June 1st, 2019
Weekend is upon us, enjoy the “Daily” news of the week!
What was News This Week
Across 76 telecasts on ABC, ESPN, TNT and NBA TV, this year’s playoffs are averaging 3.95 million viewers, compared to 4.61 million viewers over 78 games through the same point last year.
According to some of the latest Nielsen Ratings research, MLB ranks 2nd among the four major sports when it comes to drawing interest from the 18-24 age group.
Major League Baseball’s overall average of 26,854 is 1.4% below the 27,242 through a similar point last season.
1. Toronto -6,963
2. San Francisco -6,463
3. Baltimore -3,839
1. Philadelphia +10,383
2. Oakland +4,027
3. San Diego +3,465
Major League Baseball stadiums featuring a naming rights sponsor have averaged 7,951 news media references (TV-Internet-Print) per venue since opening day of the 2019 season.
The 10 Major League Baseball stadiums without a corporate name averaged 13,522 news media references, with Yankee Stadium being the most-frequently mentioned ballpark with 27,032 press references.
The 20 stadiums containing a corporate name averaged $12,508,000 of exposure value.
At next week’s SEC meetings one of the main topics to discuss is going to be getting rid of a bylaw that prohibits member schools from selling alcohol in general seating areas at venues.
After relinquishing its spot for the past two years, Real Madrid is back on top of the rankings with an estimated valuation north of $4.2 billion.
When it comes to the most valuable teams in the world (across all sports) the Dallas Cowboys still lead the way.
1. Dallas Cowboys – $5.0 billion
2. New York Yankees – $4.6 billion
3. Real Madrid – $4.2 billion
4. Barcelona – $4.0 billion
5. New York Knicks – $4.0 billion
With Kevin Durant out, this is the first NBA Finals since 2006 without a current Nike signature athlete playing.
Oakland health care giant Kaiser Permanente and the Golden State Warriors announced a deal Tuesday to name the 11-acre plaza surrounding the team’s new Chase Center arena “Thrive City” — after Kaiser’s “Thrive” health and wellness slogan.
Get ready for a major primetime dose of Stephen A. Smith during the NBA Finals. ESPN is doubling down on the daytime star of First Take by planning up to eight potential primetime specials starring Smith during the 2019 Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors.
The 2018-19 NBA season saw the comeback of headbands. It began on opening night, when a black bandana-clad Kyrie Irving freelanced as an estranged Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. It continued when the Philadelphia 76ers underwent the most comprehensive makeover of any team, leading to the formation of a headband club that head coach Brett Brown credited with helping his backcourt bond. It seems the entire league is enamored with an outmoded 2-inch strip of fabric originally designed to keep sweat out of the eyes.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver this morning appeared on ESPN’s “Get Up” to discuss a wide range of topics regarding the league. He said the Raptors’ first appearance in the NBA Finals “clearly demonstrates what an international sport we are.”
According to our Spring Reader Survey done with SRi, affordable tickets are the single biggest factor considered when attending a sporting event. The next three factors? Sense of security, affordable concessions, and free Wi-Fi.
The National Women’s Hockey League is canceling plans to add a pair of Canadian teams for the 2019-20 season for now and making clear it is open to doing what’s best for women’s hockey.
The Las Vegas City Council will consider a proposal next week to enter into a negotiating agreement for a downtown stadium and to make a pitch to the MLS to turn the Las Vegas Lights FC into an expansion team.
Gatorade’s Sports Science Institute is working on a Fitbit-style sweat patch that measures how many nutrients you lose in your workout and theoretically will let you customize your own Gatorade to replenish said nutrients.
Virginia has given football coach Bronco Mendenhall a two-year contract extension.
A string of recent high-profile transfers gave the college football world the impression it was getting easier for players to switch schools and compete right away. The reality is much different, with the percentage of waiver approvals dropping during 2018-2019 — even as the NCAA changed rules to give athletes a better shot at transferring without needing to sit out a year.
Guard Marta Sniezek has transferred from Stanford to Notre Dame and will be immediately eligible to play for the national runner-up Fighting Irish next season.
About 14.77 million people went to Broadway shows last season. That’s five million more people than went to Yankees, Mets, Knicks, Nets, Rangers, Islanders, Giants and Jets games combined.
NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith sent a letter Tuesday to all certified NFL player agents asking them to encourage their players to save money in the event of a work stoppage in 2021.
