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November 19, 2019
1932 Joe Kershalla scores 71 points in a college football game
1953 US Supreme Court rules (7-2) baseball is a sport not a business
1978 “The Miracle at the Meadowlands”, Eagles Herman Edwards returns a fumble for a touchdown with 31 seconds left to give Philadelphia a 19-17 victory over the rival New York Giants
1979 Astros sign Nolan Ryan, to record 4 year, $4.5 million contract
1983 Jari Kurri becomes the first (and only) Finnish player to score five goals in a game
1984 NY Met Dwight Gooden, 20, is youngest to be named NL Rookie of Year
1989 German tennis No. 1 Steffi Graf regains the WTA Tour Championship in NYC; beats Martina Navratilova 6–4, 7–5, 2–6, 6–2
1990 Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Barry Bonds wins NL MVP
1996 Albert Belle, signs record five-year, $55 million with White Sox
2018 Rams beat Kansas City Chiefs, 54-51 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum; 3rd-highest scoring game in NFL history; first time 2 teams score 50 points in same game; Patrick Mahomes’ 6 TD passes for KC most in “Monday Night Football” history
The Dallas Mavericks withstood a furious rally from the San Antonio Spurs and walked away with a 117-110 victory. Luka Doncic put on an epic performance, scoring a career high 42 points, grabbing 11 rebounds, and dishing out 12 assists. DeMar DeRozan poured it in, scoring 36 in defeat.
Ask anyone who is the greatest basketball player of all time, and you’ll surely get a diversity of opinions—including Michael Jordan, Lebron James, Magic Johnson and that dude who played for your cousin’s high school in 1987 whose jump shot was wet but he got shot in his layup leg running from the police his senior year in high school after he stole a black-and-white television from Radio Shack, so he never made it to the NBA.
Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, suffered a scary hip dislocation that’ll potentially end his collegiate career. The closing weeks were already going to be critical for the nation’s top quarterbacks in terms of finalizing their own stock and team’s standings, but now there’s a potential opening for 2020 NFL Draft hopefuls to move upwards.
The Warriors partnered with one of the biggest names in social media-friendly pop-ups to launch their own experience designed to take fans on the career journey of a Warrior.
The United Soccer League (USL) could launch a new division one professional women’s soccer league in the United States as early as 2021, according to Sports Illustrated. The USL is ‘seriously exploring’ the possibility of running a league that would be in direct competition with the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), North America’s existing top tier for women’s soccer.
One billion with a capital B. That’s the number of videos now viewed monthly by fans of Overtime, the digital startup that’s aiming to become ESPN for Generation Z. The Brooklyn-based Overtime turns the normal sports TV network model on its head. Rather than building its coverage around the over-covered worlds of pro or college sports, it focuses on the under-covered world of high school/amateur athletics.
Professional football and baseball players have long made money from their likeness in videogames and on trading cards. Now they are teaming up a private-equity firm in an unprecedented deal to amp up that revenue and invest it.
As it looks to make up lost revenue from slashing commission fees to zero, brokerage firm TD Ameritrade is reportedly testing different ways it can tap into the sports gambling business.
According to the Maven, Sports Illustrated’s page load speed increased by 300% and its user engagement and page views per session increased after moving to the new platform. A redesign is slated for January 2020. SI is set to add a digital membership product in addition to other print subscription options.
Esports organization Immortals Gaming Club has sold one of its Overwatch League franchises, the Houston Outlaws, to Beasley Media Group, a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc., which owns a number of radio stations nationwide. IGC still owns another franchise in the Overwatch League, the Los Angeles Valiant.
The World Surf League (WSL) has teamed up with US commercial TV network ABC to create a new reality show, which will give contestants the chance to compete on the WSL World Tour.
Advertising spots on US network Fox Sports’ upcoming broadcast of the National Football League’s (NFL) champion-crowning Super Bowl are selling for a record US$5.6 million, according to Seth Winter, the broadcaster’s executive vice president for sports sales.
The XFL, the upstart spring football league, is taking an entrepreneurial approach to its business model: hunting for strategic partners who have the ambition to push the boundaries of sports innovation.
The NFLPA and MLBPA are working with private equity firm RedBird Capital Partners to form a new company that will center on the management of the players’ likenesses in things like video games and trading cards.
Verizon Media’s Yahoo Sports is getting into the gambling business with the launch of a new section that lets fans see betting odds for various sports. But for now, only users in New Jersey will be able to place actual bets, through the separate BetMGM platform operated by MGM Resorts International.