A Shake-Up In World Soccer And The Troubled Red Sox

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Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, in a 2016 photo (Elise Amendola/AP)
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, in a 2016 photo (Elise Amendola/AP)

Yesterday the president of FIFA, Sepp Blatter, resigned just four days after he was re-elected. His resignation follows last week's arrest of nine FIFA officials in Switzerland on charges of corruption.

The arrests and Blatter's resignation have stirred up specific questions like where the 2022 world cup--currently awarded to Qatar--will be played as well as bigger questions about the future of world soccer.

Closer to home, the Boston Red Sox are in a sorry state. They are in last place in the American League East with the highest earned run average in baseball. On Tuesday, owner John Henry told the media that some of the Sox' games have been abysmal. Can they turn things around in time to slip into the playoffs?


Bill Littlefield, host of NPR's Only A Game. He tweets @OnlyAGameNPR

Glenn Stout, sports writer and longtime editor of the Best American Sports Writing. He tweets @GlennStout


The New York Times: Sep Blatter's Resignation Removes An Obstacle to FIFA Overhaul

  • "It seems clear that FIFA not only has to change its president after Mr. Blatter’s resignation but also its entire culture, a foul ethos of secrecy, corruption and self-enrichment."

The New York Times: Sep Blatter Decides to Resign as FIFA President in About-Face

  • "Mr. Blatter had for days tried to distance himself from the controversy, but several United States officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that in their efforts to build a case against Mr. Blatter, they were hoping to win the cooperation of some of the FIFA officials now under indictment and work their way up the organization."

The Boston Globe: John Henry gives endorsement to Red Sox manager, GM

  • "'We have played like bleep,' Henry said. But general manager Ben Cherington and manager John Farrell will not pay with their jobs. Henry made that unequivocally clear during an informal news conference at Fenway Park."

This segment aired on June 3, 2015.


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