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AIRmail 6-3-24: Unbound – Positives and Negatives; Growing Sports Content but Declining Sports Journalism; Impact of U.S. NIL Rules on European Sport; New Ideas for Development of U.S. Cycling

AIRmail 5-28-24: Pogačar’s “Double” Looking More Likely; The Giro’s Best Stage; Is Amateurism Dead; An Idea for Industry Woes; WADA Stumbles Toward Olympics; Red Bull Cycling Sponsorships

AIRmail Special Issue: How to Make Pro Cycling More Competitive

AIRmail 5-20-24: More on Budget Caps; And More Questions about Race Commentating; the Real Costs of the WADA Crisis; On-Going Sponsorship Concerns; U.S. Nationals …

AIRmail 5-13-24: Pog’s Main Rival is the UCI; Continuing Dismantlement of Amateur Athletics; Can Road Racing Only Thrive in Europe? Should Team Principals Moonlight as Commentators?

AIRmail 5-7-24: Giro Starts, Vuelta Femenina Wraps; Significance of the EPL Salary Cap Talks; WADA’s Crisis Continues; New Drugs – Old Objectives? The Future of U.S. Road Racing

AIRmail 4-29-24: Is Men’s Cycling Becoming Boring? And What To Do About It; Industry Turmoil Continues; WADA’s Latest Scandal Hits New Low; Question re Red Bull Sponsorship; Rodriguez Take Romandie

AIRmail 4-23-24: Pogačar Dominates L-B-L; More Solo Attacks; Women’s Cycling is More Exciting than Men’s; WADA Faces a Credibility Crisis; UCI Already Diluting the Power of SafeR Initiative; Will “Spulu” Happen

AIRmail 4-16-24: Race Safety Concerns; NCL to “Pause” Operations; Prize Money for Olympic Athletes; New Doping Positives; Redlands Events; Women’s Basketball … and Cycling?

AIRmail 4-8-24: Is Van der Poel the Greatest One-Day Racer? Basque Country Crash Alters Competitive Outlook for the Year; Lappartient on Crashes; Concerns Re Rwanda Worlds; Zeeman Departs …

AIRmail 4-2-24: Alpecin Dominating the Classics; As Talent Concentrates in a Handful of Teams, More Discussion on Budget Caps; Olympic Question Marks; Vollering’s Contract …

AIRmail 3-27-24: Race Tactics Still Alive and Well; Is Pogačar Really That Unbeatable? Joe Martin Race “Postponed;” Trek Right-Sizing; What’s Next for Sports Illustrated? Another View on Lefevere ..

AIRmail 3-20-24: Are Race Tactics Becoming Outdated? Should M-SR Be Shortened? Grumpy Old Man Pays Price; Bike Industry’s Continuing Woes; Saudi Investment Interest … in Other Sports; Peter Sagan

AIRmail 3-11-24: Uncertainty Around New Sports Streaming Service; Lessons from F1; Cycling Tourism Opportunities; More Races Being Shortened; Bizarre Spanish Doping Story: The Outer Line Partners with Wielerflits …

AIRmail 3-4-24: Whither One Cycling? The Role of EY; Early Attacks and Long Solo Wins; Amateurism Fading into the Past? UCI Flexing Muscles on the Calendar; The New USOPC Report …

AIRmail 2-26-24: Visma and UAE Look Even More Dominant; Where is Sports Streaming Headed? Off-Season Race Acquisitions; More on the Media; Doping: Good News and Bad News

AIRmail 2-20-24: The New Debate: Does Cycling Really Need Fixing? ASO Weighs in on One Cycling; Collapse at Andalucia; Crisis at SafeSport; How Long Can Cycling Depend on Free Infrastructure Usage?

