The 2014 Sochi Games will take place from February 7 to February 23, 2014, costing more than $51 billion, the most expensive Olympic Games ever, topping the $40+ billion the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics cost and soaring past the $14.2 billion the 2012 London Games cost. The $51 billion question – the Winter Games are much smaller than the Summer Olympics, how and why did a Winter Games cost more than any Olympic Games ever have?
In the five and a half months since his complete from grace on August 24 Lance Armstrong continues to define what arrogance is. Despite allegedly baring his soul during a January interview with Oprah, Armstrong continues to be the poster boy for what’s wrong with the world we live in. In Lance Armstrong’s world it seems the world has done him wrong, he is the victim.
There are more than 4,000 retired National Football League players and their family members grouped together in what is the biggest lawsuit the NFL and the sports industry has ever faced. The NFL will offer oral arguments April 9 to Eastern District of Pennsylvania, U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody hoping to have the lawsuit dismissed. While the legal games relating to the lawsuit are only beginning, player safety was very much on the minds of NFL leaders during Super Bowl week.
The remarkable evolution of the Super Bowl from a football game to an American holiday holds the XVII edition Sunday evening at the New Orleans Superdome. When you look back at the origins of the Super Bowl, what a long strange wonderful trip it truly has been for the National Football League.
The Big Easy’s hotel rooms are filled this weekend, Super Bowl XLVII is set for Sunday. Super Bowl XLVII managed to extend Mardi Gras, or least put that party aside for a few days. Because of the Super Bowl festivities the New Orleans Mardi Gras krewes (parades) are taking the weekend off. If Super Bowl XLVII wasn’t being played at the Superdome Sunday, Mardi Gras celebrations would continue, hotel rooms throughout the Louisiana city would be filled to capacity with Mardi Gras celebrants.
Ray Lewis has become the player to watch heading into the last days before Super Bowl XLVII. Sunday evening when Lewis’ Baltimore Ravens meet the San Francisco 49’ers, more than 100 million will focus much of their attention on the Ravens middle line-backer playing the last game of his Hall of Fame career. Tuesday at Super Bowl media day, Lewis who craves attention on and off a football field, did the best he could to avoid the thousands of media who wanted to ask Lewis about some of the “unfortunate” events in his life.
One of the biggest stories throughout Super Bowl week has nothing to do with the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49’ers, but everything to do with the future of the National Football League. More than 3,800 retired NFL players and their families are suing the National Football League, believing the Lords of the Pigskin willfully withheld information relating to the impact concussions had on football players and related safety issues. The issue – the future of the National Football League, the safety of the game and how football is played “colliding together” with the future of the NFL at stake.
The highlight of Roger Goodell’s year is set for Sunday afternoon at New Orleans Superdome, Sunday February 3. If not for Roger Goodell, Super Bowl XLVII likely would have been played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale (a Phoenix suburb), or Miami’s Sun Life Stadium. New Orleans was awarded the game during the NFL's Spring Ownership Meetings in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on May 19, 2009. Goodell and Goodell alone is why Super Bowl XLVII is heading to the Big Easy!
Manti Te'o will be a part of Super Bowl week for all the wrong reasons. The captain of the 2012 Notre Dame football team and the Heisman Trophy runner-up continues to defend his reputation, tattered at best, all but ruined in the wake of fallout from his ill-fated relationship with a woman who never existed. Manti Te'o will be discussed in the days leading up to Super Bowl XLVII.
The NCAA the multi-billion dollar governing body college sports suffered a serious body blow to the organizations image and credibility Wednesday afternoon when the NCAA announced they were conducting an internal investigation of the NCAA’s investigation unit. While there is no truth to the rumor the NCAA has hired Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau (the character created by Blake Edwards for the Pink Panther movies), recent work NCAA investigation unit conducted resembles work done by Clouseau and company.