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    Man United Named The Second-most Valuable Sports Team In The World Despite Not Winning A Trophy Last Season



    Manchester United are the second most valuable sports team on the planet, according to Forbes. The Premier League club are worth an incredible £3.16billion according to the magazine, coming in ahead of rivals such as Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Manchester City.

    United failed to lift a single trophy last season, finishing a distant 19 points behind neighbours City in the league, but the top brass at the club can be content in the knowledge that their brand is still thriving
    The 2017 Europa League winners are ahead of both La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona in the list, who are third and fourth and valued at £3.13bn and £3.11bn respectively.

    Bayern Munich are the only other football team outside the Premier League to make the list, sitting 12th and valued at £2.35bn. City are 30th (£1.89bn), while Arsenal (£1.71bn) are worth more than London rivals Chelsea (£1.58bn), with the pair ranked at 39th and 46th on the list.

    The NFL is still the dominant sport in the world’s biggest economy. Thirty-seven percent of Americans picked football as their favorite sport to watch in the latest Gallup Poll. Football is down from it’s peak of 43% a dozen years ago, but it still crushes basketball (11%), baseball (9%) and soccer (7%).

    TV networks pay billions to satisfy viewers wanting NFL action. NFL teams evenly divvied up $8.2 billion, or $255 million per team, last season from shared league revenue, with TV rights deals from CBS, NBC, Fox, ESPN and DirecTV the bulk of the money. Factor in a salary cap that restricts player costs to 50% of league revenue and NFL owners are minting money with average profits of $101 million per team in the sense of earnings before interest, taxes, deprecation and amortization.
    Rank, Team, Value, 1-Year change (Sport)

    1. Dallas Cowboys, $4.8 billion, 14% (NFL)

    2. Manchester United, $4.123 billion, 12% (Soccer)

    3. Real Madrid, $4.09 billion, 14% (Soccer)

    4. Barcelona, $4.064 billion, 12% (Soccer)

    5. New York Yankees, $4 billion, 8% (MLB)

    6. New England Patriots, $3.7 billion, 9% (NFL)

    7. New York Knicks, $3.6 billion, 9% (NBA)

    8. Los Angeles Lakers, $3.3 billion, 10% (NBA)

    8. New York Giants, $3.3 billion, 6% (NFL)

    10. Golden State Warriors, $3.1 billion, 19% (NBA)

    10. Washington Redskins, $3.1 billion, 5% (NFL)

    12. Bayern Munich, $3.063 billion, 13% (Soccer)

    13. San Francisco 49ers, $3.05 billion, 2% (NFL)

    14. Los Angeles Dodgers, $3 billion, 9% (MLB)

    14. Los Angeles Rams, $3 billion, 3% (NFL)

    16. Chicago Cubs, $2.9 billion, 8% (MLB)

    17. San Francisco Giants, $2.85 billion, 8% (MLB)

    17. Chicago Bears, $2.85 billion, 6% (NFL)

    19. Boston Red Sox, $2.8 billion, 4% (MLB)

    19. Houston Texans, $2.8 billion, 8% (NFL)

    21. New York Jets, $2.75 billion, 0% (NFL)

    22. Philadelphia Eagles, $2.65 billion, 6% (NFL)

    23. Chicago Bulls, $2.6 billion, 4% (NBA)

    23. Denver Broncos, $2.6 billion, 8% (NFL)

    25. Miami Dolphins, $2.575 billion, 8% (NFL)

    26. Green Bay Packers, $2.55 billion, 9% (NFL)

    27. Boston Celtics, $2.5 billion, 14% (NBA)

    27. Baltimore Ravens, $2.5 billion, 9% (NFL)

    29. Atlanta Falcons, $2.475 billion, 16% (NFL)

    30. Manchester City, $2.474 billion, 19% (Soccer)

    31. Pittsburgh Steelers, $2.45 billion, 9% (NFL)

    32. Seattle Seahawks, $2.425 billion, 9% (NFL)

    33. Minnesota Vikings, $2.4 billion, 9% (NFL)

    34. Oakland Raiders, $2.38 billion, 13% (NFL)

    35. Indianapolis Colts, $2.375 billion, 9% (NFL)

    36. Brooklyn Nets, $2.3 billion, 28% (NBA)

    36. Carolina Panthers, $2.3 billion, 11% (NFL)

    38. Los Angeles Chargers, $2.275 billion, 9% (NFL)

    39. Arsenal, $2.238 billion, 16% (Soccer)

    40. Houston Rockets, $2.2 billion, 33% (NBA)

    41. Los Angeles Clippers, $2.15 billion, 7% (NBA)

    41. Arizona Cardinals, $2.15 billion, 6% (NFL)

    43. New York Mets, $2.1 billion, 5% (MLB)

    43. Kansas City Chiefs, $2.1 billion, 12% (NFL)

    45. Jacksonville Jaguars, $2.075 billion, 6% (NFL)

    46. Chelsea, $2.062 billion, 12% (Soccer)

    47. Tennessee Titans, $2.05 billion, 2% (NFL)

    48. New Orleans Saints, $2 billion, 14% (NFL)

    49. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, $1.975 billion, 10% (NFL)

    50. Cleveland Browns, $1.95 billion, 5% (NFL)



    She Cranes Star Nuba Reveals Why She Decided To Play For Uganda Not South Sudan; Why She Regrets Giving Birth Early…



    She Cranes player Mary Nuba

    Born in South Sudan but grew in Uganda, that’s the story of the She Cranes goal shooter Mary Nuba Cholhok who was voted as the best shooter in the just concluded Fast5 Series tournament which was held in New Zealand.

