Racing pigeon sells for $1.9 million. What is pigeon racing?

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An employee of Pipa, a Belgian auction house for racing pigeons, shows a two-year old female pigeon named New Kim after an auction in Knesselare, Belgium, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. A pigeon racing fan has paid a world record 1.6 million euros for the Belgian-bred bird, New Kim, in the once-quaint sport that seemed destined for near extinction only a few years back, people pay big money for the right bird. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Pigeon racing enthusiast Matt Wiesbrock joins Erik Runge (filling-in for Steve Bertrand) on Chicago’s Afternoon News to explain exactly what pigeon racing is, and why the sport is so popular overseas.

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