West Brom part company with Mel

first_img Press Association Pepe Mel’s five-month reign as West Brom boss was brought to an end on Monday when the Barclays Premier League club confirmed the Spaniard had departed by mutual consent. Mel, who replaced the sacked Steve Clarke in January, succeeded in his mission to save the club from relegation but never appeared to win the wholesale support of the Baggies’ hierarchy. Former Norwich boss Chris Hughton and Malky Mackay, who ended his legal battle with former club Cardiff last week, were immediately installed as two of the bookmakers’ favourites to replace Mel. Mel said: “I am going to listen to the chairman to find out what he wants for the future. Ten players are out of contract and we need eight or nine players to come in. “West Brom still have time to decide whether or not they want next season to be one as full of as many problems as this one.” Mel’s future had been in increasing doubt over the last two months and he has been strongly linked with a return to the Primera Division with Malaga, where Bernd Schuster’s future is in doubt. Apart from Hughton and Mackay, other names in the frame for the post include Celtic boss Neil Lennon, Tottenham’s Tim Sherwood, and former Baggies midfielder Derek McInnes, who is currently in charge of Aberdeen. West Brom sporting and technical director Richard Garlick said: “We would like to thank Pepe for his efforts over the past four months in helping to keep the club in the Premier League and wish him well for the future. “Both Pepe and the club set out with the best intentions of making the appointment work. However, having reflected on events both on and off the field during our talks, it became apparent that it was in the best interests of both parties for there to be an amicable parting. “We are grateful for the manner in which the existing coaching staff and players have rallied behind Pepe to get the club over the line in what has proved an extremely competitive division.” Mel signed an 18-month deal when he took charge of the club but initially struggled and did not claim his maiden victory until his eighth game in charge. Assistant head coach Keith Downing and goalkeeper coach Dean Kiely will remain in their current roles with the club although first-team coach David Gomez has left his post. Despite the team’s steady slide down the Premier League table Mel appeared to retain the trust of the majority of the club’s supporters, who gave him a standing ovation after the club’s final game of the season against Stoke on Sunday. But the extent of the differences between the 51-year-old and the club’s hierarchy became apparent at what turned out to be Mel’s final post-match press conference, when he made it clear his imminent talks with club bosses would be far from a one-way process. Although he confirmed he wished to remain at The Hawthorns, he said he would require assurances that some of the off-field mistakes made by the club this season would be rectified. last_img read more

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Sturridge edging closer to comeback

first_img “It is difficult to forecast, especially with injuries: you can put a date in and they come back earlier or it may take a bit more time. “We have had lots of collaboration with our people in America, a lot of great work has gone on, we have been monitoring and he looks in a real good moment. “We will assess him first, see where he is at and get the feeling from him. “We have to take our time on this one – not just for us at Liverpool but over his career what (treatment) has gone on hasn’t clearly worked as he gets a number of games and then is unfit. “We are aiming to look after the medium and long-term here and he won’t be rushed. “Hopefully he won’t be too far away.” Press Association The England international, who has not played for the Reds since August 31 because of thigh and calf problems, has been undergoing rehabilitation in the United States for the last month. “He will be back into the country in the next 24 hours and he is into the final stages of that rehab,” said manager Brendan Rodgers. Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge returns to Merseyside in the next 24 hours to provide a timely boost for the second half of the season. “A couple of years ago he came in the January window (from Chelsea) and made a great impact and has been fantastic when he has been fit here. “He is a top-class player who has a wonderful idea of the game and wonderful qualities and if you put him into any team it makes them a better team – his pace is frightening, his touch, his movement… “As a footballer he is at a great age and if he can sustain his fitness he has already shown in his goals here – one of the quickest players to the goals record he has here – we are hoping he can stay fit and lead the charge for us over the next few years.” It is hoped Sturridge will be ready to rejoin the first team in a couple of weeks and, while it will be like having a new signing coming in, Rodgers is keen not to rush him back in order to ensure there are no more concerns over his fitness. It is an issue which has dogged the 25-year-old particularly since his arrival at Anfield two years ago and the Reds boss knows there can be no stone left unturned now as they plan for the future with Sturridge, scorer of 36 goals in 52 Liverpool games, as their spearhead. “We are looking forward to having him back,” added Rodgers. “The work he has done in America has been fantastic; he has been well supported out there and he has travelled about to get treatment from the best people in the world. “We are hoping at some point in January he will come back into the team and help us to achieve something. last_img read more

