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  1. 1. Sepp Blatter NBA remains leader Wins re-election as President of Fifa in sports diversityPROMOTIONAL USE ONLY The NFL wants African Baseball Europe But The Network Talent Is In Africa Envoy Coach Program African Football Ndamukong Suh is NFL rookie • Passion of the game of the year
  2. 2. CONTENTS 4 5 NBA remains leader in spor ts diversity Ndamukong Suh is NFL rookie of the year 6 Sepp Blatter wins re-election as president of Fifa 12 African Baseball on the Rise • Envoy Coach Program • Levels of Sponsorship 13 African Football • Passion of the game • Football ambassadors • Challenging the World • The Confederation of African Football • Africas time has come! 15 The NFL wants Europe But The Talent Is In Africa
  3. 3. STAFFCHAIRMAN & PUBLISHERAwasum JuniorEDITORIALTeclaire NgieAlan AchiriAwasum JuniorART & DESIGNRichmond AgyeiTerrance MokomHugues T. NgassamCOPYKennedy NdanjiMARKETINGChe IreneSwiri LarissaADVERTISING & SALESFon NebaClaudia NguforVIDEO & PHOTOGRAPHYDan MillerFernando NataliciBill MenzelMarc RasburryWilliam Hauser ( website)Clyde Davis (website)Dan MillerThe entire contents of this magazine are copyrighted by the African Sports Network Journal 2008 with all rightsreserved. The African Sports Network Journal is a registered trademark of the African Baseball Network. Reproductionor use, without permission, of editorial or graphic content in any manner is prohibited. African Sports Network Journal(ISSN -1941-2754) is published quarterly for $149 a year by the African Sports Network Journal. In Africa $97 per yearand all other countries $209, includes a one –year subscription. The African Sports Network Journal is a publication ofthe African Baseball Network, Inc.Postmaster: Please send address changes toAfrican Sports Network JournalSubscriber Services ,P.O. BOX 14097 YAOUNDE CAMEROON549 T-BELLA BUILDINGCall +237 79 71 22 63E-mail: info@africansportsnetwork.orgFOR CUSTOMER SERVICE CALL: 1-646-785-1471 || For articles reprints, please contact Reprint Management Services at 646 -785- 1471
  4. 4. NBA remains leader in sports diversity candidates, and I think thats helped more than anything else," said Lapchick, chair of the DeVos Sport Business Management Program at UCF and director of The Institute for Diversity of Ethics in Sport. The study found that 83 percent of the leagues players were people of color this season, with the percen- tage of African-American players increasing one point to 78 percent. The percentage of Asians remained 1 percent, the percentage of Latinos rose slightly to 4 percent and percentage classified as "other" was under 1 percent. There were five African-American chief executive officers/presidents of Dallas Mavericks players Dirk Nowitzki, center, of Germany,, Jason Kidd, right, teams, including Terdema Ussery, and Jason Terry wave to fans during the teams victory parade in downtown Dallas, Thursday, June 16, 2011. The Mavericks beat the Miami Heat to win the NBA championship. who held both titles for the DallasORLANDO, Fla. — The NBA isnt worked well for us, and we will Mavericks. Two women heldresting on its laurels as a pacesetter continue to do that," NBA spokes- positions of presidents — the firstin sports diversity. man Mike Bass said. female in such roles since the 2006- 07 season — and Charlotte BobcatsThe league has again earned an A The NBA had nine African-American owner Michael Jordan joined Usserygrade in a study of the diversity of its and one Asian head coach at the as the only African-Americansleadership in its front office and its 30 beginning of the 2010-11 season, an serving as CEOs.teams. increase of three percent over 2009- 10, when minorities comprised 30 Detroits Joe Dumars, meanwhile,The Institute for Diversity and Ethics was the lone African-American teamin Sport at the University of Central percent of the leagues head coaches. The percentage of minori- president of basketball operations.Florida released its annual report onthe league Thursday. The NBA ties serving as general manager There were 33 women in vicereceived an A-plus for race and an A- doubled to 26 percent, highest president positions in the leagueminus for gender. It is the only mens among any of the mens pro leagues. office, down one from the previouspro league to be awarded an overall In addition, 45 percent of the season. The percentage of minori-A. leagues assistant coaches were ties in senior administrative posi- minorities. tions among NBA teams increasedUsing data from the 2010-11 one percentage point to 22 percent,season, the study found that for "Theyve consistently had a record and women held 27 percent, up twoprofessional positions at the league of opening up the search process so percentage points over 2009-10.office, 36 percent were held by it includes a diverse group ofpeople of color and 42 percent by "The other leagues do pretty well inwomen. the category of professional posi- tions in front offices, but the NBA hasAt the beginning of the season, 33 done a much better job of gettingpercent of head coaches