Title: Premier League Managers Ignore New Briefing Rules, BBC Staff Endure Lengthy Train Journey for World Athletics Championships
Premier League managers are reportedly ignoring the new rules that require their presence at pre-match briefings with referees. Instead, they continue to send their assistants, with no consequences from the authorities. However, one group that cannot escape these briefings are the ball boys and girls, as their coordinators are summoned for a summit to ensure fair play during matches.
In a rather puzzling decision, BBC bosses decided to subject about 20 production staff to a four-day train journey to and from Budapest for the World Athletics Championships. While on-screen presenters enjoyed a two-hour flight, those in less glamorous roles endured the long slog across Europe. This decision resulted in the taxpayers having to cover four days’ worth of salaries for the train travelers. BBC bosses claim that sustainability was considered, but it was clear that taking the train was the preferred option.
Bournemouth has approached every Premier League club with a unique proposal. They want to engage in a shirt giveaway for away supporters by sending two of their away jerseys to each opponent. These jerseys will be offered as prizes to traveling fans who purchase food or drink at an away match. Bournemouth hopes that all visiting clubs to the Vitality Stadium will adopt a similar scheme, following the success of a similar initiative in 2015-16. However, Bournemouth faced criticism from their own supporters after selling half-and-half scarves in their club shop before their home defeat against Tottenham.
It’s interesting to see former England cricketers Kevin Pietersen and Stuart Broad commentating on Hundred matches. Broad was one of the players Pietersen had a falling out with during his international career. Pietersen had previously blamed Broad for a Twitter account that mocked him. Broad denied any involvement with the account. It seems like time has healed their differences as they now share the commentary box.
Tom Hill, Manchester United’s former global head of partnerships & operations and most recently chief commercial officer at World Rugby, has joined forces with GVS to offer “shared services” to cash-strapped sports bodies. This concept aims to help clubs or leagues achieve significant savings on various aspects such as ticketing, stewarding, temporary facilities, traffic management, and accountancy.
Charles Rifkind, the owner of the disused railway tunnels under the Nursery ground at Lord’s, claims he was denied entry on the day when a rent review went to arbitration. The arbitrator, who also faced the same issue, awarded Rifkind a 41% rent increase, much higher than what MCC had offered. MCC’s estates manager clarified that Rifkind was not barred from entry.
Long-time agent Andrew Chubby Chandler, known for representing golfers like Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke, recently revealed that he currently does not have a single player on his books. He also mentioned that he has no plans to attend the Ryder Cup in Rome next month.
Seb Coe’s potential bid for the presidency of the International Olympic Committee faces a hurdle. Coe will be 68 at the time of the election, and the IOC has an age limit of 70 for members. Therefore, he will need his term to be extended in order to be eligible. The decision rests with a commission chaired by Princess Anne and requires approval from the executive board and IOC session, both controlled by Thomas Bach.