If you have seen the video above, you may be shocked by the brawl just right happened during a basketball match. The so-called “bench-clearing brawl” erupted during an exhibition game between the Hoyas and the Bayi Rockets, a China Basketball Association (CBA) team, in Beijing on Aug 18. The brawl turned the goodwill trip of Geogetown’s basketball team, which was a 10-day trip to China to be an athletic, cultural and educational exchange designed to promote the school internationally, into embarrassing circumstances. More than that, the Chinese Media coverage even has been scrubbed away on the Internet. For example, the search for the key words such as “Georgetown”, “Bayi Rockets”, and “Bayi basketball” revealed no results in weibo-search for some period after the brawl. The videos uploaded to Chinese video-sharing websites were quickly deleted as well.
Unlike Chinese Media coverage, SB nation, a sports network, focused on the fight with continuous updating the articles, images and videos and the main title is “Geogetown Basketball Brawl in China: Hoyas, Bayi Rockets Fight during Heated Exhibition”. Under the main title, articles from the network’s authors were collected to track the violence. They quoted the fans on the ground and recorded both sides’ response including the fans’ comments in the internet. Readers can easily have a thorough understanding of the ugly brawl.
Via the news story, I found the sbnation.com was an interesting sports website. According to its description, SB Nation is a collection of over 300 individual communities, each offering high quality year-round coverage and conversation led by fans who are passionate about their favorite teams, leagues or sports. And it is also the largest and fastest-growing network of fan-centric online sports communities. People track the current sports affairs and share their ideas in the perspective of sports lovers. If you are tired of the traditional sports coverage, the creative network would be a good place to offer you fresh information.