Tim Hortons Roll Up The Rim scraps are shaken by coronavirus worries

TORONTO –
Tim Hortons says he is getting rid of the Roll Up The Rim cups because of the new coronavirus and is moving much of the annual contest into his app.

The chain of coffee and donuts is removing all the paper cups of the competition for health reasons regarding the staff handling items recently taken and sipped by customers who return them for prizes.

Tim Hortons does not identify COVID-19 as a catalyst, but says that “the current public health environment” means “it is not the right time for team members … to collect the rolled up cards that have been in people’s mouths” .

The company says it will redistribute all $ 30 million in prizes to restaurant giveaways and a digital contest.

On Friday, Tim Hortons and McDonald’s Canada became the last coffee suppliers to stop accepting reusable cups brought by customers amid concerns about the epidemic, with the number of confirmed cases in Canada rising to 57 as of Saturday.

The temporary move followed similar decisions from Starbucks and The Second Cup Ltd. announced earlier in the week.

This Canadian Press report was first published on March 7, 2020.

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Canada added 30,300 jobs in February, 5.6 percent unemployment rate: StatCan

OTTAWA –

The unemployment rate in Canada rose a tenth of a percentage point to 5.6 percent, while the economy added 30,300 net new jobs in February, Statistics Canada said on Friday, beating growth expectations amid concerns for the new coronavirus outbreak.

The agency said the gain was driven by Quebec, which posted third consecutive earnings and saw its unemployment rate drop to 4.5 percent, the lowest level in the province in the past four decades of comparable data.

Overall, the national unemployment rate also approached the 40-year low, although it rose slightly as more people were looking for work. The agency’s latest workforce survey said that most of the nationwide earnings were achieved full-time, an increase of 37,600 positions, while part-time employment decreased by 7,300 compared to January.

On average, economists had expected the agency to report an overall increase of 10,000 jobs for February and an unemployment rate of 5.6 percent, according to financial market data firm Refinitiv.

“The bottom line is that the economy was doing relatively well before it hit the virus storm,” said BMO chief economist Douglas Porter.

“This is actually three months in a row where we’ve seen fairly robust job growth in Canada,” he said in an interview.

“It was a relatively healthy check for the Canadian economy, at least in mid-February.”

Statistics Canada collects data from the mid-month job and wage survey, which means “there is little to be gathered about how employers are reacting to the COVID-19 outbreak,” wrote senior economist Brian DePratto at TD Bank, in a Note.

“If it weren’t for COVID-19, this version would make us optimistic,” he wrote.

“The rise in the unemployment rate was also for the” right “reason for more Canadians looking for work or otherwise engaged in labor markets.”

The employment report followed the Bank of Canada’s decision earlier this week to cut the key interest rate by half a percentage point to 1.25% due to concerns about the immediate impact of the new coronavirus.

Governor Stephen Poloz said the central bank wanted to cut rates “decisively” to have a bearing on the Canadian economy against the effects of COVID-19, similar to when oil prices plummeted about five years ago. .

He said that the immediate effects the virus will have on business investment and consumer spending meant that the downside risks to the economy today outweighed the continuing concerns that the rate cut would increase financial vulnerabilities in Canada, such as the high debt of families.

Statistics Canada said Friday that young workers saw an increase of 20,000 jobs month-to-month, mainly for those aged 20 to 24, but the cohort’s unemployment rate has not changed from 10.3 percent.

While there have been earnings for young workers, employment for the core of Canadian workers aged 25 to 54, as well as those over 55, remained stable for the third consecutive month in February.

The agency said there were gains in production, with 16,000 jobs and an increase of 23,000 jobs in the retail sector. These gains were offset by 15,000 fewer people working in professional, scientific and technical services in February, concentrated in Ontario, and 13,000 fewer jobs in the housing and restaurant services sector.

Compared to a year earlier, the overall numbers show that Canada added 245,000 jobs, an increase of 1.3 percent, which was largely driven by gains in full-time work. Average hourly wages rose to $ 28.66 from $ 27.54 for all workers 15 years of age or older compared to the same month in 2019, an increase of approximately 4.1 percent.

