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October 30, 2019

ON THIS DAY IN SPORTS:

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Photo: Time Magazine

1919 Baseball league presidents call for abolishment of spitball

1945 Branch Rickey signs Jackie Robinson to a Montreal Royals

1956 Dodgers sell Ebbets Field to a real estate group. They agree to stay until 1959, with an option to stay until 1961

1967 Ty Detmer, American football quarterback (Philadelphia Eagles), born in San Marcos, Texas

1974 California Angel Nolan Ryan throws fastest recorded pitch (100.9 MPH)

1974 “Rumble in the Jungle”: Muhammad Ali KOs George Foreman in the 8th round in Kinshasa, Zaire; regains world heavyweight boxing title with famous “rope-a-dope” tactic

1988 Brazilian McLaren driver Ayrton Senna wins Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, his record 8th GP win of the season; clinches first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship

1989 Nastia Liukin, Russian born American gymnast (2008 Olympic Champion), born in Moscow, Soviet Union

2013 Boston Red Sox decisively beat St Louis Cardinals, 6-1 in Game 6 at Fenway Park to win the Baseball World Series; Boston slugger David Ortiz MVP

WHAT’S NEW:

MGM’s sportsbook will power sports betting for Yahoo Sports and create collaborative content experiences and live events. The integration of BetMGM in the Yahoo Sports app for iOS and Android will take place next month, according to the announcement, which terms the deal as “exclusive.”

All-Star point guard John Wall and Adidas are engaged in ongoing buyout negotiations that will soon bring his five-year footwear and apparel endorsement deal to an end less than two years into the agreement.

The Dallas Mavs combo Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis are looking to be a force that can match LeBron James and Anthony Davis as well as Kwahi Leonard and Paul George combinations.

On Tuesday, the NCAA announced it was starting a “process to enhance name, image and likeness opportunities.”

“We must embrace change to provide the best possible experience for college athletes,” said Michael V. Drake, NCAA Board of Governors’ chair and president of the Ohio State University. “Additional flexibility in this area can and must continue to support college sports as part of higher education.”

Golfer Greg Norman is the latest, announcing Tuesday a new line of CBD products of those “lead an active lifestyle.” The release is through a licensing partnership between GGB Beauty – subsidiary of Green Growth Brands – and Authentic Brands Group, a co-owner of the Greg Norman brand, which has built an expansive line of merchandise.

The Albany Empire and five other Arena Football League franchises are closing local business operations, the Times Union has learned, but the league has yet to determine whether it will suspend operations completely.

The National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Golden State Warriors have created the league’s first exchange platform for luxury suites at their new Chase Center home.

The ‘Suite Exchange’ is similar to secondary market platforms such as StubHub or SeatGeek where season ticket holders are able to sell on their seats for games they are unable to attend, with the Warriors simply applying that concept to the premium market.

The game streaming service war between Amazon-backed Twitch and Microsoft-owned Mixer has continued, as just months after Mixer poached one of Twitch’s top streamers in Tyler “Ninja” Blevins to exclusively stream on its platform, it has now also recruited Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek.
Grzesiek was one of the most popular streamers on Twitch with more than seven million followers, the third-highest on the platform.

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