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Premier League end gambling sponsorship

English Premier League clubs have agreed to remove gambling sponsorship from their matchday shirts by the end of the 2025/26 football season.

Notwithstanding this, clubs can continue to display gambling branding on shirt sleeves and LED advertising after the deadline.

Before the deadline, clubs can also sign new shirt-front deals.

The gambling businesses on the front of the shirts of eight Premier League clubs are estimated to be worth £60 million per year.

The announcement follows a consultation with the league, clubs, and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport as part of the government’s ongoing assessment of current gambling legislation.

The Premier League will become the first sports league in the United Kingdom to use such a strategy to curb gambling advertising voluntarily.

The league also collaborates with other sports to create a new code for responsible gambling sponsorship.

The government was not expected to recommend a ban on gambling sponsorship, with the Premier League expected to agree to a move voluntarily.

Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson mostly agreed on reforms to the Gambling Act 2005 before stepping down in July, causing a delay in the publication of a gambling white paper.

The Secretary of State for Culture, Media, and Sport, said on Thursday that she “welcomed the Premier League’s decision.”

“The vast majority of adults gamble responsibly,” she noted, “but we must recognize that players are role models who have a massive influence on young people.”

What is the context?

Last May, a DCMS spokesperson told BBC Sport that the department is conducting “the most complete review of gambling rules in 15 years to see that they are fit for the digital age.”

Proponents of a broader prohibition argue that gambling sponsorship in football has normalized the industry and that greater regulation is required to safeguard minors and other vulnerable populations.

According to the Betting and Gaming Council, representing the industry, the “vast majority” of the 22.5 million individuals who bet in the UK monthly do so “safely and responsibly.”

According to the report, “the rate of gambling problem remains low by international standards, at 0.3% of the UK’s adult population – reducing from 0.4% the previous year.”

On the other hand, a YouGov study for GambleAware in 2021 estimated the figure at 2.8%.

Iain Duncan Smith, a former Conservative leader, is a member of the APPG (All Party Parliamentary Group) on Gambling-Related Harm, which has been urging the government for tighter protections.

After the club was rumored to have secured an agreement with Asia-based betting firm BK8, Aston Villa’s fan consultation committee met with chief executive Christian Purslow in January. It afterward published a statement adding, “The commercial fact is that such sponsors provide clubs twice as much financially as non-gambling corporations to teams below the top six.”

“A self-regulatory model would give a feasible and flexible alternative to regulation or outright prohibition,” the Premier League earlier stated.

To help teams transition away from shirt-front gambling sponsorship, a collective agreement was made to begin the prohibition after 2025-26.

The English Football League (EFL), which Sky Bet sponsors, previously stated that a total ban on gambling sponsorship for its 72 members would cost clubs £40 million per year.

Given the large amount of money it makes from the game, the EFL’s view on the gambling sector has long been that it should contribute to the financial viability of professional football.

Chairman Rick Parry has already stated that the EFL believes that an evidence-based approach to preventing injury is far superior to a blanket ban.

The Premier League takes a significant step forward

Everton announced last summer that they had agreed to a club-record multi-year relationship with casino and sports betting platform Stake.com.

Following Thursday’s announcement of the league’s agreement, Everton manager Sean Dyche stated, “I am not going to get too engaged in the discussions of judgment about it, but they have made a collective decision, and all parties have unanimously agreed with it.”

According to The Big Step, a campaign to eradicate gambling advertising and sponsorship in football, nearly 30 clubs in the Premier League and Championship had a gambling corporation on the front of their shirt just over three years ago.

Katie Razzall, cultural and media editor at BBC News

Some campaigners believe that the news of this voluntary ban needs to go further. They highlight the Premier League’s influence on children and young people, arguing that gambling sponsorship of football is an important part of normalizing the sector (as they see it).

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Gambling firm names will continue to appear on banner advertising throughout the grounds and on the sleeves of adult clothing even after 2026.

Many people advocated for a complete ban on this type of sponsorship and advertising in sports. However, that had never seemed likely.

All eyes are on Lucy Frazer, the new Culture Secretary, who is picking up where three predecessors left off, changing gambling regulations to make them fit for internet gaming.

There has been tremendous lobbying of MPs by both the industry and those fighting for reform – and that lobbying has reached a climax in recent weeks as final choices on what that would mean in practice are made.

How Jude Bellingham emerged on the big stages

Jude Bellingham has quickly become an important player for Borussia Dortmund and England in the past few years. Some of the biggest teams in football also want him.

The midfielder is worth £110 million, and it is said that many of Europe’s best clubs are ready to fight for him. This will make the player’s summer a lot of fun.

At last year’s World Cup, Bellingham, who is only 19, was one of England’s best players. As he gets ready to wear the Three Lions shirt again, BBC Sport tells the story of how he went from being a shy kid at Birmingham to one of the most sought-after players in the world.

When Bellingham left Birmingham for Borussia Dortmund in 2020 for £25 million, he became the most expensive 17-year-old football player in history. Some people were upset that Bellingham’s shirt number was retired by the Championship team, even though he had only played one full season of professional football.

But the fact that he is now showing everyone how good and humble he is shows why the Blues liked him so much.

He had no interest in football.

