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  1. Okay touche. Fair comment. But Messi and James Rodriguez in the PL, fantastic, and Havertz, Thiago Silva too, heady days indeed.
  2. Wouldn't matter if he did as you'd quote/ unquote, rather cut your toes off with a butter knife than watch the PL.
  3. Messi has or had a clause in his contract allowing him to leave for nothing, that expired in June at season's end. But he is arguing that Covid 19 meant the season ended in July or August so the clause should be likewise extended. With no transfer fee ,hey even Everton could get him, but I doubt that Messi has reached the age where senility has gotten hold, so we can rule that out.
  4. Calling fans of all clubs, not just EPL, two questions: 1. Where do you think Messi will end up? 2. Can you come up with a cogent reason why he should join your club? I'll start, Messi should join Tottenham, because of the challenge of single handedly turning under achieving so called ' big club' into winners. Even the League Cup would be welcome.
  5. Leeds Kalvin Phillips called up to England squad, interesting, but no Jack Grealish, odd.
  6. Indy 500 today on F1 channel at 6pm Put aside your ideas of what exciting racing is, ie. F1 this is mega. Starting grid;
  7. Football with the exception of North America has had p+r for over a hundred years. I don't see that sport sinking into the Sargasso Sea of Miasma. The key question is does relegation from the top tier in any sport result in a one way ticket to oblivion. In football obviously not, Leeds Utd survived for a decade or more outside the top flight and came back. I accept totally that if the next tv deal for SL results in the Championship being cut adrift and becoming part time then p+r is finished. But NOW does relegation inevitably lead to even well run clubs going into oblivion? No, so p+r should stay though it may soon run its course.
  8. Thursday September 3 to Tuesday September 8 Sky are showing all Nations League football matches, that's not unusual but they put a lot on the red button on channels 401,402,and 403. Perhaps this time they'll be putting them on 407 and 408.
  9. It's Premier League fixture day on Sky Sports News today. Oh brother what a wasteland of waffle. You'd think new biblical tablets of stone have been uncovered, detailing new commandments or something. Channel 409 a no go area for the next 48 hrs at least. When SL fixtures are released in a razzmatazz of piffle then we'll know Sky take RL seriously.
  10. Do non football watching Sky subscibers subsidise football? I'm not sure. How many subscribers don't watch EPL, pure guess but I'll be surprised if it's more than 10- 15%. So individually yes people who don't watch it pay a large majority percentage of their subscription to Sky's football coverage, but there's not enough of these folks to say they collectively subsidise it. Here's the rub, if Sky offered a reduced cost package to non football fans, and it was taken up by RL fans among others, mathematically Sky's income would drop, okay, but Sky's appetite for showing EPL and other football wouldn't, so to keep showing football and getting the EPL packages they need to keep subscribers cutbacks might occur elsewhere to other sports coverage. Could be a case of non football fans cutting their own throats. Only football, F1, golf and cricket are safe on Sky, all others are dispensable, oh maybe NFL. The moral of the tale is, if you want Sky to continue operating at a level to able to indulge itself in sports other than the big four, then it needs watchers of as many sports as possible to chip in. Of course if Sky lost RL to say BT, then it would be get lost Sky, hello BT.
  11. The problem for the Broncos is simply that West Ealing has a professional soccer team nearby, ie. Brentford with an average gate of about 10,000 , and about to enter a new stadium. That is the problem all over London for any sport trying to establish itself aiming for a five figure attendance turn out. It ain't happening. There's a soccer club for every part of London. There's one area that is soccer's no go area, where pubs display " no football here" signs during world cups, yep you guessed it, Twickenham. I don't know why Broncos left The Hive, but that looked promising, nice stadium, no big soccer club nearby, pity that didn't work out.
  12. Top 9 qualifying for indy 500 this evening 6-8 pm on sky F1 .Alonso has qualified in 26th place. Race next Sunday. Double Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso will start the Indianapolis 500 in 26th place. The 39-year-old Spaniard posted a four-lap qualifying speed of 228.678mph in his Arrow McLaren car. American Marco Andretti set the pace at 231.351mph. Alonso said: "Did not have the speed but happy with the run. Some interesting people around our position. "Always very intense for four laps at Indy! Now one day less for the big one. Race car felt good." It is Alonso's third attempt at Indy as he aims to become only the second man after Graham Hill to win the 'triple crown' of Monaco Grand Prix, Le Mans and Indy. Alonso was a contender for victory on his Indy 500 debut in 2017, driving a McLaren-branded Andretti Autosport car, but failed to qualify last year in a one-off attempt by McLaren, which the team admitted to mishandling. McLaren have this year set up their own IndyCar team, who are racing in the championship with Mexican Patricio 'Pato' O'Ward and American Oliver Askew, who qualified 15th and 21st on Saturday. Saturday's qualifying session sets positions 10 to 33 on the grid for the race, which is on 23 August at the historic 2.5-mile superspeedway. The fastest nine drivers compete for pole position on Sunday afternoon. Andretti led a one-two-three-four for the Andretti Autosport team run by his father Michael Andretti, ahead of Americans Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alex Rossi and Canadian James Hinchliffe. After a promising start over the first two days of practice, Alonso crashed late on Thursday afternoon, sliding sideways into the wall at Turn Four after he ran too low on the inside of the corner and lost grip. He was never competitive in qualifying trim either on the final day of pre-qualifying practice, known as 'Fast Friday', or on Saturday. Arrow McLaren, an affiliate of the McLaren F1 team, use Chevrolet engines, while Honda-engined cars dominated in qualifying. Only one Chevrolet-engined car was in the top 12. Alonso qualified one place lower than last year's winner, Frenchman Simon Pagenaud, who drives for the leading Penske team with Chevrolet engines. Another former winner driving for Penske, Australian Will Power, was 22nd. Three-time winner Helio Castroneves, from Brazil, was 28th. Five-time Indycar champion Scott Dixon, who won Indy in 2008, was fifth fastest in his Honda-engined Ganassi car, and former F1 drivers Takuma Sato, the 2017 winner, and Marcus Ericsson ninth and 11th, also with Honda engines. Qualifying is not fastest lap as in F1 but is calculated by fastest average speed over qualifying laps. Highlights below.
