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Apr
24

Media Spin, the Qataris and Chris Eaton

  It is called ‘media spin’. If you missed the story, a man who is involved in the Qatari anti-corruption agency for sports  – Chris Eaton – is now claiming in the media that he is shocked about a new book that investigates whether the Qataris may have been offering bribes to win the rights […]

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Apr
20

“We save the whales. We save the dolphins. We need to save human beings.”

   A suspension of articles on match-fixing for the next few days after the tragedies in the Mediterranean Sea.    Here is an article I wrote in November 2014, on a private charity that tries to rescue migrants off Malta.  VALLETTA, MALTA—It is the memories of the dead children that keep Marco Cauchi up at night. […]

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Apr
15

The Devil is in the Details

To start with the important point: it is a good idea. This is the proposal that came out of a meeting of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) sports integrity forum last weekend. The IOC’s reputation has suffered so much damage over the years that the words – ‘meeting, ‘sports integrity’ and ‘IOC’ – immediately plant […]

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Apr
7

The Wrong People using the Wrong Tools in the Wrong Way

It is a tale of two reports. The first was released last month by the investigators of the Cycling International Report Commission (CIRI).  They examined the actions of Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) who govern elite cycling. Their report is a review of the colossal failure of anti-doping efforts in cycling over the last twenty-years. This […]

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Feb
21

Oscars and Racism in the U.S.

Ladies and Gentlemen, We have a winner! In 2015, Selma is the only film that approaches the majesty and gravitas of what an Oscar for Best Picture should be. It is a superb story but, ironically, not a well-produced film. Selma is actually a ten-part HBO television series squashed into a two-hour movie. The writer […]

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Feb
14

Films By and For Actors & The Theory of Everything

Dear Friends and Colleagues, Working hard on the usual match-fixing, corruption and sport stuff. I will be back in a few weeks with a fair amount of work and news. However, in February I am taking a break to post thoughts on the themes of the current Best Picture Oscar-nominated films. I also include below […]

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Feb
6

So If You’re So Good, How Come You Lost?

American Sniper (minus) 2 ** stars  As we get towards Academy Awards night, a series of essays on the themes from the films nominated for Oscar for Best Film.  Today, American Sniper.  The least thing they could do is admit they lost. The problem with the film American Sniper is that claims to be the truth.  It claims to be […]

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Feb
2

On Fixing the Super Bowl and ‘Extreme’ Weather

It is a sign of the times.   Another major sporting event: another slew of e-mails about whether the game was fixed.   For those who have missed it, last night’s Super Bowl, went down to the final minute.  The Seattle Seahawks, down by several points to the New England Patriots, got the ball to the […]

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Jan
30

The Imitation Game and the Big Lie

As we get towards Academy Awards night, every Friday I will be writing an essay on the themes from one of the films nominated for Oscar for Best Film.  Today, the British film ‘The Imitation Game’.   Rating   ** (2 stars out of 5)     The Imitation Game is a film full of historical inaccuracies, class-ridden […]

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Jan
15

Czech Kudos, Turkey’s Embarrassment and Yet More Dodgy Officials

To start January with good news: well done the Czechs! I have just returned from the Czech Republic and the police there have done something almost unparalleled in the match-fixing world.   They have swooped in and arrested 25 people and busted up an alleged match-fixing ring in the lower divisions of their football league. Well, […]

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