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US college football reopens as athletes resist: ‘#WeAreUnited’

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By Andy Thompson

(August 6) – Despite a dramatic increase in new COVID-19 cases in July and expectations of another surge in the fall as schools reopen, US colleges and universities are moving forward with plans to operate their college football programs with minimal changes.

It is practically guaranteed that the opening of the 2020 football season and the fall college semester will spark new outbreaks of COVID-19 among players, the general student population and the surrounding communities. The average student is at an even greater risk because, unlike players, they will not have access to the testing or dedicated health resources reserved for athletics. Continue reading

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Video: Gaza girls play football with passion

This football club in Gaza City is comprised of all young women.

“There was a group of young women who were talented football players and showed good sportsmanship, so we formed a team,” says coach Emad al-Ashi. Continue reading

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Inequality in Premier League’s ‘anti-racism’ stance

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“At this time, the terms ‘systemic racism’ and ‘anti-racism’ are being used in a manner which twists and turns in attempts to keep pace with the direction in which the wind is blowing,” writes Steve Rutchinski. [1]

This is the case in professional sport, dominated by big oligopolies, as exemplified by the big football federations. The Premier League is defining individual players on the basis of colour of skin, while turning a blind eye to anti-Irish racism. As a result it is facing allegations of a growing disparity in the handling of abuse in professional soccer. Together with the media in its service, it too is defining individuals as something other than members of the polity with equal rights.

Stoke and Ireland star James McClean is publicly questioning why some professionals have been treated differently to others in regard to online discrimination and abuse. He said no one has ever been held accountable for the torrent of anti-Irish abuse he’s been subjected to, in contrast to Premier League stars subjected to racism based on skin colour. Continue reading

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Egypt’s woman coach

Rama Naguib Jweily is a professional lawyer, a former Egyptian league player and an academy coach. Her goal is to spark a renaissance for girls soccer in Egypt. (video)

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Saudi bid for Newcastle, English Premier League soccer team

The reported effort by the state-run Saudi Public Investment Fund to buy the Newcastle United football club has prompted an opposition campaign by human rights organizations.

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A general view outside St James’ Park on March 14, 2020, as the Premier League is suspended due to the number of coronavirus cases growing around the world | REUTERS/Scott Heppell.

By Neil Curry

(April 29) – It’s been more than six weeks since a soccer ball was last kicked in the English Premier League (EPL). Liverpool FC and its star Egyptian striker and folk hero Mo Salah had been within a whisker of securing the championship title when the gates to stadiums were locked following the novel coronavirus outbreak. With the terraces empty, and millions of football fans around the world lamenting the loss of their beloved game, passions have been redirected to competition off the pitch. Continue reading

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Economic crisis from virus pandemic begins to bite in European football

Barcelona‘s Lionel Messi 

(AFP, March 26) – Europe may be the financial powerhouse of global football, but the economic impact from the coronavirus pandemic is already beginning to hit and the consequences could be disastrous for clubs across the continent. Continue reading

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NFL’s racism runs deep, all the way to the Super Bowl

For example: Teams with racist names; only three Black coaches when 70% of players are Black; players like Kaepernick are sidelined for life; billionaire owners who support Trump; and players who are treated like meat to be bought and sold.

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TV monopolies and Canadian football

By TONY SEED

On Saturday November 25, the Canadian university football championship was held in Hamilton between the University of Western Ontario Mustangs and Laval Rouge et Or, with the former prevailing 39-17 . The Vanier Cup, attended by 10, 754 fans, was not broadcast on either CBC which featured an Alpine skiing race, an elite sport, or CTV, which featured the Hollywood doomsday movie Armageddon. Instead, it was relegated to TSN 3. (TSN is owned by Bell Media, with EPSN holding a 30 per cent share; Bell owns CTV.)

Sport in Canada has been commercialized, privatized, Americanized and colonized by private empires, reinforced by the sports media monopolies. To watch a Canadian championship, one has to be a cable TV subscriber. But even that is no guarantee. About ten years ago, CIS sports had to quietly pay the then Score TV cable channel $50,000 to come to Halifax to broadcast the semi-final and the final of the college basketball finals. (Score was later bought out by Rogers Sportsnet.)

Is it little wonder that the Vanier Cup is plagued by low attendance? Continue reading

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The Halifax stadium lie

Tim Bousquet

Some $2.4 million in public money went to design this 25,000-seat stadium at Shannon Park, and a half a million dollars more to study building a 10-14,000 seat stadium at Shannon Park, and then another million dollars to study building a 20,000-seat stadium at Shannon Park. Now the city is being asked to look at another stadium proposal for Shannon Park. Continue reading

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Canada finally beat the US in soccer

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Last night in Toronto, the Canadian men’s soccer team defeated the United States 2-0 in a CONCACAF Nations League match. This is the first time in 34 years that Canada beat the U.S. in men’s soccer. No one on the current team was even born the last time this happened. Continue reading

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