The Wash Up 3rd-10th December
The Wash Up from last week…
– Good news for Duck’s fans (including myself): Scott Niedermeyer is coming back. After a month off to weigh up his future, the former MVP will return to the ice. However, not everyone is going share in the spoils. With Scotts return, it creates problems for their salary cap. Niedermeyer will be paid $13.5 million for 2 seasons, and that means the Ducks need to clear $1 million from somewhere. [Excitement, and trepidation, felt in Ducks’ locker room] It’s not just a simple cut of any old player for it to work. No-trade clauses, guaranteed salaries and a balanced roster play a big part. Names are being thrown around everywhere, but according to ESPN, it looks like Schnieder, who has some currency, will be offloaded.
– Fernando Alonso is going back to where he made his name. After his much publicized rift with McLaren, Alonso has signed a 2 year deal worth a reported $51.3 million a season with Renault. [Alonso’s two-year deal reportedly to pay him $51.3 million per season] With arguably the world’s best three drivers (Alonso, Hamilton and Raikkonen) all at different teams, the F1 is sure to attract a larger TV audience, but how will they do in the NASCAR dominated American market?
– Stumbling across an article regarding University of Missouri’s head football coach Gary Pinkel, [Tiger’s Pinkel scores with $102,500 performance bonus] I got a shock. Of Pinkel’s $1.3 million that he made last season, less than 20% was salary. The rest was made up of clothing sponsors, appearances and media commitments. This shows the incredibly expanding marketability of University coaches, and their need for agents to manage their off field deals.
– Will this popular video game become the next big spectator sport? With gaming leagues beginning to pop up across the US, this old favorite could soon join the ranks.