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Sports That Matters

July 3rd, 2019

Welcome back happy Wednesday!

1. On this day in sports.

2011 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Novak Đoković of Serbia beats Spaniard Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 for his first Wimbledon title.

2006 US Open Women’s Golf, Newport CC: Annika Sörenstam wins her 10th and final major title by 4 strokes in a playoff with Pat Hurst.

2004 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Maria Sharapova becomes first Russian player to win Wimbledon beating defending champion Serena Williams 6-1, 6-4.

1991 Gateway Board of Trustees approve a 20-year lease for the Cleveland Indians to play MLB at Jacobs Field.

1982 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 for the first of 6-straight Wimbledon singles titles.

1980 Biggest MLB crowd in 7 years, 73,096 watch Indians beat NY Yankees, 7-0 at Cleveland Stadium.

1966 Atlanta Braves Tony Cloninger, 1st NL player and only pitcher to hit 2 grand slams in a MLB game (17-3 v SF Giants).

2. What’s New

free agent news…

Free agent center Boban Marjanovic has agreed to a two-year, $7 million deal with the Dallas Mavericks.

The Memphis Grizzlies have agreed to trade Chandler Parsons to the Atlanta Hawks for Solomon Hill and Miles Plumlee.

The New Orleans Pelicans and forward Darius Miller have agreed on a two-year, $14.25 million deal.

The Golden State Warriors have pulled Quinn Cook’s qualifying offer, thus making him an unrestricted free agent.

Small forward Rodney McGruder will be signing a three-year deal worth roughly $15 million with the LA Clippers.

Free-agent guard Emmanuel Mudiay has agreed to a one-year deal with the Utah Jazz.

Free-agent center Willie Cauley-Stein will sign with the Golden State Warriors.

Josh Richardson’s time with the Miami Heat has reportedly come to an unexpected end with the reported four-team sign-and-trade for Jimmy Butler.

The Brooklyn Nets’ decision to sign two of the NBA’s biggest free agents Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving is already paying dividends for their Russian billionaire, owner Mikhail Prokhorov.

news and notes…

The Los Angeles Dodgers with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning walked off against the Arizona D-backs Tuesday night, 5-4, with a walk by Cody Bellinger as the last of five consecutive walks.

Patrick Corbin and Tyler Skaggs were both drafted by the Angels in June 2009, one round and 40 picks apart from one another. They were traded to Arizona together in July ’10 and each made his big league debut with the D-backs in ’12.

You didn’t think the Minnesota Twins would be this good. Not best-team-in-franchise-history good. Yet they are all of those things and potentially much more.

The New York Yankees would go on to tie 27 games and then break the major league record 28 games for consecutive games with a homer. the streak is over at 31 consecutive games.

The New York Yankees have activated starter Domingo German from the 10-day injured list. He’ll pitch tonight against the New York Mets.

Yangervis Solarte is going to sign with a Japanese team. It’s not known which team he’s signing with, but he has the contractual right to opt-out of his minor league deal with the Marlins to sign in Asia.

Domestic violence charges against Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera have been dropped following a hearing Wednesday at Atlantic City (New Jersey) Municipal Court.

news and notes…

With two full seasons left to play before the CBA ends, NFL and NFLPA two sides have already begun talking and are scheduled to ramp up talks this summer.

Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson has been ordered to pay nearly $2.4 million to a lending service after he defaulted on a loan, according to court records reviewed by the Baltimore Business Journal.

When then-rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson got a chance to turn cameo appearances into full-time starting, the Baltimore Ravens threw the NFL a curveball, turning the offense into a run-heavy attack.

The Chicago Bears have announced the uniform configurations for their 2019 home games, and in half of the games they’ll be wearing a variation on their normal attire. The Bears will replace the orange “C” on their helmet with an all-white logo, as part of the effort to honor the 1960s era of the franchise.

The reason Peyton Manning’s refusal to speak on his brother’s skill set is one of the reasons he declined an opportunity on ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcast crew this season.

off-season news and notes…

Get ready for an overdue relaunch of the conflict with the trade that featured Nikita Zaitsev and Connor Brown to the Sens and two free agent Leafs picked off defenceman Ron Hainsey and forward Tyler Ennis. Coming to Toronto are Cody Ceci and defenceman Ben Harpur.

Longtime Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter joined the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday as an adviser to new coach Dallas Eakins‘ staff.

The St. Louis Blues have re-signed restricted free agent Sammy Blais to an $850,000, one-year contract.

The Washington Capitals have traded forward Andre Burakovsky to the Colorado Avalanche for pending unrestricted free-agent forward Scott Kosmachuk and a second- and third-round pick in the 2020 NHL draft.

Sergei Bobrovsky and the Florida Panthers three other free-agent signings defenseman Anton Stralman, and forwards Brett Connolly and Noel Acciari put on their new Panthers sweaters for the first time Tuesday in their official introduction to South Florida.

3. Twitch teams up with Amazon for big marketing event.

Amazon plans to transform Twitch, the video streaming platform for gamers, into a shopping channel as part of this year’s Prime Day shopping event.

“Twitch Sells Out: A Prime Day Special Event” will showcase gaming, electronics and other products in two 12-hour broadcasts.

It all starts at 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Pacific time on July 15 and 16, per a blog post.

Twitch is lining up popular streamers to participate in the event to showcase special deals.

Products that have been specially curated for the service’s audience of gaming enthusiasts are top on the list.

Twitch gamers to co-stream throughout the entire event and comment on products.

The Prime Day blitz includes a concert on Amazon Prime Video, the e-commerce giant’s video streaming platform, with Taylor Swift as the headline act on July 10.

Gamers are receptive to advertising, with 53% of mobile gamers saying ads helped them get updates about products they need or want, compared with 42% of non-gamers, per researcher Newzoo.

(43%) of gamers said they’re more likely to buy or use brands that have ads they like, compared with 32% for non-gamers.

Amazon last year said it sold more than 1 million smart-home devices on the second day of its 36-hour Prime Day event, making it the biggest sales day for smart home devices in the e-commerce giant’s history.

4. FIFA women’s soccer report show growth and popularity in the sport.

13.36M girls and women are playing soccer around the world.

3.12M youth females under 18 are playing soccer.

945,568 over 18 are are registered soccer participants.

63,126 are female coaches witch is only 7% of total coaches.

80,545 are female officials witch is only 10% of all officials.

1.6M are registered in the US.

290,087 are registered in Canada.

(Check back for a more in depth report on women’s soccer global appeal)

5. The best of the rest.

Andre Iguodala has had a busy week. Hot on the heels of the launch of his new bookThe Sixth Man, comes the Players Technology Summit, an event he set up to bring athletes, investors, and the tech world closer together.

In the 2018/19 season, the New Orleans Pelicans finished 25th in the NBA in attendance with an average of 16’004 on board at the Smoothie King Center and filled just 93.1 of their capacity. Zion Williamson has the team already selling 10,000 season tickets and the hope is that number leaps into the 14,000 neighborhood.

The United States Women’s National Team World Cup squad has a combined following of approximately 25 million followers across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

CAA Sports, a division of entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency, has acquired Base Soccer Agency, a move that further expands its global representation of sports talent.

Nike found itself in another precarious position this week after Colin Kaepernick, one of its most visible endorsers, told the company it shouldn’t sell a shoe with a symbol that he and others consider offensive.

Bloomberg reports that, AT&T is in the market considering selling its RSNs in order to pay off debt. The four networks are AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh, AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain, AT&T SportsNet Southwest and Root Sports Northwest. The company’s plan to cut as much as $8 billion in debt by the end of the year.


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