I saw a stat the other day that I had to check out for myself. Since 2010 Oklahoma State has the second-most conference of all Big 12 teams. Wait, that can’t be right, can it? It is. And it gets crazier. Oklahoma State has the second-best winning percentage of all Big 12 teams going all the way back to 2006.For the sake of fairness, though, I thought I would look at Big 12 winning percentages (conference games only) since 2011 when the league moved to 10 teams and everyone played a round robin schedule. Only two teams (both from the same state) have won more than 70 percent of their games since then. That’s wild.Here are all 12 Big 12 teams since then (I took out one year from Texas A&M and Missouri as well as the final years of TCU and West Virginia in their old conferences).“There’s so much parity in our league right now that it’s just a matter of the teams that stay focused, and obviously make the plays – take care of the football, so on and so forth,” said head coach Mike Gundy on Monday at his press conference.”Oklahoma State has done those things as well as anybody in the conference over the last decade. And now they stand with OU as the two most outstanding programs. With the way Baylor is trending, I would expect the gap to only widen in coming seasons. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Our photo/video guy Chris Knox put together this awesome video of Chris Carson set to the lyrics of a Biggie Smalls/Thomas the Tank Engine mashup. I of course had no idea what in the world the song was, but I have to say it’s pretty awesome.We tried our best to edit out all the expletives, and I think we got them all, but you might want to keep the volume down just in case.Also, if you missed it, you should read Kyle Cox on Carson’s renaissance.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Wide receiver Jhajuan Seales has signed with sports management firm Sports Priority as he looks forward to his opportunities at the next level.Seales is coming off the best season of his career, amassing 615 yards and four touchdowns, but has been a contributor since his freshman year where he grabbed 39 catches for 571 yards and three scores.With 1,785 yards, Seales knocked Josh Cooper of out the top 10 of all-time OSU leading receivers. James Washington is still working on his career list but Seales can hang in the top 10 of departed Cowboys until after next season.Seales has the skill set to play at the next level. The immense pool of receiver talent OSU has been blessed with is partly to blame for Seales not putting up even bigger numbers. I’ve always thought he could be the number one or two option for a lot of other teams.We would like to welcome @Jseales_OSU81 (Jhajuan Seales, WR Oklahoma State University) to the Priority Sports family! pic.twitter.com/yrETTgTFAD— Priority Sports (@PrioritySports) January 9, 2017Priority Sports’ client list includes NFL stars of the likes of Mike Evans and Kirk Cousins, as well as NBA players like Bradley Beal, Gordon Hayward and Taj Gibson.The same agency is also representing current prospects Josh Dobbs from Tennessee and Sefo Liufau from Colorado, who Seales played against in the Alamo Bowl.
Over the last couple of years, Oklahoma State has enjoyed its deepest group of defensive linemen since Mike Gundy took the reins twelve years ago.Credit Joe Bob Clements’ proven recruiting acumen and Mike Gundy’s foresight a few years ago when he decided to designate extra scholarships for a Cowboy defense that, like most in the Big 12, can never have enough depth.“Last year, we were fortunate to play two groups up front and stay fresh,” said Gundy. “I think we’re going to have that luxury (this year), knock on wood. If (Jordan) Brailford continues to progress and stay healthy, he could be quite an impact player for us on the pass rush. When we can keep a group of four fresh, we’re going to be a much better team. That was something we lacked here for a number of years.”The return of Brailford at the end spot along with the loss of tackles Vincent Taylor and Mote Maile provided an opportunity for a little shuffling in the trenches.Redshirt junior Trey Carter who started spring camp with the defensive end designation will move inside to add depth at the tackle position.