Sports That Matters
June 24th, 2019
Megan Rapinoe converted a pair of penalty kicks giving the US a 2-1 victory over Spain at the Women’s World Cup. Next up host country France.
1. On this day in sports.
1882 National League expels umpire Richard Higham for dishonesty.
1922 the US football team Chicago Staleys become Chicago Bears.
1944 Jackie Robinson swipes home for 1st of 19 times in his career.
1979 Rickey Henderson debuts for Oakland & steals his 1st base.
1988 Boston Red Sox begin AL record 23rd consecutive home win streak.
1991 NHL adopts instant-replay and tenth of second clock in final minute.
1997 Mark McGwire hits a 538 foot home run.
2012 Female athletes will be allowed to compete for Saudi Arabia at the Olympics for the first time.
2. What’s New.
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The Milan-Cortina bid won 47 votes in its successful bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics, with Stockholm-Are receiving 34 votes.
According to Fox, 427,000 unique streamers, the USWNT’s 2-0 victory over Sweden delivered the most streamed Women’s World Cup event ever.
With a deal worth close to 295 million dollars, the Golden State Warriors and Kaiser Permanente announced a deal that will see the non-profit health care system become the presenting partner of Thrive City, the arena district around the Chase Center, as well as the official team physician of the Warriors.
NHL executives, including Commissioner Gary Bettman, are pleased with the first two years of the league’s esports endeavor. Now, there are high hopes for the future, which could include a league-wide tournament in addition to its global competition.
Australia’s greatest female tennis players, Margaret Court and Evonne Goolagong Cawley, have joined in celebrating the rise of compatriot Ashleigh Barty to the No. 1 world ranking which they both held.
Santa Anita’s troubled racing season has come to a close after the deaths of 30 horses at the Southern California track rattled the industry and led to Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer being banned when four of his horses were among the casualties.
3. U.S. Soccer and the USWNT are headed for mediation shortly after the conclusion of this year’s World Cup.
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U.S. Soccer and the USWNT instead of meeting with a judge or arbitrator, the two sides will meet with a mediator, who instead of issuing a legally binding decision, will recommend a course of action based on what is presented and discussed.
One argument is the women’s soccer players do more outside of just the national team based on the 2017 collective bargaining agreement signed by both sides.
In the agreement, U.S. Soccer agreed to fund the club salary and benefits that the players receive from their NWSL teams.
The USWNT‘s argument is during the previous CBA (2013-2016), women’s national team players could have earned no more than $99,000, or $4,950 per game, for playing and winning a series of 20 games in one year.
That number is 62% less than a men’s national team member would have made from an equal series of games.
The USWNT women generated game-related revenues of $50.8 million in the three years following their 2015 Women’s World Cup win, nearly $1 million more than the men made.
FOX Sports’ Twitter content boasted best its day of the tournament with 4.4M views, up +1% over the 2018 men’s World Cup group stage daily average.