The fact that the Canadian job market lasted in February is no surprise, given that consumer and business confidence has remained just as tough despite railway blockages and coronavirus, senior RBC economist Nathan wrote in a statement. Janzen.

“Canadian labor market numbers remained broadly solid in February, but this will likely be of little importance to markets or policymakers, given the growing concerns over the spread of the new coronavirus outside China’s borders,” said the note.

A quick look at the February occupation (numbers in the previous month in brackets):

  • Unemployment rate: 5.6 percent (5.5)
  • Employment rate: 61.8 percent (61.8)
  • Participation fee: 65.5 percent (65.4)
  • Number of unemployed: 1,133,800 (1,124,400)
  • Working number: 19.189.400 (19.159.100)
  • Youth unemployment rate (15-24 years): 10.3 percent (10.3)
  • Male unemployment rate (over 25): 4.9 percent (4.9)
  • Female unemployment rate (over 25): 4.7 percent (4.6)

Here are the last month’s jobless rates by province (numbers in parentheses from the previous month):

  • Newfoundland and Labrador 12.0 percent (11.9)

  • Prince Edward Island 8.0 (7.5)

  • Nova Scotia 7.8 (7.4)

  • New Brunswick 6.9 (7.5)

  • Quebec 4.5 (5.1)

  • Ontario 5.5 (5.2)

  • Manitoba 5.0 (5.1)

  • Saskatchewan 6.2 (6.0)

  • Alberta 7.2 (7.3)

  • British Columbia 5.0 (4.5)

Statistics Canada also released seasonally adjusted three-month moving unemployment rates for major cities. However, he warns that the figures can vary widely as they are based on small statistical samples. Here are the last month’s jobless rates by city (numbers in parentheses from the previous month):

  • St. John’s, N.L. 8.1 percent (7.4)

  • Halifax 6.6 (6.4)

  • Moncton, N.B. 5.3 (5.1)

  • Saint John, N.B. 7.0 (7.4)

  • Saguenay, Que. 5.9 (6.1)

  • Quebec 4.1 (4.1)

  • Sherbrooke, Que. 4.5 (4.6)

  • Trois-Rivieres, Que. 4.7 (5.3)

  • Montreal 5.5 (6.0)

  • Gatineau, Que. 4.7 (4.8)

  • Ottawa 4.2 (4.2)

  • Kingston, Ontario. 5.2 (5.7)

  • Peterborough, Ontario. 6.6 (7.6)

  • Oshawa, Ont. 7.0 (6.7)

  • Toronto 5.4 (5.5)

  • Hamilton, Ontario. 4.9 (4.8)

  • St. Catharines-Niagara, Ontario 5.5 (5.2)

  • Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Ontario. 5.5 (5.4)

  • Brantford, Ontario. 4.7 (4.3)

  • Guelph, Ont. 5.1 (5.0)

  • London, Ontario. 4.9 (5.0)

  • Windsor, Ontario. 8.3 (8.3)

  • Barrie, Ont. 4.3 (5.0)

  • Sudbury, Ontario. 5.3 (5.0)

  • Thunder Bay, Ontario. 5.3 (5.1)

  • Winnipeg 4.9 (5.2)

  • Queen 6.6 (6.7)

  • Saskatoon 6.5 (5.8)

  • Calgary 7.4 (7.2)

  • Edmonton 7.8 (8.2)

  • Kelowna, BC 5.3 (4.2)

  • Abbotsford-Mission, B.C. 4.7 (5.0)

  • Vancouver 4.4 (4.5)

This Canadian Press report was first published on March 6, 2020.

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Biden vs. Sanders: who has more chances to win according to polls | International

Good! Today I am writing to you late because I wanted to comment on the results of the Super Tuesday: there are news in the Democratic primary. Then I tell you about the coronavirus numbers, which has had me busy this week.

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1. Sanders vs. Biden 🇺🇸

The basics: The race to be the Democratic candidate against Trump is now a fight between two, Joe Biden (moderate) and Bernie Sanders (left wing). Biden has won 9 or 10 of the 15 territories that voted on Tuesday and already has more delegates.