“He’s done great,” said Gundy. “We were just talking about him in the locker room. We talked about Ateman, and Trey is another success story. He was a late qualifier and came in here. We’ve essentially become his family away from home and he’s put all of his money into it, his pride into it and his time into it. He’s done very well. He’s done well in class and is buying in. The team really likes him. He’s got a great sense of humor and he’s really fun to be around.”But it’s not his sense of humor that allows for the move inside. It’s the hard work his head coach mentioned and the fact that Carter has added nearly 40 pounds since arriving on campus three years ago. Entering spring at 295, he outweighed the rest of the edge rushers on the team.“When I got to 290, they were like, ‘OK you’re putting on a lot of weight.’,” said Carter. “A defensive end I think typically weighs anywhere from 245 all the way to 275. Other than that, it was really just because I put on a lot of weight.”The extra weight was not just a belated “freshman 15.” Carter credits the gain to healthy eating, hard work and, of course, strength and training guru, Rob Glass. Combine those factors and his body “just decided to grow.”Carter followed a redshirt freshman year where he appeared in just one game by contributing regularly on defense and in special teams in 2016. His breakout performance in the Alamo Bowl saw him terrorize Colorado’s O-line with a sack and 1.5 tackles for loss.Carter heading into this spring with high hopes but defensive end is one of the deepest positions on the roster. With Brailford returning from injury to compete with 2016 starters Cole Walterscheid and Jarrell Owens, and with Tralund Webber coming off a huge year, Carter and the coaching staff saw an opportunity on the inside.Tackle depth is not exactly an issue. There are several guys ready to vie for a starting spot. Darrion Daniels is a stud who has seen meaningful reps since day one. DeQuinton Osborne provided a boost last season after transferring in and Vili Leveni is hopefully finally healthy. The Cowboys also welcome Michigan State-transfer Enoch Smith Jr. to the fold.Once again, the defensive line should be the strength of Oklahoma State’s defense. And it’s because of guys like Carter that OSU has been able to lose NFL talent from their D-line year after year without skipping a beat up. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
X 2013 SCHOOLDRAFT PICKS BAYLOR32 2017 2015 XX KANSAS12 IOWA STATE10 OKLAHOMA STATE21 During Gundy’s 13 years as head coach, 21 Cowboys have been selected in the Draft. That’s six first-rounders, two second-rounders, one third-rounder, two fourth-rounders, one fifth-rounder, five sixth-rounders and four in the final round of the Draft.If we want to eliminate any conference bias, let’s just look at the draft picks for the teams currently in the Big 12 over that same span. X 2011 As last weekend’s NFL Draft dragged on, we waited patiently for a former Cowboy to hear his name called.Day 1 …Day 2 …Day 3.Finally, towards the end of Saturday, in the 6th round, Vincent Taylor heard the inevitable, yet overdue, ring of his phone and was informed that he would be selected by Miami. One round later, Chris Carson started packing his bags for the opposite corner of the country after John Schneider and Pete Carroll of Seattle made him their final draft pick of 2017.The lack of early-round talent (or draft picks at all) is not strictly an Oklahoma State problem. It’s a Big 12 problem. The conference finished dead last in the number of players drafted out of all Power 5 conferences — and it wasn’t close.2017 Draft PicksSEC – 53ACC – 42Pac-12 – 36Big Ten – 35Big 12 – 14In fact, the American Athletic Conference had one more draftee (15) than the flyover union and Conference USA wasn’t far behind with 9.Whether it’s due to a vast talent gap between the Big 12 and the others, or slanted perception — or both; you can’t argue with the numbers. Either perception becomes reality or reality influences perception.But at the very least, Oklahoma State has been one of the more consistent teams in the Big 12 when it comes to getting players drafted.Here is an interesting stat that shows current streaks of schools having at least one player drafted each year. Oklahoma State sits at nine straight beside Big 12 peers Baylor and TCU, as well as Utah and Alabama(?!)Active streaks of consecutive years with at least 1 player taken in the #NFLDraft. #GoBlue #FightOn pic.twitter.com/LCU3mUWRVq— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) April 30, 2017Obviously, this is just one stat. A technicality, really. Oklahoma State is not on par with Alabama in the terms of producing NFL talent. The Crimson Tide had 11 players declare for the 2017 Draft and 10 were selected — all in the first 4 rounds. OSU had two players drafted, both late on Saturday.Furthermore, OSU has had only one player taken in four of the last five drafts.Here’s a look at Oklahoma State’s draft picks since Mike Gundy took over in January of 2005. Granted, he took over immediately following the 2004 Alamo Bowl and that draft class was coached by Les Miles, but that is the number of draftees OSU is claiming for Gundy so we’ll stick with that. 2010X X KANSAS STATE20 2009X While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. 