Quote of the Day

"The doomsday scenario for the companies is that the situation is allowed to drag on, turning one of the most powerful sports partnerships toxic."
-- Former IOC Head of Marketing Michael Payne, writing on FIFA's Qatar crisis in London's Financial Times. (FINANCIAL TIMES, 6/9)
Tuesday June 10, 2014 Vol. 2 — No. 253 Print This Issue

Top Stories

  • The Heat Goes On

    Hyundai has become the latest top-tier World Cup sponsor to call for a "thorough investigation" into allegations that corruption and bribery played a part in the decision to award the hosting of the '22 event to Qatar, according to Rob Williams of the London INDEPENDENT. In total, five of the six FIFA "partner" sponsors "have now expressed concerns over allegations made in the Sunday Times." Hyundai joins Sony, adidas, Coca-Cola and Visa "in expressing concerns over the bidding process." Only Emirates has "so far declined to comment on the claims."

  • Lashing Out

    FIFA's Blatter unloads "astonishing tirade," blames Qatar controversy on "racism."

  • Turning Heads

    Brazilian model Adriana Lima signs with Kia for fútbol pitch.

  • If A Tree Falls ...

    Paddy Power causes social media stir with rain forest ad.

  • Site Unseen?

    German broadcasters ARD, ZDF pick up rights to '22 World Cup.

  • Sales Plan

    AS Roma commissions CAA Sports to market new Stadio della Roma.

  • Empty Account

    Glasgow 2014 tapped out, forced to ask for emergency government funds.

  • Seed Money

    Grassroots football in U.K. to get nearly $10M from FA, Premier League.

  • Government Funding

    Financially struggling clubs tossed "lifeline" to enter H.K. Premier League.

  • Place At The Bar

    Leeds winding-up petition to "go before a judge."

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