Soccer is one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S. and recent World Cup numbers represent all-time highs across the board. More than 105 million U.S. viewers tuned in to watch the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and these numbers are expected to be even higher for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Soccer […]

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The failure of the U.S. Men’s National Team (USMNT) to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals is without question a tremendous setback for U.S. soccer. Millions of disappointed U.S. soccer fans are scratching their heads wondering who is to blame for this catastrophe. It’s not only fans who are worried, sponsors and advertisers […]

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FOX Sports announced its plans to cover the 2018 FIFA World Cup in New York City last week and I had the pleasure of attending the event. I was at a similar announcement in 2013 when Univision held its 2014 World Cup presentation event, also in New York. These occasions are for the networks to […]

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Two years ago, FIFA commissioned former US federal prosecutor Michael Garcia to conduct an inquiry into claims of corruption during the bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. After releasing the report today, FIFA triumphantly claimed that provided “closure” over the bidding process. However, within hours Garcia stated that the report "contains numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations".

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