One Big Thing, On This Day, What’s New In Sports 1/24/20

January 24, 2020

One Big Thing:

Image: Eli Manning
Eli Manning leaves the field after the New York Giants lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Dec. 29, 2019. Steven Ryan | Getty Images

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is retiring after 16 seasons and two Super Bowl MVPs.

Manning is the son of longtime New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning and the brother of fellow NFL star Peyton Manning.

“We are proud to have called Eli Manning our quarterback for so many years,” Giants Chairman and Executive Vice President Steve Tisch said. “Eli leaves a timeless legacy with two Super Bowl titles on the field and his philanthropic work off the field, which has inspired and impacted so many people. We are sincerely thankful for everything Eli has given our team and community. He will always be a Giant among Giants.”

Manning was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2004 NFL draft by the San Diego Chargers. But he didn’t want to play in San Diego and was quickly traded to the Giants.

His decision to call it a career comes after a season in which Manning spent most of his time as the backup to rookie Daniel Jones.

Manning is seventh in NFL history with 57,023 passing yards, 366 touchdown passes and 4,895 completions. He finished with a 117-117 record as a starter in the regular season.

Manning, 39, steps away holding almost every passing record in team history and a pair of Super Bowl rings.

Manning is one of just five players in NFL history with at least two Super Bowl MVPs. He’s in an elite club with Joe Montana, Bart Starr, Tom Brady and Terry Bradshaw.

Manning was set to become a free agent this offseason. He has made more than $250 million from his football contracts, the most in NFL history.

The Giants will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. ET Friday, when Manning will address the media.

On This Day:

1939 Eddie Collins, Willie Keeler & George Sisler elected to Hall of Fame

1947 NFL adds 5th official (back judge) & allows sudden death in playoffs

1950 Jackie Robinson signs highest contract ($35,000) in Dodger history

1952 1st NFL team in Texas, Dallas Texans formerly NY Yanks

1962 Jackie Robinson is 1st African American elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame. Bob Feller is also elected

1964 CBS purchases 1964 & 1965 NFL TV rights for $28.2 million

1976 Former world heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman KOs Ron Lyle in 5th round at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas; Foreman knocked down twice in 4th; ‘The Ring’ Fight of the Year

1982 Super Bowl XVI, Pontiac Silverdome, Detroit, MI: San Francisco 49ers beat Cincinnati Bengals, 26-21; MVP: Joe Montana, SF, QB

1990 LA Lakers Pat Riley becomes the 13th and fastest coach to reach the 500-victory plateau as the Lakers down the Indiana Pacers, 120-111; Riley (500-184) surpasses Don Nelson (500-317) to reach milestone

1999 David Duval eagles the 18th hole for a final round 59 to win the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic at PGA West; becomes only the 3rd player to fire a sub-60 round on the PGA Tour

2018 Former US Olympic team doctor Larry Nassar found guilty of molesting over 150 girls, sentenced up to 175 years in prison

1968 Happy Birthday Mary Lou Retton, American gymnast (Olympic gold all-round 1984), born in Fairmont, West Virginia

What’s New:

Speculation abounds regarding whether Tom Brady will return to the New England Patriots in 2020, but Robert Kraft recently stated the team has every intention of keeping the six-time Super Bowl champion.

Free-agent NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown is once again in trouble with the law. Police were called to Brown’s home where he allegedly assaulted employees of a moving company. Initial reports were that Brown was being investigated for battery and burglary. Now comes news that Brown has indeed been charged with those two crimes. Said arrest warrant includes no bail.

A 30-second Super Bowl LIV commercial cost up to $5.6 million for the upcoming game between the San Fransisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs. Last year’s Super Bowl on CBS drew 98.2 million TV viewers, and Super Bowl commercials often are widely discussed for weeks on social media.

Football fans are less likely to watch the Super Bowl on broadcast TV this year as they shift their viewing to devices such as connected TV’s, smartphones and tablets. The percentage of viewers who said they’ll watch the big game on a smartphone rose to 11% this year, up from 7% in 2019.

An MBA student mailed apparel to four NFL playoff teams and the shirt with a picture of a shirtless Jimmy Garoppolo went viral.

Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has asked Maryland legislative leaders to allow sports betting at a future stadium for the team in the state. Snyder told legislators that the team would push for a potential stadium to get a license if the state legalizes pro sports betting.

StubHub is partnering with financial technology company Affirm Inc. to let customers buy Super Bowl tickets on a payment plan.

