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TSX HEADLINES – for Jan. 5, 2018: Over the past 17 months, we’ve shared 225 issues of The Sports Examiner with you and been...

The top stories of 2018 – part I: More tumult? More cheating?

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TSX HEADLINES – for Jan. 1, 2018: If the problems of 2017 weren’t enough, more are coming in 2018. But there will be highlights,...

U.S. national federations graded on governance … and get a D

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PALM DESERT, December 11, 2017 — With scandals emerging left and right in international sport, good governance is becoming an increasingly critical issue. The University of...

The IOC got it almost perfect: No Russia, but maybe some Russians …

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PALM DESERT, December 6, 2017 – The long-awaited decision of the International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board on Russia’s participation came Tuesday with a split...

Disciplinarians or hypocrites? What will the IOC do about Russia and weightlifting?

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PALM DESERT, November 29, 2017 – The International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board will have a full agenda when it meets on 5-6 December, including...

Why can’t Olympic sports be more like college football?

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PALM DESERT, November 27, 2017 – This past weekend was a great one in Olympic sports ... and college football. Fans of both were attending...

After 125 years, time to say “Thanks, Baron” one more time

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PALM DESERT, November 24, 2017 – This Saturday will mark 125 years since a 29-year-old Frenchman named Pierre de Coubertin proposed that the Olympic...

Role reversal: now the cities ask, “Why do we want the Games?”

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PALM DESERT, November 22, 2017 – It wasn’t so long ago that it was the International Olympic Committee asking probing questions of a group...

Is this the last week that FloJo will be a world-record holder?

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PALM DESERT, November 20, 2017 – The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) will hand out its annual awards this coming Friday in Monaco....

Who makes more: Track stars or World Cup skiers?

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PALM DESERT, November 17, 2017 – Alpine skiers have to be the princes and princesses of the Olympic-sport world, don’t they? Training and competing at...

Individual justice vs. collective responsibility, or is it the IOC vs. the IAAF?

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PALM DESERT, November 13, 2017 – Over the next four weeks, both the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)...

The cheapest, most undeserved gold medal in Olympic history

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PALM DESERT, November 10, 2017 – What will happen to the Russian team at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Korea? Will the International Olympic...

New math? How does an $8.5 million subsidy in 2016 turn into a profit...

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PALM DESERT, November 6, 2017 – If there is anything which chases people away from the Olympic Games these days, it’s the exorbitant cost....

Between Scylla and Charybdis: IOC president Thomas Bach

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PALM DESERT, November 3, 2017 – The famed Greek poet Homer wrote about two terrors that had to be faced at the same time...

German court will hear challenge to IOC’s sponsor exclusivity Rule 40

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PALM DESERT, October 30, 2017 – Very few athletes can quote chapter and verse from the Olympic Charter, the rulebook of the International Olympic...

Coming soon: the sports marketing spectacle of the 21st Century … or a train...

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PALM DESERT, October 27, 2017 – The 2028 Olympic Games have been awarded to Los Angeles. The 2026 FIFA World Cup could be assigned...

Anita DeFrantz on the 1980 boycott: “It still is extremely painful”

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PALM DESERT, October 23, 2017 – Anita DeFrantz rose to fame by suing the United States Olympic Committee to allow American athletes – including...

Innsbruck’s message to the IOC: Even a zero-cost Games isn’t worth the hassle

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PALM DESERT, October 18, 2017 – The failure of the referendum supporting a bid for the Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck and the Tyrol...

It’s all in the mind for Slopestyle World Champion McRae Williams

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PALM DESERT, October 16, 2017 – In Freestyle Skiing, it seems younger is always better. Until 26-year-old McRae Williams stunned everyone – including himself...

Los Angeles has the 2028 Olympic Games, so what’s next? Hibernation?

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PALM DESERT, September 18, 2017 – As the parties and parades pass on and the recognition that Los Angeles will organize an Olympic Games...

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