The English Premier League may garner most of the headlines regarding the value of its soccer clubs, but the NFL is quietly proving to be the top sports league on the planet. Forbes magazine just released its annual list of the most valuable sports franchises and the NFL owns 27 of the top 50 places. The American football league posted 20 of the top 50 teams last year. However, the leagues that suffered the most were the NHL and Nascar as not a single team made the top 50. In fact, the 50th-ranked team is worth $1.48 billion and that is the Jacksonville Jaguars of the NFL. The number one franchise this year is the Dallas Cowboys NFL squad as it’s worth $4 billion, which is a 25 per cent jump from last year.
Scotland’s Andy Murray and Serena Williams of the U.S. won the Wimbledon men’s and women’s singles titles respectively at the All England Tennis Club in London. Murray, who is ranked number two in the world, beat Milos Raonic of Canada by scores of 6-4, 7-6, 7-6 on July 10th while the top-ranked Williams beat fourth-ranked Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 a day earlier. The 29-year-old Murray has now won two Wimbledon singles events as he also took it in 2013 and has three Grand Slam titles in all in 11 finals. The 25-year-old Raonic, who was born in Montenegro and moved to Canada at the age of three, was playing in his first Grand Slam final. He’s also the first Canadian male to play in a Grand Slam final.
The 2016 inductees into the Hockey Hall of Fame were recently announced and include former forwards Eric Lindros and Sergei Makarov as well as goaltender Rogatien Vachon and coach/general manager Pat Quinn, with Quinn being inducted posthumously. The Hall of Fame’s 18-member selection committee said the induction ceremony will take place at Toronto’s Hockey Hall of Fame this November 14th. Lindros, Vachon and Quinn were born in Canada while Makarov hails from Russia.
Lindros was the first-overall draft pick in 1991 when he was selected by the former Quebec Nordiques from the Oshawa Generals junior club. However, the youngster made headlines when he controversially stated that he wouldn’t report to Quebec. His stance divided the nation and his rights were eventually traded to the Philadelphia Flyers. The centre from London, Ontario was a dominant NHL player during the 1990’s. He was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in 1992/93 and won the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league’s most valuable player in 1994/95 when he scored 70 points in just 46 contests. He then had a career-best 115 points the next season in 73 games.
The 2016 NBA Draft was held on June 23rd with a total of 60 players being taken with 22 of the 30 first-round picks coming from American colleges.
The Philadelphia 76ers had the number one overall pick and took Australian forward Ben Simmons out of LSU (Louisiana State University). Simmons has a lot of upside and most experts feel he’ll become a regular all-star in the league even though there have been concerns about his leadership qualities in college. The last time Philadelphia had the top selection they drafted Allen Iverson, so they’re hoping Simmons may end up being just as good. The 19-year-old Simmons, who is 6-feet-10-inches tall, is the first LSU player to be taken number one overall. There was some sad news for the Simmons family though as Ben’s cousin Zachary Simmons was killed by a hit and run driver in Hoboken, New Jersey two days after the draft.
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