A view of Ohio Stadium during a game against Penn State on Oct. 17 at Ohio Stadium OSU won 38-10. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorFor the second year in a row, the Ohio State Buckeyes have been named the most valuable football program in the NCAA. A study composed by Ryan Brewer, assistant professor of finance at Indiana University-Purdue University in Columbus, Indiana, valued the Scarlet and Gray at a whopping $946.6 million. Findings from the study first appeared in the Wall Street Journal. To put the figure in perspective, it nearly doubles the worth of the average NHL hockey team, which is about $505 million. In fact, the Scarlet and Gray are valued higher than every NHL team except for the New York Rangers ($1.2 billion), the Montreal Canadiens ($1.18 billion) and the Toronto Maple Leafs ($1.15 billion), according to Forbes Magazine. Astoundingly, the Buckeyes’ value is worth more than 19 of 30 NBA franchises as well, including the Oklahoma City Thunder ($930 million) and the Cleveland Cavaliers ($915 million), according to Forbes.OSU Vice President and athletic director Gene Smith said he believes Brewer’s numbers are accurate. Smith leaned toward several reasons why OSU is valued so high, but he primarily pointed to fan support. “We are the most watched (Football Bowl Subdivision) program since 1991,” Smith said in an email. “Last year only four regular season games drew over 8 (million) viewers, and we were part of three. Buckeye Nation is the largest and most passionate fan base in the world.”Joe Odoguardi, the university’s chief financial officer of athletics, said in an email the Buckeyes’ TV media rights revenue earned $24.7 million alone in 2015. Smith said donations to the university are at an all-time high, exceeding more than $200 million over the last few years. Pair that with OSU’s apparel deal with Nike, which after being extended late last week, is valued at $252 million over the next 15 years, and the recipe for OSU’s financial supremacy is clear.Performance from the student-athletes is also a large contributing factor to OSU’s success, Smith said, as the Buckeyes’ football team was ranked in the AP Top 10 for the entire 2015 season, including holding the top spot for the first nine weeks.“I am extremely proud of our student-athletes, coaches and staff,” Smith said. “Our focus on the total student-athlete development model continues to be a national model.” OSU was the only school to place above $900 million in the study. Texas ($885 million), Michigan ($811.3 million), Notre Dame ($723.6 million) and Alabama ($694.9 million) round out the top five schools in the study.In 2016, OSU athletics will be represented by more than 1,000 student-athletes across 36 intercollegiate sports, which, in turn, requires a lot of funding. Odoguardi said OSU’s athletic budget is set at $153 million for the new year. Smith said in OSU’s yearly strategic plan, “A Higher Purpose,” it is the athletic department’s goal to develop the student-athletes while continuing to build on the university’s rich history.“The department exists to motivate student-athletes to develop into exemplary champions, who in turn inspire future Buckeyes,” Smith said. “The department of athletics also is committed to financial self-sufficiency while contributing to the university’s academic priorities.”In what may come as a surprise to some, the Buckeyes projected value actually dipped from the previous year, as in 2014, Brewer’s study valued OSU at $1.1 billion, but that was mainly due to the championship run it had in the inaugural College Football Playoff.Without that occurring again, the dip below the $1 billion mark took place, but Smith said he does believe it to be possible for OSU to surpass that value plateau again in 2016.“As long as we stay the course with our values and focus on the student athlete, we have a chance to,” Smith said. Brewer, the study’s author, did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
Colombia boss Jose Pekerman was pleased with their 3-0 win over Poland, but warned his side that they still need to improve if they are to continue with their World Cup campaignFollowing their disappointing 2-1 defeat to Japan in their Group H opener, Colombia produced a much-improved display at the Kazan Arena on Sunday with the returning James Rodriguez proving instrumental.The Bayern Munich loan star had to settle for the bench against Japan due to a late injury, but he was restored to the starting eleven by Pekerman over the weekend and inspired Colombia to a 3-0 thrashing of Poland with Rodriguez’s cross enabling defender Yerry Mina to head in the opening goal.Radamel Falcao then scored his first ever World Cup goal in the 70th minute of the game with Juan Cuadrado later taking advantage of Rodriguez’s sublime ball to slip through the Poland defence and add Colombia’s third of the game.But Pekerman is refusing to carried away with Colombia in need of another three points against Senegal in their final Group H game to ensure a spot in the last 16.“This victory will make us stronger,” said the Argentine, as stated on ESPN.“The level of our fitness is improving and today from beginning to end we stayed true to that style.Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group G George Patchias – September 9, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group G, saw Robert Lewandowski draw another blank.What should have been a plane sailing group for Poland, has turned out to…“But we’re not going to go crazy, mentally we’re in a good place but we need to continue to improve because we are ambitious and we want to continue in this World Cup as we hoped. We are going to go forward with faith.”Defender Carlos Sanchez was sent off in Colombia’s 2-1 defeat to Japan in the third minute of the game for a deliberate handball and has since received death threats, which has caused concern among the squad after his fellow Colombian defender Andres Escobar was murdered for scoring an own goal at the 1994 World Cup.“He has had a very hard time these last few days,” said Pekerman.“We wanted to share this victory with him. I’m expressing it personally, but it’s something all the squad feels.”Pekerman added: “The player was deeply affected by this matter and I think we all understand football really is something else,”“These things shouldn’t even be said lightly. Whether it’s confirmed or not, this is something that is extremely painful.”
