After a disappointing World Cup, the future is looking brighter in Britain

Photo A spectacular £140 million ($183 million) takeover in April of English soccer club Leeds United has given those that love the sport in the United Kingdom a rare reason to celebrate, and given…

After a disappointing World Cup, the future is looking brighter in Britain

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A spectacular £140 million ($183 million) takeover in April of English soccer club Leeds United has given those that love the sport in the United Kingdom a rare reason to celebrate, and given the continued growth of the Premier League as one of the most compelling forces in world football.

But the prime minister Theresa May criticized that transfer last summer and expressed the hope that the England national team would prove competitive again. And the men’s team’s worst showing at a major tournament in living memory, a last-16 loss to Colombia at the World Cup in Russia, won’t allow her to take much credit for Saturday’s winning celebration at Fylde Island beach, southwest England.

But her boss, British Prime Minister Theresa May, has probably used the broadcast rights revenues that will flow in this year from a revamped league that quadruples the fees that Britain is paying. Those profits will aid players and help to grow the product in the coming season.

The women’s team is another success story for the country at large, and has a chance of qualifying for the 2020 London Olympics in rugby union, and the men’s team can win the right to compete in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo in rugby sevens. If it does, it will be a first for the team in the Summer Games.

At the moment, American owners hold a total of four major league franchises in the U.S., and their presence is expanding.

The Miami Marlins, the American League team, will play half of their spring training games in Florida from the 2017-18 season onward, up from about a third. The Atlanta Braves, baseball’s worst team last season, are switching from Winnipeg to Duluth, Minnesota, this year. The New York Yankees are leaving Tampa Bay for their new ballpark in the Bronx, out of New York City.

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