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Point-Counter Point: Worst All-Star

first_imgMcGrathThe worst All-Star in the history of all the All-Stars is without a doubt Wayne Gretzky. Now, before you starting writing that e-mail detailing how unqualified for a sports editor job anybody is for calling the greatest player in the history of his sport a bad All-Star, hear (I mean, read) me out. I’ve actually taken a little bit of liberty with the All-Star tag. You see, the greatest All-Star team of them all technically wasn’t an All-Star team. Of course, I am speaking of the ProStars, a masterpiece of cartooning from the early ’90s starring Gretzky, Bo Jackson and Michael Jordan using high-tech sport-related weaponry to save the day. Of the three ProStars, Gretzky was by far the worst. First off, he was just goofy. He was meant to supply the comic relief, but was terribly unfunny, tossing off lines like “Stop, drop and control yourself.” It was sometimes painful to watch. Plus, his weapon was shooting a hockey puck that magically turned into a boomerang. Seriously, how stupid is that? Air Jordan’s rocket shoes were awesome — every kid wanted a pair. Bo Jackson’s being able to swing a tree trunk was an unrivaled ability, and I’m sure every kid — and every grandpa, too — wished they could do such an act. But what dweeb would ever want to be able to shoot a boomerang with a hockey stick? That is just dumb. Why not just let the hockey puck stay a hockey puck? It would be much more deadly. Or better yet, why not let The Great One wield a hockey stick like Sub-Zero from “The Running Man?” Knifing opponents wouldn’t just own, it would p’wn, to use the parlance of our Internet times. PoppyThe All-Star game is the most pointless event in all of professional sports so there are expectedly several players worthy of the “Worst All-Star” title.While the Pro Bowl may be the most meaningless of them all, it’s the MLB All-Star game that has the worst players as every team automatically gets one bid every year no matter what.Honestly, how can a sorry franchise such as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays legitimately say it has had more than 10 All-Stars? It’s an oxymoron on all levels.Scott Kazmir and Carl Crawford are the only exceptions, but they probably won’t be with the D-Rays for too much longer anyway.But looking at the rest of the list is a joke.Danys Baez? Lance Carter? Please…Randy Winn — yeah, you know you’re good when you were traded for a manager straight up. Lou Piniella, nonetheless. Greg Vaughn? Pretty solid career, but it must feel pretty bad to be worse than his brother, Mo, who, despite being a very good player, was only known for his size and batting stance.Fred McGriff? Go back to endorsing back-to-back-to-back AAU championships for Tom Emanski’s instructional videos.Roberto Hernandez? A career journeyman for terrible teams.Jose Canseco? He’s more juiced up than the Devil Rays’ Tropicana Field.And, last but not least, Rolando Arrojo. Who? Exactly. The only reason to remember this name, ladies and gentlemen, is if you’re preparing to go on “Stump the Schwab” and need to know the first All-Star in Devil Rays’ history.So, with no further adieu, I present to you the “Worst All-Star:” anyone sporting the Devil Rays’ cap in baseball’s summer classic. Delmon Young, you’re next — don’t get mad and start throwing bats my way. I’m sorry, but Worst. All-Star. Ever.last_img read more

