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R2B: Brazil, Where the Beautiful Game Struts

Posted: July 19, 2013 at 2:45 pm   /   The Biz, World Cup

The banner-waving, anthem-singing fans of Rio de Janeiro’s Flamengo club formed a billowing mass of ruby-and — black-clad humanity. They moved not only in reaction to the ebbs and flows on the field far below, but also to the samba beat pounded out by musicians in the midst of the grandstand mayhem around me and […]

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Top 10 Premier League Shirt Sellers

Posted: July 17, 2013 at 12:32 pm   /   Fashion, The Biz

Top 10: Premier League shirt sellers based on UK sales  1. Robin van Persie | Manchester United | 25.4% 2. Steven Gerrard | Liverpool | 8.2% 3. Wayne Rooney | Manchester United | 6% 4. Shinji Kagawa | Manchester United | 5.8% 5. Luis Suarez | Liverpool | 3.6%

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Does hosting sporting events promote social and economic development?

Posted: July 15, 2013 at 1:28 pm   /   Development, The Biz

In Rio de Janeiro, a fierce debate over preparations for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics is under way. Brazilians are proud to have been chosen to host these important sporting events and to have the world’s attention. But they reasonably worry that both competitions may end up being a bonanza for […]

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New Camera System Helps Soccer Refs Make the Right Calls

Posted: July 11, 2013 at 12:08 pm   /   The Biz

A kicked soccer ball can move 10 times faster than the human eye can perceive. Soccer referees are human. That might explain why the most popular game on earth has the least popular officials—they keep blowing it. One notorious incorrect call happened in the 2010 World Cup, when a clear goal by England’s Frank Lampard was disallowed […]

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Cosmos mount expensive challenge to M.L.S.

Posted: July 10, 2013 at 5:32 pm   /   Development, The Biz

For the New York Cosmos, whose rebirth on the field begins this August, the path to relevance is a completely uncharted one. For now, they won’t be playing in Major League Soccer, the nation’s top league, but in second-division North American Soccer League. Opponents won’t be domestically known commodities like the New York Red Bulls […]

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Altidore signs with Sunderland

Posted: July 9, 2013 at 5:46 pm   /   The Biz, UrbanStreetSoccer

Jozy Altidore’s move to Sunderland from AZ Alkmaar for a reported £8.5 million, makes it the largest transfer fee for an American player to date. Altidore signed a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

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EPL vs. NBA: Why soccer should fear the NBA

Posted: June 19, 2013 at 4:10 pm   /   The Biz, UrbanStreetSoccer

As the 2013 NBA Finals comes down to a game 7 and the summer touring begins here’s a great piece about the globalization of sports. When the English Premier League announced plans to play a regular-season, competitve match on foreign soil — dubbed the “39th game” – there was almost unified outcry from the many […]

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Man City & The Yankees Form Partnership

Posted: June 18, 2013 at 12:19 pm   /   Development, The Biz

If you haven’t received the memo or read the NY Times or ESPNFC or BBC or…need we go on? Then you probably don’t know that two of the biggest and polarizing sports brands in the world, The New York Yankees and Manchester City Football Club have come together to form New York City Football Club, […]

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Soccer is a Social Business not just a Business.

Posted: June 14, 2013 at 2:40 pm   /   The Biz

Getting kids in the game—and out of trouble. Five years ago, Lina, a teenager living in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Cali, Colombia, was unemployed and unmotivated, idling away her time at home. Today, at 22, Lina is assistant to the manager of a local apparel company, earning a steady income with social […]

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Beckham in Miami with Lebron

Posted: June 12, 2013 at 8:38 pm   /   The Biz, UrbanStreetSoccer

Beckham has been hanging out in Miami, but not just for fun. Although his illustrious playing career has come to an end, the world ambassador for football/soccer is plotting his next move. While in Miami, he witnessed Lebron and the Heat close out game 7 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, and toured the area to determine where […]

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