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Commentary
July 1st, 2015

Commentary: La Liga Appeals To FIFA — On Its Own Terms

Spain’s top soccer league, La Liga, filed an appeal to FIFA regarding the timing of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The competition is set to take place in November and December instead of during the summer, as is custom. Bill Littlefield weighs in on the situation.

In The News
June 13th, 2015

Brazil’s Neymar And Marta: Two ‘Magicians,’ Two Very Different Stories

From 1941 until 1979, it was against the law for women to play soccer in Brazil. Now, led by five-time FIFA World Player of the Year Marta, the Brazilian women have a shot at winning the World Cup. Gwen Oxenham joins Bill Littlfield to explain what a World Cup win would mean for Brazil.

Commentary
June 10th, 2015

Commentary: Women’s World Cup Still In The Back Seat

The U.S. is currently at the top of their group in the Women’s World Cup, having beaten Australia on Monday. But Only A Game’s Bill Littlefield is focusing less on individual results than on the progress of the game the women are playing.

In The News
May 30th, 2015

Why Did FIFA Re-elect Sepp Blatter?

Fourteen FIFA officials were indicted this week on charges of corruption, so how the heck did FIFA president Sepp Blatter win re-election? Bill Littlefield gets the answer from longtime soccer writer George Vecsey.

In Depth
February 21st, 2015

Afghanistan Reaches Cricket World Cup, Provides ‘Symbol Of Hope’

Afghanistan’s first trip to the Cricket World Cup may be “an early contender for the most remarkable and unlikely sports storyline of 2015,” writes USA Today Sports reporter Martin Rogers. He joins Only A Game’s Karen Given to explain.

Featured Book
February 7th, 2015

‘Circus Maximus’ Tallies The Real Cost Of Hosting The Olympics

The cost of hosting events like the Olympics and FIFA World Cup is higher than most proponents care to admit. Economist Andrew Zimbalist explains the cost in his book ‘Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup.’ He speaks with Bill Littlefield.

In Depth
January 3rd, 2015

2014: The (Sports) Year In Review

What was the most significant sports moment from 2014? The cases against Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice? Michael Sam coming out? The Sochi Olympics? The World Cup? Donald Sterling’s ouster from the NBA? In a year loaded with major news, Only A Game asked top sports writers to make their picks.

Commentary
December 3rd, 2014

Playing Surface Controversy Continues Ahead Of Women’s World Cup

The official draw for groups for the 2015 women’s World Cup is scheduled for Dec. 6. Meanwhile, the dispute over plans to use artificial turf at the competition is ongoing. Bill Littlefield weighs in on the situation.

In Depth
November 22nd, 2014
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Future Murky For Brazil’s Arena Da Amazonia

The Brazilian state of Amazonas borrowed $160 million to build a new World Cup stadium. Now that the competition’s over, many are concerned about the stadium’s future. Can it bring in enough money to pay off the debt? Sam Schramski reports from Brazil.

Interview
October 4th, 2014

Women’s Soccer Stars Sue Over Artificial Turf Plan At World Cup

Games at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup are scheduled to be played on artificial turf. Players from around the world have filed a lawsuit that claims gender discrimination. Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl and U.S. player Heather O’Reilly join Bill Littlefield to delve into the story.

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