South Carolina Gamecocks defensive lineman Javon Kinlaw overcame near-homelessness as a kid. Now, he’s opening eyes at the Senior Bowl as a potential first round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

The Boise State Broncos have surprisingly filed a lawsuit for breach of contract against their own conference in local district court over the league’s new TV deal with Fox Sports and CBS. At the heart of the matter is the deal that Boise State’s sweetheart agreement to take an extra cut of broadcast revenue, originally part of a deal to remain the conference after briefly going to the Big East during realignment’s heyday was ending. That was news to the Broncos, who were not too happy with such a change that they apparently never agreed to.

Lyft and LeBron James are giving thousands of young people free bikeshare memberships for a year.

Zion Williamson’s debut started off slow, but then he scored 17 of his total 22 points in the fourth quarter. The Pelicans still lost 121–117 to the San Antonio Spurs, but if the fourth quarter was any indication, Williamson’s bright future.

The professional debut of Zion Williamson was highly anticipated, now the New Orleans Pelicans have announced a multi-year partnership with Panini America, which Williamson is now a client. The Panini-Pelicans collaboration will feature real-time trading cards of the team’s most notable performances.

Joe Tsai owner of the New Jersey Nets was in Beijing when he heard about Houston Rockets general Manager Daryl Morey’s tweet supporting protesters, opposing what they saw as China’s attempts to stamp out their freedom. Tsai found himself in a peculiar situation since he is the only Chinese owner in the league.

The Big 12 announced suspensions for players involved in Tuesday night’s fight between Kansas and Kansas State. Silvio De Sousa received the harshest penalty a 12-game suspension. His teammate, David McCormack, received a two-game suspension. From Kansas State’s side, James Love, who fought with De Sousa, received eight games, while Antonio Gordon received a three-game suspension.

The Oregon Ducks 6-foot-7 women’s basketball player Sedona Prince is left with $22,000 of medical bills after a serious injury and post-surgery complications from her time with USA Basketball.  NCAA rules state that the money has to come out of her own pocket. She has won a gold medal and two bronze medals while playing for the Under 16, 17 and 18 teams. She was named a McDonald’s All-American out of high school, among many other accolades.

Maya Moore sat out the 2019 WNBA season for the Minnesota Lynx, and her plans are the same for the 2020 season, as well as taking herself out of consideration for the OIympics this summer. She is taking up the cause of an imprisoned Missouri man she thinks is innocent. Jonathan Irons, 39, is serving a 50-year prison sentence on a conviction of burglary and assault of a man in his home with a weapon.

The Miami Marlins have chosen Fanatics as its official merchandise distributor, a deal the team hopes will jolt its retail sales.

The ESPN network has interest in hiring the former Atlanta Braves star Chipper Jones as a game analyst. Jones partnered with play-by-play man Boog Sciambi for a game last year, which impressed ESPN executives.

The NHL fanbase is aging. The median age of the NHL’s television viewers was 33 in 2000, by 2016, it was 49. 3ICE the upstart new professional 3-on-3 hockey league, has the chance to succeed where the NHL has faltered over the last two decades attracting younger fans.

PGA Tour tees up Facebook Watch global content agreement. Social media giant’s OTT platform to offer highlights from more than 30 events.

Cori “Coco” Gauff is the youngest player in the main draw at the Australian Open. Gauff will face defending champion Naomi Osaka in the third round on Friday. The 15-year-old made headlines when she beat Venus Williams in the Wimbledon first round last year.

The Ringer, the sports-and-culture media company founded by Bill Simmons, is reportedly in talks about a sale to the audio streaming company Spotify a deal that could be a financial windfall for the site’s founders and help Spotify gain a foothold in sports media. But employees at The Ringer are raising alarms about what it means for their jobs.

The Professional Fighters League completed a $50 Million investment round will also add a Mike Tyson MMA show.

F1 global TV audience reaches 1.9bn but unique viewership falls 3.9%. Motorsport series also continues to see growth across digital platforms.

Epic Games and TikTok are partnering together to create the next big emote for Fortnite Battle Royale. Both entities announced an in-game prize and merchandise for whoever can produce an original dance and submit it to TikTok with the “#EmoteRoyaleContest” hashtag.

Fortnite, one of the world’s most popular games, will now be an official high school sport and college sport, thanks to an LA-based startup called PlayVS.

Did You Know:

Did you know that volleyball was invented in 1895. Did you also know that Major League Baseball umpires are required to wear black underwear while on the job in case they split their pants. Now you know!

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