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XFL TV Deal, Golden State Warriors Future, Inter Miami FC

MICHAEL BARI SHOW “DAILY”

May 7th, 2019

What’s New:.

On This Day In Sports:

  • 1925 Pirate shortstop Glenn Wright makes an unassisted triple play
  • 1969 2nd ABA championship: Oakland Oaks beat Indiana Pacers, 4 games to 1
  • 1972 26th NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 1
  • 1982 Californian federal jury rules NFL violates antitrust laws in preventing Oakland Raiders move to Los Angeles Coliseum
  • 1994 Denver Nuggets become NBA’s 1st #8 seed to beat a #1 seed (Seattle).

 

1. XFL reaches agreements with Fox and Disney on TV deals.

The Associated Press

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  • The XFL has reached multiyear agreements with ESPN and Fox Sports to broadcast its games beginning in 2020.
  • Eric Shanks, Fox Sports CEO and executive producer said, “Football is in FOX Sports’ DNA and a key component of our programming strategy. Alongside Oliver Luck and his incredible team, we’re excited for the debut of the XFL on FOX Sports.”
  • The agreements were negotiated by CAA Sports and Evolution Media Capital on behalf of the XFL.
  • This is the second time Vince McMahon has launched a football league. The first version of the XFL lasted one season in 2001, joint venture of WWE and NBC.
  • All 43 XFL games — 40 regular season, three playoffs — will be televised with 24 on ABC or Fox. The remainder will air on ESPN, ESPN2, FS1 and FS2.
  • The eight-team league has set its schedule with most games on Saturday and Sunday. ESPN will show the championship game April 26.
  • If the XFL was able to bring in someone like Trevor Lawrence, they would create real intrigue from both NFL and college football fans.
  • The League is looking to sign Colin Kaepernick, Johnny Manziel and Tim Tebow which would draw huge interest.
  • The XFL will have teams in Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa Bay and Washington.

2. The Golden State Warriors front office will prepare for “possibly seismic change” this summer when Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson are free agents.

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Image via Getty/Rocky Widner/NBAE

  • Kevin Durant’s future has been the subject of widespread speculation and at times even deeply impacting the Warriors locker room.
  • The New York Knicks are a destination that Durant could call home. The Knicks will have two maximum contract slots available and are expected to pursue Durant and a second co-star, perhaps Kyrie Irving or Anthony Davis.
  • DeMarcus Cousins’ plan was likely always to leave after regaining his footing in Golden State. With one max contract and limited cap space, the Warriors will have a difficult decision on their hands once free agency hits.
  • Draymond Green will be another player likely seeking a max for his next contract, will be a free agent following the 2019-2020 season.
  • If the Warriors would want to start Stephen Curry, Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Green, and Cousins moving forward, they would retain Klay Thompson and part ways with Kevin Durant. They’d also be able to give DeMarcus Cousins significantly more money.
  • Golden State Warriors President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Welts anticipates the nearing of the completion of a multi-year billion dollar construction project.
  • The Warriors have gone to extensive lengths to realize their vision of a state-of-the-art arena complex in San Francisco. It’s been the core focus of the business operations for over seven years now.

3. Miami is close to getting its MLS franchise.

David Beckham with a rendering of Lockhart Stadium (Credit: Getty Images and Pro Soccer USA)

David Beckham with a rendering of Lockhart Stadium (Credit: Getty Images and Pro Soccer USA)

  • Inter Miami CF and the City of Ft. Lauderdale scored a legal victory.
  • Florida Circuit Court Judge Raag Singhal ruled against FXE Futbol‘s request for an emergency injunction to delay demolition of Lockhart Stadium. The ruling clears the way for work to begin at the site where Inter Miami — whose ownership group is led by David Beckham and MasTec chairman Jorge Mas.
  • The plans to build a new 18,000-seat venue, as well as a training facility and community fields. Inter Miami plans to play its first two MLS seasons in MLS at a rebuilt Lockhart Stadium, starting in 2020.
  • The $60 million project was approved by the City of Ft. Lauderdale last month over a competing bid from FXE Futbol. But soon after the City of Ft. Lauderdale announced its preference for Inter Miami’s proposal, FXE filed a lawsuit in Broward County Court.
  • Inter Miami is attempting to construct a permanent venue, Miami Freedom Park, at Melreese Country Club in Miami, but that plan — which still requires a 99-year lease to be approved by the Miami City Commission won’t see construction completed until the 2022 season at the earliest.
  • Inter Miami CF, which will join MLS next season as an expansion side, has extended academy invitations to approximately 150 youth players from South Florida.
  • That 150 selected from a pool of 6,000 local youth players will compete for one of seven teams in the U-12 to U-19 age groups starting this fall. Inter Miami’s Academy will formally sign and announce full team rosters this summer, ahead of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy’s 2019-20 season start in September.

 

 

 

 

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