Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Oh, sorry I wasn't paying attention. Another bribe? Am not surprised. Bribery after all is the world game.

Bribery in football? Sounds familiar, huh? Got this from Associated Press:

“Two European newspapers say they have obtained a document naming three FIFA executive committee members who allegedly received secret payments from world soccer's former marketing agency.

The allegations come three days before the trio are to take part in FIFA's vote on the hosts for the 2018 and 2002 World Cups.

Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger and Germany's Sueddeutsche Zeitung identify them as Ricardo Teixeira of Brazil, Nicolas Leoz of Paraguay and Issa Hayatou of Cameroon.

The reports say the men received kickbacks from marketing agency ISL from 1988-99. ISL went bust in 2001.

The newspapers say they obtained the same document that the BBC plans to feature in a documentary being aired Monday.

FIFA said it had no comment on the reports.”

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