English soccer heavyweights Manchester City have partnered with JNC to become the club’s official baijiu partner on a multi-year, global deal. Baijiu is a clear Chinese liquor made from grain, with JNC being one of the leading liquor manufacturers in China.
The U.S. Golf Association announced it has increased the total purse for both the U.S. Women’s Open at the Country Club of Charleston and the 119th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links by $500,000 each. The purse for the June 13-16 U.S. Open with be $12.5 million, making it the largest prize pool among all of golf’s major championships.
R.J. Hampton, a Texas high school basketball player who was recruited by the nation’s premier programs, has decided to skip college and turn professional on the other side of the world, meaning he’ll be paid while awaiting the 2020 National Basketball Association draft.
When a Power 5 school is hiring a football or men’s basketball coach, it usually isn’t using a search firm to identify candidates. Most athletic directors already have a list of candidates in mind. The search firm may suggest one or two names that aren’t on the AD’s list, but that’s not why that AD is paying that search firm between $50,000 and $125,000.
A Honus Wagner baseball card has been sold privately for $1.2 million. SCP Auctions in Southern California says the 1909-11 T206 card was graded in Good 2 condition on a scale of 1 to 10 by Professional Sports Authenticator. The auction house says this example of the Wagner card sold twice before at auction, garnering $657,250 in 2014 and $776,750 in 2016.
Metta World Peace credits intense therapy with helping him shed his anger and become not only a better person but a much better teammate. And he looks at the championship he won in Los Angeles at the defining moment of his career, not the brawl in Detroit that cost him $5 million, a one-year suspension and the scorn of fans everywhere.
The former Atlanta Braves outfielder and current broadcaster Jeff Francoeur launched a beer Tuesday with Athens, Georgia-based Terrapin Beer Co. called Frenchy’s Blues, made with blueberries from his Southern Georgia blueberry farm. Francoeur played 12 seasons in the majors, including time with the Mets, Rangers, Royals, Giants, Padres, Phillies and Marlins.
With the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing approaching, the NHL is amping up its efforts to grow a fanbase in China, the world’s most populous nation.
Arsenal and Chelsea are gearing up to play a London derby far from home in the Europa League final. Playing three time zones and 2,460 miles (4,000 kilometers) from London in Azerbaijan, the game offers Arsenal coach Unai Emery the chance to win a record fourth Europa League title.
Many professional and college sports teams all over the globe are constantly looking for creative ways to generate ticket sales and drive fan engagement. Innovative and flexible technology, such as Radio-frequency identification (RFID), can be leveraged to boost season pass sales and increase overall fan engagement. The Connect&GO FastPass is a prime example of this.
Bianca Andreescu, the No. 22 seed from Canada, has withdrawn ahead of her second-round match against Sofia Kenin at the French Open due to a right shoulder injury. Andreescu, who won the Indian Wells title in March, also missed the previous two months with the same injury.
MGM Resorts International was honored at the 12th annual Sports Business Awards as the “Breakthrough of the Year” recipient by the Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily, a division of Street and Smith’s. The award was presented to MGM Resorts at the Sports Business Awards Ceremony in New York.
Players who wish to retain any remaining college eligibility must submit paperwork to the NBA as formal withdrawal intentions by 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday night, else they’ll be stuck in the draft for good.
The appeal of Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa to the NCAA has been approved. In a ruling handed down Friday afternoon, regarding a potential reinstatement, the NCAA said it will reverse its original decision on De Sousa, allowing him to regain eligibility immediately beginning in 2019-2020 after sitting out all of 2018-19.
The University of Idaho men’s basketball coach Don Verlin was placed on 10 days of administrative leave following a consultant’s report that college officials said found potential NCAA violations.
The new NCAA rule designed to help players explore their NBA draft potential by allowing them to sign with an agent and still return to school surprisingly doesn’t apply to all college players.
The number of transfers has increased significantly over the past few years, and with the introduction of the transfer portal, the practice has moved to a different level. One week after the NCAA tournament ended, there were already more than 700 departures from Division I schools.
Former Marquette forwards Sam Hauser and Joey Hauser are splitting up for their next destination. Sam, the older brother by 19 months, is going to Virginia, while Joey has committed to Michigan State. Both players announced their decisions on Twitter.
LSU coach Will Wade expressed regret Tuesday for the actions that led to his suspension during the SEC and NCAA tournaments while categorically denying allegations levied by Emanuel “Book” Richardson during the college basketball corruption trial in federal court in New York City.