He was so good at football that it seemed like that was all he would ever do.

When he was younger, Bellingham didn’t care much about sports.

Phil Wooldridge, who was his first coach, said he met Bellingham when he was four years old.

But once Bellingham got it, there was no stopping him.

He told his teachers and classmates at school that he would one day play for England. As his interest in football grew, Wooldridge and Bellingham’s father started a team called Stourbridge Juniors, on which he played often.

Teams from professional sports teams in the area noticed him there. Then, when he was seven, he joined Birmingham City and worked with a coach who, according to Bellingham, helped him become the person and player he is today.

Mike Dodds, who is now the first-team coach at Sunderland, was a big part of Bellingham’s development and helped him get his first job when he was only 16.

How much of a big deal is Jude Bellingham?

Millions of people who watched the World Cup last year saw how caring he was when, after Harry Kane missed England’s second penalty against France that would have tied the score, Bellingham was the first player to comfort the striker.

Bellingham only played for Birmingham for one season, but he was a big reason why they didn’t fall to League One. Many of the best clubs in the world wanted to sign him because he was talented and had grown up on the field by the time he was 17. But Borussia Dortmund got him before the other teams.

Bellingham had a bigger stage with the Bundesliga giants, but that didn’t stop him from doing well. He made history when he became Dortmund’s captain at 19 in October of last year.

This season, Bellingham has added another thing: goals. He didn’t score more than six goals in his first two seasons at Dortmund, but he already has ten this season. In September, he scored against Manchester City in the Champions League.

Bellingham also scored against Pep Guardiola’s team in the quarterfinals of the same competition two years earlier. Owen Hargreaves, who used to play for Manchester United and now works as a TV commentator, said that even though Dortmund lost the game, Bellingham was the best player on the field.

If anyone didn’t know how talented Bellingham was before his first World Cup, they did after his teammates couldn’t say anything bad about him.

Phil Foden, a midfielder for England, Manchester City, and Senegal, said of Bellingham, “I don’t want to talk too much about him because he’s still young, but he’s one of the most talented players I’ve ever seen.” This was after Bellingham had another great game in a 3-0 win over Senegal in the last 16 rounds.

This summer, Bellingham has been linked to some of the best clubs in Europe, so only a few people would disagree with Foden.

Jude Bellingham is one of the most exciting young football players to watch right now because of how well he “runs” the midfield. Add that to the fact that he played well for Borussia Dortmund in the German Bundesliga and continental European football and was one of the best at his position at the Qatar World Cup 2022.

Real Madrid confident of completing Bellingham’s deal

Real Madrid is sure they will sign Jude Bellingham this summer because they think they have the upper hand over rivals Manchester City and Liverpool.

Marca says that the final price for the talented 19-year-old Jude Bellingham will be around €150m, made up of €115m in a fixed fee and up to €35m in variables.

They know that Liverpool and City will offer more money for Jude Bellingham to both Dortmund and the player, but they think they have a significant advantage because Bellingham wants to play for Dortmund.

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After Head of Recruitment Juni Calafat met with Bellingham’s father, it’s clear that Los Blancos think they’ve shown him that the Santiago Bernabeu is the place to be. His salary would be around €10 million, much less than €15 million. Borussia Dortmund was willing to pay him to stay, as were City and Liverpool, but Real Madrid will not break their salary structure for him.

Real Madrid knows they will lose out on Jude Bellingham if money and commissions are the deciding factors, but they seem to be confident that won’t happen.

Sheikh Jassim submits new Manchester United bid

Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who owns Ineos, and Sheikh Jassim, a banker from Qatar, will make better offers to buy Manchester United before Wednesday at 21:00 GMT.

This month, United officials met with the only two known bidders.

People say that when they went to Old Trafford and Manchester United’s training ground, they talked with interesting people.

Ineos wants to buy all of the Glazer shares, which are worth about 69% of the club. The Qataris, on the other hand, want to buy the entire club.

BBC Sport discovered that United officials met with representatives from Ratcliffe, Sheikh Jassim, and seven other possible investors over ten days.

Their first bids have not been made public yet, but reports say they are around £4.5 billion. This is a long way below what the club’s American owners, the Glazers, have set as a value of $5 billion to $6 billion.

The next big question is if they or any other possible bidders can make an offer that makes the Glazers want to sell.

If not, and since United’s luck has improved a lot under manager Erik ten Hag in the last few months, the Americans might still decide to keep the club and instead try to sell a minority stake to a US hedge fund like Elliott Investment Management.

In November, the Glazer family said that they might sell United.

In its first bid, Sheikh Jassim’s Qatari group said, “We plan to return the club to its former glory.”

Sheikh Jassim is the head of the Qatari bank QIB and the son of a former Qatari prime minister. He has always liked the team Manchester United.

Ratcliffe, a 70-year-old British billionaire, owns the Ineos group. He has always spent money on sports and now owns the French Ligue 1 team Nice and the Swiss team Lausanne.

It also gives money to the famous sailing team Ineos Britannia, led by Sir Ben Ainslie. It also has a five-year deal with the Formula One team Mercedes and took over the British cycling team Team Sky in 2019.

