Next Round In The Google-Amazon Deathmatch: Streaming Music

first_imgFor an industry that has such a hard time making money, digital music sure is hot right now. Everybody wants in. Amazon is now the latest tech giant rumored to be eyeing a slice of this increasingly tempting pie, according to a report on The Verge. But why? News that Amazon is in negotiations with music labels comes mere weeks after Google was revealed to be having similar discussions of its own. The search giant already has a huge presence in digital music thanks to YouTube, but seeks to solidify its role by launching a Spotify-style subscription service on top of its existing music products.  Like Google, Amazon already has content relationships and infrastructure in place that will simplify the process of entering what is typically a very challenging and cost-prohibitive marketplace.It will still be an expensive endeavor, given the high cost of licensing music from the major labels, but companies like Google and Amazon are well-positioned to negotiate those dollar figures down and, if necessary, operate at a loss without discernibly denting their bottom line. Fine-tuning the financial details is what these negotiations are all about. And it’s important to note that they are just that: negotiations. They could wind up hitting a roadblock, as has allegedly happened with Apple in its rumored quest to launch a Pandora competitor. However it pans out, it’s now known that Google and Amazon are at least attempting to enter the streaming music space. If all goes according to both companies’ plans, they’ll soon be in direct competition for digital music subscribers.  Google vs. Amazon: From Frenemies To RivalsThe rivalry between Google and Amazon is expected to heat up this year, and this would just be the latest source of competition between the two companies.  While they started as two very different, seemingly unrelated businesses, the companies have both evolved into new territories, occasionally bumping into each other in the process. Today, both companies sell digital content like ebooks and music, as well as the hardware required to read and view that content. Like Google’s arch nemesis Apple, Amazon is now rumored to be building its own mapping service as well. Digital music is not an easy business to be in. Six million people are now paying for Spotify,  with 18 million more listening for free on the desktop. That’s stellar growth in just under two years and an impressive conversion rate for any freemium business. Still, Spotify isn’t touting massive profits, and nor are any of its competitors.That’s because they’re all paying a massive chunk of their revenues to rights holders (record labels, mostly) and struggling to find ways to drive those costs down. Pandora’s legislative efforts haven’t met with much success on that front.Why Streaming Music? A company like Amazon might be able to use its might to negotiate better licensing deals. Even if it fails to do so, running an unprofitable streaming service (or bundling music with Prime) could rope enough additional people into Amazon’s ecosystem to make the effort worthwhile. Or, if nothing else, it could prevent Google from getting a leg up on Amazon in the broader digital music space, in which both companies are already present. In an excellent post, The Verge’s Tim Carmody points out that “few of these larger tech companies embracing streaming music seem to be doing so as an affirmative strategy, because they ultimately believe streaming music will help sell their other devices or services. Instead, they’re primarily worried that if they don’t offer a streaming music service, they’ll be seen as deficient in some way.”It’s also worth keeping in mind the mobile aspect. Google’s stake in mobile is obvious, and Amazon’s is expected to get even more serious if, as expected, the company eventually unveils a smartphone of its own.  As Wired’s Mat Honan wisely points out:Subscription and streaming only took off once 3G made it possible for you to carry your music with you everywhere. Pandora, Spotify, and Rdio have proved there’s an attractive market. But imagine what happens when a streaming-music app ships with your phone, with every phone, and all you have to do is turn it on, using an account you’ve already set up for billing. Or even worse (if you are an existing streaming-music provider) if it’s a free, advertising-supported service.All this action in the streaming music space leaves little doubt that this model will be a crucial component of how we consume music in the future. It’s the “music like water” model that music futurists once dreamed about. Exactly how it takes shape will depend on economic questions: how the business model evolves, how artists get paid, which companies will dominate distribution.This year was already poised to be an interesting one in digital music with the impending U.S. launch of Deezer, the arrival of Daisy and ongoing rumors about Apple’s plans to build a Pandora competitor. Now Google and Amazon are also both gunning for Spotify. 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A SET OF SIX – VOLUME TWENTY-EIGHT