AIRmail 2-13-24: Conflicting Events, But Exciting Racing; Good Week for the U.S.; Victory for “Student Athletes;” Bad Week for Doping …; Challenges at Zwift …

AIRmail 2-6-24: More Saudi Investment Rumors; Implications of Valieva Ruling; the “Enhanced Games;” What to Expect from Red Bull; Good Weekend for the Americans …

AIRmail Special Issue: “One Cycling”- and the Path to Real Change

AIRmail 1-29-23: U.S. Bike Racers – Low Quantity but High Quality; Star Rider Salaries; Red Bull May Have a Conflict; Bike Commuting; Lessons From Basketball and Baseball

AIRmail 1-22-23: TDU Not a Beacon for the Season; Media – Go Big (or Small) or Go Home; the Patron Model; Red Bull Rumors are Just That; Amateur Athlete Lawsuits – What Does It Mean for Cycling?

AIRmail 1-15-23: WT Season Underway Again; Bike Industry Looks Bleak for 2024; Perspectives for Cycling Media; Teams Already Targeting Visma; Does Cycling Need Stronger Rider Transfer Controls?

AIRmail 1-8-23: Red Bull Jumps In; Season Kicks Off in Australia … For Now; Women’s Cycling Isn’t Keeping Pace With Other Sports? Strava Yearend Report; New Spanish Anti-Doping Inquiry; MvdP’s Cross Season …

AIRmail 12-30-23: The Impact of “Unchained;” New UCI Budget and Salary Data Leaked; Stiff Challenges Ahead for the Bike Industry; Cheating in Sports; The Future for Ineos? Fallout from Uijtdebroeks Affair …

AIRmail 12-18-23: New and Improved Points System; Pogačar to Giro Shakes Up 2024 Calendar; MAX to Stream RCS Races in U.S.; Lessons from College Football; Will Gambling Help Sustain Sports?

AIRmail 12-11-23: The End of Multidisciplinary Racers? Scandal at Sports Illustrated; the Uijtdebroeks Mess – What Does it Mean for Long-Term Contracts? More Changes at Ineos; Ketones…

AIRmail 12-4-23: Pro Tennis Looks at Major Reforms … Why Not Cycling? Celebrity Ownership Models; Lappartient Puts Forth France’s Bid for 2030 Winter Games; More on Van Aert 2024; NASCAR Strikes it Rich

AIRmail 11-27-23: What is CAS? The Situation at Ineos; Doping Update, and Lessons; Continuing Industry Struggles; Inaugural Las Vegas Formula 1 Race

AIRmail 11-20-23: GCN Shuts Down: What’s Next? Lappartient Warms to Reforms; More Speculation on Van Aert; Things Get Ugly at Israel-Premier Tech; Troubles in U.K. Cycling; Justice for Moriah Wilson

AIRmail 11-13-23: Van Aert to Giro? The Cycling Media Can Do Better; Luke Plapp Transfer; CX Kicks Off with Controversy; Banner Year for Women’s Sports; The Future of Gravel Racing …

AIRmail 11-6-23: Saudi Arabia’s Sports Investment Strategy; Does It Include Cycling? Economic Benefits of the Giro; Salary Caps in Eurocentric Sports; Baseball’s Playoff Format

AIRmail 10-30-23: Vingegaard Wins Velo d’Or; Another Cycling Reform Project Gets the Rumors Going; What is EY Up to In Pro Cycling? Quintana Returns; Looking Back at the Glasgow Worlds…

AIRmail Special Issue: Who Ruled the Peloton in 2023?