At the time of the first bid, people thought the proposal would emphasize that Ratcliffe, born in Manchester, would be “a British guardian for the club” and try to “put the Manchester back into Manchester United.”

Who else is running?

At least two offers will be made for United by the US, and Saudi Arabia has shown interest.

This means that up to five people could be trying to negotiate a full sale, while others could be looking to make a smaller investment in exchange for a smaller share of the 20-time English league champions.

Even though he might not have a direct role in the club, Nasser al-Khelaifi, the president of Paris St. Germain, is likely to be a key figure in any bid by Qatar to buy the club.

Al-Khelaifi was thinking about having his company, Qatar Sports Investment, buy a smaller piece of a Premier League club (QSI).

But Uefa rules say that one person can’t own more than one club, so Qatar would have to work with private people or another group to buy all of United.

Human rights and LGBTQ+ groups are worried that Qatar might buy a Premier League team and then own two of the best teams in Europe.

Manchester United could possibly be sold

People in the Gulf state look confused when they hear that Qatar might buy Manchester United and that Qatar already owns Paris Saint-Germain, which could cause a conflict of interest.

They think that two or more groups own about half of the Premier League clubs.

One example is that Manchester City is a part of the City Football Group. Daniel Kretinsky is the president of Sparta Prague, and he also owns a piece of West Ham. Both teams played in the Europa League last year.

They also know that Ratcliffe wants to buy United and that there is no sign that he will give up control of French club Nice, only four points away from a spot in Europe.

Also, Uefa has given both RB Leipzig and RB Salzburg permission to play in the same European tournaments.

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Since Nasser al-Khelaifi is the chairman of both PSG and the European Clubs’ Association, which has been working more closely with Uefa, it is safe to assume that any problems have been fixed.

But people who know about this offer say it has nothing to do with who owns PSG. Also, the bid is just a thought. Also, sources say that United’s “data room” information isn’t very good.

All information about the Old Trafford club’s finances must be made public.

People think this is just the beginning of the process, but Sheikh Jassim is serious about taking the club away from the Glazer family for the first time since 2005. He also wants to spend money on the whole Trafford area.

FC Barcelona might not be guilty of paying referees

FC Barcelona – Catalan soccer superpower FC Barcelona has previously been accused of wrongdoing by Spanish authorities.

Former club presidents Sandro Rosell and Josep Maria Bartomeu were accused of accepting payments from the former referees committee vice president.

Nevertheless, new information in the sports scandal revealed that Spanish officials discovered no evidence of recurring payments.

What happened?

Cheating in athletics has always been condemned, regardless of country.

FC Barcelona has been accused of paying José María Enriquez Negreira, vice president of Spain’s officiating commission, to assist the team.

The following statement was made:

“Through presidents [Sandro] Rosell and [Josep] Bartomeu, Barcelona reached and maintained a strictly confidential verbal agreement with the defendant Negreira, so that, in his capacity as vice president of the refereeing committee and in exchange for money, he would carry out actions aimed at favoring Barcelona in the decision making of the referees in the matches played by the club, and thus in the results of the competitions.”

The former presidents & payments

Sandro Rosell served as FC Barcelona’s president from 2010 to 2014, when Josep Bartomeu took over.

Bartomeu led the sporting superpower until 2020, when he retired, and Joan Laporta took over in 2021.

According to Barcelona, the money was paid to Negreira’s company, Dasnil 96 SL.

These were presumably designed for “technical reporting on refereeing,” presuming that such services were available in the game.

Laporta, who served as president from 2003 to 2010, would be summoned to testify.

He, on the other hand, denied that Barcelona bribed officials.

“Barca have never bought referees nor influence,” said Laporta. “That was never the intention, and that has to be clear.”

“The facts contradict those that are trying to tell a different story.”

Meanwhile, Negreira made his own statement, stating:

“FC Barcelona considered that the team was harmed and other teams were favored. This is a personal hypothesis, nobody has told me directly.”

“My obligation was to give my opinion about the matches in terms of arbitration and the players. Technical advice.”

“What FC Barcelona wanted was to make sure that no decisions were made against the club, that everything was neutral.”

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Investigations and charges

José Maria Enriquez Negreira resigned as vice president of Spain’s referees committee in 2018.

Despite the fact that he has been unemployed for some years, he was the sole object of a tax office investigation for payments from Barcelona totaling around €1.4 million ($1.51 million) between 2016 and 2018.

After investigating payments from 2014 to 2018, prosecutors charged Rossell and Bartomeu, as well as ex-FC Barcelona officials Oscar Gau and Albert Soler.

Yet, after a three-year delay, La Liga president Javier Tebas has concluded that FC Barcelona would face no sporting consequences.

But, he agreed to return to the matter after the legal processes were completed.

The Spanish Football Association and La League have handed over the relevant paperwork and information to UEFA.

As a result of the conclusion, individuals may decide to take action.

FIFA might even get involved.

The latest development

The FC Barcelona money-laundering investigation is moving forward.

According to EFE, the latest data indicate that the club’s €7.5 million ($8.1 million) payments to Negreira had no influence on on-field choices.

The claims include a failure to explain and verify millions of euros transferred to Negreira’s commercial interests, hinting that the club continued to pay for illegal services.

