INDIANAPOLIS — The perks of Purdue football coach Jeff Brohm’s contract include a car allowance of $1,250 a month, all net income from his program’s sports camps and up to $20,000 a year of Nike merchandise.

That’s on top of his average annual salary of $300,000 for the length of his 8-year contract, a highest possible performance bonus of $2.52 million and supplemental compensation ranging from $3 million to $5 million each year.

Those are just some of the lucrative caveats in Brohm’s contract that rank it the eighth best of NCAA Division I football head coaches in the nation, according to Daniel Kalish, managing partner with HKM Employment Attorneys in Seattle.

For the past several years, through public records requests, Kalish has collected contracts for head football college coaches.

“Since I’m an employment lawyer, I then analyze the contract, summarize it, provide it and then rank it according to the best contract in terms of salary, duration, payout, golden parachute, extras (and more) from the coach’s perspective,” Kalish says.

Aug 30, 2019; Reno, NV, USA; Purdue Boilermakers head coach Jeff Brohm on the sidelines against the Nevada Wolf Pack during the fourth quarter at Mackay Stadium.

Brohm, 50, is part of a top ten list that includes (starting with the best contract in the nation, according to Kalish) Dabo Swinney, Clemson; Nick Saban, Alabama; Steve Sarkisian, Texas; Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma; Ryan Day, Ohio State; Mel Tucker, Michigan State; Kyle Whittingham, Utah; Brohm; Bret Bielema, Illinois; and Scott Frost, Nebraska.

The only other Indiana coach to make the list of 97 is Ball State’s Mike Neu, ranked with the 92nd best contract in America. Kalish made a public records request for Indiana coach Tom Allen’s contract but has not yet received it.

When it comes to annual compensation only, Allen ranks ahead of Brohm, according to USA Today reports from November. Brohm makes $4.8 million compared to Allen’s $4.9 million.

Allen jumped ahead of Brohm in that category in March when, after going 14-7 the past two seasons, he signed a new deal that came with a $1 million raise.

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Brohm “respectfully passed” on an IndyStar request to talk about the rankings through Matt Rector, an associate communications director with Purdue football.

While his record at Purdue, 19-25, may not seem to warrant his lucrative contract, he is not the worst performing coach in the top 10. 

Michigan State’s Tucker, ranked with the sixth-best contract went 2-5 in his first season at the school after going 5-7 at Colorado in 2019. Newly-hired Illinois coach Bielema, ranked ninth on the list, was 29-28 in his last college coaching job at Arkansas from 2013-17. And 10th-ranked coaching contract Nebraska’s Frost has a record of 12-20.

The two top contracts belong to coaches with highly successful records, Swinney, 51-5 and Saban, 51-4, since Brohm was hired in 2017. They’ve combined for 5 of the last 6 national championships.

Kalish said

New Mexico United and the Somos Unidos Foundation announced the signing of two Academy contracts earlier today.Midfielders Dane Gallegos and Taylor Rogers will join the New Mexico United Academy Team for the 2021 season. Both players have won titles in New Mexico and are now eligible to play with the United first team.In a statement released by New Mexico United, head coach Troy Lesesne said:“Dane & Taylor’s talents are numerous and unquestionable. But more important than their skill is their commitment to hard work, humility and diligence. These two young men are incredible leaders and have earned this step.”Both Gallegos and Rogers both earned full scholarships into the New Mexico United Academy, this means they do not have to pay for equipment, travel, training or any other costs associated with play.

New Mexico United and the Somos Unidos Foundation announced the signing of two Academy contracts earlier today.

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Midfielders Dane Gallegos and Taylor Rogers will join the New Mexico United Academy Team for the 2021 season. Both players have won titles in New Mexico and are now eligible to play with the United first team.

In a statement released by New Mexico United, head coach Troy Lesesne said:

“Dane & Taylor’s talents are numerous and unquestionable. But more important than their skill is their commitment to hard work, humility and diligence. These two young men are incredible leaders and have earned this step.”

Both Gallegos and Rogers both earned full scholarships into the New Mexico United Academy, this means they do not have to pay for equipment, travel, training or any other costs associated with play.

Health officials in Hawaii are sending a warning after residents traveled to Las Vegas before contracting COVID-19.

“This destination poses significant risks,” the Kaua‘i District Health Office said in a news release Wednesday.

Kaua‘i County – which includes the islands of Kauaʻi, Niʻihau, Lehua and Kaʻula – has a total of 494 confirmed cases. The 10 cases reported Wednesday included nine residents and one visitor. The source of infection for five of those cases was related to mainland travel.

“Many cases are in residents who have traveled, and Las Vegas is a popular destination,” the district wrote in a news release.

A sign  at the host stand at Star Noodle in Lahaina, Hawaii, reminds guests of Hawaii's indoor mask mandate.

A sign at the host stand at Star Noodle in Lahaina, Hawaii, reminds guests of Hawaii’s indoor mask mandate.

