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“Rangers Down to Bare Bones” – No, Not In Money But In Players – Yes – That’s What Mr McCoist Said!

Last night marked the first game in the super-duper all-singing and all-dancing SPFL. However it was overshadowed by the continuing efforts of Rangers to ensure that the Ibrox outfit is the only one ever discussed in Scottish football.

In baseball Alex Rodriguez, star third base for the New York Yankees, and already an unpopular figure, lost many of his remaining supporters when his agent announced, in the middle of a game in the 2007 World Series (the Yankees had not reached the World Series) that A-Rod was opting out of his $252 million contract in an effort to get even more money. This smashed through the unwritten MLB rule that teams should keep quiet about player and in-house issues during the World Series so as not to distract attention from the sport’s showcase occasion. Continue reading

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Could an SFL2 Team Refuse Promotion If Two Visits By Rangers FC Was More Lucrative?

I will start by saying that the prospect I suggest in the heading is unlikely to happen, as I will discuss.

However, as we saw in the Olympics, and previously as example in the World Cup and in cricket’s Benson & Hedges Cup, the rules can be manipulated, within the letter, if not the spirit of the law.

2012 Olympic Badminton

As the BBC reported here:-

“Eight badminton players have been disqualified from the women’s doubles competition after being accused of “not using one’s best efforts to win”.

Two pairs from South Korea and one each from China and Indonesia made a series of basic errors in Tuesday’s matches.

All four pairs were accused of wanting to lose, in an attempt to manipulate the draw for the knockout stage.

A South Korean appeal was rejected by the Badminton World Federation,  while Indonesia withdrew an appeal.

As well as the “not using best efforts” charge, the players were also accused of “conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport”. Continue reading

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