USC is home to some of the greatest sport teams in the country. With over 120 national championships in sports ranging from football to water polo, you could say USC is the school to attend for student athletes.However, even with all the national championships, Olympians and Heisman Trophy winners, something feels missing.Soccer is the world’s largest, most watched and most played sport. To put things into perspective, 115 million people watched the Super Bowl this year, setting a U.S. record for the most viewed television program in history. The day before the Super Bowl, however, Premier League leaders Chelsea and Manchester City played, drawing over 500 million viewers worldwide, or almost five times as many viewers as America’s biggest sporting spectacle.Despite soccer’s massive international appeal and rising domestic popularity following the past few World Cups, USC does not field a Division I men’s soccer team. However, there are numerous reasons why USC should be pushing to add a team.To start off, I’m still amazed that USC has teams in much smaller sports like water polo and swimming. These are great sports, but they draw nowhere near the popularity that soccer does. The skeptic will be quick to point out that USC does have a women’s soccer team and is limited by restrictions from Title IX.Yes, the Trojans do field a women’s team, a pretty good one too, as it won the NCAA tournament back in 2007. But USC’s constant claims that it cannot field a team because of Title IX is rubbish.Title IX requires that universities have equal funding for both men’s and women’s collegiate teams, which has contributed to the rise of women’s sports in the United States. While many smaller schools are hampered by Title IX regulations, leading to some sports teams being cut, larger schools such as UCLA, Stanford and Virginia, to name a few, all manage to have both men’s and women’s soccer teams.This past year, UCLA and Virginia played in the NCAA men’s soccer national championship game, with the Cavaliers taking the trophy home (thank God). Both of these schools also field highly competitive football and basketball programs, yet still manage to have a men’s soccer team. Other top schools like North Carolina, Louisville and California also manage to field teams in football, basketball and soccer.It is incomprehensible that a university with more than $4 billion endowment cannot find the money to fund a Division I men’s soccer program.As a former member of the USC men’s club soccer team here on campus, I can speak firsthand in saying that the interest and talent is present for the administration to start a Division I squad. Every semester, the club team draws over 100 players vying for a spot on a 30-man roster.Most of the players that play for the club team have the talent to easily play for competitive Division I or Division II teams. However, by choosing to attend USC, the players are stuck in a much lower level of play.The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, home to the USC football team, recently sold out an annual tournament featuring teams from Mexico’s premier soccer division. The Coliseum is also set to host the Mexican national team versus Ecuador this coming March.Soccer is growing rapidly in popularity, especially in Los Angeles, following the United States’ successes in recent World Cups. USC is situated in one of the largest youth soccer hotbeds in the country. Numerous players from the L.A. area, like Landon Donovan, have gone on to play professionally.On top of international success, Los Angeles’ professional team, the Galaxy, has won the MLS championship three out of the last four years, while selling out almost every home game. On top of that, the Galaxy recently signed English star Steven Gerrard to a contract for next season, driving home the fact that U.S. soccer is becoming a global brand.How can a university which enrolls almost more foreign students than any other school fail to recognize the importance of soccer?USC often boasts about being one of the most diverse universities in the United States, enrolling more than 9,000 foreign students during the 2012-2013 year. Most of these students come from countries where soccer is viewed as a religion, leaving them shocked by the fact that the Trojans do not have a team.Upset by the fact that the university has yet to add a Division I program, some disgruntled students have taken action into their own hands. There is currently a petition on the popular website change.org with close to 800 signatures, almost 5 percent of the undergraduate student body.The university recently announced that it will be adding another men’s sport in the coming future, after women’s lacrosse was added three years ago. Along with wrestling and lacrosse, soccer is one of the sports up for consideration. For now, students will have to be content with intramural and club soccer.There will always be obstacles, and I’m not saying it will be easy, but adding a men’s soccer team to USC is a must. The ball is in your box, USC. Give the students what they deserve and bring the beautiful game to Los Angeles.Nick Barbarino is a junior majoring in business administration. His column “Beyond the Arc” runs Fridays.
