The 7’1” center was coach-in-waiting Jon Scheyer’s first scholarship offer after Coach K announced his retirement.
FIFA, seeing the success of rolling out the same video game every 12 months with a new year slapped on the cover each time, wants to make both the men’s and women’s World Cup every two years instead of four.
The original proposal came from Saudi Arabia - interestingly, the country has only played in five World Cups - and has gotten increased support of late.
FIFA’s chief of global football development and former Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger says he is “100% convinced” it is the right move for the sport.
Others disagree: UEFA (Union of European Football Association) and CONMEBOL (the South American governing body of soccer) both oppose the idea.
Both UEFA and CONMEBOL host major tournaments - the Euros and Copa America - every two years which bring in billions of revenue. An increased World Cup schedule would potentially decrease fan engagement and player participation in those tournaments.
Let’s talk money: FIFA actually losesmoney three out of every four years. That fourth year? You guessed it, World Cup time.
FIFA made $6.4 billion from 2017-2020…
$4.5 billion was made in 2018 (70%) when France won the World Cup
UEFA, on the other hand, has two major events bringing in money - the Euros and the Champions League. Thus, its year-over-year revenue is both more stable and more predictable.
Revenue comparison for FIFA and UEFA. Via: The Conversation.
Zoom out: A two-thirds majority is needed to approve any FIFA proposal. With UEFA and CONMEBOL making up 65 of the 211 votes (30.8%), they don’t quite have the power to stop the proposal on their own.
Both UEFA and CONMEBOL have threatened to boycott should FIFA move forward with the plan.
"We can decide not to play in it... Good luck with a World Cup like that," said UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin.
Of the 21 World Cups in history, European and South American countries have won every single one.
Pack Is Back
Giphy / Aaron Rodgers
(1-1) Green Bay Packers 35 vs. (0-2) Detroit Lions 17
Down 14-17 in the 3rd quarter, Aaron Rodgers found Davante Adams on a 50-yard bomb to finally get the Pack going.
Rodgers passed John Elway to move into 10th on the all-time for passing yards.
Mr. Monday Night: Rodgers has won eight straight Monday Night games dating back to 2014.
*Correction from yesterday: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, not Pat Mahomes, fumbled for the Chiefs at the end of Sunday's loss to the Ravens.
(69-82) Kansas City Royals 4vs. (73-6) Cleveland Indians 2
KC’s Salvador Perez hit his 46th home run, breaking Johnny Bench’s 1970 record for most homers by a catcher in a season.
Perez is tied with Vlad Guerrero Jr. for most home runs on the season, two ahead of Shohei Ohtani.
Soccer - La Liga
(8 pts)FC Barcelona1vs. (3 pts) Granada 1
After Granada scored early, it took another 88 minutes of play before Barca drew the tie with a goal in the 90th.
This club is barely skating by without Lionel Messi. Last seven games: 2 ties, 2 losses, 3 wins.
Stat:4. The number of Emmys Ted Lasso took home on Sunday night.
0. The number of minutes we spent watching the Emmys.
Quote:“If I had it to do all over again, I would have taken the penalty. It was more out of frustration than anything.”
- Houston Texans coach David Culley on electing to punt instead of accepting a penalty to make it 3rd-and-10.
Highlight:The NFL decided to enforce strict taunting rules this season. So far, it’s resulted in a ton of questionable penalties. Maybe one day the No Fun League will let players celebrate big plays again.
Toronto Blue Jays (84-65) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (92-58) - 7:10 ET on ESPN
San Francisco Giants (97-53) vs. San Diego Padres (76-73) - 10:10 ET on FS1
(9 pts) Athletic Bilbao vs. (7 pts) Rayo Vallecano - 4:00 ET on ESPN+
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