The numbers. The table shows the probability that each candidate has to end up winning the primaries according to various forecasts, without even counting on the withdrawal of Michael Bloomberg, who was third and just left. In this special you can see the information updated every day.

Biden vs. Sanders: who has more chances to win according to polls



  • Biden is the new favorite. It is first placed by the model of FiveThirtyEight, which feeds on surveys, but also betting markets. Your options are likely to improve in the next few hours because of Bloomberg’s withdrawal, which has given him his support.
  • But those predictions reflect great equality. Biden would win 2 of 3 times and Sanders would do it in the third. That is more or less like a Champions League final, where the favorite usually wins, but not always. Another way to see it is to imagine Sanders throwing a dice: he needs a five or a six.
  • How has Biden soared? Moderate Democrats (or little supporters of Sanders) seem to have coordinated around them, which was one of the two possibilities I raised last week. Biden benefited from winning in South Carolina, because he captured the attention and forced the abandonment of Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg.

The slide On our tracking page you can also see the evolution of the predictions since January. Look at the overturn that the bets have given this week:

Biden vs. Sanders: who has more chances to win according to polls



✏️ Medium term keys:

  • Trump will probably be the Republican candidate. In PredictIt They give you more than 90% chance.
  • The face-to-face duels? According to the data of Real Clear Politics, in the polls that give choice between two candidates Biden Trump is imposed by five points (50% to 45%), while Sanders does it by four (49% to 45%).
  • We do not know who will be president. PredictIt’s prediction market sees things tied: Trump would have a 53% chance, followed by Biden (37%), Sanders (5%) and other Democrats. The forecast is basically a draw.
  • Yes we know that it will be a septuagenarian. It is almost certain that the next president will be over 70 years old: Trump is 73, Biden 77, Sanders 78 and Warren 70.

2. Coronavirus, worse than the flu 🦠

The basics: Last week the comparison between the coronavirus and the common flu was used to downplay the new virus, but it is a weak argument: the data known from Covid-19 say it is more contagious and more lethal than the flu. I told him yesterday here with Nuño Domínguez, Matter mate.

The coronavirus spreads more. Common flu It has a 1.3 reproductive number, which means that each infected passes the disease to 1.3 people. When the number is greater than one, the disease tends to spread, as happened in 2009 with the H1N1 influenza pandemic, which had a reproductive number of 1.5 and could not be contained. Now that virus is one of the four that cause the common flu. The available studies They point out that the coronavirus reproductive number is between 2 and 3. If no special measures are taken, Covid-19 would infect more people than the flu.

Biden vs. Sanders: who has more chances to win according to polls



Coronavirus also seems more lethal than the flu. In Wuhan, 2% of the detected patients have died and about 0.7% outside of Wuhan, according to the WHO. Are here those and other estimates. They are rates between three and twenty times higher than those of the common flu (0.13%, according to the CDC). The common flu caused 20 or 30 million sick people in the US last year, which accounts for 7% of the population. The EU disease control center it speaks of between 4 and 50 million cases of influenza and between 15,000 and 70,000 deaths.

Biden vs. Sanders: who has more chances to win according to polls



  • Important: it is likely that these lethality figures end up being lower. The reason is that there may be many patients who are not detected; people who have mild symptoms and do not go to the doctor. That will reduce the mortality of the virus. It is an effect that has already occurred with H1N1 (the graph shows that its mortality at the beginning was 0.4%, although it is now estimated at 0.1% or less).

Another problem is the lack of immunity. Even with 0.1% lethality, this new virus can be problematic if the total number of infected people far exceeds that of a common flu, as García-Sastre explained: “Unlike the seasonal flu, where there is a number of people who are not infectious because they have immunity, nobody has it against this virus, so it will infect many more people … I believe that this coronavirus is not going to be like the 1918 flu virus, but like the pandemic H2N2 virus of 1957. ”

Thoroughly. How does coronavirus compare to the flu? The numbers say it is worse.

