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Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Wednesday that the league is 'prepared' to take back the television rights to 14 MLB teams if Diamond Sports Group fails to pay per their contractual obligations.

Major League Baseball is prepared to take back the television rights to 14 teams if Diamond Sports Group, the parent company of the 19 regional Bally Sports Networks, files for bankruptcy after failing to make a $140 million interest payment on its nearly $9 million debt. Read more»

Real Salt Lake coach Pablo Mastroeni chats with Salpointe Lancers coach Wolfgang Weber (r) at a preseason match

Real Salt Lake Coach Pablo Mastroeni first stepped on a soccer field in Tucson not as a coach and not as a MLS player doing preseason training, but as a player for the Tucson Amigos, Read more»

Real Salt Lake defender Justen Glad

Sacramento Republic FC was outshot and for much of the match outplayed by Real Salt Lake at Tucson's Kino North Stadium on Saturday night, but a late game goal earned the USL Championship side a draw against the one-time MLS Cup champions. Read more»

Chicago and Colorado Springs struggled throughout the match to score a goal.

After a decisive win on Wednesday night, the Chicago Fire had to settle for a goalless draw against Colorado Springs Switchbacks in their preseason match at Tucson's Kino North Stadium on Saturday night. Read more»

Sacramento defender Lee Desmond out-jumps Chicago's Chris Mueller.

There are still a lot of questions about the Chicago Fire’s lineup for the 2023 season, but the team had an emphatic win Wednesday night with a 4 - 0 triumph over Sacramento Republic at Kino North Stadium. Read more»

Sacramento Republic coach Mark Briggs smiles while addressing the crowd at Pueblo Vida Brewery on Tuesday night.

Wednesday night's soccer match in Tucson will be a good chance to see a revamped Chicago Fire squad and eager Sacramento Republic side. Read more»

The FanDuel Sportsbook at Footprint Center will attract plenty of fans interested in betting on the Super Bowl.

This year marks the first time where the Super Bowl is hosted in a state where sports gambling is legal, and Arizona is expected to bring in a historic amount of money after Americans wagered a record $7.61 billion on Super Bowl 56 in 2022. Read more»

Arizona is set to host its fourth Super Bowl on Feb. 12 at State Farm Stadium. The Valley will move into sole possession of fifth place on the list of U.S. metropolitan areas that have hosted the NFL’s crown jewel.

This year’s Super Bowl will mark Arizona’s fourth time hosting the game - and if history means anything, the city of Glendale is in for a wild ride when the Super Bowl returns to Arizona for its 57th installment. Read more»

One of Major League Baseball’s priority is to make the game more attractive to Black youth at a time when only 7% of MLB players are Black.

Baseball has come a long way since Jackie Robinson etched his name in the game’s history books, but the feeling of being the odd one out still remains as only 7% of major league players are Black — but the next generation of minority players hope to increase that number. Read more»

FC Tucson owner Jon Pearlman laughs with staff while preparing for a press conference at the Kino Sports Complex

Preseason soccer in Tucson this year will include 2 former MLS champions: Real Salt Lake, featuring Tucson native Justen Glad, and the Chicago Fire FC, featuring Swiss World Cup goal-scorer and former Liverpool player Xherdan Shaqiri, and 7 other pro teams. Read more»

Pelé in a wheelchair in 2018 at the unveiling of his statue in Rio de Janeiro

My old biology teacher and soccer coach said that what Darwin was to biology, Pelé was to soccer. It’s hard to imagine how the game would have evolved had he not played. Read more»

I’m extremely happy that Brittney Griner is coming home after spending the past eight months in a Russian prison for bringing vape cartridges containing less than a gram of cannabis oil into the fascist country. Vladimir Putin made Griner his political prisoner. Read more»

Arizona is home to one of the largest populations of Indigenous peoples in the U.S., and tribal lands make up more than 25% of the state’s land mass. 

The turquoise-colored Phoenix Suns 2022-2023 City Edition uniform pays tribute to the rich histories and cultures of Arizona’s 22 tribal nations, inspired by thousands of years of shared characteristics, symbols and traits. Read more»

A Sept. 20 match was delayed by nearly three hours because of lightning, but FC Tucson pulled out a win.

A local ownership group, led by current head coach Jon Pearlman, is buying FC Tucson, the team said. The soccer side will drop back a level, returning to their roots as an amateur squad, but has the option to move back up to be a League One pro team again. Read more»

There wasn’t much for either FC Tucson or Forward Madison to play for on Saturday night at Kino Stadium, but both wanted to end the season on somewhat of a high note. In the end, neither team got the win. Read more»

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