76ers Win, Ave Still Alive, Bruins Even Series, Dolan Sued, Soccer Curse


May 3rd, 2019

Welcome Back!

What’s New:

  • USA Today Sports, 12 of 30 teams drew fewer fans in March-April than they did in a similar period last year.
  • Bryce Harper has been a worthwhile investment for the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies are averaging 44% more fans than they were at this time last year.
  • WWE Network’s total subscribers reached 2.0 million on April 8, 2019, the day after WrestleMania.
  • Indiana University Athletics is jumping on the beer and wine money making solution. More than 50 schools now sell some type of adult beverage during sporting events.
  • For this weekend, NBC is adding an online betting program that will appear on its website,, and its app.
  • Adidas will design and create of on-field uniforms for LLWS events across the country, with cleats, training apparel and accessories included.

On This Day In Sports:

  • 1936 NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio makes his major-league debut, gets 3 hits
  • 1970 24th NBA Championship: NY Knicks beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3
  • 1980 Giants 1st baseman Willie McCovey hits his 521st & final HR
  • 1986 NY Yankee Don Mattingly is 6th to hit 3 sacrifice flies in a game
  • 1997 Garry Kasparov begins chess match with IBM supercomputer Deep Blue
  • 2018 Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan becomes NFL’s first $30m per season player after agreeing to $150m contract extension


1. NBA 76ers take 2-1 lead in series with Raptors.

Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers

  • The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Raptors, 116-95, 76ers take a 2-1 lead in this best-of-7 series.
  • Joel Embiid led the 76ers with an NBA Playoffs career-high 33 points (9-18 FG, 3-4 3pt FG) to go along with 10 rebounds and 5 blocks, becoming the 1st player in franchise history to record two games with at least 30 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks in the same Playoffs run.
  • Jimmy Butler totaled 22 points (9-15 FG), 9 rebounds and 9 assists.
  • Kawhi Leonard led the Raptors with 33 points (13-22 FG) and 4 rebounds in the losing effort.

2. NHL Bruins even series with Blue Jackets 2-2, Colorado stays alive with first win against Sharks.

Boston Bruins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (Game 4)

  • David Pastrnak’s early goal, right after getting slammed by Adam Clendening at center ice. gave the Bruins an early lead, and they held on in a tight contest to earn a 4-1 win Thursday night in Game 4 to tie the series 2-2.
  • Patrice Bergeron scored a pair of goals, while Sean Kuraly added a key insurance tally in the third period.
  • Tuukka Rask stopped 39-of-40 shots, including a first-period penalty shot and the only one that got by him never should have counted.

San Jose Sharks vs. Colorado Avalanche (Game 4)

  • Colorado Avalanche defeats the San Jose Sharks in Game 4, knotting the series 2-2.
  • Philipp Grubauer of the Avalanche is the first German-born goaltender in NHL history to record a shutout in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
  • Philipp Grubauer with 32 saves is the fifth different Avalanche / Nordiques goaltender to record a shutout in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
  • Nathan MacKinnon scored his sixth goal of the playoffs.
  • Goalie Martin Jones made 25 saves for the Sharks.


3. Google’s YouTube reached a deal with Major League Baseball for exclusive rights to stream games.

  • The games will be broadcast live on YouTube at the MLB’s official channel page and will be free to watch. YouTube TV subscribers will also be able to watch the games on that platform as well.
  • MLB will produce the 13 exclusive games specifically for the YouTube audience. The games will feature pre-game and post-game shows and will include appearances from YouTube creators.
  • The deal is worldwide, a couple of countries are excluded including in Europe Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, and Luxembourg.
  • The 13 games are still to be determined. YouTube’s exclusivity rights to the games extend to U.S., including Puerto Rico, and Canada. The announcement confirms that they will not air on network TV in those markets or even on the MLB’s own subscription service, MLB.TV.
  • YouTube TV also features the MLB Network on its channel lineup. YouTube’s subscription television service has also been a World Series sponsor since 2017.
  • Facebook previously struck a deal for exclusive MLB games back in 2017.  Facebook will only stream 6 games with non-exclusive rights this year. Twitter also has a non-exclusive streaming rights deal with MLB as well.


4. James Dolan sued by MSG shareholders.

  • New York Knicks owner James Dolan is reportedly facing a lawsuit that argues he makes too much money for the amount of work he puts in as the executive chairman and CEO of the Madison Square Garden Company.
  • Shareholders of the company brought the lawsuit and alleged he makes much more than his peers in the industry because of the time he spends traveling and performs extensively domestically and internationally with his band JD & the Straight Shot. 
  • Court filings said that Dolan was paid $75.6 million over the last three fiscal years.
  • MSG’s peer companies paid their CEOs an average of $17 million for the same three-year period.
  • The MSG company owns 14 brands including: the Knicks, the Rangers, Radio City Music Hall, the Rockettes, the Chicago Theater (Chicago, Illinois), the Forum (Inglewood, California),and the Boston Calling music festival (Allston, Massachusetts), along with its namesake arena.


5. The 100 year football curse seems to be working. 

Former S.L. Benfica Coach Béla Guttmann (second from left)

  • The Portuguese mega club based in Lisbon won historic back-to-back European Cup victories in 1961 and 1962. But since then, despite reaching the European finals 8 times, they have never won, because some claim, of a curse placed by their former coach on the club in 1962.
  • The coach Bela Guttmann played for a number of teams, moving often, from Hungary to Austria to the United States and back.
  • Guttmann came to greater prominence in Portugal managing FC Porto winning the national league with them. Offered a better deal by Benfica he jumped ship to the rival cub and won the club’s first European Cup in 1961.
  • In his second season with Benfica he dropped 20 of the club’s most senior players. This was a new breed of football manager, Guttmann encouraged an attacking, free-flowing style of play in his team claiming: “I never minded if the opposition scored because I always thought we could score more”
  • A master of psychological tactics before they were commonplace, Guttmann took great pains before the 1962 final to install in his team a belief they could win, despite being underdogs.
  • He had just won the 1962 European Cup for a miraculous second year in a row and against Real Madrid, considered the best team in the world.
  • After their famous victory Guttmann, sure of his worth, asked for a 65% pay rise, which the board of Benfica refused. Furious with their answer Guttmann is then is supposed to have pronounced: “Not in a hundred years from now will Benfica ever be European champion.”

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