The claims are a huge victory for FC Barcelona after earlier this year’s charges turned the club on its head.

The club has kept mute about the topic, preferring to focus on external investigations and internal operations.

Joan Laporta planned to speak with the press after gathering all of the necessary evidence and information.

Laport claims that Barca will soon provide intelligence that is ready to strike and protect.

A former La Liga referee testified on Barcelona’s behalf, claiming that Negreira never requested him to influence decisions in the Catalan club’s favor.

Ja Morant will face longer suspension if investigations turn up with something

Ja Morant – The Memphis Grizzlies were dealt a setback when one of their most crucial players, Ja Morant, was forced to sit out.

The ban would last two games, but it was nothing he did with the team that caused him to be sidelined.

Instead, Ja Morant was suspended following his weekend gun exhibition.

What happened

The Memphis Grizzlies lost their game against the Denver Nuggets over the weekend.

Afterwards, Ja Morant went live on social media while partying in a Denver-area bar.

He then showed a pistol, prompting the Grizzlies to suspend him.

While Morant has received a two-game suspension, it might be extended if investigations reveal that he carried the pistol on team premises, including:

  • The team’s plane
  • Memphis’ bus
  • The locker room


To understand more about the circumstances, the NBA and Colorado police initiated investigations.

If Ja Morant is found guilty of misconduct, the NBA could punish him in addition to a possible lengthy sentence.

The Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the NBA and the NBPA expressly stipulates that players are not permitted to carry guns while on league business.

Ja Morant’s pistol exhibition begs the question: did he bring the gun into team property?

CBA agreement

The CBA drafted a long constitution prohibiting NBA players from owning weapons, stating:

“Whenever a player is physically present at a facility or venue owned, operated, or being used by a Team, the NBA, or any League-related entity, and whenever a player is traveling on any NBA-related business, whether on behalf of the player’s Team, the NBA, or any League-related entity, such player shall not possess a firearm of any kind or any other deadly weapon.”

“For purposes of the foregoing, “a facility or venue” includes, but is not limited to: an arena, a practice facility; a Team or League office or facility; an All-Star or NBA Playoff venue; and the site of a promotional or charitable appearance.”

Breach of the constitution results in disciplinary action by the NBA under CBA Article 35(D), which states:

“The Commissioner shall have the power to suspend for a definite or indefinite period, or to impose a fine not exceeding $1,000,000 or inflict both such suspension and fine upon any person who, in his opinion, shall have been guilty of conduct prejudicial or detrimental to the Association.”

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If Ja Morant is found to have violated the agreement, commissioner Adam Silver has the authority to penalize him.

By then, he will have the option of fining the Grizzlies star up to a million dollars and/or extending his sentence.

There is currently no defined suspension length.

If Ja Morant is suspended, Silver will determine the length.

The suspension

Memphis Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins stated on Sunday night that Ja Morant is aware that he made difficult judgments and terrible choices for which he must accept responsibility.

He did not play in the Clippers’ and Lakers’ games in Los Angeles on Sunday and Tuesday, respectively.

“Very tough moment, for sure,” said Jenkins regarding the video.

Colorado investigations

Colorado police stated on Monday that they were investigating Ja Morant’s activities to see if he had broken any laws.

According to the footage, he was in Glendale, a neighborhood known for its strip clubs and commercial malls.

As per Captain Jamie Dillon, no calls or complaints regarding Ja Morant were received by the police.

Nevertheless, the police initiated an investigation on Saturday when the video went viral online.

“He’s definitely embracing the mistakes that he’s made, but only time will tell,” said Jenkins.

“We’re going to support him and we’re going to hold him accountable to make those changes.

The Grizzlies coach, however, refused to elaborate on what Ja Morant would need to accomplish to rejoin the squad.

“We love him, we want what’s best for him, we support him. It’s going to be a difficult process but we’ve got a great group to get through this.”

Other league investigations

Following an event on January 29, Ja Morant was the subject of yet another league investigation.

He reportedly caused a friend to be prohibited from attending home games for a year.

Numerous media sites stated that the Indiana Pacers were targeted by a red dot.

A team security guard thought the laser came from a gun, but further examinations revealed no indication of a weapon threat.

The person was then barred from the venue.

“This is a tough time for a young kid that’s got to grow and get better,” said the Grizzlies coach.

“He’s got huge responsibilities not just for the team, for the city, but I know how he’s built with that care factor and what steps he’s now taking.”

“It’s a step in the direction of really being the best version of himself.”

“My hope is that he just gets better,” Jenkins continued. “He knows he’s got a lot of love and support.”

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NCAA Reform: Krzyzewski’s Vocal Call for Accountability and Transparency

The name Mike Krzyzewski, more commonly referred to as “Coach K,” is associated with college basketball. He has established himself as one of the greatest coaches in the sport’s history by serving as head coach of the Duke Blue Devils for an incredible 42 seasons.

Krzyzewski recently retired from coaching, leaving behind a legacy of hard work, dedication and love for the game. However, despite his retirement, Krzyzewski has maintained an outspoken voice in the world of college basketball.  

In a recent interview on CNN and HBOMax’s “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace,” Krzyzewski criticized the state of the game, arguing that the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), which oversees the college system, is too bureaucratic.  

