Saturday 16 December 2017

Carrzone: Opening soon - The Woods Jupiter. What's in a name?

Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods

When Rory McIlroy signed a sponsorship deal, believed to be worth €191 million, with Nike, he parted company with Jumeirah, Santander UK, Titleist and Oakley.

We learned the company liked to "own" a player, from his hat to his shoes, his clubs to his bag. His friend, Tiger Woods (above) has been associated with Nike since 1996.

At one point during his career, it's said Tiger was earning over €30m a year from Nike. Now we discover that those fees covered more than just having Nike's name on his sleeve. Woods is opening a €7.5m restaurant in Florida which won't be called Tiger's Place or even Tiger Woods.

Instead, it will be known as The Woods Jupiter: Sports and Dining Club. This is because the commercial rights to the name Tiger Woods are owned by Nike. The developer of the project, due to open in May, has revealed that he's even required to seek Nike's permission to use the name Tiger Woods in his press releases.

'It's not cricket!' complains India batting legend Sunil

Indian cricket batting legend Sunil Gavaskar (125 Tests), former interim President of tthe Board of Control for Cricket in India, couldn't resist having a pop at the England cricket and football teams when Eoin Morgan's side lost to Bangladesh and exited the World Cup, with one win and four losses in the tournament.

"England have won only one game," he told India's commercial NDTV network. "They are a nothing side. Every time there is a World Cup in football, everyone speaks how they will do this and that but at the end of the day they are just an overrated team, both cricket-wise and football-wise."

William Hill Australia tweeted the cruel jibe, "What's the difference between England and a teabag?" Answer, "The teabag stays in the cup longer." With three wins to their credit, Eoin Morgan's former team mates Ireland play Pakistan on Sunday knowing a win would see them progress to the quarter-finals.

Van Gaal now in danger of losing his star goalkeeper

With Manchester United facing a fight to claim a top four Premier League position that would ensure Champions League football next season, the team's unsteady performance against Arsenal in the FA Cup highlights another major concern for Louis Van Gaal - how to keep 24-year old Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea (above) at the club.

The experienced manager must realise he's done himself no favours by leaving his goalkeeper exposed behind an unstable roster of defenders prone to schoolboy errors.

Described by Roy Keane as "the best goalkeeper in the world at the moment", de Gea is believed to be top of Real Madrid's wanted list. If Van Gaal's earlier reluctance to strengthen his defence results in his star keeper's departure from Old Trafford, it could undermine his credibility.


Youngest F1 driver ever

The wild conspiracy rumours swirling around the start of the F1 season in Australia on Saturday as a result of Fernando Alonso's test crash two weeks ago, shouldn't be allowed to take from a historic first in Melbourne. Debutant Red Bull driver Max Verstappen will become the youngest driver ever in the history of Formula One. He's 17 and shrugs off comparisons to Ayrton Senna. "I want to break all records," he says.

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