AIRmail 10-23-23: Repercussions from Merger Mania; Who is the Best Team? Lack of TV Coverage Hinders Women’s Racing; Wiggle/CRC in Financial Trouble; More on Sustainability; Sport’s Most Marketable Athletes

AIRmail 10-17-23: All is Well at Jumbo-Visma; Progress Towards Broader Cycling Goals; Importance of Development Squads; Off-Loading Top Riders, Social Media Rankings at the Vuelta; IOC Questions

AIRmail 10-9-23: Merger Mania Much Ado About Nothing; Serious Questions Raised; Coverage of the Gravel Worlds; Glasgow Losses; New Doping Positives

AIRmail 10-3-23: A Crazy Week in Pro Cycling, and an “Unthinkable” Merger; The Costs of Historic Success; Roglic to Move On; Saudi Arabia’s Designs on International Sport; Leadership Styles in Sports

AIRmail 9-25-23: Final Thoughts on the Vuelta; How to Create a Winning Environment; Cycling Mega-“Merger” – Good or Bad? The Crit Situation; New Joint Agreement for the Riders; Challenges in Women’s Cycling

AIRmail 9-18-23: Jumbo-Visma Manages to Overcome “Adversity;” Did the Media Influence Vuelta Outcome? What is Really Happening at NCL? New Life for the UCI Points Ranking?

AIRmail 9-11-23: Jumbo-Visma Sets a High Bar; But How Will the Team Race in Week 3? Cable TV and the Impact on Sports; AVV’s Legacy; Gravel and Alternative Racing; The Future for Women’s Sports

AIRmail 9-5-23: Kuss is First American to Lead a Grand Tour in Ten Years; Poor Organization Continues at Vuelta; Lotto-Dstny Drama; Shortfalls in TV Coverage; Recent Doping Cases

AIRmail 8-28-23: Disastrous Start to Vuelta; Rwanda Worlds in Question? How Much Difference Did “Unchained” Make? Maryland Classic Set for Second Running; Younger and Younger Riders

AIRmail 8-21-23: Crowded Race Calendar; Freeman Case Finally Wraps – With Lessons for the Future; Confusing Team Developments; SBT Gravel; Will Apple Buy ESPN, and What Could It Mean for Cycling?

AIRmail 8-14-23: Worlds Wrap Up, With Economics Uncertain; Sportswashing Hits the Mainstream Media; Do More Dollars Create More Competitive Success? Sports Content Increasingly Driving Media Survival Strategies

AIRmail 8-7-23: Scottish Festival of Cycling Marred By Protest; Bronny James Event a Warning? Lappartient Threatens Britain; NCL Developments; Women’s Cycling Shouldn’t Be Modeled After Men’s

AIRmail 7-31-23: Vollering and SDWorx Dominate TdFF; Evenepoel Grabs Third San Sebastian, Initial Tour TV Reports; Delayed Punishments; In the Broadcast Booth; The Joy of RAGBRAI

AIRmail 7-24-23: Men Finish, as the Women Start; Is Vingegaard Being Unfairly Questioned? New Films; New Agent Group Forms; Is Remco Moving, or What?

AIRmail 7-17-23: Dead Heat in the Tour; Tough Times in Sports Media; Ideas from the NBA and MLB; UCI Reverses Transgender Policy, Troubles at Israel-Premier Tech

AIRmail 7-10-23: As Tour Comes into Focus in France, AVV Takes Another Giro Donne in Italy; Controversy in the AIGCP; Saudi Money Keeps on Flowing, Basketball’s New CBA, and Netflix Season 2

AIRmail 7-3-23: As Baseball and Golf Reinvent Themselves, Why Not Cycling? Tour Kicks Off With a Different Feel; Lappartient’s New Job; The Safety of Women’s Racing …

AIRmail 6-27-23: National Championships; Developments in Sports TV Rights; Sponsorship Woes; Froome Misses Tour; Flanders and Tour de Suisse Combine

AIRmail 6-20-23: “Unchained” Spawns a New Cottage Industry; Tour Preparation Races Wind Down; UCI Points Change Impact? Lessons from Global Basketball and Women’s Soccer …

AIRmail 6-13-23: Big News From the Worlds of Golf and Soccer; Where Will Saudi Arabia Invest Next? TdF Hints From the Dauphiné; Safety and Women’s Racing

AIRmail 6-6-23: Unbound Still Evolving; Does Lappartient Really Need Another Job? Confusion in Transgender Guidelines; Joe Martin Race Illustrates Challenges; Bentonville is “Bike City” …

