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June 12th, 2019
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1. What’s new in sports media…
The Athletic, the media company raised a total of $22 million more from their current investors earlier this year.
What impact Stephen A. Smith’s increased workload will have on his next contract negotiations, his current deal runs through 2021.
Renee Young is highly likely to be the host of the weekly WWE studio show on FS1, FOX will air WWE Smackdown on the broadcast network beginning this Fall, and in April Triple H announced on First Things First that there will additionally be a weekly studio show will FS1 on Tuesday nights.
ESPN has had serious discussions about promoting Dan Orlovsky and adding Matt Hasselbeck in college football broadcast booths this season.
2. Sports money finding ways to use unique ways to move a product…
As Miller Lite’s push into esports continues, the brand has rolled out what they are calling the “Cantroller”, a beer can that is also a functioning gaming controller.
According to Chris Grove, the managing director for sports and emerging verticals at research firm Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, if sports betting was legal nationwide, media companies would make between $3 billion and $5 billion in additional revenue annually.
According to media buyers interviewed by Anthony Crupi of AdAge, the network is asking north of $200,000 for each 30-second ad unit for Wednesday’s Blues-Bruins broadcast.
3. National Basketball league finals keep the Warriors alive to live another day, as other teams make deals to get better…
Golden State forward Kevin Durant has an injured right Achilles, a massive blow for the perennial All-Star and two-time NBA Finals MVP who may be three weeks away from free agency and could also be facing a long rehabilitation process.
The NBA Finals are making one last trip to Oracle Arena. For the Toronto Raptors, it’s a second shot at a first championship. For the Golden State Warriors, it’ll be a night to play for a fallen teammate and the fans they’re leaving behind.
NBA free agency news is just getting started. Teams and players will be allowed to begin negotiations on the afternoon of June 30. Additionally, teams might communicate with free agents as early as the afternoon of June 29. The first two days of free agency in 2018 included Paul George and LeBron James making major decisions — what will Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and others do this year?
Zach Ertz is cheering for his wife in the Women’s World Cup from minicamp for only a few days.The Philadelphia Eagles‘ two-time Pro Bowl tight end is heading to France on Friday to watch his wife, Julie Ertz, compete with the U.S. team. The defending champions opened with a record-breaking 13-0 rout of Thailand on Tuesday night.
6. National Hockey League 2019 Stanley Cup Finals Game 7 facts. Can’t wait for the puck to drop in Boston…
The Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues will play the 17th Game 7 in the history of the Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden.
It’s the first Game 7 since the Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 at Rogers Arena in 2011.
The Bruins will host a Game 7 in the championship round for the first time in their 95-year history.
Boston is going for its seventh Stanley Cup championship and St. Louis its first since entering the NHL in 1967.
Home teams are 12-4 in Game 7s, the road team has won each of the past two (Bruins in 2011, Pittsburgh Penguins at the Detroit Red Wings in 2009).
Boston owns Stanley Cup Playoff records for most Game 7s (27) and wins in Game 7 (15), including 14-8 at home. St. Louis is 9-8 in Game 7 (4-6 as visitors).
Each team has won a Game 7 during the 2019 playoffs. Boston in an 5-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs. St. Louis at 2-1 victory against the Dallas Stars.
Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara will play in his 14th Game 7 to pass Patrick Roy and Scott Stevens for most in NHL history.
Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask is 3-0 with a 1.34 goals-against average and .953 save percentage when facing elimination during the 2019 playoffs.
Rask’s 23 road wins (23-18, 1.97 GAA, .937 save percentage, five shutouts) passed Gerry Cheevers (22-19) for most in Bruins playoff history.
Jordan Binnington turned the Blues’ season around in January when Binnington became the starter, and the rookie sensation hasn’t let up in the playoffs.
Ryan O’Reilly scored a goal for the third straight game and extended his point streak to five games. His 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists) ties Brett Hull (1990; 13 goals, eight assists), Doug Gilmour (1986; nine goals, 12 assists) and Bernie Federko (1986; seven goals, 14 assists) for most by a Blues player in one postseason.
Alex Pietrangelo has 15 assists and 17 points that are most by a St. Louis defenseman.
Boston’s Torey Krug is the only player with more assists (16) and only defenseman with more points (18) than Pietrangelo in the 2019 playoffs.
The St. Louis Blues’ bid for NHL history, to become the first team to win the Stanley Cup after being last in the League standings after playing at least 30 regular-season games (they were 31st through 37 games on Jan. 3).
Eddie Olczyk already bounces back and forth during the spring between the NHL playoffs and horse racing’s Triple Crown. Olczyk will go from the broadcast booth at Boston’s TD Garden for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final to Ascot Racecourse in England to work his first Royal Ascot.
7. Major League Baseball news & notes…
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A wounded David Ortiz was recovering from exploratory surgery in Boston on Tuesday as investigators in his native Dominican Republic tried to figure out who shot the former Red Sox slugger and why.
The Arizona Diamondbacks got to play Home Run Derby in Philly. The Diamondbacks hit three straight home runs to open the game and finished with a team-record eight in a 13-8 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in a homer-happy game on Monday night. Tuesday the five game winning streak was busted with a 7-4 loss to the Phillies.
Pete Alonso hit a three-run homer in the first inning off an ineffective James Paxton, J.D. Davis and Carlos Gomez also went deep, and the New York Mets beat the Yankees 10-4 for a split of their day-night Subway Series doubleheader Tuesday.
Mike Fiers (6-3) allowed two runs and three hits, and is 4-0 in seven starts beginning with his no-hitter against Cincinnati on May 7, pitched six effective innings, Matt Olson and Khris Davis hit consecutive homers, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 on Tuesday night.
Rookie Yordan Alvarez hit one of Houston’s four home runs to become the first player in franchise history to homer in his first two major league games and lead the Astros to a 10-8 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.
Jorge Soler had the tying RBI double in the eighth inning and Cheslor Cuthbert followed with the go-ahead run-scoring single to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.
The Minnesota Twins have signed their first-round draft pick, high school infielder Keoni Cavaco. Cavaco finalize his contract, which came with a $4.05 million signing bonus. That’s $147,300 below the assigned slot value for the 13th overall selection.
Hall of Famer Jim Thome and former pitcher Dennis Martinez will be the managers in a revamped All-Star Futures Game at Cleveland on July 7. In its 21st year, the game is switching formats and will match American League prospects against National League prospects. Previously, a world team faced U.S. players.
The Los Angeles Dodgers needed a strike interrupted season and a pitching sensation named Fernando Valenzuela to win a championship in 1981. More important for the Dodgers, perhaps, is that they found a way that year to connect with Hispanic fans who nearly four decades later are still loyal supporters of the team.