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U.S. Bucks FIFA Chief In Election

AP | By RONALD BLUM | Posted 05.29.2015 | Sports

NEW YORK (AP) — The United States says it will vote for Jordan's Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein for FIFA president Friday and not for incumbent Sepp Blat...

Marketers are Prepping for FIFA Fallout

Greg Portell | Posted 05.28.2015 | Business
Greg Portell

While the extent of the criminal charges are eye-opening, the fact FIFA has shady areas within their realm should not come as a shock. FIFA's dance partners -- marketers, media and governments -- have plenty of cause to be concerned as the storm clouds hovered for years.

Where's the Ref? FIFA -- A Sports Body Playing Without Rules

Sharan Burrow | Posted 05.28.2015 | Sports
Sharan Burrow

Football, or soccer as it is known, is a game of two halves. It's a game with rules and a referee. FIFA, the governing body for football, follows neither the rule of law or has the oversight of a referee.

Jon Stewart Gleefully Kicks FIFA Where It Hurts

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 05.28.2015 | Sports

All about "kicking and scheming."

Sepp Blatter: Hey, I Can't Monitor Everyone All The Time

AP | By GRAHAM DUNBAR | Posted 05.29.2015 | Sports

As defiant as ever.

The Human Toll Of FIFA's Corruption

The Washington Post | Posted 05.28.2015 | Sports

In the end, it only took a $150 million scandal to make Americans care about soccer. FIFA, the notoriously corrupt and yet seemingly invincible g...

Visa To Pull FIFA Sponsorship Unless Ethical Changes Are Made

Reuters | Anjali Athavaley and Emma Thomasson | Posted 05.28.2015 | Sports

FIFA's sponsors are beginning to speak out.

FIFA 16 Will Feature Women's National Teams For The First Time Ever

The Huffington Post | Lucy McCalmont | Posted 05.28.2015 | Sports

Twelve women's national teams will now be available on the popular video game.

FIFA's Recent Scandal Will Not Alter Association Football's Problems

Andrei Markovits | Posted 05.28.2015 | Sports
Andrei Markovits

The arrests in Zurich this week of some FIFA officials is totally embarrassing for Sepp Blatter and the powers that be at FIFA but actually quite meaningless in terms of actual consequences and real changes for the game itself for one reason and one reason only: FIFA's total monopoly over the game of Association Football since 1904.

FIFA Corruption Scandal a Reminder That Lack of Oversight and Transparency in Youth Sports Surprisingly Common

Brooke de Lench | Posted 05.28.2015 | Sports
Brooke de Lench

While the FIFA scandal has made national headlines, allegations of embezzlement and theft in sports organizations, large and small, are an almost every-day occurrence in cities and towns across America.

Putin Lashes Out At The U.S. For Going After FIFA

Reuters | Posted 05.28.2015 | World

By Darya Korsunskaya and Dmitriy Rogovitskiy MOSCOW, May 28 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin defended Russia's right to host the 2018 s...

U.S., Swiss Authorities Timed FIFA Raids For Maximum Effect

AP | By FRANK JORDANS | Posted 05.28.2015 | Sports

BERN, Switzerland (AP) — For months, American and Swiss investigators worked in secret to prepare for the raids that would shake the soccer world. ...

Qatar's Unintended Sporting Legacy: A FIFA Clean-Up, Exposure of Political Corruption, and Corporate Sponsor Rethink

James Dorsey | Posted 05.28.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

Qatar's 2022 World Cup is promising to be a rare example of a mega sporting event that leaves a legacy of social, political and economic change - but not in the way the Gulf state's ruling family had imagined.

Commercial Sponsors Urged To Turn Up Pressure On FIFA

AP | PAN PYLAS | Posted 05.28.2015 | Sports

LONDON (AP) — FIFA's sponsorship paymasters are facing mounting calls to put pressure on soccer's global governing body to clean up its act — and ...

Here's What Sepp Blatter Has To Say About The FIFA Arrests

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 05.28.2015 | Sports

"Such misconduct has no place in football and we will ensure that those who engage in it are put out of the game."

Lucy McCalmont

Nike Just Became Part Of The FIFA Corruption Scandal | Lucy McCalmont | Posted 05.27.2015 | Sports

The Justice Department did not say that Nike specifically took part in any wrongdoing.

FIFA Officials Banned From Football-Related Activities In Wake Of Scandal

The Huffington Post | Andres Jauregui | Posted 05.27.2015 | Sports

An independent ethics committee has banned 11 people from conducting football-related activities on a national and international level, according to a...

Michael Calderone

How The New York Times Staked Out A Swiss Hotel To Cover FIFA Arrests | Michael Calderone | Posted 05.27.2015 | Media

Around 4 a.m. Wednesday, New York Times reporters Michael Schmidt and Sam Borden arrived at a five-star hotel in Zurich and tried to get breakfast. ...

Could FIFA Corruption Probe Take Down Blatter?

AP | By ROB HARRIS | Posted 05.28.2015 | Sports

ZURICH (AP) — Sepp Blatter is arguably the most powerful man in world sports and certainly its greatest survivor. Now comes the bigge...

The U.S. Just Charged A Bunch Of World Soccer Officials With Corruption. John Oliver Knew All Along.

Daniel Marans | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics

On Wednesday, the U.S. extradited 14 top international soccer officials on federal corruption charges. But HBO's John Oliver had them dead to rights l...

FIFA Officials Arrested And Indicted For Corruption

The Huffington Post | Lucy McCalmont | Posted 05.27.2015 | Sports

The Department of Justice announced the 47-count indictment on Wednesday.

Text Of Swiss Prosecutors' Statement On FIFA

AP | Posted 05.27.2015 | Sports

BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Statement issued by Swiss authorities Wednesday in connection with their investigation into FIFA corruption: ...

FIFA Officials Arrested On Corruption Charges In Dawn Raid

AP | GRAHAM DUNBAR | Posted 05.28.2015 | Sports

ZURICH (AP) -- Swiss prosecutors opened criminal proceedings into FIFA's awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, only hours after seven soccer offic...

A Shrewd Financial Investor, Qatar Boasts Dismal Return on Investment in Soft Power

James Dorsey | Posted 05.24.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Widely viewed as a shrewd financial investor, Qatar's return on investment in soft power designed to position it as a progressive ally of world powers in the hope that they will come to the aid of the wealthy Gulf state in times of emergency is proving to be abysmal.

"Wait, Mom, Are Those Police or Isis?"...

Elizabeth Lazar | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Elizabeth Lazar

...asked my 9 year-old last month. Otherwise absorbed in a rousing Fifa 15 match, he looked up from the iPad when the news upstaged Isco's corner kick.