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December 5, 2019

On This Day:

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1914 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Toronto Argonauts win first Championship; beat U of Toronto Blues, 14-2

1947 Joe Louis beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

1947 Jim Plunkett, American NFL quarterback (New England, Oakland), born in San Jose, California

1968 Future Hockey Hall of Fame center Phil Esposito of the Boston Bruins scores 2 goals in his goaltender brother Tony’s (also HOF) NHL debut for the Montreal Canadiens; 2-2 tie

1972 38th Heisman Trophy Award: Johnny Rodgers, Nebraska (FL)

1973 Chicago Cubs Ron Santo becomes 1st baseball player to invoke 10-5 rule and veto his trade (with the California Angels)

1974 NFL’s Seattle Seahawks forms

1974 Birmingham Americans defeat the Florida Blazers 22-21 in the WFL’s World Bowl

1978 Free agent Pete Rose signs 4-year, $32 million contract with Phillies becoming highest paid baseball player

1981 47th Heisman Trophy Award: Marcus Allen, Southern Cal (RB)

1982 Cleveland Browns’ Brian Sipe sets club record with 33 pass completions

1982 Mel Gray ends NFL streak of 121 consecutive game receptions

1984 A’s trade Rickey Henderson to Yankees

1987 53rd Heisman Trophy Award: Tim Brown, Notre Dame (WR)

1990 Blue Jays trade Fred McGriff & Tony Fernandez to SD for Roberto Alomar & Joe Carter

1992 1st SEC Championship Game: #2 Alabama beats #12 Florida, 28-21

2006 Greg Maddux signs a one-year deal with the San Diego Padres worth $10 million

2008 Former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson is sentenced to 33 years in prison for kidnapping and armed robbery

2017 Russia is banned from the next Winter Olympics in South Korea over state-sponsored do

What’s New:

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PHOTO: tokyo olympics cruise ship Luxury cruise ships will serve as temporary hotels to offset the Tokyo hotel shortage during the Olympics. BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP via Getty Images

The 2020 Olympics will be held in Tokyo, Japan, from July 24 to August 9. An estimated 10 million visitors are expected to travel to Tokyo for the Olympics but the city may not have enough room for them all. The city is scrambling to find accommodations alternatives for visitors, from rushing to build new luxury hotels to turning cruise ships into temporary floating hotels.

The Los Angeles Angels have agreed in principle to purchase Angel Stadium and the 133 acres of land surrounding it, keeping the American League club in Anaheim until 2050 with options that could go as long as another 15 years.

The owners of the New York Mets are in talks to sell up to an 80% stake of the Major League Baseball team to billionaire Steve Cohen, who is already an investor in the club.

Currently on a seven-year playoff drought, the Arizona Coyotes have struggled to draw fans to Gila River Arena. The team has had an average attendance in the bottom five across the NHL dating back to the 2010-2011 season. Last season, it had the third-lowest average attendance with 13,989 fans per game.

Arizona Cardinals defensive back Josh Shaw was suspended at least until the conclusion of the 2020 NFL season for betting on league games. According to the league’s collective bargaining agreement, Shaw could have his contract terminated if NFL officials determine his act violated “Integrity of Game” guidelines.

The Major League Soccer (MLS) board is meeting on 5th December where it could decide to award Charlotte its 30th expansion franchise slot. The owner of National Football League’s (NFL) Carolina Panthers, David Tepper, is set to pay a record fee of between US$300 million and US$325 million for the MLS expansion franchise if the decision goes his way.

U.S. Senator and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders met with MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred yesterday to discuss MLB’s proposal that would eliminate 42 minor league teams across the country, according to the league.

The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG), which owns the New York Knicks and the New York Rangers, has notified the US Securities and Exchange Commission of its intention to spin off its entertainment business and create two separate entities.

Roger Federer’s face is known the world over. Now, the Swiss tennis great will become the first living person to have a commemorative coin dedicated to him by the Federal Mint Swissmint.

Proteus Motion, one of the companies hoping to impact the sports physical therapy industry took a big step forward, earlier this week when they announced a $3.8 million fundraising round led by former NBA commissioner David Stern and Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE Ventures), the ownership group behind the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers and NHL’s New Jersey Devils.

NASCAR has signed Busch Beer, Coca-Cola, Geico and Xfinity as its “premier partners” in a change to its traditional sponsorship model. Starting next year, the premier series will be known as the NASCAR Cup Series and will not feature a title sponsor.

Telemundo Deportes, which launched the first-ever U.S. Spanish-language eSports channel earlier this year to tap into a rapidly growing lucrative market, is boosting its eSports offerings to include English-language content to attract a broader audience.

Kelli Tennant, who alleged that Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton sexually assaulted her in 2014, has filed court documents to drop her civil lawsuit against Walton.

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