Michael Bari Sports Show Daily
May 1st, 2019
Welcome back, start May off with a BANG!
- The price tag on the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics is now $6.88 billion, a $1.36 billion increase that comes mainly because of accounting measures designed to better reflect inflation over the long lead-up to those games.
- Amazon has entered into discussions with Sinclair Broadcast Group to purchase Fox’s 21 regional sports networks being sold by Disney.
- Social media giant Twitter has announced extended and expanded content deals with the National Football League (NFL) and Major League Soccer (MLS) as part of a new line-up of video programming.
- Leicester City’s Premier League-winning full-back Christian Fuchs has announced plans to open a 1,000-seater esports arena in New York. Fuchs, 33, became the first Premier League player to launch his own esports outfit back in June last year with a FIFA team under his #NoFuchsGiven brand.
- While sports fans have long tuned in to broadcast games or watched scheduled highlight shows on TV, they are increasingly streaming the action to a connected device.
On This Day In Sports:
- 1906 Philadelphia Phillies pitcher John Lush no-hits the Brooklyn Superbas, 6-0
- 1920 Legendary slugger Babe Ruth smashes his 50th MLB career home run, his first for the New York Yankees
- 1926 Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Satchel Paige (19) debuts in the Negro Southern League for Chattanooga
- 1955 Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller tosses his record 12th 1-hitter
- 1991 Oakland A’s outfielder Rickey Henderson steals an all time record 939th base vs New York Yankees
Cody Bellinger record breaking April!
- Cody Bellinger‘s 37th RBIs on a base hit in the sixth inning against the Giants gave him the all-time record for the most RBIs before May 1, surpassing Juan Gonzalez’ mark in 1998.
- He entered Monday night leading the MLB in all three slash figures, hitting .427/.500/.913. Bellinger now has 14 homers, 37 RBIs, 36 hits and 30 runs this season, all league-bests.
- Bellinger still has a chance to break out of a tie for most home runs before May 1.
- He was named an All-Star and the National League’s Rookie of the Year in 2017. Bellinger is the son of Clay Bellinger, who also played in MLB.
- Bellinger was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fourth round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft and signed with them on June 13, 2013, for a $700,000 signing bonus, despite a verbal commitment to play college baseball at the University of Oregon
- The 23 year old, from Scottsdale, AZ is 6’4 and plays firstbase and outfield for the Los Angeles dodgers.
- Bellinger played in the 2007 Little League World Series for the Chandler, Arizona team.
NBA still putting fans in the seats, but it helps if you win.
- The NBA had 21,948,390 fans attend home games in the 2018-2019 regular season. This count is down from the 2017-2018 season of 22,128,921.
- Philadelphia 76ers lead home attendance with 838,564 in 41 home games, which is an average of 20,453 fans. League average was 17,844.
- Chicago Bulls were second in attendance the season with and average of 20,084, which was a notch down from the league leaders last season averaging 21,680.
- The worst team the season were the Brooklyn Nets with only 612,599 at the gates followed close by the Phoenix Suns who hosted 627,023.
- Does winning help? Yes it does! The Denver Nuggets last season had a total of 605,585 in attendance, this season with a playoff team the had a total of 756,457. averaging 14,771 in 17-18, to 18,450 in 18-19 season.
- NBA League Pass set a record for global digital subscriptions, up 21 percent over last season’s record.
- For the third consecutive year, NBAStore.com established a new record for sales during the regular season, with overall sales up 10 percent over the 2017-18 season.
- The league established new records across social media this season with 918 million actions (+14 percent) and 11.5 billion total video views (+5 percent), breaking last year’s marks.
2019 NFL Draft huge success in Nashville.
- The 2019 draft easily shattered records for attendance, as over 600,000 fans fill the streets of Nashville for the three-day event. The previous record came in 2017, when 250,000 attended in Philadelphia.
- Nielsen-measured channels, all NFL Draft telecasts combined to reach more than 47.5 million viewers over the three-day event, up +5% vs. 2018, per the NFL.
- A combined 3.9 HH TV rating and average of 6.1M viewers across NFL, ESPN and ABC TV and digital channels, this years’ draft is the highest-rated and most-watched draft ever.
- Josh Jacobs and Damien Harris could become the sixth and seventh Alabama running backs selected in the first or second rounds in the Nick Saban era, joining Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson, Eddie Lacy, T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry.
- Kentucky’s Benny Snell Jr. was born to play running back. His father, Ben Snell, played in the XFL — and actually was the one who came up with the famous “He Hate Me” nickname — and his uncle played in the NFL for the Jets.
- Rashan Gary, the super-athletic defensive end out of Michigan, already created his own sports agency, Rashan Gary Sports. The agency represents Gary and Bowling Green defensive back Montre Gregory.
- West Virginia QB Will Grier is not the most famous member of his family, at least by social media standards. Nash Grier, now 21, has 9.9 million followers on Instagram and 7 million on Twitter, and 18-year-old Hayes Grier was on “Dancing With The Stars” and now has his own internet show called “Top Grier.”
- Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa, Bosa has football running through his veins. His brother, Joey, played football at Ohio State and was selected as the third overall pick in the 2016 draft. Their father, John, was selected as a first-round pick by the Miami Dolphins in 1987 and was joined in Florida a year later by Eric Kumerow, Nick Bosa’s uncle. His great-grandfather was Antonio Accardo, better known as Tony, a legendary mob figure in Chicago for over 40 years.
- Accardo’s ascent to power in the Windy City’s underworld progressed at a rate of knots, so much so that he was recruited into Jack McGurn’s crew. McGurn, known as “Machine Gun”, was one of Al Capone’s heavy-hitters and Accardo became the latter’s bodyguard.
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