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NFL: A sports cartel without balls or integrity

By TONY SEED

USdollarsHalvedExempt from the rule of law by U.S. federal legislation, the powerful sports cartels rule their domain by exception. Once again the US National Football League (NFL) is investigating itself for dirty tricks. The articulate Seattle player, Richard Sherman, denounced it openly, i.e., without fear of fine, declaring that “it looks like a conflict of interest.”

For the past three years, the NFL has faced one “moral crisis” after the other involving organized fraud, collusion, violence and cheating of the health and safety of its players, constituting a credibility crisis that is part and parcel of the overall crisis of the American economic and political system and its institutions, with economic crisis at the base.

The latest crisis: Did the New England Patriots intentionally deflate the footballs used in the first half in the AFC Championship game on January 18 to gain an unfair competitive advantage? Continue reading

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FC Barcelona sanctioned for buying child players

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(Jan 2) – The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed FC Barcelona’s transfer ban appeal and confirmed that the club has breached the rules regarding protection of minors. The verdict may be a step against the use of underage footballers.

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Canadian Hockey League: In defence of the rights of junior hockey players

CHLIn 2012, an unsuccessful attempt was initiated to launch a Canadian Hockey League Players Association (CHLPA) to restrict the exploitation of youth by private capital. It was amazing how quickly the powerful sports media, which is tied hand-in-glove with professional hockey and the big telecom interests, admitted to “abuses” while suffocating the organizers with a barrage of innuendo. RYAN LUNN reports on a new initiative to defend the rights of young athletes. Continue reading

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‘It’s also a job’: Former minor leaguers suing MLB over paltry wages, often below poverty level

In this June 3, 2007, file photo, US college player Aaron Senne of Missouri rounds second base after hitting a solo home run in an NCAA Regional baseball game. Senne and former minor-league players in each of the 30 Major League Baseball monopolies including Toronto Blue Jays are suing the MLB cartel, alleging violations of federal wage and overtime laws in a case some legal observers suggest has significant merit. | AP Photo/L.G. Patterson

In this June 3, 2007, file photo, US college player Aaron Senne of Missouri rounds second base after hitting a solo home run in an NCAA Regional baseball game. Senne and former minor-league players in each of the 30 Major League Baseball monopolies including Toronto Blue Jays are suing the MLB cartel, alleging violations of federal wage and overtime laws in a case some legal observers suggest has significant merit. | AP Photo/L.G. Patterson

Alan Scher Zagier, Associated Press | July 10| ST. LOUIS — Like many young baseball players, Aaron Senne dreamed of fame and fortune when he signed his first contract as a Miami Marlins’ draft choice after a record-breaking college career at Missouri.

Reality as a low-level minor leaguer was far different: vending machine dinners, bug-infested apartments and a paltry salary with an equivalent hourly wage less than what fast-food workers make.

Senne and former minor league players in each of the 30 big league organizations are suing Major League Baseball, alleging violations of federal wage and overtime laws in a case some legal observers suggest has significant merit. They are seeking class-action status on behalf of the estimated 6,000 ballplayers who toil each summer in outposts stretching from Bluefield, Virginia, to Bakersfield, California, as well as an unspecified amount of back pay. Continue reading

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Soccer slavery: Fighting for the lost football kids

The fight against illegal trafficking of young African footballers: some of Europe’s richest football clubs have been implicated. It is a fight that is far from over – and one that FIFA recently brought to light through the sanctioning of FC Barcelona and the club’s exploitation of young players.

By Marie Louise Albers, Paris/Genève

Jean-CLaude Mbouvin, founder and director of Foot Solidaire | Marie Louise Albers

Jean-CLaude Mbouvin, founder and director of Foot Solidaire | Marie Louise Albers

The phone vibrates in his breast pocket. Again. It is the fourth time in the last half hour, and this time Jean-Claude Mbvoumin feels compelled to answer. He apologizes, pulls the chair slightly away from the little coffee table where we sit, and lifts the phone to his ear.

“It is Jean-Claude,” he says in French, while a concerned father from Guinea identifies himself at the other end of the line. The Guinean man recently sent his son to a try-out in Europe, but now the father has not had contact with his son for several days, and he does not know where in Europe his son is. Jean-Claude promises to look into it and asks him to call back later. Continue reading

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Football, neoliberalism and politics

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Nathan Bolton (June 12) – I often feel I’m in a very small minority on the left when it comes to football. I support England at international tournaments, I’d sometimes rather go to a game than a meeting and I don’t see the whole sport as a meaningless distraction from making revolution.

Even so, I’ve always felt that politics and football couldn’t mix. Now I’m beginning to think this may not be completely true. Continue reading

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Elites use World Cup to solidify power: Analyst

2014 FIFA World CupPress TV has conducted an interview with Harry Brown, an author and lecturer at the School of Media, Institute of Technology, in Dublin, about mass demonstrations in Brazil against the Copa de mundo da FIFA Brasil 2014 2014 FIFA World Cup. This will be the 20th FIFA World Cup, an international men’s football tournament that is scheduled to take place in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014. It will be the second time that Brazil has hosted the competition, the previous being in 1950. Brazil was elected unchallenged as host nation in 2007 after the international football federation, FIFA, decreed that the tournament would be staged in South America for the first time since 1978 in Argentina, and the fifth time overall.

The following is an approximate transcript of the interview, which however forms only part of an interesting discussion with a number of other guests. For the full video discussion, click here: Elites use World Cup to solidify power: Analyst

Press TV: The game of soccer, or football depending on where you live, has turned into this multi-billion dollar business, from the millions and more recently the tens of millions that are being paid to their players in terms of their salaries. Has money affected this sport? Continue reading

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