Christopher Isiguzo in EnuguThe Head of Public Relations, at the Nigerian Communications Commission, (NCC), Reuben Muoka, has stressed that the need to improve the quality of Nigerian tennis players is largely responsible why his commission is sponsoring the 2017 NCC Tennis League to the tune of N23million.Speaking after a two-day first semifinal of the NCC Tennis League held at the Enugu Sports Club at the weekend, Muoka said the commission remained committed towards encouraging young talents. â€œThe major objective is to improve tennis in the country because we take quality tennis to all parts of the country and those that participate in this tournament are those best Nigerian tennis players in males and females”, Mouka disclosed.According to him, the winner of the tournament would go home with N7 million, while the first runner-up will receive N5 million. The 3rd and 4th positions will receive N3 million and N2 million respectively.The NCC spokesman said Nigeria did not have tennis league until NCC introduced matches between teams in 2015, in which eight teams participated, comprising males and females.â€œWe partnered the International Tennis Academy (ITA) and the Nigerian Tennis Federation (NTF) in 2015, to organise the first tennis tournament in Nigeria, which had eight participating team.Last year, about 10 teams participated and 12 teams are participating in this yearâ€™s edition.“Apart from what the winners will get, we also gave each of the twelve teams the sum of five hundred thousand naira (500,000), to enable them prepare for this competition,â€ stressed Muoka.The Executive Captain of Tennis Section of Enugu Sports Club Dr. Lawrence Azike said the essence of the tournament on the part of Nigeria and NCC was in line with the government’s desire to partner the private sector to promote sporting activities in the country.He said it would be an opportunity to empower Nigerian youths to make a living and contribute their own quota towards national development.The tournament which had been taken to 12 different major cities of Nigeria; Abuja, Lagos, Kaduna, Kano, Port Harcourt, Enugu, Ilorin, Onitsha, Jos, Ibadan, Ekiti and Owerri, had its first semifinal in Enugu and produced team Muller as the winner after defeating team Ndoma with 5-2 aggregate.Another round of semifinal will be in Abuja in December to produce the team that would play the final with Team Muller in Lagos.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions LOS ANGELES – It had been 20 days since Tyson Chandler last checked in for the Lakers, and in those eight games, the team’s playoff dreams had gone from iffy to down the tubes.The 36-year-old had dealt with various pains that he called “knick-knack” injuries — hip stiffness, neck stiffness, ailments that kept the 7-foot center from being himself. But for the Lakers’ 111-106 elimination at the hands of the Brooklyn Nets, he didn’t want to sit out.“Even if it was just for this game, f the team decides to go young, or whatever, I wanted to show guys that I’m here,” he said. “That regardless of the situation, I’m here, I’m gonna compete, I’m gonna suit up with you.”Friday night’s loss marked the bitter end of a dream for the Lakers this year, one that had escaped weeks before, but took some time to finally crystalize: The team will officially be out of the postseason for the sixth straight season, more playoff absences than the entirety of franchise history before 2013. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIt was a tough pill for everyone in the Lakers’ locker room to swallow, but particularly for veterans whose contracts will run out this summer. While many of the summer signings have since been maligned as the roster has struggled to shoot and defend during the second half of the season, it was clear that the veteran group fought to hold off the Lakers from elimination Friday night the best they could, without players like Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram who started the year as critical pieces of the team.Related Articles Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Luke Walton said he saw signs of that pride come out — the kind of pride that the Lakers sometimes lacked earlier in the season against less-heralded opponents.“My message pregame was pretty basic, simple: It was as the men and competitors that we are, we owe it to ourselves and to our teammates, our fans and the game of basketball to play as hard as we can and compete as hard as we can no matter what our record is,” he said. “So, nothing special. Just the truth of where we’re at as a group and I thought we did a nice job of giving that type of effort tonight.”Losing 10 of their last 11 games, the Lakers had been heading toward this territory, but the actual elimination prompted some reflection on what led them to this point after such high hopes at the start of the season. For the most part, they avoided talking about chemistry issues around the trade deadline that heightened nerves, but they spoke candidly about how injuries sapped the franchise’s ability to create that chemistry.LeBron James, who suffered the lengthiest in-season injury of his career, expressed empathy for Walton and his staff which he has sometimes withheld. The Lakers have had 22 different starting lineups through 72 games, no one lineup more than 18 times. That constant shuffle made it impossible to find consistency, James said. