Germany soccer great Franz Beckenbauer has been questioned in a Swiss federal investigation of suspected corruption linked to the 2006 World Cup. Criminal proceedings against Beckenbauer and three other German members of the 2006 tournament organizing committee were opened in 2015. The four are suspected of fraud, money laundering, criminal mismanagement, and misappropriation relating to a payment of 6.7 million euros ($7 million) to FIFA in 2005.
Diego Simeone is worried about the possibility of losing star man Antoine Griezmann as Atletico Madrid have "no security", with a long line of suitors eyeing a move. Griezmann is one of the most in-demand forwards in the world and he declared this week that it would be "a dream" to play for the likes of Bayern Munich, Barcelona or even rivals Real Madrid. Despite also insisting that his immediate future was with Atletico, speculation persists and Manchester United have been heavily linked with a swoop for the France international.
The quest for trophies may be the number one objective of every sports franchise in the world but boosting revenue is a close second as clubs and leagues focus as much on the bottom line as scoreline. FC Barcelona, Olympique Marseille, Germany's Bundesliga, baseball's Chicago Cubs, the NFL and NHL all underlined their global ambitions at the Sport Business Summit in New York and the importance of building a brand in a competitive sporting landscape. For the NHL, which is waffling on its participation at next year's Pyeongchang Winter Games, it is the 2022 Beijing Olympics and a gateway into the coveted China market that is the carrot being dangled by the International Olympic Committee that could ultimately sway the league to come to South Korea.