This article was originally published on February 8th, 2019.
Here is this week's dose of “5-Point Friday”. A weekly round-up of the sports news and stories that I find most interesting and enjoyable.
Soccer news that I am paying attention to -
It looks like the Spanish side Espanyol completed a marketing masterstroke, last month. During the January transfer window, Espanyol signed Wu Lei, dubbed the "Chinese Maradona." Already the deal appears to be a success after selling 2,000 shirts within 48 hours in China. While 40million Chinese soccer fans tuned in to watch Wu Lei make his debut on Sunday. Making a 12-minute cameo at the end of Espanyol's 2-2 draw at Villarreal.
Location I visited -
This week I visited the Los Angeles Kings head office, at the Toyota Sports Center. After being invited along by Jonathan Lowe, SVP of Business Development and Brand Strategies. I was able to meet multiple members of the Kings staff including Darren Abbott, Nam McGrail (@nmcgrail), Aaron LeValley, Mason Donley (@MasonDonley) and Dominique Didia (@DominiqueDidia).
Skiing news I am excited about -
Lindsey Vonn (@lindseyvonn) announced her retirement, from competitive skiing, on Instagram last week. Under Armour at the same time announced that they will be continuing their partnership with their longest-standing athlete endorser. Moving forward with Vonn and the brand, “we have some special things planned,” said Diane Pelkey, an Under Armour spokeswoman.
Tennis news that I'm reviewing -
Sports agents CAA announced that they have exited the tennis business. The firm was managing players including Genie Bouchard (@geniebouchard), Marin Cilic (@cilic_marin), Taylor Fritz (@Taylor_Fritz97) and Coco Vandeweghe (@CoCoVandey). The agency citing a lack of 'opportunity' in the sport, meaning that they will ways with their tennis clients. This all comes after CAA recently fired longtime tennis agent Amit Naor, over harassment claims.
What I'm watching -
Senna, is a documentary directed by Asif Kapadia. Depicting the life and tragic death of three-time Formula 1 world champion, Ayrton Senna. Delving into the Brazilian's meteoric rise, in 1984 and his decade in motor racing. Focusing on his fascinating rivalry with McLaren teammate Alain Prost, on and off the track. Years on he is revered in Formula One as the greatest motor racing driver of all time.
Have a wonderful weekend all!