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This week in sports: Stunning upset for U.S. men’s soccer

Fox brushes off World Cup woes: The surprise failure of the United States men’s soccer team to qualify for next year’s World Cup will not affect Fox Sports' plans to televise the tournament, according to the network, which shelled out $200 million for the rights.

Latest NCAA scandal shows why student athletes need to be paid: Vaccaro

Former Nike marketing star Sonny Vaccaro discusses the fraud charges filed in late September against college basketball assistant coaches. Vaccaro, who signed Michael Jordan among others, explains why paying athletes could minimize these issues. He also discusses the role of the NCAA and how he helped develop the marketing plan to grow Nike’s basketball business. Plus, how Las Vegas’s newest professional sports team is getting off to a solid start.

The rise of e-sports

Vice President of e-sports at Turner Sports Christina Alejandre discusses the media company’s role in the growing video game competition space. She also explains how more advertisers and professional sports leagues are getting involved. Plus, a look at some of the concerns about the 2018 Winter Olympics.

This week in sports: Anthem protests sweep the NFL

Tough-talking Trump: President Trump this week continued his crusade against NFL players who choose to kneel during the national anthem in protest, telling Fox News that team owners should do more to intervene. “I think they’re afraid of their players,” Trump said. “And I think it’s disgraceful.” An NFL spokesman refuted Trump’s statement.

The week in sports: Baseball’s record-breaking season

‘Steroid Era’ runs out of juice: Major League Baseball set a record for home runs in a single season this week, after Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon hit the 5,694th for the year on Tuesday. The previous record was set in 2000 during what has been dubbed the “Steroid Era.”

IndyCar races won before green flag drops

Legendary race car driver Michael Andretti discusses the importance of race preparation and how it contributes to success on the track. He also talks about the Andretti Autosport team and its newest driver Zach Veach. Plus, which American city could be the next one to host the Winter Olympics and the latest on the effort to grow the NFL fan base in the UK.

The role of discipline in science and sports

The first African American woman to travel to space Mae Jemison discusses her field and the similarities to sports. She spoke recently at an event associated with the LPGA’s Indy Women in Tech Championship. Plus, thoughts on ownership changes in the NBA and the tv ratings for NFL games.