9
Jun

John Oliver rips FIFA in 13-minute rant on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight”

In an effort to help casual sports fans understand the ongoing World Cup corruption allegations, HBO’s John Oliver perfectly applied the “sausage principle” — “If you love something, never find out how it was made” — to FIFA and its inner workings. But then Oliver delves into the nitty-gritty regardless, and the result is a 13-minute tirade against what the “Last Week Tonight” host calls a “comically grotesque organization.”

We don’t need to set it up anymore. Just watch Oliver vent while nodding sadly to the many excellent, humorous points that he makes.

24
Jul

HBO’s ‘Real Sports’ casts damning light on Chivas USA, MLS

By Kyle McCarthy, FOXSoccer.com

The report aired by HBO’s Real Sports on Tuesday night regarding the odious situation at Chivas USA offered precious little new information to anyone familiar with the recently filed lawsuit. It did, however, provide powerful imagery to accompany a chilling, one-sided narrative alleging rampant, institutionalized racial discrimination at the club.

A sympathetic young boy and his mother who felt forced out of the Chivas USA youth academy due to their race and a questionnaire designed to ascertain his lineage. A pair of former MLS players and Chivas USA academy coaches allegedly fired from their jobs despite satisfactory job performance because they did not embody the Mexican heritage of the club. And a former Mexican international – a decent man with absolutely no business handling these sorts of delicate matters – sacrificed on camera by his club to answer questions evasively and shepherded off-screen by his handlers when the interview inevitably reflected his untenable position.

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