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US, Swiss target top soccer officials in corruption probe

ZURICH (AP) — The U.S. government launched an attack on what it called deep-seated and brazen corruption in soccer's global governing body Wednesday, pulling FIFA executives out of a luxury Swiss hotel to face racketeering charges and raiding regional offices in Miami.

Swiss officials also invaded …

North American Soccer

FIFA rules out revotes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups

Inside the MLS, USL partnership and how it aims to accelerate youth development

In the midst of more big-name foreign signings in Major League Soccer, the players that teams hope will define the league’s future toil in much …

Youth Development

Seattle Mariners Cutting Down On Energy costs with LED Lighting

Fans visiting the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field this season may notice a difference in the stadium’s lighting.

The Mariners have made their stadium …

Major League Baseball

Baseball is dying ... again

This following headline appeared on a Wall Street Journal article two days ago: "Why Children Are Abandoning Baseball," with a sobering subhead that reads "Major League Baseball is strong, but the casual young player is vanishing, threatening the sport's future."

Brian Costa's report is billed as …

Baseball

Seahawks fans are crowdsourcing money to keep Russell Wilson in Seattle

Super Bowl champion Russell Wilson started last season as the third highest-paid quarterback on his own team as he was unable to renegotiate his rookie contract until after his third season in the league. Now that Wilson can finally cash in on his accomplishments, reports surfaced last week that …

Seattle Seahawks

The world's most marketable athlete is ...

David Beckham recently celebrated his 40th birthday, which prompted much discussion about the legacy and longevity of "Brand Becks." Ten years ago, Beckham was arguably at the height of his career, playing for Real Madrid's "Galacticos." But now he is reportedly earning more in his retirement than …

David Beckham

The Indianapolis 500 Is Stuck In Neutral

Before President Richard Nixon drilled some sense into the National Football League its owners believed blacking out games in the home team’s market would increase ticket demand at the stadium. The owners quickly learned that more content on television did not hurt ticket demand. People loved the …

Indianapolis Colts

From the Quotable Mouths of the Memphis Grizzlies, Straight to Ad-Libbed T-Shirts

MEMPHIS — The Western Conference semifinal series between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Golden State Warriors was heating up last week when Tony Allen, the Grizzlies’ hyperkinetic guard, stripped the Warriors’ Klay Thompson of his dribble. In celebration, Allen slapped the court and shouted, for …

Shirts

Ever wondered how professional boxing’s scoring system works?

By Matt Rogers published on 01 May 2015

The subjective nature of judging professional boxing bouts has resulted in many disputed decisions1 leading to …

Boxing

Cavs driving the NBA playoffs ratings engine

By Ken Fang

Just like when LeBron James was with the Miami Heat, his new/old team the Cleveland Cavaliers are proving to be a ratings draw in the NBA …

NBA

How match fixers can cripple a sport's economic future

Football match-fixing hit the headlines again last month when former Premier League and international player Delroy Facey was jailed for two and a half years.

Ex-West Brom and Grenada striker Facey was found guilty of conspiring to bribe non-league players.

But football is not alone - cricket, …

North American Soccer

Dodgers, 49ers show that more technology isn't always better

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ON APRIL 13, the Dodgers beat the Mariners 6-5. The game was an extra-inning thriller, but 70 percent of Los Angeles couldn't watch it on TV: Because of a pricing dispute between cable providers, Dodgers games have …

Los Angeles Dodgers

Increasing Added Value Exclusives In Sports Sales

Movie theaters and sports franchises may use added value exclusives in order to draw customer product purchases, but they do so at entirely different …

Fat or fit? These 'obese' athletes are proud of their extra pounds

For a brief 10-minute spell at LA's Staples Center earlier this month, one imposing NBA player got busy throwing his weight around -- literally.

