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Which Is the Best Football League In the World?‍

Football is a beautiful game; it’s fast, it’s furious, and it’s filled with moments of magic that can leave even the most ardent skeptic dumbstruck. The sport has evolved in recent years, with many leagues now prioritizing attacking football as opposed to being a cagey and defensive-minded spectacle. The world of football is now a more exciting place than ever before and there are numerous competitions vying for attention.

The days when only a select few could enjoy the sport are long gone, but which league is the best in the world? Which league offers the most quality? Which league has the highest standard of football? This article will look at why some people think that one league stands above all others: The English Premier League (EPL).

The Case for the EPL

Let’s start by taking a look at the case for the EPL and how it impacts this website. First and foremost, it’s incredibly popular. The EPL boasts the highest attendance of any football league in the world, with the average attendance figures well exceeding the 70,000 mark. The EPL also boasts the highest average TV viewership, with the League’s matches drawing in over 2 billion viewers each season.

The EPL is also one of the most profitable leagues in the world, with an estimated revenue of over £3 billion. And then there’s the money: the EPL boasts the highest wage bill of all the football leagues in the world. The average wage of an EPL player is over $5 million per year, with some players earning as much as $25 million per year. The EPL is also the most lucrative football league in the world when it comes to transferring deals.

The EPL has seen the highest-ever transfer fee paid for one player in football history, with Paul Pogba moving from Juventus to Manchester United for $116 million. The EPL also has the highest-ever transfer fee paid for a defender, with Aymeric Laporte moving from Athletic Bilbao to Manchester City for $78 million. In terms of transfer deals as a whole, the EPL has seen the highest-ever total amount spent on transfers: $5.5 billion.

The Quality of Football is Outstanding

One of the biggest arguments in favor of the EPL is that it has the highest quality of football of any league in the world. The EPL boasts some of the most talented players in the world, with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Neymar all plying their trade in England. The EPL’s quality is reflected in its average goals per game: 3.21.

This figure is higher than the average goals per game of every other major football league. The EPL also boasts the highest average number of shots per game: 22.12. This figure is also higher than the average number of shots per game of every other major football league in the world. There’s no denying that the EPL is home to some of the most skillful players in the world.

People Love Watching the Best Players

It has the most expensive players in the world. It has the most recognizable players in the world. It has the best teams in the world and is also home to the most avid followers. Football is a sport that is all about passion and the EPL has fans of every club who live and breathe the game.

These fans turn up in droves to watch their sides play at home, and they also tune in in their millions at home to watch the games on TV. The EPL is also a global brand, with clubs such as Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, and Arsenal having a high-profile following. Some clubs’ fans even travel to watch them play away from home, such is their passion for the sport.

The Stakes Are Incredibly High

Another reason why people like to watch the EPL is that the stakes are incredibly high. The EPL is home to some of the richest clubs in the world and these clubs are willing to splash their cash in order to acquire the best footballing talent. The EPL’s massive salaries and high transfer fees ensure that the competition is fierce, which means that each match is a real spectacle.

The EPL’s biggest teams are always vying for the title, and they usually have to scrap for it at the end of the season. The EPL also has the highest number of draws of any league worldwide. This is largely down to the fact that the teams are so evenly matched that they are unable to break each other’s resolve.

It’s a Global Brand

EPL is a truly global brand. It has become the most popular football league in the world, with a huge number of people tuning in to watch the games. It’s not just people in England who like to watch the league; people around the world enjoy following the EPL. This is partly due to the fact that many of the league’s clubs are extremely wealthy and can therefore attract the best players from around the world.

Conclusion

There are many reasons why the English Premier League is the best football league in the world. It boasts the highest attendance figures of any league in the world, it has the highest average TV viewership of any league in the world, it’s the most lucrative league in the world, and it has the highest average number of shots per game of any league in the world.

Garett Bolles × Juvenile Anti-Recidivism via 360 MAGAZINE

Garett Bolles × Juvenile Anti-Recidivism

Broncos’ Garett Bolles Talks Juvenile Anti-Recidivism in New NFL Inspire Change content feature series

Today, the NFL premiered the October installment of its Inspire Change content feature series. The piece spotlights Denver Broncos veteran offensive tackle Garett Bolles work with the Juvenile Probation Court Mentorship Program in Arapahoe County, Colo., which he founded and participates in monthly. Garett speaks on his family history with abuse, drugs and alcohol noting he had to “grow up fast” and find ways to better himself. His hope is to be a mentor and positive role model for local youth in the probation court system, often finding ways to connect with them directly and show his support. The 2017 1st round NFL Draft selection and All-Pro, who has spent his entire career in Denver, has worked with the mentorship program for over two years.

