There are plenty of ways to gamble on Super Bowl 2018, even for those that will watch the game but aren't big football fans. For those that don't know much about the New England Patriots or Philadelphia Eagles, "Super Bowl Boxes" or "Super Bowl Squares" might be the best way to get some action on the game.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Finally: As the college football season comes to an end, Keith Strudler, director of Marist College's Center for Sports Communication, shares his ideas about children on the field. KEITH STRUDLER, Director, Marist College Center for Sports Communication: I think it's time we end youth football altogether. I'm talking about 5-through-10-year-olds, grade school kids, the kids that, when they put on shoulder pads, they're wider than they are tall. I like youth sports, and I watch a lot of football. I embrace the positive virtues kids can get from organized athletics.
The company has scored the streaming rights to the upcoming season of NFL's Thursday Night Football, EW has confirmed. The one-year deal is for 10 games and worth $50 million, according to The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the news. Available only to Amazon Prime subscribers, the games will be shown on the streaming service, while simultaneously airing on traditional television; being split evenly between NBC and CBS. Last year, Twitter had the streaming rights to Thursday Night Football. This won't be Amazon's first foray into football, having recently ordered a second season of All or Nothing, its docuseries following an NFL team throughout a full season.
China has unveiled a strategy to become a "world football superpower" by 2050, with plans to get 50 million children and adults playing the game by 2020. Other targets include providing at least 20,000 football training centres and 70,000 football pitches by 2020. While China excels at the Olympics and Paralympics, it has only ever qualified for one football World Cup, in 2002. President Xi Jinping is a football enthusiast and previously said he wants China to win the World Cup in 15 years. The plan was published by the Chinese Football Association (in Chinese) on Monday.