatic Video Generator) to create plays’ highlight videos to summarise some remarkable moments of the basketball plays automatically, even after the official competing minutes of the plays.
These highlight videos provoke the amenities of basketball fans in particular and sports fans in gểnal in predicting new twists and possibility of the plays. It was the success of WSC Sports that generated the driving force for other “big name” of technology firms such as VSiN and Optimove to invest more money on online sports betting.
While betting on sports has undergone a quick development in the European nations for many years, America is considered to be the ”newbie” name after the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) was officially cancelled in 2018. This is also the reason why a lot of renowned betting brands in Europe has flocked into the North America to execute important business investment plans.
These high tech artificial intelligence have helped betting markets to identify exactly the marketing strategies to develop and penetrate into different customers segments based on personal habits, hobbies and trends.