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers “Throughout the whole season we just had bodies and bodies and bodies and bodies be down,” he said. “And it’s just hard for us to have any type of rhythm, any type of camraderie, and type of chemistry on the floor when Luke has to play with the lineups over and over and over and try to figure out different scenarios on the court to be successful.”Some of the Lakers’ early season blueprint emerged against the Nets, particularly for JaVale McGee who scored a career-high 33 points. The 7-footer struck some nostalgia for the early part of the season when he thrived offensively for the Lakers, before he caught pneumonia and found difficulty regaining his early form.That’s what McGee lingered on — the “random” injuries, including season-enders for Ingram and Ball, two different month-long injuries for Rajon Rondo, the groin injury for James. He said it was as if some unseen force “put juju over us.”“What’s astonishing to me is the rash of injuries we saw this year,” McGee said. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like that in my life.”There were other issues of course: the lack of 3-point shooting (33 percent, 29th in the NBA); the doldrums around the trade deadline that saw the Lakers lose focus; the top-10 defense that fell far off after Ball got hurt (112.3 defensive rating since All-Star break, No. 24 in the NBA).Still, the veterans alleged, they would’ve been able to weather all the problems had they just stayed healthy, in that rhythm that they had in December.“You can point fingers at all the trade dialogue that was going,” Chandler said. “I honestly think, yeah, that’s a distraction. It’s always a distraction for every team at that time of the year. But for us, if we have a full cast, it’s not as big a distraction as it was. We got hit by the injury bug.”For rosters due for as much turnover as the Lakers are going to have this summer, veterans face the most uncertainty for the remainder of the season once the playoffs are finished. The Lakers could opt for younger players to eat more of the minutes, since there’s no guarantee any of the vets will be back. Even James, who is the one significant veteran with a contract that extends past this summer, could see more absences as the Lakers try to protect his health — a possibility James acknowledged Friday night.For Chandler, finishing his 18th NBA season, there’s a good chance his 3-point, 7-rebound night against the Nets could be one of his last. He said he won’t consider retirement until the summer — “I never want to be a player to cheat the game” — but he will be considering it.In the meantime, whether he’s wrapping up his career, or merely getting ready for one more season, he said he’ll find pride playing for his hometown — regardless of what he once hoped for the Lakers this year.“We’re professionals, not only that, we’re the Los Angeles Lakers,” he said. “So you go out and compete no matter what. There’s definitely kids and a whole bunch of people who are still tuning in and watching who expect you to go out and play so they can cheer for their team.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed
Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/7e/a2/alex-morgan-uswnt-2019_1ltt8l0cwsfv2146zswy1b2ko7.jpg?t=1207945275&w=500&quality=80 The U.S. women’s national team may be on course for a historic fourth World Cup title, but they still make a fraction of what their male counterparts make despite having achieved so much more. The USWNT fought for a raise and received one in 2017, when players saw an undisclosed salary hike. USWNT player salaries vs. U.S. men’s soccer teamUSWNT goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris told the New York Times she expects to earn “between $300,000 and $400,000” in 2019, though another unnamed USWNT player estimated she’d make $167,500.Former USWNT goalkeeper Hope Solo is reported to have earned $240,019 with the national team in 2015 by FiveThirtyEight, compared to USMNT players Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard, who earned $428,022 and $398,495 respectively. The same outlet says Carli Lloyd made $366,000 in 2015 after adding up all of her bonus money, appearance fees, and other income related to the World Cup and other tournaments. This is in addition to her salary for being on the national team, and what she made for playing in the NWSL. That is almost as much as what Manchester United player Alexis Sanchez makes on a weekly