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sports briefs | Neutral grounds and no relegation in England, Cristiano Ronaldo grounded in Spain, USA sports set to lose gazillions - and more!
NEUTRAL GROUNDS, NO RELEGATION?
Media reports suggest that at least 8 neutral grounds have been allocated for the planned resumption of the Premier League in June. Most clubs have bought into the idea although there are several clubs holding out for relegation to be scrapped this season. Their reasoning? Playing at neutral grounds will deprive the league of its "integrity". In order for the season to progress as planned, a minimum of 14 clubs need to agree to the proposal ... as things stand now there are 6 clubs holding out.
MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: The 6 clubs holding out just happen to all be relegation candidates. They are clearly trying to save their own skin by demanding that relegation be cancelled. In our opinion that in itself would damage the "integrity" of the competition. They should not let their own greed and fear stand in the way of the season being completed.
SA RUGBY TO BE LEFT IN THE COLD?
Speculation has it that the Australian and New Zealand rugby unions are discussing a replacement for Super Rugby that excludes South African teams. A cross-Tasman event will eliminate all the complicated travel and time zone issues.
MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: Sure it may be smoother to operate ... but won't it be boring?? You can't leave the core of the World Cup champions out of any meaningful competition and expect it to be successful. That said, maybe it's time for a change and we end up playing European based clubs in a new competition? Either way, South Africa's talent pool and rugby brand is too lucrative to be left on the sidelines.
US SPORTS SET TO LOSE OVER $12BN DUE TO CORONAVIRUS
ESPN is reporting that the Covid-19 impact is conservatively estimated to cost the $100bn US sports industry over $12bn ... and that is assuming the NFL and college Football seasons proceed as planned. The estimates don't even include sports like golf or tennis and also exclude the massive sports betting industry.
MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: That lost revenue number will only grow until we find a cure.
SPEAKING OF SPORTS BETTING ...
With no sports to bet on, online stock broker sites have seen a dramatic recent surge in new registrations. The theory is that the massive sports betting fraternity has chosen the volatile US stock market as an outlet for their impulses/addictions.
MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: As a former stock broker and trader, I can tell you that this won't end well for those punters. Their money has already been dubbed "dumb money" by the professional traders monitoring the flow of funds and scanning their charts. Their money will vanish quicker than a guilty Gupta on a plane out of Jozi.
FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS
Apparently, Cristiano Ronaldo is stranded in his mansion in Spain and unable to join his team-mates at Juventus for training ... due to his private jet being grounded at the airport amid the travel ban.
MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: CR7 is so fit and talented that he probably doesn't need much extra training anyway. He is also so influential that we believe he will be granted special permission to travel as an "essential" worker soon enough anyway.