The Rim On this Indoor Basketball Hoop Shrinks To Test Your Skills

Backyard Sports started as a series of video games where players could challenge kid-versions of pro athletes in less-than-professional venues. It disappeared for a while, but the brand has recently been reborn as a series of mobile games that now work alongside real-life sports equipment to reward players for the… » 2/05/15 8:18pm 2/05/15 8:18pm

Specially-Developed Plastic Runners Let This Sled Slide On Sand

It might not provide the same technical challenge as skiing or snowboarding, but it's hard to argue that sledding isn't one of the best ways to take advantage of the winter. But what about those other snow-free seasons? Wouldn't it be fun to sled all year round? Of course it would, so Germany's KHW has developed the… » 1/30/15 11:49am 1/30/15 11:49am

Here's the surprisingly old school way that an NFL football is made

Super Bowl Sunday is only a few days away and all anyone really wants to talk about is deflated footballs. We don't care about any of that. We just like to see how things get made. Here's a NY Times video that shows you the inside of a Wilson Football Factory. They get sewed together, flipped inside out, stitched,… » 1/29/15 12:34am 1/29/15 12:34am

Eggs Shaped Like Golf Balls Mean It's Finally OK To Play With Your Food

Playing with your food is a real no-no when you're a kid. But once you're old enough to head off to college, it suddenly becomes OK—at least if Animal House taught us anything. And OK or not, it's all but impossible to resist playing around with a boiled egg that's been molded into the shape of soccer, tennis, and… » 1/28/15 5:00pm 1/28/15 5:00pm

The Many Play Areas Nestled Into New York's Metropolis

New York is an epicenter of commerce and culture. But even busy Manhattanites need recreation to sooth their nerves. Luckily, NYC has no shortage of parks, fields, and courts for sporting types. Franck Bohbot's series of cityscapes documenting these various sites scattered throughout the metropolis are an ode to our… » 1/23/15 1:25pm 1/23/15 1:25pm

Garmin's Slim vívoactive Bridges Smartwatches and Fitness Trackers

At one time we all carried separate cellphones and MP3 players because there just wasn't a single device that did both well—and then the iPhone arrived. The same problem exists between fitness trackers and smartwatches. Neither does the other one's job particularly well, but it doesn't have to be that way. At least… » 1/05/15 8:00am 1/05/15 8:00am

Qatar Pays Migrant Workers $1 an Hour To Be Fake Sports Fans

The life of most migrant workers in Qatar is bleak—so bleak, it's a human rights violation. The latest report from Doha reveals a new twist in the sad story. When they're not toiling away at building stadiums for the 2022 World Cup, many workers are being paid impossibly small wages to be fake sports fans. It doesn't… » 12/17/14 10:52am 12/17/14 10:52am

You Will Never Want To Bounce These Stunning Leather Basketballs

Most of us don't mind playing with a basketball made from synthetic materials because they're just going to get all scuffed up on the court, and they're cheap. That being said, there are always those who prefer the finer things in life, and for them a game of hoops is only enjoyable when played with a ball made from… » 12/16/14 3:59pm 12/16/14 3:59pm

A Football With Wings Lets You Throw Farther Than an NFL Quarterback

The ultimate football fantasy involves throwing a last second Hail Mary pass into the endzone that ends up winning the Super Bowl. Such a fantasy usually requires you to have an NFL-caliber throwing arm, but the winged Raptor Football promises to give quarterback-like capabilities to almost anyone. Now we just need it… » 12/11/14 9:37am 12/11/14 9:37am

The world's oldest basketball court has iron poles in the middle of it

Basketball is famously an all-American sport (invented by a Canadian). But thanks to an odd twist of fate and the YMCA, the world's oldest surviving basketball court is actually in France. Tucked away in a neighborhood of Paris, the handsome facility has parquet floors and iron pillars running down the middle of it.… » 11/20/14 1:07pm 11/20/14 1:07pm