NFL ODDS ARE UP FOR SUPER BOWL LIV

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Surprise, surprise! Everyone thinks that the Patriots are going to win the Super Bowl again this year. Who would have guessed?  The perennial favorites are once again leading the list with the shortest odds to win Super Bowl LIV, that’s the 54th edition of professional footballs’ premier event.

This season the big game will be played down in Miami Gardens at the Hard Rock Stadium on February the 2nd, 2020 when the winners of the National Football Conference and the American Football Conference; better known as the NFC and the AFC, will go head to head in a winner take all game for the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy.

The Super Bowl became an almost instant American tradition since the very first game was played back on January 15th, 1967 when the Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs.  Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt is generally credited with coming up with the term ‘Super Bowl’ way back then.

The dynamic duo of quarterback Tom Brady and venerable head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots won Super Bowl LIII once again when they defeated the Los Angeles Rams in the new dome stadium in Atlanta.  As a matter of fact, the Patriots have made it to the Super Bowl 11 times, more than any other team.

Over the years New England has won the Super Bowl 6 times as has the Pittsburgh Steelers.  The Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers have won 5 each. The Green Bay Packers and the New York Giants have each won 4 Super Bowls while the Oakland Raiders and the Washington Redskins each have 3 wins in the NFL’s biggest event.

So much for history, it’s a whole new ball game for the 2019-2020 season.  Yes, the Patriots are picked to win again, but what’s new there?  This year’s odds on darlings are the Cleveland Browns, yep, the Browns.  With the addition of Baker Mayfield and now Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland is suddenly a contender in the NFL, really.

In the AFC, the Pats are listed at +275, the Chiefs at +350 and the Cleveland Browns next at +400; ahead of the Colts +600, the Chargers +700 and falling off quickly to the Broncos at +1200.  All other AFC teams are listed at +2000 and up. Young Patrick Mahomes, second year quarterback with the Chiefs, will be a key figure to watch in this race.

After their disappointing loss to the Vikings in the NFC championship game last year due to a missed PI call, the New Orleans Saints are primed and ready to make another run at the Super Bowl on February 2nd under fired-up head coach Sean Payton. Rumors abound that this could be the final season for quarterback Drew Brees ( don’t believe ‘em), making the Saint’s run for the Lombardi Trophy at +400 especially important to the team and for the City of New Orleans.

The Chicago Bears at +450 trail the Saints slightly, while the Philadelphia Eagles at +500 and the Los Angeles Rams at +550 follow close behind. The Dallas Cowboys are at +700, the Green Bay Packers at +750 and last year’s NFC Champs, the Minnesota Vikings, are listed at +800. All the rest of the NFC teams are at +1300 or above.

Other teams who may have been undervalued in these early lines include the Houston Texans at +2200 in the AFC and the NFC’s Seattle Seahawks at +1300.

The best news is that football is finally back!  So do your homework and make your picks!

 

 

ZION SIGNS WITH JORDAN

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Back when Zion Williamson was simply a super star playing basketball for Duke University, he was proudly wearing the latest Nike basketball shoes that probably retailed at a premium price. Shortly after tip off, the premium shoe came apart, Zion went to the floor with a busted ankle and Nike stock dipped noticeably the next day. So much for Nike.

One of the huge perks that come with being drafted into the professional sports leagues in the top 10 of any major sport is the ‘shoe deal’ that they are offered to wear and display only the shoes and equipment of a certain supplier.  This is nothing new, we have seen it for years.

Tiger Woods is a good example.  His deal with Nike probably netted him somewhere near as much as he made on the golf course.  Not bad for just wearing nice clothes that were given to you in abundance anyway.

Young Zion Williamson may have outdone even Tiger with his shoe deal just signed with his boyhood hero Michael Jordan. As Zion was the number one overall pick in this year’s draft, he could have affiliated himself with any brand on the planet, but he went with Jordan on a five year deal that turned out to be the highest paying shoe deal in the history of the NBA.

Considering what we have already seen come down on some of these outrageous shoe deals, that’s really making a strong statement. Young Zion Williamson, before he ever makes his first basket for the New Orleans Pelicans, is pretty much set up financially for life, if he is careful with it.

The exact terms of this spectacular deal have not been announced at this writing but it is rumored that the total amount will exceed the seven year $87 million contact of LeBron James from Nike.

Even at that, it is well known that Williamson could have gotten even more money from other companies. Such is the compelling power of Michael Jordan who still radiates power and confidence every time we see him. Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook are already with the Jordan Brand.

Zion is still only 19 years and says he has dreamed about wearing the Jordan logo all his life. He told the press, “I feel incredibly blessed to be part of the Jordan Brand family. Since I was a kid, I dreamed of making it to the league and having the type of impact on the game Michael Jordan had and continues to have today.  He was one of those special athletes I looked up to, and I really can’t express how happy and excited I am for this journey”.

 The great part about it is that the folks with the Jordan Brand are as ecstatic about the deal as Zion is.  In their view they just netted the biggest fish in the pond.  We can expect to see a good bit of Zion Williamson alongside Michael Jordan on Television and all over the Internet; and of course Sports Illustrated and such.

Congratulations to both Zion and the Jordan Brand on their historic deal.