He argued that all sports-related decisions must go through many committees, and that there was never a basketball coach in the room where decisions were made.  

Krzyzewski’s criticism of the NCAA is nothing new. Over the years, he has been vocal about the need for college basketball reform. He has often argued that NCAA rules and regulations restrict the freedom of student-athletes and that the organization needs more accountability and transparency. 

Nobody has criticized the NCAA more than Krzyzewski. Numerous coaches, athletes, and analysts have urged the organization to undergo changes over the years. The NCAA has come under fire for handling issues like student-athlete pay, academic requirements, and transfer regulations, among others.

Krzyzewski’s criticism of the NCAA emphasizes the need for coaches to have a say in decisions that affect sports. As a coach with over 40 years of football experience, Krzyzewski’s insight and experience should be appreciated and respected. 

Concerns and Guidelines

As college athletes continue to sign lucrative endorsement deals under the new NIL-era, Krzyzewski has called for guidelines to be put in place to control the situation. While not against athletes profiting from the college basketball system, he wants the college system to be run more like a business, with better control over the issue.

Krzyzewski’s concerns come after decades of college athletes not receiving the support they need. Many athletes have been used, according to Krzyzewski, and have not been properly compensated for their contributions to the sport.

However, with the introduction of NIL, athletes can now profit from their name, image, and likeness. This has resulted in a barrage of endorsement deals being announced by college athletes across the country.

Krzyzewski’s call for better control over the situation highlights the need for clear guidelines to be put in place to ensure that all athletes are able to profit equally from the system. The NCAA Division I Transformation Committee recently published a report outlining recommendations for modernizing the division’s governance structure.

According to the report, decisions should be pushed as far down in the structure as possible, and responsible committees composed of experienced representatives with knowledge of the sport should be included in the decision-making process. The report also highlights the need for student-athletes’ voices to be heard in decision making.

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Legacy He Stands On

He started coaching while he was in the Army in 1969 and has since built a legendary career that spans over four decades. Krzyzewski’s journey as a coach has taken him from military schools to college basketball powerhouse Duke, where he led the Blue Devils to five national championships.

Krzyzewski’s first coaching job was at the Fort Belvoir, Virginia, US Military Academy Prep School. He then worked as a graduate assistant coach at Indiana University prior to returning to his alma mater, West Point, in 1975 as the head coach. His time at West Point set the stage for his future success as a coach, as he led the team to two NIT appearances in five seasons.

Krzyzewski’s real breakthrough came when he took over as head coach at Duke in 1980. Over the next 42 seasons, he led the Blue Devils to unprecedented success, amassing 1,129 career wins and five national championships. His dedication, desire, and love for the game were infectious, and he became synonymous with college basketball.

However, after almost half a century of coaching, Krzyzewski decided to retire in 2022. Although he misses the game, he doesn’t miss the hard work that’s required for coaching. Coaching means a lot of preparation and recruiting, and Krzyzewski has had enough of that. 

He still loves the game and could go out on the court and coach a game, but he wouldn’t be doing the preparation that the game deserves.

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Synonym of College Basketball

He has become synonymous with college basketball over his 42 seasons as the head coach of the Duke Blue Devils.

During his time at Duke, Krzyzewski won five national championships and became the all-time winningest coach in men’s Division I college basketball, with 1,129 wins.

Despite his incredible success at the college level, Krzyzewski has always had a love for the game that extends beyond the NCAA. Throughout his career, there was interest from professional teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers, but he never felt the urge to leave the college game.

“If you’re a really good coach, in any sport, you’re going to be approached, so I’m not the only basketball coach that’s been approached for a pro job,” Krzyzewski said.

“At the end of the day, the way the college game was, I loved the college game. I loved being at Duke. I love having crossed some bridges with those kids, even if it was for only a year.”

However, Krzyzewski did end up coaching professional players, leading the US men’s basketball team to three Olympic gold medals – 2008, 2012, and 2016.

“That was my fix, so to speak. I loved coaching those guys,” he said.

“With the US team, they’re grown men, they’ve crossed their bridges already,” he added, speaking of the differences between coaching college and professional athletes.

“I think I could go out on the court and still coach a game, but I wouldn’t be doing the preparation that the game deserves,” he said.

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LeBron James Bags Highest Scorer in the NBA: A dominant force on and off the court

LeBron James’ historic performance received great admiration and accolades from fans and fellow players. 

With his impressive scoring prowess, superb passing ability, and unrivaled athleticism, James has established himself as a dominant force on the court throughout his career.

Many attribute James’ longevity and continued success to his rigorous training regimen and dedication to his craft. Even off the field, James has made a big impact, using his platform to advocate for social justice and philanthropy. 

This latest achievement adds to James’ already impressive list of achievements, which includes four NBA championships, four Most Valuable Player awards and 17 All-Star selections.  

It is evidence of James’ talent and perseverance as well as of his status as one of the greatest basketball players in history.

Fans will no doubt see James’ impact on the game for years to come. It’s an exciting time for his basketball fans as LeBron’s James’ record-breaking performance adds a new chapter to the sport’s rich history.  

