In the aftermath of Dak Prescott’s bone-chilling injury and reaction on Sunday, many have asked me about his business decision to turn down a multi-year offer from the Cowboys to instead play on a one-year contract with no security beyond it. Here are some thoughts.
We do not know what the Cowboys were offering, but we do know from their contract history that they prefer long deals—the longer the better—with guarantees only in the low-risk early years of the deal. They have previously signed star players to contracts with lengths up to 10 years, which are essentially one- or two-year contracts with team options following that. Amid that landscape, the Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes agreed to a 12-year deal, one that only secures $63 million over the next three years (Ryan Tannehill is making $91 million over the same time frame). Wanting both a better deal from the Cowboys and
The Football Supporters’ Association has slammed plans to reform the structure of English Football, saying the proposals have been “stitched up behind our backs by billionaire club owners” who treat football as their “personal fiefdom”.
English Football League (EFL) chairman Rick Parry along with Liverpool and Manchester United are leading the proposals that would see the Premier League cut from 20 teams to 18.
The EFL would also be given a £250 million ($326m) bailout to cover the losses suffered as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, while The Football Association would receive a one-off £100m ($130m) payment to help deal with the Covid-19 crisis.
However, in exchange, the Premier League’s nine longest-serving teams would be granted special status and the division’s ‘big six’ – Liverpool, United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham – would be given the collective power to make major changes.
Each week of the NFL season, we will identify fantasy football waiver-wire pickups specifically for those of you looking for streaming options in deeper formats (including IDP leagues). These are players available in a majority of ESPN Fantasy leagues, who have enticing matchups in the week ahead that may make them worthy of consideration for your lineup.
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Most Traded Player: Joe Mixon (14,070 accepted trades) Mixon is a very good player, but now is the time to exit the Mixon business. Yes, he posted a career high in fantasy points last week, but game script isn’t always going to be that favorable.
Mike Leach’s Air Raid offense overwhelmed LSU in an upset two weeks ago, but fell flat in Mississippi State’s 21-14 loss to Arkansas last week. The Week 6 college football odds from William Hill list the Bulldogs as two-point underdogs at Kentucky as quarterback K.J. Costello and the offense try to get back in gear. Elsewhere in the SEC, No. 21 Texas A&M will try to get back on track after being blown out by Alabama last week, but the Aggies have another top-tier opponent this week in No. 4 Florida.
The latest Week 6 college football spreads show the Gators as 6.5-point road favorites in that matchup. Where is the value in college football bets in the SEC and elsewhere around the nation? Before making any Week 6 college football picks on those games or others, be sure to see the latest college football predictions from SportsLine’s proven model.
This Tuesday saw the inauguration of the Fourth Edition of the Master’s in Football Business organised by the Johan Cruyff Institute in collaboration with the Barça Innovation Hub through Barça Universitas, its knowledge transmission platform. The event took place in the Camp Nou Box and was chaired by Jordi Argemí, director of FC Barcelona, and Mariela Koerhuis, Director of the Johan Cruyff Institute. Both have welcomed 12 students from ten different countries who this year have enrolled in a course that will conclude in June 2021 and which includes different topics related to the management of the football industry.
The great attraction of this master’s degree is that it combines the background of a club like Barça and the expertise and legacy of Johan Cruyff. The FC Barcelona business model is one of the main contents of these studies, which are taught by expert teachers in sports management, including