$10,250,000 UP FOR GRABS AT TPC SOUTHWIND

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After only 3 days of travel and rest since the closing round of the British Open at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland, the best golfers on the planet will be teeing off just outside of Memphis, Tennessee for the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind.

Notably absent from the field will be Tiger Woods who looked exhausted at ‘The Open’ and publicly announced that he needed to rest and relax. Rickie Fowler will also not participate this week. However, most everyone else on the ‘A List’ of professional golf will be there in competition.

Oddly enough, Shane Lowry, who just took home $1,935,000, and a lot of pride and joy, from winning the British Open, is not one of the favorites to repeat at TPC Southwind. As a matter of fact, Mr. Lowry has withdrawn from the St. Jude Invitational to continue with his celebrations after winning ‘The Open’ and becoming a home town hero there in Ireland.  Good for you Shane, enjoy it!

Rory McIlroy, who crashed and burned badly at the Royal Portrush, his home course, is now listed as an 8-1 favorite at Southwind. Go figure. McIlroy was visibly shaken after missing the cut at ‘The Open’. Last year’s winner Dustin Johnson is listed at 6.5-1, the number one favorite, to repeat as champion at the St. Jude Invitational again this year. 

Now, the St. Jude Invitational is not one of the 4 ‘majors’.  It is part of the WGC series, which stands for World Golf Championship and utilizes the Match Play format. Also, there will be no cut line at the end of the first 36 holes, or after the second day of the tournament. Everyone gets to finish the tourney.

While the purse of over ten million bucks is obviously one of the major enticements to play in the St. Jude, the event also counts high on OWGR and FedEx Cup points.  Elite competition is expected from this stellar field.

After a frustrating British Open, Brooks Koepka will have another shot at a big win assuming he does not get stuck behind anymore slow golfers as happened to him at the Royal Portrush.  Koepka has all the tools to crush this course and is also listed at 8-1, although his record in non-majors is not very impressive.

Jon Rahm played the first three days of the British Open as well as anyone on the course before getting blown away on Sunday and falling out of competition. He too is listed at a 12-1favorite to win at Memphis.

Two young American golfers who have been impressing everyone out on the links this season are Justin Thomas and Patrick Cantlay both of whom are given 16-1 odds to win the St. Jude Invitational.

Matt Kuchar lost his lead in the 2019 FedEx Points competition last week to Brooks Koepka after the British Open but ‘Kuch’ will be out there again at TPC Southwind at 25-1 along with Jordan Spieth, Webb Simpson and Hideki Matsuyama.

British golfer Tommy Fleetwood came in second at the Royal Portrush and earned himself a nice $1,120,000 prize.  Not bad for the runner up. Fleetwood will be there among the favorites at Memphis and is currently listed at 16-1 along with fellow Brit Justin Rose and young Xander Schauffele.

In a bit of a mix up from previous years, this will be the first year that the WGC event, which was at the Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio last year, will take place at TPC Soutwind in Memphis and also marks the first time that the St. Jude Invitational will be an official World Golf Championship event.

FIVE BILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF COWBOYS

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FIVE BILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF COWBOYS

How are the major sports franchises able to offer star athletes such incredible salaries, now mounting up into the hundreds of millions of dollars these days?  Where does the money come from?  As business propositions, major league sports are booming and growing bigger year after year.

Every major sports franchise in the USA, including the National Football League (NFL), the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Major League Baseball (MLB) is now valued at over a billion dollars each!

The Dallas Cowboys, for example, are now valued by Forbes at five billion bucks.  That’s great news for Jerry Jones, the sometimes controversial owner of the Cowboys, who are the defending NFC East Champions.

All of which makes the Dallas Cowboys the most valuable sports franchise on the planet these days, topping even the big European Soccer Clubs.  The National Football League has had the most valuable franchise in the world for four years in a row now. The New England Patriots are now valued at $3.7 billion, second in the NFL.

Seating and sponsorship revenues at AT&T Stadium, also known as ‘JerryWorld’, brings in almost twice as much revenue located between Dallas and Fort Worth as any other sports venue in the country, which is a tribute to their planning and marketing departments.  Just check out their ticket prices.

No big surprises when it comes to Major League Baseball, the venerable New York Yankees are valued these days at $4.6 billion, which shows an increase in value of around 15% over last season. The Los Angeles Dodgers, who lead the majors in wins this year, come in at $3 billion with the Chicago Cubs valued at $2.9 billion.

Manchester United now ranks as the third most valuable franchise in the world at around $4.2 billion along with Real Madrid of La Liga, even though they had a less than stellar season last year.  Their number one rival Barcelona is next at $4.02 billion.

In the National Basketball Association, the New York Knicks are holding on to the most valued club in the NBA at $3.6 billion with the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors not far behind.

Of the top 50 most valuable sports franchises in the world, European Soccer counts for only 8, the NBA has 9 and Major League Baseball has 7.  All of the rest belong to the National Football League.

Kurt Badenhausen, a Senior Editor for Forbes, said, “The values of teams in major sports leagues are booming thanks to sky-high TV deals, both local and national. And with revenues growing faster than player salaries, franchises are more profitable that they have ever been”.

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