Tottenham executive director Donna-Maria Cullen has taken her dog to the club’s training ground to see if his presence improves mental health.
Meanwhile, just 12 members of the press are expected to travel Down Under for the Ashes tour of Australia in England.
Christian Horner has also struck up an unlikely friendship with heavyweight champions Tyson Fury – he messaged the Gypsy King ahead of his trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder on Saturday night. Here’s the latest news from Sports Agenda…
Tottenham chief Donna-Maria Cullen has made tongues wag by taking her dogs to work
TONGUES Wagging at TOTTENHAM
Tottenham director Donna-Maria Cullen has been stirring things up at the office by taking her dog to work. On two occasions, Daniel Levy’s No. 2 has been accompanied by the pet for half a day, described as “big and friendly.”
Some in Spurs’ offices have picked up on the dog’s arrival and walked him – though his presence has not gone down well with others, especially those with allergies.
Spurs say the move is part of a trial, with the club exploring whether staff can do the same to improve mental health. No final decision has been made.
Tottenham director Donna-Maria Cullen has been stirring things up at the office by taking her dog to work. The club is investigating whether it improves mental health
PRESS POLLUTION AROUND THE AXES
Only 12 members of the press are expected to be given the green light to cover the Ashes tour of England, a move that has been greeted with general dismay.
Those involved were also advised to go through the arduous application process for one type of visa before being told to apply for another visa.
The lucky dozen will have to find flights, which is perhaps the most challenging element. The BBC, which has the radio rights, aims to have their team in Australia for the duration.
Only 12 members of the press are expected to be given the green light to cover the Ashes tour in England, in a move that has been greeted with general dismay
PREMIER LEAGUE PUSH TO VACCINE PLAYERS
The Premier League continues to look for ways to ensure their players get the Covid jab, given low uptake issues.
It was therefore interesting to learn that the ‘vast majority’ of the NFL stars of the New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons, who clashed in London on Sunday, have been fully vaccinated.
THE PATRIOTS OF NEW ENGLAND REMAIN FAVORITES
The New England Patriots remain the UK’s favorite team, despite a fall from favor highlighted when former quarterback Tom Brady returned to lead his injury-decimated Tampa Bay Buccaneers to victory earlier this month.
The Patriots are still way ahead of the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants.
The New England Patriots remain the UK’s favorite team despite a fall from favour, underlined by Tom Brady’s ability to lead Tampa Bay Buccaneers to victory earlier this month
NFL DEMAND REMAINS HIGH IN UK
Demand for NFL tickets in the UK continues to be strong. Sunday’s game at Tottenham Stadium could have been ‘sold out several times’.
The three German cities bidding for a match in the 2022 or 2023 season will be announced this week, but there are no concerns that this will affect the bid for a franchise in this country.
The common view is that the UK has now shown that it has the fan base, commercial agreements, infrastructure and stadiums to become a team’s permanent home.
However, the NFL is unlikely to expand from its current 32 franchise format, and it would take one of 32 to agree to it before a British team becomes a reality.
DAZN’S ACQUISITION OF BT SPORTS IN THE SPOTLIGHT
The proposed acquisition of BT Sport by DAZN was further highlighted by Tyson Fury’s knockout of Deontay Wilder.
BT has an exclusive deal with promoter Frank Warren, including Fury fights, while DAZN recently signed an exclusive deal with rival Eddie Hearn. Insiders say it’s one of many complex issues that need to be solved prior to a mega deal.
DAZN’s takeover of BT Sport was further highlighted by Fury’s knockout of Wilder
NIGEL HUDDLESTON VISITS BRITISH CYCLING
Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston visited British Cycling last week to discuss the possibilities BMX Freestyle offers, following the stunning Olympic successes of Beth Shrever and Kye Whyte.
Officials are already seeing a spike in the number of young people going to local clubs. UK Sport is also supporting Lancashire-Norfolk production of the Hope-Lotus track bike – which will retain production in this country – and is expected to continue to do so.
SAUDI TAKEOVER EXPLAINED
The team working on the Newcastle United takeover – which includes Amanda Staveley and her husband Mehrdad Ghodoussi – managed to keep their location a secret for 48 hours last week while working around the clock from a room in Jesmond Dene House.
Tucked away next to a Tyneside beauty spot, the quaint hotel remained open for guests, business meetings, lunches and dinners.
Staveley stayed out of sight, but the crowd in the bar were taken by surprise when, after the deal was signed on Thursday, she popped in for a celebratory drink and received a round of applause.
A couple visiting their son in college sat reading coverage of the takeover without realizing they were at the heart of the story. They twitched as the woman on the screen in front of them entered the room.
A team worked around the clock, keeping their location secret before the club was acquired by Saudi’s Public Investment Fund, headed by Prince Mohamed bin Salman.
EFL CLUBS WILL FINALLY MEET A FACE-TO-FACE AND IT’S PARTY
EFL clubs are meeting for the first time since the pandemic and Wednesday’s meeting in Walsall is likely to be a tough affair.
Insiders say it will be at the top of the agenda to push for better redistribution of money from the top flight.
The ridiculous, field-disrupting parachute payments will also be scrutinized, while the financial Armageddon making its way through the championship is another key topic to be discussed.
CHRISTIAN HORNER REVEALS IMPOSSIBLE FRIENDSHIP WITH TYSON FURY
One of the most unlikely sporting friendships started this weekend when the Red Bull Racing team principal told friends he had exchanged messages with Tyson Fury.
Christian Horner wished the heavyweight champion the best of luck, to which Fury replied, “Don’t worry, I’m going to smash him.”
Christian Horner wished heavyweight champion Tyson Fury the best of luck for his fight
MORE OLYMPIC WONDER FORWARD
If those who traveled to the Tokyo Games thought it was a tough gig – with severe movement restrictions due to Covid – the Beijing Winter Olympics in February will be on a whole new level.
Reports from officials who attended test events in China’s capital emphasize hours spent in hotel rooms, no social media, no Netflix, no Amazon deliveries to hotels and – crucially for many – no access to affordable booze.
SLADE SPEARHEADS IMPORTANT LAW
A major lawsuit led by former Cardiff City manager Russell Slade has now been signed by more than 850 players.
The ex-Cardiff boss is leading a group that will sue companies that use their personal information without paying for the privilege.
The move could compensate players for using their data.
What would be a group action would target companies such as those who make computer games and gambling companies.
Slade leads the Global Sports Data and Technology Group Ltd’s (GSDT) Project Red Card.