Emmitt Williams told the LSU basketball program is returning to school. Sophomore guard Javonte Smart announced May 25 on social media he was returning and senior guard Skylar Mays confirmed Monday he’ll be back as well.
The Red Storm’s first choice for their new head coach had St. John’s pursuing a number of other candidates prior to the hiring of Mike Anderson. they included Arizona State‘s Bobby Hurley, Loyola Chicago‘s Porter Moser, Iona‘s Tim Cluess and UMBC‘s Ryan Odom.
Former Louisville coach Denny Crum has been released from the hospital after suffering a stroke last week, Crum will continue his recovery in an inpatient rehab facility.
Toronto will host a college basketball tripleheader featuring three teams that reached the NCAA tournament this past season. The inaugural James Naismith Classic on Nov. 16 has Tennessee facing Washington, Buffalo meeting Harvard, and Rutgers matching up with St. Bonaventure. The event will take place at Scotiabank Arena.
Wisconsin men’s basketball assistant coach Howard Moore is recovering from injuries suffered in an automobile accident early Saturday that claimed the lives of his wife and daughter.
The son of former NBA star Dennis Rodman has committed to play at Washington State. DJ Rodman, a 6-foot-6 forward from San Juan Capistrano, California, is the latest player to join new coach Kyle Smith’s team.
The NCAA on Tuesday released a lengthy report detailing infractions committed by Florida A&M including a “lack of institutional control” and “failure to monitor” its athletic programs, resulting in a five year probation period and a postseason ban — self-imposed by the university in football, baseball, men’s basketball, track and field, women’s basketball and volleyball — effective for the 2019-20 postseason.
Former Baylor coach Art Briles has returned to coaching football in the United States, landing a gig at a mid-sized East Texas high school. The hiring of Briles by the Mount Vernon Independent School District was surprising to many. On the latest edition of the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Chuck Carlton of The Dallas Morning News joins AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss Briles’ return.
Dabo Swinney won a national title by upending the Alabama for the second time in three years. He’s on track to give Clemson the nation’s top-ranked recruiting class. He just signed a 10-year, $93 million contract that makes him college football’s highest-paid coach. I would say he is a roll!
Attorneys representing more than three dozen former Ohio State male student-athletes, including at least 26 Buckeyes football players, filed a Title IX lawsuit against the university Wednesday, alleging OSU officials didn’t do enough to stop a sports medicine director who allegedly sexually assaulted the men while conducting preseason physical exams and treatment for injuries.
The SEC’s athletic director merry-go-round continues to spin. Texas A&M hired Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork to the same role with the Aggies. Bjork replaces Scott Woodward, who left to take the same position at LSU last month.
Alabama coach Nick Saban doesn’t want his quarterback, Heisman Trophy runner-up Tua Tagovailoa, to get comfortable this offseason. Tagovailoa, who threw for 3,966 yards and 43 touchdowns overall, struggled during the SEC and national title games.
Former Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis has joined the Arizona State football program as a special advisor to Herm Edwards.
The Southeastern Conference hired international accounting firm Deloitte to conduct a review of its football officiating, reacting in part to what commissioner Greg Sankey called the intense, often opinionated view of referees by the public and media.
According to Forbes, the September 21 clash between Georgia and Notre Dame has the most expensive seats in the country. Per the report, the cheapest seats available on secondary market site Vivid Seats is currently $407 as of last night.
Notre Dame football remains independent and there is no reason for them not to stay that way. And for whatever reason, this angers some people.
For the first time since 2010, LSU-Alabama isn’t scheduled to air in primetime on CBS. The Southeastern Conference announced Wednesday that the television network’s annual day-night doubleheader will be Sept. 21, the day that Notre Dame plays at Georgia.
Georgia freshman quarterback D’Wan Mathis was released from the hospital on Monday after undergoing emergency brain surgery.
Texas Longhorns wide receiver Bru McCoy, who from USC in January, was strongly considering heading back to the Trojans. While nothing is official on that front yet, Texas is apparently sending in the big guns to, in essence, re-recruit McCoy to stay at UT.
Jalen Hurts almost certainly transferred to Oklahoma believing he would be the program’s starting quarterback. And while that may happen, the Sooners are not going to just hand him the job. Hurts and redshirt freshman Tanner Mordecai are battling for the job in a competition. Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley insists the competition is real and not for show.