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Sophomore Pagano breaking out of freshman-like shell as contributor on cross country team

first_img Comments Sarah Pagano is miles from her comfort zone. She sits in a cramped conference room. Her lips begin to quiver, and she stares at the floor, just like she did as a freshman in high school. ‘She was quiet and shy her freshman year,’ Pagano’s high school coach Matt Joyce said. Pagano still claims she hates questions about herself. But for the up-and-coming sophomore on the Syracuse cross country team, this is one of the rare instances when she stumbles into that freshman-like shell. Cross country has enabled Pagano to break out. And this season, as just a sophomore, that’s exactly what Pagano has accomplished. A breakout season. In 2010, Pagano is ranked as the third-best runner on the No. 7 women’s cross country team from her race times. She is a runner SU head coach Chris Fox believes will be perhaps the best on his team by the time she is a senior. Pagano is right where she wants to be. But at the same time, she is still tiptoeing with some of that timid personality in the Big East. Pagano still, at times, slips into that shell because she isn’t convinced she is one of the best in the conference.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text ‘Running for a college team,’ Pagano said, ‘is scary to think about.’ Standing at 5 feet 5 inches with a twig-like body structure, Pagano’s physical presence doesn’t bring to mind the common perception of an alpha-female. But when she is with the team, she is no longer afraid to be that alpha-female. It started back in high school. ‘If the team needed a pep talk, Sarah would be the one to give it,’ Joyce said. ‘If there was a negative vibe, she would turn it into a positive and get everyone focused.’ After a so-so freshman year at SU, Pagano achieved the success as a sophomore that has enabled her to become the No. 3 runner on the women’s team. She placed 16th overall at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational, helping the Orange to a first-place finish. At the Colgate Invitational, a meet in which she finished ninth last year, Pagano came in fourth this time around. And at the Big East Preview, she registered her best finish yet as a collegiate runner, placing second with a time of 18:48. It was the kind of success the sophomore Pagano had been accustomed to as that outgoing personality for Joyce’s team at Immaculate Heart Academy in New Jersey. At Immaculate, she broke 27 school records and was an eight-time state group champion. She then joined a Syracuse squad she believed was the fastest rising program in the country. The jump to SU was a long way away for the once shy, awkward teenager who had never even stepped on a running track prior to enlisting with Joyce’s team to stay in shape for basketball. But the avenue she indirectly found, when just trying to stay in basketball shape, blossomed into the medium she had been searching for. ‘Sarah is very carefree,’ said Ari Kasprowicz, Pagano’s best friend and teammate. ‘She’s always up for anything.’ But what Pagano is most up for is retreating to that comfort zone she never intended to discover. When thinking about, not herself, but running, she stops gnawing. Her lips stop quivering. She stops struggling. She sits up, settles herself and enters that comfort zone. ‘That’s where I feel most comfortable,’ Pagano said. ‘When I can focus all my energy toward outlasting my opponents in a long-distance race.’ jdsaffre@syr.edu Published on October 6, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Jarrad: jdsaffre@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Muslim reformer addresses questions about Islam