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James as GOAT

Throughout his career, LeBron James has proven time and time again that he is one of the greatest basketball players of all time. When it did, it cemented its place in the history books. 

The crowd at the Staples Center in Los Angeles erupted in cheers as James hit his 36th point, a fadeaway jumper, in the third quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Abdul-Jabbar, who held the record for nearly 39 years, was in attendance to witness the historic moment.

The game was stopped for an on-court ceremony, where Abdul-Jabbar and James embraced and Abdul-Jabbar handed James the basketball as a symbolic passing of the torch. James was emotional as he addressed the crowd, reflecting on his journey and what the accomplishment meant to him.

“I had a moment when it happened, and I embraced that moment,” James stated. “Seeing my family and friends, the people that’s been around me since I started this journey to the NBA, definitely very emotional right there.”

Throughout his career, James has shot 50.5% from the field and has averaged 27.2 points per game. He has served as a dominant force in the league for over two decades and has won four NBA championships, four MVP awards, and countless other accolades.

He has set a new standard for future generations of basketball players and has secured his place as one of the all-time greats. The NBA will never forget the night James broke Abdul-Jabbar’s record and became the league’s all-time leading scorer.

The Crowd Jeered

The Lakers vs Thunder game was not just about basketball, it was about history being made. LeBron has now become the leading scorer in the NBA, surpassing the legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 points. 

The scene was electric as James hit the fadeaway jumper late in the third quarter to secure his place in the record books.

The record-breaking moment was celebrated on and off the court. James’ family, including his teenage sons, Bronny and Bryce, and daughter Zhuri, cheered him on with excitement. 

The crowd was also filled with famous faces, such as Jay-Z, Bad Bunny, Denzel Washington, and Phil Knight, who presented James with a commemorative plaque.

Abdul-Jabbar was in attendance to witness the historic moment and took part in an on-court ceremony to mark the occasion. The two players hugged and Abdul-Jabbar handed James the ball, a symbolic passing of the torch from one great to another.

James’ achievements on the court are matched by his activism off the court. 

Abdul-Jabbar recognized James for his efforts, stating, “What LeBron has done off the court is more important than what he’s done on the court. He sends kids to school. He’s provided leadership and an example of how to live.”

Cemented Place

His ability to not only score, but also rebound and assist has cemented his place among the league’s all-time greats.

It’s worth noting that the NBA only takes into account points scored in regular-season games, meaning James’ impressive playoff stats of 7,631 points in 266 games are not included in the official count.

At 38 years old, James has spent 20 seasons in the NBA and has gone to the Finals 10 times. His fourth championship win came in 2020, further solidifying his legacy as one of the greatest to ever grace the court.

Joining the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Dirk Nowitzki, and Wilt Chamberlain, James is now one of only seven players in NBA history to score over 30,000 points.

As James continues to leave his mark on the sport, he also remains an influential figure off the court, advocating for social and political issues, and setting an example for others through his charitable endeavors.

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His Player Stats

Not only is he one of the seven players to have scored over 10,000 career assists, but he’s also the only non-point guard to have accomplished this feat. Moreover, his 22,000 career points make him the only player in this elite group with such a high scoring average.

Despite the Lakers’ struggles this season, with the team being in the lower half of the Western Conference, James has continued to shine. He is currently leading in career rebounding among all active players and is second in steals.

Recently, James joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the legendary Lakers center, by being selected for his 19th NBA All-Star team. He will be a captain for the All-Star game, which will take place on February 19 in Salt Lake City. This selection is a testament to James’ versatility and longevity in the sport.

In conclusion, LeBron James’ record-breaking statistics demonstrate not only his scoring ability but also his stamina and durability. His versatility on the court has made him one of the greatest players in the history of the NBA, and he continues to make an impact in the league even today.

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Pele passed away aged 82

Pele, a Brazilian football legend who may have been the best player ever, died at age 82. He set a world record by scoring 1,281 goals in 1,363 games over the course of his 21-year career. In 92 games for his country, he scored 77 goals. Only Pele has won the World Cup more than once. He did it in 1958, 1962, and 1970. Also, in 2000, Fifa named him the Player of the Century. His kidneys and prostate have given him trouble in the past few years. In September 2021, a tumor was removed from Pele’s colon during surgery at the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo. When tests were done, as usual, the tumor was found. So he went back to the hospital at the end of November 2022. His daughter Kely Nascimento kept people up to date on social media about how her father was doing while he was in the hospital. On Thursday, she posted a photo of what looked like Pele’s family holding his body in the hospital and wrote: “You’re what makes us who we are. We love you forever and ever. Rest in peace.” Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pele, became a worldwide star when, at age 17, he helped Brazil win the 1958 World Cup in Sweden. By the time it was time for the knockout rounds, he had fought his way into the starting lineup. He scored the sole goal in a 1-0 win over Wales in the quarterfinals. In the semi-finals, he scored three goals against France. In the final, he scored two goals in a 5-2 win over the hosts. When Pele was 15, he played his first game for Santos, a club team, and scored in a 7-1 win over Corinthians de Santo Andre. It was the first of 643 goals he would score for the club in official matches over the next 19 years, although Santos says the total is more than 1,000. Once exhibition games are taken into account, which is often against well-known European teams. Brazil beat Mexico 2-0 to start the 1962 World Cup. Pele, who was 21 at the time, scored a great goal. But he got hurt in the next game and had to watch his team defend their title from the sidelines. The most well-known of his three World Cup wins was the last one. After getting kicked out of the tournament in England in 1966 because of a foul, he led a team that won the title in 1970 by attacking quickly. In the final game, which England won 4-1 over Italy, he scored the first goal. From crying with joy on the chest of his teammate, Nilton Santos, to hugging England’s captain Bobby Moore, Pele’s magical moments have lasted for decades and changed the history of the sport. He finished his club career with the New York Cosmos, where he played with legends like Franz Beckenbauer and Carlos Alberto, who both won the World Cup in 1970. “Beethoven is different from everyone else. Pele and everyone else played football “in 2000. In a poll by BBC Sport in 2020, Pele was chosen as the best Player over Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Diego Maradona, and Johan Cruyff.