  13. Enjoying the Euro cups, both look interesting and hard to call. I have a hunch for a Bayern Munich vs PSG final, and a Manchester United vs Inter Milan in the Europa. Good match yesterday, sorry for Atalanta, but if PSG get it right this could be their year..Leipzig vs Atletico Madrid tonight is a tough one to call. Methinks 2-1 Madrid. EDIT - Obviously I meant 2-1 Leipzig
  14. Whatever your opinion on the EPL, Richard Scudamore did a stellar job, and he's not engaged in anything big time at present I don't think. Wonder if he likes RL. Just saying
  15. It's on sky F1 channel, but the race only not any other magazine shows or anything else. They have the whole series, but the pandemic has affected it hugely as the series is mainly set in USA, with Toronto and Mexico City as well. The next race is the Indy500, qualifying on Saturday 8pm, the race Sunday week, probably at 5pm. The gap between qualifying and race is normal for the 500, but not other races. Highlights of opening races, ;
  16. Yes, Marco is the son of Michael and grandson of Mario. He's a fearless driver, which in his early races had Michael the team manager tearing his hair out by some reckless driving. Current F1 Max Verstappen starred on IndyCar for a few years before leaving. FI is absolutely the most cutting edge motor series, but not necessarily the most exciting. IndyCar is pretty action packed.
  17. Danica Patrick famous indy 500 fourth place , the highest for a woman Don't tell me women can't race F1 Top 10 closest finishes in IndyCar general racing.
  18. Fernando Alonso is confirmed as an entrant for the INDY500 2020 on August 23. Really is a great race, with speeds up to 220mph. If you've not seen it give it a go. Entry list for the 2020 Indianapolis 500 1 Josef Newgarden - Team Penske - Chevrolet 3 Helio Castroneves - Team Penske - Chevrolet 4 Charlie Kimball - A.J. Foyt Enterprises - Chevrolet 5 Pato O'Ward - Arrow McLaren SP - Chevrolet 7 Oliver Askew - Arrow McLaren SP - Chevrolet 8 Marcus Ericsson - Chip Ganassi Racing - Honda 9 Scott Dixon - Chip Ganassi Racing - Honda 10 Felix Rosenqvist - Chip Ganassi Racing - Honda 12 Will Power - Team Penske - Chevrolet 14 Tony Kanaan - A.J. Foyt Enterprises - Chevrolet 15 Graham Rahal - Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing - Honda 18 Santino Ferrucci - Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser Sullivan - Honda 20 Ed Carpenter - Ed Carpenter Racing - Chevrolet 21 Rinus VeeKay - Ed Carpenter Racing - Chevrolet 22 Simon Pagenaud - Team Penske - Chevrolet 24 Sage Karam - Dreyer & Reinbold Racing - Chevrolet 26 Zach Veach - Andretti Autosport - Honda 27 Alexander Rossi - Andretti Autosport - Honda 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay - Andretti Autosport - Honda 29 James Hinchcliffe - Andretti Autosport - Honda 30 Takuma Sato - Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing - Honda 41 Dalton Kellett - A.J. Foyt Enterprises - Chevrolet 45 Spencer Pigot - RLL w/ Citrone/Buhl Autosport - Honda 47 Conor Daly - Ed Carpenter Racing - Chevrolet 51 James Davison - Dale Coyne Racing w/ Rick Ware Racing, Byrd & Belardi - Honda 55 Alex Palou - Dale Coyne Racing w/ Team Goh - Honda 59 Max Chilton - Carlin - Chevrolet 60 Jack Harvey - Meyer Shank Racing - Honda 66 Fernando Alonso - Arrow McLaren SP - Chevrolet 67 J.R. Hildebrand - Dreyer & Reinbold Racing - Chevrolet 81 Ben Hanley - DragonSpeed USA - Chevrolet 88 Colton Herta - Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport - Honda 98 Marco Andretti - Andretti Herta Autosport w/ Marco & Curb-Agajanian - Honda Last 10 laps of last year's race. Top 25 indy 500 crashes. Some UNBELIEVABLE stuff here.