3. A random indecision 📺

An average American adult spends 7 minutes a day making the decision of what to see in video services such as Netflix or HBO. Natalia Marcos tells in EL PAÍS. The data is a curiosity, which we know from a study by Nielsen, but it illuminates the world we are going to: many details of our lives will be measurable.

Main streaming platforms.


Main streaming platforms.

Clearly, Netflix and HBO know how much time we spend choosing what to see in their catalogs. They know if we become undecided on weekends and what premieres we are running to see. In ten years they can tell us if we become less indecisive with age. Can they infer other things? I would not be surprised if in the future they can detect if you are with your partner, that they intuit perhaps a principle of dementia in your new slowness and that they know quite surely if you have had a second or third child recently.

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The $ 500 metallic NES will return to the market

If you were looking for the NES more elegant in the market, then surely you will have heard of the metallic version that launched Analogue in 2014 and that quickly became one of the most coveted consoles among collectors, not only for its design, but thanks to everything it offers us. Now, this elegant version will return to the market.

The Analogue NT Mini is essentially the NES original but with tickets for the NES and cartridges Famicom. It has golden ports, including an HDMI. The entrances for the control of the NES are transparent, and although they do not offer any additional benefit.

This new version of the modern classic, the Analogue NT Mini V2, replace the original silver finish with an anonidazo finished metal, which looks pretty good with the golden entrances.

In addition to the new look, the v2 also includes an improved NES cartridge slot, a remodeled user interface, and a new wireless control for the NES of 8BitDo.

The Analogue NT Mini Noir It is now available for pre-sale in limited quantities, with an anticipated delivery date for July.

Via: Kotaku

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Nifty today: what changed for D-Street while you slept

NEW DELHI: S&P futures stabilized this morning after a 3% night dip in US equities. Shares in South Korea, which is under attack by coronavirus, also recovered, giving hope for a recovery in Indian stocks.

Here pre-market actions are being analyzed.



COMMERCIAL CONFIGURATION
Singapore trading lays the foundation for a good start
Singapore’s swap futures futures traded 68 points, or 0.58 percent, up to 11,889, indicating a strong start for Dalal Street.

Technical view: elegant resistance at 11.900-11.920
Nifty50 battled during the global selloff on Monday and formed a Bearish Belt Hold pattern on the daily chart. The index had to deal with the selling pressure of the word before barely closing 11,800 brands on closing. Analysts said the 11,900-11,920 zone will act as immediate resistance. On the negative side, the index can potentially drop below the 11,700 level, they said.

It will likely test key support
Nifty could soon test the 200-day simple moving average of 11,682.8, with the greater support of 12,000 being breached on Monday by sales of FII on cash and derivatives markets. The FII reaction highlighted panic in global markets for the rapidly expanding corona virus from China to other parts of the world. Derivative analysts cited the overnight buildup in the interest opened for the February 27th 11,700 deadline set Thursday – close to the deadline – for their forecasts of the markets testing the 200-day SMA of 11,682.

Asian equities, recovery of S & P500 futures
E-Mini futures for the S&P 500 rebounded by 1% to compensate for a portion of the steep 3.35% loss that the cash index suffered overnight. South Korea’s hard-hit market rose 0.8 percent and helped MSCI’s broader index of Asia Pacific stocks outside of Japan counterattack. Japan’s Nikkei was still down 2.8 percent, but was only catching up on the global sell-off on Monday.

US equities plunged 3% overnight
The industrial average of Dow Jones fell by 1,031.61 points, or 3.56%, to 27,960.8, the S&P 500 lost 111.86 points, or 3.35%, to 3,225.89 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped to 355.31 points, or 3.71%, at 9,221.28. All 11 major S&P sectors closed in red, led by the 4.7% drop in the energy sector and followed by a 4.2% drop in technology stocks.

Rebound in crude oil prices after a 4% drop
Oil surged on Tuesday as investors did good business after crude oil benchmarks fell nearly 4% in the previous session, but fears that the widespread coronavirus could cause much more economic damage than limited gains were initially thought. . Brent crude rose 29 cents, or 0.5 percent, to $ 56.59 a barrel.