basis, at $440,000 a week. Despite the pay rise, the USWNT still make drastically less than the men’s team, even though they are far more successful. The USWNT have won three World Cups and four Olympic gold medals. The men’s team haven’t won an Olympic medal in more than a century, were knocked out at the last-16 phase in the 2014 World Cup and failed to even qualify for the 2018 edition in Russia.WORLD COUPLESUSWNT stars and their athlete significant others at the 2019 World CupAnd earlier this year, the USWNT team filed a lawsuit against U.S. Soccer, seeking better pay for women, who reportedly earned 38 per cent of what their male counterparts make.That lawsuit stipulated that if each team played and won 20 exhibition games in a year, “female WNT players would earn a maximum of $99,000 or $4,950 per game, while similarly situated male MNT players would earn an average of $263,320 or $13,166 per game”.The lawyers representing the 28 USWNT players and U.S. Soccer have since agreed to mediation outside of court to settle the wage dispute.How much do the USWNT players get paid?Most of the USWNT play at the club level in the National Women’s Soccer League (NSWL), with minimum yearly salaries in the region of $16,538, and the maximum salary rising to $46,200 since January 2019.This means that the minimum salary for NWSL players doesn’t meet the living wage. Meanwhile, the minimum yearly salary for the first 24 players on each MLS roster rose from $67,500 in 2018 to $70,250 in 2019. The minimum for remaining players, who must be 24 or younger, was increased from $54,500 in 2018 and $56,250 in 2019.U.S. Soccer subsidizes the NWSL, which would not exist without its financial support, whereas MLS is self-sufficient. NWSL is in its sixth season and salaries in MLS (now in its 24th season) were similarly low when it was in its infancy.USWNT compensation works differently than organizations across the world. Usually what happens is that a club pays a player a salary, and the national federation then compensates the player for appearances on the international level. For the USWNT, however, it’s the federation (U.S. Soccer) that pays the club salary; the women then draw a second salary for their national play, which is a departure from the men’s team. It’s impossible to calculate what an average USWNT player would make due to their different sponsorship deals and bonuses, but it’s fair to say that should they win the World Cup this summer in France, the top players could earn over $400,000 overall this year — with the average possibly coming in closer to $500,000. This also comes before endorsement deals, which can add hundreds of thousands of dollars more for star players. But this doesn’t take into account the significantly smaller cash pool that the Women’s World Cup earners are awarded compared to the men’s tournament. They will earn just 7.5 percent of what their male counterparts would earn.Prize money for winning the 2019 Women’s World CupThe 2019 World Cup winners will split $4 million, with the total prize money awarded to all participating teams this summer in the region of $30 million. Both figures are double of what the Women’s World Cup paid teams during the 2015 World Cup tournament in Canada, but it is still 7.5 percent of the total prize money awarded to the 2018 men’s World Cup champions, France.During the 2018 World Cup in Russia, 32 teams competed for $400 million in prize money, with champion France awarded $38 million. France’s payout alone is more than what all 24 women’s teams will compete for in the 2019 World Cup.World Cup prize money: Men vs. womenWorld Cup yearTotal purseWinner’s prize money2018 (men)$400 million$38 million2019 (women)$30 million$4 millionWhat is Alex Morgan’s net worth, salary?Star player Morgan is arguably her country’s most recognizable hero, and is reported by Money to be earning upwards of $1 million annually. Morgan’s net worth is estimated to be over $3 million according to Celebrity Net Worth, and Time named her the highest paid American female soccer player in June 2015, attributed mostly to her endorsement deals, having signed partnerships with businesses like Nike, Panasonic and AT&T among others.Her teammate Julie Ertz also has an estimated net worth of $3 million, but these two are by far the outliers of their team in terms of wages.Morgan is considered one of the world’s greatest female athletes, but Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi — who each earn over $100 million in salaries — make 100 times more than she does. It seems like a decent amount of money, and it is, but it still pales in comparison to what their USMNT counterparts have been making annually.Twenty-year-old USMNT star Christian Pulisic is set to take a hefty pay rise from his $1.1 million per year contract with Borussia Dortmund following his $74 million move to Chelsea, which made him the most expensive American soccer player of all time.Toronto FC and USMNT midfielder Michael Bradley earns a $6 million salary and $6.5 million total compensation.