“Garbage time” is what happens in a blowout game when teams send in their second-string players. It’s also the name of former YouTube vlogger Katie Nolan’s weekly sports and pop-culture comedy show, which premiered in early 2015 and airs on cable channel Fox Sports 1. Though Garbage Time With Katie Nolan is shot in a closet-size New York studio, it’s gained outsize attention thanks to the outspoken Nolan, who’s the only woman to solo-host a national sports opinion show. advertisement advertisement Fast Company: Garbage Time breaks the format of traditional sports programming. Instead of doing commentary or news, you’re asking NFL star Odell Beckham Jr. to do dramatic readings from Mad Men or ranking the staleness of hockey-stadium pretzels. How did you develop that approach? Katie Nolan: We are a new show, and some weeks it’s not as much about who we want [to book as a guest], but who we can get. Maybe it’s not LeBron … [Read more...] about Thanks To Garbage Time’s Katie Nolan, Sexism In Sports Gets Some Overdue Trash Talk
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In an episode of his HBO show, The Shop, Lebron James shared that he often wakes up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat, tormented by the question “How did I end up here?” He wonders why he and three of his childhood friends were successful while four of their other friends are now all dead. The head nods of his guests all signaled that this question—why some of us make it while others do not—was one they had asked themselves, too. advertisement advertisement A few years earlier, another NBA superstar offered his own answer. In his 2014 MVP acceptance speech, Kevin Durant spent almost 30 minutes recounting, person by person, those who had helped him along the way and more specifically, how they had helped. From the small gesture of a teammate who left an encouraging note in his locker to the protection and inspiration provided by his single mom, who he famously designated “the Real MVP.” The question of what we attribute our … [Read more...] about 10 minutes reflecting on who helped you succeed can transform your idea of the meritocracy
Superhuman athlete, comedic actor, and $500-million brand LeBron James is now a typeface. So are Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant. Working with the London-based design firm Sawdust, Nike has created fonts for some of the most popular basketball players. Eye-roll inducing? Certainly. It’s also smart—if used the right way. advertisement advertisement Composed of Jonathan Quainton and Rob Gonzalez, Sawdust has carved a niche in the bespoke typeface business mostly working with editorial clients. They met while studying graphic design at Oxford and after working separately as freelancers and at agencies in Denmark and London, the two banded together to open their own studio in 2006. (You might recognize their identity for Fast Company‘s Innovation Festival and Innovation by Design Awards.) Nike Basketball has worked with Sawdust on and off for years to create logos for its players, like Maya Moore and Blake Griffin. And while a logo is the norm for marketing … [Read more...] about Typefaces For Pro Basketball Players: Gimmick or Genius?