One Big Thing, On This Day, What's New In Sports 1/23/20

January 23, 2020

One Big Thing:

Derek Jeter joins Larry Walker in the 2020 Baseball Hall of Fame class.
Photo: George M. Cooper

Derek Jeter, the longtime New York Yankees captain, appeared on 396 of 397 ballots cast by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, falling just short of the record set last year when longtime Yankees teammate Mariano Rivera became the first unanimous selection. Jeter’s 99.7 voting percentage moved above Ken Griffey Jr. (99.3%) for the second highest.

Jeter remembered being so overwhelmed after signing with the Yankees out of high school in 1992. He made 56 errors his first season in the minors, still a South Atlantic League record.

“Man, that first summer in ’92 in Tampa,’’ Jeter said, “I was just trying to make it to ’93. I thought I was completely overmatched and thinking I made a mistake signing a professional contract.

“Well, I look at all the votes I got,’’ Jeter said. “Do you know how hard it is to get that many people to agree on anything? It takes a lot of votes to get elected into the Hall of Fame.

On More Thing…

Morgan Wootten, a Hall of Fame basketball coach who built Maryland’s DeMatha High School into a national powerhouse and mentored several future NBA stars, passed away yesterday, he was 88.

On This Day:

1943 Detroit Red Wings scores NHL record 8 goals in 1 period

1944 Det Red Wings score 15 goals against NY Rangers & NHL record 37 points, also most consecutive goals & most lopsided game 15-0

1950 NFL rule changes open way for 2-platoon system (offense & defense)

1953 NFL Dallas Texans become Baltimore Colts (now Indianapolis Colts)

1953 NFL’s National & American conference become Eastern & Western conference

1965 Boston Celtic center Bill Russell misses all 14 shots in 104-100 loss to Philadelphia 76ers, led by newly acquired Wilt Chamberlain

1967 Stan Musial is named GM of Cards

1969 Happy Birthday Brendan Shanahan, Canadian NHL left wing (Whalers, Red Wings), born in Mimico, Canada

1971 Happy Birthday Julie Foudy, American soccer midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in San Diego, California

1975 Former Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Ralph Kiner is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame

1975 Happy Birthday Tito Ortiz, American UFC fighter, born in Huntington Beach, California

1979 Willie Mays elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

1981 Mike Bossy becomes 1st in NHL to score 50 goals in 50 games

1983 Tennis great Björn Borg announces retirement at 26 (5 x Wimbledon, 6 x French Open)

2015 Happy Birthday Ernie Banks, American baseball shortstop, 1st baseman and hall of famer known as “Mr Cub” as he played all 19 of his seasons with the Chicago Cubs, dies of a heart attack at 83

1983 “Mud Bowl”, Miami Dolphins beat the New York Jets 14-0 in the AFC Championship Game on a wet, muddy field, which negated the Jets significant speed and skill advantage

1988 Australian Open Women’s Tennis: Steffi Graf of Germany wins 1st of 3 consecutive Australian singles crowns; beats American Chris Evert 6-1, 7-6

1989 NBA New Jersey Nets begin a 32+ game road losing streak

1998 Michael Jordan scores in double figures for 800th consecutive game in a 100-98 OT win over New Jersey; adds 40 more double-figure scoring games to his NBA record before retiring for the second time (1998)

2000 Dallas’ Don Nelson becomes the 6th coach in NBA history to win 900 career games when the Mavericks defeat the Detroit Pistons, 99-91 at The Palace of Auburn Hills

2015 Golden State guard Klay Thompson scores the most NBA points in a quarter (37) and most 3-pointers in a quarter (9) in Warrior’s 126-101 win over Sacramento Kings

2018 LeBron James becomes the 7th and youngest (33 years 24 days) to reach the 30,000 NBA point milestone during 114-102 loss to San Antonio Spurs

What’s New:

LSU Tigers’ quarterback Joe Burrow has signed with the Creative Arts Agency’s (CAA) sports division ahead of the 2020 National Football League draft.

The Miami Dolphins after a slow start won five games. Their first of their three first-round picks comes in at No. 5., but they have their eye on the No. 1 pick and Joe Burrow.

President Donald Trump’s campaign told email subscribers that they’d get a sneak peek at his $10 million Super Bowl ad if they got in touch via text. That sort of tactic around his ad and the attention paid to the $10 million presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg spent on advertising, too has some Super Bowl advertisers concerned.

Freddie Kitchens is expected to be part of Joe Judge’s staff with the New York Giants. Kitchens was fired after going 6-10 in his lone season as head coach of the Cleveland Browns.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have hired former Washington coach Jay Gruden as their offensive coordinator. The Redskins fired Gruden in early October following an 0-5 start. Gruden replaces John DeFilippo, who was fired earlier this month after just one season. DeFilippo has since been hired as Chicago’s quarterbacks coach.

