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FIFA, as expected, are a grubby shower of bastards

Let’s get rid of FIFA all together, writes freelance journalist Django Merope Synge.

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Broadcasting the Olympics doesn’t turn a profit, so why do it?

TV networks pay big bucks to broadcast international sport in the middle of the night. Why?

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I despise the World Cup, and I’m not ashamed to say it

Soccer is ludicrously corrupt and fundamentally silly. And that’s why I not ashamed of admitting I hate the World Cup, writes Bernard Keane.

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SBS seeks ABC-style independence (and a $20 million loan)

With the ABC under pressure from the government, SBS wants to have the same level of independence. Bernard Keane and Farz Edraki on an FOI investigation by Crikey.

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Freakonomics | ECONOMY|

Why losing the World Cup bid is an economic win

There is very little economic gain to be had by hosting giant sporting events, writes economist Dennis Coates. So why do countries — and Australia is as guilty as the rest of them — continue to overbid for them?

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Australia’s World Cup bid roo-ted by ham-fisted schmaltz

The Australian advertising and creative community is recoiling in horror over the nation’s video pitch for the 2022 World Cup.

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The Canberra cables: next WikiLeaks drop to jeopardise World Cup bid?

The Australian government knows exactly what is in the WikiLeaks documents, writes Luke Miller, blogger at Idle Senate Speculation.

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The Guardian | LINKS|

Does a corrupt Fifa need to delay 2018 World Cup bids?

Allegations of corruption and vote-buying by two key members of the Fifa executive committee have senior officials calling for the bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to be suspended.

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How the fatal bomb attacks affected the people of Kampala

I was lucky enough not to witness the explosions last night but I can give a brief account of the atmosphere in the city surrounding the events, writes Sam Wilkins in Kampala.

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The inside scoop on Paul the clairvoyant calamari

How is it that a humble cephalopod can somehow predict, with terrifying accuracy, the outcome of games played on another continent? A Crikey tipster set us on the scent of a scandal…

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FFA to The Age: we’re not mucking about, enough is enough

What on earth is going on with the Football Federation of Australia’s legal action against The Age? One Age insider described it as “bizarre.”

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Crikey’s guide to football’s showcase

Technology is set to add a more interactive and multidimensional experience for punters following the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which kicks off in Johannesburg tonight (Australian time).

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Fast Company | LINKS|

PHOTO GALLERY: Mildly offensive World Cup mascots

The Olympics isn’t the only sporting event with dodgy mascots, with the FIFA World Cup emerging trumps in creating mascots of national stereotype. Like Mexico in 1986, who had a sombrero wearing jalapeño.

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The National (UAE) | LINKS|

How to fix a World Cup match

Soccer (or “football” to you purists) is rife with match fixing, and author Declan Hill has put his life at risk exposing it. He explains how the games are rigged and why the World Cup is a fertile field for bribery and buy-outs to flourish.

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CoreEcon | SPORT|

How an Australian World Cup could damage the AFL

If Australia wins its bid to host the World Cup in 2018 or 2022, it will come at a cost to the AFL, which will lose potential future stars to the rival code and space for new footy ovals, says Sam Wylie.

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Crikey Blogs | SPORT|

No luck for the Irish as French cheats prosper

Ireland’s football team was cruelly denied a place at next year’s World Cup in South Africa due to a blatant piece of cheating from the French this morning, declares Neil Walker.

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Jakarta Globe | SPORT|

Tantrums, strikes and soccer Indonesian-style

Indonesia’s national soccer league might need to step up a notch if it wants in on the World Cup following a season beset by head-butting, tantrums and violence against referees.

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MCG vs. Stadium Australia: a FIFA World Cup final showdown

Despite the love in the room for the G last night, there are serious questions over the suitability of the ground for hosting the FIFA World Cup.

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The Lowy down on why Rudd Labor just loves the round ball code

It’s always unwise to get between an Australian politician and some sportsmen.

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Cricket Australia stumped by its ambitious players

The modern cricketer has evolved into something Cricket Australia doesn’t quite recognise, writes Thomas Hunter.

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Socceroos prevail, but Verbeek the real winner

He came, he saw, and like a skilled politician, has played his first 100 days in office perfectly. Francis Leach writes on Pim Verbeek’s first outing as Socceroos coach.

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Can India’s cricketers keep the Twenty20 ball rolling?

Three days after India won maiden Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa, the euphoria generated all over the Indian continent has yet to subside.

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Media briefs and TV ratings

A big weekend of sport … Nine scheduling holding back NRL … Wilson crows as Fatty faces the bone … Seven dominates another ratings week … Last night’s TV ratings.

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A-League kicks off unveiling a new Brazillian star

Australian sport’s slumbering behemoth, the fledgling national soccer competition – the A-League – begins its new season tonight in Sydney, aiming to build on credibility it has garnered over the past two seasons, writes Charles Happell.

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Media briefs and TV ratings

SBS ratings, ad revenue going strong … Origin Three struggles in Sydney … Last night’s TV ratings.

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