• Jonathan Brannan

5-POINT FRIDAY, JULY 5th, 2019

Updated: Jun 1, 2020

This article was originally published on July 5th, 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.


Sportswear story I am excited by -


Sales of the USWNT jersey have outpaced all other U.S. soccer jerseys, including those of the men's team. “The USA Women's home jersey is now the No. 1 soccer jersey, men's or women's, ever sold on Nike.com in one season,” Nike CEO Mark Parker announced on the company’s earnings call Thursday. “The exposure is driving outstanding sell-through in kits, high-performance bras and lifestyle extensions.”


Women's soccer news I am following -


This week the Premier League moved a step closer to taking control of the Women's Super League (WSL) from the English FA after clubs unanimously agreed to conduct a feasibility study to explore the idea. The FA confirmed it is open to the idea. It seems the women's England teams and grassroots participation as their long-term priorities.


What I've been listening to -


The NHL Executive Suites interview with Steve Mayer (@smay2758), the Chief Content Officer at the National Hockey League. Mayer talks about trying to find a space to be creative and draw attention when there are so many different topics drawing people's attention. "We're right now in a world that there's just so much out there, whether it's sports, entertainment, music, politics," he said. "How do you right now be creative to get attention? There's a lot of clutter and so how do you get people to watch what you're doing and that's where you need to be creative. If you do the same thing that everyone else is doing, I feel you get lost and you have to come up with those creative ideas that in the end of the day will get your attention. When you're at a league, how do you cut through the sports clutter, which is dramatic? Every single night there's so much out there. That's the goal."


Article I have been reading -


A Horse Race Without A Horse: How Modern Trail Ultramarathoning Was Invented, by Karen Given (@klgiven). The article looks at how Gordon Ainsleigh created the sport of ultramarathon trail running and the original race Western States 100-Mile Run.

What I have been watching -


Borg vs. McEnroe, directed by Janus Metz. The movie recreates the events running up to the 1980 Men's Wimbledon Final between Björn Borg and John McEnroe. Bjorn Borg, a taciturn Swede with a two-fisted backhand and steady baseline game, had won Wimbledon four times. At 24, he had already secured a place among the sport’s greats. John McEnroe, a volatile, quick-footed American with a peppery serve-and-volley style, would eventually join those ranks, too. At the time, though, he was a 21-year-old brat, as famous for his on-court tantrums as for his drop shots.

Have a wonderful weekend, all!


Jonathan