    Uganda emerged in fifth position in the tournament. theGrapevine had a chance to talk to Nuba before she went back to England for her professional career.

    Grapevine: Why did you decide to play for Uganda and not for your native country South Sudan?

    Nuba: South Sudan is still lagging behind in Netball and I’m getting old, that’s why I decided to play for Uganda’s She Cranes.

    Grapevine: What challenges have you faced so far in your career?

    Nuba: Thinking about my five-year baby who stays in Uganda yet I’m in England playing for my professional club.

    Grapevine: Then what about your husband [the baby’s father] ?

    Nuba: I’m not married, though I gave birth.

    Mary Nuba was awarded Fans player of the Fast5 Series tournament

    Grapevine: How did you manage giving birth and playing Netball?

    Nuba: I realized that later that I made a mistake of getting pregnant. But I stood on my feet, forgot all the past and decided to move on with my child and my career.

    Grapevine: How do you manage those good performances?

    Nuba: I work very hard ever day in order to achieve my goals.

    Grapevine: Where do you see She Cranes in four years to come?

    Nuba: I see She Cranes winning the Netball World cup because we have good players who are still young.

    Grapevine: Tell us about the best game in your career?

    Nuba: When we defeated South Africa in the Common Wealth games in Birmingham.

    Grapevine: Who’s your role model in the game of Netball?

    Nuba: Peace Proscovia because of the way she managed to lift her life from a poor background. She is now superstar in the game.



    By Juma Ali


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    MIRACLE: All She Cranes Players Return After Incidents Of Players Disappearing While On Duty Abroad…



    She Cranes players and one of the start player Goal Shooter Mary Cholhok Nuba

    It was a miracle this time around after all the She Cranes players returned from New Zealand.

    It has been a habit for some Netball players to escape when the team travels for international tournaments.

    Just last month, two She Cranes players; Nakanyike Shakira, who was a Police Player and Rose Namutebi, who was a KCCA Player, disappeared in UK, during She Cranes international friendlies.

    The disappearance of these two players followed the disappearance of centre Player, Halimah Nakachwa, who disappeared in UK, in 2017 during another international friendly in UK.

    However, this time around, all the nine players who went for the first five series tournament in New Zealand, where She Cranes emerged fifth, after wining three games and losing three games, all returned with the team.

    National players disappearing while on duty abroad is also a habit in other sports disciplines like; boxing, table tennis, Rugby among others.


    By Juma Ali


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    It’s Time For Golola To Rest: I’m Going To Punch Him Into Retirement – General Fungu Vows…



    Moses Golola (L) and General Fungu (R)

    General Hamza Fungu has vowed to fight Moses Golola and send him into retirement come 26th December. 2022.

    Fungu said this during the launch at Akamwesi gardens today.

    Uganda’s middle weight kick boxing champion, Golola Moses is set to face his former trainer, General Hamza Fungu on bixing day at Akamwesi shopping mail gardens.

    Golola, who is known for his many words said that he has beaten many fighters who were better than Fungu, “now look at this piglet, I’m going to show him why I’m called Golola Moses ‘of Uganda ‘  and I call upon Ugandans to come and be witnesses on that day.”

    Though Golola said that he signed a contract which allows both fighters to fight until one gets tired, officials in charge of organizing the show said they will fight K-1 style for five rounds.

    Grapevine had a chance to sit down with Golola’s challenger General Fungu and and this is what he had to say;

    theGrapevine: How are you prepared for this fight?

    Fungu: I’m well prepared but they have also given us enough time. So, I’m going to prepare more.

    theGrapevine: Why, among fighters did you choose Golola?

    Fungu: I have been asking to fight Golola for the last five years but he has been dodging me. He one time asked for 20,000 dollars to fight me.

    theGrapevine: Why do you think he accepted this time around?

    Fungu: I think this time, he has been given a lot of money.

    theGrapevine: Which tactics are you going to use to defeat Golola?

    Fungu : Golola has words but I have the tactics which will defeat Golola.

    theGrapevine: Many people have come out to challenge Golola but he finally wins?

    Fungu : He has been favoured many times.

    theGrapevine: Is it true that the contract you signed for the fight allows you to fight until one of you gets tired?

    Fungu : The contract is a disadvantage to Golola not me because I was born a fighter.

    theGrapevine: What next after this fight?

    Fungu : After this fight, I will fight three more three bouts and retire.


    By Juma Ali


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