J.J. McCarthy grew up a fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes. “I used to love them (Ohio State),” McCarthy said, “Now I want to kill them.” Why the change of heart?Two weeks after committing to Michigan, McCarthy notes that Ohio State head coach Ryan Day and his staff lied to him about their plans for the 2021 recruiting class.
While most of the ACC disappointed in 2018, Bronco Mendenhall’s Virginia Cavaliers surged to an 8-4 record. They were a couple of close, late-season losses from a 10-win season.
Pitt Panthers have a division title and top-five wins under Pat Narduzzi; the Panthers have also regressed pretty significantly in each of the last two seasons.
What are the odds?
Golden State is currently favored to win the series against Toronto.
Steph Curry could be the Finals MVP, some believe he was deserving of the Finals MVP in 2015 and 2018 and could receive votes this year as a way of making up for past misjudgments.
Steph Curry is averaging 27.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game in the playoffs so far.
Picking Curry might be a safe play but at 2/3 odds might not be the best value, since one has to bet thirty dollars to win twenty.
Kevin Durant at 10/1 in his Finals MVP in 2018, he averaged 26.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game in the Finals.
Some might argue that Draymond Green at 10/1 has been the most consistent, all-around player for the Warriors in the playoffs so far and we would agree. He has had four triple-doubles in the 2019 playoffs, including back-to-back triple-doubles in games three and four of the Western Conference Finals, and eight triple-doubles in the playoffs over his career.
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If you think the Toronto Raptors are going to win the championship, then picking Kawhi Leonard to win Finals MVP is your best bet at 11/4 odds.
If the Raptors win the NBA Finals, Kawhi Leonard will be your Finals MVP. But again, that’s a big if, +244 odds to be precise.
Mike Trout, the Los Angeles Angels outfielders is the odds on favorite to be the American League Most Valuable Player.Trout is five stolen bases from becoming the 10th AL player ever with 250 home runs and 200 steals. None of them did it before their age-28 season.
The Minnesota Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco, who leads the AL with 67 hits and is second with a .332 batting average. Is slowly becoming on of the elite players in the American League. Polanco is one of five Major League shortstops with two five-hit games in a season since 1998.
Cody Bellinger the National League Most Valuable Player Award poll, Bellinger’s 4.3 fWAR is nearly a full point better than the next-highest player (Trout at 3.4). Bellinger is atop MLB in a slew of offensive categories, including batting average (.383), hits (72), total bases (143) and OPS (1.229). Only Yelich has more home runs. Bellinger is hitting .387 with nine homers and 39 RBIs with runners on base.
Christian Yelich is on pace for 62 home runs, 124 runs, 94 walks and 29 stolen bases, which would better his 2018 totals in those categories.
Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell has moved onto the leaderboard. Bell is on an early pace for a 50-homer, 50-double year.
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Bart Starr died Sunday at age 85 in Birmingham, Alabama. Starr had been in failing health since suffering two strokes and a heart attack in 2014.
Bart Starr was an ordinary quarterback until teaming with Vince Lombardi on the powerhouse Green Bay Packers teams that ruled the 1960s and ushered in the NFL as America’s most popular sport.
Bill Buckner died after a long battle with Lewy body dementia, his family said in a statement. The disease causes Alzheimer’s-like symptoms along with movement and other problems.
Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert remains hospitalized and is “resting comfortably” after suffering a stroke. The 57-year-old was taken to a Detroit-area hospital Sunday by a friend after not feeling well, and he had the stroke while getting medical care.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday the league will consider expanded video review after some high-profile missed calls during the playoffs.
The owner of Santa Anita is investigating whether new rules were followed before the 26th horse death at the Southern California racetrack. Kochees, a 9-year-old gelding, was euthanized Sunday after injuring his left front leg in a race a day earlier.
Sportswear giant Nike will waive performance-based targets for 12 months for any of their pregnant athletes after several runners revealed they had their payments frozen.
Matt Moore scored four goals and Virginia won its sixth NCAA lacrosse championship, beating defending champion Yale 13-9 on Monday.
Game 1 of the NBA Finals is still days away, but Drake is already getting much of the headlines. Smash mouth is trying to change that right now. The California based rock band took to Twitter over the weekend and sent a stern warning to Drake for him to not repeat his antics during the NBA Finals as he did during the Eastern Conference Finals.
Video surfaced on social media showing Washington Capitals star Evgeny Kuznetsov seated near a table with two lines white powder that looks a lot like cocaine.