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US Soccer under scrutiny again in investigations on HBO and CBS

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With the upcoming release of two new investigative journalism pieces by HBO and CBS, don’t be surprised if there’ll be some nervous days ahead at the headquarters of the US Soccer Federation in Chicago, Illinois.

First up is an interview with several US Women’s National Team players, which will appear on CBS’ 60 Minutes on Sunday at 7:30pm ET. In the interview, the World Cup winners will share their opinions about why they feel they’re treated as second class citizens by the US Soccer Federation, and why the time is now for the USSF to give the women equal pay and equal rights as the men.

With the US women’s team generating greater attendances for friendlies in 2016 than the US men’s team, that’s just one of the reasons why the women should have a convincing argument why they need to be treated fairly. We’ll see how much (or little) the USSF values women in the CBA negotiations that will hopefully be concluded in the next few months.

While the US women’s team will be the focus on prime-time television on Sunday night, the attention will turn to the men on Tuesday night for a brand-new episode of Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel where the investigative team focuses on former USSF Executive Vice-President Chuck Blazer.

The HBO episode, which will air on Tuesday, November 22 exclusively on HBO from 10-11pm ET, will chronicle the rise and fall of Chuck Blazer from his beginnings with USSF through to his roles with FIFA and CONCACAF.

Titled ‘The Informant,’ the episode chronicles Blazer’s position as “the godfather of soccer in America.” During his meteoric rise from youth soccer coach to soccer kingpin, he led initiatives to popularize the game in the U.S. and became the first American in nearly 50 years to join the ranks of FIFA’s executive committee. Rubbing elbows with everyone from Nelson Mandela to Hillary Clinton to Vladimir Putin, he amassed wealth and power while living like a king.

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But in 2015, the U.S. Attorney General turned international soccer on its head with dozens of indictments of FIFA executives for fraud, bribery and money laundering. It was subsequently revealed that the FBI had previously “flipped” Blazer, who recorded conversations with some of the most powerful men in soccer as a government informant. Today, Blazer, 71, is believed to be fighting for his life in a New Jersey hospice as he battles colon cancer. REAL SPORTS correspondent David Scott sits down with Mary Lynn Banks, Blazer’s longtime girlfriend, in her first TV interview about being the closest witness to his rise and fall.

Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel is an award-winning sports journalism series.

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  1. garwilly

    November 19, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    There is nothing more I hate than this equal pay bullsh**, and everywhere I see it’s happening in the US…not based on what you have earned but just cause if a man is getting it a woman should too. So are we going to see the women of the WNBA doing the same thing needing the same pay as LeBron. Let’s be real here, US Soccer’s money comes from the men’s team not the female. All those sponsors and that FIFA money and TV money all came from the men. Just because this is your only paycheck doesn’t give you the right to want the same pay. Sure they should get a pay raise but not the same as the men because that’s not where the money is coming from. No one wants to say it but the fact is no one gives a s*** about women’s football, and if it wasn’t for the men side of the federation they probably couldn’t afford to support the women’s team like they have now.

    • Rik

      November 20, 2016 at 10:08 am

      Wow Garwilly, get your head out of your A$$. Women’s soccer is much more entertaining than the men’s version. More passing, more scoring. FIFA has always discounted the women’s game and the pay issue is just one of many inequalities in soccer.

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