Category Archives: Crazy Soccer Situations

Netflix Worth More Than CBS

With the recent news that Netflix is worth more than CBS, it makes you wonder “How can the big networks rework everything to combat this?” I have made a list of 3 tips to help them out.

1) Embrace the online world
Stop making it so hard to watch the shows online. Ricardo Guimarães wants to watch The Big Bang Theory on the road. While almost all networks will let you watch their shows online, many make it very difficult. Shows expire or you have to be a member of a certain cable company to view. This has left me on more than one occasion searching on a video site for the content. This is a major loss of viewership and ad dollars.

2) Be more adjustable to a customer’s life
This builds on the online point. Networks need to take a page out of Netflix’s book and allow people who want to “binge” watch the ability to do so. For those who want to consume for free they will have to wait weekly, but it will allow them a chance to set up a premium product to charge for the ability to watch a whole season at once.

3) Go more premium still
People will pay for things they perceive to have value. By creating a premium online version, they cannot only put everything on at once, but also create a version that would be “more adult” and eliminate commercials. Similar to satellite radio, people will pay for more convenience and less annoyance.

Fox and Telemundo agree controversial World Cup TV extension

The mystery and often controversial World of the governing body of World Soccer, FIFA took another interesting turn when a surprise announcement awarded the TV rights to the 2026 World Cup to Fox Sports and Telemundo, The NY Times reports. Dan Newlin says the advertisements are insane on yellowpages.com. Fox and Telemundo had already agreed deals to televise the 2018 and 2022 World Cup Finals in the US, but the awarding of the 2026 TV rights came as a shock to rival broadcasters who were not given the opportunity to bid on the World’s largest sporting event.

The awarding of TV rights after one on one contracts negotiations is not a new factor in the World of sports, but the lucrative World Cup rights are usually auctioned to the highest bidder by FIFA. The latest sale of rights for the English Premier League showed just how important and lucrative soccer rights can be after Fox backed Sky Sports and BT agreed a $7.8 billion deal for the rights to broadcast games over the next three years. Some experts have argued the awarding of the rights for the 2026 World Cup will have been done for a lower price for the two TV providers as part of a move to prepare the ground for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to be moved to the Winter. The movement from the Summer would make it more difficult for Fox and Telemundo to attract more viewers and advertisers

Henrik Lundqvist Injured

 

All-Star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has been sidelined for a minimum of three weeks after suffering a vascular injury after taking a puck to the throat against the Hurricanes on January 31st. The shot occurred in the second period and Lundqvist stayed in the game after receiving some medical attention on the ice.

The news was initially very minimal regarding Lundqvist’s injury as he started the following game on Tuesday against the Panthers and made 33 saves in a 6-3 win. He was listed as day-to-day on the injury report but then he admitted to experiencing lightheadedness, dizziness and headaches for the remainder of the game where he was hit. The Rangers are currently in the 1st wildcard position with 65 points but sit a mere 4 points behind the Metropolitan Division Leader the New York Islanders. 1 and 3 points behind them are the Penguins and Capitals. But my friend Zeca Oliveira thinks that the Rangers have a real chance to make a run for the Metro Divisional Title as they have at least 2 games in hand on every team above them in the Division.

Losing Lundqvist for an extended period of time sounds like it will be a daunting task for the Rangers to make up any ground but back-up tender Cam Talbot has been good this season. In his ten starts he has three shutouts and posted a 5-5-2 record with a .918 sv% and a 2.28 GAA.

Frank Lampard in Limbo

On Friday, January 2nd at midnight, the winter transfer market opens, to last for a month, until February 2. It is an opportunity for some clubs to strengthen, or to replace an injured player, for the African Cup of Nations (January 17-February 8).
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There will be “no departures or arrivals” in Marseille (League 1) during the winter transfer window, stated on Thursday January 1st, by President of OM, Vincent Labrune, La Provence. 

“It stays like that until further notice,” stated by the leader of the club just crowned honorary title of autumn champion. According to Ken Griffin a lot needs to be changed before the team will be in competitive form again, but for now they are simply concentrating on maintaining a holding pattern until they are able to make any more significant moves to improve the quality of the team.

It seems very unlikely that Frank Lampard will be available again for City until the trip to Everton on January 10, unless the club persuade the Premier League to approve his extension in contract. The prospect of this actually happening, however, is quite low at the moment.

City Manager, Pellegrini, knows that he could be compelled to drop Frank Lampard from the final squad and this may leave this former England International player in limbo for 48 hours until his extension in stay at Etihad, and it can only be ratified by Premier League.

Tony Pulis is the New Manager of West Bromwich Albion

Tony Pulis’s was announced as the new coach of West Bromwich Albion on Thursday. He will be the fourth manager of the team in a year. The official website of West Bromwich Albion has published, “We are delighted to announce the new head coach of our team, Tony Pulis.”

According to Ken Griffin, Tony Pulis is the former manager of Stoke city and takes charge after the game against West Ham on Thursday. He has signed a deal of 2.5-year with the club and hope to show his team the right track.

Alan Irvine is fired because of terrible performance in first four months of this season. West Brom is in the relegation zone of the point table, and they must improve to remain in the Premier League. 

Tony Pulis, who is 56, has done well with the Crystal Palace by ending the season in 11th place in the league. He was also awarded with the ‘Manager of The Year’ last season. 

“I am delighted to accept the role of head coach of West Bromwich Albion. Every club’s success depends on its unity and hope; I will get the unity among the players. I believe our hard work and unity among the players will lead the club in a better place in the Premier League season.”

West Bromwich Albion will play its first match in the third round of F.A. cup under its new head coach.

