Freakonomics: The Private Regulation of Roller Derby Names
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Freakonomics: The Private Regulation of Roller Derby Names  (Source)

Trademarks are so significant in our economy that many firms and individuals register any mark they think may prove valuable.  Warner Bros. has trademarked dozens of uses of the term “Quidditch” (the magical flying sport from Harry Potter), including “Quidditch lingerie.” The producers of The Simpsons have trademarked Homer’s familiar “D’oh!” Paris Hilton has trademarked “That’s hot!” And a few women have trademarked the names they use when they play roller derby – which is having a major comeback in cities all over the nation.
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Roller Derby Over 40
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Roller Derby Over 40: Age Not An Issue For These Tough Derby Ladies (PHOTOS)
From the Huffington Post--31 photos in a slide show
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Slow Packs and Backwards Skating
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Game Changer

Slow packs? Backward skating? A new style of roller derby from the west has traditionally dominant teams—like the Windy City Rollers All-Stars—scrambling to catch up.

Article is from the Chicago Reader.
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Ebony and Ivory
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This post from Derby Helper discusses a recent face-painting incident during the Western Regionals.  Was it racism or team spirit?

Ebony and Ivory


Here are images of the face paint in question.

Care and Maintenance
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I don't know about you guys, but my pads stink right now. I looked up this article about cleaning pads (and mouthguards, etc.) and thought I'd share:

Promise of Derby: Care & Maintenance
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How to watch the regionals at work
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From Derby Helper:

How to Watch Regionals at Work - Ninja Edition

As much as we all love roller derby, we grudgingly have to admit that eating and paying rent are just barely more important. That's why as much as we all want to be watching every minute of every bout during the WFTDA regionals, we will spend every Friday being the best worker bees we can, focusing on our work and being thankful to have a fulfilling job working for such an attractive and successful boss.

Skating To An Arena Near You: Men's Roller Derby
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From NPR:

Skating To An Arena Near You: Men's Roller Derby

In the world of roller derby, women rule. There are more than 400 women's teams in the U.S. alone, with thousands of skaters. Now, men are getting into the game. About 30 men's teams have sprung up in the past few years, and some of those men will go to great lengths to play.

Read the rest here, or listen to the broadcast

New York Times Article
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From the New York Times:

Aggression on Wheels, With Bruises as Badges

But when the whistle blows, these nurses, publishers and lawyers are tireless and unapologetic, adeptly swerving, ducking and crashing into one another as well as into the walls and audience. You could call the Gotham Girls a sort of fearless, tattooed sorority. And I wanted to rush.

Rest is here

Roller derby dispute led to Ala. bombings
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A Mobile, Alabama woman whose roommate was kicked off a women’s roller derby team sought vengeance by setting off a pipe bomb at the skating rink and trying to set fire to a team member’s home, federal investigators testified last week.

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Another article here

Derby News Network Power Rankings
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The Derby News Network's Power Rankings are out. Gotham, Oly, and and Rocky Mountain are the top three. The full list is here.
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