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Why are naked women being used to sell sport?

A gloved hand reaches for a scantily-clad backside.

It could be an image from the hit television series "Mad Men," which documented the ribald world of advertising in 1960s America.

Except this is 2015 and "Who squeezes them in Harelbeke?" is the poster strapline for the elite E3 Harelbeke …

Gender

Sepp Blatter: It's time to end ban on women

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has told Iran to end its "intolerable" ban on women attending football matches.

Writing in the FIFA Weekly magazine published by world football's governing body, Blatter described the situation as one that "cannot continue."

Iran's ban was put in the spotlight at the Asian …

Sepp Blatter

Chicago Cubs Valuation Hits $1.8 Billion In Minority Sale Of Team

How is this for a home run?

In 2009, the Ricketts family paid $845 million for the Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field, 25% of Comcast SportsNet Chicago and a small parcel of land outside the stadium. The owners recently recently raised a total of $150 million of equity to help fund the renovation of their …

Valuation

The Best Organizations To Work For In Sports

So you want a job in sports, but given the choice, what organization is the best to work for?

The sports industry is incredibly competitive, with a high barrier to entry and an even steeper climb to the top. Those that have spent time working in sports know how often organizations turnover …

Sports Law

The College Basketball Teams Obama's Sports Tax Would Hit The Hardest

A month ago, Obama revealed his plan that would no longer let donors deduct four-fifths of the value of a gift made to a school, even if priority seating rights they get in exchange are worth more than one-fifth of the gift’s value. It was thought that Obama’s plan would not likely to become law …

College & University

How New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Thinks

Before Robert Kraft turned a downtrodden, money-losing football team into the NFL’s best franchise, he acquired it in a most ingenious way. I know of no other owner in any of the major sports who bought a team, its stadium and nearby real estate the same way as Kraft–and the foresight and tenacity …

Robert Kraft

For Hamilton, it's quality of life first

After reportedly suffering drug relapse, baseball must now be secondary for Angel

DALLAS/MLB

Josh Hamilton has earned $61 million in his eight-year career. He has made $34 million the past two years and is scheduled to earn more than $90 million over the next three seasons with the Los Angeles Angels …

Major League Baseball

New Stars, Teams and Sponsors Signal Soccer Has Staying Power in the U.S.

On Sunday, football stars Kaká and David Villa will face off in Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium, kicking off the Major League Soccer season in front of a …

Soccer

Top Sierra Leone athlete arrested after he was found living rough in London

Sierra Leone’s top sprinter, who vanished after the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last summer, has been arrested after he was found in an emaciated state, living rough on the streets of London.

Jimmy Thoronka, 20, his country’s number one 100m sprinter, and tipped by some for a big sporting career, …

Sierra Leone

The D-backs will be serving a Churro Dog, yes, a Churro Dog at Chase Field this season | MLB.com

Hot dogs have been a ballpark staple since the beginning of baseball time. But what happens when you're done with your hot dog? Do you eat more hot dogs?

No, you are not Joey Chestnut.

Thankfully, Chase Field has created a dessert-style hot dog. It's called a Churro Dog and, well, feast your eyes …

Dogs

What Happened At The 2015 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference

FiveThirtyEight’s delegation made the pilgrimage to this year’s Sloan conference, a kind of mecca for anyone who’s obsessed with sports, data and …

Statistics

SmartSports and Sportvision’s Synergy Scouts Smart Baseball Players at Batting Cages

During this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, Zepp Labs’s Chief Executive Officer, Jason Fass, projected the trends that loom ahead in the category …

Baseball

The internet of things is revolutionising the world of sport

Each game in this year’s Six Nations championship will produce two million rows of data, equivalent to more than 1,400 actions (tries, conversions, tackles, passes and so on) per game. This data will be fed to broadcasters, fans (via the official Six Nations app among other channels) and to coaches …

Internet of Things

NCAA, Turner Sports start YouTube channel

The NCAA and Turner Sports are bringing March Madness to YouTube.

The basketball channel, which launched Monday, will enable fans to browse through highlights, video recaps and additional content just ahead of the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. However, users will still need a …

YouTube

Michael Jordan still dominates the basketball shoe market and nobody else is even close

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More than a decade after playing in his final NBA game, Michael Jordan still sells more basketball shoes than any other player and it is not even close.

