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Friday, June 10, 2016

Football, er, Soccer, Scandal

Chuck Blazer, former general secretary of THE North American soccer organization (left)
Happy soccer fans (right). Mary Lynn Blanks/ Getty Images
I had heard that there were some irregularities with the World Cup being held in Brazil, and I may have heard of FIFA getting busted, but this story lays out the American part of it [Warning: auto-start video ad]. The whole thing reminds me of American Hustle.
Hard to believe there is that much money to be stolen when soccer is such an minor sport. Okay, it's gaining ground, but it wasn't too long ago that no real American would acknowledge its existence. I'm pretty sure the amount of money involved still pales in comparison to the big 3 (Football, Basketball and Baseball), which makes me wonder just how much corruption is going on there.
Amazon has the book: American Huckster: How Chuck Blazer Got Rich From-and Sold Out-the Most Powerful Cabal in World Sports
Local copy of IB Times story.

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