The Major League Baseball season begins Saturday, but it maybe just diehards watching the opening game live from Sydney, Australia. It starts at 1 AM Pacific Time. The L.A. Dodgers play the and Arizona Diamondbacks. And then our, beer and peanuts may be for some - I don't know, caffeine might be better for others. The National League rivals are playing a two-game Opening Series down under.
NPR's Tom Goldman reports on baseball's latest attempt to win over international hearts and minds.
Social media allows the NFL, NASCAR and other pro sports leagues to hear from fans in real time. And that feedback has become so important, leagues have built what are essentially social media command centers to monitor trends and engage directly with fans.
Fans of Formula One racing love the roar of the engines.
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MONTAGNE: But this year's F1 cars are hybrids and that familiar roar has been reduced to a purr.
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MONTAGNE: Australia's Grand Prix organizers are not loving the quiet. They say fans aren't getting what they paid for. One official described the new engines - hmmph, like harpsichords in a chamber orchestra.
The odds are that somebody in your office or shop is trying to get you to toss a few bucks into the pool and fill out the brackets for this year's NCAA men's basketball tournament, which gets underway tonight. Fans of the women's championship might also be after you.