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AEW’s MJF recently spoke with Rasslin’ about his future, as he continued to tease a potential move to WWE. His contract expiring in 2024 is something he has been open about many times, and that continued.

Whether he stays in AEW or moves, MJF is planning on earning plenty of money.

“Let me explain something to you, by 2024, daddy is going to make more money than The Hardys have made in their entire run,” he said.

MJF then went on to claim that he can’t wait to leave AEW, although he then teased retracting the statement. He also went back and forth on his relationship with Tony Khan in the interview.

“Once you get into Long Island, you don’t want to leave Long Island, so what does it matter if the traffic is bad coming out? I can’t wait to leave this company, how about that,” he said. “Oh no, hope that doesn’t ruffle any feathers in the office, oh no. Who said AEW? I didn’t say AEW, you just said AEW, maybe I did, maybe I didn’t. Maybe I’m in a shit mood, maybe I hate my boss, maybe I fucking love my boss, who knows?”

MJF explained what it is that causes his frustrations, which is down to former WWE Superstars earning lots of money. He doesn’t think they can hang with him when it comes to the ratings, and that is why he believes management has an issue with him.

“I think there’s a lot of stuff going on in this company that is inaccurate,” he said. “I think all these ex-fucking WWE guys that are making an absurd amount of money. When quite frankly they can’t sniff my fucking jock when it comes to the ratings I pull in whenever I am on screen, I think they can all go to hell. I think that somebody in the upper management has a problem with me, and it’s very obvious if you see what I am dealing with week to week.”

Tony Ferguson got a lot off his chest ahead of his first UFC fight in almost a year.

The lightweight contender, who returns to action against Michael Chandler at UFC 274 on Saturday in Phoenix, said he believes fighters in the promotion are underpaid.

Ferguson also blasted UFC president Dana White for not allowing him to compete in boxing – or other professional sports – while under contract with the UFC.

“Dana said something the other day … talking about how boxers are overpaid,” Ferguson told reporters Wednesday, per MMA Fighting. “I asked Dana to box. He said, ‘Fuck no.’ I’m like, ‘Why?’

“I wanted to go play baseball. I wanted to go do other sports. I’m an athlete. … But then I have this guy right here acting like a fucking drug dealer telling me I can’t go and do this shit. I want to go make more money for my family.”

Regarding his frustration with the UFC, “El Cucuy” said he’s not alone.

“A lot of fighters have been keeping their mouths shut for a long time,” Ferguson said. “You should ask some of the other fighters that have been fucking treated like shit for a long time, too. Because I’m not the only one thinking it or fucking saying it or seeing it.”

Ferguson, a former interim champion, will look to snap his three-fight losing streak against Chandler.

Saturday’s event features a lightweight title fight between Charles Oliveira and Justin Gaethje.

Paige VanZant recently discussed her signing with AEW and noted that she did her first appearances there for free. VanZant, who signed with AEW on Wednesday during Dynamite, spoke with ESPN for a new interview discussing her pro wrestling career.

During the interview, VanZant noted that she will continue doing MMA through Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship and noted that she did her first appearances in AEW for free. The report noted that she is going to train under David Heath, aka Gangrel. You can see some highlights below:

On her contract allowing her to do MMA: “I do want to do MMA still and I do see my future in MMA. I’m 27 years old. I’ve just been fortunate enough that my career got kick-started at a very young age.”

On getting into pro wrestling with AEW: “The more I got involved, the more I loved it. I just realized I was meant to be a part of the show. I wanted to be one of the wrestlers for them and I knew I would be really good at it.”

On not having trained yet: “My only frustration so far with my whole pro-wrestling journey is I would show up and I said, ‘Hey, I want to jump off the ropes tonight. I want to slam someone through a table tonight — someone is getting slammed through a table.’ They’re like, uh, you should probably train first. My only concern is they don’t let me do the crazy stuff right away. I want to go in there and I want to do all the crazy stuff. I want to fully immerse myself in this world.”

On what she brings to AEW: “I think I bring a lot to the table. I have a whole different audience that doesn’t necessarily follow [AEW] yet. I have the pro fighting audience — pro MMA and pro boxing. I think I bring a lot of value with my name brand.”

Brock Lesnar was among the highest-paid fighters during his time with the UFC, but he believes Dana White’s promotion could’ve compensated him better.

Lesnar opened up about his UFC run and relationship with White during an appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show” on Monday.