Yellow metal at the highest levels in 7 years
Gold rose to 2.8% on Monday at its highest level in seven years, while investors were worried about global economic growth in the face of sharply increasing coronavirus cases outside China. The turnaround in the yield curve between 3 and 10 year US Treasury yields has intensified, in what economists see as a sign of recession. The yield on the 10-year reference Treasury US10YT = RR has fallen to its lowest level since July 2016.

The IFIs sell shares for Rs 1,161 million
On Monday, net and net foreign portfolio investors (FPI) were sellers of national equities worth Rs 1,160.90 on Monday, suggested data available with NSE. The DIIs were net sellers for the sum of Rs 516 crore, the data suggest.

MONEY MARKETS

Rupee: Monday’s rupee dropped 34 paise, closing at a low of more than three months of 71.98 against the US dollar, monitoring strong sales of domestic equities and the strengthening of the US currency in the foreign market.

10-year bonds: the yield on 10-year bonds in India fell 1.53 percent to 6.33 after trading in the range 6.31-6.34.

Call Rates: The weighted average exchange rate of overnight calls was 4.93%, according to RBI data. It moved in the range of 3.70-5.25 percent. (Data not updated)

HAPPENING TODAY

  • Trump will hold US-India bilateral meetings
  • BoE Haldane Speech
  • Fed Mester speech
  • Japan Leading Economic Index Dec
  • US House Price Index December

MACRO


Trump is passionate about defense sales in India
United States President Donald Trump promised Monday to strengthen trade ties between the United States and India and said that the United States is ready to provide India with defense equipment ranging from drones to helicopters and missile systems. . “We are looking forward to providing the best and most feared military equipment” in India, “Trump said, addressing a crowd of over 100,000 people at a stadium in Gujarat shortly after arriving on his first visit to the country.

South Korea reports 60 new virus cases
South Korea has reported 60 new coronavirus cases, increasing the total number of infected patients in the country to 893, Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said Tuesday.

The Japanese FM market looks closely
Japanese finance minister Taro Aso said Friday that he was following the market’s moves closely, while Asian equities sank for fear that the coronavirus epidemic could cause much greater economic damage than previously thought. Aso said the government, however, was not considering taking further economic policy measures in response to the expansion of the coronavirus epidemic.

Adani thinks about Air India
With the government pushing for the divestment of Air India, the industrial conglomerate Adani Group could emerge as one of the bidders for the national carrier laden with debt. According to well positioned sources, the group held a series of internal discussions on whether or not to present a manifestation of interest and that the discussions are still in the preliminary stage.

Banks ask the DoT not to invoke the Voda guarantee
Vodafone Idea lenders met with DoT officials over the weekend, warning that invoking operator bank guarantees due to legal debts will lead to defaults as Telco is unable to repay the banks. They urged the DoT to find a solution to maintain a three player telecommunications market. The lenders reminded the DoT that a substantial part of the shares of Rs 57,000 is supported by guarantees and, if invoked, the banks will have to pay those to the government on behalf of the company

FATF Gray List haunts FIIs
Mauritius, the tax haven that has been used by foreign investors for three decades to bet on Indian equities, is now on the “gray list” of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) – an intergovernmental political body that establishes money laundering AML) standards . The FATF announced its decision Friday. With jurisdiction subject to FATF’s close monitoring, India will close its doors to new FPIs that open a shop in Mauritius, but could allow existing FPIs registered with Sebi to trade until the market regulator makes a final decision. in the field.

Fear of the virus affects TVS Motor production
Scooter manufacturer TVS Motor said Monday it expected a 10% drop in February production as the supply of components used in vehicles was hit by the coronavirus epidemic. “The outbreak of the pandemic coronavirus (COVID-19) has led to an impact on the supply of certain components for the production of BS-VI vehicles,” said the company.

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Johnson launches a plan that leads to a minimum relationship with the EU | International

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, this Monday in Greenwich (London). On video, Johnson’s statements.