2007 2008 2006 2014X X X X 2016X TCU32 TEXAS48 WEST VIRGINIA34 X 2005XX YEAR1st Rd2nd Rd3rd Rd4th Rd5th Rd6th Rd7th Rd 2012X X TEXAS TECH19 It’s not top-heavy. It’s a landslide.Since Mike Gundy took the reins in Stillwater, his I-35 counterpart has sent almost 3 1/2 times as many players to the NFL. That’s over 5.5 picks per year to Gundy’s 1.6 average. Now this doesn’t completely nullify T. Boone’s gripe with the Bedlam record but it definitely casts another light on the series.But … recruiting is part of the job.There are reasons for the difference. It’s hard to recruit to Stillwater. You’re always competing with Oklahoma and Texas for a lot of the same recruits. And Gundy admits that he would rather leave a 5-star waiting if he has his eye on a solid 3-star with a good head on his shoulders.The Cowboys find their gems. Their Dez Bryants and Justin Blackmons. They get their Russell Okungs. They have a couple of potential first-rounders on their roster for this fall. The players then send to the NFL generally find a lot of success. They just don’t send enough of them.Will Mike Gundy ever average four draft picks a year? That would be quite a jump. Is this just as good as it gets at OSU or can the program even climb to that next level? Or will Gundy’s group of assistants continue to climb the recruiting rankings to a top tier status? That likely comes with continued and increased success in the win column.With all that being said, Oklahoma State just might have a shot at a College Playoff berth this year, if Gundy can exorcise his crimson demons. Not to mention, that might mean beating the Sooners twice. Does that mean it can’t get better? Or does it start from there?Mike Gundy is an enigma. He is both stubborn and stuck in his ways while also being both forward thinking and innovative. He is often simultaneously the butt of social media jokes (even as he’s in on them) and the unquestioned leader of a major college football program, a school and a fan base. He might be the most interesting man in college football.So we’re left to admire the coaching job he’s done and the culture he’s nurtured at Oklahoma State. We’re also left to wonder what else the program could be under Gundy.Oklahoma State draft picks during Gundy’s tenure2017Vincent Taylor – 194th overall (6th round)Chris Carson – 249th (7th round)2016Emmanuel Ogbah – 32nd overall (2nd round)2015Josh Furman – 252nd overall (7th round)2014Justin Gilbert – 8th overall (1st round)2013Joseph Randle – 151st overall (5th round)2012Justin Blackmon – 5th overall (1st round)Brandon Weeden – 22nd overall (1st round)Markelle Martin – 190th overall (6th round)2011 XX Kendall Hunter – 115th overall (4th round)2010Russell Okung – 6th overall (1st round)Dez Bryant – 24th overall (1st round)Perrish Cox – 137th (5th round)Zac Robinson – 250th (7th round)2009Brandon Pettigrew – 20th overall (1st round)2008No Draft picks2007Ryan McBean – 132nd overall (4th round)Corey Hilliard – 209th (6th round)2006Charlie Johnson – 199th overall (6th round)2005Darrent Williams – 56th overall (2nd round)Vernand Morency – 73rd overall (3rd round)Billy Bajema – 249th overall (7th round) OKLAHOMA72 XX
Let’s take a look at some news around the league from this week. The Facts of the MatterRobert Allen had some strong thoughts on realignment conversations, all are pretty pointed.First, concerning how badly OU is trying to leave the league:Truth of the matter is, if a school is looking to leave a conference then they likely are being very quiet about it and exploring their options as stealth as possible. [GoPokes-$$$]Agreed. Lest they look like Mizzou who got all dressed up with (initially) nowhere to go. Boren is saying an awful lot but truth of the matter is, he’s 76 and when OU is actually negotiating late in the grant-of-rights, it’s unlikely that he’s making the deal.Second, grant-of-rights aren’t to be messed with.I think we’ve gone far enough down the road to know that those agreements called “Grant-in-Rights” that each school signed to the Big 12, basically each