Dwayne Johnson buys XFL football league for $15 million
Dwayne Johnson has bought the XFL football league.The wrestler-turned-actor has purchased the failing sports competition for $15 million alongside Gerry Cardinale's RedBird Capital.Johnson's ex-wife and business partner Dany Garcia will also be a stakeholder in the league, which was acquired just hours before it was due to go up for auction.The Rock, 48, who played college football at the University of Miami before his wrestling career began, said in a statement: "The acquisition of the XFL with my talented partners, Dany Garcia and Gerry Cardinale, is an investment for me that's rooted deeply...
Saudi professional football league kicks off next week
RIYADH: The Beautiful Game returns in Saudi Arabia after over four months of absence with the Saudi Pro League kicking off next week, and the league launching its campaign #OurLeagueIsBack.“Fans are encouraged to show their support once again with the #OurLeagueIsBack promotion encouraging supporters to show their passion for their team while staying at home, a statement from the league said.All 64 matches, to be played in just 36 days would take place behind closed doors in line with government health and safety protocols.The first round of fixtures includes the highly anticipated Riyadh derb...
Iran’s football league hit hard by pandemic
After a four-month interruption, Iran’s football league resumed to be hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with around 22 players from two top clubs testing positive for the virus, Anadolu reports.Eleven players and a staff member of Esteghlal, one of the oldest and biggest football clubs in Iran, have contracted the virus, according to team sources.Esteghlal, eight-time Iran Professional League (IPL) champions and twice Asian champions, are positioned at the sixth spot in the football league 2020 that resumed on June 25.The other football club hit by the virus in the middle of the season is Foola...
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Saudi Arabia looking to get rights to German football league
The Financial Times said that Saudi Arabia is close to obtaining TV rights for the German Bundesliga, football league, in the latest step taken by the kingdom in search of new investments in the international sports industry.The newspaper reported that the board has been negotiating with Qatar’s BeIN Sports network to renew an agreement worth $250 million to obtain the league’s broadcast rights across the Middle East, which expires at the end of this season.The newspaper quoted two informed sources as saying that a representative on behalf of Saudi Arabia contacted the Bundesliga Board recentl...
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Football's A-League to kick off on July 16 after virus shutdown
Sydney (AFP) - Australia's domestic football league plans to restart on July 16, officials said Monday, with the 27 remaining regular season games crammed into less than a month.The A-League was the country's final active sport when the coronavirus pandemic began to take hold before being suspended on March 24.But it is one of the last to resume, with rugby league and Australian Rules football already underway and Super Rugby due to kick off on July 3.Football Federation Australia chief James Johnson said the A-League's return followed a new pay agreement with players to cover the now extended...
South Korean football league to investigate 'sex doll' row
Seoul (AFP) - A top South Korean football club accused of using sex dolls to fill empty seats in its stands will face disciplinary proceedings this week, K-league officials said.With fans banned from matches because of the coronavirus, FC Seoul came under fire for deploying dozens of silicone spectators wearing T-shirts or holding placards with the logo of a sex-toy seller.The K-league said its disciplinary committee will review whether the use of the mannequins violated the league's rules on promoting obscene materials.Officials will also discuss whether the incident damaged the league's imag...
As XFL Seeks Comeback, Former NFL Players Get Second Chance
With the XFL getting a reboot, former NFL players are seeing a chance to take the field again. After a failed first attempt in the early 2000’s, the new professional football league will see eight teams and a new style of football.Former NFL players are speaking out about the opportunities to play in this new league and the chance to suit up and hit the field again.Khari Lee was a tight end at Bowie State before being signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent in 2015. He then bounced from the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills before being waived in 2018. Following ba...