Sports FIFA: DFL and EA extend expiring contract
Al-Khelaifi, Valcke in Swiss court for FIFA corruption trial
BELLINZONA, Switzerland — Qatari soccer executive Nasser al-Khelaifi and former FIFA official Jérôme Valcke spent their first day at federal criminal court in Switzerland on Monday for a corruption trial expected to last two weeks. Al-Khelaifi, the president of Paris Saint-Germain and chairman of Doha-based broadcaster beIN Media Group, and Valcke came to court separately and did speak publicly. A third defendant, Greek marketing agency executive Dinos Deris, whose name is also spelled Konstantinos Nteris, did not attend the opening of the trial citing medical reasons.
The German Football League and Electronic Arts announced on Monday that they will be extending their cooperation "long-term" beyond 2021/22. Future titles in the FIFA series will also receive a comprehensive license package, and the Virtual Bundesliga is also guaranteed.
EA has been an official partner of the Bundesliga since 1998, and the publisher will continue to receive exclusive license rights in the field of match simulation after the 2021/22 season. The expansion of the cooperation guarantees the continuation of the authentic implementation of the Bundesliga and 2nd Bundesliga, including all clubs and players, the package is garnished by the Supercup. The partnership between DFL and EA has undergone constant further development over the past few years, exemplified by the introduction of awards such as the "Player of the Month" or the "Team of the Season".
Belgium tops first FIFA rankings since pandemic shutdown
ZURICH — The first FIFA men’s world rankings for five months were still led by Belgium on Thursday after the shutdown of European teams during the coronavirus pandemic ended in September. Belgium leads an unchanged top four nations from 2018 World Cup winner France, Brazil -- which has yet to play in 2020 -- and England. Portugal, the reigning European and UEFA Nations League champion, rose two places to No. 5. Rankings after the November international break will decide seedings when FIFA draws the European qualifying groups for the 2022 World Cup in early December.
The contract extension is also of great importance for professional German eFootball: The Virtual Bundesliga should be guaranteed for the coming years. The only eSport competition of a professional football league that is directly integrated into the game to date has been steadily expanded in the past; with more than 130,000 participants, the VBL Open was recently the most popular competitive tournament format in this category. According to the DFL, the expansion of the cooperation underscores "the strategic relevance of the eSport sector" for the patron of German professional football.
"From the champions to the newcomers"
"Our partnership with the Bundesliga is expanding the status of EA SPORTS FIFA as the most authentic interactive football experience in the world," said Nick Wlodyka, Vice President and Managing Director of EA SPORTS FIFA. "Only in FIFA 21 can millions of Bundesliga fans play with all 18 clubs, from last year's champions to the newcomers. And only here can they compete in stadiums like the Paderborn Benteler-Arena or the Berlin stadium at the Alte Försterei and the classic in front of the Yellow Wall of Signal Iduna Park. "
A precise duration of the new contract was not communicated. On the part of the DFL there is talk of a "long-term" extension, EA SPORTS speaks of an extension of "several years".
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Kentucky's John Calipari fires back at Louisville's Chris Mack in video: 'Out of his mind' .
Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari has fired back at Louisville coach Chris Mack's complaints about scheduling in a voting PSA video.Seemingly in response to Mack's Twitter video alleging Calipari and Kentucky were leaving out key facts in the debate about whether the annual basketball rivalry game would be played between the two schools this year, Calipari tweeted a video Wednesday evening that starts with him saying, "I know you've been waiting for me to talk, because there's all kind of important things to talk about.