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Union Delinquent On 2010 Tax Payments

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For those of you who theorized that many of the high profile offloads this summer without any notable additions may have been motivated by money (or a lack thereof), here's more wood for your fire.

Under the deal that brought Major League Soccer to Chester, the Philadelphia Union agreed to pay the impoverished city $500,000 a year in lieu of property taxes.

Quakes Pick Stadium Designers

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Progress right? Even if its minimal is still better than nothing San Jose Earthquakes fans.

Today your club's owner Lew Wolff formally selected the architect for the teams' proposed new stadium. Wolff announced that sports venue design innovator 360 Architecture would head up the project of both the Quakes new stadium and his MLB team the Oakland A's stadium.

Match Fit Reserve: MLS's 20th Team

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There's been a lot of speculation recently about which cities offer the best mix of market, facilities, owners and fanbase for Major League Soccer's twentieth club. Commonly mooted names are New York, Miami, Atlanta, but I know that none of these are right. Even dark horses like San Antonio, Nashville, and Saint Louis fall short of the mark.

BMO Goes Grass

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BMO Field, home of Toronto FC, has gotten official approval to convert the playing surface to natural grass. "The agreement of our government partners means tremendous things for soccer at both the community and professional levels," Toronto Mayor David Miller said. "Since BMO Field was built with public money from all three orders of government, their support was necessary to allow this plan to proceed.

Stadiums

Money, Money, Money

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We're #136! We're #136! We're #136!

Okay, these figures about the "200 best-paying teams in the world" is a bit of out date as they're based on last season. Hull and Portsmouth are not in the EPL, nor is Siena still in Serie A.

But it's nice to know we pay about the same on salaries that Fiorentina do, right?

How September 2010 could shape the future of professional soccer in DC and Baltimore

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As DC United's historically dreadful season has wound itself to its merciful end, the one question I get from everyone is not whether the team will actually get better, or whether Ben Olsen will make any difference, but whether the team will be moving to a new stadium in the DC area, Baltimore, or even elsewhere.

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Thanks for Everything Danny

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For 19 years, Danny Fiszman breathed and lived Arsenal as one of its longest serving board members, but more importantly, throughout his life, Danny was a fan of our great club.

There are not too many people who confronted with the knowledge that they have just days to live work tirelessly to secure the future of something or someone they truly love.

Thanks for Everything Danny

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For 19 years, Danny Fiszman breathed and lived Arsenal as one of its longest serving board members, but more importantly, throughout his life, Danny was a fan of our great club.

There are not too many people who confronted with the knowledge that they have just days to live work tirelessly to secure the future of something or someone they truly love.

World Cup

Euro 2016 To Be Awarded Today (To France)

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We haven't quite entered "worst secret" territory, but when the lotto ball for Euro 2016 is plucked from that bin by a scantily clad Michel Plantini, the world expects him to show a French one, and for good reason: they're throwing money at it.

The other two candidates are Italy and Turkey.

World Cup 2014: Excuses For Corruption

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Article written by my brother, Limonada.

A major Brazilian newspaper announced today that the Morumbi Stadium in São Paulo will not be hosting the opening game of the 2014 World Cup, or any other game for that matter. After a long battle between FIFA and São Paulo FC (who owns the stadium) regarding the renovation projects, FIFA's general-secretary Jerome Valcke will be coming to Brazil to give the bad news.

Brazil Will Take on England in November

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CBF announced today that Brazil will play a friendly match against England on November 14th. Where? Doha, Qatar. Why? The organization sold the right of all friendlies of the national team. And the people who bought it can organize the matches wherever they please.

In the meantime, While CBF pockets money and Brazilian fans do not get to see their national squad, Brazilian clubs struggle financially.

2014 World Cup: Host Cities Miss the First Deadline

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The newspaper Folha de S. Paulo reported that the Brazilian cities that will host the 2014 World Cup missed their first deadline. The nine cities that will use tax payers' money to build stadiums failed to publish the invitation to the bidding process by the final date set by the local organizing committee.

The Rest

Unexpected Rivalries 3: Reading, Swindon, Oxford and London Irish

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The police presence outside Oxford station on Wednesday night was illuminating. As a semicircle of rozzers stood to attention outside the entrance to Coco – a small citywide chain better known as a place for students to take mums and dads at the onset of the imminent academic year – Swindon Town fans began to pile off the trains and down the steps into enemy territory.

Ibrahimovic’s Agent Defends His Massive Wage Package

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic's agent Mino Raiola has been trying to defend his clients huge money move to Qatari-backed Paris Saint-Germain as the deal continues to draw criticism throughout France.

New France president Francois Hollande was critical of Ibra's transfer last week saying:

"There are teams who manage to win, even in professional sport.

Never trust a Lib Dem

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So after making a big show about forcing a "Listening Exercise" over Lansley's NHS Reform bill the Lib Dems meekly voted for the reforms in the same way they voted for them in the first place.

So now pandora's box is open and the NHS is all about competition...The private sector can swoop in on the profitable areas whilst leaving the scraps to the NHS in the same way the vultures jumped on the profitable areas of the Post Office's business.

Montreal Impact dawdle on stadium expansion

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In a story sure to warm the cockles of Bill Archer's heart, Joey Saputo is delaying the renovation of the stadium that bears his last name, presumably because he doesn't want to be responsible for any costs that the government won't pay for:

So what's actually happened is the province put up $23 million for the stadium expansion, but nobody was willing to actually do the job for that price.

West Ham Field of Dreams

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Shopping centre giant Westfield could contribute around £20m to help West Ham United transform the Olympic Stadium into a football ground, according to reports surfacing today. The Construction Enquirer understands that Westfield has held preliminary discussions with the club about sponsoring the stadium when West Ham move in after the 2012 Games.

The daily round-up

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Wow, a whole slate of negative stories for your Tuesday Newsday:

Isaiah Thompson of Philadelphia's CityPaper wonders why PPL Park is up and running while Chester hasn't received any of the public money for economic development that was supposed to be part of the stadium deal.

A Texas man beat his two year old daughter to death because she wouldn't stop crying during the US-Ghana game, then forced a screw down her throat to make it appear she had choked.

Video: Houston Fans Hold Rally for Downtwon Stadium

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In my narrow, cable television-influenced mind all "rallys" involve Birkenstock-clad co-eds, dreadlocked social activist-types, perhaps a few candles and at least one guy playing a Bob Marley song on an acoustic guitar.Thankfully Dynamo fans figured that none of that stuff ever worked for stopping wars so it's damn sure not going to work for doing something infinitely harder like getting a stadium built with public money in a recession.