“Dana’s alright,” the former UFC heavyweight champion said. “I got a lot of money from him. … I probably should’ve got paid more, maybe.”

When asked to compare White to his current boss, WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon, Lesnar admitted he has a very different relationship with both men.

“I really can’t compare the two guys,” Lesnar said. “Honestly, my relationship with Vince is so different than it is with Dana over the years. Vince and I have had a love-hate relationship for the last 20 years, but it’s been good. We’ve got a lot of water under the bridge. I have a lot of respect for both men.

“Dealing with Dana, it’s just a totally different business approach. I met Vince when I was younger. I look at Vince more as a father figure, actually, because I’ve learned a lot of things from him and I was able to carry those things over and handle business with Dana.”

Lesnar competed in UFC from 2008-11 and returned for a one-off appearance in 2016 at UFC 200.

The 44-year-old is set to appear at WWE Elimination Chamber on Saturday, followed by a main-event match against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 38 in April.

The Philadelphia 76ers won’t pay Ben Simmons the $8.25 million portion of salary he was due to receive Friday as he continues to hold out of training camp, sources told The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

As part of Simmons’ five-year, $177.2-million contract extension, he chose to receive 25% of his salary for every season on July 1 and Oct. 1, according to ESPN’s Tim Bontemps and Bobby Marks. The remaining 50% is paid out in 12 installments starting Nov. 15.

Simmons’ camp believes the All-Star guard will be paid the $8.25 million after a trade is completed, NBA insider Marc Stein reports.

For the time being, Simmons’ salary has been placed in an escrow account and any fines issued to him for not reporting to the 76ers will be deducted from that amount, per Bontemps, Marks, and Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

Philadelphia kicks off their preseason campaign Monday against the Toronto Raptors. The former No. 1 overall pick will lose $227,613 from his $8.25 million salary for each game missed, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks.

Simmons apparently asked the 76ers’ brass for a trade in August. He has reportedly shut down his teammates’ attempt to convince him to stay and believes his time alongside co-star Joel Embiid has run its course.

Simmons averaged 14.3 points, 7.2 boards, 6.9 assists, and 1.6 steals over 58 appearances last season. The Australian finished second to Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert in the 2020-21 Defensive Player of the Year voting.

Buffalo Bills receiver Cole Beasley does not plan to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and insists he will not follow rules jointly adopted by the NFL and NFLPA requiring unvaccinated players to stay clear of people.

Tweeting in response to criticism over the last 24 hours of his stance on social media, Beasley confirmed Friday he is not vaccinated and will “live my one life like I want to regardless.”

“I will be outside doing what I do,” he tweeted. “I’ll be out in public. If your (sic) scared of me then steer clear, or get vaccinated … I may die of covid, but I’d rather die actually living.

“I’m not going to take meds for a leg that isn’t broken. I’d rather take my chances with Covid and build up my immunity that way …I’ll play for free this year to live life how I’ve lived it from day one. If I’m forced into retirement, so be it.”

Beasley said a lot of players agree with him but many are not established veterans. The 32-year-old who is entering his 10th season wants to represent those players, he tweeted.

Beasley tweeted that he has spoken with the players’ association since initially ripping them on their agreement with the league.

The new policy applies to training camp and the preseason. It restricts unvaccinated players while allowing vaccinated players to return to near normalcy, which made Beasley think the union was not representing all the players.

Beasley tweeted Friday morning a confirmation of The Athletic’s report that the NFLPA had reached out to him earlier in the day and come to an understanding regarding certain aspects of the policy.

Under the new policy, vaccinated players will also no longer be required to wear masks at the team’s facility or during team travel. They will have no travel restrictions, can use the sauna/steam room and weight room without capacity limits, and can interact with vaccinated friends and family during team travel.

Unvaccinated players will be required to be tested for COVID-19 daily and must wears masks in team facilities and during travel. They will also not be allowed to use the sauna/steam rooms, are subject to weight room capacity limits, and may not leave the team hotel to eat or interact with anyone outside of the team traveling party during travel.

The biggest issue for Beasley is the difference between the protocols for those vaccinated and those not after high-risk exposure to COVID-19.

Unvaccinated players will be required to quarantine after high-risk exposure, while vaccinated players will not.

Beasley is entering his third season with the Bills. He had career best of 82 catches for 967 yards in 2020. He has two years and roughly $11.9 million remaining on his contract.


Major League Baseball’s 2020 season may be uncertain, but the Philadelphia Phillies are ensuring their employees won’t be worried about the future.

