Video :: ETHAN KING on Huff Post Live “Helping Through Sports With ‘Charity Ball’”

Filed under: Charity Ball, Culture & Lifestyle, Family, Social Issues

At 10 years old, Ethan King was determined to make an impact. By founding Charity Ball, which donates soccer equipment in developing nations, he’s been doing just that. He and his father join us live.

* You know how we feel about Ethan around here so seeing everything that he is doing these days and weeks and months and years before he becomes the President of the United States we love seeing. A good kid with a great heart and great family is making differences in the world. Ethan has chosen to do it through our game with Charity Ball.

Here, he and his father Brian were on Huff Post Live today talking about Charity Ball, how it was started, Ethan’s involvement, how excited they were to be in Brazil spreading the love… they also talk about what they’ve learned and take aways from what they are doing.

They also touch on Ethan’s fathers charity, Vox United which empowers the underprivileged people in other countries such as Africa by providing sustainable, clean water wells. Good stuff.

Find out more: Charity Ball : Vox United

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Mario Balotelli gets ban and £25,000 fine for Instagram post : Apologizes Again

Filed under: English Football Association, EPL News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | English Premier League Highlights, Liverpool, Mario Balotelli

Super Mario Balotelli recieved a one-match ban and £25,000 fine for his Instagram post a few weeks ago after being charged by the FA under rule E3, which cites as “aggravating factors” references to ethnic origin, colour, race, nationality, faith, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

As you can see above, Mario has apologized again after his original post / take down / apology.

Here is an image of the original “Be like Super Mario” post on the gram.

Mario Balotelli: Liverpool striker banned for one game and fined – BBC Sport

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Music Alert :: “Animals” Maroon 5 ft. Big Boi (Remix)

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Music

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This is an interesting remix…. can honestly say that I’d never even thought about a Big Boi verse jumping on a Maroon 5 record, but I can’t say that I am mad about it.

I’m an Outkast stan so pretty much anything and everything done by Big Boi and 3000 do (musically) makes me happy so hearing this right now, makes me happy. No surprise though because BB is known to take a lot of chances these days with some of his collabs. And Maroon 5 is dope – I don’t care what anyone says. This one is fresh as hell.

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“Soccer-Kick Them In The Head” CM Punk on Early Wrestling Days and Dealing with Ring Invaders

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Random Soccer in Random Places

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On yesterday’s Highly Questionable with Dan Le Batard and Bomani Jones they had CM Punk on the show for a segment and talked everything from his move to UFC, some of his straight edge partying days (and partying with Charles Barkley), his wrestling back in the day, and the last real fight that he won.

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NYCFC Announce Multi-Year Braodcast Agreement with YES Network

Filed under: Business, MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights, NYC FC

#NYCFC and @YESNetwork announce multi-year agreement. Read about it on NYCFC.com

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New York City Football Club, New York City’s new Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise, today announced a multi-year agreement with the YES Network, making YES the Club’s exclusive local television home.

The agreement complements an existing partnership with WFAN, which will serve as the Club’s flagship station and radio rights holder. New York City FC is set to begin its inaugural season in March 2015 at Yankee Stadium.

Under the partnership, the YES Network, the pre-eminent regional sports network in the country, has acquired the rights to televise all New York City FC home and away regular season matches. YES’ match telecasts will be presented by Etihad Airways and sponsored by New York Presbyterian Hospital and Tri-State Ford Dealers.

The network will televise New York City FC matches within its traditional service area: throughout New York State and Connecticut; north and central New Jersey; and northeastern Pennsylvania.

Full presser over at NYCFC.com

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Apparently Some Premier League Clubs Charge Kids to be Mascots

Filed under: A Fans Perspective, Business, EPL News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | English Premier League Highlights

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Well, this is kind of interesting. An study by the Guardian reveals that being a mascot in the Premier League, for 11 of the clubs, is not a free situation. They found that clubs are charging for children to be mascots, with West Ham United’s the most expensive package at £600 (almost $940 USD)!!

Some clubs, including Spurs, QPR and Newcastle, do, however, offer a number of free mascot places through competitions and charities. Others do not charge at all: Arsenal, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Southampton and Sunderland.

Revealed: Premier League clubs charge up to £600 for children to be mascots – The Guardian

So, the question is what all happens when you get to be a mascot. According to the study, there actually is a lot of value for the money:

The majority of the mascot packages include hospitality places at the designated match, a free kit, signed footballs, photos of the day, match tickets, and other benefits.

I guess thats not so bad actually. If I’m a kid, and my parents have a little bit of bread and don’t mind throwing down for it, this is kind of awesome. It would be a day that you would never forget and the facebook and gram images would be dope. The other side of it, for me, is damb, can we live a little bit? Does everything need to be a money making proposition.

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Video :: Crystal Dunn talks to Morgan Brian and Samantha Mewis about NWSL

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, NWSL, US Women

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With young U.S. WNT players Morgan Brian and Samantha Mewis having completed their college eligibility and set to be high picks in the 2015 NWSL Draft, Washington Spirit defender Crystal Dunn, who played her rookie season in 2014, sits down with the up-and-coming midfielders to discuss turning pro.

* I love videos like this. One, big fan of what Morgan Brian has going on. Not lseeping on Samantha or Crystal either by the way… Two, I’m a huge supporter of conversations like this. I, having never played the game, and definitely never been a professional athlete find myself always curious about a professional athlete’s life.

I could care less about the money and the cars ish, but more about the day to day grind of being a pro and what that is all about. I ask Brian questions about this all the time. There is a difference between professional athletes and us mere mortals. I’m curious about that. I could listen to a Q+A of those kinds of things all day long. There is something in there too. Gonna talk with Beans and Dunny about this because I’m sure a lot of people feel the same way. Pending.

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FIFA Statement Over Michael Garcia’s Resignation

Filed under: FIFA, Soccer News

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~~  Is anyone else more interested in the fact that Michael Garcia dropped a bomb in his resignation letter about Sepp Blatter trying to open up ‘Disciplinary Proceedings’ against him?!?!

At this point, it just feels like one of those ‘Shrugs Shoulders – It’s FIFA’ situations…. BUT, when does that change?

The answer is when Michael Garcia’s report is leaked to the press and the public.

via FIFA

FIFA has taken note of the resignation of Michael J. Garcia as Chairman of the Investigatory Chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee with immediate effect.

FIFA President Blatter: “I am surprised by Mr Garcia’s decision. The work of the Ethics Committee will nonetheless continue and will be a central part of the discussions at the ExCo meeting in the next two days.”

Pending the election of a new chairman of the Ethics Committee by the FIFA Congress, the FIFA Executive Committee will appoint an acting chairman to serve as a replacement for Mr Garcia.

FIFA has no further comment at this stage.

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