Sports That Matters
June 28th, 2019
Welcome back, TGIF!
1. On this day in sports.
- 1946 Permanent radio play-by-play of Cleveland Indians games begins.
- 1971 Phillies’ Rick Wise hits 2 HRs and no-hits Reds.
- 1971 US Supreme Court (8-0) overturns draft evasion conviction of Muhammad Ali.
- 1973 Black Sports Hall of Fame forms: Paul Robeson, Elgin Baylor, Jesse Owens, Jim Brown, Wilma Rudolph, Joe Louis and Althea Gibson elected.
- 1987 Don Baylor sets career hit-by-pitch mark at 244 (Pitcher Rick Rhoden).
- 1992 US Dream Team beats Cuba in 1st exhibition basketball game, 133-57.
2. What’s New
As part of the agreement, Unbnd is launching a new platform called Missing in Action (MIA) on the NBA’s dedicated linear channel, which will integrate virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) features into its content ahead of the 2019/20 season.
Long known for its NBA coverage, Bleacher Report is leaning into delivering more NFL coverage ahead of the 2019-2020 season.
The arrival of the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox in London for Major League Baseball’s first games in Europe this weekend is being treated as a festival of Americana.
The NBA will implement a coach’s challenge at the upcoming summer leagues and anticipates using the rule during the 2019-20 regular season as part of a pilot program.
In May, New Jersey sportsbooks took in $318.9 million in bets, just ahead of Nevada sportsbooks, which accepted $317.4 million in wagers during the month.
Nike sold more sneakers and sports gear during the fiscal fourth quarter than Wall Street expected, helping to boost revenues by 4% to just over $10 billion.
At the Wimbledon draw ceremony Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were indeed set up for a potential semifinal meeting, with Novak Djokovic possibly awaiting that showdown’s winner in the final.
Megan Rapinoe said Thursday that she stands by previous comments that she would not visit the White House if the United States wins the Women’s World Cup.
FuboTV is getting into the free streaming sports network game. Fubo Sports Network will be a live, free-to-consumer TV network for U.S. sports fans offering event coverage, news, and exclusive programming.
StockX is now worth $1 billion, thanks to a new $110 million round of fundraising that will see the company add a new CEO Scott Cutler to the mix.
The Huskies were introduced Thursday at Madison Square Garden as the newest member of the Big East Conference in which they were a charter member 40 years ago. The marquee out front of MSG said “Welcome Home, UConn.”
Parents and members of the Revere (Ohio) High School community gathered this week at a school board meeting to learn more about an incident that led to the dismissal of all nine members of the school’s football coaching staff.
After a cycle of transfer portal craziness and high profile eligibility cases that drew the ire of some fan bases, the NCAA is looking to tighten up some of the requirements when it comes to transfer guidelines.
3. Major League Baseball All-Star Game starters are set for this years showcase of talent.
|C: Gary Sanchez||Yankees|
|1B: Carlos Santana||Indians|
|2B: DJ LeMahieu||Yankees|
|SS: Jorge Polanco||Twins|
|3B: Alex Bregman||Astros|
|OF: Mike Trout||Angels|
|OF: George Springer||Astros|
|OF: Michael Brantley||Astros|
|DH: Hunter Pence||Rangers|
|C: Willson Contreras||Cubs|
|1B: Freddie Freeman||Braves|
|2B: Ketel Marte||D-backs|
|SS: Javier Baez||Cubs|
|3B: Nolan Arenado||Rockies|
|OF: Christian Yelich||Brewers|
|OF: Cody Bellinger||Dodgers|
|OF: Ronald Acuna Jr.||Braves|
Houston’s Alex Bregman, the runaway winner at third base for the American League, will be joined in the starting lineup by Astros teammates George Springer and Michael Brantley, the latter of whom edged the New York Yankees‘ Aaron Judge by less than 1 percentage point for the final AL outfield spot.
Springer and Brantley will share the outfield with Angels star Mike Trout, who led all candidates with 993,857 votes in the final stage
With 51.9% of the final vote, Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado was the only player to win more than half the votes at his position. However, in raw votes he still finished behind Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich, who led the NL with 930,577.
Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Cody Bellinger, an early MVP candidate, won the other NL outfield spot, while Ketel Marte will be the first Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman to start an All-Star Game since Jay Bell in 1999.