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Tuesday cannon fodder: Pyramid schemes and cups of coffee

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I’m not sure what the term for it is in soccer, but in baseball they generally call it “a cup of coffee”: a guy who works his way up from the minors and plays only a handful of games in the bigs before getting sent back down. This is the story of what it’s like to play a single game in the Premier League.

Just when you thought TV money couldn’t get any more insane, here’s BT to prove you wrong. A reminder: since this money is for the Champions League and Europa League, it can - unlike Premier League TV rights fees - be used to pay player salaries.

English soccer has itself a diversity problem. Turns out that problem isn’t getting better.

Hope Solo’s USWNT suspension ended a couple weeks ago, but coach Jill Ellis kinda doesn’t care.

Say what you will about The Major League Soccer League, but it laid claim to the fourth-largest crowd anywhere in the world this weekend. For a brand new team, no less.

Shirt advertisements, of course, are common in soccer. But in MLS, there’s this thing where some of the shirt sponsors are pyramid schemes, which isn’t great.