France captain Hugo Lloris insists his international teammate Paul Pogba is being judged unfairly because of his hefty transfer fee.The World Cup-winning midfielder sees his every move, including his lifestyle off the pitch criticized by pundits and the media alike.Pogba, who resigned for United from Italian side Juventus in August 2016 for a then world record fee of £89million has been criticized this season by a host of people including United boss Jose Mourinho.Spurs shot-stopper Lloris, who won the World Cup with Pogba in the summer, says the midfielder shows his worth with France and “when it matters he is there” for United.“He has a status in the UK, maybe because of his huge transfer fee,” Lloris said on Mirror.co.uk.“Sometimes people judge him not very fairly. Now he has more maturity, he knows what he needs to do, he proves that with us.”Report: Up to seven first team players out for United George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Manchester United have some serious injury problems with up to seven first-team players out.This Saturday, United have a Premier League clash with Leicester City….“I think his performances at United are far from being as bad as people say.“He is part of a team which has worse results than we could have expected, that’s for sure, but they are still a very strong team. When it matters he is there.”Pogba has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford after falling out with manager Jose Mourinho, and Barcelona rumoured to be interested.
After his really difficult win against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium, there is no doubt that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must remain at Man United.While there has been a constant conversation about which manager should take the job at Man United next season, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has earned his right to keep the job after making history this Sunday when the Red Devils defeated Tottenham Hotspur.The Norwegian coach was already in presence of greatness after winning his first five matches as the manager, as only legendary Sir Matt Busby had been able to accomplish that in the club’s history.Everybody knew that this match would be the one that would test Solskjaer real capabilities to take this club to a better life, even he knew that the chances of losing the match were high and he was even willing to accept a defeat but not without getting all the best from his players.The game itself was a concert of David de Gea’s saves, so much luck in a single match could only mean that destiny is smiling upon this manager and it’s telling him to remain at the club after the season is over.Never in the Premier League’s history, had a goalkeeper made an incredible 11 saves and De Gea accomplished it against Spurs this Sunday.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has equalled Sir Matt Busby’s all-time record of winning his first five league matches in charge of Man Utd#TOTMUN pic.twitter.com/Ly2Ua6bQw7— Premier League (@premierleague) January 13, 2019Anybody could give credit to the goal that Marcus Rashford scored during the first half of the match, but De Gea was the real hero of the night and he did it in style by getting this all-time record with Solskjaer’s record also included in the mix.This latest result must have stricken a nerve on the Manchester United board of directors, Solskjaer and all his technical staff’s vibe does bring back memories from the times of Sir Alex Ferguson when everything was better controlled and the squad worried more about playing good football than a result.Apart from the already familiar sensations that the Norwegian manager brings to the Manchester United fans, there is also his demeanor when he speaks to the press or even addresses his players.There is an undeniable bond that former players who were successful tend to have with the current footballers inside any club, there has been a tendency that has spread throughout many clubs in Europe and they find the highest rate of success with these managers.It happened with Johan Cruyff decades ago in Barcelona, with Frank Rijkaard, Pep Guardiola, Zinedine Zidane, Carlo Ancelotti, and it could also happen now with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.“Fantastic, when you make 11 saves that’s a top, top performance. One or two were really good saves” – Solskjaer on De Gea#TOTMUN #PL pic.twitter.com/ZfOBSeO9N2Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.