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Words To Live By: Quotes Of The Year, Part One

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 12 / 22 / 14

No matter how the criminals may justify their actions, there is no justification for crimes committed against civilians, especially against women and children. -- Russian President Vladimir Putin , after suicide bombers killed more than 30 people in Volgograd. I am the master of my socia...

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12/01/14
Audit Reveals Fraud In Argentine Hoops

Argentine Basketball Confederation (CABB) Comptroller Federico Susbielles announced that the body's debt after Germán Vaccaro's presidency -- which ran from '08-14 -- has risen to 33.4M Argentine pesos ($3.9M) as a "consequence of the irregularities found in the audit report submitted to the ...

Tags: South America, Finance

11/25/14
Rio Mayor Downplays Corruption Scandal

Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes said that the 2016 Rio Games "will not be affected by a corruption scandal implicating some of Brazil’s biggest construction companies and the country’s state-controlled oil producer," according to Tariq Panja of BLOOMBERG. Paes said there were "no conce ...

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11/25/14
Brazilian Football Clubs In Cash Crisis

Brazilian football has "lurched into a new crisis with as many as 50% of current professional players and officials unpaid," according to Ricardo Setyon of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. Estimates say that the "wage crisis has hit up to 90% of the professional clubs in the country." The cash crisis "runs de ...

Tags: Finance, Brazil

11/25/14
Rio 2016 Reveals Mascots

The 2016 Rio Organizing Committee "revealed the official mascots for the Olympic and Paralympic games," according to Chesney Hearst of the RIO TIMES. The two mascots, a yellow creature chosen for the Olympic Games and a green and blue one picked for the Paralympic games, "stand for Brazil’s wi ...

Tags: Olympics, Brazil

11/21/14
Argentine FA's New Format Approved

Argentine FA President Luis Segura confirmed that next year, "a transition tournament will be held from February to June and later, in August, the long season that will run until June of '16 will begin," according to LA VOZ. Segura said, "We agreed unanimously to propose to Fútbol Para Todos ...

Tags: International Football, South America

11/21/14
Japan, Argentina Join Super Rugby

Super Rugby's expansion to 18 teams in '16 "is officially complete," with SANZAR formally confirming the participation of the Japan Rugby Football Union and Union Argentina de Rugby, according to the CANBERRA TIMES. The confirmation "is the final stage of formalities and paves the way for the Tokyo ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Japan, South America

11/21/14
Police Raid 25 Argentine Football Clubs

Argentina's Federal Police raided 25 Argentine first and second division clubs on Wednesday, according to the ARGENTINA INDEPENDENT. The raids took place in Buenos Aires, Santa Fe, Córdoba, San Juan, and Mendoza after being ordered by Judge María Servini de Cubría, who is invest ...

Tags: International Football, South America

11/21/14
U.S. Blacklists Rodriguez's Former Club

Real Madrid player James Rodriguez's former club Envigado FC has been blacklisted by the U.S. Treasury for "being a front for a drug cartel," according to EUROSPORT. The club has been "blacklisted and placed on the US Treasury's Kingpin List after it was revealed they are a front for Colombian drug ...

Tags: International Football, South America

11/20/14
NBA Exec Talks Latin America

Last Wednesday night saw the NBA make a successful return to Mexico City, as the Houston Rockets defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 113-101 in front of 18,996 fans at Mexico City Arena. Mexican fans got the up-close look at NBA regular-season action that they were denied a year ago when a generator ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, South America

11/13/14
Argentine FA's 30-Team Format Approved

The Argentine FA approved the 30-team format of its first division, according to the EFE. The system will start next year, "with the current format of an initial championship followed by a final disappearing, but the dates have not been determined." Some club execs had "put the new format in doubt." ...

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