I don't think any serious soccer fan doubted that FIFA was rife with corruption...it seemed to be a situation that no one liked but no one seemed able to do anything about.
The magnitude of the bribes is pretty staggering though...that's a lot of money to launder.
During my trip to WC 2006, we sat with the Portuguese delegation at the Portugal Angola match...picking up tickets on the street before the game. Similarly at WC 1998, sat in the Nigerian band section even though we were all wearing opposing teams' colors.
Later finding out that this one entrepreneurial scalper got around 10k tickets from various delegations...and does this every 4 years.
Relative to the allegations going on now, the black market for tickets, which basically went back to the pockets of various countries' federation administrators, seems a minor concern.
Apples, tomatoes, potatoes, and raspberries aren't so bad though.
PSG tops the list at $9.1M a year for average salary.
San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) are in there at #298 at $179k above most of the Scottish, Chinese and Japanese soccer league teams.
Upper tier MLS teams are in the $500k range which puts them near
the bottom of Ligue 1 (France), La Liga (Spain), and Serie A (Italy).
Toronto is tops of MLS at $891k at #204.
EPL's Crystal Palace brings up the rear of EPL at #177 at $1.7M right there with the bottom of the NFL with
Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets.
Yes, the average Hull City player makes more than the average Dallas Cowboy!
Tampa Bay Rays bring up the rear for MLB at $2.3M at #132.
India's IPL Cricket league is right in there with NBA and MLB, actually 2nd overall to NBA and above MLB in average salary across the league!
The salaries move smoothly from #330 up to #11 then there's a jump to #10 with Arsenal (EPL) at $7M.
At that point the list is dominated by soccer powerhouses with only Yankees #9 $7.3M and Dodgers #5 at $8M.
NBA is right in the top region pretty tightly around $4M except for two outliers Orlando ($2.8M) and Philadelphia ($2.2M).
This leaves out some 2nd division soccer leagues such as the English Championship and Bundesliga 2, Serie B, and Segunda that would likely push out many of the teams from #275 down.
try 0.625 Gallons/minute low!
We just got one...and I'm impressed (yes, we confirmed the flow rate...it was around 0.6 to 0.7...close enough.
It's actually an improvement over the 2Gallon/minute head that we had on it.
It has a simple adjust nob to adjust the focus of the water and it works nicely.
It was a little expensive $75...compared to the next best option:
the High Sierra 1.25Gall/min for $35 or so.
This is my favorite amusement park ride...memories of first riding it with my sister when we were little. Also, the boys' first coaster...they were 2 and barely tall enough and people were looking at us as if we were crazy taking them on...but they loved it...the Abominable Snowman made an impression on them then (and the old one didn't even move).
Also, thanks to UEFA (not the same as FIFA btw) for scheduling the Champions League Final on my birthday...what a swell bunch of guys.
I did get a great and timely surprise gift from my Amelia and the boys...a Juventus Pirlo jersey...perfetto! great timing...kick off in 2 hrs.
Esquire has a piece on the subject of E.P.C.O.T....and many Disney biographies go into the demise of the concept after Disney's death...but the Esquire article links to a fabulous web site that chronicles the subject in great detail:
Check it out for the original promotional video that Walt made just a month or so before his death...it was used to sell the concept, but without him around it was pretty much dead.
The idea is still ahead of its time.
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