first_imgNatalie Laczewski | Daily TrojanTalking taboos · Muslim author, educator and reformer Irshad Manji urged the audience to ask her any questions they had about Islam.Author of The Trouble with Islam Today Irshad Manji discussed the taboo questions of Islam and her views on the political strife regarding religion in conversation with USC Humanist Chaplain Bart Campolo at Wallis Annenberg Hall on Thursday evening. The conversation spanned not only forbidden questions about Islam, but also forbidden questions about religion and politics in general. Manji emphasized the importance of being receptive to other people’s ideas.“Tonight is an experiment to see how honest are we willing to be in asking ourselves questions in what we believe, and why,” Manji said. “As in, ‘Is there something that I feel is so sacred that is so non-negotiable to me, that after all the negativity in the news, if someone asked me about it, I would be defensive to?’”Manji discussed her own experience growing up and learning more about Islam. Some experiences, according to Manji, led her to realize not only the misjudgment of Islam by the rest of the world but the misjudgment of Islam by Muslims as well.“Through self-study, I learned Islam had its own traditions of free inquiry; I came out of my experiences studying religion realizing I could be a believer of free inquiry and of Allah,” Manji said. “But recognizing that I could have both questions and faith made me complacent. I became unwilling to acknowledge problems in the actions of followers of my religion.”Manji went on to specify what she believed to be the core of current issues surrounding Islam. Such issues, she realized over the course of her book tour, extended not only to Muslims but also to followers of other religions as well. At first, hearing her fans talk about other religions’ issues made Manji indignant, but gradually Manji began to learn from followers of her work. “Young Christians, Jews and even atheists would come up to me and say, ‘The message you have is important but you have to understand that this isn’t just the trouble with Islam today; the dogma and intolerance happens also in my religion,’ and I used to think that these people were saying that my entire thesis of the trouble with Islam is invalid,” Manji said. “My ego would make me defensive. But I began to listen.” From her followers, Manji learned about what she came to call “moral courage.” Recognizing the importance of moral courage, Manji began to change her own goals and missions. “These young people taught me three things that were really important: They taught me that speaking truth to power doesn’t just mean speaking truth to external power, it also means speaking truth to the power that is ego,” Manji said. For Manji, the second thing she learned from the young people she spoke to was the difference between those who criticize a work and those who offer constructive criticism. “When they shared with me the dogma in their own communities, they weren’t judging my own opinions about Islam, but they were rather opening up to me about their own experiences,” Manji said. “Finally, these kids taught me that actually, Islamic reform is not my mission; rather, the much more universal mission is what I have come to call moral courage. Moral courage, in its simple but not simplistic definition, means doing the right thing in the face of your fears.”Following her explanation of her path to her current mindset following the publishing of The Trouble with Islam Today, Campolo asked Manji questions about her ideas about faith before opening up to the general audience. One of the questions asked Manji what specific problems she had with the practice of Islam today. Manji responded that while the majority of Muslims are not to blame for many of the terrorist attacks, she did not think that Muslims should feel completely innocent and only blame the rest of the world for their issues without looking within themselves first.“My problem with Islam in its practice is the fact that we had thrown out the window this tradition of Ijtihad [which means free inquiry],” Manji said. “Instead of reminding ourselves that we have to take responsibility for some of the things happening to us, we instead are pointing fingers at everyone else.” Manji expressed her aversion to seeing the world in black and white for both outsiders and Muslims alike. She ended her talk with the idea that if Muslims hope to hold the world up to a higher standard, they must be hold themselves up to that same standard first. “I think that if my fellow Muslims want to have credibility, then we need to have our own different points of view at home,” Manji said. “If we’re stifling diverse thought within the Muslim community, we can’t preach to the rest of the world that we’re a diverse group, and we can’t expect the rest of the world to think of us as different individuals.”last_img read more

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Volleyball: Sweep over Indiana shows Badgers’ newfound maturity

