PSG’s Al-Khelaifi in firing line as French clubs battle for TV revenue

first_imgRead Also: PSG launch crowdfunding initiative against COVID-19“This is a very important period. The club’s future is not at stake, but our room for manoeuvre in the future is,” said one club source, and they could certainly do with the broadcast money.Meanwhile, Roures insists his company will survive the impact of the current crisis, although it does not even yet have a channel set up to show games.“I am not saying there is no impact, but we always respect our contracts,” he told L’Equipe.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone10 Characters Who Would Make Astounding Disney PrincessesTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory” Viewers wishing to watch beIN Sports will need a Canal Plus subscription. Roures called it a “strategic alliance” between the two companies. – Crisis very real – The crisis is very real for the clubs, who are left wondering what will happen if the season does not resume. Payments from television amounted to 36 percent of total revenue for Ligue 1 teams last season, by far their biggest source of income. However, leading voices at other clubs have dismissed fears of a conflict of interest in the case of Al-Khelaifi. “Nasser did not put himself forward. We asked him. We need to be clear,” said Lille president Gerard Lopez. Al-Khelaifi’s own club also risk taking by far the biggest hit if no more games are played — L’Equipe claimed PSG could lose 215 million euros between the loss of projected gate receipts and Champions League revenues. PSG are the fifth richest club in the world going by the latest Deloitte Football Money League with revenue of 635.9 million euros last year, but their annual wage bill is an estimated 337 million euros. Loading… Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser al-Khelaifi has been accused of becoming embroiled in a conflict of interest in a dispute over television payments to French football clubs facing a financial crisis in the coronavirus pandemic.Al-Khelaifi, 46, is the public face of the Qatari ownership of PSG which has transformed them into one of Europe’s most powerful clubs.Paris Saint-Germain’s Qatari president Nasser Al-Khelaifi at a press conferenceHe is also the head of BeIN Media Group, who as one of the chief broadcasters of France’s Ligue 1 have withheld the latest payment due to clubs because of the ongoing suspension of the season. Canal Plus, who pay the most for broadcast rights, have done the same. Despite that, Al-Khelaifi has been mandated by the French league (LFP) along with three other club presidents to lead negotiations with Canal Plus in an attempt to convince them to pay up. The president of the company who have bought the rights to show Ligue 1 games from next season blasted Al-Khelaifi in an interview published on Thursday. “I don’t understand how Nasser can be leading a negotiation when he is an interested party,” Jaume Roures of the Spanish group Mediapro told sports daily L’Equipe. “It is incomprehensible. The attitude of Canal Plus and beIN towards the league is also Nasser’s attitude. He is not a third party who has come out of nowhere.” BeIN held back paying an instalment of 42 million euros to the LFP for the rights to broadcast games. That was after Canal Plus said they would not pay 110 million euros ($121 million) due this month. The money due from Canal Plus represents 15 percent of the total broadcast money for the season in Ligue 1, and includes 43 million euros due for matches shown before the campaign was suspended on March 13. Mediapro, which is Chinese-owned, bought up the bulk of the domestic rights to Ligue 1 for four years starting next season. The total deal is worth a record 1.15 billion euros a year, with beIN paying a minority of that amount.last_img read more

Junior athletes perform well at Independence Meet

first_imgSPRINT double wins from Linden’s Compton Caesar and Daniel Williams were just some of the highlights from several of the athletes on the national junior team at the Independence Track and Field Meet that concluded yesterday at the National Track and Field Centre, in Leonora.CARIFTA Games gold medalist, Chantoba Bright during one of her jumps in the women’s long jump on Saturday (photo by Tamica Garnett)As they prepare for this weekend’s South American Junior Championships, several athletes from the national Under- 20 team gave a glimpse of how well they can perform at next weekend’s South American Junior Championships which will be held at the same venue.CARIFTA Games gold medallist, Compton Caesar continued in fine form to blaze ahead of GDF’s Rupert Perry in the men’s 200m to claim the sprint double, while Williams did the same in the boys’ 16 – 17 category.On the distaff side, Onasha Rogers won the girls’ 200m challenge against Guyana Defence Force’s Kenisha Phillips, in a season’s best 24.48 seconds. Finishing some way behind Rogers, Phillips clocked 24.70 seconds.The timings come just one week before the athletes compete at next weekend’s South American Junior Championships at the same venue. Several of the athletes from the National under-20 team also put out commendable performances; in many cases dominating their senior counterparts.For the 200m win, Caesar completed the race in a time of 21.42 seconds. Just the day before he was again in front of Perry, taking the men’s 100m in 10.47 seconds. Finishing in third was South American Youth Championships silver medalist, Tyrell Peters who clocked 10.72 seconds.Peters is also on the national under 20 team.Linden’s Daniel Williams comes in for an easy win in the 200m for boys 16-17 yesterday (Adrian Narine photo)CARIFTA Games gold medallist Chantoba Bright,as was expected, won the long jump and triple jump, clearing a best of 5.96m in the long jump on Saturday, and 12.18m in yesterday’s triple jump.Williams was just too good for the other competitors in the 200m which he won convincinly in 22.10 seconds.In Saturday’s 100m he clocked 10.80 seconds. Both times he finished ahead of Jermaine King.Over in the long distances, Anfernee Headecker overwhelmed his competitors in the men’s 1500m run, finishing in just over four minutes (4:06), ahead of Matthew McKenzie who came in at 4:15.08s.Claudrice McKoy ruled the women’s 1500m with a time of 4:51.16s; followed by Leyanna Charles who had a time of 5:05.89s.last_img read more

