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September 16th, 2014
10:09 AM ET

Should Fans Stop Watching NFL Games?

Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson will be back on the field this weekend, even as  the team begins to feel fallout over the controversy.

On “New Day” Tuesday, Steve Almond, a contributing writer to “The New York Times Magazine” and The Boston Globe, said the move shows the NFL has “a cash register where normal human beings have a conscience, so they’re going to do whatever they need to do to keep the product going.”

The author of  "Against Football – One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto," said that if fans are outraged, the onus is on them to “stop watching the game, stop paying their salaries.”

Meanwhile, former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice is expected to appeal his indefinite suspension from the NFL by midnight.

CNN commentator and legal analyst Mel Robbins said Rice deserves another chance, but the NFL should stick to its six-game suspension rule because it hits the players where it hurts.

“Clearly, these guys do not respect women. They don’t respect kids," she said.

"But they do respect being pulled off the field.”

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July 13th, 2014
10:40 AM ET

Former Man U Goalie Stops By New Day!

How do you prepare to play for a game as huge as the World Cup Final?

We asked legendary former goalkeeper for Manchester United Gary Bailey what it's like to walk into the arena on a game with so much pressure and we, of course, asked him who he'll be rooting for on Sunday.

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June 30th, 2014
10:27 AM ET

Decades Later, Grandfather Will Get to Attend World Cup Final

In today's edition of the "Good Stuff," a Brazilian grandfather is rewarded for saving his 1950 World Cup final ticket. CNN's Chris Cuomo reports.

Joedir Belmont had a ticket to attend the final game of the 1950 World Cup between Brazil and Uruguay.

But he didn't go because he had to stay home with his sick mother.

He kept the ticket, and when he recently tried to donate it to FIFA for its new museum, he got a special surprise.

The organization exchanged his original voucher for a new one to this year's game.

Even better?

His two sons get to go with him too.

If you have #GoodStuff news, let us know.

You can reach us on Facebook, tweet to @ChrisCuomo or @NewDay using #NewDay, and submit your story on iReport.

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June 23rd, 2014
12:14 PM ET

Univision Sports Anchor Takes On Match-Fixing: 'It's the Mystery of the World Cup'

America is apparently late to the game with its newfound World Cup-driven soccer obsession.

So who better to catch up CNN's Chris Cuomo on all things "futbol" than Fernando Fiore, the Univision sports anchor who has covered not one, not two, but SEVEN World Cups.

On "New Day" Monday, Fiore expressed optimism about the U.S. men's soccer team's chances of beating Germany.

"Yesterday, they demonstrated that they can beat anybody," Fiore said of the U.S.' 2-2 draw with Portugal.

Fiore, who counts U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann among his friends, spoke less definitively, however, about the prospect of Germany and the U.S. colluding on Thursday for mutually beneficial results.

Should the match between Germany and the United States end in a tie, both teams would automatically advance out of group play.

Have you heard of the controversial 1982 World Cup game between a then-West Germany team and Austria?

Conspiracy brewed after the 1982 match played in Gijon, Spain, where both teams knew a low-scoring German win would automatically eliminate the Algerian team from group play and ensure that both teams advanced.

Early group matches are played at the same time now as a result of that World Cup, Fiore explained.

"It's the mystery of the World Cup," he said.

Fiore predicted that collusion rumors would swirl furiously leading up to Thursday's game.

"If it happens - 'I told you so," he said of soccer's naysayers.

"If it doesn't - 'soccer is the cleanest sport in the world.' It's a win-win situation."

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And see behind-the-scenes photos from Chris Cuomo and producer John Griffin in Rio de Janeiro:

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"The other 'twin brothers'– I promise, we ARE actually working," shared producer John Griffin.

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CNN's Chris Cuomo enjoys Sunday at fan fest. Photo credit: John Griffin

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"Greetings from Rio de Janeiro, land of beaches, mountains... and soccer!" Photo credit: John Griffin

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Portuguese producer Duarte Mendonca loses a bet against Chris Cuomo following the USA vs. Portugal game. He had to wear this Team USA jersey.

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