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Lasting effect of COVID-19 could hamper ‘rock-star lifestyles’

first_imgBy Clifton RossSPORTSMEN and women worldwide are usually considered royalty and it’s reflected in their most often lavish lifestyles, but remnants of COVID-19 could slowly reverse the way athletes live.It’s no hidden secret that most of the world’s top athletes from basketball, America football, soccer and good old fashion baseball, generate billions of dollars of income for its athletes.For instance, NBA stars are treated as hip-hop royalty as that niche of music is often intertwined, as players and artists coexist in their respective worlds. The ballers and most of the world’s top soccer stars have since taken on a ‘rap-like’ persona, having spent their millions on palatial homes, luxury automobiles while maintaining a high-end way of living.In boxing, Floyd Mayweather’s moniker is ‘Money’ a true testament to the vast wealth the world champ has punched his way to over the years.While the international list of millionaire athletes and sports figures is lengthy, the effect has trickled down to the Caribbean as a number of the region’s top international and even domestic cricketers, in particular, have managed to do extremely well for themselves over the last two years.One of the main contributors of wealth over the past six years is undoubtedly the introduction of the Professional Cricket League (PCL). The professional system has now created a reservoir which serves as the financial core for the players who are paid thousands of US dollars to train and stay fit.Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli with one of his exquisite Audi sports carsWith the salaries for regional cricket much higher these days than it was back then, most stars have managed to secure stints either with the international Windies team or other lucrative T20 franchises around the world; which has made them millionaires.Another key piece of history with regard to cricketers taking on a rock-star like persona these days is T20 cricket. Back when jailed billionaire Alan Stanford tossed millions of cash around the Caribbean making players rich for life, the trend continued long after the scrapping of the multi-million-dollar branded Stanford T20 Tournament.Now with leagues like the Indian Premier League (IPL), which modified Stanford’s tournament into an international billion-dollar cash machine, which is responsible for making 70 percent of the world’s cricketers either millionaires right off the bat or continuing to make big bucks as the tournament grows every year.The CPL in particular has done wonders for a number of the region’s and Guyana’s top stars. The wealth acquired has turned a number of local players into overnight millionaires and as such our ambassadors can afford to look the part.But the dark side could be revealed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as a number of big leagues and associations regionally and globally have been keeping one eye on bankruptcy/financial recessions. With the financer’s means of income also in jeopardy due to the virus, athletes could be forced to take their spending down a notch. Although some sportsmen and sportswomen might be covered for the remainder of 2020, should the virus persist, much could change fiscally for not just athletes but the average Joe.Limited live sports, little or no fans present at facilities due to restrictions and with no strong television platforms within the Caribbean; the result may lead to smaller future contracts for some athletes.Also with less endorsements, sponsors and few financial investors to go around due to the current financial flow, cricketers and other well-paid sports figures will certainly need to brace themselves for a bumpy ride.Nevertheless, it is utterly crucial for all athletes to now use the wealth and reach to create a system where they can still earn should COVID-19 alter the normal way of living, going forward.last_img read more

After 2-day rest, Aces finals prep gets going

first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Dragon boat demo event in Tokyo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Alex Compton was resting at home on Saturday afternoon but couldn’t take his mind off what his Alaska Aces need to do in their PBA Governors’ Cup best-of-seven championship series against Magnolia.“We need to be much, much, much, much better than we were against Meralco,” Compton told the Inquirer over the phone. “If you think we were good [in the series against the Bolts], we need to be a lot better to beat Magnolia.”ADVERTISEMENT Compton will be coaching in his fifth title series and hopes that this one brings a different ending for him and the Aces, who last won a title under Luigi Trillo in the 2013 Commissioner’s Cup.“I was in four [Finals] in my first five conferences [as a head coach],” Compton said, bringing a wealth of experience into the series against Chito Victolero, who will be in his second championship playoffs after losing to San Miguel Beer in the Philippine Cup this season.Compton is also hoping his injured duo Chris Banchero (left ankle) and JV Casio (hamstring) recover in time for Game 1.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Compton said that from a fan’s standpoint, it’s going to be another magnificent series—just like the two Final Four series where Magnolia upended Barangay Ginebra and the Aces bundled out Meralco, both in four games.The Finals battle that starts Dec. 5 at Mall of Asia Arena is a mouth-watering one, with both sides anchored on talented reinforcements Romeo Travis of Magnolia and Alaska’s Mike Harris who will slug it out for the Best Import trophy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissCompton and the Aces spent the weekend with their families before starting Finals work.“They (Aces) need the rest,” he said of the two-day break. “Some of them are pretty banged up. They could use the break.” Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 3 to launch in India today

first_imgXiaomi was off to a good start at MWC and the company seemsdedicated towards delivering the promises it made. Following the promise,Xiaomi will today launch the Redmi Note 3 in India. The company announced the theevent on its public forum.The forumstated, “Mi cares fans as friends and is well aware that every one of youhas been asking about the launch date. We heard you. The wait is over. Mi iscoming to India on March 3rd with the beast you guys desire. Yes, it is thelaunch for Redmi Note 3.”The users who want to register for the event can do so after12:30 pm at the venue (Talkatora Stadium, New Delhi). The event is scheduled at 2pm IST andfans who reach the event early will also stand a chance to win a gift pack fromthe company. The forum declared, “Mi is inviting every one of you to thelaunch event in New Delhi. We will reserve entrance tickets for fans and theyare for free. Fans who reach the venue at an early time will get a gift packfrom Mi as well.” Redmi Note 3 is an interesting addition to the company’smid-range line-up as it will be the first device to sport Qualcomm’s newSnapdragon 650 chipset. The processor will be paired with 2/3GB RAM dependingon the storage space of the device. The device is equipped with a 5.5 inchFullHD screen and comes with a 13Megapixel primary camera and a 5Megapixelfront facing snapper. advertisementlast_img read more

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