The Arsenal Story and Why the EPL Should be a Worry…

first_imgEven worse is that Nigerians have to fork out much of the money as we probably account for half of sub-Saharan Africa’s revenues. That’s a whooping £42m, which as of the time of writing this was N20.3b. Add Supersport’s top-ups and we are probably looking at N30b or more in subscription fees for a season. And that is only a part of the costs. There would probably be a further N10b or much more from merchandising. Recently, a friend related to me how he was at Old Trafford to buy Manchester United items and was surprised at the number of Nigerians in the store. He remembered one in particular because the guy spent over 2,000 pounds at a go. There are also the jet-set supporters who fly all the way to the UK in their private jets just to watch their clubs play, and others who simply shop at the UK malls or duty free shops without going to the stadiums.In effect, we are looking at the possibility of Nigerian fans extracting about N50b annually from our recession-hit economy to dump in the UK economy. Even if you half that figure because of our economic woes, you would still get a frightening number.All that money is what a marketing man calls disposable income. Disposable income is what is available to the person to invest, save or spend after his taxes. That is what you spend on beverages, shares, clothes, mobile phones and airtime etc. So imagine what our companies are losing in sales every year as these monies are withdrawn from our banks and pumped into the UK economy.That money that should go into the books of Nigerian companies – many of whom are struggling. Some have folded up or retrenched staff or are unable to pay salaries. Sadly, some of these companies have helped to perpetuate the popularity of the EPL by sponsoring the games and clubs, while neglecting the local football league.It is payback time. These days I allow my DTSV subscription to drift for days before re-subscribing; life has become hard in Nigeria. I am not alone in this. I have found out, many have stepped down their bouquet choices or have stopped paying altogether. It is clear for all to see that even the mighty DSTV is reeling from our economic woes as they have cut their sponsorship of domestic leagues in several sub-Saharan countries.Our beverage companies are failing to sell their premium brands, and are instead flooding the markets with low-end alternatives. Every sector is suffering. To be clear, football alone is neither the cause of all our problems nor the sole solution, but the money we are losing in football annually is staggering. Think what can do in Nigeria if we pushed hard to get our football and other sports right?Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram In the course of the week a friend drew my attention to a CNN report that showed that after London, Lagos was the city with the highest sale of Arsenal jerseys in the world. It boggles the mind that a city in a sub-Saharan Africa with a colossal population of desperately poor people, is where millions of pounds are spent on the jerseys of a foreign club. Not in Chile where Alexis Sanchez, arguably Arsenal’s biggest star is from; not in Germany where another star Mezut Ozil is from. But the picture is far worse when you consider that the same free-spending habit is found among Nigerian fans of other popular English clubs like Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool. Indeed, the money that Nigerians spend on the EPL annually should worry every major consumer business in the country as well as the government. The Daily Mail UK recently reported that Supersport, that has the EPL broadcast rights for sub-Saharan Africa, agreed to double the current £84m they pay annually to 168m pounds from 2019 to 2022. To have a sense of how crazy the figure is, the company with the rights to the Chinese market for 2016-2019 SSMG is paying just £13m per annum. That means sub-Saharan Africa, the world’s poorest region, is paying six times more than China. Not only does the Chinese population top that of sub-Saharan Africa, they are the second richest country in the world, one to whom the beggarly nations of Africa creep to for aid on a regular basis.The rights for North America belong to NBC who are currently paying £128m annually in a six-year deal from 2016 to 2022. Although a new deal will see the Chinese pay £180m annually from 2019, it is curious the area we go head-to-head with the world economic superpowers is in splashing cash on English football. To my mind, it is sheer insanity for sub-Saharan Africa to even pay a quarter of what China or America are paying.last_img read more