Inspire Change showcases how NFL players, clubs and the league are joining together to ensure that access to opportunity is a reality for all and to create progress in social justice across four key pillars: education, economic advancement, police-community relations and criminal justice reform. As part of this effort, the league regularly produces content to showcase the impact and progress being made across the NFL family and its partners

Garett Bolles Quotes

  • “Just because you make a bad decision, or a bad choice doesn’t mean that you’re a bad kid. It just means you need help.”
  • “I always tell these kids before the end of the message that, ‘I love you,’ because you never know when the last time that they felt love.” 
  • “If I can change one kid a day or one kid a month, I feel like I’m doing my purpose. I want them to know, I love them and care for them and support them; and this program that I’m doing um with the Arapahoe County has been a huge blessing to me and my family. Hopefully I can continue to do this for a very long time.”

VIDEO of Inspire Change Garett Bolles x Juvenile Anti-Recidivism Spot

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Louis Vuitton and FIFA World Cup via 360 MAGAZINE.

Louis Vuitton × FIFA

Louis Vuitton unveils an exclusive capsule collection designed specially for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM that captures the excitement of football in sophisticated shapes, sporty treatments, and discreetly elegant details.

Since 2010, Louis Vuitton has provided the travel trunk for one of the world’s most sought-after, legendary trophies: the FIFA World Cup Trophy. In the years following, Louis Vuitton’s relationship with the FIFA World CupTM grew, unveiling a new leather goods collection launched for the 2018 edition of the globally anticipated sporting tournament.

On the occasion of this twenty-second edition, five collectible pieces in black Taurillon leather channel the game’s energy by revisiting one of Maison’s most emblematic signatures, the Damier motif, embossed to recall the movement of the net as a goal is scored.

Timeless icons like the Keepall 50 and City Keepall bags, as well as the Discovery backpack, return as ideal travel companions, offering ample central compartments, practical inner pockets that keep essentials to hand, and adjustable straps accented with black metallic hardware (on Keepall styles, shoulder straps also are removable). Finishing touches include a leather tag shaped like a soccer league badge, with “Louis Vuitton” stamped in white and a tone-on-tone LV signature set amid the mesh. The generous Keepall 50 also features five protective bottom studs shaped like football cleats.

Small leather goods include a dopp kit with contrasting piping and an adjustable leather handle, alongside a handy pocket organizer with five inner pockets, an outer pocket, and contrasting edges and LV logo.

The Louis Vuitton FIFA World Cup 2022TM Official Licensed Product Collection will be available in selected Louis Vuitton stores and on louisvuitton.com from 6th October 2022.

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The five things that are different between an online casino and a sports betting site

Sports betting and casino games are two completely different things, which explains why they have their own fanbase. Nevertheless, some of the best sites for reviews of online betting platforms reveal that many companies offer both things. For example, the site of Efirbet has much to offer when it comes to betting and casinos because it shows security options, payment methods, features, and all sorts of other things.

Interestingly, casinos and bookmakers have a lot of things in common. That said, there are also some interesting differences that people need to be aware of before they start using either operator. So, let’s go through everything and check out some of the biggest differences.

The number of options

Unsurprisingly, the first big difference between an online casino and a sports betting website is in the number of available options. Even if you choose the best online bookie in the business, you will have fewer things to bet on than if you use an online casino.

Most top-tier bookies offer users an impressive range of sports and try to provide them with multiple markets. Although this is intriguing, some of the leading online casinos have a wide range of games because they work with third-party software developers. Hence, users will always find something to bet on.

The designs

After pointing out the differences in the betting options, it is time to address the elephant in the room and point out that online casinos and bookmakers use different designs. Although online casinos try to be more flashy and use all kinds of colors, the best bookmakers in the business are usually subtle. 

In addition to the different colors, online casinos are known for offering customers a wide range of subsections. That’s because their games are divided into different categories. This often includes slots, table games, live casino games, and more.

As for bookies, they have a sportsbook where people can go and check everything they offer.

Bonuses

Unsurprisingly, the bonus sections of online casinos and bookmakers are completely different. People with experience with both will most likely notice that the bonuses for the casino sections provide way more extra cash than others. Furthermore, most casino rewards include a couple of things in them, such as free spins.

