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Sporticos Gives a New Dimention to Sports Contents

There are myriad football/soccer websites available on the web that have traditionally covered the sport for a long time now. This coverage generally consists of match previews, line ups, match coverage, match reports and ratings. They are a go-to hub for most football fans on the internet.

While most of these sites are generally good in conveying the information related to the most followed game on the planet, a new website, Sporticos.com, has decided to spice up the method of football coverage. Sporticos gives a detailed explanation of matches through the medium of infographics.

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Infographics, the short form of “information graphics,” is a visual representation of information, data or knowledge. Infographics help to explain the information quickly and effectively in comparison to traditional mediums like podcasts or commentary. This is because infographics can improve the cognitive ability utilizing graphics to enhance the human brain to interpret patterns and trends faster than other sources of information.

The best thing about Sporticos is their variety. They offer visual information on 60 different leagues across the world. Sporticos presents visual information on the result history of the two teams playing, their key players, goals scored per match, league standings, goals conceded per match, the information about the stadium, predicted score, and match odds. They even provide information on the weather conditions of the match day and suggest the type of clothing you should wear if you’re planning to visit the stadium.

The staff of Sporticos also remains busy during the match. They update visual information on goal scorers, substitutions, and cards conceded. Sporticos also does a head-to-head comparison in the social media influence of the two playing teams.

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The cool thing about Sporticos is that they allow the visitors to download these football infographics totally free of cost. You can upvote the infographics if you like it, and downvote if you don’t. You can suggest the corrections if you find something wrong with the data being presented.

If this new approach to sports journalism pleases football fanatics is yet to be known, but the omens certainly look good for Sporticos.

Sporticos is starting to get a lot of attention in social media and a loyal fanbase who want something different from sports sites. If they can keep this momentum going, they can attract a bigger audience who simply want to know about what’s going on in the sport, and not about a larger spectrum of politics surrounding the game.

There are already plenty of high domain authority sites related to sports niche on the market and as a startup, it is very difficult for Sporticos to stamp their authority, but if they stick true to their content, they can steadily build their own loyal audience, as they are a different breed in the crowd of sports journalism.

Swimming Technology

The sporting world is often plagued by the question, who is really responsible for the win, is it solely the athlete or could technology be influencing the result?

Swimshop.co.uk decided to look into this question, taking examples from three major racing sports: Men’s 100m Freestyle Swimming, Men’s 100m sprint running, and indoor cycling. It is fascinating to look at the progression of Men’s 100m Freestyle World Record against the progresses in technology throughout the years. For example, when we look at the records around the time of 1936, we see a significant improvement – this is because the tumble turn was invented, slicing seconds off World Record times.

The main controversy in the swimming world centered around the outrageous times achieved by athletes in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Speedo invented the LZR Racer swimsuit, made of PU it increased buoyancy, aerodynamics and compression allowing professional athletes to improve their times by up to 2%!

Amazingly, 89% of all swimming medals were won by athletes wearing the Speedo LZR Racer, even more amazingly, 94% of all swimming gold medals were won by those wearing the LZR!

Later, in 2009 at the World Championships, athletes managed to break 93 world records whilst wearing the new suit. As a consequence, FINA (Fédération Internationale de Natation) the swimming governing body, banned all swimsuits made from PU.

They maintained that ‘swimming is a sport essentially based on the physical performance of the athlete’, in their opinion the suits were changing the fundamental nature of swimming and therefore could not be part of the sport. Swimming should be about the athlete’s ability and the race should be on a level playing field, giving every athlete the same opportunity to achieve his best.

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Courtesy of swimshop.co.uk