Jets, Bills and 49ers boast top-rated rookies in ‘Madden NFL 20’

first_imgDespite his lower Overall rating, Murray will be a big threat right out of the gate. He has 91 Speed, 92 Acceleration, 90 Agility, 89 Throw Power and 87 Throw on the Run. The second-highest-rated rookie is Ed Oliver of the Bills. He comes in at 79 Overall, ahead of his draft position of 9th. Nick Bosa, selected second by the 49ers, ranks third at 78 Overall.One name rated well above his draft position is Seattle Seahawks wide receiver D.K. Metcalf, who was taken 64th but boasts a 76 Overall rating that ranks him tied for seventh among rookies.Players with impressive physical and athletic attributes have an advantage in ratings, as those have already been demonstrated without having play a single down. At receiver, Metcalf has 95 Speed (second), 94 Jumping (second), 93 Acceleration (third), 80 Stiff Arm (first), 77 Strength (first), and 68 Trucking (first).Others who jumped beyond their slots include Vikings tight end Irv Smith Jr. (taken 50th — 75 Overall) and receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside of the Eagles (drafted 57th — 73 Overall).Marquise “Hollywood” Brown is the fastest rookie with a Speed rating of 97. Metcalf, Mecole Hardman, and Andy Isabella are next at 95.MORE: Patrick Mahomes graces cover of ‘Madden NFL 20’The most disappointing player entering “Madden NFL 20″ is easy to identify. Giants quarterback Daniel Jones was taken sixth overall, but ranks 204th among rookies with a 63 Overall. One of those players is a quarterback who went undrafted. A new ratings system is spreading out the numbers more this year in order to better differentiate player performance on the field. That has been reflected here, as typically in the past the top rookies would start in the low-mid 80s. This year there are numerous first rounders who don’t even crack the 70s.80: Quinnen Williams (NYJ)79: Ed Oliver (BUF)78: Nick Bosa (SF)77: Josh Allen (JAX), Marquise Brown (BAL), T.J. Hockenson (DET)76: Dexter Lawrence (NYG), D.K. Metcalf (SEA)75: Brian Burns (CAR), Irv Smith (MIN), Byron Murphy (ARI), Christian Wilkins (MIA)74: Noah Fant (DEN), Clelin Ferrell (OAK), Josh Jacobs (OAK), N’Keal Harry (NE), Jeffery Simmons (TEN), Jerry Tillery (LAC), Devin White (TB)73: Kyler Murray (ARI), J.J. Arcega Whiteside (PHI), Garrett Bradbury (MIN), Rashan Gary (GB), Montez Sweat (WAS), Greedy Williams (CLE)72: A.J. Brown (TEN), Sean Murphy-Bunting (TB), Devin Bush (PIT), Hakeem Butler (ARI), Dwayne Haskins (WAS), Darrell Henderson (LAR), Trysten Hill (DAL), Andy Isabella (ARI), Darnell Savage (GB), Jace Sternberger (GB), Jachai Polite (NYJ), Miles Sanders (PHI), Devin Singletary (BUF), Jonah Williams (CIN)”Madden NFL 20” releases on July 30 (Superstar Edition for $80) and Aug. 2 (Standard Edition) and includes a new Career Mode featuring some college teams. The Standard Edition of the game is available for just $50.94 through Amazon.Bryan Wiedey posts sports gaming news and analysis daily at, is co-founder of the sports gaming site, hosts the “Press Row Podcast” and can be reached on  Twitter @Pastapadre. MORE: ‘Madden’ Russell Wilson looks nothing like real thingRookie quarterbacks have generally been rated lower than other positions that may have easier transitions to the NFL from college. Lower ratings in categories such as Awareness play a big role in that trend. Quarterbacks have to get on the field and prove themselves, but they benefit from playing the position that can produce the most highlights — and stats — to result in a rise in ratings over the course of a season. Kyler Murray was selected No. 1 in the 2019 NFL Draft by the Cardinals, but that isn’t his position as far as rookie ratings go for the upcoming “Madden NFL 20.” The label of “top rookie” instead belongs to the NFL Draft’s third overall pick, Quinnen Williams of the New York Jets, who was given an 80 Overall rating by video game developer EA Sports.In fact, Murray barely cracks the upper tier as he finds himself in a tie for 20th with a 73 Overall rating.last_img read more