The bad news is that this is where the perks end because the offers for the sportsbook are way more interesting. Even though some of them may not provide that much money, there are all kinds of sports betting propositions to choose from. Users can find free bets, reload promotions, cashback, Acca boost, Insurance bonuses, and much more.

The features are different

If you want to use an online bookmaker from the comfort of your home, you will have the chance to try at least a few sites. Many of them will seem the same on paper, but in reality, they have some differences, especially when you compare the features. The top-tier sportsbooks offer an impressive range of sports betting features, such as Cash Out, live streaming, and a couple of other things. 

Needless to say, this does not apply to online casinos. Even though some may have certain unique options, most casinos do not provide any perks. In fact, they usually have only one feature called Demo Mode or Practice Mode. It allows people who want to test given games to play them for free even if they do not have a registration. Doing this will let gamblers test the given title’s RTP, reels, theme, and so on.

Differences in the licenses

Last but not least, online casinos and bookmakers have one big difference, and it is in the license. Although the two services offer users gambling options, they are usually subjected to different laws regarding permits. Hence, a given site that wants to offer both things has to adhere to different rules ot get a permit.

Both licensing procedures are complicated and require a lot of money. As a result, the operators that have them usually live up to people’s expectations because they offer a lot of things.

College Football’s Week 8 by ESPN via 360 MAGAZINE

ESPN × College Football

College Football’s Week 8 Features a Dozen Ranked Teams Across ESPN Networks and CFB Primetime with The Pat McAfee Show for No. 24 Mississippi State at No. 6 Alabama

ESPN’s industry-leading college football coverage welcomes a dozen ranked squads in Week 8 and the final regular season edition of the CFB Primetime with The Pat McAfee Show alternate telecast. In all, nearly 40 matchups, including a trio of ranked-vs.-ranked clashes, are set for ESPN networks beginning Wednesday, Oct. 19.

ESPN’s lead commentary crew of Chris FowlerKirk Herbstreit and Holly Rowe will have the call of No. 24 Mississippi State at No. 6 Alabama, Saturday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. The trio will be joined by Todd McShay providing NFL Draft analysis and insight on the sport’s top pro prospects. CFB Primetime with The Pat McAfee Show will offer an alternate telecast of Bulldogs-Crimson Tide on ESPN2, while the SEC West showdown will also be supplemented by both the Command Center and SkyCast on the ESPN App. 

Saturday’s ABC lineup kicks off with a battle of ACC unbeatens featuring No. 14 Syracuse at No. 5 Clemson at noon, with Sean McDonoughTodd Blackledge and Molly McGrath on the call. At 3:30 p.m. on ABC, Big 12 foes No. 20 Texas and No. 11 Oklahoma State face off in Stillwater featuring Dave Pasch, Dusty Dvoracek and Tom Luginbill calling the action. On ABC Saturday Night Football Presented by Capital OneJoe TessitoreGreg McElroy and Katie George will provide commentary for the Big Ten tussle between Minnesota and No. 16 Penn State – the Nittany Lions’ annual marquee White Out game under the lights at Beaver Stadium – at 7:30 p.m. The primetime presentation will be amplified by the AT&T SkyCast on the ESPN App. 

Kicking off the day’s action on ESPN is No. 21 Cincinnati on the road at SMU at noon, as Mark JonesRobert Griffin III and Quint Kessenich call the 4K Game of the Week. A Big Ten battle is slated for ESPN at 3:30 p.m., as Bob WischusenDan Orlovsky and Kris Budden provide commentary for Purdue at Wisconsin. In Pac-12 After Dark action, Dave FlemmingRod Gilmore and Tiffany Blackmon will announce Washington at California at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN.

ESPN’s college networks feature a pair of top 15 teams in Week 8. At noon on SEC Network, third-ranked Tennessee looks to continue its historic campaign with a matchup against in-state opponent UT Martin, featuring Taylor ZarzourMatt Stinchcomb and Alyssa Lang on the call. At 3:30 p.m. on ACC Network, Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich and Lericia Harris are on the mic for Boston College at No. 13 Wake Forest.

Additional Programming Highlights:

For updates to programming schedules and game assignments, please visit ESPNPressRoom.com.