other, calling for the conference to own each school’s television rights are holding up. If one school, even OU, tries to bolt and do it alone, well that will cause one heckuva legal battle. [GoPokes-$$$]Berry Tramel pointed out on a lunch chat yesterday that you could see things heat up in 2022 when there are two to three years left in the grant of rights – so we may see action before 2025 but probably not on this side of 2020.And last, the demise of the league won’t come for the reason you think it will.Remember history, for someone to leave the Big 12 then they have to be looking for something. If the other conferences in the Power 5 ever want to expedite the end of the Big 12 then the schools they need to offer aren’t OU, Texas, or Oklahoma State, but instead Kansas State, Iowa State, or Texas Tech. Those schools are the ones with concern. [GoPokes-$$$]We’re just talking semantics here, if it dies it dies because of states’ rights and not a strong central government, right? Inmates running the asylum? Something along those lines.But could you see Iowa State frantically leaving behind the Big 12 if somehow the Iowa legislature highway-robbed the Big Ten into taking their other flagship school? Possibly. But is that more likely than OU getting shut out of a playoff and trying to break the handcuffs first? Naw.Why Texas Must Need Not Be TexasTulsaWorld’s Guerin Emig makes the old “a rising tide lifts all boats” argument. The Longhorns should be making January bowl games and sending players into the first round, not losing to Kansas and napping through the NFL draft. They should be challenging KU’s reign over Big 12 hoops, not finishing dead last in the standings.The Horns living up to their potential does (Tom) Herman and (Shaka) Smart the most good, but don’t underestimate the impact on Bob Stoops, Mike Gundy, Lon Kruger and Mike Boynton. They thrive under the OU and OSU brands, sure, but also under the Big 12’s. This goes particularly for December and March when College Football Playoff/NCAA Tournament committee members consider strength of schedule, RPI and what not.The Big 12 brand isn’t nearly what it should be with Texas floundering. [TulsaWorld] No matter how logical that argument sounds (Texas improvement = Big 12 status grows), it still feels like the best thing for Oklahoma State is to take Texas’ place in the upper tier.Sure, long-term the league image suffers when Texas doesn’t Texas but if the thing is terminally ill, let’s “ride for the brand” until it lands securely.Sad News BearsJenni Carlson looked at the Baylor situation not from the perspective of NCAA violations but transgressions against humans, concluding rightly with the ultimate goal.Baylor may have enacted reforms, but changing policies and procedures does little good if hearts and minds remain the same. [NewsOK]Reading the piece is well-worth your time, looking at various aspects and how they shaped her conclusion. A few hundred words hardly do justice to the topic but a correction in focus is timely.Another conclusion reached is that no punishment is too much. And may be possible.The Big 12 may have power to kick Baylor out of the conference https://t.co/7kvh71vp5n— Eric T (@Taylorical) May 19, 2017Deja VuOSU’s not the only team who can see similarities between the year ahead and the last time they won a conference title.With an inefficient defense and almost no big-play threats, Kansas State went 9-4 and ranked 31st in S&P+ last season. The Wildcats found their offensive rhythm midseason and won six of their final seven games. After a 3-3 start, they transformed from the team I expected them to be — 6-6 with limited upside — to a team that in a lot of ways resembled the 10-win 2011 squad.So does that mean 2017 will be another 2012? Probably not, but … you can’t count it out, can you? Conference favorite Oklahoma just lost its three best skill position guys, Oklahoma State and TCU have a lot to prove defensively, West Virginia has a ton of production to replace, and Texas and Baylor are in transition. The Wildcats have a lot to replace in their front seven but boast a seasoned secondary and offensive line, a revived skill corps, and, in KSU fashion, a quarterback who’s among the best running backs in the conference. [SBNation]Of course, referencing Kansas State winning the league in 2012 (unless you’re Bob Stoops and depending on what day it is) and apparently the sentiment that they could repeat. Isn’t that last line the most K-State thing you’ve ever heard? Only thing missing is a Lockett and hyped-juco transfers.I’d hate to see the hype K-State gets when they aren’t losing a defensive end to the NFL and have a Michael Bishop/Collin Klein-level talent returning.Also, found the next 6’2″, 180 pound (soaking wet) quarter/running back that will lead the ‘Cats to nine wins: So grateful and excited to receive an offer from Kansas State University! #Family #EMAW ? pic.twitter.com/oK2tw0c2nz— Max Duggan (@MaxDuggan_10) May 10, 2017Bonus Tweet:Lubbock is a top 5 Big 12 town. That’s not saying too much, but people act like it’s Mars.