first_imgTouch Football Australia brings you the latest edition of “A Set of Six” with this week’s rapid-fire news ‘plays’ from around the Country. TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks brings you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s “A Set of Six” – Volume Twenty Eight.TASMANIA (TAS)Play # 1Junior State Cup a huge successTouch Football Tasmania held their Junior State Cup at Wentworth Park in Hobart over the weekend.The Hobart club “Condors” asserted their dominance on the competition taking out 5 of the 6 divisions on offer.The clean sweep was spoiled by the Grasscutters team from Launceston who convincingly took out the Girls 12 Years division.One of the highlights of the weekend was the performance of the Condors Girls 14 Years team, who made their way through to play in the Girls 16 Years Grand Final.It was a fantastic day of Touch Football, showcasing the best young players from the Apple Isle, and the future of the game looks to be in great hands if the enthusiasm, talent, and passion displayed on the weekend are anything to go by.Results:Girl’s 12’s Grasscutters d Condors 3-0 (best of 3 competition)Best & Fairest – Holly Savill (Grasscutters)Boy’s 12’sCondors d Devonport Touch 7-5Player of the Final – Harry Bailey (Condors)Best & Fairest – Jordan Smith (DTA)Girl’s 14’sCondorsBest & Fairest – Maddison Smith (Condors)Boy’s 14’sCondors d CBA Scooters 12-5Player of the Final – Sam Williams (Condors)Best & Fairest – Jayke Murray (Condors)Girl’s 16’sHaines Train d Condors 14’s 6-2Player of the Final – Katelyn Barry (Haines Train)Best & Fairest – Nat Curtis (Haines Train)Boy’s 16’sAustralia d Devonport Touch 17-3Player of the Final – Jeremy Edwards (Australia)Best & Fairest – Jason Haines (Australia)Other Events: Aaron Jones (Southern Touch) was named Referee of the Tournament after a string of consistently good performances.SOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA)Play: # 2South Australia commences its Junior Touch leagueTouch Football South Australia will commence its Junior Touch League – “The Beginners Step to Fun” on Sunday 18 November 2007 at their City Touch Venue at Eastwood.The 6 week Junior Program, an extension of the successful AusTouch format, will run weekly up until 16 December 2007.The sessions will consist of a 90 minute block featuring 45 minutes of skills and 45 minutes of game play to help the budding touch players utilize the skills being accented each week.Each participant receives a hat, water bottle and a certificate and the program is viewed ad the perfect way to introduce the game to beginners and Junior playersFurther information can be obtained by contacting the Touch South Australia Office on 08 8306 7503 or via email [email protected] events:  It’s on again… The Annual Portavin Wine ’07 Fundraiser for the Hutt Street Centre is scheduled for 25 November 2007.The Annual charity fundraiser is designed to raise money to assist Adelaide’s homeless and marginalized citizens, and is a highlight of the South Australian Sporting and social calendar.The day includes city wine and food, a 48-team touch tournament, and a celebrity challenge match with Event Ambassador Former World Cup winning Wallaby skipper Nick Farr-Jones headlining a who’s who of local South Australian sporting personalities for the contest.Captains for the event are Australian Opals legend Rachael Sporn and former Adelaide Crows dual premiership winning skipper Mark Bickley.Other guest players include SAFM’s Rabbitt and Louie, Adelaide living legend Johnny Haysman, AFL heroes Matthew Primus and Graham Cornes, as well as a plethora of talent from the Wallabies, the SA Redbacks, netball and the local media.Touch SA is seeking volunteers/referees to assist on the day. To registerPlease call TFSA on 8306 7500 or email [email protected] Touch Football South Australia website: www.touchsa.com.auAUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (ACT)Play: # 3ACT Junior representative teams to attend Suns Junior ChampionshipsContinuing on in what has been a massive year for junior development in ACT, the ACTTA will send four teams to Wagga to contest the Suns Junior Regional Championships.The touring party will be comprised of Under 14 Boys and Girls teams, and Under 16 Boys and Girls Team respectively.This tour comes after both the ACT Boys and Girls 12 Years team finished third at the School Sport Nationals in Melbourne last month, and both the ACT Boys and Girls U15s teams finished fourth.Other Events: ACT Touch will be holding Level 1 Referees Courses on both 4 and 5 December 2007 at the ACTTA Offices, Deakin ACT. Enquiries to ACT Touch Association on (02) 6212 2880 or [email protected] Australian Capital Territory website: www.acttouch.com.auNORTHERN TERRITORY (NT)Play # 4 Young Divas finishing the season with a wet sailDivas, who had been winless up until round 10, have put together back-to-back wins in the Darwin Women’s competition. The young guns come up against second placed Scorpions who will want a strong performance heading into the 2007 finals campaign.In other games Palmerston Bulls should account for All About Us, and Crocs have the bye.In the Men’s Open division, Bundy Bears are looking for an upset win