DateTime (ET)Game/CommentatorsNetwork
Wed, Oct 197:30 p.m.Georgia State at Appalachian State
Drew Carter, Aaron Murray, Marilyn Payne
ESPN2
Thu, Oct 207:30 p.m.Virginia at Georgia Tech
Matt Barrie, Louis Riddick, Harry Lyles Jr.
ESPN
 Troy at South Alabama
Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Taylor Davis 
ESPNU
Fri, Oct 217 p.m.Princeton at Harvard
Eric Frede, Jack Ford
ESPNU
7:30 p.m.Tulsa at Temple
Roy Philpott, Andre Ware, Paul Carcaterra
ESPN2
Sat, Oct 22NoonNo. 14 Syracuse at No. 5 Clemson
Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Molly McGrath
ABC
 No. 21 Cincinnati at SMU
Mark Jones, Robert Griffin III, Quint Kessenich
ESPN
  Kansas at Baylor
Anish Shroff, Brock Osweiler, Taylor McGregor 
ESPN2
  Houston at Navy
Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman, Dawn Davenport 
ESPNU
  UT Martin at No. 3 Tennessee
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Alyssa Lang
SEC Network
  Akron at Kent State
Doug Sherman, Forrest Conoly
ESPN+
 12:30 p.m.Duke at MiamiESPN3
 1 p.m.Toledo at Buffalo
Michael Reghi, Tyoka Jackson
ESPN+
  Bowling Green at Central Michigan
Dan Gutowsky, Adam Breneman
ESPN3
 1:30 p.m.North Carolina Central at South Carolina State
Tiffany Greene, Jay Walker
ESPN3*
 2 p.m.Eastern Michigan at Ball State
Jim Barbar, Marcus Ray
ESPN+
  Northern Illinois at Ohio
Anthony Lima, Ryan Cavanaugh
ESPN+
 3 p.m.No. 7 Ole Miss at LSU
Mike Couzens, Max Starks, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN Radio
  Rice at Louisiana TechESPN+
 3:30 p.m.No. 20 Texas at No. 11 Oklahoma State
Dave Pasch, Dusty Dvoracek, Tom Luginbill
ABC
  Purdue at Wisconsin
Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Kris Budden 
ESPN
  Memphis at No. 25 Tulane
Beth Mowins, Kirk Morrison, Stormy Buonantony
ESPN2
  BYU at Liberty
Kevin Brown, Hutson Mason
ESPNU
  Boston College at No. 13 Wake Forest
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Lericia Harris
ACC Network
  Florida International at CharlotteESPN3
  Georgia Southern at Old DominionESPN+
  Marshall at James MadisonESPN+
 4 p.m.Vanderbilt at Missouri
Dave Neal, Deuce McAllister, Andraya Carter 
SEC Network
  Florida Atlantic at UTEPESPN+
 5 p.m.Arkansas State at LouisianaESPN+
  Southern Miss at Texas StateESPN+
 7 p.m.No. 24 Mississippi State at No. 6 Alabama
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Holly Rowe, Todd McShay
ESPN
  CFB Primetime with The Pat McAfee Show:
No. 24 Mississippi State at No. 6 Alabama
Pat McAfee & Guests
ESPN2
 7:30 p.m.Minnesota at No. 16 Penn State
Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy, Katie George 
ABC
  UCF at East Carolina
John Schriffen, Rene Ingoglia
ESPNU
  Texas A&M at South Carolina
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
 8 p.m.Pittsburgh at Louisville
Wes Durham, Tim Hasselbeck, Kelsey Riggs
ACC Network
 10:30 p.m.Washington at California
Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore, Tiffany Blackmon
ESPN
 11 p.m.Montana at Sacramento State
Brian Custer, Dustin Fox, Jalyn Johnson
ESPN2

*Tape delayed on ESPNU at 11 p.m. Saturday

Amazon Music Live hosted by 2 Chainz via 360 MAGAZINE

Amazon Music Live × 2 Chainz

Introducing Amazon Music Live, Thursday Night’s New Can’t-Miss Live Concert Series

Hosted by 2 Chainz, Thursday night’s hottest music event streams live after Thursday Night Football on Prime Video beginning October 27, and includes a lineup of today’s most iconic artists performing their latest releases

Amazon Music Live features showstopping live performances after one of the biggest games of the week from superstars Lil Baby, Megan Thee Stallion, and Kane Brown with more artists to be announced throughout the season

Watch the trailer for Amazon Music Live HERE: https://youtu.be/rzAXfCoaHtY

Today, Amazon Music announced Amazon Music Live, a not-to-be-missed new weekly live-streamed concert series featuring the biggest artists performing their latest hits live, hosted by Grammy-winning hip-hop icon 2 Chainz. Airing on Prime Video following Thursday Night Football, music and sports fans will come together for Thursday night’s new destination for the hottest new releases to come to life. Watch a sneak peek of Amazon Music Live here.

