Monthly Archives: March 2015

FIFA banks record revenue of $2B in 2014, turns profit of $337M from Brazil’s $15B World Cup

AP and Business Insider ZURICH (March 20) — The World Cup’s commercial power led to record revenue of $2 billion for FIFA last year, with $337 million in profits coming from the four-year cycle leading up to the 2014 soccer tournament in Brazil. Continue reading

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Construction giant Vinci accused of practising ‘modern slavery’ in World Cup 2022 host Qatar

Workers of QDVC (Qatari Diar/VINCI Construction Grands Projets), the Qatari branch of French construction giant Vinci, prepare cement at a in the capital Doha on March 24, 2015 after Vinci Construction denied claims of using forced labour on building projects in Qatar.

By John Leicester, Associated Press

(March 24) PARIS — Accusing it of practising “modern slavery,” a French campaign group has filed a legal complaint against construction giant Vinci for grave mistreatment of migrant workers in Qatar, the host country of the 2022 World Cup.

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Five balls, so many stories – the last-over drama of that semi-final

It would have been an incredible finale regardless, but the sheer number of stories threaded through South Africa v New Zealand of the 2015 Cricket World Cup meant it became something very special. ANDY BULL in The Guardian on a brilliantly dramatic game

Sportsmanship: Morne Morkel of New Zealand congratulates Brendon McCullum of South Africa| Ross Setford/AP

Sportsmanship: Morne Morkel of New Zealand congratulates Brendon McCullum of South Africa| Ross Setford/AP

BYE, SINGLE, FOUR, BYE, SIX
(March 24) – Ball one was on a length and landed just outside the line of leg stump. By Dale Steyn’s standards it was slow, and deliberately so. A little under 80mph. Dan Vettori hopped back and swung his bat. Played, missed, and ran anyway. He needed to get Grant Elliott on strike. The two of them had already agreed that with wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock standing so far back they would run regardless. And so they did. A bye, then, and New Zealand need 11 to win or 10 to tie. Do that, and they would go through to the final on the grounds that they’d a better record in the group stages. Continue reading

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The forgotten story of … the Chinese Goldfields Aussie Rules leagues

The first Melbourne Chinese Australian Rules Football Team in 1899, St Vincent’s Hospital Charity Game | Newspapers Collection, State Library of Victoria

The first Melbourne Chinese Australian Rules Football Team in 1899, St Vincent’s Hospital Charity Game | Newspapers Collection, State Library of Victoria

PATICK SKENE (March 25) – Every year 80,000 Chinese tourists travel to Ballarat in regional Victoria to visit the old goldfields of “Tsin Chin Shan” or “Land of the New Gold Mountain”. Their itinerary includes the Gold Museum, Chinese Cemetery, Mine Tour and Sovereign Hill’s recreated Goldfields Village. The tour buses never stop at Eastern Oval, the ground that over 120 years ago hosted a unique part of Australia’s sporting history. Continue reading

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Flames owner readies arena demands

USdollarsHalved(March 10) – Calgary Flames CEO Ken King is getting ready to present the city with his plans for a new arena, and Mayor Naheed Nenshi still doesn’t want to hear about it if it involves public subsidies:

“It can’t be public dollars to subsidize private benefit. As much as we’d love to have Madonna here, I don’t think that you could convince most people that it’s a good use of public money to subsidize Madonna.”

In case you needed reminding, Naheed Nenshi is a total stadium subsidy badass.

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Subsidizing private sports teams doesn’t help local economy

fieldofschemes-BurnsRatnerPolitifact (March 9) –   A  2008 summary of research by economists Dennis Coates of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Brad Humphreys of West Virginia University… reviewed more than 40 academic studies, spanning nearly two decades, that examined public subsidies for professional sports teams. Their findings were clear. Continue reading

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Coyotes have seriously found yet another way to ask for subsidies from Glendale

fieldofschemes-BurnsRatner(March 6) – So the city of Glendale already built the Arizona Coyotes a new arena at public cost, then charged them low rent to play in it, then gave them $50 million to keep playing there, then agreed to pay the team $15 million a year more for another 15 years to keep playing there longer, then allowed the team to opt out of its lease if it wants to anyway regardless of all this. After all that, there is no possible way that Glendale can even find any more ways of subsidizing the hockey team, right? Right?

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