1. FIFA corruption. It's been a long time since anybody thought of FIFA as a bunch of do-gooders, but this has been a damaging year for its reputation nonetheless. As Sepp Blatter's merry troupe was courted by World Cup bidders, two members (Nigeria's Amos Adamu and Tahiti's Reynald Temarii) were suspended for offering to sell their votes, and the rest of the executive committee did nothing to quell suspicions that it was standard practice by giving the 2018 and 2022 tournaments to mega-rich, risky options Russia and Qatar, respectively. Blatter says he wants to give soccer to the world -- though South Africa saw not a cent of the $2 billion profit that FIFA, which refuses to pay tax in host countries, made from last summer's World Cup.
Forgive former Texas owner Tom Hicks if he would like to forget the anniversary, but one week from Sunday marks exactly 10 years since Hicks dropped jaws at the winter meetings by handing shortstop Alex Rodriguez an industry-rattling $252 million, 10-year contract. The contract was so outsized that even a decade later the best shortstop in baseball, Troy Tulowitzki, came up almost $100 million short from matching it this week ($157.75 million for 10 years).
Faced with the prospect of losing in a Texas court, former owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr. withdrew the temporary restraining order that they had obtained from Texas Judge Jim Jordan and that had ostensibly blocked the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) from selling Liverpool FC to New England Sports Ventures (NESV). A substantive review of the order had been scheduled for Oct. 25; by withdrawing the order prior to a decision on its merits, Hicks and Gillett strategically avoid the prospect of a negative ruling and help to preserve possible legal claims against RBS and NESV.
One of England's most famous soccer clubs has been sold to the American owners of baseball's Boston Red Sox following a protracted Trans-Atlantic legal battle.
NESV owner John W. Henry comments on his completed and protracted takeover of Liverpool Football Club.
Can a Texas court block a British court from allowing the sale of Liverpool FC to the owners of the Boston Red Sox? If that sounds like a strange question, it's because it concerns a curious mix of conflicts of law, international banking law, and the fate of one of soccer's most storied franchises. It is also a question that could lead to a legal showdown at 7 a.m. Friday, Texas time.
Liverpool's Football Club's proposed sale took another legal twist Thursday after a High Court judge in London condemned the English Premier League side's co-owners for attempting to block the sale in a Texas court.
CNN's Phil Black reports on the court battle and bidding war for the Liverpool Football Club.
The future ownership of Liverpool Football Club, one of the most famous and successful names in world sport, remains unclear as a power struggle involving the club board, its co-owners, its financial backers and prospective buyers plays out in courtrooms in London and Texas.
A British High Court judge ruled against the American owners of Liverpool Football Club Wednesday in their bid to stop the team's sale to a U.S. group.
There's not much you can count on these days. A deeply polarized political landscape, sure. The greatness of Tracy Morgan? Unquestionably. A bad Mike Ribeiro hair cut? No doubt.
The battle over the ownership of one of England's top soccer teams took a new twist Tuesday, as a businessman from Singapore put in a new offer for the team -- entirely in cash.
Liverpool's American owners will contest the English football club's proposed sale in the British High Court on Tuesday, and if they win it could see the five-time European champions put into administration.
Manchester United's financial state was thrown into stark relief on Thursday after the English club's American owners revealed a record loss of $137 million despite making an unprecedented operating profit of $160 million.
CNN's Alex Thomas talks to Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs about his twenty years at the club.
The future of Liverpool Football Club will be decided in London's High Court next week after current owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett mounted a legal challenge to the proposed buyout by New England Sports Ventures (NESV).
Liverpool FC have agreed in principle to sell the team to New England Sports Ventures. CNN's Alex Thomas reports.
Liverpool Football Club, one of England's most prestigious teams, announced Wednesday that its board has agreed to sell the team to New England Sports Ventures, the company that owns baseball's Boston Red Sox.
Liverpool Football Club, one of the most famous and successful names in world sport, was on Tuesday on the brink of being sold to the owner of the Boston Red Sox baseball team following months of uncertainty over the club's future.
Liverpool have rejected fears they face plunging into administration if the club isn't sold by October.
They do call the summer transfer window silly season, but this one's got me flummoxed.
Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton claims there have been "several" bids for the club after Chinese businessman Kenneth Huang's interest was confirmed to CNN.
Liverpool's official supporters club is hoping the intervention of former chairman David Moores will hasten the departure of unpopular owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks.
Earlier this week, Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner announced that manager Martin O'Neill was staying at the club for at least another season.
Liverpool's failure to qualify for the Champions League has been put in stark relief by figures showing the English club's American owners made a loss of $81 million for the year up to July 31, 2009.
George Gillett Jr and Tom Hicks, the American billionaire owners of English Premier League side Liverpool, have announced their intention to sell the club in a statement on the team's official Web site.