Streamed live from Los Angeles, Amazon Music Live premieres October 27 with musical guest Lil Baby, who will perform cuts off his recently released album, It’s Only Me, as well as fan-favorites and chart-topping hits. On November 3, three-time Grammy winner Megan Thee Stallion will grace the Amazon Music Live stage, and on November 10, country music superstar Kane Brown will treat fans to songs from his new album and more. Even more epic performances will be announced in the weeks to come.

 “Whether you’re a sports fan waiting for the first football game of the week, or a music fan staying up late to hear the latest drop from your favorite artist, Thursday is the biggest night for entertainment, ” said Kirdis Postelle, global head of artist marketing of Amazon Music.  “With Amazon Music Live, we’ve created a new, can’t-miss series for fans to experience the most exciting new music together. For artists, this show represents a massive new stage to share their music with fans after Thursday Night Football the biggest game of the week, airing live on Prime Video. “

In addition to hosting Amazon Music Live, 2 Chainz will interview each night’s performing artist during Thursday Night Football shoulder programming, providing fans with unprecedented access to their favorite artists. Each concert will be available for fans to stream live around the world on Prime Video and will also be available to stream on-demand for a limited time.

 “Every Thursday night, I’m bringing the biggest and the brightest stars in music to the Amazon Music Live stage in Los Angeles, ” said 2 Chainz.  “We have the people that are influencing the culture and have carved their own unique path in music, like Lil Baby, Megan Thee Stallion, and Kane Brown. Amazon Music Live is the only place to be for the official Thursday turn up!

Each week’s performance will be filmed in front of a live audience and attendance to the show will be facilitated through live events company DICE, by invitation only. Additional Amazon Music Live guests will be revealed periodically throughout the season. For more information visit amazon.com/amazonmusiclive.

About Amazon Music:

Amazon Music reimagines music listening by enabling customers to unlock millions of songs and thousands of curated playlists and stations with their voice. Amazon Music provides unlimited access to new releases and classic hits across iOS and Android mobile devices, PC, Mac, Echo, and Alexa-enabled devices including Fire TV and more. With Amazon Music, Prime members have access to ad-free listening of 2 million songs at no additional cost to their membership. Listeners can also enjoy the premium subscription service, Amazon Music Unlimited, which provides access to more than 90 million songs and the latest new releases. Amazon Music Unlimited customers also now have access to the highest-quality listening experience available, with more than 90 million songs available in High Definition (HD), more than 7 million songs in Ultra HD, and a growing catalog of spatial audio. Customers also have free access to an ad-supported selection of top playlists and stations on Amazon Music. All Amazon Music tiers now offer a wide selection of podcasts at no additional cost, and live streaming in partnership with Twitch. Engaging with music and culture has never been more natural, simple, and fun. For more information, visit amazonmusic.com or download the Amazon Music app.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Amazon strives to be Earth’s Most Customer-Centric Company, Earth’s Best Employer, and Earth’s Safest Place to Work. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Career Choice, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Just Walk Out technology, Amazon Studios, and The Climate Pledge are some of the things pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

Paris Saint-Germain × Lids

WITH LIDS, PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN BRINGS ITS EUROPEAN STORES INTO A NEW DIMENSION

Expansion Follows the Success of Paris Saint-Germain’s Los Angeles and New York Flagship Store Grand Openings, operated by Lids

10-time French league winner Paris Saint-Germain today announced it is expanding its partnership with Fanatics and global leading sport retailer LIDS. As part of the Club’s ongoing partnership, Paris Saint-Germain will entrust Lids, which is part owned by Fanatics, to oversee operations for the Club’s European locations to create a unique and consistent retail experience in Europe and North America for sports fans and fashion enthusiasts alike.

Following the successful opening of the Fanatics and Lids-operated PSG debut permanent store in Los Angeles in 2021, and flagship store opening on New York’s highly coveted 5th Avenue in early 2022, the partnership will now expand to Europe, with Lids set to manage operations for the two stores and new Club locations.

The Paris Saint-Germain stores in Europe will feature the Club’s concept with the full and exclusive range including team jerseys, headwear, accessories, fashion collections, and exclusive product per location.

Those stores will also include customization stations, a signature feature available in most Lids retail stores, where consumers can customize their Rouge & Bleu products on-site. “We are looking forward to continuing this successful partnership with a club as iconic as Paris Saint-Germain,” said Lawrence Berger, Co-Founder and Partner at Ames Watson, owner of Lids, and Chairman of FanzzLids Holdings. “This latest expansion allows us to bring our unparalleled in-store experience to the PSG brand in Europe, while providing new retail capabilities and shopping opportunities to the market.”