Mask mandate: Face masks won’t be required for Las Vegas tourists, despite COVID delta variant concerns

Nevada has resurfaced as a COVID-19 hot spot, as cases across the state jumped 51.8% in the past week. Clark County – home of the Las Vegas Strip – accounts for nearly 78% of COVID-19 cases in the state, as well as the highest incidence rate.

The surge is so concerning Clark County commissioners mandated that all employees working indoors in a public space must wear masks. In a travel advisory updated Wednesday, the city of Chicago urged unvaccinated people traveling to Las Vegas to quarantine for 10 days after returning.

Kaua‘i’ County officials described why Las Vegas is such a hazardous place to visit as the delta variant spreads and people get sick.

“The popular activities are largely indoors and can be crowded,” a news release said. “Visitors stay indoors for prolonged periods, mingling with others from all over the country. Masks are not required. The result is a set-up for the spread of COVID-19.”

A couple kiss as they celebrate New Year's Eve along the Las Vegas Strip Thursday, Dec 31, 2020, in Las Vegas.

A couple kiss as they celebrate New Year’s Eve along the Las Vegas Strip Thursday, Dec 31, 2020, in Las Vegas.

Mask mandate: Mask up indoors in Los Angeles and Las Vegas – even if you’re vaccinated, officials say

The Southern Nevada Health District last week recommended mask wearing for vaccinated and unvaccinated people at crowded indoor public places. The district changed its mask policy following rising case rates and hospitalizations for COVID-19, which is seeing a resurgence because of the delta variant.

“If you plan a trip, please be vaccinated before you go,” Kaua‘i’ County officials said in a release. “And whether or not you are vaccinated, follow Hawai‘i’s prudent rules and wear a mask in crowded indoor settings.”

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Delta Air Lines reported a second-quarter profit of more than $650 million Wednesday, breaking a five-quarter streak of losses. The turnaround is thanks to federal aid and the full return of leisure travel to 2019 levels. Delta describes this rush of passengers as “surprising” and “overwhelming.” 

​And Delta said while it is not having trouble staffing flights, its contractors have struggled to hire people to do things like preparing food and gassing up planes. 

When you fly, especially to or from a city that’s not a hub for a major airline, most of the folks you encounter won’t be employed by the airline that sold you your ticket, said airline industry analyst Robert W. Mann.

“That would include everything from the greeter that meets you at the curb, you know, with a wheelchair, to ticket agents, to baggage handlers and other services,” Mann said.

In the United States, airlines have been peeling off parts of their operations since the industry was deregulated in the late 1970s, according to Mann.

“And some of these companies were actually set up by the carriers themselves,” he said, adding that the idea there was for airlines to use nonunion workers at lower wages.

From a cost perspective, outsourcing still makes a lot of sense for airlines, said Michael Boyd, an airline industry consultant.

“The downside to that is some of those companies, they don’t pay very well. They don’t have benefits,” he said. “We’ve worked with a couple of them that pay $10 an hour, no benefits, work the flight and go home. Do you think that employee really gives a rip whether you fly that airline again? I don’t think so.”

Boyd said third-party contracts come up for renewal about every three years or so.

That gives airlines the chance to assess whether or not to bring certain elements of the flying experience back under their own corporate umbrellas, said Andrew Medland, a transportation analyst at Oliver Wyman.

“I think with a number of airlines, it’s a constant consideration. As they focus on both costs to deliver the operation, as well as their ability to have control over and to better manage to objectives, what it is they’re trying to do?” Medland said.

He said that the amount an airline outsources is cyclical and that airlines are more likely to look for cost savings when revenue is down because people aren’t flying. 

The city of Basel in Switzerland has offered its homeless community a free one-way ticket to any other European destination if they agree to sign a contract vowing never to return.

Toprak Yergu, a Basel Department of Justice spokesperson, told local newspaper 20 Minutes that homeless individuals in the city can request a travel voucher and 20 Swiss francs (USD$21.90). In return, the individuals must sign a contract vowing not to return to the country for a specified period of time.

The official told the outlet any individuals caught violating the contract could face deportation.

“Beneficiaries must undertake in writing not to return to Switzerland—at least for a certain period of time. If they are checked again, they risk expulsion from our country,” Yergu said.

City of Basel offers homeless a deal
The city of Basel in Switzerland has reportedly offered homeless individuals a free one-way ticket to anywhere else in Europe if they vow never to return.
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Thirty-one homeless individuals have taken the city’s offer, including 14 from Romania and seven from Germany, according to Le News, an English-language newspaper published in Switzerland.

Critics have reportedly called the offer “street cleansing.”

Switzerland, a Central European country, home to mountains, lakes and villages, has demonstrated a zero-tolerance approach to homelessness.

