• Copa Centenario: the World's Most Tainted Sporting Event?
    Is the 2016 Copa Centenario, held on U.S. soil next summer, the world's most tainted sporting event? Perhaps only a Russian national championship (insert sport here) could supersede it for all-around cheating and deception, but the Copa Centenario would at least have to be part of the conversation. And, judging by the looks of things, that conversation might not be over yet, either.
  • Soccer's $200 million-plus embarrassment
    Sadly, Thursday's Department of Justice announcement of new indictments and guilty pleas -- 24 in all -- in the soccer scandal primarily affecting Concacaf and Conmebol was no surprise. In September, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, speaking at an international forum of attorneys general, said more indictments were likely following the 18 guilty pleas and indictments announced in May. That total is now 27 indictments and 12 guilty pleas in 22 different schemes carried out over 24 years -- two generations, as the Feds noted -- to distribute well over $200 million in bribes and kickbacks.
  • Are FIFA Sponsors Demanding Mission Impossible?
    ESPN sources on Wednesday reported that FIFA posted a $100 million financial loss in 2015 thanks to the loss of key sponsors and mounting legal bills following the corruption scandal that has engulfed the organization. While it is not unusual for FIFA's income to drop drastically following a World Cup year, soccer's world governing body has almost always managed to make a surplus in a non-World Cup year-the notable recent exception being 2001, the same year its marketing partner ISL went bust, forcing the organization to take out a $176 million loan.
  • Jamie Vardy and Leicester City: How long can the magic last?
    Fourteen games into the season tiny Leicester City is tied for the top spot in the Premier League with mighty Manchester City, and these party-crashing Foxes are propelled by an equally unlikely source, one Jamie Vardy, the EPL's top scorer, who didn't play his first game of Premier League soccer until he was 27 years old.
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