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July 11th, 2019

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1. On this day in sports.

1914 Babe Ruth debuts as a pitcher for Boston Red Sox, he beats Cleve 4-3

1923 Harry Frazee, sells Red Sox to Ohio businessmen for $1M

1968 Earl Weaver replaces Hank Bauer as manager of Orioles

1985 Astros’ Nolan Ryan, 1st to strike out 4000 (Mets’ Danny Heep)

1988 Mike Tyson hires Donald Trump as an advisor

1991 Calumet Farm, home to 8 Kentucky Derby winners, files bankruptcy

2012 20th ESPY Awards: LeBron James, Brittney Griner win

2015 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Serena Williams becomes oldest winner in Open era (33) beating Garbiñe Muguruza 6-4, 6-4

2. What’s New

Coyotes defenseman Alex Goligoski (33) controls the puck as he sprays ice at Gila River Arena late last year. (Photo: Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

When the first man-made skating rink opened in London in the summer of 1844, it was not made of ice. No technology at the time could keep the necessary quantity of water frozen.

Instead, patrons skated on “Not-Ice”, a slippery composite of salt, copper sulfate and lard. The pig fat made the surface slick enough to glide across; it also made the building unbearably smelly. According to Smithsonian magazine, the stench was so foul that it forced the rink out of business. (READ) Arizona Republic by

The rookie campaigns of many newspapers’ digital sports subscriptions are over. Now comes the work of developing the standalone subscription products into long-lasting sources of revenue. (READ) Digiday by Max Willens
Russell Wilson wants people to know that he is more than just a Super Bowl-winning quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks. He’s also a creative entrepreneur and chief executive officer of West2East Empire, a production company which just made a commercial for Wilson’s Nike shoe in roughly three days. (READ) The Drum by
Since the SCOTUS decision in May 2018 that ended the Las Vegas monopoly on U.S.-based legal sportsbook, sports betting laws have passed or are pending in 13 states, and 35 states are considering it. (READ) CNBC by Bob Woods
Snap is opening up Snapchat to let celebrities and influencers to create their own shows — and make money from the content — in the same short-form, vertical-video orientation as Snap’s slate of 80-plus original series. (READ) Variety by
The great basketball writer Jackie MacMullan recently stood at the front of a hotel ballroom in Tampa taking questions after collecting a career achievement award from the Association for Women in Sports Media. (READ) Fast Company by John Affleck, The Conversation
Over the past several years, with European markets reaching saturation, top football leagues and clubs started looking east to build on existing and expand fan bases. While the English Premier League tops the football charts here, Spain’s La Ligaand its stars has witnessed a significant upswing in popularity over the past six years. (READ) Digiday by Amit Bapna

Corporate Partnerships are evolving… Years ago, sports sponsorships were by and large a feel-good expenditure: The SVP of Marketing loved seeing his company logo on a big sign in your venue or the CEO was enamored with the VIP access her company received as part of their agreement.

More often than not, measuring the effectiveness of a sponsorship was done through an annual recap serving as proof of performance that the team delivered the five assets (signage, autographs, an in- game feature, etc.), and seven activations in a brand’s sponsorship agreement. (READ) Umbel by

Article of the Day!
STAPLES CENTER falls graveyard silent and still, a sellout crowd staring at the rookie beneath the basket, surrounded by medical personnel. His eyes are wet with tears. His head coach tells him to stay strong. (READ) ESPN by Baxter Holmes
a group of men playing a game of basketball
Photo: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Every year, NBA teams, reporters and fans descend on Sin City for Summer League. It’s been called “NBA Coachella.” It’s a multi-day festival in the desert, with multiple stages to see up-and-coming stars, full of hipsters wearing throwback basketball jerseys. And there’s always a lot of last-minute cancellations from stars, whether it’s Solange Knowles or Zion Williamson.  Last weekend, I braved the heat, casinos and the throngs of analytics nerds to deliver this report on 10 things I learned at NBA Summer League. (Well, besides the biggest Vegas lesson: Don’t bet on Summer League games.) (READ) by

As perhaps the wildest free agency period in NBA history draws to a close, a whole new set of circumstances for a number of teams takes shape. Specifically, the Toronto Raptors and Oklahoma City Thunder are in starkly different situations after the departures of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, respectively. How aggressive will either, or both, of those teams get in completely hitting the rest button? Will the Cleveland Cavaliers deal Kevin Love? Is D’Angelo Russell with Golden State Warriors for the long haul? (READ) CBS Sports by
After not hearing his name called on draft night last month – a surprise to some after he performed extremely well at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament – DaQuan Jeffries jumped at the chance to join the Orlando Magic’s Summer League team. (READ) by Josh Cohen

Photo: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Davis has no shortage of confidence when it comes to his standing among his NBA peers. Davis recently declared in an interview that he views himself as the best basketball player on the planet, citing his unparalleled all-around game and ability to do things other players cannot as reasons why he has earned top-notch status in the league. (READ) Sportress of Blogitude  by Jason Rowan 

Kevin Durant announced his decision to sign with the Brooklyn Nets with an Instagram post, and the team says he made that decision without ever once discussing it with anyone in the franchise.

Speaking to the New York Daily News, general manager Sean Marks says the first indication the Nets had that Durant was coming their way was that social media post. In fact, he says Durant never even set up a meeting with the organization before that. (READ) Sportsnaut  by Jesse Reed

Photo: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Free agency around the NBA was absolutely lit this this summer. Billions of dollars were spent. Multiple champions and MVPs switched teams. Super squads were built in Los Angeles and Brooklyn. Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors saw their roster overhauled a great deal. (READ) Sportnaut by Vincent Frank

People around the NBA reportedly considered it inevitable the Thunder will trade Russell Westbrook to the Heat. Those people should hold their horses. (READ) NBC Sports by Dan Feldman


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