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Premier League Roundup: Leicester City sign Youri Tielemans for club-record fee

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Premier League Roundup: Leicester City sign Youri Tielemans for club-record fee

Although several big names have already moved during the summer transfer window, there are still plenty of moves to come. 

Here is the latest news from the Premier League:

Player News:

Aston Villa: After coming over to Aston Villa on loan this past season, defender Tyrone Mings is there to stay. The club announced the permanent signing of the center-back from Bournemouth for a fee expected to be over  €20 million.

Burnley: The Clarets have made their first signing of the summer, adding left-back Erik Pieters from Stoke City on a fee of just €1 million. Pieters was once the main anchor of the Stoke City defense, but fell out of favor under their new manager and spent the last half of the 2018-19 season on loan at Amiens SC in France.

Leicester City: Leicester's big summer spending continued on Monday, permanently signing midfielder Youri Tielemans for a club-record fee of €40 million. The 22-year-old came to Leicester in January on loan from AS Monaco, where he had been since 2017. The club has now spent over €100 million during this transfer window.

West Ham United: After threatening to go on strike should West Ham not sell him, forward Marko Arnautovic will finally get his wish. The 30-year-old is set for a move to the Chinese Super League, and will sign with Shanghai SIPG next week. 

Liverpool: The Reds received good news this week, as midfielder Naby Keita is expected to be ready for pre-season, despite Keita suffering a setback to a groin injury during the Africa Cup of Nations. The 24-year-old initially was injured in May, and missed the remainder of Liverpool's Champions League run.

Chelsea: After joining La Liga's Atletico Madrid on loan in January, striker Alvaro Morata has signed a permanent deal with the club, leaving Stamford Bridge for good. Morata returns to Spain, where he has to previous stints, 2010-2014 and 2016-17, with Real Madrid. 

Source: Rotoworld

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11.8.19 Rick Horrow interviews Canadian Premier League Commissioner David Clanachan

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11.8.19 Rick Horrow interviews Canadian Premier League Commissioner David Clanachan

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In the latest edition of Rick Horrow's Sports Business Podcast, Rick interviews Canadian Premier League Commissioner David Clanachan and takes you through the biggest sports business stories of the week.

LISTEN TO THE FULL PODCAST HERE

1. Kansas City, here we come. Our “Power of Sports” program heads to Kansas City this month, highlighting community outreach programs, culturally significant sites, and people who have made a difference through sports. This month, host Rick Horrow visits the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum to speak with President Bob Kendrick about the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Negro Leagues coming up next year and the museum’s role in the celebration and in the community. He also checks in on two of the Kansas City Royals’ youth outreach programs: Royalty Fields grants and a recurring Special Olympics clinic, and hears from James McGinnis, a high school football player from the KC Metro, who suffered a traumatic brain injury and used the Chiefs’ success last season to motivate his recovery. Our Game Changer segment features an interview with former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue filmed in early October at a Sport Business Handbook contributor symposium hosted by EVERFI at their Washington, DC headquarters.

 

2. The Orlando Magic have "filed an updated master plan” for their downtown Orlando Sports + Entertainment District that is “expected to more than double” the original $200 million project budget. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the mixed-use district will be built “starting next year on 8.4 acres across from Amway Center.” Magic Chief Communications Officer Joel Glass said the project will now cost “well over” $500 million. The district will “contain nearly 110,000 square feet of retail space, a conference center hotel with 80,000 square feet of event space, offices, apartments and a 2,500-space parking garage.” The updated plan maintains the original concept from 2018 but “increases the number of hotel rooms by 50 and more than doubles the amount of office space from the original 200,000 square feet to 420,000 square feet.” District Director Pat Gallagher said that the office tower “would now rise to 18 stories, which includes the ground-floor retail, multilevel parking structure and commercial office space.” The Sentinel notes the Magic’s new headquarters “would occupy 40,000 square feet in the office tower,” or close to 10%.

 

3. Unsung World Series winner this year:  Palm Beach County, FL.  The most publicized “first” this year involves the visiting team winning every World Series game.  However, maybe one of the most important economic “firsts” is the first time the World Series finalists shared a Spring Training facility:  the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.  The 7,700-seat stadium also features six practice fields each for the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros.  The 160-acre site also includes a 1.8-mile public walk trail and other facilities.  The Palm Beach County Sports Commission touts the facility as a major economic generator for the county, as it also hosts over 1,400 youth and tournament baseball games each year.  Look for a series of major announcements by the county and sports commission over the next two months.

Washington Spirit vs NC Courage: Time, TV Channel, How to watch

Washington Spirit vs NC Courage: Time, TV Channel, How to watch

With playoffs on the line, the Washington Spirit hosts the NC Courage in a must-win regular-season home finale Saturday night.

NC Courage sits high atop their first-place throne with an icy six-win streak, 14-4--4 record overall leading the NWSL with 46 points, 31 goal differential, 50 goals for and 19 goals against. The struggling Spirit, with one win, one loss and three draws in their past five matches, need to find a way to crack the Courage and tack on another win to keep postseason hopes alive.

Mallory Pugh has made strong moves for the Spirit since returning from injury and will be a key player to breakthrough the Courage defense with nine clean sheets (just one more than Washington) and averaging 0.9 goals allowed per game.

The Spirit cannot afford to lose this game if they want to snag a playoff spot, and that chase continues in Maryland.

SPIRIT-COURAGE GAME: HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Spirit vs. NC Courage

Where: Maureen Hendricks Field Maryland SoccerPlex, Boyds, MD

When: Saturday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington 

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