over Palmerston Bulls this week. Bundy sit just one point behind last year’s Premiers on the competition ladder. Bundy Bears will welcome back some key players to their line-up and the punters are getting in early to back the Bears in the keynote clash.In other games, the Undefeated Dream Team should prevail against Honkers, whilst Crocs should overcome the ever-improving Incredibles. Other Events: Northern Territory Touch would like to advise all their members of the Annual General Meeting to be conducted in Darwin on Saturday 1 December 2007.In conjunction with the Annual General Meeting the Annual State Council meeting will also be held on the Saturday 1 December 2007.The Northern Territory website: www.touchnt.com.auWESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA)Play # 5WA Super League Round Three Action Round 3 of the WA Super League Series was played at Rosher Park on Sunday 11 November 2007. It was a typical hot and humid day at Brothers, and the hosts took on the other early season flyers Southern Stars in both Men’s and Women’s Premier Divisions.Before the commencement of the game, a moments’ silence was held for two of the Perth Brothers community who tragically died during the week. Touch West and Touch Football Australia offer their deepest condolences to Brothers Women’s Open Captain / Coach Taima Komene whose husband Daren passed away. In the Men’s, Perth Brothers made their intentions clear from the tap off with Richie Anderson scoring one of his three touchdowns for the match off the opening set of six. Southern replied almost immediately with Simon Gregg going over in the corner after a well-executed sweep. The match went from end to end for the remainder of the half with quality driving and defence by both teams. Southern managed to bridge their 3-2 halftime deficit and record a deserving 6 all draw. The match was of the highest quality and all look forward to the repeat clash in Round 8. In the Women’s competition, Perth Brothers got off to an outstanding start, going to the break with a 5-3 lead over Southern. Brothers could not continue their form in the second half with Southern dominating proceedings, scoring 5 unanswered touchdowns. 2007 Australian Women’s Open World Cup winner Shelley Matcham and National 20 Years Mixed Squad member Sharon Wong were the standout players for Southern.Brother’s brave effort in taking the field under such difficult circumstances after the tragic loss of their club members was a credit to the players and the spirit that underpins the close knit Brothers community.Other results:Women’sNorthern 10 defeated Rosalie 0Fremantle 4 defeated Tompkins Park 2Men’sNorthern 9 defeated Rosalie 4Other Events: WA Referees have been extremely active in recruiting and recognizing referees during the week. A Level 3 Course was held on the weekend of the 10-11 November 2007, with attendants from all across the state including Kalgoorlie and Port Hedland.WA Referees were represented at the recent Department of Sport and Recreation 2007 Sports Official Awards with John Moore, Matt Magnussen, Ben Grainger, Annabelle Connolly and John Bedford being recognized for their outstanding service to the sport.The Western Australian Touch Association website: www.touchwest.comVICTORIA (VIC)Play # 6 Gala Days a huge success for Touch Victoria10 schools participated in the Grade 5 and 6 Gala days on Friday 2nd and 9th of November at Fawkner Park, South Yarra. The 74 teams played fifteen-minute games throughout the day in Mixed, Girls and Boys divisions, with parents and teachers giving great support by refereeing and coaching. Michael Godfrey from South Yarra Primary School coordinated the event and worked with the Victorian Game Development Officers, ensuring the day was a complete success. They now hope to run an AusTouch program every Wednesday until Christmas, and into the New Year – registrations are on Wednesday 14th of November at Fawkner Park. Other Events: Hamilton Registration night will be held on Wednesday 14th of November, with local Go For Your Life project officer Fran Patterson and young resident Clancy Jordan to help kick start the competition.Warrnambool have a Schools Touch Football Gala Day on Friday 23rd of November 2007.The Victorian office has moved across the floor of Sports House into the permanent residency. The VT league heads to Frog Hollows reserve this week, the home of the Casey Cougars and Endeavour Hills Rugby Club. If Casey Cougars Men’s and Bayside Vipers Women win one game this weekend with a bonus point then they will be guaranteed top spot for the inaugural season. A schools and local AusTouch gala day has been planned at the VT Round seven venue starting at 9am featuring the product of extensive development work that has been happening in the Outer Melbourne Eastern suburbs.Results Round Six VTA League at Glenferrie Road:Men Casey 7 d University 4; Melbourne City 9 d Bayside 8 Women Bayside 4 d Melbourne City 3; University 3 d Casey 2The Victorian Touch website: www.victouch.com.auThat’s it for this week’s edition of “a Set of Six”.Please be sure to check out each State’s website for all the latest information, news, and views in Touch Football from around the nation.last_img read more

