5-POINT FRIDAY, MARCH 13th, 2020
Updated: Jun 1, 2020
This article was originally published on March 13th, 2020.
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.
What I've been reading -
Shoe Dog, by Phil Knight, is the story of how the iconic brand, Nike, came to be - and an inside look at the entrepreneur behind it all, Phil Knight. It's a case-in-point example of what a scrappy startup looks like in its earliest days, contrasted to the global success the brand has seen since.
Soccer news that I have been following -
The USWNT is less skilled and has fewer responsibilities than their male counterparts, according to USSF lawyers' legal papers submitted as part of the lawsuit over equal pay.
It stated that the job of a male footballer on the national team "requires a higher level of skill based on speed and strength" than their female counterparts.
Carlos Cordeiro USSF president would then resign on Thursday night, due to the backlash recieved from the remarks. His decision elevated former American midfielder Cindy Parlow Cone (@cone_cindy) to become the first woman president in the history of the 107-year-old federation.
Golf news that will be revolutionary -
The PGA Tour will live stream every shot taken by every player next week at The Players Championship and also use the flagship event to relaunch TOURCast, an Emmy-award winning product that produces 3D renderings of golf rounds.
“It will create great opportunity for us,” says Scott Gutterman, PGA Tour’s VP of digital operations. “In the future we can get influencers to do commentary, coaches, even fans. There's an opportunity for a Twitch-like model where you let fans do some commentary.”
Sports news I am paying attention to -
As the coronavirus has taken over the news this week due to the cancelations of all major sports leagues in the U.S. and abroad, there has been one heartwarming story.
Fans from Italian soccer team Atalanta decided to donate the refunds they received for unused tickets for their Champions League return leg against Valencia to the Giovanni XXIII hospital in Bergamo, a hospital that is on the frontline in treating patients struck down with the coronavirus. In total, around 1,200 fans have been reimbursed for tickets, worth €60,000 ($67,200) which will be donated to the hospital.
In a statement, the Nord Curva, Atalanta's fans group, wrote: "This evening we have experienced one of the most beautiful moments in our history; this emergency situation puts everything into perpective."
Event I attended -
At the weekend I attended week 2 of the 2020 Men's National League Championship Division, in Irvine, CA. Some highlights can be found below:
Have a wonderful weekend, all!