It’s a very, very busy time in the sports world. Outside of the NBA, the major sports have all kicked off their seasons or are very close to doing so. Soon, we will have both college and NFL football to go along with MLB action and golf. There’s also the big European soccer leagues that have just started. So a lot is on the plate, so to speak, and a lot of news today has came down that could shape how we end up viewing the sports year.
The biggest story is Urban Meyer’s suspension by (the) Ohio State University. Didn’t want to confuse you with another one there. The Buckeyes have decided to sit their head coach for three games to begin the season after they concluded their investigation into the allegations surrounding assistant coach Zach Smith. Many people saw this coming, not believing that Meyer would get much of a slap on the wrist. This is a little more extreme than imagined, but it’s still not that big of a deal. The thing that is perhaps most infuriating about all of this is that he seemingly has not apologized to Courtney Smith. We’ll see if there are further ramifications to come. Could they lose without him being there and lose their chance at the Playoff? We shall see.
Another big, big event that has now been confirmed will be the highly-anticipated winner-take-all match between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. The 42 and 48 year olds will meet on the day after Thanksgiving in Las Vegas for the sum of a paltry $9 million. To add to fuel to the fire, they will be playing on PPV. This seemed to be a surprise at first, but it appears that both players will have live mics. This will give fans a look into the pair on the course as never before, and thus should drive buy rates even more than expected.
Elsewhere, the NFL has stated that it will be making no further changes to the new helmet rules. They also announced that they would not be altering the way in which the instant replay system is used. There are a lot of players and coaches that are unclear on the new hitting rules, so this will be interesting to see how it all unfolds when the season begins. We could see a lot of flags and ejections for things that simply don’t seem right.