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

Cinco de Mayweather: Preview to the Previews


Ha llegado el Cinco de Mayo, an annual holiday that for me means a hard morning workout followed by diet-destroying gluttony at places like La Mexicana or Tacos el Asador. Days like this I treat the menu like Williams treated the escorts in Enter the Dragon. Waitress: Sir, would you like the pulled pork soft tacos … Continue reading

Marketing Manny, Marquez and Mayweather


The great thing about covering business in my 9-to-5 is that it allows me to capitalize on the knowledge and contacts I’d accumulated in five years as a sportswriter, and write about sports for what it really is for a lot of us. Big Business. Really big. If you don’t believe me ask Manny Pacquiao, … Continue reading

Sept. 25, 2010: Boxers duke it out for North American title — and small-town bragging rights


Orangeville is a small town with a big love for boxing, and on a Saturday in September natives Buzz Grant and Logan McGuinness squared off for their hometown’s unofficial crown. Sept. 25, 2010 Morgan Campbell Sports Reporter After 18 months of trash talk, the big rivals from the small town stood nose to nose at … Continue reading

Sept. 3, 2010: Local boy Joey Votto makes good — very good


“Definitely next year people will know (Joey Votto),” says Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder. “He’s always been good, but now he’s brought his game to a different level. To be at the level he’s at, he’s going to get recognized.”

July 14, 2010: Brothers in Baseball Destiny


For the remainder of infield practice they stood at shortstop, arms folded, smiling in the fading sunlight. Two boys becoming men, united, separated then thrown back together by their big-league dreams.

“In some ways it’s easier to live without seeing your family,” Iglesias said of his separation from Hechavarria….

May 2, 2010: Chasing his dream a lonely pursuit for Chapman


Cuban pitching phenom Aroldis Chapman confronts both batters and the reality that he may never see his family again May 2, 2010 Morgan Campbell, Sports Reporter BUFFALO, N.Y.—Baseball’s the easy part for Aroldis Chapman. The Cuban pitching prodigy has dominated stateside batters, totalling 22 strikeouts against just 14 hits in his first 21 innings with … Continue reading

April 17, 2010: Jays’ prospect Hechavarria faces plenty of hurdles


Fellow Cuban big leaguers caution Jays’ signee to learn English and the value of a dollar. April 17, 2010 Morgan Campbell Sports Reporter Three days after Cuban shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria arrived in Dunedin, Fla., to finalize his contract with the Blue Jays, he took a short trip to St. Petersburg with his agent, Bart Hernandez, … Continue reading

Jan. 13, 2010: Video Fighting Words, Episode 5


We visit the Cabbagetown gym to discuss Brock Lesnar’s health and Sugar Shane Mosley’s claim to the pound for pound crown. Click here to see more.

Jan. 6, 2010: Video — Fighting Words, Episode 4


More on the the greatest fight that never happened, plus the latest from the UFC. Click here.

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