Johnson waited three days for the idea that Brexit is already a reality to settle to clearly explain his strategy for the tough negotiations between London and Brussels over the next 11 months. And left no room for doubt. It will not accept any treaty that obliges the United Kingdom to strictly align itself with Community rules – in quality, labor or environmental standards – or to submit to EU courts. “We have long been told that we must choose between full access to the EU’s internal market in exchange for accepting its rules or its courts [lo que se ha llamado el modelo noruego] or a trade agreement that opens markets and avoids all the EU regulatory panoply such as that existing with Canada [CETA, en sus siglas en inglés]. We have already made the decision. We want a global agreement like Canada’s. And in the unlikely event that we do not succeed, the agreement will be based on the withdrawal agreement that we have already signed with Brussels, ”Johnson said. The final choice, he insisted, will be between a relationship similar to that enjoyed by Canada with the EU or Australia – the southern continent is negotiating a new trade agreement with the Twenty-seven, but its scope is less than that of Canada.

Johnson’s announcement marks the first clash with Brussels over the design of the future relationship, a negotiation for which the European Commission approved its draft guidelines on Monday, which aims for a close partnership agreement that would make the United Kingdom an ally. exceptional in commercial matters, judicial cooperation, security, defense and support of a multilateral order.

We must negotiate the best possible relationship ”, stressed the European chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, who declared himself ready to offer an“ ambitious free trade agreement without tariffs or quotas for all goods ”that enter the common market and another“ for everything type of services ”. Barnier stressed that the offer is subject to two conditions: a pact that guarantees that there will be no unfair competition from the other side of the English Channel, and an agreement on the access of European fleets to British waters. And there will be a red line: collaboration will be suspended “automatically” if London abandons the European Court of Human Rights or passes a law that nullifies the rulings of that court, as defended by the most Europhobic wing in the United Kingdom.

Beyond good faith

Johnson, however, is betting on a mere trade agreement, the least ambitious option offered by the EU. To announce his strategy, he summoned businessmen and diplomatic representatives in the Hall of the Hospital of the Old Royal Naval College of Greenwich, in South London, and before what is known as the British Sistine Chapel, an allegory of naval, commercial and UK politician, and introduced himself as the advocate of globalization. Further,
He assured that no type of treaty is necessary for Brussels to be sure that the United Kingdom will not be an unfair competitor. “We are not leaving the EU to destroy its regulatory standards,” he said. “We do not intend to carry out any type of dumping commercial, social or environmental matters. You don’t even need to hear what I say. They just have to look at what the UK does. “

Although the British leader intends to make the negotiations a matter of good faith in this way, the mechanisms to verify a competition on equal terms between the parties are emerging as one of the main obstacles. The Commission also wants the European Court of Justice to have the last word in disputes over Community law that arise, and not an independent arbitration panel on both sides.

Many critics of the prime minister deduce from his words the outcome that they warned at the end of 2019, when Johnson struggled to push through the withdrawal agreement in Parliament and promised that he would avoid a disorderly exit. When the transition period ends on December 31st, if London and Brussels are unable to close a new trade deal, the exit will be, for all intents and purposes, the tough Brexit that Eurosceptics wanted from the start. The Prime Minister’s words seem to confirm the worst omens.

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The goal of Spanish football is 7,000 kilometers | It is LaLiga in EL PAÍS

7,000 kilometers. This is the approximate distance between Madrid and Miami and the one that separates LaLiga from its great international objective: to hold an official match outside the Spanish borders. The organization wants to get ahead of its competitors to be the first major European soccer league to take a meeting to another venue, following in the footsteps of the NBA, a pioneer in this field. The American city is the main candidate to host a proposal that, far from being a whim, the institution defends, is a key instrument for a competition that receives 42% of its income from the international market for the sale of audiovisual rights, three times more than five seasons ago. “To continue being the best league in the world, we must continue with this global strategy. It will make us generate more resources so that our teams can invest in talent, quarrying and facilities, ”says Óscar Mayo, director of International Development at LaLiga.