“This strategic alliance with Lids is an important step for the club, which is one of the few international clubs to have so many stores of its own internationally,” added Fabian Allègre Brand Director at Paris Saint-Germain. “The opening of this new chapter will allow us to address the European market with a partner who is a pure player in retail. Our ambition is great and it was essential to structure ourselves to meet the growing demand of our fans by providing them with our own retail experience.”

The whole Paris Saint-Germain’s universe will be at its fan’s fingertips. Also, this latest expansion will broaden Lids’ already prominent brick-and-mortar footprint as the retailer plans to continue scaling globally, together with the fastest growing value football club.

About Paris Saint-Germain

Paris Saint-Germain was founded in 1970 and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2020. Since its takeover by QSI in 2011, Paris Saint-Germain has gone on to become one of the world’s top football clubs and sports brands. The club has won 29 trophies in the last 11 years and 47 since its foundation, making it the most successful in France, and has attracted many great players over the years, including Ronaldinho, David Beckham and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and latterly Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr and Kylian Mbappé, three of the best players in the world today. The club’s international popularity knows no bounds. In the last ten years, its community of social media followers has grown from zero to nearly 170 million and is now one of the largest in football. A forward-thinking club, Paris Saint-Germain added an eSports team to its men’s football, women’s football, handball, and judo teams in 2016. Committed to giving something back to the community, the club has significantly increased funding for its Foundation with the aim of developing far-reaching programmes for disadvantaged young people.

About Fanatics

Fanatics, Inc is the ultimate one-stop sports fan destination that ignites and harnesses the passion of fans and maximises the presence and reach for preeminent sports partners globally. Leveraging long-standing relationships with more than 900 sport properties, a database of more than 80 million consumers worldwide and a trusted brand name, Fanatics is furthering its innovation across the sports landscape by building the leading global digital sports platform, complete with offerings including licensed merchandise, trading cards and collectibles, digital collectibles and NFTs and online gambling and gaming.

About Lids

Lids Sports Group is the largest licensed sports retailer in North America, selling fan and fashion-oriented headwear and apparel across the North America, Europe and Australia through over 2,000 retail locations. Indianapolis-based Lids Sports Group carries officially licensed and branded gear aimed at empowering customers to represent their unique and individual style, team, passion and fun. Lids Sports Group operates stores under the Lids, Locker Room by Lids, Fanzz, Yankees Clubhouse Shops, Dodgers Clubhouse, Cardinals Clubhouse, and numerous other nameplates. Lids also has locations within select Macy’s department stores nationwide. To find a retail location near you visit blog.lids.com or join the #LidsLoyal on Instagram (@lids), Facebook (@lids), Twitter (@lids), or LinkedIn.

ESPN MOST-VIEWED COLLEGE FOOTBALL

ESPN Delivers Its Most-Viewed College Football Kickoff Weekend Since 2016 – Notre Dame/Ohio State Scores 10.5 Million Viewers on ABC

ESPN networks registered its best kickoff weekend since 2016 and second best since 2009. Across ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU, 17 games accounted for nearly 82 percent of all college football viewing this weekend across linear networks. A dozen of those 17 games recorded more than a million viewers and nine were above two million viewers.

ABC and ESPN Score Record Viewership

ABC and ESPN aired the top five games of Week 1 across P2+ and P18-49 viewers, and the 17 games across Nielsen-measured networks during Labor Day Weekend averaged 2.9 million viewers in Week 1. On Saturday, the combined audience across ABC and ESPN in primetime was 13.4 million viewers.

ABC and ESPN each aired their best Kickoff Weekends in six years. ABC’s quartet of games averaged 7.1 million viewers, up 12 percent from 2021 and ABC’s second most-viewed Kickoff Weekend on record behind only 2016. ESPN’s seven games averaged 2.7 million viewers, up 69 percent over 2021.

Primetime Play Produces Powerful Audience Figures

Notre Dame at Ohio State, arguably one of the most highly anticipated matchups of the season, recorded 10.5 million viewers on ABC Saturday Night Football Presented by Capital One (7:30 p.m. ET), up 16 percent from last year’s Clemson vs. Georgia showdown and becoming the network’s most-viewed regular season game since FSU vs. Alabama (2017). 10.5 million is the second largest audience for a Week 1 Saturday game on record.

