All You People Look Alike: Jermain Defoe Edition


July 2007, I stood on the sideline of the main athletic field at Upper Canada College, watching Argentina’s national team practice for a semifinal match at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, a tournament that began and ended in Toronto. I was watching guys like Maxi Moralez and Sergio “Kun” Aguero do their thing, scribbling notes … Continue reading

The story behind #Sportonomics


Confession: In August 2011, the moment I learned I’d been traded from the Toronto Star’s sports department to its business team, I felt a twinge of anxiety over how I’d manage this task. More than a twinge, actually. I worried for a week about how I’d connect with an audience interested in finance and the economy … Continue reading

I took time off from writing — so I could Write


Yeah, it’s been a while but I’ve been busy writing — just not here. In May I enrolled in a creative nonfiction class at Ryerson University here in Toronto, and for eight weeks my work for that course consumed all the time and energy I had to devote to away-from-the-day-job writing. I guess I could … Continue reading

Quick Update: Mi Voz Latina


First of all, happy Martin Luther King Day. I’m in Canada but I treat it as a holiday, which means I’ll be relaxing with family, reflecting on Dr. King’s life and legacy and working on meaningful projects not related to the day job. But because it’s not a holiday north of the border, the hustle … Continue reading

2012 in review: By Morgan Campbell, By The Numbers


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 23,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 5 Film Festivals Click here to see the complete report.

Merry Christmas from By Morgan Campbell


The man behind the blog steps in front of the camera to send a holiday message… Thanks again for your support. The conversation will continue soon, so we’ll see you then. Follow Morgan Campbell on Twitter

NABJ 2012: Networking, Skill-building and Sexy Lady Repellent


Just a quick note to let my little community of friends and fans know I haven’t forgotten about you all. I was more active on the blog in early June and that was by design. I’ve been making a conscious effort to update this site more often and had no plans for even a short … Continue reading

My official Floyd Mayweather-Miguel Cotto preview page


Alternate title: #thePstandsfor Prodigal podcaster pontificating on pugilism. Because this week has brought out both the sports writer and business reporter in me as I’ve chased the biggest story on the sports business landscape — Floyd Mayweather’s title fight with Miguel Cotto Saturday night in Las Vegas. Despite the widespread perception that boxing is dying, … Continue reading

Floyd Mayweather, Miguel Cotto and the numbers that mislead


As we’ve discussed in the past, numbers never lie but they often obscure the truth. So next time you watch a boxing broadcast it might help to swallow the CompuBox statistics with a big pinch of salt. The guys counting punches can give a you a general idea of which shots are landing and which … Continue reading

The P Stands For “Panelist” — My speaking gigs this week


When I retired from All Balls Don’t Bounce active duty I told you guys I’d be busy, and honestly I’m probably getting less sleep these days than I was two month ago. Not that I mind it. I’m able to put a little more time and brainpower into the 9-to-5, which is great news for … Continue reading

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