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The FIFA Trial: Over By Christmas? 

Watching helplessly, as events overtake your just-submitted 1800-word article, is frustrating. Luckily, I was proof-reading my last “Fifa Trial” piece (NOT “Fifa-Gate” because that…MAKES…NO…SENSE…) when news emerged that defence attorneys in New York’s Brooklyn Federal Courthouse had “declined to submit an affirmative defence of their clients.” So, I was able to look a fraction less behind-the-times, even if it was disappointing to discover that the attorneys’ statement was NOT legalese for “there’s NO defence for this shower of crooks.” And some of the late testimony illustrated an issue which has concerned some trial observers. After the trial’s early dramas,...

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Patrick Barclay’s Bad Day On Twitter

There will be those who will be struck by the irony of the fact that the recent comments of Patrick Barclay regarding an ill-advised tweet sent by a gambling company over the weekend should have been made at this time of the year. In a week or so’s time, a good number of us will be tolerating our elderly relatives and their badly thought out brain spurts. Indeed, getting away from these people has come to be understood as a part of the reason behind why Boxing Day fixtures are so popular. After thirty-six hours, the temptation to get...

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The FIFA Trial: Week Four – Kevin Jonas & Other Recording Stars 

The prosecution in the Fifa trial at New York’s Brooklyn Federal Court began week four expecting to rest by Wednesday. They ended week four expecting to rest by…erm…Wednesday. In-between, another week of testimony about grubby money-grabbing. Oh…and Kevin Jonas. Yes. THE Kevin Jonas. Once one of the “sexiest men alive”? From popular beat combo, the “Jonas Brothers”? No, me neither. Nevertheless, his descent from “pop-rock” super-starletdom to Fifa’s murky world promised to be a lurid tale. Jonas blamed Traffic. And the Brazilian sports marketing company (SMC) of that name edged towards the centre of attention last week, thanks to...

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Televised Football In The Regions: Wales & The West

It was always likely that the spread of regional television into Wales would bring challenges that the industry’s regulators would find difficult to manage. Television transmitters, after all, will only respect national borders to the extent that those who determine their positions and strength of their transmissions allow them to and, as with any other area of commercial broadcasting, there will always be competing interests between financial imperatives, political will, and the interests of viewers. In addition to this, the geography and landscape of Wales itself made reaching every community difficult. Hills and mountains are not natural bedfellows of...

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Celtic: Spoiling A Party In The Champions League

“You’ll never walk alone,” verse AND chorus, resonated around Celtic Park as much as it ever could have at Anfield, the spine-tingling barely dying down even when the crowd sang the chorus too fast, as crowds always do. The PA system had been operating on the theory “if it’s too loud, you’re too old.” Yet STILL the Champions League music cowered beneath the din which greeted it, accompanied it and re-intensified when it ended…or when the TV camera operator reached the end of the team line-ups…the best/only way for many to gauge the ending. (Charles Green said he’d own...

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