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The week in sports: Italy in shock after World Cup dream deferred

Italy whiffs World Cup bid: Italians, who consider a spot in the World Cup finals a virtual birthright, slumped into collective despair after the national team failed to win a place among soccer’s elite for the first time in 60 years. Click here for a list of the countries that did make the cut.

Cal Ripken Junior turns baseball into an outdoor classroom

Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Junior discusses his work building baseball fields to help at-risk youth learn the sport and valuable life lessons that go with playing it. Plus, how the tax bill in Congress could impact stadium construction and how Amazon is increasing its involvement in streaming sports.

High-speed raceway for drivers and fans

The Phoenix Raceway is undergoing a major upgrade as part of a partnership with a technology company to provide faster internet connectivity to fans and more interactive experiences. Bryan Sperber who is the president of the motorsports facility explains the project. Plus, a look at a new survey ranking the most marketable players in the NBA.

Struggles facing NFL and Under Armour

Two corporations facing tough times. We look at the challenges confronting their leaders and what could happen next. Plus, how the Atlanta Falcons have used their new stadium to develop a stronger connection to the people of the city and help boost the local economy. A conversation with Frank Fernandez who ‎serves as Vice President of Community Development  with the foundation of Falcons owner Arthur Blank.

'Your ad here' courtesy of the NBA

The NBA has become the first of the big four American professional sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL) to allow advertising on players’ jerseys. We look at the impact. Plus, a discussion about how some basketball players are investing their money and a conversation about partnerships between businesses and sports leagues with the co-founder of education technology company EverFi.

This week in sports: The Dodgers clinch World Series berth

California dreamin’: The Los Angeles Dodgers clinched the National League Championship title this week, officially punching their ticket to the Major League Baseball World Series. They will face either the Houston Astros or the New York Yankees – a fate decided tonight or tomorrow.

Assessing business risk to NFL from national anthem discord

The league has rejected President Trump’s calls to punish players who kneel for the national anthem to protest racism. The ongoing dispute poses financial risk for teams and for sponsors. We discuss some of those challenges and how they may play out. Plus, Atlanta Falcon’s CEO Rich McKay explains how the team’s new stadium deal came together and how it aims to create an unparalleled live experience for sports fans and concertgoers.

This week in sports: Stunning upset for U.S. men’s soccer

Fox brushes off World Cup woes: The surprise failure of the United States men’s soccer team to qualify for next year’s World Cup will not affect Fox Sports' plans to televise the tournament, according to the network, which shelled out $200 million for the rights.

Latest NCAA scandal shows why student athletes need to be paid: Vaccaro

Former Nike marketing star Sonny Vaccaro discusses the fraud charges filed in late September against college basketball assistant coaches. Vaccaro, who signed Michael Jordan among others, explains why paying athletes could minimize these issues. He also discusses the role of the NCAA and how he helped develop the marketing plan to grow Nike’s basketball business. Plus, how Las Vegas’s newest professional sports team is getting off to a solid start.

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White House asks Supreme Court to allow full travel ban

WASHINGTON The White House asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to allow President Donald Trump's latest travel ban to take full effect after an appeals court in California ruled last week that only parts of it could be enacted.