The global market is the field with the most growth margin for LaLiga, which has maintained a constant economic progression since 2012. In the last five years, the sale of television rights outside of Spain has exceeded 260 million euros in the 2013 season / 2014 to about 900 million in the 2018/2019 academic year. Likewise, the profits from sponsorship agreements in other territories have multiplied by approximately eight in the last three years. Some figures fed by the work carried out from the nine offices spread across the planet and with a presence in 46 countries: “We are one of the most universal Spanish products, every weekend fans from more than 200 countries sit in front of their television to experience the emotion of our competition ”, defends Mayo.

Across the pond an audience thirsty for soccer, a sport that one in three citizens in the United States follows (more than double the entire population in Spain), according to the World Football report 2018 produced by Nielsen. And while it still has a lot to grow, the latest Gallup poll notes that football has already surpassed baseball in popularity among the 18-34 age crowd and equals basketball. Another demonstration that the popularity of Leo Messi does not stop growing in a land where Los Angeles Lakers player Lebron James reigns. “The passion and drama aroused by an official meeting would allow us to get closer to the fans committed to following Spanish football, and more importantly, it would help us grow with casual fans, ”explains Boris Gartner, executive director of LaLiga North America, on the proposition of bringing a game to Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. The idea of ​​moving the headquarters of Villarreal-Atlético de Madrid on the sixteenth day will not finally be carried out after the rejection of the judge, who considers that the oral hearing, indicated for February, due to the complaint by LaLiga against the decision of the Royal Spanish Football Federation to prevent the Girona FC – FC Barcelona match from last season from being played in the USA.

Attendees at an event organized by LaLiga to watch a league match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid in Miami.


Attendees at an event organized by LaLiga to watch a league match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid in Miami.

Expansion worldwide also has a positive impact on clubs. This year was the first time since the 2012/2013 season that four Spanish teams (FC Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid, Sevilla FC, Atlético de Madrid) have been among the 30 richest in the world, according to the report. Football Money League 2019 prepared by Deloitte. The text points out two key aspects: better agreements for television rights at national and international level and “LaLiga’s effort to improve the potential of its brand abroad.”

Entities with less income are not left out of profits. Not only because of the increase in income from television rights, the main resource for many clubs, but in other important aspects such as the opening of training academies. Villarreal CF or RCD Espanyol, which has opened centers in locations as diverse as Algeria or China, are good examples of this.

LaLiga, awarded this year with the best internationalization strategy in the main event on the business of soccer in Europe, the World Football Summit, is not the first to launch into the conquest of other markets during the regular season. In the USA, the Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Football League (NFL), the National Hockey League (NHL) and the most followed basketball competition in the world, the NBA, have brought official clashes between their teams beyond national territory. It was the latter that became a pioneer in November 1990, when for the first time it held two official meetings in Tokyo (Japan) and opened a path that cycling, rugby or soccer have also explored in the hands of organized super cups. by the federations of France, Italy and Spain.

Since the 1990s, not counting friendlies, the American basketball league has organized thirty games in countries like Mexico and the United Kingdom, in addition to Japan. In January 2020, a duel between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Charlotte Hornets will be the first to land in France. To date, in the events held in Asia, Europe and America, the average attendance at the halls was exceeded on a large number of occasions, which in 2019 stood between 15,000 and 20,000 spectators.

In king sport, the English Premier League and the Italian Serie A are in the starting box to make the leap beyond their borders. For LaLiga, which has already formalized a proposal to hold a meeting of the 2018-2019 season also in the US, it would be important to take the lead. “We continue with the same idea and we will try to take a game of our football abroad, be it the USA or another place, as the world’s major leagues of different sports do,” Javier Tebas, president of LaLiga, explained to EL PAÍS in January. For the presiding body, the day he arrives will be, paraphrasing the famous words of astronaut Neil Armstrong, a small step for teams and fans and a great leap for Spanish football.

FC Barcelona and Real Madrid fans attend a match between the two teams held in Miami in 2017.


FC Barcelona and Real Madrid fans attend a match between the two teams held in Miami in 2017.

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