The Big Deal Weekly: Our 2024 predictions, Warner's post-retirement plans, Luai's Tigers move, Goorjian's domestic desire, managerial shuffle & more
Newsletter no.65, 4 January 2024
We’re back for 2024!
To start the year, Tredders and Huddo have made their predictions for sports business in 2024.
We’ve looked at Australia’s most valuable sports team in 2024, Australia’s most marketable athlete (both female and male), most valuable sports event, and any sports business trends in the year ahead.
WARNER - GUN FOR HIRE?
David Warner’s farewell tour continues and his retirement should set him up quite well.
Warner is likely to become a ‘T20 gun for hire’, with the Indian Premier League, Big Bash, Major League Cricket and The Hundred among others, set to pursue.
However, he also lost his bag on a Qantas fight, with Schapelle Corby replying on Instagram with a pearler of a comment.
MITCH MARSH’S PAY RISE
All-rounder Mitch Marsh is set for a bumper pay rise, with selectors contemplate giving him the steering wheel for the T20 World Cup.
Marsh is positioned in the middle of Australia’s contract list currently, but could expect a major bump of $500,000 to $800,000 per year if his form continues, in addition to match payments and prize money share.
Marsh has averaged 67 in five Tests since being recalled in the Ashes.
SOUTH AFRICAN TEST OVERHAUL
In a stunning situation, only two players involved in South Africa’s Test win over India are in a 14-man squad for two Tests in New Zealand in February.
Cricket SA named a squad, which includes seven uncapped players and a new captain, Neil Brand.
Only Keegan Petersen and David Bedingham remain from the innings win against Indian in Centurion.
Due to a ruling by Cricket SA, no players contracted to franchises in the SA-20 competition, which overlaps with Tests, are eligible.
Tests should always take precedence.
LUAI SET TO JOIN TIGERS
Penrith star Jerome Luai is set to join the Wests Tigers on a five-year, $6 million deal from 2025 after the Panthers chose to waive their 10-day ‘cooling off’ right.
The Panthers couldn’t get near the Tigers’ deal, offering three-year, $2.5 million.
AUSSIE COACHES ON THE MOVE
The Milwaukee Bucks have picked up former five-time NBL champion coach Trevor Gleeson as an assistant coach on Adrian Griffin’s staff.
Gleeson had spent two previous years with Griffin at the Toronto Raptors.
This kills off any possibility of a return to NBL coaching ranks next season.
However, Boomers coach Brian Goorjian has flagged he wants a return to full-time coaching after the Paris Olympics.
Right now, Adelaide and Illawarra have interim coaches installed in Scott Ninnis and Justin Tatum.
Goorjian coached the Hawks from 2020-2022, finishing third in both seasons.
The Sydney Kings and South East Melbourne Phoenix, who both this season welcomed new coaches, could also have their heads turned at a former legend of both cities.
AUSSIE YOKOHAMA PATHWAY CONTINUES
Harry Kewell will succeed Kevin Muscat at Yokohama F Marinos, and John Hutchinson will follow as his assistant.
Both Ange Postecoglou and Kevin Muscat went on to win the J1 League titles during their tenures, and despite a second-placed finish last season, Kewell will have pressure on him.
Kewell’s previous managerial experience has come in England, with Crawley Town, Notts County, Oldham Athletic and Barnet.
Manchester United and England legend Wayne Rooney has been sacked as manager of Birmingham City after just 15 games in charge.
The Blues made a shock decision to sack John Eustace and replace him with the ‘bigger name’ Rooney, while sitting in sixth place in the Championship table.
After only two wins in their next 15, they now reside in 20th.
INTER MILAN IN STRIFE
Serie A leaders and sitting in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League. Life should be rosy at Inter Milan.
However, it’s not, with murmurs of bankruptcy surfacing in the media after 10 board members were paid their annual compensation.
The club’s debt is currently at $898 million, although down from $980 million after the sales of Marcelo Brozovic and Andre Onana.
MESSI’S HOUSING IMPACT
Lionel Messi’s arrival in Fort Lauderdale has caused quite the stir in a positive way.
Entrepreneur and podcaster Patrick Bet-David is one of his new neighbours.
He said to VladTV he had made $25m USD on the equity of his house, purely because of his world champion neighbour.
Jason Day has left Nike and signed with Korean streetwear brand MALBON Golf, further fueling rumours Nike is exiting the golfing landscape.
Murmurs of Tiger Woods’ deal with the apparel giant ending started the speculation late last year.
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