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Rogers Media buys podcast company Pacific Content

first_imgRogers Media is expanding its stake in the podcast market, as the company announced Wednesday that it has purchased the Vancouver-based podcast company Pacific Content.“Podcasting is a big part of the future of audio,” Julie Adam, the senior vice-president of Rogers Radio, said in a statement.According to Canadian Podcast Listener from May 2018, 26 per cent of Canadians listen to podcasts once a month, while 18 per cent listen weekly.Last year, Rogers launched the Frequency Podcast Network, featuring shows such as The Big Story and Moms in the Middle — the latter co-hosted by Melanie Ng, one of the faces of Breakfast Television in Toronto.Pacific Content, which produces original and award-winning podcasts across North America, was the first branded content podcast business to launch globally. It is now one of the largest on the continent.“We have found an incredibly smart, bold and collaborative partner in Rogers Media,” Steve Pratt, the vice-president of Pacific Content, said.“Both Rogers Media and Pacific Content share a strong passion in driving forward the future of both audio and branded content.”Along with expanding its podcast market, Rogers currently owns 56 radio stations, 29 local TV stations, 23 conventional and specialty television stations across the country, as well as digital websites.Rogers is the parent company of this station and website.last_img read more

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Aside from football prestige what will Nebraska add to the Big Ten

