Golf

France will host 2018 Ryder Cup after all-star support

By Sportingintelligence 17 May 2011 France have won the right to stage the 2018 Ryder Cup, seeing off challenges from rival bids from Spain, Germany, the Netherlands and Portugal. France's campaign had a number of high-profile supporters from sports away from golf, including Manchester City's Patrick Vieira, who outlined France's Ryder Cup case to sportingintelligence in March, in articles linked here and linked here. The France 2018 bid emphasised its legacy value, which proved sufficient to see it past an understanably emotional appeal to send the event to Spain in memory of the late, great Seve Ballesteros. More about the bidding process can be found...


Rio Ferdinand, English football’s Twitter king, closes in on 1m followers

By Nick Harris SJA Internet Sports Writer of the Year 12 May 2011 Rio Ferdinand is closing in on a new Twitter landmark of one million followers, a milestone that will cement the Manchester United centre-half’s place as the most popular English footballer on the micro-blogging network. The 32-year-old England international is also the most followed footballer of any nationality based in Britain, and one of the world’s most popular athletes from any sport on Twitter. At 3pm today Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) had 993,002 followers, and is adding them at a rate of around 200 per hour. At that speed, he should go past the million mark...


Slam dunk: NBA the richest sports league in the world by average pay

By Nick Harris SJA Internet Sports Writer of the Year 22 April 2011 The best paid sportsmen in the world, judged on average earnings per player across whole leagues, are the basketball players who make their living in the NBA in North America, according to the findings of sportingintelligence's Global Sports Salaries Report 2011 (GSSS 2011), published today. Across the 30 teams in the NBA, the average base salary in the latest completed season was £2.9m per player per season, or £55,816 per week. At current exchange rates, that equates to US$4.79m per year (which is €3.29m per year) or US$92,199 per week (which is...