Forbes’ list of most valuable sports teams shows soccer still reigns supreme; Football gaining ground

The may be “America’s Team” but the Dallas Cowboys aren’t the most valuable. In fact, among Forbes list of most valuable sports teams, soccer teams made up 4 of the top 10 – a bold reminder of how lucrative and profitable soccer is in the world, and it’s potential to growth in the United States. 

Here’s the the top ten most valuable sports teams in the world:

1. Manchester United – Soccer $2.3 billion

2. Real Madrid – Soccer $1.88 billion

3. NY Yankess – Baseball $1.85 billion

4. Dallas Cowboys- Football $1.85 billion

5. Washington Redskins – Football $1.56 billion

6. L.A. Dodgers – Baseball $1.4 billion

7. New England Patriots – Football $1.4 billion

8. Barcelona – Soccer $1.31 billion

9. NY Giants – Football $1.3 billion

10. Arsenal – Soccer $1.29 billion

While baseball  only accounted for two of top 20 spots, to no surprise football (American football) held 11 of the 20 spots. This is indicative of the NFL’s increasing popularity. The quest to take the NFL ‘across the pond’ to England is still an annual game with the goal of driving more international fans.

Don’t hold your breath. Soccer still reigns as king among sports fans globally, but the NFL may be slowly but surely gaining ground. What’s also not surprising is the lack of the MLB’s presence. Baseball is still a popular sport, but is no longer ‘America’s favorite pastime’. 

The other opportunity is the chance for soccer to become bigger in the United States. MLS is growing in presence and with the most major cities having or acquiring an MLS team, it may not be long before soccer finally becomes a popular U.S. sport.

In the meantime, the NFL is king in the U.S. and soccer may be the only sport able to dethrone it.

What do you think?

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

~Angela Davis

NFL refutes Jerry Jones’ claim that Giants faked injuries during game

It wasn’t enough for Jerry Jones to win. The owner and sometime coach of the Dallas Cowboys also made some wild claims against the Giants saying they faked injuries to slow down the Cowboy’s offensive attack. He went as far as saying that what the Giants did was “so obvious it was funny.” Unfortunately, the NFL disagreed.

“We see no basis at this time for taking action,” an NFL spokesperson told Art Stapleton of the New Jersey Record.

 

Jerry Jones, as my grandmother used to say, “get somewhere and saddown!” (written in the vernacular). The Cowboys barely won and given the amount of turnovers from the Giants, they should have swept the Giants with a win far larger than they did. 

While teams using the “fall guy” tactic is not new, I don’t think it’s warranted in this case.

Jerry Jones, let’s move on.

What do you think?

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

~Angela Davis

Osi Umenyiora agrees to deal with Atlanta Falcons

The New York Daily News is reporting that defensive player Osi Umenyiora’s days with the New York Giants are over. Sources report that Umenyiora has agreed to a two-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons. He’ll get $8.5 million with $5 million guaranteed.  According to the NY Daily News:

Umenyiora owns a home in Atlanta, and on Friday, during a radio interview on 92.9 The Game, he said that winning in Atlanta was the only thing that could compare to his two Super Bowl titles in New York.

 

“New York fans definitely expect a lot out of you because of their history,” Umenyiora said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “There was nothing better than to be able to win there. The only thing I can think of that would be better than being able to win in New York would be to be able to win here in Atlanta. We’ll see how that plays out. Hopefully, it works out in a positive direction.”

Umenyiora, a 10-year veteran expressed his discontent with contract negotiations with the Giants and said he would exercise his free agency in 2012. He will be a great addition for the Atlanta Falcons who are in desperate need for a strong pass-rusher. As Atlanta strives for another chance at the Super Bowl, strengthening their defense is a smart move.

What do you think?

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

~Angela Davis

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/osi-agrees-deal-falcons-article-1.1297570#ixzz2On2PlZcH

RGIII will not start on Sunday; Kirk Cousins to step in

Despite hopes that he’s had enough healing to play in Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns, famed Washington Redskins rookie quarterback RGIII will not be a part of Sunday’s game. The decision was made Saturday night that backup rookie Kirk Cousins will start in Sunday’s game.

It was not stated whether Griffin will be active or whether 3rd string quarterback Rex Grossman will serve as a backup to Cousins. Either way, Griffin will be there and in Twitter he noted his support for the team. He tweeted:

 ”The decision was not my own… But I will be there for my team!!! In every way I possibly can”.

This game is critical as the 7-6 Redskins are vying for playoff contention throwing some heat on the divison leaders the NY Giants. The Redskins need this win (and a Giants loss) to stay alive for the playoffs. While the coaches don’t want to further damage the strained ligament in Griffin’s right knee, they are putting the pressure on Cousins who, in his first two appearances, completed 7 of 11 passes for 137 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Cousins needs to step it up. He has to. His team is depending on him. Oh yeah…it’s going to be a good game.

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

~Angela Davis

NY Giants get the bling with Super Bowl XLVI rings

In a private ceremony, the Super Bowl XLVI champs, the New York Giants, received their much anticipated Super Bowl rings.

The rings are embedded with Tiffany diamonds and encrusted with sapphires. Each ring features four Marquis diamonds in four Lombardi trophies (to represent the franchise’s four titles), 37 blue sapphires and the dates of each Super Bowl title in franchise history. The inside of the rings include the words “finish” and “all in,” psych-up words used by the team during its 2011 title run. The shanks have the score of this year’s victory over the New England Patriots, the player’s name and number, and the dates of New York’s other Super Bowl triumphs.

The players had a hand in the design of the ring, and this year, they wanted the color blue added in.  “The blue makes it a little different,” Eli Manning said. “We wanted some blue — the Giants are Big Blue. We definitely wanted to get a little blue to spark it up a little bit.”

I think the rings look classy, and while they don’t have as much “bling” appeal as some past rings, I think it’s fitting for a team who wants to exhibit a little class and style to go with their championship.

Your JGF,

~Angela Davis

*parts of this story contributed from YahooSports.com

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