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Soccer Legend Pelé to Spend Christmas in Hospital Amid Cancer Battle Worsening

Pelé, who is a soccer legend, will spend the Christmas holidays in a hospital after learning his cancer has progressed.  The three-time World Cup winner, whose real name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, has been undergoing chemotherapy in his battle against cancer since September 2021 when he had a colon tumor removed.  His daughter, Kelly Cristina Nascimento, […]

TV Ratings: World Cup Final Sets Records for Fox, Telemundo

The final game of the 2022 men’s World Cup drew one of the biggest audiences ever for a soccer match in the United States. Argentina’s shootout victory over France averaged 25.78 million viewers Sunday morning, the most ever for a men’s match in the U.S. Fox Sports drew 16.78 million viewers, and Telemundo’s Spanish-language telecast, […]

Argentina Beats France on Penalties to Win 2022 World Cup

Lionel Messi’s once-in-a-generation career is complete. The Argentina superstar is finally a World Cup champion. Messi scored two goals and then another in a shootout as Argentina beat France 4-2 on penalties Sunday to claim a third World Cup title despite Kylian Mbappé scoring the first hat trick in a final in 56 years. Now there’s no […]

FuboTV Says It Was Victim of “Criminal Cyber Attack” in World Cup Streaming Outage

The streaming multichannel video provider FuboTV says it was the victim of a “criminal cyber attack” Wednesday, an attack which was responsible for its service going down during a critical FIFA World Cup match between France and Morocco. In a statement Thursday morning, FuboTV said that “the incident was not related to any bandwidth constraints […]

U.S. Soccer Reporter Grant Wahl Died of an Aortic Aneurysm, Says Wife

American soccer journalist Grant Wahl died of an aortic aneurysm that ruptured while in Qatar covering the World Cup. Wahl’s wife Dr. Celine Gounder told CBS Mornings co-host Gayle King during her first TV interview since Wahl’s sudden death. “He (Wahl) had an autopsy done here in New York by the New York City medical examiner’s office, […]

Grant Wahl, American Journalist Covering World Cup in Qatar, Dies at 48

Grant Wahl, an American sports journalist who was in Qatar covering the World Cup, has died. He was 48.  Wahl’s wife Dr. Celine Gounder and his brother, Eric Wahl, confirmed his death via social media.  “I am so thankful for the support of my husband @GrantWahl’s soccer family & of so many friends who’ve reached […]

Politics to Take Center Stage at European Film Awards

At this year’s FIFA World Cup, all political displays — even ones as innocuous as a rainbow-colored armband showing solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community — have been banned. Host nation Qatar has spent an estimated $200 billion to stage the biggest show in global sports and any on-air references to its questionable human rights record, […]

U.S. Loses to Netherlands, Eliminated From World Cup

Memphis Depay and Daley Blind scored in the first half and Denzel Dumfries added a late goal as the Netherlands eliminated the United States from the World Cup with a 3-1 victory Saturday that advanced the Dutch to the quarterfinals. Second-half substitute Haji Wright cut the U.S. deficit to 2-1 in the 76th minute when […]

World Cup TV Ratings Surge With U.S. Again in Competition

The move of the Men’s World Cup from its traditional summer berth to fall doesn’t seem to have hurt TV viewing in the United States — and the presence of the U.S. team in the tournament has definitely helped. Through the first 35 group stage matches, Fox Sports is averaging just over 3 million viewers […]

China’s State Broadcaster Blurs Out Maskless World Cup Fans as Local COVID Protests Grow

As protests against COVID restrictions continue to spread across China, the country’s state broadcaster has taken to censoring images of maskless crowds at the 2022 World Cup. During Sunday’s World Cup group game between Japan and Costa Rica, the sports channel of China’s state broadcaster CCTV replaced shots of maskless fans in the stadium in […]

Is Critical Coverage Hurting World Cup Ratings?

Controversy has swirled around this year’s soccer World Cup in Qatar. From accusations of bribery and fraud in granting the tournament to the tiny, wealthy Mid-East nation, to criticism of Qatar’s persecution of its LGBTQ+ community and its treatment of migrant workers But, judging by viewership figures after the first week of matches, the critical […]

John Oliver Slams Elon Musk: “He’s Decimated His Staff and Degraded His Product”

John Oliver took jabs at Elon Musk for his early chaotic reign as Twitter CEO on Sunday’s episode of Last Week Tonight. “It has now been three weeks since it was taken over by Elon Musk, a man who answers the question, ‘What if Willy Wonka benefited from apartheid?'” Oliver said at the beginning of […]