When Big Ten presidents approved the addition of Nebraska on June 12, thoughts immediately turned to what it meant for Big Ten football. However, the Cornhuskers’ effect on the Big Ten extends beyond the gridiron. Besides football, Nebraska will join the Big Ten in 20 other sports when the move takes effect July 1. Women’s basketball is one sport that might benefit. Nebraska’s women’s team recorded a perfect regular season in the 2009-10 campaign before losing in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament and finishing 32-2. Coach Connie Yori took home National Coach of the Year honors for her team’s success. “There has been a lot of balance from top to bottom” in the Big Ten, Yori said in a phone interview with The Lantern. “We hope that we can come into the league … (and) be competitive.” The coach said doing so will not be easy in one of the nation’s toughest conferences for women’s basketball. “There are so many good programs in the Big Ten,” Yori said. “Consistently, there are three to five teams ranked every year.” Ohio State (No. 6), Iowa (No. 18) and Michigan State (No. 25) are ranked in the Associated Press Top 25. Nebraska is ranked No. 24. Though the Cornhuskers’ men’s basketball program has not made the NCAA Tournament this decade, another winter sport might also improve the Big Ten. “The Big Ten is a premier conference in the sport of wrestling in the country and has been for a long time, and to add Nebraska only makes the conference that much better,” OSU wrestling coach Tom Ryan said in a phone interview with The Lantern. Nebraska is No. 14 in wrestling in the Coaches’ Poll. Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, OSU, Michigan, Northwestern and Purdue are the Big Ten schools in the Top 25. “You have to go through more teams to win a Big Ten conference,” Nebraska coach Mark Manning said in a phone interview with The Lantern. “It’s not getting easier, I’ll say that.” Adding the Cornhuskers will increase the number of competitive wrestling matchups in the conference, Ryan said. “It’s great competition. It’s great for the fans. It’s a well-known institution, so people come to the event. You can market the event,” he said. “On a number of different levels, having Nebraska is a positive.” Nearly 1,500 visitors attended the dual meet between OSU and Nebraska on Nov. 21 at St. John Arena, where the Buckeyes fell 24-11. Nebraska is also historically strong in baseball and by parting with the Big 12, leaves behind last season’s top RPI conference in the country. “Baseball is a big deal to Nebraska, and they will be a very strong addition to the Big Ten,” OSU baseball coach Greg Beals said. “The thing that I like is that it broadens and spreads our wings a little bit as a conference.” The Cornhuskers will be one of the most southern locations in the conference, and they’ll use that to their advantage, coach Mike Anderson said. The South is typically the strongest region for baseball because athletes can play outdoor year-round. “We bring an undying commitment to make (the Big Ten) a strong RPI” conference, Anderson said. “There won’t be a time when we don’t try to have the hardest schedule in the conference.” Regardless of what each program brings to the Big Ten, Yori thinks the move was the right decision for Nebraska. “I think it’s going to be a great move for the University of Nebraska, and frankly the entire state of Nebraska, to make the jump to the Big Ten,” she said. “I am very comfortable with the move and I think it was the right thing to do.” read more

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Commentary Coaches expect players to Do as I say not as I

If Ohio State athletes are expected to follow the rules and to not confuse their status with power, OSU coaches and athletic administrators need to set a better example. On Tuesday, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles concluded its investigation into the purchase of 25 cars by OSU athletes, declaring that these purchases were legitimate. Included in the 65-page report from the BMV is a transcript of an investigation conducted by Tim Shaw, investigator for the BMV. Shaw’s transcription included an interview, conducted on May 12, with Aaron Kniffin, a former employee of Jack Maxton Chevrolet. In the interview, Kniffin said that no players or their family members received special deals on their cars. Also included in the report, Shaw recorded Kniffin as saying that several OSU coaches received cars to drive, in exchange for tickets. “Kniffin also stated that Jack Maxton owner Jeff Mauk received tickets from OSU coaches for giving them cars to drive,” Shaw reported. “Kniffin stated that this practice was common.” Common? Coaches are going to give tickets to car dealerships in exchange for the chance to drive nice cars, but expect the opposite from their players? Do as I say, not as I do. OSU coaches are making more than enough money to buy their own vehicles. The “common” practice of coaches trading tickets for their own personal gain is not an NCAA violation. University spokesman Jim Lynch told The Lantern that these exchanges are a part of a program written in the coach’s contract. Lynch said these practices are on-par with other Big Ten schools. But it doesn’t look good. On Aug. 16, 2010, the BMV conducted a separate investigation. Led by BMV investigators Tim Hughes and Todd Ballinger, this investigation made some interesting observations concerning dealer-plated cars. In their report, they dictated their visits to the Woody Hayes Athletic Complex to investigate this possible misuse of dealer tags given to players. They found that while they visited, a high number of vehicles in the parking lots surrounding the WHAC were owned by dealerships. They concluded that OSU coaches and administrators were driving these cars. Ballinger also reported that Doug Archie, an associate athletics director for compliance and camps at OSU, was driving a dealer-owned vehicle. “Archie advised that he has a dealer-plated vehicle and he gets the vehicle in exchange for tickets,” Ballinger reported. In the same report, Archie told investigators that there was only one reason a player would be driving a dealer-owned vehicle. “(An) OSU student athlete would only be allowed to operate a ‘loaner’ vehicle from (a) motor vehicle dealer if their personal vehicle was at the dealership for service or repair,” Ballinger reported. So why is there a double standard? OSU officials and coaches preach humility and service to their players, but what kind of lesson is that coming from someone trading football tickets to car dealerships to drive around a nice car? Currently, the NCAA does not have the jurisdiction to ban this “tickets for cars” practice, as long as it isn’t athletes making the trades. The university, however, has the power to control it. The university has a lot of issues to deal with currently, including a meeting with the NCAA on Aug. 12, but this is one issue that should be on their radar. While the NCAA may not consider this kind of activity to be “improper benefits,” every part about this “common” practice is improper, backwards and wrong. read more