first_imgWisconsin’s dominating performance against Indiana would seem like just another solid win to an ordinary observer.The Badgers swept the match in three sets (25-16, 25-17, 25-12) and led for the entirety of the first and second sets, in which the Hoosiers never so much as tied Wisconsin.Tionna Williams finished with five blocks, two shy of her single-match high, and fellow middle blocker Haleigh Nelson and outside hitter Kelly Bates each led the Badgers with 11 kills. Not to mention that the match was over in one hour and 17 minutes, one of the team’s quickest matches this season.Head coach Kelly Sheffield, while pleased with the majority of the performance, voiced some of his thoughts afterwards.“I thought we hesitated a lot defensively early on,” Sheffield said. “I thought we hesitated in serve-receive early on. Those weren’t things I think we should be doing in November.”Wisconsin’s play was shaky at times during the early parts of sets, most notably the second. It took 19 points until the Badgers took a 10-9 lead, their first in the set. A sequence that included two Wisconsin attacking errors, and an Amber MacDonald service error during which the Badgers couldn’t seem to grasp any consistent momentum.After that 10th point for Wisconsin, the team began to pull away on a 7-3 run capped by William’s fifth block. An emphatic put-back that solidified the Badgers’ control and forced an Indiana timeout immediately following.“I know if I personally mess up, then my teammates have my back,” Williams said. “We can bounce back quickly and that we’re just handling business. We’re competing really well.”The Badgers went on to take the second set and then the third in quick succession. In each set, they attacked at .440 percent and .407 percent respectively — products of the team’s conscious efforts to remain competitive and in control.“Starting out in the second set, we had a couple of mental errors,” Williams said. “Towards the middle we started picking ourselves up, communicating more. Things picked up from there.”Wisconsin’s turnaround midway through that second set is a departure from a reoccurring theme this season. One in which, after cruising through the first set, they let their opponent back into the match by dropping the second.Matches against Minnesota, Purdue, Louisville and Western Kentucky all followed this pattern, where Wisconsin has fared 2-2 in terms of their record. A number of other matches mimicked this pattern in slightly different formats as well.But this match showcased an ability the team hasn’t quite shown off yet, one that comes with maturity. They were able to shut the door on a dogged opponent and seal the match early by holding off their charge.“I had a couple mental errors in the first set and I wasn’t coming out swinging hard like I should have,” Nelson said. “Kelly let me know that right before the second set. I went out ready to go and I wasn’t going to let anything phase me.”last_img read more

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No. 18 Syracuse remains winless in ACC play with 15-14 double-OT defeat at No. 14 Virginia Tech

first_img Published on April 7, 2018 at 7:42 pm Contact Nick: nialvare@syr.edu | @nick_a_alvarez Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse watched as Virginia Tech easily won the 42nd and final draw control of the game. It watched as Tristan McGinley sliced through what had been a stout defense and scored the game-winner in a contest that spent nearly seven extra minutes needing a decider.“We didn’t get the job done today,” SU head coach Gary Gait said.SU entered Blacksburg, Virginia, looking for its first conference win. After wasting two four-goal leads, a more-than-serviceable performance at the faceoff X, and a six-goal showing from sophomore Nicole Levy, the No. 18 Orange (8-6, 0-4 Atlantic Coast) fell to the No. 14 Hokies (11-4, 4-1), 15-14, in double-overtime on the road. Syracuse has never started its ACC slate with four losses. With three games left, it clinched a losing conference record, another first.Aside from Levy, Sam Swart and Emily Hawryschuk each contributed a hat trick for SU. Goalie Asa Goldstock played the entire 66 minutes, stopping 11 of the 33 shots she faced. Meagh Graham played the majority of the game in net for the Hokies, tallying four saves on 25 shots faced.Levy, who notched one goal in SU’s previous two games combined, opened the scoring with a free-position strike in the first two minutes of the game. The Hokies jumped out to a lead with two goals of its own. Syracuse responded with a 4-0 run in a 10-minute span in the middle of the first half to earn a 5-2 lead.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAn extended 3-0 run was bracketed by goals from Sam Swart and Levy, giving SU an 8-4 advantage. Yet, a five-minute span saw the Hokies score four-straight and tie the game, even with the Orange holding steady at the faceoff X.As it did all game, the Orange turned to Levy for offense. She finished off an 8-meter and SU regained the lead. SU added four more over the next couple minutes to build another four-goal margin, 13-9.Virginia Tech stormed back by capitalizing on SU mistakes, Gait said. Two turnovers allowed the home team to cut the lead in half. A Taylor Gait shot slammed against the post and fell into a Hokie stick. That ensuing possession brought the deficit to one.“It was a game of runs,” Gait said. “We made some plays or some miscues and let them back in at the end.”A yellow-card and a few free-position shots gave Virginia Tech plenty of chances to knot the score at 13. Petty did so off an eight-meter with 3:30 remaining. After the referees discussed a possible stick violation, the Orange came away with a crucial draw control thanks to Alexa Radziewicz.Hawryschuk converted a free-position shot with two minutes left to give SU a lead. She scored the game-winner on Thursday against No. 6 Loyola, and seemed to have clinched this matchup.Less than a minute later, the Hokies’ Taylor Caskey scored on her own eight-meter to tie the game.Hawryschuk came up again and won the following draw control and gave SU the final possession. The Orange bled the possession and game clock before starting its offense. Levy worked inside and fired a shot but it was saved, sending the game to overtime.Despite SU winning the overtime’s draw control, both defenses forced a turnover and the three-minute period went scoreless. The Hokies controlled possession in the second overtime, but SU clogged the interior of its defense. It forced a turnover and pressed forward in the period’s final minute. Hawryschuk had a door-step attempt fly over the cage.McGinley’s winner on the other end was followed by a delayed celebration by the Hokies as the referees discussed a possible violation. Once the confusion was cleared, Virginia Tech’s bench rushed its hero. Meanwhile, Syracuse sauntered off, further into the ACC’s basement.“We made a couple too many mistakes,” Gait said. “We gave them the ball back at the end. This is what happens when you do that.” Commentslast_img read more

