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Meanwhile, it been a decent week for 16 year old Vancouver Whitecaps sensation Alphonso Davies and Canada national men soccer team, poised to book a berth in the quarter finals of the Gold Cup. Barrett serving notice that he is part of the country very bullish future on the global hoops stage.
Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates after winning against Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych in their men’s singles semifinal match at the Wimbledon tennis tournament in London on Friday.
Also, Manchester United may be saying goodbye to Wayne Rooney but they saying hello again to the podium of the richest franchises in all of professional sport. They do so largely on the strength of the most powerful jersey kit in the world, one that drives an astonishing US $180 million in annual club revenues ($100 million from supplier adidas and another $80 million from the Chevrolet brand at General Motors). That jersey clout is the single biggest reason why, after spending the past half decade in the financial shadows of Spanish soccer giants Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, Manchester United leapfrogged over both of them and into third place on the new Forbes Magazine Top 50 list. Valued at US $3.69 billion,
United stands behind only the NFL Dallas Cowboys (US $4.2 billion) and Major League Baseball New York Yankees (US $3.7 billion) among the most valuable teams in the world.
Yet there was no one whose reputational stock rose more this week than Yankees rookie phenom Aaron Judge. Already the talk of baseball as holder of the Yankees rookie home run mark with half a season still to play, the 6 foot 7 Judge dominated the home run derby at the MLB All Star break in Miami.
In both volume and distance, Judge was in a home run physics class of his own. His week included hitting the roof at Marlins Park with a 513 foot shot Monday, starting in the All Star Game Tuesday and being best breakthrough athlete at the ESPYs Wednesday. Judgemania will continue throughout the second half of the baseball season, with fans from the Big Apple and MLB other 26 markets watching his every swing as the 25 year old strives to equal a remarkable first half that saw him smash 31 homers.
BEARS OF THE WEEK
The biggest loser in the business of sport this week is CFL officiating after an unnecessary late flag erased a brilliant 109 yard kickoff return by Martese Jackson of the Toronto Argonauts Thursday. The questionable penalty ruined a chance at $1 million by Karen Kuldys of Winnipeg. Unsurprisingly, Twitter weighed in with a vengeance under the hashtag whataboutKaren. It was uncomfortable for contest sponsors Safeway and CFL rights holder TSN, but downright embarrassing for a league that wants to shed its flag fest reputation.