MICHAEL BARI SHOW DAILY
April 12th, 2019
- The American Athletic Conference and ESPN have agreed on a new media rights contract worth $1 billion over 12 years. That means $83.3 million per year would be distributed among the American Athletic Conference member schools. Those schools that are AAC members for all sports would receive an estimated $6.94 million annually.
- 78% of NFL players are out of money less than two years after leaving the game. Similar statistics can be found when it comes to other pro sports.
- Another year, another opportunity for the New York Yankees to sit atop the Forbes rankings as the most valuable franchise in baseball. Valued at $4.6 billion, the team is worth $1.3 billion more than the Los Angeles Dodgers, who at $3.3 billion, are the second most valuable team in the league. According to Forbes, the average baseball team is now worth $1.78 billion, 8% more than a year ago.
- Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal is announcing a strategic partnership with the news and events organization The Esports Observer as traditional media moves into the new world of esports.
- The Kansas City Royals will now leverage StellarAlgo’s Customer Data Platform to inform the organization’s marketing and sales strategy moving forward.
- Blast Pro Series launches its U.S. presence with a Counterstrike tournament in Miami, focusing on attracting casual fans to esports.
- NBA 2K League with 90 sponsors already is looking at everything from finding ways to elevate the studio and venue experience to delivering more engagement.
- LeBron James looks to cast other players for Space Jam 2, he is running into a problem: shoe deals. With the original movie inspired by a Nike commercial called “Hare Jordan,” working with the likes of Steph Curry and James Harden is highly unlikely. While players like Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo are signed with Nike, Durant has his own media biz and Antetokounmpo has already declined the offer.
- Former Sacramento Kings executive Jeffrey David’s computer showed a mysterious file. The Kings uncovered a scheme that defrauded the NBA team and other major organizations out of $13 million.
- In the midst of a banner season and the greatest era of comprehensive success in UK Athletics history, Kentucky’s Mitch Barnhart has been selected as a finalist for Athletic Director of the Year by the Sports Business Journal. The winner will be announced at the 12th annual Sports Business Awards on May 22 at the New York Marriott Marquis at Times Square. Barnhart’s fellow finalists are Ray Anderson (Arizona State University), Jennifer Cohen (University of Washington), Blake James (University of Miami) and Jamie Pollard (Iowa State University).
ON THIS DAY IN SPORTS
- 1931 Joe McCarthy debuts as NY Yankee manager
- 1937 Sir Frank Whittle ground-tests the first jet engine designed to power an aircraft at Rugby, England.
- 1938 Stanley Cup Final, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL: Chicago Black Hawks beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-1 for a 3-1 series win; only team to win Cup with losing regular season record.
NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
- Legendary Green Bay Packers offensive lineman and longtime NFL coach Forrest Gregg has passed away at the age of 85. One of the foundations of the Packers dynasty, former coach Vince Lombardi called Gregg “the best player I ever coached.” The former offensive lineman, who was a seven-time All-Pro and nine-time Pro Bowler, played 15 seasons in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys from 1956 to 1971.
- Kyler Murray has met with the Arizona Cardinals, and he’s been accompanied by agent Erik Burkhardt, who also represents head coach Kliff Kingsbury. The first pick is basically etched in stone by those in inner NFL circles is that Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray will be picked first overall by the Arizona Cardinals.
- NFL star Leonard Fournette was just arrested in Florida — and it’s all over an unpaid speeding ticket from back in November.
- Former Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio, it wouldn’t be all that surprising. In speaking with NFL network about Russell Wilson, Del Rio revealed that he actually thinks the quarterback and the Seattle Seahawks may part ways before the beginning of the new season. That would be a bombshell around the league.
- G.M. Mike Mayock of the Oakland Raiders made it clear that Derek Carr will continue as the team’s quarterback for as long as the team believe that it’s in the team’s best interests to do so. “Derek Carr is a franchise quarterback, and we believe that,” Mayock said Thursday. “Beyond that, just like at any other position, we’re going to do our due diligence. If we found somebody we liked better, or thought had a bigger upside, you’ve got to do the right thing for the organization.”
- The New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is now 41 years old, coming off his record sixth Super Bowl championship. How does he do it? He credits his TB12 method and work with trainer Alex Guerrero, who says Brady has a lot more football left in him, he thinks Tom Terrific could play until he’s 50!
- Speaking of the Patriots, they are looking to help Brady with offensive weapons in the upcoming draft. They have Ole Miss WR A.J. Brown, South Carolina WR Deebo Samuel and Iowa TE Noah Fant at the facility.
As the 2019 NFL Draft is nears former G.M. Charlie Casserly’s lays out his 2019 Mock Draft 2.0.
Every team will of course have its own draft board when it enters the war room on April 25 for the 2019 NFL draft. But marrying rankings and scheme fit with team-specific areas of need will be key to acing the draft. Let’s take a closer look at Todd McShay’s five biggest draft needs (in order) for all 32 teams.
The MMQB has asked three quarterbacking experts—long-time front-office exec and scout Joey Clinkscales, long-time coach and coordinator Todd Haley, and long-time NFL quarterback Bruce Gradkowski—to assess the top QB prospects of the 2019 draft. The QB Panel Film Room series continues with Missouri’s Drew Lock.
- Former Pittsburgh Steelers star Rashard Mendenhall isn’t holding back. Mendenhall made a serious allegation against quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of being a racist, which was the main issue between Big Ben and Antonio Brown.
- The NFL and NFLPA released a joint statement regarding their annual study of helmets used by NFL players and the results show that six of the 11 new models tested this year landed in the top 10 for performance.
- The NFL owners opted out of the 2006 CBA in May ’08, which set the stage for the 2011 lockout. Conversely, the owners initiating this meeting now stands as the first major action ahead of the 2021 expiration of the ’11 CBA, and it’s fair to say the latter action sets a better tone all the way around than the former.
- In early March, the Tampa Bay Bucs became the first team in NFL history to hire two full-time female coaches in assistant defensive line coach Lori Locust and assistant strength and conditioning coach Maral Javadifar. That came less than four years after Bruce Arians made history by hiring the first female coach, Jen Welter, as a training camp intern in 2015.