The sale price of the Texas Rangers was about $570 million, several sources tell SI.com.
The group headed by prospective buyer Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan is said to be making "consistent progress'' in talks to buy the Texas Rangers from longtime owner Tom Hicks and sources indicate an agreement is expected to be reached by Tuesday or Wednesday.
While nearly 100 free agents remain available, it's probably too late for any team to transform its team or winter with what's left. So it's time to assess the winters of the 30 teams -- or at least the top 10 of them.
Liverpool director Tom Hicks Jr has resigned from his position with the club and their parent company Kop Holdings in the wake of a foul-mouthed e-mail rant at a fan.
Former baseball superagent Dennis Gilbert and his ownership group have emerged in recent days as the surprise frontrunner to buy the Texas Rangers, SI has learned.
Premier League side Liverpool's American owners have concluded a deal to re-finance the bank loan they took out to buy the club in 2007.
Liverpool's American owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett may face some difficult decisions regarding their continued involvement with the Premier League club.
It's been an active week for Tom Hicks.
In spite of the perception that owning a sports franchise is a license to print money, the opposite is often true in the NHL. The most recent case: the Dallas Stars.
The company that owns baseball's Texas Rangers and hockey's Dallas Stars has defaulted on about $525 million in loans, with owner Tom Hicks saying on Friday that he intentionally made the move to help negotiate with banks.
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has admitted he almost quit Anfield before signing a new five-year deal last month.
Football fans in the UK are ushering in a potential new age of football ownership after plotting a takeover bid for English Premier League Liverpool FC.
Liverpool have confirmed that chief executive Rick Parry will leave his position with the Premier League club at the end of the season.
Tom Hicks and his Hot Wicks got together in Dallas on Wednesday to burn heretic Sean Avery at the stake -- or at least to hold the delinquent player's feet to the fire.
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is to meet with the club's owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks in the next week to discuss a contract extension.
Liverpool co-owner Tom Hicks has branded the club's chief executive Rick Parry a "disaster" as he once again urged his partner George Gillett to sell him his stake in the Premier League club.
Word is Braves pitcher Mike Hampton is making very little progress in his efforts to come back from the "strained pec'' injury he suffered while warming up for what was to be his season debut on April 4. What a shame it is that so many words were written this spring about a comeback that was, very predictably, a mirage.
Liverpool co-owner Tom Hicks has asked chief executive Rick Parry to resign from his post at the club.
Liverpool co-owner Tom Hicks will not be present at Anfield tonight as his club seek to reach the semifinals of the Champions League.
Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry is hoping that the club's joint owners can quickly settle their differences and resolve the uncertainty currently surrounding the Anfield club.
CNN's Pedro Pinto asks why overseas investors are so keen to buy up English Premiere teams.
Liverpool co-owner Tom Hicks is adamant that he has no plans to sell his stake in the English Premier League club.
English soccer would be in for a revolution if one of the country's most famous teams gets taken over by its own supporters
Sometimes numbers don't quite add up. Less than a year ago, Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr. bought Liverpool for $432 million. Or, rather, that's what the club's valuation was.
Fans of Liverpool look to buy the club amid uncertainty about the future of its U.S. owners. CNN's Jim Boulden reports.
Liverpool's American owners have finalized a £350 million ($692.7 million) refinancing package and insisted that manager Rafael Benitez has their full support.
Liverpool co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett targeted Jurgen Klinsmann about possibly becoming the Premier League club's next manager, according to a British newspaper.
If you simply glanced from the outside at the Dallas Stars' 7-7-3 record, things might not seem so bad. But anyone who's spent time watching this maddeningly inconsistent team knew that it was in need of change. A trade. Maybe a new man behind the bench. Something, anything, to shake up an awkwardly-constructed group that too often sank into extended periods of complacency that ended up costing them points.
Also in this column: • South Side fire sale • Gagne's veto power • Hicks goes off on Juan • More news & notes
In the race for baseball's most disappointing team, the Texas Rangers have to be right up there. Their 23-41 record has shocked a lot of folks, including their owner, Tom Hicks, who is said by associates to be extremely disappointed.
With the wave of overseas billionaires acquiring England's greatest football clubs, a new era is beginning.
English Premier League club Newcastle United unveiled plans on Monday for a £300 million pound ($591.8 million) development of a hotel and conference center around their St James' Park ground.
Football -- the real kind -- has made some massive inroads into the American consciousness since the start of the New Year.
The Limey has winged its way across the pond to bring you news of the title race in the English Premier League, an American takeover at Liverpool and yet another installment in the debate on video replay.
U.S. sports tycoons George Gillett and Tom Hicks have pledged to keep Liverpool true to tradition after agreeing to pay 174 million pounds ($340 million) to takeover the Premier League football club.
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