Report: ESPN And Fox Sports Nearly Traded Employees

Hey, here's a fun little story. Remember last week when Fox Sports's Katie Nolan went on the BS Report, and she and Bill Simmons kinda coyly reminisced about a failed attempt at bringing her over to Grantland, in the way that people talk about these things on the BS Report, where they don't actually say anything,… » 2/25/15 3:30pm 2/25/15 3:30pm

Damn, Man, Tim Howard Is Having One Sad-Ass Season

It's been less than a year since Tim Howard became America's World Cup hero, staring down an unrelenting Belgian attack and turning away 16 goddamn shots with the grim resolve of an action hero who's low on ammo. In fact, go ahead and watch each one of those beautiful, thrilling saves one more time. Then, if you're a… » 2/25/15 1:39pm 2/25/15 1:39pm

What The Hell Is FIFA Doing With The 2026 World Cup Media Rights?

Stop me if you've heard this one before, but FIFA has made a very strange decision, in secret, and at the moment the most compelling explanation for said decision is corruption. » 2/14/15 12:55pm 2/14/15 12:55pm

The Sochi Olympics Were Even More Of A Boondoggle Than You thought

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, were a scam from the very start. Sochi is a resort city with mild weather that had nothing close to the infrastructure necessary to host the Olympics, yet the initial budget was only $12 billion dollars. In comparison, the budget for the 2010 Winter Olympics—held in the much… » 2/05/15 11:40pm 2/05/15 11:40pm

How Bode Miller Became A Self-Taught Genius

The following is excerpted from The Fall Line: How American Ski Racers Conquered a Sport on the Edge, by Nathaniel Vinton. The book is available now on Amazon. » 2/04/15 2:15pm 2/04/15 2:15pm

Three More Sponsors Decide To Stop Supporting Slavery, Drop FIFA 

Good news everybody! Three of FIFA's biggest sponsors—Johnson & Johnson, Castrol, and Continental Tires—confirmed to The Telegraph that they have cut their ties with FIFA, joining Sony and Emirates in declining to continue supporting slavery. As second-tier World Cup sponsors in 2014, the three companies paid FIFA… » 1/22/15 8:15pm 1/22/15 8:15pm

Germany's Absurd World Cup Fake Free Kick Actually Worked In Practice

Remember that absurd, failed free kick that Germany attempted against Algeria in the World Cup? In case not, we've embedded video of it below. In the 88th minute of a 0-0 game—Germany would eventually win 2-1 in a dramatic extra time period on Mesut Özil's 120th minute goal—Germany won a free kick about 30 yards away… » 1/13/15 8:49pm 1/13/15 8:49pm

Qatar Pays Migrant Workers $1 an Hour To Be Fake Sports Fans

The life of most migrant workers in Qatar is bleak—so bleak, it's a human rights violation. The latest report from Doha reveals a new twist in the sad story. When they're not toiling away at building stadiums for the 2022 World Cup, many workers are being paid impossibly small wages to be fake sports fans. It doesn't… » 12/17/14 2:18pm 12/17/14 2:18pm

Sony Ends FIFA Sponsorship, No Longer Supports Slavery

Following the footsteps of Emirates airlines, Sony has officially decided to end its sponsorship with FIFA. Some—but not all—of the brands are realizing, it seems, that supporting a group that supports any number of corrupt and nefarious practices isn't a good look. » 11/25/14 11:48am 11/25/14 11:48am

Coca-Cola Supports Slavery

Someone should do something about the human rights catastrophe that is the 2022 World Cup! Qatari authorities, for example, are reportedly using North Korean slave labor to build infrastructure in preparation for the event. If only someone would put enough pressure on them, maybe they would not use slaves. » 11/13/14 2:18pm 11/13/14 2:18pm

FIFA's Corruption Report Is Being Kept Secret For Very Dumb Reasons

Former U.S. attorney Michael J. Garcia finished his investigation into allegations of bribery in the bidding process for both the 2018 and 2022 World Cups earlier this year, and he has made it known that he would like the report to be made public. The report is currently being kept secret by Hans-Joachim Eckert, a… » 11/07/14 2:19pm 11/07/14 2:19pm

The Beast Of Brazil: A Savage Trip To The Dark Heart Of The World Cup

Alex Morgan Out Of World Cup Qualifying After This Nasty Ankle Injury

Alex Morgan will miss the rest of the USWNT's World Cup qualifying matches because of a sprained ankle she picked up during Thursday's game against Guatemala. It's an unfortunate set-back for a player with a history of ankle injuries, but thankfully it doesn't look as serious as it could've been. » 10/18/14 2:51pm 10/18/14 2:51pm

Qatar's $45 Billion Plan to Build a Brand New City for the World Cup

Qatar, the 2022 host of the World Cup, is not a large country, with a population just over 2.1 million. So to prepare for the millions who'll descend on the country eight years from now, it's going to great lengths—including building an entire new city from scratch. » 9/16/14 12:56pm 9/16/14 12:56pm

FIFA's Report On World Cup Bidding Corruption Won't Be Made Public

We all had a grand old time in Brazil, didn't we? But now FIFA has to stop ignoring the fact that many (most?) observers believe the bidding process for the forthcoming Russia and Qatar World Cups was fixed, or at least flawed. In response to the clamoring for an update, FIFA has released a statement that amounts to,… » 7/21/14 3:25pm 7/21/14 3:25pm

Here's Every Bogus Story from the World Cup Finals

The World Cup may be over, but on the Internet the "World Cup bullshit" season is in full effect. So which of today's viral soccer stories are completely made-up? Read below to find out! (Hint: It's all of them) » 7/14/14 3:24pm 7/14/14 3:24pm

Guy Doesn't Pay World Cup Pool Entry Fee, Tries To Claim Prize Anyway

There are rules we must all adhere to in order to maintain a functional society. Foremost among them is this: If you enter a fantasy league/pick 'em group/tournament pool, you must pay up before it starts, or at the very least promise to pay at the next available opportunity, or you do not get to claim the prize money… » 7/14/14 3:01pm 7/14/14 3:01pm

The "FIFA Corruption" Twitter Account Is Fake, Of Course

Shortly after Germany won the World Cup final 1-0, a Twitter account popped up claiming that the match was fixed, and it had some seemingly convincing evidence. Alas, it was a (clever) hoax. » 7/13/14 8:03pm 7/13/14 8:03pm

World Cup Champions Take Selfie On The Pitch Right After Their Match

If this is some dumb viral ad, I'm going to be so angry, because this is a nice photo of Lukas Podolski and Bastian Schweinsteiger after Germany won the World Cup. » 7/13/14 6:46pm 7/13/14 6:46pm

TV Station Interrupts World Cup For Weather Coverage; Viewers Outraged

Viewers in southern New York and northern Pennsylvania missed the ending of today's World Cup final when Elmira ABC affiliate WENY cut away from the action with six minutes left to cover a tornado warning. » 7/13/14 6:13pm 7/13/14 6:13pm