Carrie Underwood sued, XFL, Best Buy, Ortiz Getting Better

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June 23rd, 2019

Welcome back hope your weekend is a great one!

1. On this day is sports.

1976 San Diego Padres pitcher Randy Jones ties record of 68 innings without a walk.

1979 Larry Holmes TKOs Mike Weaver in 12 for heavyweight boxing title.

1981 John McEnroe‘s famous ‘You cannot be serious’ rant in 1st round win over Tom Gullikson at Wimbledon.

1982 Pete Rose gets his 3,772nd hit, moves past Aaron into 2nd place.

1991 Quebec Nordiques pick Eric Lindros #1 at NHL entry draft.

2. What’s New.

Carrie Underwood performs during the 2019 CMA Fest Friday, June 7, 2019, at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo: Larry McCormack /

A songwriting team is suing singer Carrie Underwood, the NFL and NBC, claiming they stole a song and used it to introduce “Sunday Night Football” last season.

Major League Baseball’s executive council to gave the Rays permission to explore a plan in which they would play home games in both the Tampa Bay area and Montreal.

Shaquille O’Neal has his sights set on owning Reebok, according to CNBC, Shaq wants to revitalize a brand that once signed him to a deal worth $15 million.

The NBA was the first major US professional sports league to sign an official gambling partner deal in July of 2018. Fast forward almost a year and they are first again, this time with a virtual sports betting game.
On the final day of its legislative session, Maine lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to approve a bill that would legalize sports betting in the state. The bill, which would allow for wagering both in person and via mobile devices, now heads to Gov. Janet Mills’ desk.
Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer was banned by the ownership of Santa Anita on Saturday after a fourth horse from his stable died and the 30th overall at the Southern California track.
A University of Connecticut official says the school is working to leave the American Athletic Conference and return to the Big East for basketball and other sports.
3. David Ortiz now in good condition wife reports in Boston.
In this Oct. 10, 2016, file photo, Boston Red Sox’s David Ortiz waves from the field at Fenway Park after Game 3 of baseball’s American League Division Series against the Cleveland Indians in Boston. Officials say Ortiz, who was shot in the Dominican Republic on June 9, 2019, at an outdoor cafe, was the victim of incompetent criminals who were trying to kill a man next to him. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
David Ortiz’s wife says he has moved out of intensive care.
The ex-Boston slugger remains hospitalized and in good condition, almost two weeks after he was shot in the back while at a club in the Dominican Republic.
In the latest twist in the case, the cabbie who drove some of the gunmen to the bar where Ortiz was shot told police the Red Sox slugger was not the intended target.
Ortiz was shot in the back while out at a bar in his hometown of Santo Domingo on June 9. Eleven people have been arrested in connection with the shooting.
4. Best Buy heading into the fitness industry. 
AP: Best Buy

Best Buy is adding “dedicated fitness space,” selling spin bikes and connected treadmills, in more than 100 stores by the end of the year.

It’s part of Best Buy’s bigger push to be a destination for health tech.

Workout equipment will be available online, including spin bikes from Flywheel Sports, a compression recovery system from NormaTec, muscle rollers from Hyperice, rowing machines from Hydrow and a series of connected treadmills by NordicTrack. The products will begin to hit stores in the coming months.

The announcement comes as Best Buy has already started to venture into health tech. It acquired GreatCall, a health-services platform that focuses on personal emergency response services for senior citizens for $800 million in August 2018.

Peloton and Mirror generating buzz with their products. More and more consumers are opting to invest in a rowing machine or one of Mirror’s interactive, full-length mirrors that teaches gym classes instead joining a gym. Peloton, which makes bikes and treadmills, recently filed with securities regulators for an IPO.

5.The XFL will kick off in 2020 with the ninth team made up of 35-40 players.

3 Feb 2001: A view of the XFL football taken on the field before the game between the Las Vegas Outlaws and the New York/New Jersey Hitmen at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Outlaws defeated the Hitmen 19-0.Mandatory (Credit: Todd Warshaw /Allsport/Getty Images)

(Credit: Todd Warshaw /Allsport/Getty Images

At a recent XFL Summer Showcase, Commissioner Oliver Luck confirmed that the league will have a ninth team.
Luck’s theory, “what we want to try to avoid is our teams having to sign players off the street,” Luck said. “Example, Dez Bryant signed with the Saints this past NFL season, the first ten minutes of . . . that particular practice he tears an Achilles tendon.
The league wants to have a group of guys, 35-40 players representing all positions, that will be based in Dallas who basically are staying in shape.
With a 25-second play clock the XFL is going to require quite honestly a little bit better conditioning than what some of these guys may be used to in the NFL or the CFL.
News & Notes…
The Big Lead
Tim Tebow is batting .144 in AAA this season reminded me of a take that has been percolating for awhile but I haven’t put on paper: The XFL could really use him.
Coach Jim Zorn a longtime Seahawks quarterback and former quarterbacks coach for the team liked what he saw from the tryout players, many of whom he hopes will be on his roster when the league begins its second iteration in 2020.
The Los Angeles Times did a recent feature on businessman Joe Cohen, a longtime friend and adviser to Vince McMahon, and someone who McMahon is utilizing when it comes to his new major project, the XFL.

Vince McMahon is doing a lot right now. He is not only the director and final decision maker in WWE, but he is also preparing for the 2020 re-launch of the XFL. Those two worlds are reportedly merging.

According to Brad Shepard, Vince McMahon is looking to “dabble” in WWE’s money not his personal stock. These funds are reportedly intended to provide additional funding for McMahon’s football side project.




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