and 45 women and people of color intopercent of assistants were people of those more senior positions,"color. The percentage for general Lapchick said. "I think thats anmanagers or executives with important thing for any organizationequivalent responsibilities was 26 because obviously those becomepercent. the leaders of the organization."There were five African-AmericanCEOs/presidents for teams and two Seattle PIwomen who were presidents. Charlotte Bobcats general manager Rich Cho, left, talks with head coach Paul Silas, right, Rod Higgins, president of basketball operations, back center, and Fred Glover, front center,"Our goal has always been to hire during a pre-draft workout for the NBA team in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, June 15, 2011.the best people available, which has AFRICAN SPORTS NETWORK JOURNAL 4 2011-2012 Promotional Issue www.africansportsnetworkjournal.com
  5. 5. Ndamukong Suh is NFL rookie of the year Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh became the first defensive player to win the NFL rookie of the year award Thursday. The second overall pick in last years draft, Suh is the second rookie ever to register 10 sacks. "Its truly an honor, its the NFL," said Suh, a Pro Bowl starter who also had 66 tackles, one forced fumble, an interception and one fumble returned for a touchdown. "Im glad I can take this home to Detroit." Suh beat out four other finalists, including St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, who was the top draft pick overall and set a rookie record for pass attempts and completions.+237 79 71 22 63 E-mail: info@africansportsnetwork.org AFRICAN SPORTS NETWORK JOURNAL 5 2011-2012 Promotional Issue www.africansportsnetworkjournal.com
  6. 6. Sepp Blatterwins re-election aspresident of FifaBlatter has been president of Fifa "I thank you for your trust and me, and I accept it."since 1998 and will now continue confidence from the bottom of my Later in the day, in his closinguntil 2015 heart," said Blatter, who was statements, Blatter said theFifa president Sepp Blatter applauded back into the audito- congresss resolutions had givenhas been voted in for a rium by the rest of Fifa congress him "the instruments needed tofourth term in office. after his unchallenged victory in restart the credibility of Fifa". Zurich.The 75-year-old Swiss was the He also spoke of the need to makeonly candidate in Wednesdays "Our pyramid is intact, the base, amends for all the negativeelection, with the English and the foundation is strong and publicity the organisation hadScottish Football Associations together we have four years to generated.failing to delay the vote. continue on our path and do our job. AnalysisThey wanted a delay amid corrup- "We will put Fifas ship back on the England have once again beention allegations within the sports right course in clear, transparent marginalised on Fifas worldworld governing body, but were waters. We need some time to do stage. After making his loneonly supported by 17 member it, but we shall do it. appeal to postpone the re-electionassociations. of Sepp Blatter, FA chairmanBlatter was re-elected after "Today something marvellous David Bernstein could only watchreceiving 186 of the 203 votes cast happened and Id simply like to tell as, one by one, delegates from theto remain in charge until 2015. you Im deeply moved and honou- rest of the world took it in turn to red. Its a challenge, a new one for attack the FAs last-minute move. AFRICAN SPORTS NETWORK JOURNAL 6 2011-2012 Promotional Issue www.africansportsnetworkjournal.com
  7. 7. "From the beginning I wanted this Englands FA, David Bernstein,congress to know and understand had put a proposal to congress towe are in a situation which needs delay the vote but 172 of 206not only words but action in order voters [the associations of Bruneito counteract all these attacks." Darussalam and DemocraticBlatter conceded the decision to Republic of Sao Tome and Prin-have the bidding processes for cipe were not eligible] optedtwo World Cups at the same time against a delay.had been "a mistake" but said the Blatter was unopposed becausemove to have the 208 congress his rival Mohamed Bin Hammam,delegates vote on future World president of the Asian FootballCups, rather than the 24-man Federation, pulled out after beingexecutive committee making the suspended over bribery allega-decision, was a step forward as it tions.gave more power to individual The English and Scottish FAsfootball associations. needed three-quarters of Fifas"Im happy with this - it reinforces congress to back their proposalFifas pyramid, it will no longer be but received little support, with but the rest sitting in silence.shaking." Wales and Northern Ireland both choosing not to back a delay. The lack of support became evenThe two-day congress in Zurich clearer when several Fifa mem-has seen plenty of public disputes In an address to Fifas congress on bers who followed Bernstein to theand generated negative publicity Wednesday, Bernstein asked for a podium voiced strong criticism offor