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davidnark

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  1. Court cases have held that players have a legal right to monetize their image and likeness. This isn't an NCAA decision.
  2. Hey, thank you guys. I really appreciate it. I haven't been on here for a few days, but my dad who is a serial billikenboard browser told me about his thread. It really makes me appreciate this great community!
  3. Are these announcers drunk? They are sort of funny.
  4. You state a very specific 14th best league in the world with a certainty even though it is highly subjective. I have seen rankings that put it anywhere between 7 and 15. Ironically, the valuation of teams in MLS is actually greater than nearly all the teams in Europe outside of the Champions League regulars. Soccer leagues are difficult to rate. There are 5 leagues in Europe (England, Spain, Germany, Italy, and France) that are universally considered the top leagues in the world, and the English Premier League is generally considered the top league and generates the most money. However, the top teams in MLS actually have bigger budgets and nicer facilities than the bottom teams in France, Italy, and Spain. For example, Venezia (in Venice) plays in a largely makeshift stadium that only seats 7,400, but AC Milan plays in the same league with a 75,000 seat stadium. MLS is unique in that the teams can spend unlimited amounts on 3 players, about a million dollars on 2 players, and then only has $5 million to spend on the rest of the rosters. That makes for some really disjointed teams and talent levels, and makes it very difficult to compare the league and its teams to others in the world. The interest level of MLS teams in some markets such as Atlanta, Austin, KC, Seattle, and Portland is comparable and better to teams in the other major sports. However, the teams in NYC and a few other notable markets have really struggled to keep a fan base. MLS has some of the best facilities and wealthiest owners of all the leagues in the world and has all the resources and potential to be a top global league if it takes some calculated risks. The 2026 World Cup in the US is considered a critical inflection point.
  5. MLS and soccer show great popularity relative to traditional sports in the US in recent sports surveys. The TV rating numbers for soccer in the under 35 age metric are good. Also, if you combine the TV ratings from the English and Spanish broadcasts, they are respectable across all ages. The step-change in soccer in this country will come when MLS pulls off the training wheels (aka salary cap and limited DP, TAM, and other rules) and permits the ambitious owners to compete with the top 5 leagues in Europe to fill rosters. The new media contracts are under negotiation, and they are expecting the rights to the annual 48-team MLS/Liga MX to substantially drive up the value, which we hope will be invested into new roster rules. It may be another decade or so, but MLS is being positioned to eventually compete with MLB and NBA to be the 2nd most popular league in the US. https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/01/morning-consult-survey-generation-alpha-favors-soccer-basketball-and-football.html
  6. This is my last post on this topic forever, but I am concerned that your attempted rebuttal above exemplifies the fake news issue spreading so much misinformation today. I cited you peer-reviewed, highly-powered, and well-controlled studies establishing that children acquire and spread the virus at the same rate or higher than adults (albeit typically asymptomatically), and you respond with basically an irrelevant fact that has no association with the infection and transmissibility data.
  7. Your information is wrong. I prefer facts from scientist. Here is the explanation: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/science/science-briefs/transmission_k_12_schools.html#:~:text=Similar to adults with SARS,from COVID-19. "Studies that have systematically tested children and adolescents, irrespective of symptoms, for acute SARS-CoV-2 infection (using antigen or RT-PCR assays) or prior infection (through antibody testing) have found their rates of infection can be comparable, and in some settings higher, than in adults." The peer-reviewed studies are cited if you want to read them.
  8. The masks aren't really about preventing the wearer from getting sick but rather from preventing the spread of the virus, which 100% relies on human hosts to spread and mutate. Without vaccines for kids, this is the only tool available to prevent kids from spreading the vaccine. However, once a person is fully vaccinated the masks admittedly deliver diminishing returns. When properly worn, mask are shown to add between 40 and 50% incremental protection. If you aren't vaccinated at all, that 40-50% protection is significant. If you are double-vaccinated with Moderna or have gotten a booster, that increment is a rounding error.
  9. As we all well know, the vaccines are important and necessary, but they do not provide complete protection. The level of protection they provide is a function of type of vaccine, time since vaccinated, age, exposure level, personal health condition, and other factors. For someone like me (a fully vaccinated 40 something) and my basketball-crazed son (a fully vaccinated and healthy 15-year-old), the health risks from a breakthrough Covid case are minimal, and therefore we renewed our tickets and will be attending games. By contrast, a breakthrough case for my 77-year-old father who has underlying health conditions could be catastrophic. The reality is that my father is much more representative of most of the SLU season ticket fan base and allowing the unvaccinated and untested in the building presents the biggest risk to this group. The university certainly understands this risk and has implemented vaccine mandates in all other campus facilities. For it not to impose the same safeguards and protections at Chaifetz—already in place at nearby Enterprise Center, Powell, and Fox—is disappointing and shocking. This decision could literally kill longtime fans. Steve is free to shut this thread down, but I think this is a relevant and important issue for the program and this season. The university has put it's senior fan base in a difficult position to accommodate the small percentage of people who are unwilling to do their part to help eliminate a community health crisis.
