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The Azeri government has come under intense criticism after a controversial series of bans, arrests and a devastating fire have marred its projects to “clean up” the city ahead of the European Games in June.
Nine people have been arrested and an investigation launched into the widespread use of …Baku
On Wednesday, Visa released a statement about FIFA (which it sponsors) in the wake of U.S. corruption charges against soccer’s governing body. (Read all about those here.)
In Visa’s statement, the company expressed disappointment, and mentioned reassessing its sponsorship if FIFA did not immediately …Soccer
By THE NEW YORK TIMES
Sepp Blatter was elected FIFA president in 1998.
The New York Times
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Football match-fixing hit the headlines again last month when former Premier League and international player Delroy Facey was jailed for two and a …North American Soccer
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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
Movie theaters and sports franchises may use added value exclusives in order to draw customer product purchases, but they do so at entirely different …
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, …Fitness
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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 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
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