Saturday, August 4, 2018

Slow Saturday Special: Braying Crickets

"You think Boston fans are sports mad? In India, more than 8m people watched a cricket match — on their phones" by Hiawatha Bray Globe Staff  May 25, 2018

Except for fans of the TV series “Downton Abbey,” folks in the US probably don’t know much about the sport of cricket.

Well, know this: A cricket match just became the most-watched live video event in Internet history. So says Akamai Technologies Inc., the digital content delivery company in Cambridge whose global network delivered the broadcast to users of the streaming service Hotstar in India.

Hard as it may be to believe for fans of the Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins and Celtics, cricket attracts the truly sports mad. The game is huge in many former British colonies, especially India.....

I'm told “it’s a religion, and the stars are treated like gods” -- as long as you are a citizen.