The AFC and NFC title games on 19th January averaged a combined 42.4 million viewers, a 14 per cent decrease on last year’s 49 million figure. The last time audiences were that low for the conference championships was in 2009, when the two games averaged 39.5 million.

NFL Draft prospects will make their debut at the upcoming Draft Red Carpet on the Bellagio Fountains by boat, according to plans shared Tuesday with the Clark County Commission.

The Black Hole in Oakland, while the aggressiveness of the fan-led section may have waned in recent years, the costumed community of the Oakland Raiders fans was some of the most loyal fans of the team. The fan base is moving to Las Vegas, the Black Hole will follow the team to its new home in Las Vegas.

New Jersey gambling regulators have authorized betting on XFL football games, becoming the sixth state to authorize wagers on the revived league. The league’s games will now be wagered on in the two largest states for sports betting Nevada and New Jersey. Gamblers in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Rhode Island and Iowa also will be able to bet on the XFL, according to the league. Approvals from additional states could come soon.

General manager Brodie Van Wagenen says the New York Mets are finalizing a multiyear agreement with quality control coach Luis Rojas to make him the team’s manager. The Mets stayed in-house to replace the ousted Carlos Beltrán, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said “I think it’s the fit. It’s where the team is. I think it’s the culture we’re trying to create,”

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred indicated that Major League Baseball would use a computerized camera system to call balls and strikes during spring training games. The system would only be tested and that plate umpires would still call balls and strikes.

The American Family Insurance firm has confirmed the details of its naming rights deal with Major League Baseball’s Milwaukee Brewers by announcing that Miller Park will be known as American Family Field from the start of the 2021 season.

The matchup of Connecticut versus Tennessee was a pivotal rivalry for women’s basketball for more than a decade. The powerhouse teams led by Hall of Fame coaches Pat Summitt and Geno Auriemma put the sport on the national scene starting with their historic first matchup and No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown in 1995. After a 13-year absence, the teams will play again Thursday night, broadcast at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN from Hartford, Connecticut.

Edmonton Oilers Connor McDavid, who turned 23 just over a week ago, is having another outstanding season with 76 points through 49 games. The young forward is on track for his fourth consecutive season with more than 100 points and third Art Ross Trophy as the top offensive player in the NHL.

The Florida Panthers will host the 2021 NHL All-Star Game. The event is expected to take place on Jan. 29-30, just before the Super Bowl is held in Tampa.

Big3 founder Ice Cubewants you to stop seeing his league as a retirement community for former NBA players as they rebrand to FIREBALL3 to entice younger fans.

Pac-12 Networks, the collegiate athletic conference’s in-house TV and multimedia company, has secured a distribution deal with US over-the-top (OTT) streaming service Vidgo.

English top-flight soccer club Arsenal have announced that the Emirates Stadium will go totally cashless from 1st March.

The Athletic, a subscription-based digital sports media company, has raised a total of $139.5 million since its launch in 2016 and is valued at roughly $500 million after the new raise.

WarnerMedia-owned Bleacher Report has renewed digital series Take it There with Taylor Rooks for a second season. The show, which streams on YouTube and on the Bleacher Report site and app, featured sit-downs with NBA players Jimmy Butler and Damian Lillard and NFL running back Saquon Barkley.

FloSports, a digital sports platform, will be streaming more than 300 days, or 10,000 hours, of racing during 2020.

Thrill One launches a combining extreme sports production companies Nitro Circus, SLS and Superjacket.

The 2020 eMLS season kicked off on January 10th, 2020 in Philadelphia, PA with the League Series One tournament. Former Philadelphia Eagles running back and Super Bowl champion Jay Ajayi got in on the action representing the host team, Philadelphia Union, in the tournament.

Since the early-2016 launch of ELEAGUE (an esports partnership between Turner Sports and WME/IMG), they’ve featured content on both linear TV with TBS and on streaming platforms with Twitch Twitch and TBS have different audiences and different strengths, and the last few years have seen Turner emphasizing features and documentary content on TBS and live matches on Twitch, but both have remained important parts of the ELEAGUE brand.

Netflix announced yesterday that it added 423,000 subscribers in the U.S. in the fourth quarter of 2019, falling short of its 600,000 subscriber forecast. It is the third straight quarter that the company has missed its U.S. subscriber forecast, coming amid a period of weighted competition from streaming rivals.

Did You Know:

Did you know that the average soccer ball is made up of 32 leather panels and held together by 642 stitches

The Top 15 NFL Players Among All Officially Licensed Products Sold

  1. Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City
  2. Tom Brady, QB, New England
  3. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas
  4. Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland
  5. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Cleveland
  6. Khalil Mack, LB, Chicago
  7. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay
  8. Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas
  9. Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants
  10. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh
  11. Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans
  12. Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore
  13. Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia
  14. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle
  15. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco

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