- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 11, 2018

PodcastOne Sports Now hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg debate what sports to watch and how to count real fans, then tell the cautionary tale of a game that became too popular and partisan for its own good.

That game - the Copa Libertadores, arguably South America’s prestigious soccer championship - had to flee Argentina for Spain after fan violence two weeks ago back in Buenos Aires.

Tales Azzoni, AP’s Madrid-based soccer writer, recaps the game and the atmosphere around it, but notes no other city considered for the match - Paris and Doha - could offer Argentine fans a familiar blend of tradition, culture and language.

“So it turned out to be a good solution,” Azzoni said, “to what could have been a lot worse.”

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