February Roundup: Current Topics Affecting Game Officials and Athletes

Whether it’s a rules change, a new way to get sports news or something closer to home, there’s always something to talk about in the world of sports. Here are some of the latest stories we thought our readers would love. Click on any link to learn more.

USGA announces major change to playoff format for U.S. Open championships

The United States Golf Association solicited opinions from players, fans, volunteers and others before it decided to make changes to its aggregate playoff format. It will be switching to a new two-hole system for the Open championships. This is a change from an 18-hole aggregate playoff in the event of a tie after 72 holes, most recently used in the U.S. Open. The change allows players to recover from a single mistake, but remain memorable and dramatic for everyone.

Three sportswriters launch subscription D.C. sports site

If you’re a fan of the Caps, Nats, Redskins or Wizards, you’re in luck. Former Washington Times enterprise writer Todd Dybas and longtime local sports reporters Brian McNally and Ben Standig have come together to launch the Sports Capital, a text and podcast subscription site focusing on Washington D.C. sports coverage, analysis and explanation. They have ambitious plans for their launch, including an interview with John Thompson III and a sit-down with Nats manager Dave Martinez. See what else they have in store by following the link.

CBS will let you watch sports news — but not live games — with its new free streaming service

CBS will launch CBS Sports HQ, a free streaming service that gives viewers live news and reporting, game previews, highlights, analysis, projections and statistics. It does not include the pro and college games on CBS’ main channel, but still gives viewers a way to access the stories they want to see.

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