After last year’s cancellation Wimbledon is back and there are storylines everywhere.
Topping the list of interest is how different it will look and feel. But the two biggest questions surround the two biggest champions.
The tournament is part of the government’s “Event Research Programme” meaning it will operate at 50 per cent capacity across the grounds, and build to full capacity crowds of 15 thousand on Centre Court for the finals weekend.
All players are in bio secure bubbles with strong protocols and will stay in central London hotels with entourages limited to 3 people.
Britain’s number one female player Johanna Konta is already out after a member of her team tested positive for Covid-19.
WILL ROGER AND SERENA GO AROUND ONE MORE TIME?
So much of the fortnight will focus on the man who’s won the tournament eight times – 39-year old Roger Federer. Will this be his last? Don’t forget he turns 40 this August.
The world number eight warmed up with another cool story. After years of injury, and last year’s cancellation, Andy Murray plays his home slam for the first time since 2017.
On the other side of the event is another 39-year old, who’s lifted the trophy seven times.
Serena Williams. Could this be the swan-song?
The world number eight has already announced she won’t be at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Tight restrictions mean she won’t be able to take her daughter with her and that’s a step too far.
THE HOTTEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD WANTS MORE.
Meanwhile the hottest player in the world Novak Djokovic is aiming to stay on course for a calendar-year grand slam. But that’s not the prize he wants most. If the 34-year old Serbian wins his sixth Wimbledon title he will draw level on 20 majors with Federer and Rafael Nadal, who is missing in London.
The Spaniard has announced he will sit out both this tournament and the Olympics before returning for the US Open in September.
As is tradition, Djokovic, the world number one, will open Centre court action in his first match. His counterpart Australian Ash Barty will hit the grass on day two.
One thing is for sure, both Djokovic and Barty will be back again next year.
But will Federer and Williams join them?
Chiefs secure back-to-back Super Bowl titles against 49ers
Will Patrick Mahomes be hailed as one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history?
The Kansas City Chiefs emerged victorious once again, defeating the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 to claim their second consecutive championship.
The high-stakes game kept fans on the edge of their seats as both teams showcased exceptional skill and determination.
The 49ers, known for their strong defence, put up a formidable fight, but the Chiefs’ offensive prowess ultimately proved too much to handle.
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes led the Chiefs with a stellar performance, showcasing his prowess with strategic passes and crucial touchdowns.
As the confetti rained down on the Chiefs, celebrations erupted both on the field and among fans worldwide, marking another historic moment in the team’s legacy.
With this victory, the Chiefs solidified their status as a dominant force in the NFL, leaving fans eagerly anticipating what the future holds for this powerhouse team.
The Chiefs join the Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970s, the Dallas Cowboys of the 1990s and New England Patriots of the 2000s and 2010s as the only NFL teams to have won three Super Bowls in a five-year span.
Amazon targets bankrupt Diamond Sports for streaming rights
Amazon considers acquisition of Diamond Sports as part of its plan to expand streaming portfolio
Sources suggest that Amazon is eyeing the streaming rights for major sports leagues including MLB, NBA, and NHL, signalling the tech giant’s strategic move into the lucrative world of live sports broadcasting.
The potential deal with Diamond Sports would provide Amazon with a significant foothold in the sports streaming market, allowing the company to offer a comprehensive range of live sports content to its Prime Video subscribers.
This move aligns with Amazon’s broader strategy to diversify its entertainment offerings and attract a wider audience. The acquisition of streaming rights for popular sports leagues could make Amazon a major player in the competitive streaming landscape.
Industry experts speculate that Amazon’s interest in Diamond Sports is driven by the desire to capture the growing market for live sports streaming, a segment that has gained immense popularity in recent years.
The acquisition would not only give Amazon access to a vast library of sports content but also position the company as a formidable competitor to traditional broadcasters in the live sports broadcasting arena.
Disney’s sport streaming goals
Disney’s ESPN may achieve a $24 billion valuation; potential suitors could involve Apple and Verizon.
In a recent financial report, Bank of America suggests that Disney’s ESPN could be on the verge of reaching a staggering $24 billion valuation. This eye-catching figure has sparked interest from potential buyers, with technology giants Apple and telecommunication leader Verizon being touted as likely contenders.
The valuation surge is attributed to ESPN’s successful digital transition, with streaming services, exclusive sports content, and expanding international markets contributing to its growth. Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s sports networks further boosted ESPN’s portfolio, making it an attractive asset for prospective buyers.
Apple, known for its foray into content creation with Apple TV+, could leverage ESPN’s sports content to expand its media empire. Meanwhile, Verizon, with its vast telecom infrastructure and distribution capabilities, could use ESPN to enhance its content offerings and engage a broader customer base.
This development marks a pivotal moment in ESPN’s history, and its future owner could redefine the landscape of sports broadcasting. As the valuation continues to climb, all eyes are on the potential suitors and the ensuing negotiations.
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