Fifa, but Blatter said it had delay "to allow time for an additio- the FAs stance.ended with real achievement. nal candidate or candidates to stand and compete in an open and "We are ill at ease with people who"We are very happy we have come wield unfounded accusations - heto the unity of Fifa - at the begin- fair election". who accuses must providening of congress we had doubts He added: "Only by doing so will evidence," said Selemani Omari,unity could be maintained," he the winner have proper credibility president of the Democraticsaid. over the next four years." Republic of the Congos football federation. "Fifa belongs to 208 national associations and not to one association, we must not seek solutions through the media or a Parliament in any third country." Representatives of Haiti, Benin, Fiji and Cyprus also expressed their disapproval to more enthu- siastic applause. Fifa senior vice-president Julio Grondona, also president of the Argentina FA, delivered a stinging riposte to his English counter- parts. "We always have attacks from England which are mostly lies with the support of journalism which is more busy lying than telling the truth," said the Argentine. "This"Everyone was waiting for solu- The conclusion to his speech upsets and disturbs the Fifa family.tions - now we will apply them." received a noticeably cool recep-Earlier in the day, the chairman of tion from the Fifa members in Zurich, with one or two applauding AFRICAN SPORTS NETWORK JOURNAL 7 2011-2012 Promotional Issue www.africansportsnetworkjournal.com
  8. 8. Blatter looks on as FA chairman "We agree with the FA that Fifa storm, this is a difficult period forBernstein walks off the stage should have suspended the Fifa and I admit that readily. Not"It looks like England is always presidential election until the only is the pyramid shaking but ourcomplaining so please I say will investigations had been comple- ship has drawn some water.you leave the Fifa family alone, ted," said a spokesman for Dow- "We need someone who willand when you speak, speak with ning Street. accept this responsibility. Imtruth." "The most important thing is for the willing to do this. And reforms willBut Bernstein later released a public to have confidence in Fifa be made not just touch-ups butstatement which defended the and for that to happen we need to radical decisions, the necessaryFAs stance and said they were have Fifa reform." reforms.encouraged by the support they Blatter, who has held his post "We must do something because Ireceived from other member since 1998, has promised to do not want ever again that weassociations as well as Blatters implement changes at Fifa in the face this undignified situation."speech which followed on from wake of the allegations of corrup- Original presidential candidate BinBernsteins in which he promised tion as he told the congress he was Hammam, along with Concacafto implement changes. determined to guide the organisa- president Jack Warner, was"After hearing the speech from tion out of its current troubles. provisionally suspended by Fifas ethics committee over allegations that financial incentives were offered to Caribbean Football Union (CFU) members. Both have denied any wrongdoing. Bin Hammam has appealed against his ban but was denied entry into the Fifa congress meeting on Wednesday. The controversy over his withdra- wal resulted in the English and Scottish FAs action, with allega- tions of bribery concerning the World Cup bidding process also undermining Fifa. Major sponsors expressed theirSepp Blatter, we believe the calls concern over the damage beingwe have made for greater transpa- "We have been hit and I personally done by these allegations, whilerency and better governance have have been slapped," said the the president of the Germanbeen worthwhile," said Bernstein. Swiss, who continues to receive Football Federation, Theo Zwanzi- plenty of support despite the"While we did not succeed in ger, has called upon the organisa- controversy which has surroundeddeferring the presidential election, tion to re-examine the award of the Fifa.it was positive to be joined by 16 2022 World Cup to Qatar.other nations in supporting ourdemocratic request for the vote to Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. BBC SPORTSbe delayed, while a further 17nations abstaining clearly shows I am the ships captain - Seppthat we are not alone or isolated in Blatterour views in relation to the current "We have made mistakes and wesituation Fifa finds itself in. " will learn from this. I can say to aThe FA had announced before the certain extent that this is a goodcongress that it would be abstai- warning, not just to look into ourning from the presidential vote problems and I am willing to faceand, even though their actions the public anger in order to serveunsettled many Fifa members, football.they did receive the backing of the "I am the captain weathering theUK government. AFRICAN SPORTS NETWORK JOURNAL 8 2011-2012 Promotional Issue www.africansportsnetworkjournal.com
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