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.
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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.
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.
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