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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.


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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The owners of the game

An excerpt from the 1995 book “Soccer in Sun and Shadow.” EDUARDO GALEANO

Flags of FIFA (2nd R) and Conmebol (R) are pictured outside the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil May 28, 2015.

Flags of FIFA (2nd R) and Conmebol (R) are pictured outside the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil May 28, 2015 | Photo: Reuters

FIFA, who has its throne and holds court in Zurich, the International Olympic Committee, which rules from Lausanne, and the ISL Marketing company, who conducts its business from Lucerne, manages the World Cup and the Olympics. As we can tell, these three powerful organizations maintain their head offices in Switzerland, a country made famous due to William Tell’s marksmanship, the precision of its watches, and religious devotion to bank secrecy. Coincidentally, all three hold an extraordinary degree of shame when it comes to the money that passes through their hands, and the money that remains in their hands. Continue reading

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Why the United States is targeting FIFA

SSoccer Corporatizationystemic corruption is quite common among the world’s political, financial, and economic power-brokers. Every other political, financial, and economic entity in the US is entangled in some form of systemic corruption, including professional sports leagues and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA); yet the US has not pursued violators from those entities. Above all, what is suspicious about the US intervention into FIFA politics is that whenever the US intervenes internationally, claiming to be concerned about democracy, good governance, and/or human rights, that intervention proves to be duplicitous. Professor GEORGE WRIGHT* on the US-dictated Anglo-American/UEFA alliance. Continue reading

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The World Cup of Marketing Part 1: Nike v Adidas

Stephanie Barnes, cubasi.cu

Soccer Corporatization(July 3) – After spending yesterday morning glued to the USA vs. Germany game, Marketo has officially contracted World Cup Fever.

But we aren’t just in it for the team rivalry – we’ve also been fascinated by the ads. The FIFA World Cup is more than a sporting event; it’s a chance for brands to go head to head on our TVs, our mobile devices, and all over social media.

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Sochi Games: Media, profits, corruption

Ðóáëåâûå êóïþðû ðàçíîãî äîñòîèíñòâàLest the Russians be blamed for all sports corruption, most of the U.S. and Canadian media does not remind us of the bribery scandal when the U.S. hosted the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2002. Tainted by the scandal, those games had to be bailed out with the help of more than $1.3 billion in federal subsidies, as Danny Schechter writes.

(Feb. 8) – THE Winter Olympics are off and running, and the media focus is about the threat of terrorism, Vladimir Putin’s motives in holding the expensive games, and why a backward town in the old Soviet Union that has been a center of human rights abuse for years is somehow – surprise, surprise – not up to the luxury standards in Los Angeles or Park City, Utah (especially for reporters who bitch the most!) Continue reading

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India’s cricket elite: an indictment

By MIKE MARQUSEE, Hindustan Times, 10 April 2005

Now that Indo-Pak cricket competition seems to be settling into something like a natural rhythm, it’s time to address some of the outstanding domestic issues facing Indian cricket.

The recent judgment by the Madras High Court in the TV rights imbroglio was a an indictment not just of Jagmohan Dalmiya and the current BCCI office-holders, but of an elite which has dismally failed in its duties to the game and the hundreds of millions who follow it in this country.

The only parallel in cricket’s history is the similarly scathing judgment handed down by a court in London in 1979 in the Packer affair, when a British judge denounced the governors of English cricket as amateurish, arrogant, and irresponsible. Indian cricket lovers should note that one of the reasons for cricket’s eclipse in its native land was inept management by an unaccountable, self-perpetuating elite. Continue reading

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On the game: How an India-Pak cricket cup came to be played … in Canada

Ruthless multinationals battling for media rights to transmit major sports events are whipping up nationalist aggression and raking in massive profits, says Mike Marqusee

What is the fiercest rivalry in today’s non-stop, televisual carnival of global sport? Rangers v Celtic? Real Madrid v Barcelona? The Yankees v the Red Sox? Could it be the 110-year-old Ashes battle between England and Australia? No. I would submit that none of these compares in emotional intensity, or in social and political resonance, with the cricket rivalry between India and Pakistan. It is today’s salient example of George Orwell’s definition of international sport as ‘war minus the shooting.’ That has made it a honeypot for multinational corporations, satellite television broadcasters and other players in the multibillion pound global sports industry, notably Mark McCormack and his International Management Group, the world’s largest and most aggressive sports marketing conglomerate. Continue reading

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