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Iran's political turmoil spills over into World Cup

Morning Buzz / Tuesday, November 29, 2022
The last World Cup clash between the U.S. and Iran was 24 years ago, and around today's match in Qatar, the "political overtones are just as strong and relations perhaps even more fraught." Iran’s "nationwide protests, its expanding nuclear program and regional and international attacks linked back...

U.S.-Iran World Cup match a defining moment

Morning Buzz / Tuesday, November 29, 2022
The U.S. will face Iran today in the FIFA World Cup, and the 2pm ET match in Qatar culminates "nearly four years of building, planning, trial and error" to revive the USMNT after it missed the last World Cup. Win, and the "success-or-failure, binary objective of reaching the round of...

Mad rush to invest can lead to carnage for sports industry

SBJ Newsletters / Monday, November 28, 2022
I hate to be the harbinger of doom, but I have seen this script before. An industry sees significant potential and tries to monetize the opportunity while it is hot, and in the process hurts the entire industry. I lived this back in the 1980s with the Women’s Professional Basketball League...

D&I moves up the agenda for purpose-led brands

SBJ Newsletters / Tuesday, November 22, 2022
Increased investment in purpose drives more equitable approach to the triple bottom line The climate crisis has been, and will remain, a strategic priority for brands, particularly with COP27 climate change conference high on the news agenda. Despite this prominence, the U.N. has warned that time...

Seeing the opportunities in youth sports participation

SBJ Newsletters / Monday, November 21, 2022
How emerging sports can provide an avenue to youth sports’ accessibility Let’s dream. Imagine children waking up in North St. Louis County, central Illinois; Orange County, Calif.; and Durham, N.C., all had equal access and opportunities to participate in sports. Imagine children waking up in South Side Chicago,...

Qatar bans beer sales at World Cup venues

Morning Buzz / Friday, November 18, 2022
Beer is "out" at the World Cup. In an "abrupt about-face," Qatari officials decided that the only beverages "on sale to fans at stadiums during the monthlong World Cup will be nonalcoholic." The decision was "confirmed on Friday morning" by a World Cup official familiar with the...

NFL sees steady rise in number of female employees

Daily / Thursday, November 17, 2022
From the owner’s suite to the front office to the sideline, the number of women in the NFL “is steadily rising and they’re here to stay,” according to Rob Maaddi of the AP. The overall percentage of women in the NFL’s league office is “at an...

FIFA's Infantino urges Ukraine ceasefire for WC

Morning Buzz / Tuesday, November 15, 2022
FIFA President Gianni Infantino today "issued a plea" for a ceasefire in the war in Ukraine "for the duration of the World Cup, calling for all sides to use the tournament as a 'positive trigger' to work towards a resolution." Speaking during a lunch with leaders of...

USWNT players' event celebrates equal pay

Morning Buzz / Monday, November 14, 2022
The USWNTPA is hosting a Players' Ball event tonight in N.Y., celebrating their historic equal pay achievement in the latest CBA with U.S. Soccer. The evening will feature the red-carpet arrival of the current USWNT players and other VIPs, followed by entertainment and awards programming. The founding partners are...

Silver at SBJ Dealmakers: Player empowerment a 'two-edged sword'

Daily / Friday, November 11, 2022
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver discussed Kyrie Irving and myriad other issues at SBJ's Dealmakers event in D.C. on Thursday , including that player empowerment in sports is a "two-edged sword." He said the most significant distinction from previous generations is power off the court, calling it "incredible"...
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