MICHAEL BARI SPORTS SHOW
Recap of the week April 22nd – April 27th, 2019
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- New sports are always popping up. Supa Punt is a one-on-one kicking game. Blo-Ball is a table tennis without the paddles, you blow. 360Ball is a racket and ball sport played on a circular field.
- The Australian wonder-horse, Winx, racked up a 33rd straight win and a third consecutive Queen Elizabeth stakes in the final race of a remarkable career on Saturday. In doing so, the seven-year-old mare extended its already record haul of coveted Group One victories to 25.
- FIFA is backing a 24-hour social media boycott by professional players in England in a protest against racial abuse and revealed plans for a new global campaign to eradicate discrimination in soccer.
- Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks was suspended one game without pay and fined $25,000 by the NBA on Sunday for entering the referees’ locker room after Brooklyn’s loss to Philadelphia in Game 4 of their playoff series.
- Caged for a murder he didn’t commit, Valentino Dixon sought solace in art. He loved to draw as a child, and took up sketching again to escape the harsh realities of prison after being handed 39 years to life for the fatal shooting of a man in downtown Buffalo in 1991. Art became Dixon’s salvation, and he drew for up to 10 hours a day, wearing his colored pencils to the nib.
- Kelly Stafford, the wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, says she is home after surgery to remove a brain tumor. She says the surgery lasted 12 hours and shared other details Sunday on her Instagram account. Earlier this month, she shared that an MRI showed the tumor after she had vertigo spells within the last year.
- Adidas and Real Madrid are set to sign a massive 12-year deal worth $1.7 billion dollars over the course of the agreement.
- The WNBA is nearly doubling its national TV exposure with a multiyear deal with CBS Sports. CBS Sports Network will broadcast 40 WNBA games beginning next month when the season opens.
- The Barstool Classic will hit eight cities in its first year, providing the company’s fans and golfers with the chance to compete for $10,000.
- San Antonio Spurs forward DeMar DeRozan was fined $25,000 for flinging a basketball at official Scott Foster in the fourth quarter of Game 4 between the Denver Nuggets and Spurs on Saturday night.
- Last week’s NFL schedule release set social media, particularly Twitter on fire. Of the 13,447,218 views, videos posted on Twitter drove 10,177,130 views while videos on Facebook drove 3,299,918 views.
- According to Phil Matier of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Oakland A’s and Alameda County have reached a deal that will see the county receive $85 million from the team in exchange for its half-ownership stake in the 155-acre site.
- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Monday that bans the sale of single use plastic bags in the state beginning March 2020. The legislation also allows counties in the state to charge a 5-cent fee for single-use paper bags.
- Disney is getting ABC in on the NFL Draft action. On ABC, the coverage will take on a more entertainment-focused strategy whereas over on ESPN, the approach will cater to its target demographic of hardcore sports fans.
- Robert Roselli the Assistant Athletic Director of Marketing at Rutgers, kicked around ideas on how to celebrate ah important football milestone on campus. On November 6th, 1869, Rutgers hosted the first-ever intercollegiate football game, where it defeated the College of New Jersey, today known as Princeton by a score of six points to four.
- Now you can get your media on the side with your cycling class. A growing number of high-end gyms and fitness studios are dabbling in media as a way to increase revenue. Equinox is ratcheting up its media ambitions: The luxury gym chain, which this year will launch a high-end hotel and a new series of retreat experiences for clients already has a magazine, called Furthermore.
- The team formed Arizona Diamondbacks Events & Entertainment to handle all Chase Field events and has found success so far with college football’s Cheez-It Bowl on Dec. 26, the WWE Royal Rumble on Jan. 27 and a Billy Joel concert on March 9, all in 90 days.
- While Tiger Woods himself cashed a nice $2.07 million check, sponsors like Bridgestone are having trouble keeping up with demand. Having already sold out of the commemorative pack of the Tour B XS balls that Woods uses, the company had to switch production lines in anticipation of increased demand.
- Seeking the opportunity to drive more revenue and interest in events, the University of Minnesota is planning to expand its beer and wine sales beyond the confines of TCF Bank Stadium.
- Earlier this month, the University of Illinois announced that it too would begin selling beer during athletic events at Memorial Stadium and State Farm Center beginning this fall.
- Clothing retailer Tillys launched its first video game competition targeting teens about a month after announcing a partnership with the High School Esports League (HSEL).
- FIFA reports over 720,000 tickets for the FIFA Women’s World Cup have been sold with 50 days to go until France 2019 kicks off.
- Jennifer Estabrook Is Fila’s First Female President. The sudden passing of president Jon Epstein in February following heart surgery was the reason for the Estabrook hire.
- The NFL Draft is one of the biggest parties of the year in Nashville, TN. More than 100,000 fans are set to visit the city for Draft festivities just today alone. Twenty musical acts are scheduled to perform. The stage for the draft is 65-feet tall by 165-feet wide. Three designated viewing areas will be set up along the downtown strip together with food trucks, video screens and hotdog vendors.
- First round pick Kyler Murray in the 2019 NFL Draft will cost the Arizona Cardinals $34,912,834 ($23,411,152 signing bonus).
- Kansas University and Adidas have extended their deal again. After signing the original deal in 2005, the college resigned until 2019 and now has resigned until 2031. The new deal is worth $168 million over the course of the next 12 years and covers all 18 programs and more than 460 student-athletes at the university
- The Nielsen and Adobe Analytics reports this week’s double-overtime Game 7 between the Carolina Hurricanes and Washington Capitals averaged a TAD of 1.750 million viewers, making it the most-watched First Round cable game on record.
- The state legislatures in Indiana and Iowa both passed bills that would legalize sports gambling once they secure governor approval.
- 150,000 fans from all over the country turned out for last night’s first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
- Did you know while playing basketball at Chandler High School in Chandler, Arizona, New England Patriots first round draft pick N’Keal Harry broke a backboard while dunking in a game.
- Fox signed a new seven-year media rights deal with MLB beginning with the 2022 season that is worth almost 50% more than its current eight-year deal with baseball on an annual average rights fee basis. That bodes well for subsequent deals with baseball’s other national media partners, WarnerMedia’s TBS and Walt Disney’s ESPN.
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