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Sports Fans Coalition Calls on U.S. Soccer Federation to Address Claims of Discrimination

Sports Fans Coalition over the years has called for reforming the governance system of the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) to allow for open, fair competition and maximum participation by Americans from all communities.  That is why we are concerned about the claims made by La Asociación Nacional Fútbol en Estados Unidos (National Association of Soccer in the United States) about unfair and discriminatory practices by USSF.  These complaints include allegedly willful attempts to deny a predominantly Latino organization from full and equal participation in youth, amateur soccer in the U.S. and, if true, could constitute serious violations of antitrust and anti-discrimination policies and laws of the United States.  We urge USSF to agree to a third party audit and report of its practices with respect to the claims made by the National Association of Soccer.

Sports Fans Coalition Opposes Colorado Senate Bill 60, Proposes Bill of Rights instead

This week, Sports Fans Coalition traveled to Denver, CO to oppose SB 060. Continue reading

SFC Files Comments on Ticketmaster at the FTC

This week Sports Fans Coalition filed comments at the FTC for their Unfair or Deceptive Fees Trade Regulation Rulemaking process. The FTC requested information on how consumers are charged excessive fees by companies, especially in the live event ticketing industry. It’s no secret Ticketmaster is among the worst culprits when it comes to charging fans junk fees, and largely because of its monopoly. “We discuss conduct employed by Ticketmaster/Live Nation that falls explicitly within the several categories identified by the agency in the ANPR,” reads the comments before listing a litany of consumer harms imposed by Ticketmaster.” Continue reading

House of Representatives Passes Equal Pay for Team USA Act

The last week and a half has been a flurry of activity around the Equal Pay for Team USA Act (S. 2333). After the bill unanimously passed the Senate, Sports Fans Coalition and other equal pay advocates turned their attention to the House of Representatives, calling to pass the bill and send it to the President. Tonight, the House of Representatives did just that 350-59. "Sports Fans Coalition thanks Senators Cantwell, Capito, and their staffs for their tireless devotion to equal pay," said Brian Hess, Executive Director, "Our future Olympic champions will look back on this day as one of the most important in women's sports history." Continue reading

Equal Pay for Team USA passes the Senate

The Senate passed the Equal Pay for Team USA Act by unanimous consent. Unanimous consent is an agreement in the Senate that sets aside a rule of procedure to expedite proceedings. The bill now moves to the House of Representatives.  Continue reading

“The Great War” with Ticketmaster

… Ready for it? Sports fans know All Too Well the miserable ticketing process that Ticketmaster puts us through whenever we want to buy tickets to a game. They jack up prices with fees, restrict our right to transfer our tickets and make the general buying process frustrating. Sports Fans Coalition has spent the last several years educating lawmakers and the public about this, and last week our efforts reached a boiling point. Call It What You Want; bad luck, Karma, or unchecked monopoly power run amok, Ticketmaster is no longer Untouchable. Continue reading

Did you sell a ticket this year? The tax man cometh

Usually, if you give a ticket to a friend and they reimburse you on Venmo, PayPal, CashApp, or another platform, that’s the end of the transaction. However, if those tickets were really good, and exceeded the IRS’s new reporting threshold of $600 for online sales, expect to receive a Form 1099-K, and expect to report that transaction on your taxes. Continue reading

Equal Pay for Team USA Act unanimously passes Senate Commerce Committee

The US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation unanimously passed the Equal Pay for Team USA Act (S. 2333). This marks a major milestone for the movement for equal pay and treatment for athletes under the jurisdiction of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee. Continue reading

Equal Pay Shouldn't Have Contingencies

Yesterday, the  U.S. women's national soccer team players settled their class-action lawsuit over equal pay with the U.S. Soccer Federation for a total of $24 million – more than $40 million shy of their initial prayer for relief. The settlement also includes a pledge by the USSF to move towards equal pay. Continue reading

Brian Flores Sues the NFL

The Super Bowl is right around the corner, but now the NFL will have a new cloud hanging over its head -- former Miami Dolphins Head Coach Brian Flores' Class Action lawsuit. On the first day of Black History Month, Flores filed suit calling out the systemic racism embedded in the heart of the NFL. Lately, it seems racism and the NFL are more connected than Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. The way the league treated Colin Kaepernick, how the NFL insisted on using a racial slur for a team name for many years, and their use of "race norms" to justify lower payouts following its Traumatic Brain Injury case, is just the tip of the iceberg. The rest, Flores reveals in his suit.  Continue reading