— David Ubben (@davidubben) May 18, 2017Top five, eh? If the people were Nebraska-friendly, mayyyybe. It’s hours from skiing but not sure that floats it that high, Ubbs. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. 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In what is apparently the first of three video clips coming down the pike from OSU, Oklahoma State’s most inexperienced coach sat down with arguably its most. Predictably, the latter had some advice for the former.Days after signing a “lifetime” extension with his alma mater, Gundy ran the orchestrated face-to-face chat like he would a team meeting. Mike Boynton held his own as the two talked about coaching, impacting players outside the sport and more.The questionnaire was obviously scripted and answers most assuredly canned. But the best part about Mike Gundy — and Boynton from what we can tell so far — is that you still believe what they are saying 100 percent.AdChoices广告Check out the video below. And listen to Gundy’s confidence in Mike Boynton’s recruiting chops. (6-foot-10!!)Toughness is being able to lead despite adverse conditions. That’s true whether you’re from Midwest City or Brooklyn. #okstate (Part 1 of 3) pic.twitter.com/zn9bRGSGl2— Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) June 16, 2017 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
MLS Media Microscope: Examining Major League Soccer’s 2018 TV coverage Seth Vertelney Last updated 1 year ago 23:00 2/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) MLS Goal spoke with the league’s two English-language TV partners in the United States to get a preview of what to expect in the upcoming season Major League Soccer’s television ratings were up in 2017, and that counts as a small victory in a landscape that has recently not been kind to other professional sports leagues.Of course, MLS still lags behind other professional sports leagues in the United States in terms of ratings, but growth of any kind in today’s sports TV world counts as a minor win.In order to maintain that growth, the league’s two English-language American TV partners are looking to improve the quality and content in their broadcasts, while making plans outside of the match coverage itself to draw in more viewers on both linear and digital formats. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Ahead of the 2018 MLS season Goal spoke to coordinating producer of Fox Soccer Maleek Ndile, and ESPN’s lead soccer producer Chris Alexopoulos about their networks’ plans for the new season.What stories will Fox and ESPN be looking to tell on the editorial side in 2018?Ndile: I think LAFC is the big story out there. I think fans want to see how they’re going to come into this league. They have a big coach who is a former national team coach in Bob Bradley, they have these shiny new digs right in the heart of downtown LA, it’s LA so that’s obviously a glamour story and then you have the ownership group – when you have names like Magic Johnson, Will Ferrell, Nomar Garciaparra, Mia Hamm, it’s just a glamour club.We’re blessed to have the first LA derby between LAFC and the Galaxy (March 31 on Fox) so that’s one of the highlights of our schedule.Alexopoulos: For us LAFC coming into the league – it’s who we have for our opener on Sunday (at Seattle, 5 p.m. ET on ESPN). The new team with a new stadium and a new fan base and the fantastic crowd will always get attention out of the box.We have to be really smart about what we’re saying about Columbus and what’s happening there and whether they’re going to move or not and how that’s being reported. That’s going to be a big story for us as we move forward.I think an interesting thing that people have been talking about the last couple weeks are the gaps that are starting to form between the top of the league and the bottom of the league in terms of spending and the effect that that has on the field.The fourth thing would be, is Zlatan Ibrahimovic going to come to MLS? What other big players are