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Dani Parejo committed to Valencia

first_imgValencia captain Dani Parejo insists that he is “happy” to continue at the club ahead of his eighth season, amid speculation linking him to BarcelonaThe Spanish midfielder has become an integral member of Los Che following his arrival in 2011 and played a key role in their return to the Champions League last season that saw Valencia finish the campaign in fourth place in La Liga under new manager Marcelino Garcia Toral.The former Villarreal boss led a resurgent Valencia side back into the top four of La Liga after their disappointing 12th place finish the previous year.In fact, under Toral’s leadership, Valencia finished last season as the most improved team in all of Europe with a points difference of 27 and the Spaniard has since been awarded a new contract until 2020.“The coach is a person who deserves [the contract] for his work, dedication and professionalism,” Parejo told Marca.“As a coach he has shown those traits in Valencia and wherever else he has been.”As for his future plans, Parejo insisted that remains committed after reports had emerged that Ernesto Valverde is reportedly keen to bringing him to the Camp Nou for next season.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“I am facing my eighth season, I am happy and content here. Everyone would like to play in Valencia,” said the 29-year-old.Valencia’s transfer plans have not gone as well as they hoped, but Parejo is remaining optimistic over their prospects.“Little by little, reinforcements arrive,” he noted.“All clubs want to improve and sign better footballers.“Last year we had an excellent group, not only on the pitch, but also off it. You have to maintain that and empower it to keep growing.”Parejo has a €50m buy-out clause in his contract at Mestalla.last_img read more

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Hakim Ziyech named 2018 Dutch Footballer of the Year

first_imgAjax midfielder Hakim Ziyech has won the 2018 Dutch Footballer of the Year award, also called the “Gouden Schoen” (Golden Boot)Ziyech had a remarkable campaign at the Amsterdam Arena last season and managed nine goals and 14 assists in 34 appearances.The 25-year-old becomes the third Moroccan to win the award following Mounir El Hamdaoui in 2009 and Karim El Ahmadi last year.Now Ziyech is hoping to continue his rich vein of form in what he describes as the “best phase” of his career.“I’m very happy here and I think I’m in the best phase of my career,” said Ziyech, according to BBC.He was also voted Ajax’s player of the season by the fans.“Ziyech is a piece of jewellery for Dutch football,” Ajax coach Erik ten Hag said.edwin van der sarReport: Van der Sar staying at Ajax for now George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Edwin van der Sar will not be leaving Ajax to take up a job at Manchester United.In the last few days, one bookmaker suspended…“I think he plays football in a nice team, with lots of good footballers around him and it runs smoothly, which gives him pleasure and motivation to achieve even more.”Ziyech has scored two goals in four league appearances for Ajax this season.Let us introduce to you…?Player of the Year 2018:? HAKIM ZIYECH ??? pic.twitter.com/d67rhWqbrl— AFC Ajax (English) (@AFCAjax_EN) September 3, 2018last_img read more

