Many see Coutinho in Barcelona as the eventual replacement of midfield maestro Andres Iniesta. Some claim he will be better than Neymar at Camp Nou.
When sidelined superstars make their much-awaited return, interest from fans and TV ratings naturally goes up.
Players have opposing views when it comes to playing on Christmas but the surge in TV ratings suggests it may be here for a bit longer.
The English Premier League is a tough but extremely lucrative tournament.
In other sports news, the Tennis Grand Slam Board opts for shot clocks for the upcoming Australian Open.
Tiger Woods made his successful comeback at the recently held Hero World Challenge.
Tennessee Vols have revealed they are no longer interested in hiring Greg Schiano as their next coach.
In other news, the Notre Dame Stadium will host the 2019 Winter Classic
Amazon has added ATP tennis in its sports offerings, on top of NFL games.
There are still seats up for grabs for teams that have yet to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.