In 2013, Jordan branded shoes accounted for $2.5 billion in sales, up from $2.0 billion the previous year. The next four players …

Michael Jordan

Under Armour details plan to create world’s ‘largest’ connected fitness hub

Under Armour is putting connected fitness at the heart of its brand having acquired two apps it claims form the “world’s largest health and fitness …

Fitness

Tackling match-fixing: a look at the UK’s new Anti-Corruption Plan

By Kevin Carpenter published on 13 February 2015

In December 2014, the UK Government released its cross-government Anti-Corruption Plan.1 The Plan …

United Kingdom

Hulsizer's Purchase Of Minority Stake In Minnesota Wild Values Team At $370 Million

Philip Falcone’s sale a minority interest in the Minnesota Wild to Matthew Hulsizer valued the National Hockey League team at about $370 million. Falcone owned less than 40% of the Wild. The sale price was confirmed by a source familiar with the transaction but who is not authorized to speak about …

Minnesota Wild

2021 Confederations Cup won't be in Qatar

First the World Cup, now its little brother: FIFA has announced that the Qatari summer will be too hot to hold the Confederations Cup in 2021, and the tournament will thus be moved.

The revelation follows FIFA's announcement that it will break with tradition and hold the 2022 edition of its flagship …

Qatar

World Cup and Black Friday carnage in 2022?

It's December 23, 2022. It's the last Friday before Christmas and it's carnage on the streets of London.

This is "Black Friday" and then some. Thanks to the huge numbers of office Christmas parties, paramedics, bouncers and doctors are struggling to scrape binge drinking Britons off the …

Black Friday

The Impact Of The Premier League's New Domestic TV Deal

The Premier League’s new domestic television deal is a game-changer for European soccer.

The three-year deal with Sky and BT that is going to pay England’s top soccer division an average of $2.6 billion a year beginning with 2016-17 season–61% more than the current arrangement–is putting enormous …

TV

Inglewood council approves NFL stadium plan amid big community support

The Inglewood City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve an 80,000-seat stadium at the site of the old Hollywood Park racetrack, jump-starting the effort to bring an NFL team back to the area after a two-decade absence.

After almost four hours of presentations and discussion in front of …

San Diego Chargers

Lynch seeks 'I'm just here' trademark

NFL

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is a man of few words, but when he utters those words, he sometimes trademarks them.

Lynch last week filed for the trademark to the phrase "I'm just here so I won't get fined" with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Lynch famously uttered the phrase …

Super Bowl

Baseball Champions’ CEO on Creating a Culture of Success

Spring training for Major League Baseball is under way, and once again, the San Francisco Giants begin the year at the pinnacle of the sport. The team’s 2014 World Series title was its third in the past five years.

But baseball isn’t the only area of the Giants’ business that is booming. Their …

Baseball

Reebok Is Quietly Emerging as a Challenger Brand to Contend With

For Reebok, the race to distill the soul of its brand—and ignite sales to reverse its market-share decline—has been more of a marathon than a sprint. …

Fitness

How Queueing Theory Can Help Create Ticket Demand

The advent of queueing theory, a historical and mathematical study of waiting in lines, is beginning to appeal to sports franchises that want to …

Franchises

FIFA recommends November-December for World Cup in Qatar

Long seen as inevitable, a 2022 World Cup in November and December is now practically a done deal.

A FIFA task force on Tuesday recommended playing the tournament in Qatar at the end of the year in 2022 to avoid the summer heat. Temperatures in the Gulf emirate routinely top 40 degrees C (104 …

Qatar

Soccer Club Says $2.7 Million Missing Amid Second Liga Probe

(Bloomberg) -- Spanish soccer club Osasuna can’t account for 2.4 million euros ($2.7 million) that left its balance sheet amid media reports that …

Soccer

San Antonio official says Oakland Raiders lied to city about moving

It appears fans in Oakland aren't the only ones miffed by the Raiders' plans to jointly pursue a shared, $1.7-billion stadium project in Carson with the San Diego Chargers.

At least one official in San Antonio has expressed disappointment over the Raiders' new plans after team owner Mark Davis …

Oakland Raiders

Police probing 2nd racist incident involving Chelsea fans

LONDON (AP) — British police are investigating an allegation of racist chanting by men, believed to be Chelsea fans, as they returned from a Champions League match in Paris.

British Transport Police says Saturday the "unsavory" incident was reported by a member of the public who was disgusted by …

Stamford Bridge