MICHAEL BARI SHOW DAILY
April 4th, 2019
- According to Conviva, total viewing hours for streaming TV was up 65% and total plays up 45% over the first two rounds of March Madness this year.
- New England Patriots are the most popular NFL team in China in terms of social media followers. According to NFL research, 30.9 million people in China are interested in the league.
- Stephen A. Smith is in negotiations with ESPN to boost his salary to $10 million per year. In comparison, Mike Greenberg is paid $6.5 million to host “Get Up!,” which is the network’s highest publicly known salary. PTI’s Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser are believed to be in Greenberg’s neighborhood. “SportsCenter”’s Scott Van Pelt, with his rising late-night ratings, is also considered in the nearly indispensable category in Bristol.
- EA, ESPN, and the NFL teamed up to create a new four-week docu-series that showcases “Madden NFL” players throughout the “Madden NFL 19” Championship Series season. “Road to the Madden Bowl,” as it is aptly called, made its debut last night on ESPN2, with the final three episodes running on the network leading up to the Madden NFL 19 Bowl from April 25-27. The goal? Give fans and viewers an inside look at what it takes to make it in esports.
On This Day In Sports:
- 1937 4th Augusta National Invitation Tournament (Masters) Golf: Byron Nelson wins first of his 5 major titles by 2 strokes ahead of Ralph Guldahl
- 1938 5th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Henry Picard wins his only Masters, 2 strokes ahead of runners-up Harry Cooper and Ralph Guldahl
- 1948 84-year-old Connie Mack challenges 78-year-old Clark Griffith to a race from home to 1st base; it ends in a tie
NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
- The Philadelphia Eagles just traded for Jordan Howard, but that doesn’t mean they’re done looking for running back help. The team was rumored to be interested in acquiring Duke Johnson, who recently requested a trade from the Cleveland Browns.
- In a recent interview, former New York Football Giants running back Tiki Barber told FOX Business that during his playing days, however, these drugs screenings were actually a simple obstacle to overcome. Barber stated that they were referred to as “dummy tests” due to the fact that they players knew exactly when a screening was going to happen. As a result, all players had to do manage to be clean during the testing window.
- Russell Wilson looking for his big payday! Wilson the Seattle Seahawks QB will withdraw from negotiations if no deal is struck by April 15 and that next offseason could result in a franchise tag. Wilson is commanding the NFL’s richest deal. It will be much more than Aaron Rodgers’ $33.5M, $98.2M gtd., the team has been budgeting for this and everything else is leveraging, posturing, window-dressing.
- Mike Florio and Chris Simms explain why it’s so hard for teams to move on from “franchise” quarterbacks and how those players end up staying and making a lot of money.
NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE
- Stephen Curry’s production company is bringing competitive mini-golf to ABC with a show that will be called “Holey Moley.” As described by Variety, 12 contestants will compete over three rounds of Putt-Putt in each of the 10 episodes, playing on “supersized” holes. The three finalists will take on something called “Mt. Holey Moley,” with each episode’s winner taking home a $25,000 prize, plus the “Golden Putter” trophy and surely tasteful plaid jacket.
- After getting a triple-double in the Trail Blazers’ win over the Timberwolves on Monday, Evan Turner said, “Straight up, I’m really tired.” He still found enough energy to get another triple-double two days later. The backup wing had 13 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in Portland’s win over the Grizzlies last night. That makes Turner the first player ever to record consecutive triple doubles as a backup.
- The BIG3 and CBS Sports announced that they have signed a deal to bring BIG3 games to CBS and CBS Sports Network on Saturdays and Sundays beginning June 22.
- While NBA teams waive veterans all the time, the Lakers apparently went back on their word by releasing Andrew Bogut. “The Lakers told me I’d be there the whole year,” Bogut told The Mercury News’ Mark Medina. “They went against their word and waived me at the deadline. Whatever. That was their decision. “I was basically lied to.”
- Detroit Pistons Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas joins Get Up! to discuss LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers’ season, which he calls an “absolute failure” because LeBron has carried the NBA for most of his career. Jalen Rose does not expect Luke Walton to coach the Lakers next season and urges L.A. to trade for Anthony Davis in order to be contenders.
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
- New York Rangers president Glen Sather has decided to retire as team president effective at the end of the current season. Sather has been with the Rangers since 2000. Sather, 75, had served as president and general manager from his hiring until after the 2014-15 season, when he handed over the GM duties to Jeff Gorton.
- Jake Gardiner is expected to return to the Toronto Maple Leafs lineup when the team takes on Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday. Head coach Mike Babcock announced the 28-year-old would be a game-time decision. Gardiner hasn’t played since Feb. 25 due to a back injury. In 60 games this season, he has two goals and 29 points.
- More Maple Leafs news, according to Darren Dreger, the Toronto Marlies have signed OHL free agent Justin Brazeau to a two year AHL contract. He even had the financials of the deal; Brazeau has a $70,000 base salary for each season and a $60,000 signing bonus each year as well.
- NESN’s Adam Pellerin is joined by Billy Jaffe to analyze the Boston Bruins home ice advantage as they head into the first round of the NHL playoffs against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
- After the Philadelphia Phillies parted with their top prospect in the trade for J.T. Realmuto, and especially after they signed Bryce Harper for $330 million, the presumption among rival team officials was that they would finally take the plunge for either Dallas Keuchel or Craig Kimbrel. With bullpen struggling, is case closed for Phillies on Craig Kimbrel?
- Josh Hader Milwaukee Brewers reviler had thrown 47 consecutive fastballs before that change-up sailed out of the strike zone for a ball. There are very few things that aren’t different about Hader, the long-haired, lanky left-hander who put himself firmly on the major-league baseball radar with an extraordinary season in 2018. He set an all-time record for a left-handed reliever with 143 strikeouts in only 81? innings, breaking the franchise record for any relief pitcher along the way.
- Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch and pitching coach Alex Cintron get tossed by home-plate umpire Ron Kulpa in the top of the 2nd inning for arguing balls and strikes. An umpire proclaiming “I can do anything I want” on a baseball field is never going to be a good look. And yet, it’s what home-plate umpire Ron Kulpa said to Astros manager in Arlington, TX on Wednesday night.