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NY Times Interview with NASL Commissioner
October 2nd, 2012 at 10:14 AM
The New York Times Soccer Blog Goal sat down with the North American Soccer League commissioner David Downs yesterday. Among the topics of discussion with the commish of Major League Soccer's eight-team little brother were new teams (including the reemergence of the New York Cosmos) and the future of the...

UPDATE: John Terry Fined and Suspended Over Alleged Racial Abuse on Pitch
September 27th, 2012 at 9:54 AM
Updating a previous post, Chelsea captain John Terry has been suspended four games and fined £220,000 by an independent FA tribunal after a four day hearing at Wembley.   Terry has 14 days after receipt of the written judgment to file an appeal.   Though Terry had been cleared of the criminal charges...

UPDATE: John Terry Cleared of Racial Abuse Charges
July 13th, 2012 at 11:07 AM
BBC News reports that Chelsea captain John Terry has been cleared of racial abuse charges this morning in London.  The charges stem from an on-pitch verbal altercation last October between Terry and Queens Park Ranger player Anton Ferdinand.  Ferdinand claims that Terry racially abused him and the Crown brought him...

UEFA Fines Danish Star Niklas Bendtner for Guerrilla Advertising at Euro Cup
June 19th, 2012 at 10:16 AM
The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), European football's governing body, fined Denmark's striker Nicklas Bendtner €100,000 and suspended him for a World Cup Qualifying match for advertising the name of an Irish bookmaker (Paddy Power) on his underwear. Bendtner raised his shirt and revealed the slick advertisement after scoring a...

Match-Fixing Scandal Rocks Italian Soccer (Again)
May 31st, 2012 at 4:40 PM
Since my last post about how soccer is (and should be) getting big in America, another corruption scandal has hit Italian soccer. On Monday, police raided the Italian national team's training camp. The team was preparing for the European Championships (Euro Cup) beginning next week. The police arrested Lazio captain Stefano...

Manchester City General Counsel, on Legal Representation in the English Premier League
May 22nd, 2012 at 6:20 PM
The English Premier League season (or Barclays Premier League season if you acknowledge corporate sponsorships and all that) recently culminated with the most dramatic, exciting, superlative-filled final day in any sports history ever (no, seriously, check it out).  It made the final day of the 2011 MLB season look like...

Seattle Sounders: the Most Progressive Sports Franchise in the U.S.
April 5th, 2012 at 8:00 AM
I recently attended the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics in Boston, MA and heard part owner of the Seattle Sounders, Drew Carey (yes, that Drew Carey) discuss the phenomenal success of the franchise and some of the original concepts they use. ***PHOTO1*** In case you haven’t heard, the Sounders average more than 39,000...

English Captain John Terry Stands Trial for Racism Allegations
February 1st, 2012 at 11:05 AM
In an unprecedented case, John Terry, current captain of England's national soccer team, will have to defend himself from accusations of racist comments made towards opponent Anton Ferdinand of the Queens Park Rangers during an October 23rd match against his Premier League club, the Chelsea Blues.  In over 150 years of English soccer, no player has ever been prosecuted for words said on the pitch. ***PHOTO1*** Terry is being prosecuted under a "racially aggravated public order offense" within the Crime and...

Prominent EPL Manager Harry Redknapp Facing Tax Evasion Charges
January 23rd, 2012 at 12:18 PM
(First, a quick aside.) Lost in the hype of a fantastic NFL Championship Sunday was an important milestone for soccer in America: the first live broadcast on network television of a Barclays Premier League Game. The Barclays Premier League is England’s top football (soccer) league and the best domestic league...

Brazil 2014 World Cup Patrons May Have to Endure Alcohol-Free Matches
January 19th, 2012 at 1:08 PM
The General Secretary of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is urging the National Congress of Brazil to pass a law that would permit World Cup venues to sell alcoholic beverages during matches. Jerome Valcke is insisting that beer be sold in all venues during FIFA’s premier soccer event in...