It’s time to remove all umpiring technology from sport

You hate the breaks in play that come with video technology in sport. But what if we got rid of it altogether?

The Spinoff Hot Take Advent Calendar: December 24

Every day in the lead-up to Christmas, open the door to reveal a Spinoff writer’s short, sizzling commentary on a weighty subject. Our arbitrary and strictly enforced word limit: 365. …

Stop investing so much in rowing and give that money to basketball

New Zealand currently invests in Olympic medals when it should be investing in viable careers for our athletes, argues Madeleine Chapman.

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The Spinoff Hot Take Advent Calendar: December 15

Every day in the lead-up to Christmas, open the door to reveal a Spinoff writer’s short, sizzling commentary on a weighty subject. Our arbitrary and strictly enforced word limit: 365. Today: Simon Day on why cricket is the best sport in the world (and rugby sucks).

Schools portray rugby player poaching as a win-win. But do students really benefit?

This win at all costs culture isn’t new in secondary schools rugby isn't new – schools have been recruiting talent in return for “opportunity” and “a better education” for over a decade.

When a chief dies: the Aaron Hopa story

When Gordonton's Aaron Hopa died in a tragic diving accident off Whangamatā on December 8, 1998, he left a legacy shaped by rugby, whānau, and aroha. Ben Stanley tells the story of the greatest All Black you never knew.

NZ’s biggest question for 2019: Who will commentate the rugby world cup?

Who are the runners and riders to call Beaudy’s World Cup winning drop goal in Japan, asks Jamie Wall 

Shaun Johnson, the NRL nearly-man undone by Warriors dysfunction

Shaun Johnson burst into the NRL as the presumptive saviour of the ever-woeful Warriors, but his moments of transcendent brilliance were increasingly few and far between. And now he's been cut loose.

Referees talk for 80 minutes a match. Then, silence.

Regardless on where you stand on the Owen Farrell Incident, the last 72 hours demonstrate one thing: rugby union revels in confusing its own fans.

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #74: Watching lawn bowls

There's a new game in town and it's bloody good fun to watch. Madeleine Chapman reviews Bowls3Five at New Lynn Bowling Club.

Do the White Ferns have a chance at the Cricket World Cup?

Short answer? No. Long answer? Well, maybe.

The legend of Dr Z lives on at Soldier Field this weekend

The death of famed sports pundit Dr Z adds extra motivation for six of the USA Eagles as they prepare to take on the Māori All Blacks on Sunday.

The Black Caps begin their march to World Cup triumph, definitely, maybe

Assessing the chances of cricketing glory as the side begins its season in the United Arab Emirates.

A free rugby final in a classic match-up. It’s a risky move. Over to you, Aucklanders

A domestic rugby final at NZ's most famous ground, and it's free to all. This could be the start of something, writes Scott Stevenson

The rarest piece of NZ sporting merchandise? A Black Ferns jersey

It's literally impossible to buy Black Ferns merchandise. Madeleine Chapman still tried, and got very angry in the process.