— Premier League (@premierleague) January 13, 2019Despite not being considered one of the best players in football history, we can’t forget that this former striker is the man responsible for giving Manchester United their historic treble back in 1999 with an extra time goal against Bayern München in the Champions League final played at Camp Nou.All the young players who are die-hard Manchester United fans, were part of that historic moment and many of them regard Solskjaer as a true hero of the Red Devils’ history.The man already has that record that no one else has, he passed the test against Tottenham Hotspur with flying colors and it appears that he will reinforce the squad’s morale for the upcoming Champions League round of 16.All the roads lead to him staying in the hot seat, keeping this momentum will convince the club’s board completely and there won’t be anything that can stop him from getting what he earned through hard work and victories.While there certainly are more tests to pass for the whole squad, it’s safe to say that this beginning is not bad for a novice manager like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.🔴 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer announced as manager:5⃣ @Arsenal (34 Points)6⃣ @ManUtd (26 Points)🏟 After 5 matches in charge:5⃣ @Arsenal (41 Points)6⃣ @ManUtd (41 Points)🎶 “Ole’s at the wheel…” pic.twitter.com/Mlsto1zsTg— SPORF (@Sporf) January 13, 2019How far do you think Solskjaer will take Manchester United this season? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Building upon the theme of world peace and cooperation, Peace and Power is the first in a series of films by filmmaker Manu Mallikarjun on the theme of global harmony. This one-hour -long documentary will be premiered in the Capital on 3 August in Hotel Ashok, Chanakyapuri. It revolves around the interplay between international politics and peace. The film builds a narrative around the perspectives of people from all walks of life including politicians, diplomats and economists, from the US, Hungary, India, Israel, Colombia, and Italy . Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’It is the fruit of labour of over six years of travel across four continents researching and filming for the project.The august gathering for this special screening include thought leaders and luminaries in the fields of international relations, political science, social development as well as senior thought leaders from Institute of Conflict Management, Foreign Policy Research Centre, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, among others.Manu Mallikarjun, son of the late Dr. Mallikarjun, former defence minister of state has worked over the years in the areas of social development and international relations. With a Master’s degree in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University, he wishes to release a series of documentary films that will explore the theme of global harmony. While this film focuses on politics and its meaning for peace, the ones to follow will focus on economics, religion, and history. Mark your calenders for it!
Kolkata: Howrah Municipal Corporation (HMC) has decided to hold bi-weekly review meetings, to take stock of the progress of all development works.It comes at a time when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has directed the civic body to take necessary steps, so that all tasks can be carried out in a better way.During the recently held administrative review meeting in Howrah, Banerjee directed the top brass of the HMC to ensure that all work is done on time for the benefit of common people. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to the sources, the top brass of the civic body held a meeting after the administrative review meeting and they have decided to hold bi-weekly meetings in which there will be discussions regarding the works taken up by all the departments of HMC.The bi-weekly review meetings will be headed by Mayor Dr Rathin Chakraborty and he will be taking stock of the progress of work of all the departments.Sources said all the Members Mayor-in-Council will be attending the meetings. Senior officials of all the departments will also be attending the meeting. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe Mayor will be taking stock of all the ongoing projects and he will also be enquiring whether any ongoing projects are facing any trouble or glitches.In case there is any problem with a project, the same will be discussed in the review meeting and there will bediscussions to sort out the same.In the review meeting, there will also be discussion on the projects that can be taken up for further development of the part of the district that is under the jurisdiction of HMC. It may be mentioned that HMC has taken several steps to ensure better services to people in the past three years. An official said that the issues related to different aspects including beautification, water supply and sewerage system, will be discussed in the meeting. There would also be discussion to ensure that no waterlogging takes place during monsoon and the accumulated water gets cleared as early as possible.The HMC has also taken up an elaborate plan for desiltation of major drainage channels, to ensure that water from the city gets cleared fast during monsoon. Sufficient manpower was deputed to carry out the desiltation work and the work has also been monitored properly.At the same time, the civic body is also implementing the Jal Dharo Jal Bharo project with a good pace and there is a dedicated team to carry out the task under the project.