SEATTLE (AP) — A former Microsoft sports marketing director has been sentenced to more than two years in prison after admitting he tried to embezzle $1.5 million — including $240,000 worth of...
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — There's a second lawsuit in the marketing fight over former Duke star Zion Williamson.
Prime Sports Marketing LLC and company president Gina Ford filed a lawsuit...
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former Duke star Zion Williamson is suing to terminate his contract with a sports marketing company, saying the agency violated the state's sports agent law.
Marketing group fined $1 million in FIFA corruption case
NEW YORK (AP) — A judge ordered a sports marketing group on Monday to pay a total of $1 million in fines in the FIFA soccer scandal.
U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen fined Traffic Sports...
Former Microsoft director indicted on embezzlement charges
SEATTLE (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged a former Microsoft sports marketing director with five counts of wire fraud, accusing him of attempting to embezzle $1.5 million from the company and using his NFL connections to sell Super Bowl tickets for his own gain.
Brand expert: Nike-Kaepernick deal a win for both
SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian sports marketing executive who testified for the prosecution in a corruption scandal at FIFA has died in Sao Paulo. He was 74.
Jose Hawilla founded the Traffic Group, Brazil's largest sports marketing company. He died on Friday of respiratory problems at the Sirio Libanes Hospital.
U.S. authorities arrested him in 2013 on charges of bribing senior soccer officials to secure commercial rights for tournaments.
Oklahoma sports agent gets prison for misusing charity funds
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma sports marketing agent has been sentenced to prison and ordered to pay nearly $698,000 in restitution for misusing charity funds.
Bill Horn, 59, was sentenced to 15 months behind bars Thursday after pleading guilty to two felony tax charges in September, The Oklahoman reported. He admitted to lying on annual foundation forms sent to the IRS.
Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon sued for sex harassment
Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon has been accused of sexual harassment in a lawsuit filed in California by a woman who worked as his assistant at his sports marketing firm.
Secret recordings emerge as key evidence at FIFA bribe trial
NEW YORK (AP) — A turning point in the investigation of soccer's governing body came with a 6 a.m. wake-up call by the FBI to the five-star Miami hotel room of a Brazilian sports marketing executive named Jose Hawilla.
A startled Hawilla, after learning he was a target of the probe, eventually decided to cooperate by wearing a wire — a coup for U.S. prosecutors at the ongoing U.S. trial of three former South American soccer officials charged in the corruption scandal that's embroiled FIFA.
Witness: Exec said Qatar had up to $15M available for bribes
NEW YORK (AP) — The former president of Colombia's soccer federation testified Monday that a sports marketing executive told him up to $15 million in bribe money was available for South American officials from Qatari interests ahead of the FIFA executive committee vote to decide the site of the 2022 World Cup.
Witness: Men accused of bribes negotiated sale to Qataris
NEW YORK (AP) — A sports marketing company whose owners have been charged with bribing top soccer officials tried to negotiate a sale to an entity associated with Paris Saint-Germain team president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, a witness testified Tuesday in federal court.
Secret payments to soccer officials cloaked by car names
NEW YORK (AP) — Payments to the head of Peruvian soccer were masked under the name "Fiat." Money for Paraguay's boss was listed as "Honda."
Excel spreadsheets detailed the cloak-and-dagger recording system of money given to "Benz," ''VW," ''Toyota," ''Kia," and "Peugeot," among others, including a pair of payments labeled "Q2022" that appeared to be related to the FIFA executive committee's 2010 vote giving Qatar rights to host the 2022 World Cup.
Defense lawyer calls witness at FIFA bribery trial ‘liar’
NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer for one of three South American soccer officials charged in the FIFA bribery scandal labeled a key witness at their U.S. trial a "serial liar" on Friday over accusations that his client used hand gestures in court to threaten the witness.
Prosecutors have asked the judge to revoke bail for Manuel Burga and jail him, saying he twice stared at the witness as he testified this week and ran his fingers across his throat in a slicing motion.
The Latest: Mexican TV network denies claims in FIFA case
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. trial of three South American soccer officials accused of corruption in the FIFA scandal (all times local):
A Mexican television network has denied accusations it teamed with a marketing firm to make a $15 million bribe to an executive at soccer's governing body to help them secure lucrative broadcasting rights to the World Cup in 2026 and 2030.
Ex-judge 1st sentenced in US in FIFA scandal, gets 8 months
NEW YORK (AP) — A former judge who led Guatemala's soccer federation became the first person sentenced in the U.S. in the FIFA world soccer corruption scandal when a judge ordered him to serve eight months in prison, saying his bribe money could have been used to build soccer fields for poor children.
Oklahoma sports agent pleads guilty to federal tax charges
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma sports marketing agent has pleaded guilty to making false statements on federal tax returns for a foundation established by a former star defensive lineman for the University of Oklahoma.
Federal prosecutors say 58-year-old William G. Horn of Edmond pleaded guilty on Wednesday to making false statements on federal tax returns for The Tommie Harris Foundation in 2011 and 2012.
NEW YORK (AP) — A former Guatemalan judge pleaded guilty Friday to wire fraud and conspiracy in the global soccer corruption probe, admitting that he accepted bribes from a company trying to secure sports marketing contracts.
Hector Trujillo, 63, took hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes for sports marketing contracts, U.S. prosecutors said.
Argentinian firm to pay $122 million penalty in FIFA case
NEW YORK (AP) — An Argentinian sports marketing firm will pay more than $112 million in forfeiture and fines in the FIFA bribery scandal.
Torneos y Competencias agreed to the penalties and admitted its role in the scheme as part of an agreement with U.S. prosecutors that spared the company a criminal prosecution. The deal was finalized Tuesday in federal court in Brooklyn.
In both cases, they put their money where their hearts were.
The two new Timberwolves minority owners were in Las Vegas this week. New York/New Jersey real estate developer Meyer Orbach and Lizhang Jiang, the first Chinese citizen to own part of an NBA team, were there for meetings and to watch a little Summer League basketball.
In telephone interviews, both made it clear that buying into Glen Taylors Timberwolves Orbach with a 9.5 percent share, Jiang with a 5...