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
Monthly Archives: March 2015
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.
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
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
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
By TONY SEED
(March 19) – On Sunday afternoon in Toronto, the Carleton Ravens extended what is likely the most under-appreciated and little known dynasty in Canadian sport. The men’s basketball team obliterated an over-matched opponent to win the national title for the fifth year in a row — and for the 11th time in school history.
Bronson Koenig is using his newfound national platform to speak out against mistreatment of Native Americans | BRIAN WARD in The Nation
(March 16) – On January 11, 2015, Bronson Koenig, backup point guard for the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team, was thrust into a starting role for the NCAA basketball’s sixth-ranked team after senior point guard Traevon Jackson went down with a broken foot. “I’m obviously going to have to start being more vocal as a leader,” Koenig, a sophomore, said following the announcement. “One area of improvement I need to really start working on is my leadership and being more vocal, but I’m confident that I’ll step into that role.” Continue reading
(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.
Politifact (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
(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?
Condemn this growing fascism!
Commentary by TONY SEED
This video from May 2014 shows a mass, disturbing demonstration of racism and Russiaphobia. Under the banners of the Nazi Pravyi Sektor (Right Sector), the stadium sings “Those that do not jump are Russian” (using as Russian a word that is a degrading epithet, moskal): Continue reading