In January 2014, officials in Geneva placed a female homeless individual in custody after she failed to pay a 500CHF—USD$547—fine for begging on the streets. The European Court of Human Rights overturned the city’s decision and ruled that their treatment of the homeless woman was inconsistent with the goal of protecting the rights of the public.

The city was ordered to pay the woman damages totaling 922 Euros—USD$1108, according to Le News.

In September 2016, the Swiss canton of Vaud government, which is composed of 10 districts with Lausanne as its capital city, passed a law banning begging in the area.

Human rights groups and left leaning political organizations sought to overturn the ban in Vaud’s constitutional court, but a majority of the judges rejected their effort. The groups then took their case to the country’s highest court, the Federal Tribunal, where their effort was rejected again, Le News reported.

Critics of the ban argue that the law excludes and criticizes individuals with little or no wealth. On the other hand, proponents have called the measure necessary to protect citizens from organized criminal groups that exploit the homeless community.

In 2018, a Guardian investigation revealed that councils in the U.K. had engaged in similar conduct by giving thousands of homeless individuals a one-way travel ticket to leave some locations over the span of four years.

Newsweek reached out to the Switzerland Federal Department of Foreign Affairs for comment. This story will be updated with any response.

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Pinkbike Academy is back for 2021 and we’re taking it to the next level with more racing, riding challenges, two Secret Pros, and support from Monster Energy for the grand prize winner. The winner of Season 2 of Pinkbike Academy presented by Monster Hydro will launch their riding career as an official Monster Energy ambassador, with a pro contract from Orbea Bikes and a $25,000 prize purse.

It’s not easy to break into the pro ranks based on skill and potential alone, especially these days, but Pinkbike Academy aims to change that. Last year, Season 1 helped ten incredibly talented riders get some well-deserved attention from fans and sponsors.

Once again we are choosing five men and five women from around the world to battle it out against each other in a series of riding-related challenges at Big White. This year we’ll be doubling down on the racing, with our two Secret Pros setting benchmark times so we can see how the contestants stack up against two of the world’s best enduro racers. This 10-part series will see riders fighting it out each week with only the best riders progressing through each round for a chance to claim this career-changing prize.

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The show will be judged by well-known industry insiders and pros, and the riders we select for the Academy will need a whole lot of speed and fitness to compete with the times that our Secret Pros set. Do you have the skills, personality, and perseverance to make it through?

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We are seeking to cast five men and five women aged 19-39 from around the world who are able to travel to British Columbia at the end of July (exact dates to be confirmed, we are monitoring the Covid-19 pandemic closely and will be following regional health guidelines). If you’re selected for the 2021 Pinkbike Academy, we will handle your travel and accommodation costs.

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It’s been a busy few days in soccer, between the announcement of the Super League and NCAA tournament brackets being released, provides a good excuse for a delayed edition of Hounds Notebook.

Monday brought some interesting news with a signing announcement, but not one that we traditionally see with the club as they’re now entering week four of preseason.

The week will end with the Hounds traveling for the third straight preseason match — this time at Indianapolis to take on Indy Eleven.

Hounds Sign 17-Year-Old To First-Ever Academy Contract 

Riverhounds SC has signed 17-year-old forward Wyatt Borso to a USL Academy contract for the 2021 season, the club announced Monday. Borso’s signing marks the first time the club has brought a player into its first team on a USL Academy contract.

This signing was billed by the USL Championship as ‘historic’.

Borso, a native of Aurora, Ill., recently joined the Riverhounds Development Academy after previously playing for the Chicago Fire Soccer Academy. The USL Academy contract allows Borso to train with and play for the Hounds’ pro first team in the USL Championship while still maintaining his amateur status, which will allow him to play for the Hounds Academy and maintain his NCAA eligibility.

“We are looking forward to challenging Wyatt in a first-team environment, as well as making sure he is getting opportunities with the academy for his development. He is an intelligent attacking player who finds dangerous spaces and has the technical qualities to deliver the final pass or convert goal scoring opportunities,” Riverhounds head coach Bob Lilley said. “With a very strong RDA coaching staff and more quality players coming through the system, we anticipate others will be ready for this opportunity in the near future.”

Borso has been playing at top clubs throughout his youth career, beginning with Sockers FC (Ill.) before moving to the Fire Academy in the 2018-19 season. He also has participated in U.S. Youth National Team developmental camps, and in 2018, he was the top goal scorer in U.S. Development Academy play.

 A Notre Dame recruit, Borso is rated as a four-star prospect and one of the top 10 forwards in the Class of 2022 by TopDrawerSoccer.com.

“We are pleased to welcome Wyatt into the club and will support his development through opportunities with our Academy,” RDA director Scott Gibson said. “Our job is to do everything we can to help our young players improve, and having Wyatt work with our older boys, in addition to his first-team duties, will only help our current players strive to get those opportunities for themselves in the pro team environment. Our RDA staff works closely with the first-team staff to identify players who are ready, and having Wyatt in the system will certainly help aid in that process.”

Borso began training with the pro team this