The man known as "Big Baby" -- all 206 centimeters and 131 kilograms of him -- contorted his body to sink improbable layups, dive for loose balls, rebound, …

Sports Science

The 25 Most Powerful People in Sports Media

How does one define power in sports media? It isn’t the size of your Twitter following, the amount of money you make, the number of awards you’ve won

Sports Blogs

The flexibility of sanctions under the 2015 WADA Code

By Nicholas Goodfellow published on 01 May 2015

Tribunals are now freed to do justice…”1

The 2015 World Anti-Doping Code2 (2015 Code) is more flexible …

International Relations

How The Chicago Fire Are Using Social Media To Leverage The City's Storied Sports History

The Chicago Fire harnessed the force on May the Fourth this year with a Star Wars inspired Vine. The six second clip was looped just short of a …

Social Media

Major college football attendance drops to worst average since 2003

The top tier of college football teams had their worst average attendance this past season since the NCAA began compiling Division I-A -- now FBS -- averages in 2003.

Average attendance at games in 2014 was 44,603 fans, a drop of 2.3 percent, or more than 1,000 fans per game from the previous season.

College Sports

Armour: Tom Brady, Patriots get what they deserve from NFL

The NFL came down hard on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, and rightfully so.

Cheating, no matter how silly or minor it seems, compromises the integrity of the game. If you can't trust the game or the people playing it, it makes the sport a farce.

Yes, suspending Brady four games and docking …

NFL

Senator wants answers on paid military salutes at games

A U.S. senator wants the Department of Defense and National Guard to explain what he calls a "troubling" marketing and promotional relationship with professional baseball, football, hockey and basketball teams, after a news report detailed payments made by the military in exchange for patriotic …

Jeff Flake

Wembley stadium to introduce new technology for fans

The new contactless payment system at the stadium will allow users to skip the queues and order a half-time hot dog from the comfort of their own …

Mobile Technology

Tom Brady Suspension Should Lead Union To Fight Against NFL's Overreaching Power

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was officially suspended four games by the National Football League for his alleged role in the entire Deflategate scandal.

For the NFL, this is an unparalleled suspension of the league’s golden boy.

For the Patriots, it puts the defending champs behind the …

NFL

Thriving clubs and fervent fans: could Florida become the US's soccer capital?

Landon Donovan talks about “a paradigm shift” in US soccer. MLS commissioner Don Garber speaks of “strategic expansion.” But in Florida, they just yell “Golazo!”

Actually, the Sunshine State’s perception of the great soccer proselytisation of America is far more complex than a single cry of …

Soccer

Fifa to introduce racism monitors as part of buildup to 2018 World Cup

Fifa is to announce a new system of match observers to monitor incidents of racism and discrimination at World Cup qualifiers in the buildup to the 2018 tournament in Russia.

The observers will be trained to spot incidents of discrimination and report them to Fifa, which can then impose disciplinary …

Racism

Joe Theismann: Tom Brady's reputation will take a hit

Does the four-game suspension of four-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady fit the alleged crime?

Last week's Ted Wells report accused the New England Patriots quarterback of more probably than not conspiring with two team assistants to deflate footballs in violation of the league's competitive …

Tom Brady

Technology, data and digital drives the sports agenda once again

Having attended last week’s Sports Pro Live event, once again the whole digital and technology debate remained high on the agenda as sports …

Sports Science

ANZ Stadium loses out under plan to build new sports stadiums at Moore Park and Parramatta

SYDNEY’S Olympic arena ANZ Stadium will lose out under a confidential plan to spend up to $1.3 billion building new state-of-the-art sports stadiums

Australia

Britain's sport industry hitting top form

Across football, rugby and cycling, economic activity around sport is growing

Supporting over 450,000 jobs in the UK, sport has become over the last five years a £20bn industry in the UK but experts believe this is just the beginning as more money flows into the fast growing sector.

World-class …

United Kingdom

When Minor League Teams Folds, Community Support Is KeyTicketing Today

When minor league teams fold, the league is responsible for limiting the negative impact on the community. If there are sponsorship deals and season …

Minor League Baseball