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Hero Lager Beer Charges National Team

first_imgAs part of its World Cup campaign, International Breweries, part of the world’s largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev, (AB InBev) has unveiled the biggest message of support to Nigeria’s National Team as they represent the country in the World Cup in Russia. The message “B​E FEARLESS” was created using 2,000 people and unveiled at the King’s Courtyard, Ikpeazu Stadium, Onitsha, Anambra State, on June 16, 2018.In his remarks at the event, Arne Rust, Marketing Director, International Breweries Plc., said that Hero lager exists to inspire, equip and showcase the true potential of every Nigerian. He opined that during the qualifiers for the World Cup, a lot of Nigerians did not believe that the Nigerian Team would qualify, butat the end, they did qualify for the competition with a match left to play.“We want the Nigerian Team to know that they have our support and we hope for the very best from the team. The crop of players that made up the USA ‘94 squad is believed to have laid the foundation of our current players, thanks to their tenacity, passion and courage. Nigeria has never lacked the Heroes or the hope that we can and will one day win the World Cup. Go make us proud,” he said. In April 1994, Nigeria was ranked 5th in the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) rankings, the highest FIFA ranking position ever achieved by an African national football team. The National team has qualified for six of the last seven FIFA World Cup tournaments since their first appearance at the 1994 mundial in the United States. Our National team is also the only African team to qualify for both the 2014 and 2018 editions. Nigeria has won the Africa Cup of Nations thrice, with ourlast title in 2013, after defeating Burkina Faso in the final.On his part, Marketing Manager, Hero lager, International Breweries Plc., Nigeria, Obumneke Okoli, saidNigerians are clearly super excited to have qualified for the World Cup and holding the lamp for many African countries that failed to qualify. “Hero Lager has thrown its weight behind the current squad to surpass the mark of their predecessors. The journey began with the USA ’94 squad, but we hope to winand break world cup football records in 2018. And if we fail to win it now, Heroes never quit; we will keep forging ahead till we bring home the world cup trophy someday.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Hearts exit drop zone

first_imgAccra Hearts of Oak are out of the relegation zone, at least for now, following a crucial 2-1 victory over Mighty Jets in match day 20 of the premier league.League leaders Berekum Chelsea posted a vital 1-0 home win against Dwarfs whilst Kumasi Asante Kotoko drew 1-1 with New Edubiase.The full results are as follows;Chelsea 1– 0DwarfsBA Stars FC 1 – 0 All StarsEdubiase FC 1 – 1 Asante Kotoko Aduana Stars 0– 0 Liberty ProfessionalsHearts of Oak 2 – 1Mighty JetsKing Faisal 0– 0AshantiGold FCReal Tamale United 3 – 0 Heart of LionsMedeama SC 2– 1Arsenals Source: Myjoyonline.com/Ghanalast_img read more

