• How College Football Playoff expansion will affect realignment, job security and the future of the sport
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    How College Football Playoff expansion will affect realignment, job security and the future of the sport

    The College Football Playoff CEOs took control. As they should. As they hadn’t to this point. In this case, the presidents and chancellors who run the game were upset with their own conference commissioners who had let the expansion process devolve into petty, territorial infighting. There was plenty of money available in the CFP, just not enough opportunity. Lots of folks talked about the nation’s second-most popular sport shrinking into regional play. The SEC has won 12 of the last 16 national championships. It sucked in the Big 12’s two best teams (Texas and Oklahoma) in what became a movement about movement. The Big Ten followed, snagging USC and UCLA…

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  • Beijing mulls ban on paddle boarding, kayaking in downtown waterways out of security concerns
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    Beijing mulls ban on paddle boarding, kayaking in downtown waterways out of security concerns

    A man paddles on the Liangma River in Beijing on August 6, 2022. Photo: IC ¬†Beijing is mulling to stop water sports including the recently very popular paddle boarding and kayaking in some inner-city waterways out of safety considerations, banning wild swimming and ice skating in high-risk lakes, rivers and reservoirs. Beijing’s water management-related departments have asked for public opinions on a new list of areas where water-related activities are restricted.¬† According to the list, residents will be forbidden to engage in water sports including paddle boarding, kayaking, rubber boating and powerboating in waterways that have sightseeing boats within Beijing’s Fifth Ring Road area and within the Beijing Municipal Administrative…

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