Stanley Cup History, NHL Recap, NBA Recap, BIG3 Draft, Esports Salaries

Michael Bari Show Daily

May 2nd, 2019

Welcome Back!

What’s New:

  • A $5 million transfer from the Nebraska athletic department to the university, the school is able to offer what they call “Husker scholarships.” In total, the athletic department is set to transfer more than $27 million this year to the university for a variety of causes ranging from financial aid payments to a discretionary fund for the chancellor.
  • The relationship between MLB and YouTube just got even tighter. The platform has agreed to live-stream 13 games free of charge during the second half of the 2019 MLB regular season.
  • NBC Sports, the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs have seen a Total Audience Delivery of 898,000 viewers across all networks thus far to rank as the most-watched through this point in seven years.
  • Twitter remains the platform to be on NFL Sunday thanks to a new deal that will see the league and the platform extend a partnership that began in 2013. The league is going heavy on live shows, introducing six new ones produced solely for Twitter.
  • Head Memphis University men’s basketball coach Penny Hardaway is the only D-1 head coach with his own shoe line. Coaching at the high school and AAU ranks in Memphis, Hardaway wants to build a college team reminiscent of the NBA’s reigning superpower.

On This Day In Sports:

  1. NHL Stanley Cup history.

  • The Stanley Cup was named after Lord Stanley of Preston and he was Canada’s sixth governor general from 1888–1893.
  • Montreal Canadiens haven’t won the cup since 1993, but the Canadiens have won the most Stanley Cups 24 times. That’s almost double the next team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, who’ve won 13 times.
  • Stanley’s original Cup from 1892, known as the “Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup” was awarded until 1970, and is now on display in the Vault Room at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
  • Since 1958, five bands of championship names are engraved around the base of the Cup. When the rings become full, the oldest band is removed and preserved in Lord Stanley’s Vault at the Great Esso Hall in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
  • Twelve women have their names inscribed on the Cup. The first was Marguerite Norris, who was the president of the Detroit Red Wings for their 1954-55 season victory. Sonia Scurfield is the only Canadian woman to have her name inscribed; she was the co-owner of the 1988-89 champion Calgary Flames.
  • The Hockey Hall of Fame has security for the Stanley Cup. For all their hard work and care, these people earned the nickname “Keepers of the Cup.”
  • The Stanley Cup has been all over the world, that’s because each player from the winning team gets to have the cup for a full day.

2. NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Islanders

  • Justin Williams scored the go-ahead goal in the 3rd, and the Hurricanes took a 3-0 series lead with a 5-2 win against the Islanders.

  • Teuvo Teravainen had two goals, including an empty-netter with 57.1 seconds remaining, Justin Faulk also scored and Aho added another empty-net goal with 4.8 seconds to play.
  • The wild-card Hurricanes, in the playoffs for the first time in a decade, moved within a victory of a berth in the Eastern Conference final and took a 3-0 series lead for just the second time since they moved to North Carolina in 1997.

  • After winning Game 7 in Washington, the Hurricanes travelled to New York for the first two games of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, winning both. It’s the first time that they’ve swept a three-game road trip in franchise history (regular season and playoffs).
  • This is the fifth time in franchise history that the Hurricanes have won the first two games of best-of-seven series. They’re 3-1 in past series in which they go up by a score of 2-0.
  • Curts McElhinney was great in relief of Mrazek, stopping all 17 shots faced and earning his first playoff wins. Prior to his emergency entrance into the game Sunday, McElhinney had not played since April 6th, when he picked up the win in Philadelphia in Carolina’s season finale.

St. Louis Blues vs. Dallas Stars

3. NBA Playoffs Portland Trail Blazers bounce back to beat the Denver Nuggets.

Portland Trailblazers vs. Denver Nuggets

  • Portland Trail Blazers held off the Denver Nuggets’ late rally to win 97-90 on Wednesday night in Denver and even the second-round playoff series at 1-1.
  • CJ McCollum finished with 20 points, six rebounds and six assists.
  • Enes Kanter added 15 points and nine rebounds while playing through an injured left shoulder.
  • Al-Farouq Aminu had an impressive double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Damian Lillard was only 5-of-17 shooting (1 of 7 on three-pointers) to finish with 14 points.

4. The 2019 BIG3 Draft is complete from Las Vegas.

  • There are four expansion teams in this years 2019 BIG3 Draft.
  • The Enemies called on Royce White with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 draft. White was a former first-round pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, but played just three games in the league after dealing with mental health issues.
  • The Triplets selected Chris Johnson with the No. 2 pick.
  • The 3-Headed Monsters followed up by taking former NBA big man Larry Sanders with the No. 3 pick.
  • Notable former NBA players selected later in the draft include Jason Richardson (Tri-State, 4th pick in the second round), Brandon Rush (Aliens, 8th pick in the second round), Mario Chalmers (3-Headed Monsters, 2nd pick in the third round) and Bonzi Wells (Tri-State, 10th pick in the third round).

5. Esports players make a lot of $$$!

  • Denmark’s Ministry of Culture have announced their plans for a strategy to improve grassroots and business opportunities in the Danish esports landscape. The initiative from the Danish government appears to be the first of its kind, and along with promoting esports itself, also seeks to integrate the scene with sports more broadly.
  • Regular esports salaries vary from team to team and from player to player. The regular monthly salaries of average pro gamers can range from $1,000 to $5,000, whereas the highest paid League of Legends players can earn up to $15,000 per month apart from the money that they get from prizes.
  • There are currently 69 players who earn over one million dollars. The top player is Kuro Takhasomi, a Dota 2 player who makes $4,165,925.
  • A big part of a professional gamer income comes from sponsors. Pro gaming tournament sponsors are mainly manufacturers of game peripherals such as mice and headphones (Intel, BenQ) as well as energy drinks (Red Bull, Monster Energy). However, organizations that are not related to gaming can also become sponsors. For example, in January 2017 Audi became a sponsor of the Astralis team of Counter Strike players, with the sponsorship value of $ 750,000.



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