Sunday’s Allstate Louisiana Kickoff featuring Florida State and LSU drew 7.6 million viewers, ranking as the third best Opening Week Sunday game on record. Monday’s all-ACC clash between Clemson and Georgia Tech at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff scored 4.9 million viewers, the most-watched weekday game on ESPN in three seasons and up 57 percent over 2021.

Announced earlier in the week, the Backyard Brawl between West Virginia and Pittsburgh registered 3.15 million viewers, the most-watched ESPN Thursday game since 2017.

GameDay Goes Big and ABC Afternoon Action Shines in Week 1
Saturday also saw viewership victories with both College GameDay Built by The Home Depot and the Chick-fil-A Kickoff featuring defending national champion Georgia and Pac-12 powerhouse Oregon. GameDay notched 2.1 million viewers Saturday morning on ESPN and ESPNU, up 13 percent over 2021 and going down as GameDay‘s most-watched pre-November episode since 2016. The afternoon ABC showdown between the Dawgs and the Ducks registered 6.2 million viewers to become Week 1’s most-watched ABC 3:30 p.m. game since 2017.

A Final Week 1 Look – By The Numbers

  • Total minutes streamed of live college football games was up nine percent over 2021 in Week 1
  • From Thursday to Monday, unique visitors to college football digital content were up 8% and total CFB video starts were up 15% from 2021’s comparable Week 1 period
  • 26 million unique visitors consumed college football digital content throughout Week 1
  • From noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday, approximately 9.5 million viewers were watching college football in the average minute across ESPN platforms, including ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and the ESPN App.

ESPN Networks – Top Ten Most-Viewed Week 1 Matchups

Date

Game

P2+ Viewers

Network

Sat, Sep 3

No. 2 Ohio State def. No. 5 Notre Dame, 21-10

10.5 million

ABC

Sun, Sep 4

FSU def. LSU, 24-23

7.6 million

ABC

Sat, Sep 3

No. 3 Georgia def. No. 11 Oregon, 49-3

6.2 million

ABC

Mon, Sep 5

No. 4 Clemson def. Georgia Tech, 41-10

4.9 million

ESPN

Sat, Sep 3

No. 8 Michigan def. Colorado State, 51-7

4 million

ABC

Thu, Sep 1

No. 17 Pittsburgh def. West Virginia, 38-31

3.2 million

ESPN

Sat, Sep 3

Florida def. No. 7 Utah, 29-26

3 million

ESPN

Sat, Sep 3

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The NCAA Division I FCS Championship

The NCAA Division I FCS Championship will move to Sunday in 2023, airing live on ABC on January 8 at 2 p.m. ET, from Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas

“We continuously work with the NCAA on ways to evolve our championship coverage,” said Dan Margulis, Senior Director of Programming and Acquisitions. “Moving the FCS Championship to Sunday opens up the possibility of capitalizing on the Sunday afternoon window on ABC, which we are regularly incorporating into our college sports programming.”

“The addition of our championship game to ABC’s Sunday programming lineup is very exciting news for all of us who are passionate about Division I FCS football,” said Jermaine Truax, chair of the Division I Football Championship Committee and Bucknell University Director of Athletics and Recreation. “The committee greatly appreciates ESPN’s longtime commitment to showcasing the FCS Championship and our outstanding student-athletes and coaches. The FCS Championship is annually one of the most exciting postseason tournaments in college sports and having our national championship game on ABC will result in even more exposure for this great event.”

FCS Championship tickets will go on sale to the public Friday, September 16 at 11 a.m. ET at NCAA.com/FCS.

Last season’s FCS Playoffs were the most viewed in nearly a decade. The semifinal matchup between James Madison and North Dakota State averaged 1,145,000 viewers, making it the most-viewed FCS semifinal since 2009. The Saturday semifinal between South Dakota State and Montana State averaged 795,000 viewers, making it the most-viewed Saturday semifinal since 2009.

The FCS Championship Game first aired on ABC in 2020, when North Dakota State captured its eighth title in a 28-20 victory over James Madison.

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ITALIAN SERIE A

The most spectacular defenders currently in the Italian Serie A

In football, we are often more enthused about the goals and the heroics of the attackers. But we too often forget that winning teams need good defenders to keep things neat at the back as much as they need attackers to score goals.

The Italian Serie A has some of the finest defenders in the game. These warriors have a masterful combination of intelligence, bravado, tenancy, and patience.

Care to know some of them?

