Leading up to the World Cup kickoff, an investigative series in the New York Times has gathered tales of apparent bribery to exploit matches for betting purposes ahead of the previous tournament in South Africa. Moreover, the Sunday Times has published documents showing corruption behind Qatar’s bid to host the 2022 cup. Jeffrey Brown learns more from investigative journalist Declan Hill. Continue reading
Are you an American struggling to understand the hype behind the World Cup? You’re not alone. In fact, a recent Reuters poll showed that 86 percent of all Americans said they know little to nothing about soccer’s biggest event, while two-thirds of all polled said they didn’t know it was being held in Brazil this year. Not to worry though, we’re here to help. Continue reading
The 2014 FIFA World Cup, hosted by five-time gold trophy winner Brazil, is just around the corner. Ahead of the June 12 kick off, we reached out to PRI’s The World editor/reporter William Troop for some pointers on the month of matches. Continue reading
Despite criticism for a lack of transparency and allegations of corruption, the ethics head of FIFA announced Monday he would not review new evidence of corruption surrounding Qatar’s winning bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Continue reading
Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has agreed to pay a record $2 billion to buy the Los Angeles Clippers from Shelly Sterling, wife of disgraced owner Donald Sterling, who was banned from the league for making racist comments. The deal now awaits approval by the rest of the NBA owners. Hari Sreenivasan takes a closer look at the numbers with Rob Gloster of Bloomberg Businessweek. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is a lover of games played on hard courts, baseball diamonds and in 10-yard increments. His two daughters are active in sports and, like many parents with children on athletic teams, he worries about their safety.
But unlike many of those parents, Obama is uniquely positioned to help address the concerns.
At the White House on Thursday, Obama hosted a summit with representatives of professional sports leagues, coaches, parents, young athletes, researchers and others to call attention to the issue of youth sports concussions. Continue reading
The next Olympics to be awarded is the 2022 Winter Games. But unlike bids of the past, these games might not go to the highest bidding city, but rather, the last one standing. The city of Krakow, Poland, withdrew its … Continue reading
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has agreed to allow his estranged wife Shelly Sterling negotiate the team’s sale, ESPN reports. The National Basketball Association banned Donald Sterling from the league for life after an audio recording revealed he made … Continue reading
Just over sixty years ago this week 25-year-old British runner Roger Bannister did what many athletes, and even doctors, had deemed impossible. He broke the four-minute mile. Bannister reflects on the barrier he somehow knew was psychological not physical. Continue reading
A South African duo have become the first people to row from Africa to the U.S. across the Atlantic Ocean, all without a support team. Riaan Manser, a professional adventurer, and his partner Vasti Geldenhuys arrived in Miami, Florida, around midday. The pair’s epic journey began in Agadir, Morocco last December. Continue reading