Sports

December 16, 2010, 7am PST
As Russia prepares to host the 2018 World Cup, officials are predicting that infrastructure projects will see a major boost.
The Moscow News
December 3, 2010, 6am PST
Basketball star LeBron James was the king of Cleveland. Then he left town -- a move that says a lot about the city's past and its future.
ESPN
Blog post
December 2, 2010, 1am PST
Two major international decisions are being made today: which countries will host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. The selected hosts will undoubtedly celebrate their victories, and look forward to the soft and hard benefits of hosting this most watched of sporting events. The host countries should also take care to prepare for negative impacts – short- and long-term effects that play out in physical, social and economic ways. Who gets selected is surely important in some ways, but when considering these mega-events in terms of their potential impact on the places in which they're held, who hosts the World Cup doesn't really matter.
Nate Berg
November 15, 2010, 7am PST
Just months after the completion of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, expensive stadia built for the event sit empty and unused.
Bleacher Report
November 11, 2010, 2pm PST
Kimber Gabryszak is a county planner in Utah. She's also a competitor in the sledding sport of 'skeleton', and could be taking her first steps towards competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics.
USA Today
August 20, 2010, 6am PDT
<em>The City Fix</em> looks at a new report that focuses on how Brazil can create a long-term benefit from the billions its investing in the 2014 World Cup.
The City Fix
August 17, 2010, 7am PDT
A neighborhood-based soccer league has just wrapped its first season in Detroit, where communities and neighborhoods are developing closer bonds through the beautiful game.
Model D
Feature
August 2, 2010, 9am PDT
The 2010 World Cup has ended in South Africa. What's left behind are a number of physical and cultural legacies that will be both landmark developments and potential economic hazards.
Nate Berg
July 5, 2010, 9am PDT
Cities are falling over themselves to try to convince basketball superstar Lebron James that he should pick their NBA franchise as his new team.
Next American City
June 16, 2010, 10am PDT
Jeremy Rosenberg of Next American City examines how the people of Los Angeles get together to watch the world cup, in the absence of any primary public meeting space.
Next American City
June 9, 2010, 1pm PDT
Residents in Santa Clara, California have approved a measure that would direct $937 million in funding towards the creation of a stadium intended to lure the San Francisco 49ers football team.
Sa Francisco Chronicle
Feature
May 10, 2010, 5am PDT
Next month's World Cup in South Africa will bring a lot of attention to the country, and a lot of opportunity. Though many hope the country will see an economic benefit, the biggest impact is likely to be the creation of urban infrastructure.
Nate Berg
May 4, 2010, 11am PDT
<em>Toronto Star</em> architecture critic Christopher Hume writes that a recent controversy in the city over a proposed waterfront sports complex highlights why Toronto will never be a great city.
The Toronto Star
April 30, 2010, 5am PDT
The desert nation of Qatar is trying to win hosting duties for the 2022 World Cup. A new plan to build temporary stadia is helping to increase the country's chances.
Guardian
March 24, 2010, 8am PDT
The Olympics can be a huge boon for cities -- in terms of international attention, physical legacies and infrastructural development. But they can also be a huge risk. This piece from <em>Finance and Development</em> looks at the pros and cons.
Finance and Development
February 28, 2010, 1pm PST
The Olympics have ended in Vancouver, but their costs live on.
The New York Times
January 31, 2010, 11am PST
Locals in some of the smaller towns of British Columbia are skeptical that they will see the economic benefits of the this year's Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Winnipeg Free Press
January 30, 2010, 7am PST
New Orleans has had a rough couple of years. But now that the city's professional football team is headed to the Super Bowl, the city is relishing the opportunity to celebrate.
The New York Times
January 28, 2010, 6am PST
Increasing amounts of Americans are soccer players, and the parks and park planners in American cities are beginning to reflect the sport's growing popularity, according to this piece from the <em>Regional Plan Association</em>.
Regional Plan Association
October 24, 2009, 1pm PDT
A recent move that exempted a proposed Southern California football stadium's plans from environmental review may turn out to be precedent-setting for other cities looking to revamp their sports arenas.
Los Angeles Times