Pele was a world cup hero

The image of shirtless Pele being carried high by teammates and fans after Brazil won the World Cup in Mexico City in 1970 is burned into my mind. So is that famous picture of another shirtless hug with England captain Bobby Moore (above), a sign of mutual respect after Brazil beat England 1-0 in a group game in Guadalajara. His greatness can be seen in how gracefully and beautifully he played football, even when he missed the goal. Pele was one of the first soccer players to become famous worldwide. He was a great player from when he was a teenager with Santos to when he made money for the New York Cosmos. Pele’s name will always be connected, no matter where football is played. When he was 15, Pele joined the small coastal team Santos and made it one of the most famous in football. During his 18 years at the club, he won every Brazilian football title, including two Copa Libertadores, the South American version of the Champions League, and two Intercontinental Cups, an annual tournament between the best teams in Europe and South America. The Fifa website says that Pele scored 1,281 goals in 1,366 games, which is a shocking average of 0.94 goals per game. Some were friendly games or games he played as part of his military service, but he was just as good in official tournaments, scoring 757 goals in 812 games. Read Also: Sunday Ticket: Youtube signs deal with NFL Before players could play anywhere in the world, Pele was at his best, so the best years of his club career were spent in Brazil. So it’s hard to imagine how much he would have been worth on the transfer market now. Pele was a natural choice when the North America Soccer League was made to get more Americans interested in soccer. Even though the great German Franz Beckenbauer was a big deal, Pele’s move to finish his career with the New York Cosmos in 1975 gave him more status and glamour.

Manchester United received a bid from Ineos

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Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani, who runs one of Qatar’s biggest banks, said his foundation would try to buy Manchester United.

BBC Sport says that Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s company, Ineos, also made an official bid before Friday’s “soft deadline” at 22:00 GMT.

A billionaire named Ratcliffe had already said he wanted to buy United.

The Glazer family bought United in 2005, and now they are “exploring strategic alternatives,” which means they are thinking about selling.

Sheikh Jassim, who is in charge of the Qatari group, said, “The bid wants to return the club to its former glory.”

Sheikh Jassim’s Nine Two Foundation will pay all of the bid’s debts. In addition, the foundation will put money into the football teams, the training center, the stadium and other infrastructure, the fan experience, and the communities that the club helps. The bid says that its goal is for Manchester United to be known as the best soccer team in the world.

Ineos hasn’t said anything yet, but it’s thought that the proposal will stress that Ratcliffe, born in Manchester, would be “a British guardian for the club” and try to “put the Manchester back into Manchester United.”

The 70-year-old British billionaire Ratcliffe owns the Ineos group. He has always put money into sports, and now he owns the French Ligue 1 club Nice and the Swiss club Lausanne.

It also has a famous sailing team called Ineos Britannia. Sir Ben Ainslie is in charge of the team, which wants to win America’s Cup for Great Britain in 2024.

Ineos also has a five-year contract with the Formula 1 team Mercedes, and in 2019, it bought the British cycling team Team Sky.

Sheikh Jassim is the head of the Qatari bank QIB and the son of a former Qatari prime minister. He has always been a fan of Manchester United.

His group should have said how much money they were planning to pay for the club.

Saudi Arabia has shown interest, and the US will likely make at least two offers for the United.

This means that up to five parties could be trying to negotiate a full sale, while others could be looking to make a smaller investment in exchange for a smaller share of the 20-time English league champions.

Even though he might not have a direct role in the club, Nasser al-Khelaifi, president of Paris St. Germain, is likely to be a key figure in any bid by Qatar to buy the club.

The company Al-Khelaifi runs, Qatar Sports Investment (QSI), was thinking about buying a smaller share of a Premier League club.

But Uefa rules say that one person can’t own more than one club, so Qatar would have to work with private people or a different group to buy all of United.

Human rights and LGBTQ+ groups are worried that Qatar might buy a Premier League club and then own two of the biggest teams in Europe.

People in the Gulf state look confused when they talk about Qatar possibly buying Manchester United and a possible conflict of interest because Qatar already owns Paris Saint-Germain.

They think that about half of the Premier League clubs are owned by more than one group.

The fact that Manchester City is part of the City Football Group is one example. Daniel Kretinsky is Sparta Prague’s president and owns a part of West Ham. Last year, both teams were in the Europa League.

