Jimmie Johnson teams with Ganassi on two-year IndyCar program

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jimmie Johnson will transition from NASCAR to IndyCar with Chip Ganassi Racing in a partnership that could pair two of the most dominant drivers of this generation on one team.

The seven-time NASCAR champion will work with the Ganassi organization to finalize sponsorship on a two-year program for Johnson to run the road and street course races on IndyCar’s schedule. If funding is secured, Johnson would be teammates with five-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon.

The partnership announced Wednesday would also leave room for Johnson to compete in select NASCAR events because Ganassi fields only two cars in the Cup Series. Johnson has spent his entire 20-year Cup career driving for Hendrick Motorsports, which is currently at the four-car maximum and would not have room for Johnson after he retires from full-time NASCAR competition in November.

Johnson, who turns 45 next week, tested an Indy car at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Ganassi in July.

“Ganassi was highly motivated to give me a chance to drive a car to see what I thought and the experience was all that I hoped for and more,” Johnson told The Associated Press. “I left a good impression with them where there’s definitely interest on their side and now it’s time to formalize things and get the ball rolling.”

Landing sponsorship is critical to the deal and Johnson said his personal team has had productive conversations with potential partners as his interest in IndyCar has increased. He’s had only two primary sponsors — Lowe’s from 2001 through 2018 and Ally the last two seasons — and prefers consistent branding.

Now Johnson will attempt to fill his 2021 schedule with approximately 15 events. IndyCar’s original 2020 schedule consisted of 12 road and street course events before the pandemic forced cancellations.

“We have some options

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Spanish league kickoff at risk over scheduling dispute

FILE – An unidentified Atletico’s player kicks the ball during the Spanish league football match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Real Sociedad at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid on July 19, 2020. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP)

MADRID— New season, same old story.

The Spanish league and the Spanish football federation are at odds again, this time before the season has even started.

This week’s scheduled start of the league is in jeopardy because of a dispute between the two entities over whether matches can be played on Fridays and Mondays.

The league was set to begin with a match between Granada and Athletic Bilbao on Friday night, but the federation wants the game to be moved to the weekend because it opposes playing matches on Mondays and Fridays. It also wants Monday’s game between Alavés and Real Betis to be played on either Saturday or Sunday.

The federation and the league have long argued over whether matches can be played on Fridays and Mondays, with each side getting favorable rulings from different courts. The federation made concessions at the end of last season because of the coronavirus pandemic, allowing the league to schedule matches on those days to guarantee that the season could finish in time.

The federation had warned, though, that it maintains its stance against playing on Mondays and Fridays.

The league felt that it could still play on those days this season as matches will continue to take place without fans and under strict health protocols.

The federation’s stance against playing on Mondays and Friday is based in part on complaints by Spain’s players’ association. The league, meanwhile, argues that those days are important for its broadcasters who pay for the league’s television rights.

The league and the federation were expected to make

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Want to pay less for Netflix? Move to Brazil

Switzerland is the country where Netflix is the most expensive. Image: AFP/Stephane de Sakutin.

If you would like to pay less to get your Netflix fix, you should consider moving to Brazil.

A subscription to the streaming platform in Brazil offers the best value, according to a British study conducted in 39 countries since 2018 by British Comparitech. Unsurprisingly, Europe is the continent where consumers pay most for their subscriptions, with Switzerland being the most expensive.

According to a study last August, Brazil is the country where a Netflix subscription is the cheapest for a standard plan at only $5.99 per month (approx. P290), as opposed to $18.55 dollars (approx. P900) in Switzerland, which is also the world’s most expensive country. Canada placed fifth in the list of countries where Netflix is the best value, with a subscription cost of $10.62 (about P516).

In compiling this ranking, the researchers at Comparitech took into account several factors, notably the number of films and series in the libraries for each of the 39 countries concerned. They then divided the subscription prices by the number of available titles to determine the cost per title per month for both standard and premium plans, which respectively allow users to simultaneously watch content on two or four screens.

Although it has the distinction of having the largest library with a total of 6,122 titles online, that is not enough to make the homeland of Queen Elizabeth II the country where Netflix is the best value.

The setting for the series “The Crown” nonetheless placed tenth in the ranking with a subscription price of $11.85 per month (around P570), which amounts to a cost of 0.00097 dollars per available title.

Brazil, at the top, provides access to 4,286 titles at a price of 0.00070 dollars. Second is

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