potentially coming throughout the year?Ndile: The one thing that we brought to the league last year was what we did with expected goals and Opta. We kind of just crawled with that last year but this year I think we’re going to try to be a little more out there with our Opta expected goals.We’re going to try and get that in productions live as the games are going on so fans can see and really understand what expected goals is, so we’re going to really try and integrate that into our productions more.What innovations will Fox and ESPN be looking to use on the technical side in 2018?Ndile: Another thing that will add to our productions is the Movi cam, which is a stabilizing handheld camera [that] allows us to get really clear and good shots of walkouts and some low-angle field shots, whether it be corner kicks, behind the goal. It allows us to push the boundaries that you don’t really get to see with a handheld camera, so we’re really excited to be able to use the Movi cam a little bit more this season. We started with it two years ago but now we’re going to see a little bit more of it.Click HERE for examples of Fox’s usage of the Movi cam in MLS broadcasts.Alexopoulos: From a technology standpoint we still are really proud of our goalpost cameras. We’re the only broadcaster in the entire world that does this. For us it’s something that continues to pay dividends as we use it more and more.MLS 9/11/16 Goal post cam from Chris on Vimeo.I think the one thing we will do a little bit more of this year is we’re going to use a few more POV cameras in interesting places. We have six POV cameras, four of which are in the goalposts and two of which are in the back of the goal that you stick through the net. So we have the goal covered and I think our biggest thing this year is that we’re adding another POV camera and potentially more than that.We’re going to be playing around with where that sits and how it can best help the viewer. Major League Soccer gives us a lot of leeway to try new things as long as it doesn’t impede on the actual game coverage. In England, you can’t put a camera in a place that isn’t really standard. You can’t just say, ‘We’re going to try this’ and this camera is going to be on the endline on a 20-foot pole looking down right over the goal. That’s something that we’d like to try this year with one of our POVs.Cue Ball POV from Chris on Vimeo.For ESPN, the biggest change this season is the integration of the MLS Live platform into the new streaming ESPN+ service. The MLS Live service was priced at $79 a year, while the new ESPN streaming product will be $5 a month, or $60 annually.ESPN will now have the exclusive streaming rights to all out-of-market MLS games, and subscribers to ESPN+ will have access to additional soccer content, as well as other sports on the ESPN+ platform.Alexopoulos: I think that’s the biggest thing that will be different from ESPN this year is taking that package and seeing what additional content will come through that package and how that changes the availability and coverage.For the first time, Fox will have the broadcast rights to the World Cup this summer. The network is hoping to receive a major ratings boost when they feature five MLS games on over-the-air Fox over the course of four weekends, all of which will have World Cup matches as lead-ins – including the World Cup final followed by Atlanta United vs. Seattle on July 15. How Fox integrates MLS promotion in its World Cup coverage will be a key aspect of how much of a ratings boost it gets.Ndile: We’re excited that we’re going to be able to weave our MLS coverage into what we’re doing with the World Cup. We’ll do our World Cup coverage and once the matches start to conclude we’ll definitely be trying to integrate wherever we are for the MLS game into the production to let fans know that you can continue your soccer fix on the network.We’re in great sites for those games – we’re in Atlanta, we’re in Seattle, we’re in Toronto. We want to show those crazy fan bases and sort of weave that into our World Cup coverage. It’s going to be a natural fit that soccer fans are going to be able to continue their day with MLS and I think that’s an added thing for the league.We’re hoping we’re going to see a big bump in numbers for those games. When you talk about a World Cup, you’re talking about not just soccer fans, you’re talking about casual fans who just want to be a part of the event and the spectacle and we’re going to carry those viewers on to what we’re doing with our MLS coverage as well.
