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FIFA World Cup by the numbers

Jul 13, 2018
Every four years, the Men's FIFA World Cup final is widely recognized as the most-watched event in the world.
A general view of Brazuca and the FIFA World Cup Trophy at the Maracana before the adidas Brazuca launch at Parque Lage on December 3, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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A battle for World Cup supremacy happens off the pitch

Jun 14, 2018
Every four years, the soccer tournament turns into an epic branding battle between Nike and Adidas.
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How are sports fines set?

Mar 29, 2018
And does fining players actually work?
Fans cheer during the sixth inning between the Baltimore Orioles and St. Louis Cardinals at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 30, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.
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Pizza Hut is now the official pizza of the NFL

Feb 28, 2018
Pizza Hut is replacing Papa John’s, which announced yesterday it was ending its contract with the National Football League. The league’s viewer numbers are down over the last couple of years. And a few months ago, Papa John’s then-CEO John Schnatter blamed players’ kneeling in protest during the national anthem as a big part of […]

The NFL's owners look a lot different from the players

Feb 2, 2018
Teams are owned almost exclusively by white men. Here's a look at why.
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft raises the Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Atlanta Falcons during the 2017 Super Bowl in Houston.
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5 things you need to know about the Super Bowl economy

It's not always worth it for the host city.
Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after his team won Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. 
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The costs and benefits of a winning college football team

Jan 15, 2018
Having a winning college football team led by a top caliber coach is worth the investment for some cities. Just ask Manhattan, Kansas, which invested over $200 million to improve its sport facilities and paid the coach for Kansas State’s football team $3 million last year.  The number of hotel rooms in the city doubled […]

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Athletic departments scramble as donors lose tax deduction for ticket rights

Jan 1, 2018
Donations made in exchange for university sports season tickets will no longer be 80 percent tax deductible in 2018, which has some schools worried that donations could drop.
Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks to pass during the first quarter against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama.
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When our social ills were solved with a little pink

Dec 26, 2017
In 1979, a psychologist presented a potential solution to rising crime levels. It became a phenomenon.
View of the holding cell 14 November 2006 of the newly painted Dallas County jail in Buffalo, Missouri, with the color scheme of pink with blue teddy bear accents. The Dallas County Detention Center is being repainted a soft shade of pink in an effort to better manage sometimes volatile detainees.
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