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Rummenigge explains why James will stay at Bayern

first_imgNow that the winter transfer deadline is closed, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge explained his reasoning behind James Rodriguez staying at Bayern.During the whole winter transfer window there were rumors that suggested James Rodriguez would certainly leave Bayern Munich, but chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge explained why the Bavarian club ultimately decided to keep the Colombian midfielder in the club.Throughout the season there have been several rumors of a disagreement between the player and manager Niko Kovac, who left him on the bench several times in all competitions and never really explained why.These actions were obviously regarded as a message for the player, the media believed that the Croatian boss didn’t want James on the squad and we all expected him to leave before January 31.But turns out we were all wrong, as neither the club nor the manager wanted James Rodriguez out of Bayern Munich and they all unanimously decided that the best option was for him to stay until the end of the season at least.But going a little bit further in this decision, chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge explained that he never even entertained the idea of the Colombian player leaving the German club.🗣️ Rummenigge sobre @jamesdrodriguez: “Creo que todos queremos verle regularmente sobre el terreno de juego, pero eso depende del entrenador. Tengo que decir honestamente que realmente me gusta James”. pic.twitter.com/LagN2ffqCB— James Rodríguez Col (@jamesdrodrifans) January 31, 2019In fact, Rummenigge considers himself one of James’ biggest fans and he truly believes that the player has everything to become the club’s best player.During a football and business congress celebrated in the city of Dusseldorf, the Bayern Munich chairman was questioned about the club’s final decision to not let James Rodriguez leave despite the several offers from clubs like Juventus, Chelsea FC, Manchester United, and even Real Madrid.Rummenigge didn’t even flinch when he responded that the player will stay and the club simply doesn’t care about letting him leave, he also said one of the biggest truths in today’s football about James Rodriguez’s left foot.“James Rodriguez will remain as a Bayern Munich player, this is the best decision for both him and the club,” said the chairman via ESPN.“I have to recognize that I am one of his biggest fans. He is a great player and he may have the best left foot in the Bundesliga.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I really believe that we all wish to see James more often on the pitch, but that decision is for the manager to make. But I do have to be honest when I say that I love that player.”‘James tiene la mejor zurda de toda la Bundesliga’: RummeniggeEl dirigente del Bayern Múnich se declaró fan del colombiano y espera que juegue máshttps://t.co/5zmKIMiyFQ pic.twitter.com/U6j75jn0Vp— Futbolred.com (@futbolred) January 31, 2019After this statement, the media was eager to know what manager Niko Kovac would have to say about his chairman’s beliefs on James, this was a clear message directly from the board of directors and the Croatian boss needed to respond.Far from avoiding the topic as he was pressed about it earlier on Thursday, Kovac made a massive revelation about James Rodriguez’s discipline on the training grounds.“The thing with James Rodriguez is that my decision to not play hi is solely based on what I see on the pitch during practice.”“James is a truly great guy but only the players who practice better are the ones who play. We will play a game in the middle of next week, this will give every single player an opportunity to play and this obviously includes James Rodriguez.”Now that James has heard about the manager’s thoughts on his training efforts, this might be taken as a message that could motivate him to improve during practice and finally earn his spot on the starting eleven on a weekly basis.Rummenigge, sobre el futuro de James: “Lo digo abierta y honestamente, me gusta mucho, soy su fan, pero aún hay tiempo y tenemos que tomar la mejor decisión para él y para nosotros” pic.twitter.com/33lo68XuIB— Bayern Latino (@BayernLat) January 31, 2019What do you think about Bayern Munich’s decision to let James remain at the club until the end of the season? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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