“It is a partnership that, as well as having the necessary financial benefits, provides the EFL with the platform to maximise reach and exposure for its competitions, alongside providing further opportunities for clubs to monetise some of those games not broadcast on television through a (direct to consumer) offering.”Earlier this month it was reported that Leeds, Villa and Derby were among 15 Championship clubs threatening to form a breakaway ‘Premier League 2’ should the unfavourable deal be signed off, though League One and League Two teams are believed to largely accept the terms of the new agreement. REPLY Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars huge blow Sky’s new TV deal explained A number of Championship clubs are ready to mount legal action to stop the EFL’s new TV rights deal with Sky Sports.Leeds, Aston Villa and Derby are the most outspoken against the new deal, which was signed on Monday and is worth £595million over five years. 1 RANKED However, a number of their second-tier rivals agree that the new deal is undervalued, especially as Sky can now show Championship matches behind their red button service and can increase their total number of televised games from 138 to 158 in the final two years of the contract.And, according to The Times, a crisis meeting has been called for so Championship clubs can discussing taking legal action against the EFL, who are claimed to have defied the wishes of the majority of clubs by signing the deal. Latest Football News shining MONEY Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade A large number of teams are ready to mount a legal challenge to stop the deal coming into force, while they are also calling for Shaun Harvey, the EFL chief executive, to resign.Upon confirmation of the deal, Harvey said: “The deal we have entered into with Sky, after fully testing the current market through our external advisors, allows our clubs the benefit of financial security which was an absolute priority for us throughout this process. BEST OF Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card The deal guarantees the EFL £119million per season no dice The EFL and Sky agreed a five-year deal worth £119million per season, up £31m per season on the exisiting deal.Sky are able to broadcast 138 EFL games a season, with a minimum 20 of those being League One and League Two matches.In the final two years of the deal, this total rises by 20 to 158 games broadcast every season.16 of those games will be Championship matches on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, and Sky will also get eight additional midweek games as co-exclusives with the clubs’ streaming services.They will also be available to Sky’s residential customers via its red button service. ADVICE
The sold-out MusiCares Person of the Year gala honoring Bruce Springsteen will take place Feb. 8, two days prior to the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards.The event will be at the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles. Check-in will open at 5:30 p.m. as well as a cocktail reception and silent auction. To preview some of the auction items, click here. Dinner will follow at 7:30 p.m. and the concert will begin at 9 p.m.Alabama Shakes, Zac Brown Band, Jackson Browne, Ken Casey, Kenny Chesney, Ben Harper, Emmylou Harris, Faith Hill, Jim James, Elton John, Juanes, John Legend, Natalie Maines, Tim McGraw, Tom Morello, Mumford & Sons, Patti Smith, Mavis Staples, Sting, Eddie Vedder, and Neil Young will perform at the tribute concert in honor of Springsteen.Hosted by Jon Stewart, attendees will include Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and MusiCares; Scott Pascucci, MusiCares Foundation Board Chair; and Paul Caine, MusiCares Board Chair Emeritus. In addition, a host of celebrities, along with prominent music industry and entertainment executives, are scheduled to attend. Rob Mathes will be the evening’s musical director.The 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year gala, which will celebrate Springsteen’s exceptional artistic achievements and philanthropic work, will begin with a cocktail reception and silent auction, sponsored by Starkey Hearing Foundation, that will offer an exclusive and unparalleled selection of luxury items, VIP experiences and one-of-a-kind celebrity memorabilia for bidding guests. The auction will be followed by a gala dinner sponsored by AEG, and a star-studded tribute concert sponsored by Acura/ELS Studio. Acura RLX is the MusiCares “Vehicle of the Year.”The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute is one of the most prestigious events held during GRAMMY Week. Proceeds from the annual Person of the Year tribute — now in its 23rd year — provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need.Past MusiCares Person of the Year honorees are Tony Bennett, Bono, Natalie Cole, Phil Collins, David Crosby, Neil Diamond, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Don Henley, Billy Joel, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney, Luciano Pavarotti, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon, Sting, Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder and Neil Young.GRAMMY Week culminates with Music’s Biggest Night, the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards, which will take place live on Sunday, Feb. 10 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network from 8–11:30 p.m. ET/PT.Source:Grammy.org
To purchase tickets, or to make a contribution to the We Are Family Foundation, please visit wearefamilyfoundation.org. Contributions are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.Arrivals and reception begin at 6:30pm on Friday, April 29, 2016 followed by the awards ceremony, dinner and live concert with Nile Rodgers & CHIC and Bono beginning at 7:30pm at the Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom located at 311 West 34th Street in New York City. On Friday, April 29, 2016, the We Are Family Foundation (WAFF), a not-for-profit organization founded by legendary GRAMMY Award winning musician, Nile Rodgers, will honor Bono at Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.Bono will receive the We Are Family Foundation Humanitarian Award, which honors a person in the public eye who has made tremendous efforts and inroads into making the human condition better throughout the world. The lead singer of the iconic and award-winning band U2, Bono is also a long-time activist in the fight against AIDS and extreme poverty in Africa. He is the cofounder of ONE, a global advocacy and campaigning organization and (RED) which works with companies to raise awareness and funds for the fight against AIDS. Previous recipients of the WAFF Humanitarian Award have included Sir Elton John, Sting & Trudie Styler, Steven Van Zandt, Nile Rodgers, Jackson Browne and Peter Gabriel.“The DNA of musicians in general is to give the gift of music to people around the world. And, in times of tragedy, musicians are the first to organize and give their music and themselves to help raise awareness, funds and in many cases a place to start to heal. For decades Bono’s passion for humanity continues through his work as a voice to solve some of our biggest issues on a global scale. I am proud to have him as this year’s We Are Family Foundation Humanitarian honoree, and I’m honored to call him a friend.” says WAFF Founder & Chairman, Nile Rodgers.The funds raised will support WAFF’s mission and programs including WAFF’s signature program, Three Dot Dash, which identifies, supports and mentors Global Teen Leaders actively working on programs that address basic human needs and promoting a more peaceful world; and TEDxTeen, a global educational platform for extraordinary teenagers to share their ideas, stories and inspire millions.