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French open their own inquiry into FIFA's award of 2018 and 2022 World Cups

By Keir Radnedge
LONDON, April 27, 2017 - France has followed the example of judicial authorities in Switzerland and Germany in launching a formal investigation into the awarding of World Cup hosting rights by international governing body FIFA.   The Swiss Attorney-General’s office is overseeing an inquiry into the awards of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively by the executive committee of FIFA in December 2010; Swiss and German investigators are scrutinising the circumstances around the award of the 2006 finals in Germany.   Now a ...


NBA's new campaign seeks to shift environmental behavior

By Allen Hershkowitz
NEW YORK, April 28, 2017 - This week the NBA will launch the Energy All-Stars “Time Out Tips” campaign, which holds the potential to become one of the most environmentally impactful campaigns ever promoted by a sports organization. The campaign’s important objective is focused on promoting energy-use reduction by motivating fans to perform easy-to-do, money-saving actions. The campaign launches league-wide on Saturday (Earth Day), and the league’s online promotion runs through May 22. The campaign features former NBA players Bill Walton, Dikembe Mutombo, Jason Collins and Felipe ...
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FIFA and Russians say World Cup rules for media are nothing unusual

By Keir Radnedge
LONDON, April 27, 2017 - FIFA and local organisers of the World Cup in Russia next year have insisted that restrictions on visiting journalists are standard national practice and not excessively restrictive.   The issue erupted earlier this week when Reinhard Grindel, president of the German DFB, said he would raise concerns over censorship when he makes his debut appearance at a meeting of the world federation’s governing council next month.   Grindel was voted in only last month by European federation UEFA as one of its delegates ...


Korea National Sport University and Sportradar to work together on match-fixing research

SEOUL, April 27, 2017 - The Korea National Sport University, which is the only national sport university of South Korea, has finalized an official Memorandum of Understanding with Sportradar Integrity Services which will see the two teams work together on research projects focused on analyzing suspected crime in relation to match-fixing. The KNSU’s Center for Sports and Performance Analytics has already published various studies on the subject of match-fixing and the detection of fraud and illegal conduct in sports. This MoU shows the willingness ...
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