English Premier League, Mikhail Prakaram, Nets discussed on ESPN Daily

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These generations. And so what you're describing TJ to be blunt again here is another paradox. This is a progressive cause in theory, women's sports being funded dramatically by people who are complicit in an autocratic regime. Yeah, progressive in this case is in the eye of the beholder. The oligarchs who run these teams and pay these salaries. I don't think they're in it for the cause. The economics of it are such that both in terms of money and in terms of social capital that they place great value in these teams they own and the success of those teams and they're willing to pay a ton of money to do it. And what those athletes now are going to have to confront is the same question that the English Premier League and the NBA have to confront right now. You know, you had a Russian oligarch, Mikhail prakaram, who owned the nets until a couple of years ago. And it's a huge fight in the UK right now with the Brahma vich being forced to sell Chelsea, one of the, you know, one of the great franchises in that country's history is in utter chaos because of it. And people know where oligarchs get their money. These are, you know, these are not stupid people running these organizations. They could Google and figure out how all the guards get rich and who supports them. But they were willing to live with it because the money was so good. And that falls on the athletes too is if you're taking the check and you like the money and you like the attention and maybe there's good reason socially to do it. But this is who you're getting into business with. Well, TJ, I do wonder now if we are at a turning point, a real one because of the invasion of Ukraine because of the reckoning out in the cold light of day that you're describing that maybe this isn't a side job that people are going to eagerly sign up for despite the benefits financial and lifestyle that you've described. Like where are the WNBA players besides Brittany griner now? Where are they geographically at this point who usually play in Russia? Well, a lot of them are home. Others are going to be looking at teams in Italy and Israel and turkey. Look, with all those countries, there are hot button geopolitical issues without a doubt. And if anybody, I don't care what sport it is, men's women's U.S. UK, Russia, the way some owners make their money. People are going to have.

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