Mid-Day Ticker: Chelsea fails in move bid, WPS terminates magicJack and more

Mid-Day Ticker: Chelsea fails in move bid, WPS terminates magicJack and more

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Mid-Day Ticker: Chelsea fails in move bid, WPS terminates magicJack and more

Stamford Bridge

By CALEB SONNELAND

Chelsea may not be bolting from Stamford Bridge for a new home after all.

The club came up short in its attempt to convince the necessary majority of the Chelsea Pitch Owners to sell back the stadium land that the club sold to the supporter-spearheaded group, and as a result, the club can't regain ownership of the entire grounds.

According to The Telegraph (UK), Chelsea won't move from Stamford Bridge unless it can make a profit from the current grounds going forward, and as long as the club does not control the ownership rights to the entire area and the naming rights of the stadium — another CPO asset — it won't be able to do so.

Here are some other stories to keep your Thursday rolling along:

WPS TERMINATES MAGICJACK

The Women's Professional Soccer team that employed U.S. women's national team stars Hope Solo, Abby Wambach, Christie Rampone and Megan Rapinoe is no longer after WPS terminated magicJack, formerly known as the Washington Freedom. 

More recently based in Boca Raton, Fla., the club, owner by the mercurial Dan Borislow, was voted out of the WPS by its Board of Governors on Tuesday.

It remains to be seen what action the USWNT players take in securing their futures at other WPS clubs.

FIFA SECURES WORLD CUP TV DEALS

In television rights deals worth around $1.85 billion, FIFA completed its sales of the broadcasting privileges for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

The United States is believed to account for around $1.2 billion of the deals, with Fox, Telemundo and Futbol de Primera Radio all securing broadcasting rights.

FIFA also sold rights to Canada's Bell Media, which wrestled the privileges from CBC, Canada's previous broadcaster of the World Cup. 

FERDINANDS SHUN TERRY

Life isn't getting any easier for John Terry.

The Chelsea golden boy has found himself at the heart of controversy once more following allegations from Queens Park Rangers' Anton Ferdinand that Terry racially abused him when the two sides clashed over the weekend. 

Terry has denied the claims, while club manager Andre Villas-Boas has leapt to the defense of his captain and said that the issue was resolved in a locker-room discussion between the two players after the game.

Despite his insistence of innocence, both Anton Ferdinand and his brother Rio Ferdinand (of Manchester United) are refusing to speak with Terry and his alleged "frantic attempts" to get in touch with the Ferdinand's have been ignored.

The British Football Association is looking into the incident, using this video as evidence.

TOURE SET TO FIGHT CITY BAN

Not long after his six-month club-imposed drug ban, Kolo Toure looks set for yet further disciplinary action — action, his agent claims, that the player will fight.

Back in February, Toure tested positive for a banned substance and was subsequently suspended by Manchester City until August.  The substance, it was later revealed, came from his use of his wife's weight loss pills.

Despite serving out his six months, City is now thought to be ready to throw Toure in front of a internal disciplinary panel next week. The purpose of the panel is to determine whether to fine the Ivory Coast defender for his extended absence from playing duty. It was confirmed after his drug test that Toure had not consulted the club medical team before consuming the pills.

Meanwhile, Toure is said to be interested in a potential move away from Eastlands in favor of Paris Saint-Germain.

QUICK KICKS

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What do you make of the Chelsea stadium situation? Think WPS made the right move in terminating magicJack? What do you see FIFA doing with all that money? Do you believe Terry?

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