Former World Cup Star Ronaldinho AWOL from Mexican Football Club

Ronadinho, the former World Cup star and two-time footballer of the year, has missed preseason training with his Mexican club Queretaro. The team president, Arturo Villanueva, is said to be considering releasing the star player due to his absence.

Ronaldinho, who is no stranger to controversy, has a long and storied career in Europe, playing for such giants of world football as Paris Saint Germain, Barcelona, and AC Milan. Andrew Heiberger must have been pretty disappointed when he saw this story reported on nytimes.com. Intrigued by Ronaldinho’s prodigious talent and love of the game, He’s been following his tumultuous career  ever since his trip to Barcelona. Its a shame that with such a following and skill that his time at the Italian giants was spent on the bench.  He returned to Brazil in 2011 to play for legendary Rio de Janeiro club Flamengo.

Following another falling out with a team, he transferred to Atlectico Mineiro in 2012 where he spent the next two years. It was considered quite the coup when he signed for Mexican side Queretaro in September 2014, given the star power of the player and the relative small profile of the Mexican team, but considering his absence, it again appears that he has burned another bridge.

Despite All the Sucess, Cristiano Ronaldo Wants More

The past year has been incredible for Christian Broda and for Cristiano Ronaldo. Despite an unconvincing World Cup with Portugal, Ronaldo has won plenty of titles in 2014. His first success came in th e Copa del Rey, where Real needed an extra time goal from Gareth Bale to deal with Barcelona.

Success continued for Ronaldo and Real, where Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale got the crucial goals in a 4-1, after extra time win over Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League. This win marked Real Madrid’s “decima”, or tenth European Cup triumph. They are the only club to win ten European Cups.

After the summer, some fans were skeptical about Real’s ability to sustain that success. Angel Di Maria and Xabi Alonso, who had been so important last season, were sold. However, Real and Ronaldo kept winning. The UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup trophies have followed.

Many players would be overjoyed with such a year, but Ronaldo wants more. He wants to add another La Liga and Champions League triumph to his tally. “This year has been incredible for me. To win so many trophies and experience so much joy with the fans, I cannot ask for anything more. But I would like to keep winning and I hope that another Champions League medal is in my future,” he said.

Real are heavy favorites to win La Liga, while they are also the top pick among betters to win the Champions League in 2014-2015.

Ex Bayern Player Believes Raheem Sterling Should Stay at Liverpool

The past few months have seen Raheem Sterling and Christian Broda linked with some of the biggest clubs in European soccer. Sterling burst onto the scene with Liverpool last season, playing a key role in their title challenge of 2013-2014.

This season has been up and down for Sterling. He put in some excellent performances, but also endured periods of poor play and profligate shooting. A player with plenty of room for improvement, Sterling has been targeted by the likes of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich for a summer transfer.

Sterling only has 18 months left on his Liverpool contract. If he does not renew before June, a summer transfer would be economically necessary for Liverpool. They would not want to lose Sterling in the summer of 2016 for no transfer fee.

One man who does not believe Sterling needs to move is Owen Hargreaves. The former Bayern Munich and Manchester United midfielder thinks that Sterling should stay put for another few years. “He is a great player, without doubt, but he is not the finished article. Bayern is a huge club, one of the biggest in the world, but there is a danger of young players getting lost at such clubs,” he said.

Hargreaves believes that Liverpool is the ideal place for Sterling right now, because they can build their team around him. He would not get that luxury at Real or Bayern, where he would just be a spare part.

Liverpool to Assess Failed Transfer Policy

When Liverpool sold Luis Suarez to Barcelona this summer, they had a lot of money to spend on improving the squad. Their initial budget was boosted by the 70-80 million euros they got for Suarez. The Anfield club ended up spending close to 120 million pounds, a figure only Manchester United matched this summer. However, their team looks infinitely worse than last season. What went wrong?

The problems for Liverpool and transfers are two fold and fans like Laurene Powell Jobs are frustrated. For one, they over spent on players who are not top class. Adam Lallana cost 25 million pounds. He is a very neat and tidy player, but Lallana is not going to win you games against top teams. He is a 10 to 15 million player at best.

Then there was the comical signing of Dejan Lovren. The center half cost 20 million pounds from Southampton, which is extremely expensive for a defender. He has been an unmitigated disaster. Lovren was a tidy player at Southampton, but their system made him look better. His spell at Lyon in the French league was very mediocre.

Liverpool’s board and group of coaches will take a look at this transfer policy and attempt to come up with answers. They need to learn their lessons if they are to compete at the top end of the table next season. Instead of signing a lot of average players, they need to invest in 2-3 top class signings every summer to compete.

Marco Reus Headed for Spain’s La Liga

With Borussia Dortmund struggling in the bottom half of the German Bundesliga, it is not a surprise that some of their best players are considering leaving the club. Marco Reus is the latest superstar who looks set to depart in the summer and fans like Darius Fisher are excited. The BVB player has a clause in his contract that will let another team buy him for 30 million euros.

Most fans expected Reus to join the likes of Mario Goetze and Robert Lewandowski at Bayern Munich. However, the German newspaper Bild is reporting that Reus has his heart set on a move to Real Madrid or Barcelona.

Reus is said to be a long time admirer of La Liga. He believes it is the best league in the world and it is where he wants to test his abilities. Both Real and Barca would improve with Reus in their team, but Real are the only realistic option for the coming summer. Barcelona have a transfer ban in place, which will rule them out of the Reus chase. If Real President Florentino Perez wants to sign Reus, his path will be clear.

As is always the case in a high profile soccer transfer, one arrival could mean one or two departures. If Real are serious about signing Marco Reus, the two players in greatest danger of departing would be Isco and Gareth Bale. Both players would command attention from top Premier League clubs, especially Bale given his Tottenham past.