They also know that Ratcliffe wants to buy United and that there is no sign that he will give up control of French club Nice, which is only four points away from a spot in Europe.

Also, Uefa has already given RB Leipzig and RB Salzburg permission to play in the same European tournaments.

Since Nasser al-Khelaifi is the chairman of both PSG and the European Clubs’ Association, which has been working more closely with Uefa, it is safe to assume that any problems have been solved.

But sources say this offer has nothing to do with who owns PSG. It’s also clear that the bid is just an idea. Moreover, according to sources, the information in United’s “data room” has been disappointing.

Now, the Old Trafford club’s financial information must all be made public.

People think this is just the start of the process, but Sheikh Jassim is serious about taking the club away from the Glazer family for the first time since 2005. He also wants to put money into the Trafford area as a whole.

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He likes Manchester United and has been to a game or two. He could have bid on Chelsea, which sold for £4.25 billion last year, but he didn’t. He thinks that this is an opportunity he can’t miss.

Dan Snyder could face a voting out after demands

Dan SnyderWhen it comes to sports, it’s not rare to see a franchise sold for a large sum of money, but no owner has had as much of an influence as Dan Snyder.

The environment has been turbulent during his stint as owner of the Washington Commanders (then Washington Redskins).

With his recent demands with the team for sale, the scandals have generated talk of voting Snyder out as owner once more.

The news

The Washington Post reports that Dan Snyder and his counsel are asking guarantees from the NFL and fellow team owners that he would not face legal consequences after selling the franchise.

Snyder’s demands allegedly enraged other owners, triggering a resumption of discussions about voting to oust him as owner of the Washington Commanders.

They reportedly termed his action “absurd,” considering that the franchise is still under investigation.

A string of controversies

The US House Oversight and Reform Committee issued a 79-page report in December saying that the league and the Commanders covered up decades of sexual misbehavior.

Snyder was accused of fostering a “toxic” work atmosphere and a “culture of fear” in the report.

Furthermore, the committee determined that the organization was accountable for the following:

  • Bullying
  • Sexual harassment
  • Other toxic conduct

Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-NY, issued the following statement:

“Today’s report reflects the damning findings of the Committee’s yearlong investigation and shows how one of the most powerful organizations in America, the NFL, mishandled pervasive sexual harassment and misconduct at the Washington Commanders.”


Meanwhile, the Washington Commanders’ legal counsel, John Brownlee and Stuart Nash, issued the following statement:

“Those Congressional investigators demonstrate, almost immediately, that they were not interested in the truth, and were only interested in chasing headlines by pursuing one side of the story.”

“Today’s report is the predictable culmination of that one-sided approach.”

“There are no new revelations here,” the statement continued.

“The Committee persists in criticizing Mr. Snyder for declining to voluntarily appear at the Committee’s hearing last spring, notwithstanding Mr. Snyder’s agreement to sit, at a date chosen by the Committee, for an unprecedented 11 hours of questioning under oath.”

“The only two members of Congress who witnessed any part of that deposition, one Democrat and one Republican, both made public statements in the wake of the deposition characterizing Mr. Snyder’s answers as truthful, cooperative, and candid.”

“As is typical of the Committee, they have refused, despite our repeated requests to release the full transcript of Mr. Snyder’s deposition.”

“The Committee suggests that Mr. Snyder prevented witnesses from coming forward yet does not identify a single witness who did not come forward or who suffered a single adverse consequence for having done so.”

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Snyder bites back

According to the ESPN article, Dan Snyder engaged detectives to investigate NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and other club owners.

The activity was purportedly intended to acquire information that may be used in the future.

In addition, Snyder allegedly remarked, “They can’t **** with me,” in a private discussion.

Dan Snyder slammed ESPN in a long email to NFL owners following the news.

“It is particularly shameful for ESPN to diminish the very real accomplishments of our President Jason Wright, who ESPN alleges was placed at the Commanders by the League and has no power to make real change,” Snyder wrote.

“I know you know this to be false. Unfortunately, ESPN ignored our efforts to correct the many falsehoods in their article before its publication.”

“There is one allegation in the ESPN article that I feel it is important to address immediately,” he continued.

“The article cited unnamed sources who said ‘They’ve been told that Snyder instructed his law firms to hire private investigators to look into other owners and Commissioner Goodell.'”

“That is patently false and intended to erode the trust and goodwill between owners that I take seriously.”

“I have never hired any private investigator to look into any owner or the Commissioner. I have never instructed or authorized my lawyers to hire any private investigator on my behalf for any such purpose. And I never would.”

Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, is now attempting to mediate between Dan Snyder and other NFL club owners.

He is attempting to set up peace negotiations in order for Dan Snyder to sell the Washington Commanders and depart the NFL with no ill will.


Private bid bids are already being received by the Washington Commanders through Dan Snyder.

According to the New York Post, one bid is for $5.5 billion.

Dan Snyder, on the other hand, wants at least $6 billion.

Meanwhile, Jeff Bezos of Amazon was apparently interested in purchasing the Commanders but was not permitted to participate in the auction.

Snyder is said to be angry of Bezos, who owns the Washington Post and published pieces in addition to the sexual harassment allegations.

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