What’s New In The World Of Sports

March 10, 2020

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Tom Brady is launching 199 Productions, a global multi-platform content company to develop original premium content including documentaries, feature films and television shows. The company has quietly assembled a slate of development projects that include several with Brady on camera, in stories spanning sports, entertainment and health and wellness among others. Brady named the company in a not-so-subtle nod to where he was drafted by the New England Patriots, in the second-to-last round of the 2000 NFL draft.

Russell Okung, the NFL offensive lineman who was recently traded to the Carolina Panthers, has filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board against the staff of the NFLPA, claiming the union has negotiated the proposed deal in bad faith.

Okung is one of the most influential members of the union’s executive committee. NFL players are expected to vote on a 10-year labor agreement in the coming days.

When Tua Tagovailoa was a young boy, his father made him do something bizarre. He made his son throw with his left hand.

This was strange because Tagovailoa does everything right-handed. He uses that right hand to eat, write, golf and do everything on the planet besides shooting a basketball and throwing a football. And Tagovailoa happens to be phenomenally gifted at throwing a football. He led Alabama to a spectacular comeback in the national championship two years ago.

The PGA Tour unveiled new nine-year U.S. media rights deals with existing partners ViacomCBS’ CBS and Comcast’s NBC Sports and the Golf Channel as well as with new streaming home ESPN+, part of the Walt Disney Co.

More than two dozen people have been charged in a widespread drug case that claims conspirators worked to drug horses to make them faster, according to the Associated Press. The case affected races in Florida, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and the United Arab Emirates.

“The charges in this indictment result from a widespread, corrupt scheme by racehorse trainers, veterinarians, PED (performance-enhancing drug) distributors, and others to manufacture, distribute and receive adulterated and misbranded PEDs and to secretly administer those PEDs to racehorses under scheme participants’ control,” the indictment reads.

Fox Sports and ESPN will again team up to co-promote a third Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder pay-per-view fight which will take place later this year, according to Fox Sports executives. Fox Sports would not disclose a date for the third bout, which was set after Wilder — as the loser of the second fight – exercised a rematch clause in the Feb. 22 fight contract.

The announcement comes two weeks after the two popular heavyweight boxers fought for a second time in what turned out to be one of the biggest PPV heavyweight fights in decades. A reported 800,000 to 850,000 PPV viewers watched Fury defeat Wilder via a seventh-round TKO. The fighters’ 2018 inaugural fight ended in a controversial draw.

The National Women’s Soccer League is preparing to announce a multiyear TV contract with CBS Sports, and the network will show the Washington Spirit’s April 18 opener against Reign FC on the national over-the-air channel as part of this season’s package.

All five members of NBC Sports’ on-air broadcast crew that called the St. Louis Blues – Chicago Blackhawks game last night was female, the first time that an NHL game has been broadcast and produced solely by women in the U.S.

Activist hedge fund Elliott Management and Twitter have agreed to a deal that will add two members to the social media company’s board but leave Jack Dorsey in place as chief executive officer, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Twitter also agreed to a $2 billion buyback of its stock, funded in part by an investment of $1 billion from technology-focused venture capital firm Silver Lake. TechCrunch reported that Twitter would also seek a third board member to join as part of the agreement. Twitter’s share price closed at $32.46 on Monday, a 3% decline that outperformed the market.

The impact of coronavirus on the U.S. sports world switched from theory to reality late Sunday when organizers of a high-profile international tennis tournament in Indian Wells, Calif., said they would not hold this year’s event because of a declared public health emergency in Riverside County, Calif.

Most North American sports leagues, including Major League Baseball, the NBA, the NFL and the NHL are monitoring the situation, with moves such as canceling or postponing games or holding events without spectators in attendance emerging as possibilities as the virus and COVID-19 continue to spread around the world.

The BNP Paribas Open, one of the top non-major tennis tournaments in the world, was scheduled to begin on March 12. However, the tournament will not be held this month, organizers announced yesterday, after county officials in Southern California declared a public health emergency when a case of coronavirus was confirmed in the area.

MGM Resorts International is rolling out its new sports betting brand, BetMGM, in Nevada. The launch includes a new mobile betting app in the state, the rebranding of MGM’s sportsbooks and the addition of more than 100 gaming kiosks across its Las Vegas properties.

Available on iOS and Android, the app is a rebranding of PlayMGM, the online gaming app MGM introduced in 2017. The brand first launched in New Jersey in September 2019 and is also live in West Virginia and Indiana and is set to launch in Michigan soon.

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