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Tony Romo wants record $10 million a year to stay at CBS, sources say

first_imgRomo and CBS have been a perfect marriage so far. The most likely scenario is still this: CBS extends its star commentator’s deal with a nice fat raise.MORE: Wanted: A Romo-like defensive mind on NFL telecastsBut Romo could also play out his rookie TV contract and become a free agent. He could draw suitors ranging from rival TV networks and startup football leagues to tech giants looking to stream games.There’s even a chance the young father and husband could walk away from TV to pursue his growing business interests, sources said. That would disappoint many fans who view Romo as the best thing to happen to sports media in many years. CBS declined to comment.The former Cowboys quarterback currently makes $4 million a year under a three-year TV deal that expires after the 2019 NFL season. But in just two seasons on the air, the 38-year-old Romo has exploded as the most popular game commentator, in any sport, since John Madden.The Cowboys’ all-time passing leader is nicknamed “Romostrodamus” for his uncanny ability to see plays before they unfold. Romo knows today’s pass-happy NFL inside-out — unlike other color analysts who haven’t played in decades. He educates TV viewers in a clear, entertaining way, without the Spider 2 Y Banana jargon of Jon Gruden at his worst. If CBS wants to keep their young superstar in the booth with play-by-play partner Jim Nantz, it will have to double his salary and then some, sources said.A $10 million salary sounds like a lot for an announcer. But consider some sports TV history.At his zenith, Madden made $8 million a year, more than any active player at the time, according to The Ringer. That was decades ago. Troy Aikman, the Cowboys’ Super Bowl-winning quarterback turned lead analyst for Fox Sports, makes about $7.5 million annually, sources said. Before he returned to the NFL as coach of the Raiders, Jon Gruden was pocketing $6.5 million a year from ESPN to call “Monday Night Football.”You could make the argument that Romo would be foolish to leave CBS for a rival network. He’s happy at CBS. The network surrounds him with some of the best production talent in the business. And here’s the trump card for the Tiffany network. He gets to work with Nantz, the best play-by-play announcer in sports.  Nantz and Romo have bonded over their shared love of NFL football and golf. The all-world Nantz has patiently and generously helped mold Romo from broadcast rookie to TV sensation. If there’s any justice, the duo should win the Emmy for their flawless performance in the AFC Championship Game. Although Super Bowl 53 was nearly unwatchable, Romo still came out smelling like a rose.MORE: Tony Romo’s best calls of the 2018 seasonRomo knows CBS took a risk by installing him, a TV rookie, as lead over the veteran Phil Simms in 2017. He’s repeatedly expressed his appreciation for the faith shown in him by Nantz, producer Jim Rikhoff, sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson and CBS Sports bosses Sean McManus and David Berson. With CBS controlling the AFC game package, Romo gets to call the more exciting and interesting conference, with teams such as the Patriots, Steelers, Chiefs and Browns.“I feel this is exactly where I should be,” Romo said about CBS during a Super Bowl preview in January.But Romo’s also a savvy businessman who’s got plenty of options. Pro football leagues want him. Rival networks want him. Madison Avenue wants him. Hollywood wants him. Tech giants want him.Don’t forget, Romo’s not as invested in the history and tradition of the venerable CBS as his bosses across the table. Instead, he’s a massive crossover star.During Super Bowl week, Romo was treated like a rock star, drawing more attention than Patriots and Rams players. During a CBS press event, the media pack swarmed him on stage. He couldn’t even get to his interview table. As Dr. Phil noted on a podcast with Romo: “He’s the hottest man in football. And he’s not even playing.”Since retiring from the Cowboys, Romo has had offers to both play, and coach, in the NFL, sources said. Romo confirmed to Richard Deitsch of The Athletic he’s had “legitimate offers” to return to