Melting pot

‘FIFA paid $88.6m in salaries in 2014. We can guesstimate Blatter’s take at $6m+’

By Roger Pielke Jr 20 March 2015 The salary that FIFA pays Sepp Blatter, its long-serving president, has never been disclosed. We know how much US president Barack Obama makes, $400,000, and the head of the United Nations (about $240,000) and even the CEO of the biggest company in Switzerland (Nestle, $10.6 million). But Blatter’s salary is a mystery. Today FIFA released its 2014 financials, which allows for an informed, forensic estimate of Blatter’s FIFA salary. I took a look at this question in 2013 (here and here), and the new information allows for an update and provides a few more clues. In 2014,...


‘For a nutmeg in England I got shinned by my captain. In Brazil I got a high five’

. Another football transfer window has just shut and again the most commonly traded global commodity has been the Brazilian player. Official data shows players with Brazilian nationality were involved in 1,493 transfers in the calendar year of 2014 (more than any other nation) and they moved clubs for a collective total of $468m (the most of any nationality). A dozen Brazilian internationals are currently making their living in England's Premier League alone.  One player who made the extremely rare move in the other direction, from England to Brazil, was SETH BURKETT, who first went to South America in 2009 for...


‘Anti-doping agencies are failing in assessing the scale of the drugs problem’

. By Roger Pielke Jr 28 January 2015 In 2011, at the Play the Game conference in Germany, I heard Dick Pound, a member of the International Olympic Committee since 1978 and the founding President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), make some remarkable claims about the unwillingness of sports officials to police doping. Then at the 2013 Play the Game Conference, in Aarhus, Denmark, Pound made even stronger statements, including an admission that anti-doping agencies don’t really know how many athletes dope, and actually don’t really want to know. As a scholar who studies the role of evidence in policy, the issue of doping...