  10. I will give the naysayers the benefit of the doubt and assume they struggled in their science and statistics courses and it is not a matter of pure selfishness or ignorance. As we all well know, the vaccines are important and necessary, but they do not provide complete protection. The level of protection they provide is a function of type of vaccine, time since vaccinated, age, exposure level, personal health condition, and other factors. For someone like me (a fully vaccinated 40 something) and my basketball-crazed son (a fully vaccinated and healthy 15-year-old), the health risks from a breakthrough Covid case are minimal, and therefore we renewed our tickets and will be attending games. By contrast, a breakthrough case for my 77-year-old father who has underlying health conditions could be catastrophic. The reality is that my father is much more representative of most of the SLU season ticket fan base and allowing the unvaccinated and untested in the building presents the biggest risk to this group. The university certainly understands this risk and has implemented vaccine mandates in all other campus facilities. For it not to impose the same safeguards and protections at Chaifetz—already in place at nearby Enterprise Center, Powell, and Fox—is disappointing and shocking. This decision could literally kill longtime fans. Steve is free to shut this thread down, but I think this is a relevant and important issue for the program and this season.
  11. It really doesn't matter. It isn't about super-spreaders. It is about protecting individuals from those who aren't willing to do their part to help stop the spread of a community health crisis. As Charles Barkley put so simply and eloquently, "You get vaccinated to protect those around you, not yourself."
  12. I fully agree. My father has hardly missed a home game over the last 40 years, but he hasn't renewed his season tickets because they haven't instituted a vaccine-check policy like nearly every other major indoor entertainment venue in the city. It is quite shocking considering the university otherwise has a vaccine requirement. I did note that at least one person associate with large funding for the university has tweeted anti mandate stuff, so I wonder if there may be some undue influence.
  13. Because of Pulisic, I watched most of Chelsea's games this season. I was a Mount skeptic for a long time, but I was a fan by season's end. He isn't super explosive or flashy, but he has great ball skills, excellent positioning and movement, and really keeps the offense and possession flowing for Chelsea. I do wonder how well that will translate to international play where the players don't get as much time together in their system.
  14. After the first 5 minutes, this ridiculously valued England team has looked very average. I tend to think English players are always overvalued because nearly all of them (Sancho aside) ply their trade in the league with an abundance of cash to overpay players. I cannot figure how Sancho didn't make the game squad.
  15. I wasn't a D1 athlete, but I absolutely loved college and graduated in 3 years. I am now over 20 years into my "9 to 5" professional career and realize it is a exponentially easier to stack another year of work for financial gain than it is to get back those glorious college years, especially if you are big man on campus. Everyone has to make their own decision under their own circumstances, and I don't fault J Good for whatever he decides, but don't underestimate a chance to extend what will almost certainly be some of the best years of his life.
  16. We just became so easy to scout. Pack it in and force us to shoot over you. Guard the drive and give the outside shot to Yuri and Goodwin. Expect Yuri to pass after he penetrates. Quickly close out on Gibson. Play physical with Perkins. Guard French's spin move. Recognize the athleticism of Thatch, Jacobs, and TJ, so force them to beat you with basketball skill. It today's game where most teams feature 3-5 guys on the court who can consistently make outside shots, we often had just 1 on the court at a time. Knowing this fact, I would have gone 10 deep and played a mix of full and half-court pressure defense all the time to accelerate our strengths and limit everything I described above.
  17. My interpretation is the the A-10 is going out of its way to ensure SLU gets in the tournament. This schedule and tournament design is favorable to SLU. It also creates favorable SOS to get 3 (or maybe even 4) teams in the tournament from the A10.
  18. Wow. So 12 of the 16 players had it, Coach Ford, and possibly other coaches or staff. Plus, French had it earlier. At least there will be good immunity on the team during the postseason.
  19. 14 days is CDC recommendation. 10 days is acceptable if no symptoms. 7 days is acceptable if you have a negative test on day 6 or 7. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html City of St. Louis is still 14 days after last exposure: https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/health/communicable-disease/covid-19/documents/upload/Quarantine-Guidance-for-Contacts.pdf Does anyone know what date SLU is expecting to be able to re-open the team's activities?
  20. Except that Majerus played a double post with a stretch big, and Ford tends to play 4 out and 1 in, which means you are really comparing Loe/Remekun to French/Linsen/Bell and Evans/Ellis to Perkins/Jacobs/Hargrove.
  21. This we can agree on; there are at least 2 guys on this team I would rather have the ball ahead of Goodwin with the game on the line (Collins, Perkins, and maybe Jacobs). Only Marque Perry and Larry Hughes were as good as Jett at getting a bucket with the game on the line. Goodwin just doesn't have the handle, crossover, or outside shot necessary for that role. Give me Yuri with the ball, Perkins and Gibson on the wings, and Goodwin ready to crash the offensive boards.
  22. This year's team would run that team out of the gym. Majerus's teams just didn't have enough raw talent and depth.
  23. I love Jett, but everyone forgets that Jett didn't even start until his senior season. He was basically a more polished version of Fred Thatch for several years at SLU. He had a great, great senior year, but Goodwin can do so many more things on the court.
  24. I respectfully disagree Steve. Yuri is a difference-making point guard with better a/o than anyone on that team. I would take Yuri over McCall, Goodwin over Jett, Perkins over Ellis, and French over Evans, and this team takes spots 5-10 without any debate. The Majerus team didn't have anywhere near enough talent to hang with this team. I think this team takes 18/20 games against them.
  25. I am hopeful as well since FSMW has been dropped from the streaming services. It really just depends whether they signed an exclusive local broadcast deal with FSMW. Being so late in the game, it is possible that the deal isn't exclusive for streaming.
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