The world of sport has been shaken by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, numerous events have been moved or cancelled. Find out more with STATSCORE‘s Review!
- The world of sports reacts to Russian invasion
- US women’s football team reach $24m deal in equal pay battle
- California voters open to legislation allowing sports betting
- Barcelona, Real, Juve to hold a ‘Super League’ tournament in the US
- Oklahoma moves closer to legalizing sports betting
The world of sports reacts to Russian invasion
The world of sport has been shaken by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
UEFA has decided to move this season’s Champions League final away from Saint Petersburg to Paris. The Russian city was scheduled to host the final on 28 May. Read more
Football Associations of Poland, Sweden and the Czech Republic have refused to play their 2022 World Cup play-off matches against Russia in protest against the war. FIFA and UEFA ban all national and domestic Russian teams from global and European competitions, including the World Cup in Qatar. Read more
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has strongly condemned “the breach of the Olympic Truce by the Russian government,” adding that the “respective UN resolution was adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 2, 2021 by consensus of all 193 UN Member States. The Olympic Truce began seven days before the start of the Olympic Games, on 4 February 2022, and ends seven days after the closing of the Paralympic Games.”
The Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix has been cancelled as a result of the invasion of Ukraine. Read more
German football club FC Schalke 04 has removed Gazprom as shirt sponsor. Read more
FIFA boss Gianni Infantino has commented on the situation in Ukraine: “I was shocked by what I saw. I am worried and concerned about this situation. FIFA condemns the use of force by Russia in Ukraine and any type of violence to resolve conflicts. Violence is never a solution and FIFA calls on all parties to restore peace through constructive dialogue.” He also discussed his relationship with Putin and endorsing a World Cup in Russia: “We are constantly reflecting on the role of sport in trying to bring people together in a peaceful environment. Today my thoughts are on all the people who are affected by this escalating conflict.” Read more
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US women’s football team reach $24m deal in equal pay battle
US women football (soccer) players reached a landmark agreement with the American soccer governing body to end a six-year legal battle over equal pay.
The agreement promises female players $24 million, plus bonuses that are equal to what male players earn.
In a joint statement, US Soccer and USWNT said: “We are pleased to announce that, contingent on the negotiation of a new collective bargaining agreement, we will have resolved our longstanding dispute over equal pay and proudly stand together in a shared commitment to advancing equality in soccer.” Read more
California voters open to legislation allowing sports betting
45% of Californians would support amending the State’s Constitution to allow sports betting.
One-third of voters said they are opposed to such an effort while the remaining 22% of respondents are undecided, according to a poll by UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies and co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Times.
Efforts to legalize sports wagering in California have been in the works since 2018, when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law that banned all states except Nevada from establishing sports betting operations. Read more
Barcelona, Real, Juve to hold a ‘Super League’ tournament in the US
Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus are planning pre-season games in the United States this summer, according to ESPN.
The three clubs were part of the failed effort to establish a European Super League project.
It was also reported that the involved clubs have approached AC Milan about the possibility of being the fourth team in the tournament. Read more
Oklahoma moves closer to legalizing sports betting
The State’s House committee has passed a bill seeking to legalize sports betting at casinos in the state. However, numerous obstacles remain in place.
Among the biggest problems are ongoing arguments between the state’s tribes and Gov. Kevin Stitt, who have fought over gaming compacts, and continue to fight over hunting and fishing licenses, and the U.S. Supreme Court’s McGirt decision.
“I don’t think you can separate the subject matter from the entire landscape between the governor’s office and the tribal leaders,” said Matthew Morgan, chairman of the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association. Read more
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