the league. “Usually, it’s a coach that reaches out,” Romo told Deitsch.MORE: Romo on Cowboys’ OC rumors: “I’m happy with where I’m at”Romo’s old roommate, Jason Witten, left ESPN after only one season to return to the Cowboys. Who’s to say Romo won’t return to the gridiron to chase that elusive Super Bowl trophy for Cowboys owner Jerry Jones or another rich owner? With his natural charisma on camera, Hollywood has come calling too, sources said, offering Romo the chance to host game shows and the like.Romo’s becoming a ubiquitous and well-paid endorser on Madison Avenue, appearing in ad campaigns for Corona, Skechers and Chaps by Ralph Lauren. The family-oriented Chaps campaign is particularly appealing to Romo because he co-stars with wife Candice Crawford and their three young sons.Romo’s prowess at golf is well-known. He recently accepted a sponsor’s exemption to play in PGA Tour’s AT&T Byron Nelson Championship this May at his home course in Dallas. He previously won the 2018 American Century Championship pro-am in Lake Tahoe.Romo has toyed with the idea of joining the PGA Tour. It wouldn’t be shocking to see him walk away from TV to try his luck as a pro golfer. At heart, Romo is still a hyper-competitive athlete. He told Dr. Phil that competitive golf gives him the sweaty palms he can’t get from playing football any more.”It’s a joyful obsession,” said Romo about golf.Romo earned a whopping $127.4 million during his 14-year career with the Cowboys, according to Spotrac. That’s more than double the $55.5 million Aikman earned in 12 seasons with America’s Team.Romo’s still a young man. Despite the critical acclaim, he has the financial security to skip the TV route — or take a few years off and come back later.Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reported in January that CBS was prepared to give Romo a “substantial raise” to prevent him from becoming a free agent. Marchand also reported Romo will likely start the bidding for his services at $10 million. CBS has the right to match any offer, Marchand said. But the network could decide, as ESPN has with its talent, that nobody’s bigger than the CBS eye.Then there are the wild cards such as Amazon, which has a “Thursday Night Football” streaming deal with the NFL.Silicon Valley giants like Amazon would love to get a young, telegenic star like Romo. Amazon’s market capitalization has swollen to $870 billion as of March 2019. Tech giants like Amazon, Facebook or Google wouldn’t blink an eye at a salary of $10 million. In fact, they might be willing to pay more.”Even $20 million would be a rounding error for Amazon,” a source said.SBJ: “The XFL is deep in discussions with Fox and ESPN, in a pair of deals that would see games on ABC and Fox.” Deals could be announced as early as next week. Full story is behind the paywall. https://t.co/0O1YSORNU6— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) January 22, 2019And don’t forget startup pro football leagues like the Alliance of American Football (AAF) and Vince McMahon’s reborn XFL.Billionaire Tom Dundon just invested a cool $250 million into Charlie Ebersol’s AAF. John Ourand of SportsBusiness Journal reported in January that the reborn XFL was “deep in discussions with Fox and ESPN, in a pair of deals that would see games on ABC and Fox.”McMahon’s personally worth $1.7 billion, according to Forbes. Showmen like Ebersol and McMahon would love to have a big star Romo serve as face and voice of their new leagues. Both leagues also own all the teams. So it’s easier for them to pull the trigger on big decisions (Romo actually gave a shoutout to AAF for their “Sky Judge” innovation on the Dr. Phil podcast). Here’s a prediction Tony Romo himself would like: He could become the first $10 million a year TV analyst in sports history. Romo’s representatives are looking for a contract extension paying him “eight figures” annually to remain as CBS Sports’ top NFL analyst in 2020 and beyond, sources tell Sporting News. Of course, both sides are going to posture and spin. But the Romo talks are shaping up to be the most important contract negotiation in sports TV.So will Romo stay or go at CBS?For now, only “Romostradamus” knows.last_img read more

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