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo: This is what every modern man must have Goal Last updated 1 year ago 18:58 9/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(9) CR7underwear Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Eibar v Real Madrid Eibar Primera División WTF The Ballon d’Or winner has released his ninth collection of luxury underwear, an item he says is “a foundation to any outfit” Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has given his guide to the essential ‘must haves’ for every modern man.Fresh from helping his club to the Champions League quarter-finals by netting against Paris Saint-Germain in a 2-1 win in the French capital on Tuesday, the Portuguese sensation is ready for the launch of his new range of underwear.To celebrate the event, the 2017 Ballon d’Or winner gave his opinions on the world of fashion and he has explained what the contemporary gentleman requires to stay ahead of the game. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “There are a few luxuries that I think every man should treat himself to…I love music so it’s important to me to have a good pair of headphones, a beautiful watch, smelling great is a must so every man should have a nice signature fragrance and of course, very good quality underwear!” he explained.“I love fashion and like to invest in luxurious items for my wardrobe. I think that the key pieces that every man needs in his wardrobe are a great suit, well-fitting jeans, a crisp white shirt, some good pairs of sneakers and, of course, great underwear.”Clothing doesn’t have to be expensive to feel luxurious – an amazing fit and nice fabrics are what makes items stand out, and are also what makes pieces timeless.”Underwear, of course, plays a vital role to Ronaldo in his day-to-day dressing and he’s not shy about discussing it.“Underwear is the foundation to any outfit, so it’s important to wear quality, premium styles that make you both look and feel good,” he said.”My CR7 underwear luxury lifestyle campaign showcases the collection in a more intimate way than ever before. Since underwear is so personal, I wanted to bring a more personal element to the campaign, which shows me relaxing at home. Downtime in itself is a luxury!“I choose different CR7 underwear styles depending on how I feel each morning, so with each collection I like to design contrasting patterns and colourways to make sure there’s an option for any occasion. “The spring and summer 18 CR7 underwear range includes timeless white silhouettes for a classic look and bold blue and even pinks for when you want to be more adventurous. I love the styles with touches of vibrant colour. To me, that is luxury!”Ronaldo feels that the new collection, which is produced by JBS Textile Group in Denmark, offers a more “mature” style than previous ones.“For spring and summer 2018, I really wanted to create a luxurious feel for the collection,” he said. “Colour still plays a big role, but the colour palette is more refined, we’ve got crisp whites and more sophisticated tones.”I started this brand six years ago and the designs have evolved alongside my own style choices. This collection is more mature, with a real focus on premium, luxury materials.”This is Ronaldo’s ninth season of CR7 underwear, with each item branded with his signature logo.
Arsenal Mertesacker will regain love for football, says sympathetic Wenger Matt Dorman 23:52 14/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Arsenal Premier League Arsenal v Milan UEFA Europa League The Frenchman has hailed the Germany international defender for his honesty after a candid interview with Der Spiegel Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expects the retiring Per Mertesacker to rediscover his passion for playing soon after he hangs up the boots.World Cup winner Mertesacker recently revealed a desire to avoid being called upon during the final months of a career plagued by injuries.In a candid interview with Der Spiegel, the 33-year-old detailed his battles with anxiety and said he was eager to be “free” from the mental and physical demands of professional football. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Wenger sympathised with Mertesacker’s honest admission, although he believes the former Germany international will move past his frustration.”I think that will go very quickly. Once you stop for a few months you are ready to play again,” Wenger told reporters on Wednesday.”He has had a very long career. He never plays one minute without being totally focussed. That demands a huge amount of effort and that is why he has had the career he has.”To be a professional football player is to face a huge level of expectation. First of all from yourself, because these players are very demanding of themselves and that creates stress.”To play at the level they play today you need to have a huge resistance to stress.”To express what you want to do you need your body to be at your service. You never know how your body will respond, how you will feel, how much your reflexes in a game will be there. It is always an uncertainty and that creates stress.”Mertesacker, who will take over as the Gunners’ academy manager at the end of the campaign, has not featured since Arsenal’s FA Cup exit to Nottingham Forest in January. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.