Quote of the Day

"The position the country is in at the moment and the possibility that we could host one of the major events in world sports on this island is something that people have to look at and beyond their own personal interests and misgivings."
-- Gaelic Athletic Association President Liam O'Neill, calling for the organization's clubs to make their grounds available for a World Cup. (IRISH EXAMINER, 8/20)
Tuesday August 21, 2012 Vol. 1 — No. 51 Print This Issue

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  • Soaring Salaries

    Premier League players, such as Newcastle United's Hatem Ben-Arfa, are enjoying salaries more than 1,500% higher than in 1992.

    Top footballers' salaries in the EPL have "mushroomed," rising by 1,508% between '92-10, according to a report titled Football Mad by Dave Boyle of independent think tank HIGH PAY CENTRE. The study also revealed that players further down the football leagues "have not been as fortunate." Pay has risen by 518%, 306% and 233%, respectively, for the next three divisions. Nonetheless, average workers' wages increased by just 186% in that same time frame. The percentage of turnover spent on players has also increased, from 48% of turnover in '97, up to 70% in '11.

  • Money For Something

    Aussie networks want more advertising to be part of the rugby league rights package.

  • A Mighty Pitch Man

    Footballer David Beckham makes north of $16M without counting his day job.

  • The Need For Speed

    Gold Medalist Mo Farah gets his goatee on in new Virgin Media broadband campaign.

  • Playing With House Money

    Macau Open takes on casino sponsor in a move many hope will change the city's sporting future.

  • Behind The Curtain

    Football club founded by ex-KGB officer thrives, profits enshrouded in secrecy.

  • For The Common Good

    Irish ruggers asked to pitch in so country can make a bid for the '23 or '27 World Cup.

  • Building The Legacy

    New TV channel launching with mandate to cover sports highlighted in the London Games.

  • What's In A Name

    Ligue 1 club Lille changes strategy in an effort to sell naming rights for stadium.

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