2018 Russia World Cup: Comprehensive Preview Guide


The 2018 Russia World Cup is going to be a very compelling tournament, as there are several countries with favorable odds of winning it all. This tournament is expected to generate record setting numbers all across the board, in every metric that measures the visibility of a sporting event.

So let’s get right to it, here are links to some of The Sports Bank’s more compelling 2018 Russia World Cup feature articles.

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WORST (or BEST) of the Indianapolis 500 Infield People Watching


The Indianapolis 500 is the world’s highest attended single day event. Its total capacity is approximately 400,000 with about 125,000 located in the cheapest and most “festive” seats of the infield.

All newbies marvel at the sheer size of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway upon entering it the first time. The modern day answer to Circus Maximus is large enough to hypothetically house the Vatican, Churchill Downs, Yankee Stadium and the Rose Bowl all at the same time.

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Liverpool FC Fans Encounter Major Travel Problems to Kiev

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Many Liverpool FC fans are dealing with commuter nightmares as they make the trek to Kiev for the UEFA Champions League Final tomorrow night. The Reds will face Real Madrid, and the match-up of two huge brand name clubs with large devoted followings has caused a major hospitality industry ordeal. It’s something all of us can relate to, because if you’ve ever flown a commercial airline, then you know what a catastrophe it can sometimes be.

The airlines industry has really taken the shift to a fee based business model up a notch, charging excessive fees any which way they can, even if they fail to provide the most basic services that they have been entrusted with. Some Liverpool FC fans, however, aren’t even being given the chance to be gouged by pointless airlines fees or victimized by poor service, as Kiev is facing a shortage of landing slots at their two airports.

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Indy 500, Little 500, Broadripple: Bawdy Tales of Indianapolis Racing Weekend Hijinks

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A decade ago, I attended my first Indy 500, and it was in the infield.

My people watching that day became an essay which is among the site’s most popular posts of all time. A decade later, I returned to the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, ready once again to regale you with tales of auto racing’s zaniest fans, on racing’s biggest weekend.

This time we added two more settings- the Little 500 in Anderson (about an hour from the speedway) and Broadripple, the neighborhood boasting the hippest nightlife in all of nap town.

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Guide to Indy 500 Museum; Photo of 1st ever Indy 500 car


I visited the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum in mid-March 2014, just hours before Michigan State thrashed Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament Final. I used what scarce vacation time I had to take in Indy 500 history and Indy 500 culture. It was literally 26 degrees outside, with a wind chill of 10 that afternoon, in Mid March (just in case you needed yet another reminder of what a BRUTAL WINTER we had in the Midwest during 2013-14).

Still I fought the elements to bring you this Indy 500 photo essay- enjoy!

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Real Madrid: Stadium Tour Reflects Regal Club History and Royal City

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Real Madrid, the Reyes Del Europa (Kings of Europe) reflect their home city about as well as any sports team can. Their name translates to royalty, and their crest is the crown of the monarchy, a perfect symbol to embody the Spanish capital, as Madrid was once, centuries ago, the seat of the world’s most powerful empire.

Madrid is a city that’s stately, grand, imposing, cosmopolitan and a place, like London and Paris, implicitly tells the visitor “you’re in a former capital of the entire world.” Real Madrid as a football club, El Mejor Palmares Del Mundo (The Best Track Record of the World) is a mirror image of the Spanish monarchy at the height of their empire.

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Northwestern Basketball Battle Logistics Establishing Home in Rosemont

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Northwestern basketball is coming off the most successful season in school history with realistic expectations of going even further this year.

To get there they must overcome a major hurdle of playing their home games in a different arena way off campus. Welsh-Ryan Arena is being renovated, meaning it’s AllState Arena for the Wildcats this season. The venue, formerly known as Rosemont Horizon, is extremely close to a casino, which is certainly a plus. At that casino, you can play a lot of the same games as you would at casumo, so can still make your trip to Rosemont worth it by getting some gaming in, should the basketball contest not be enjoyable.

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UK sport tourism: The venues that matter

By Thomas Clarke

When anyone talks about sport, they think about visiting the Nou Camp. When anyone talks about tourism, they think about jetting off on a city break.

Truth is the two can be intertwined. Sports tourism is a huge industry, particularly in the UK, and you only have to cast your eye over reports such as this one to see the full picture.

Following on from the above, today we are going to take a look at the UK market in detail. Let’s now look at some of the best sporting attractions in the country – that don’t require you to attend a live fixture.

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Update on Wrigley Field Renovations and The Park Additions for 2018


As expected, the 33rd edition of the annual Cubs Convention was a sell out, drawing over 10,000 attendees. Once again, the Wrigley Field renovations were a hot discussion topic, as each year new information is disseminated by Cubs President Crane Kenney at the annual fan gathering during the “Business Operations Update.”

Traditionally, this is the most informational and news-worthy session of the weekend, but it’s definitely not one that kids would be very interested in. Perhaps that’s why the Kids Only Press Conference takes place at the exact same time.

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Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard Celebrate Cup Win with Paris Trip

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When the city of lights calls, you got to accept the charges. Manchester United forwards Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford took a pleasure trip to Paris, making the most of the nine days off the team has in between matches. United were far from their best last night, but they still vanquished Derby County 2-0 in the FA Cup third round. Lingard scored yet again, continuing his recent run of extremely dominant form.

The United attacking duo are celebrating the victory in style, taking in Paris, and seeing the sights.

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Notre Dame Football Winning Facilities Arms Race with New Upgrades

If I were Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick, and I was sitting in one of the suites in the highest levels of the Notre Dame football Stadium, I would say inside my head:

“Now witness the POWER of this FULLY operational battle station!”

Swarbrick had built a palace of a cathedral of a monument to college football, and everyone else should take note because the Golden Domers have re-established the gold standard.

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TSB Show 9: Akiem Hicks, David Diehl, Vince Wilfork

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TSB Show is back and it’s better than ever, with an extremely action packed and very concise edition. TSB Show 9 covers a ton of ground, and it’s not “sticking to sports.” We have Chicago Bears Team Captain Akiem Hicks, New England Patriots legend Vince Wilfork and New York Giants, Illinois Fighting Illini legend/current NFL and college football announcer David Diehl.

Let’s run down all the topics we covered:

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