  19. Very interesting promotions to the football league this season, Harrogate and Barrow. Two Northern towns, good news for the region. Great to see Barrow back, and the Harrogate fairytale is amazing.
  20. Love this , I'm a recent recruit to the sport. Some wild racing.
  21. I've no interest in American Football, but here's the answer to the burning question of this thread......apparently. In Canada, the game has a significant following. According to a 2013 poll, 21% of respondents said they followed the NFL "very closely" or "fairly closely", making it the third-most followed league behind the National Hockey League (NHL) and Canadian Football League (CFL).[165] American football also has a long history in Mexico, which was introduced to the sport in 1896. It was the second-most popular sport in Mexico in the 1950s, with the game being particularly popular in colleges.[166] The Los Angeles Times notes the NFL claims over 16 million fans in Mexico, which places the country third behind the US and Canada.[167] American football is played in Mexico both professionally and as part of the college sports system.[168] A professional league, the Liga de Fútbol Americano Profesional (LFA), was founded in 2016.[169] Opening ceremony of the 2010 NFL International Series at London's Wembley Stadium Japan was introduced to the sport in 1934 by Paul Rusch, a teacher and Christian missionary who helped to establish football teams at three universities in Tokyo. Play was halted during World War II, but the sport began growing in popularity again after the war. As of 2010, there are more than 400 high school football teams in Japan, with over 15,000 participants, and over 100 teams play in the Kantoh Collegiate Football Association (KCFA).[170] The college champion plays the champion of the X-League (a semi-professional league where teams are financed by corporations) in the Rice Bowl to determine Japan's national champion.[171] Europe is a major target for the expansion of the game by football organizers. In the United Kingdom in the 1980s, the sport was popular, with the 1986 Super Bowl being watched by over four million people (about 1 out of every 14 Britons). Its popularity faded during the 1990s, coinciding with the establishment of the Premier League—top level of the English football league system. According to BBC America, there is a "social stigma" surrounding American football in the UK, with many Brits feeling the sport has no right to call itself "football" due to the lack of emphasis on kicking.[172] Nonetheless, the sport has retained a following in the United Kingdom; the NFL operates a media network in the country, and since 2007 has hosted the NFL International Series in London. Super Bowl viewership has also rebounded, with over 4.4 million Britons watching Super Bowl XLVI.[173] The sport is played in European countries like Switzerland, which has American football clubs in every major city,[174] and Germany, where the sport has around 45,000 registered amateur players.[168] In Brazil, football is a growing sport. It was generally unknown there until the 1980s when a small group of players began playing on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. The sport grew gradually with 700 amateur players registering within 20 years. Games were played on the beach with modified rules and without the traditional football equipment due to its lack of availability in Brazil. Eventually, a tournament, the Carioca championship, was founded, with the championship Carioca Bowl played to determine a league champion. The country saw its first full-pad game of football in October 2008.[175] According to The Rio Times, the sport is one of the fastest-growing sports in Brazil and is almost as commonly played as soccer on the beaches of Copacabana and Botafogo.[176] Football in Brazil is governed by the Confederação Brasileira de Futebol Americano (CBFA), which had over 5,000 registered players as of November 2013. The sport's increase in popularity has been attributed to games aired on ESPN, which began airing in Brazil in 1992 with Portuguese commentary.[177] The popularity and "easy accessibility" of non-contact versions of the sport in Brazil has led to a rise in participation by female players.[176] According to ESPN, the American football audience in Brazil increased 800% between 2013 and 2016. The network, along with Esporte Interativo, airs games there on cable television. Football is often associated in Brazil as being the sport of supermodel Gisele Bündchen's husband Tom Brady. The NFL has expressed interest in having games in the country, and the Super Bowl has become a widely watched event in Brazil at bars and movie theaters.[178] hope that helps, I'm in a packed pub at the moment watching Brentford vs Swansea. Everyone seems glued to the tv.....important game ....promotion...people seem to like it!
  22. If they do something it probably won't have an impact, but if they don't it may. As a fellow southerner you realise that RL gets naff all mention in the papers down here, or outside the heartlands, but a bad news story tends to stick. Already before every F1 race the talk is who'll take the knee and who'll not. People have long memories if they feel aggrieved. Slime sticks as the old saying goes, and the game doesn't need any slung in its direction.
  23. What we don't want in the run up to the WC next year is the general public to say, " ah Rugby League, that's the game that didn't bother with the BLM campaign. " Football, Cricket, Formula One has done something so we should do something ANYTHING, a banner saying " we support equality " or " drive out racism " would show solidarity. Unless the RL community really DOESN'T care.
  24. I think it would be a really bad look if they waltz on to the pitch and do nothing. Maybe a banner might be a good thing.
  25. You do surprise me as your interest in the premier league has been revealed in a previous thread. Bleep1673 1,514 Posted June 16 I would rather cut my toes off with a butter knife.
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