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
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 Julia Stumbaugh
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 Kyle O’Brien
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 byBob 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 Todd Spangler
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 Jarrett Nobles
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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
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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) MSN.com 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) NBA.com by Josh Cohen
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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 Netswith 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
MICHAEL BARI SHOW “DAILY” May 8th, 2019 What’s New: Milwaukee Bucks took a 3-1 series lead and can advance to the conference finals for the first time since 2001 with a victory in Game 5 over the Boston Celtics in front of its home fans on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET, TNT). The Houston Rockets got a much-needed […]
The line formed at the Borgata casino well before 11 a.m., the designated time that sports betting was set to begin on Thursday. There were a few gamblers who were prepared to wager thousands of dollars, and many others who wanted to make bets that were much more modest, arriving simply to be part of […]
Sports That Matters July 21st, 2019 Thanks for stopping by on a Sunday! Make sure you sign up for our weekly newsletter (here) 1. Farhan Zaidi took over as the head of baseball operations for the San Francisco Giants this year, and it’s as if the circumstances of his first trade deadline have been pitched into […]