US Women’s Soccer Returns Home, NBA Free Agency, MLB Home Run Derby

Sports That Matters

July 8th, 2019

Welcome back, appreciate you stopping by!

1. US Women’s Soccer wins the 2019 World Cup again in convincing fashion.

  • Since the start of the year the jersey seen above is the top-selling US Soccer National Team (men’s or women’s) of all-time.
  • More USWNT championship merchandise was sold in the first hour after the clinch this year than the entire first day of the clinch in 2015.
  • More USWNT championship merchandise sold 200% more in the first hour after clinch today than the first hour after the clinch in 2015.
  • Over 1 million fans attended World Cup games in France during this year’s tournament.
  • Before the WC Final, 850 million+ viewers had already tuned into the Women’s World Cup. FIFA expects the tournament to exceed 1 billion total viewers when all the numbers are in.
  • The 58 million+ that tuned into the Brazil vs France match was the largest global Women’s World Cup TV audience for a match ever.
  • Leading into the WC Final, there had been 1.1 billion views of Women’s World Cup-related content across all of FIFA’s digital platforms.
  • ESPN and the NWSL have agreed to a deal that will see the network televise 14 matches during the 2019 season.
  • Eight matches will air on ESPNEWS, and the remaining six, including the two semifinals and the championship, will air on ESPN2.
  • The multi-year partnership makes Budweiser one of the biggest sponsors of the NWSL.
  • The partnership gives the brand naming rights to the playoffs, championship, MVP trophy, and the newly created “Most Valuable Supporter” award for the league’s biggest fan.
  • It will also give NWSL players immersive training on the business side of sports from Budweiser executives in the offseason.

2. National Basketball League still seeing blockbuster deals being made.

LeBron James

  • According to Nielsen, Friday’s Pelicans vs Knicks game was the highest-rated NBA Summer League game ever. The game drew a 1.2 metered market rating on ESPN, up 33% from the previous record.
  • DAZN is reportedly trying to make it happen for the NBA as well. According to a report from Brooks Melchior, the subscription streaming service is exploring the possibility of striking a deal with the NBA in order to launch a RedZone-style show.
  • With Paul George reportedly headed to L.A., the Oklahoma City Thunder are now in discussions with Russell Westbrook about the star point guard’s future with the franchise. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Westbrook and his agent are in talks with GM Sam Presti about the next steps, which could include a trade this summer.
  • The Los Angeles Lakers intend to move LeBron James to the starting point guard position, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. The Lakers have acquired a string of sharpshooters in Danny Green, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and most-recently the swift addition of Avery Bradley after he clears waivers — yet they remained without a capable 3-point shooting starting point guard after re-signing Rajon Rondo.
  • Once guard Avery Bradley clears waivers today, he plans to sign a two-year, $9.7M deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • The Atlanta Hawks and NBA free agent Jabari Parker have reportedly come to an agreement on a two-year contract. Splitting time with the Washington Wizards and Chicago Bulls last year due to a trade, Parker averaged 14.5 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.
  • The Golden State Warriors have traded their center Damian Jones along with a second-round pick to the Atlanta Hawks for big man Omari Spellman, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
  • Free agent guard Alec Burks has agreed to a 1-year deal with the Golden State Warriors after the Oklahoma City Thunder allowed him to re-consider his commitment to the team.
  • According to a report from ESPN’s Malika Andrews, Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Tyus Jones signed a three-year, $28 million offer sheet from the Memphis Grizzlies.
  • Toronto Raptors, who have reportedly re-signed Patrick McCaw to a two-year deal.

3. Predicting the MLB Home Run Derby, that’s right I’m predicting the dang Home Run Derby.

Christian Yelich will win! Oh wait forgot about Cory Bellinger, so he will win! Wait both aren’t even participating? I better look some stuff up!

Here are the odds for the Derby: Josh Bell 7-2, Vladimir Guerrero 9-2, Joc Pederson 5-1, Pete Alonso 5-1, Carlos Santana 7-1, Matt Chapman 8-1, Alex Bregman 8-1, Ronald Acuna 10-1

Breaking down the derby really comes down to who is pitching batting practice pitches. When Bryce Harper had his derby moment in Washington his dad pitched to him. Someone familiar helps.

Who is the biggest strongest guy in the derby, well they all are big and strong. But to much muscle can get a player tired as they keep advancing. So the player has to have a wiry strong swing.

I say Ronald Acuna Jr., and Alex Bergman will be in the final and Acuna will win it all in Cleveland! I would like 10% of your winnings people. Thank you.


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