AIRmail 5-31-23: Roglič Expunges His Demons; Cavendish Is Still Here; Impact of the New UCI Points System; SDWorx’ Incredible Season; New UCI Equipment Rules …

AIRmail 5-23-23: Boring Racing to Continue; Why All the Calls to Cancel the Giro? Juvenile Twitter Battles Overshadow the Race, Mo Wilson Trial Delayed; Cycling Media Shuffles …

AIRmail 5-16-23: Giro Gets Crazy; How Many Riders Have COVID? UCI Outburst Over Helicopters; Sports Salaries; Sustainability Update

AIRmail 5-9-23: Giro Controversies Start Early On; An Exciting Vuelta Femenina; Women’s Sports and TV Rights; Safety in Gravel Racing; UCI to Allow Russian Athletes

AIRmail 5-2-23: Young Riders Shine at Romandie; Unchained Docudrama Drops Promo; U.S. Racing Gets Another Crit Series; Triathlon’s Doping Wake-up Call

AIRmail 4-25-23: Evenepoel Dominant at Liege; Sea Otter Shows Growth; Changing Landscape of Sponsorship; Saudi Sports Investments Spur Change

AIRmail 4-18-23: Pogačar Wins Again; “Big Six” Dominance Leading to Renewed Calls for Salary Cap; U.S. Racing Underway; Scarcity Value in Sports

AIRmail 4-11-23: Big 6 Continues to Dominate; Is Women’s Cycling More Exciting Than Men’s? Challenges of Cycling TV; “Category Doping” at Paralympics; Transgender Sports Controversy Continues

AIRmail 4-4-23: The End of Specialization? Is Sports Media By-Passing Cycling? A Major Bankruptcy; NCL Kicks Off; A Push to Promote E-Bikes

AIRmail 3-27-23: The “Golden Age” – Good or Bad? Controversy Around Gifting Races; WBC Highlights the Power of Sport; Hansen Elected CPA Prez; Change, Risk and Opportunity in Sport

AIRmail 3-20-23: A Long MSR Reveals Top 2023 Riders; Faulkner Controversy; FIFA’s Sponsorship Gaffe; Cycling to Cure Depression? Anrooij Takes Trofeo Alfredo Binda

AIRmail 3-13-23: Competing WT Stage Races; Collaboration on the Horizon Between ASO and RCS? Netflix Sports; Lessons From Women’s Tennis; Conflicts of Interest in Sport; Lefevere Mouths Off Yet Again …

AIRmail 3-6-23: Sport and Surveillance Technology; New TTT Format; Olympic Corruption Stories Continue; Continuing Cycling Media Carnage; UCI V.P. Cleared of Doping Charges; UHC Continues Sponsorship of Maryland Race

AIRmail 2-28-23: The Classics Get Underway; Tracking Sports Media Content; LIV Updates; NILs and Cycling; Caffeine and Cycling; Money Continues to Pour Into Sports

AIRmail 2-21-23: An Exciting Way to Decide Dead Heats; Remembering Major Taylor; The Volatile Value of Sports Rights; Can Sports Fans Save America?

AIRmail 2-14-23: Middle East Racing; Improved Concussion Protocols; Is Ticket Revenue That Important? The Russia Question; The B&B Hotels Collapse

AIRmail 2-6-23: Titans Face Off at CX Worlds; Tough Times for Media; Safety in the News Again; Transgender Sport Controversy Continues; Who is the Trendiest Sports Federation?