  1. Fikayo Tomori

After graduating from the Chelsea Academy, Fikayo found it difficult to earn a spot in the team, which led to loan stints at Brighton & Hove Albion, Hull City, and Derby County. After these largely unsuccessful loan stints, he returned to Stamford Bridge for the 2019–2020 season, and this time, he was successful in earning first-team appearances for the Blues.

His flashes of brilliance convinced AC Milan to offer him another loan stint with the club in the January 2021 transfer window, with the possibility of a long-term deal. Four impressed immediately, displaying formidable defensive capabilities and scoring his first goal in a three-nil win over Juventus four months later. He signed a long-term contract with the team in June of that same year, keeping him there through 2025.

Thanks to teammate Simon Kjaer‘s injury, Fikayo became a regular in the team, playing a pivotal role in the defense. Fikayo is quick and well composed on the ball. Additionally, he can read the game well, making crucial interceptions and creating obstacles in the way of the opposing strikers.

Due to his talent, Fikayo has emerged as one of the top defenders in Serie A and not just for AC Milan. He assisted his team in winning the Scudetto in the 2021–2022 season, their first in 11 years while conceding only 32 goals—the fewest of any Serie A team other than Napoli.

  1. Milan Skrinair

The Slovakian captain is another Serie A center-back worthy of mention. The 27-year-old plies his trade with Inter Milan, joining the club in 2017.

After his €20 million move to the Serie A side, Skrinair immediately integrated into the team, nailing down a starting place as a center-back and playing in all 38 league matches of the 2017-2018 season.

Skrinair has since developed to be more formidable at the back, notorious for bullying opponents with his imposing figure and strong tackling as he attempts to clear the ball. He is also very good at getting into the right positions when necessary and has a good aerial capability.

Skrinair was part of the Inter Milan team that won the Scudetto in the 2020-2021 season, featuring in 32 games in the league that season.

  1. Gleison Bremer

Prior to this time, Gleison Bremer was a relatively unknown name, even though he has been a professional football player since his youth days in his home country Brazil with Desportivo Brasil. However, his arrival at Torino in 2018 after spells with Sao Paulo and Athletico Mineiro turned out to be the turning point of his career.

The 25-year-old developed steadily, initially used as a reserve before securing a starter’s role as a defender. Subsequently, he became a regular, featuring in 27, 33, and 33 league appearances in the 2019-2020, 2020-2021, and 2021-2022 seasons, respectively.

The right-footed center-back is known for his speed and physicality. He is also very versatile, with situational awareness and good positioning.

Bremer’s prowess earned him the Serie A’s best defender of the season in the just concluded 2021-2022 season. In addition, top-tiered Juventus couldn’t help but notice his talent, securing his services on a five-year deal.

  1. Stefan De Vrij

De Vrij started his Serie A campaign with Lazio in 2014, representing the club till 2018 when he left for Inter Milan on a free transfer. It was at Inter Milan that he solidified his position as a defender, further developing to be one of the best defenders in Serie A.

Since his arrival, the Dutch international has become a regular for the Milan side, consecutively featuring in more than 20 league appearances for the club in each season so far.

De Vrij is a versatile defender with a knack for making crucial interceptions. He is also strong and resilient, giving his all to ensure that the opponent does not get past him. His prowess saw him win the Serie A best defender award in the 2019-2020 season. In addition, he was also part of the Inter Milan squad that won the Scudetto the following year.

  1. Gianluca Mancini

A.S Roma also has one of the finest Serie A center-backs to grace this list – Gianluca Mancini. The Italian defender is not a newcomer to the Italian league, having spent his entire career in Italy playing for Fiorentina, Perugia, and Atalanta.

Now with Roma, he has developed into a world-class defender, competing with the best that the league has to offer.

Mancini is a physically strong defender who stops at nothing to ensure that the opponent is stopped in his tracks. Besides, his 6ft 3in height makes him an aerial goal threat during set pieces.

The defender has featured regularly for Roma, notching up 33 league appearances for Roma in the just concluded 2021-2022 season. In addition, he is part of the team that won the inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League. You can find out more about the Conference League HERE.

  1. Leonardo Bonucci

The 35-year-old Italian defense maestro is an old face in the league. He has spent the larger part of his career with Juventus having first signed for them in 2010. With the Old Ladies, he has since secured both starting and regular roles, also helping them to win many trophies.

Bonucci is known for his passing techniques and the ability to start up attacks from the back with long passes. He also has a good positioning sense, is a good tackler, and often poses an aerial threat.

Thanks to his capabilities, Bonucci has won many individual honors. He has also won the Serie A eight times in his career.