Phillies ownership informed full-time staff on Friday that their jobs will be safe and they will continue to be paid through the end of October, according to an internal letter obtained by Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia.

“The Buck and Middleton families have decided that there will be no furloughs or layoffs due to the coronavirus crisis through the end of our fiscal year (Oct. 31, 2020) for regular full-time employees,” Phillies managing partner John Middleton wrote.

He added: “While we will likely need to implement other cost-cutting alternatives in the interim to deal with our extraordinary loss of revenue, including possible salary reductions, you can be assured of your job and health insurance for the next five-plus months.”

Ownership’s decision means approximately 460 full-time Phillies employees will have their jobs secured, according to Salisbury. The Phillies have staff in Philadelphia, their spring-training home of Clearwater, Florida, and the Dominican Republic.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred reportedly suspended Uniform Employee Contracts as of May 1, a move that allowed teams to furlough non-player staff if they chose to do so.

The Phillies were one of the first teams to commit to paying employees through the end of May, doing so shortly after Manfred’s announcement; a majority of the other 29 teams reportedly soon followed.

Philadelphia is not the only team that’s guaranteed employees their pay beyond May. The Cleveland Indians reportedly committed to paying their full-time staff through the end of June, though they also furloughed some part-time employees. The Detroit Tigers and Colorado Rockies, meanwhile, both committed to paying all of their employees indefinitely during the pandemic.

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Commissioner Roger Goodell volunteered in March to reduce his salary to $0, an offer that team owners approved, a league spokesman told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Goodell’s contract is reportedly worth up to $200 million over five years.

The NFL is implementing salary cuts Wednesday affecting league staff earning above $100,000, per Ben Fischer of Sports Business Journal. It’s also furloughing staff who can’t do their jobs from home.

The league reportedly aims to hold a full 16-game season despite the pandemic that’s shut down nearly all other major sports.

Contingency plans to help achieve that goal include pushing back the Super Bowl to the end of February to allow the season to start up to five weeks later than currently scheduled.

Goodell has been NFL commissioner since 2006 and is contracted through the 2024 league year. The 61-year-old has an estimated net worth of $150 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.


Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter is indefinitely foregoing his salary due to MLB’s coronavirus-related shutdown, sources told Craig Mish of SportsGrid.

Additionally, other team executives have reportedly taken pay cuts.

In a conference call on Monday, Jeter informed the franchise’s baseball operations staff that all non-player employees will continue to receive payments through May 31, Mish reported.

On Sunday, it was reported that MLB commissioner Rob Manfred would suspend Uniform Employee Contracts, allowing teams to furlough employees or reduce their pay during the shutdown as of May 1.

The Marlins have joined the San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies, and Atlanta Braves in committing to pay non-player staff through the end of May.


Former Cy Young Award winner and current ESPN broadcaster Rick Sutcliffe is ready to empty his wallet in order to bring baseball back.

The onetime Chicago Cubs ace once put $100,000 of his own money on the table to help his team sign star free agent Andre Dawson in 1987. On Wednesday, Sutcliffe told Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago that he would “do the same” with his 2020 salary at ESPN if it can help get Major League Baseball back onto the field this season.

“I’ve talked with a lot of people, players, the association, owners, presidents, and GMs,” Sutcliffe said. “It’s a great opportunity for everybody to just open their arms and do whatever it takes. If I’m a player and I’ve got to give up half my salary, I’ll do it.”

Major League Baseball, like most sports leagues, remains in an indefinite holding pattern due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. A wide variety of ideas, including having all 30 teams play out the season in the Phoenix area, have been discussed, but nothing is close to being implemented.

U.S. President Donald Trump spoke with various commissioners this week to seek advice for restarting sports. On Wednesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of Trump’s coronavirus task force and leading expert during the pandemic, said he believes sports can return in 2020 but without fans in attendance.

Sutcliffe, who won 171 games during his 18-year major-league career with the Cubs and four other teams, cited MLB’s strike-shortened 1981 campaign – which he played through – as a precedent for how the league can operate using a strange, one-off format in 2020. In his mind, baseball is in the perfect spot to step up and fill the sporting void as soon as possible.

“I guess I’m maybe more hopeful than most people,” the 63-year-old said. “Once we get the OK that the players will be safe, the equipment guys, the trainers – it’s not just people staying apart on the field – but once we make that happen, don’t let a salary or a contract get in the way.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for any sport to show again how much the fans mean to them by doing anything you can just to put some live event on TV.”