AIRmail 1-30-23: Early season racing spans the globe; new bellwethers for women’s cycling; new approaches for talent identification; continuing controversy around Russia in sports

AIRmail 1-23-23: WorldTour Racing Back in Business; New Red Bull Talent Program; Saudi Arabia Continues Buying Spree; Future Trends in Sports and Technology

AIRmail 1-17-23: Sports Media Values Soar; A New President for the CPA; New Approaches for Women’s Sport; More Saudi Sport Buys; On-Going Cavendish Soap Opera

AIRmail 1-9-23: Van Aert’s Domination Continues; Legacy of the Qatar World Cup; Quintana, Lopez Out of WT; Colbrelli Switches Jobs; Triathlon Group Raises Money; NCL Announces 2023 Teams

AIRmail 1-2-23 Sports a Centralizing Force in ’22; The Potential of Women’s Cycling; UCI Finally Makes Some Changes; Exciting Cyclocross Season a Boon

AIRmail 12-19-22 The Power and Joy of Sports, Team Jumbo-Visma – A Model for the Sport

AIRmail 12-12-22 The State of Sports Sponsorship

AIRmail 12-5-22 Sponsorship Migrates Toward Geopolitical – Rather Than Commercial – Goals & Selective Outrage Around Qatar World Cup Quickly Fades

AIRmail 11-28-22 The Crypto Collapse: Impact on Sport, Cycling as Financially Stable as Ever?

AIRmail 11-21-22 A Busy “Off-Season” – with Cyclocross and Track Racing

AIRmail 11-14-22 Companies Doing Good in Sport

AIRmail 11-7-22-Cheating in Sports? Greenwashing – Good or Bad? What’s Up with the B&B Hotels Team?

AIRmail 10-31-22 A Climb-Heavy Tour 2023 Course, Continuing Evidence of the Boom in Women’s Sports & Sportswashing as “Soft” Political Power

AIRmail 10-24-22 A Bad Week for Anti-Doping; World Cup Looms, Sportswashing Booms

AIRmail 10-17-22 Women’s Rider of the Year No Surprise; Season Ends with a Whimper, TRU Ups the Ante, and Big Transfer Questions Remain

AIRmail 10-10-22   Who Was 2022’s Best Rider? Gravel Worlds, More UCI Missteps

AIRmail 10-3-22 Same Old, Same Old as Season Winds to an End

AIRmail 9-26-22 Worlds Wrap Up, While UCI Stubs Its Toe

AIRmail 9-19-22 The Moriah Wilson Saga; Cycling’s Situation vis-a-vis Tennis, Golf

AIRmail 9-12-22 Strange Developments Across Cycling

AIRmail 9-5-22 Vuelta Still Up in the Air, A Continuing Morass of Problems with the Points System

AIRmail 8-29-22 Youth Takes Over at Vuelta, On-Going Problems With Relegation/Promotion System

AIRmail 8-22-22 New Events Popping Up Everywhere, Who’s the Best Rider For the Buck?

AIRmail 8-15-22 How to Improve the UCI Points System, Scandinavian Racing, LIV-PGA Battle Continues

AIRmail 8-8-22 The TdFF – After the Honeymoon; Transfers, and the Relegation Battle

AIRmail 8-1-22 A Turning Point for Women’s Cycling, TeamTrak Racing to Start Next Year

AIRmail 7-25-22 The Men Finish and the Women Start, Questionable Results from the UCI, the Example of Golf

AIRmail 7-18-22 Hot and Furious Action at the Tour, and a Fizzled Raid?

AIRmail 7-11-22 Interesting Tour Tactics, the Giro Donne, and On-Going Changes in the Cycling Media

AIRmail 7-4-22   New Information about ASO … and What Does the UCI Have Up Its Sleeve?

AIRmail 6-30-22 Cycling’s Financial Scale vis-a-vis Ongoing Investments in Sport

AIRmail 6-20-22 Dollars are Flooding into Sports – Why Isn’t Cycling Getting Any of Them?

AIRmail 6-6-22 Debate Around Russian Athletes Boils Over

AIRmail 5-30-22 As a Dull Giro Wraps Up, Bikes Hit the Mainstream Media

AIRmail 5-23-22 Girmay Opens the Door for African Cyclists