Shohei Ohtani’s velocity shows alarming dip; arm soreness prompts Angels to schedule MRI

first_imgEarly on, Joe Maddon is maddening to Angels fans.Shohei Ohtani exited Sunday’s game after being largely ineffective vs. the Astros, pitching an inning and two thirds, giving up two runs but, arguably most alarmingly, walking five (four in the second inning).  The end of Ohtani’s outing may have had some warning signs there— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) August 2, 2020I realize now I have two versions of this tweet two years apart and this is NOT OKAY— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) August 3, 2020It’s been a rough go early on for the Angels and new manager Joe Maddon, whose pitching staff has been about as expected in 2020 — as in, not great. Luckily for the Angels, both Dylan Bundy and Griffin Canning have looked like encouraging answers for the rotation, but without Ohtani there are questions to how far the Angels will go if they make the postseason. That’s a big if at the moment.The biggest thing I saw with Shohei Ohtani was his significantly decreased arm speed and the fact that he’s flying open too early.Allow me to explain ⤵️— Danny Vietti (@DannyVietti) July 26, 2020The bullpen might be the bigger issue, though, with the Angels blowing five of six save opportunities already in 2020 and having the fourth-worst xFIP in MLB at 5.19, per Fangraphs. If you’re new to baseball, that’s not great!Maddon has long been questioned for his unorthodox approach to pitching and bullpen use, and that seems to have following him back to Los Angeles in his first year as Angels manager. If they’re going to be without Ohtani, it’s bad. And if Maddon can’t figure out what’s going wrong, it’s going to get a lot worse for LA. MORE: Mike Trout’s newborn was named with baseball in mindThe poor start followed another poor start from Ohtani, with his overall numbers on the season not great despite a small sample size: two starts, 1 2/3 innings, 37.50 ERA. Well, bad comes to worse, with Ohtani heading for an MRI after experiencing soreness in his pitching arm. Shohei Ohtani expressed discomfort in is pitching arm after today’s game. The club has sent him for an MRI, no results yet.— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) August 3, 2020Unfortunately for Ohtani and the Angels, there was a harrowing trend in his velocity Sunday, with his fastball speed taking a concerning dip as his outing wore on. Per’s Mike Petriello, that trend is similar to the last start Ohtani had before being shut down and having Tommy John surgery in 2018.last_img read more

Bourda Street under rehabilitation

first_imgThe Mayor and City Council (M&CC) has embarked on a new project to rehabilitate Bourda Street, which has been in an execrable state for quite some time. As such, while some vendors believe that this is a good initiative, the views of others differ.Some of the works being undertaken at Bourda StreetThe works are being done in collaboration with the Public Infrastructure Ministry.A vendor, who requested to be anonymous, revealed that due to the works being done, there has been a significant reduction of customers in that particular area as they cannot access the street. In the past days, business has been ‘slow’ and sometimes, the produce is not being sold so she incurs a loss. She believes that they should’ve been advised not to sell in the area until the rehabilitation of the street is completed.Meanwhile, a number of other merchandisers expressed their satisfaction with the new asphalt street and stalls; and have given their full cooperation until this project is completed.This, they said, will be an improvement and the market will see more customers and sales in the future, as the appearance of the area will be much better than it was before. They also think that the infestation of rodents will also be eradicated.“Excellent. I believe they’re doing an excellent job and they need to continue what they’re doing. There will be new stalls and they will be doing it in concrete so we won’t be having rats and these things no more,” Alfred Mack related.For now, the entrances to the stalls have been moved to the western pavement and vendors were asked not to use their current stalls after these works are completed.Vendors were told by M&CC Town Clerk Royston King, that new stalls will be constructed as per the M&CC’s specifications, as it relates to the dimension of each stall.As a result, taxes will also be increased on the upgraded stalls, to improve the services and facilities such as water, lightS and security being offered.last_img read more

Pilot dies in plane crash on freeway

first_imgSAN BERNARDINO – A small plane headed to Henderson, Nev., crashed on a freeway at the crest of the Cajon Pass in San Bernardino County early Friday, killing an Air Force officer and slowing the rush-hour commute. The pilot of the single-engine Piper PA-28 was talking to air traffic controllers in San Diego at 12:42 a.m. when they lost communication and the plane vanished from the radar, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said. The pilot, who was the only person on board, apparently did not issue a mayday, Gregor said. The pilot was identified by the county Coroner’s Office as Air Force Lt. Col. Raymond Roessler, 43, of Clinton, Utah. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityRoessler was not on official Air Force business and was flying a private aircraft, Supervising Deputy Coroner Gabriel Morales said. The plane took off from Long Beach and was headed to Henderson, Gregor said. Shortly after 6 a.m., plane wreckage was reported on Interstate 15, said county Fire Department Supervisor Karen Humphreys. The plane crashed on the expansive, hilly median between the north and southbound lanes. Interstate 15, the main road between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, was not closed but traffic was slowed for hours and backed up for several miles. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more