April 1, 2020
The NBA is planning a players-only NBA 2K tournament that is expected to feature some of the league’s sharpest video gamers, including Kevin Durant, and it will be broadcast on ESPN.
The league hopes to launch the event Friday, with the 16-player tournament lasting 10 days. It is expected to include stars such as the Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell, four-time All-Star DeMarcus Cousins and two-time All-Star Andre Drummond, among other big-name players.
The NFL has officially approved the expansion of its playoffs from 12 to 14 teams as of the 2020 season, which will add two new games during the wild card round. CBS and NBC, who are both existing NFL rights holders, will air the new games. The two new games will be aired on January 10, with CBS broadcasting the late afternoon game at approximately 4:40 pm ET and NBC broadcasting a game at approximately 8:15 pm ET.
This year’s Major League Baseball (MLB) London Series between the Chicago Cubs and the St Louis Cardinals, scheduled for 13th to 14th June, has been cancelled.
The International Basketball Federation’s (Fiba) Basketball Champions League competition is looking to host a one-off ‘Final Eight’ tournament after admitting it won’t be able to finish the 2019/20 season as planned. The new event will be held from 30th September to 4th October. The host and location will be announced in due course.
The NCAA Division I Council voted yesterday to allow spring sport athletes to potentially receive another year of eligibility after their seasons were cut short by the coronavirus. The additional season opportunity will apply to athletes in baseball, softball, golf, tennis, lacrosse, track and field, beach volleyball, and rowing. The council’s vote is a step for athletes hoping to continue their collegiate careers, but the ultimate decision will be left up to the schools, according to a report from the New York Times.
NCAA President Mark Emmert and members of the association’s senior management will be cutting their pay by 20% and the association’s vice presidents will be cutting their pay by 10% due to financial pressure the NCAA is facing from the coronavirus pandemic.
As part of national controls on public gatherings, Russia’s biggest sports leagues, including the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), soccer’s Russian Premier League (RPL) and basketball’s VTB United League, have announced a three-week stoppage in their seasons.
The Monday following the 2019 Clarkson Cup final, Jessica Rochwerg was filled with unrelenting exhaustion and the adrenaline of success. Since joining the CWHL as its communications supervisor in August, she had guided the league through its season kickoff, a demanding all-star weekend and had just finished a stretch of near-endless workdays to ensure Clarkson Cup weekend went off without a hitch. And it did. The Calgary Inferno defeated Les Canadiennes de Montreal in a contest featuring more than a dozen Olympians. With 175,000 people tuning in, it was the most-watched game in CWHL history.
No network’s success is as directly tied to live sports as ESPN’s is. As ESPN has had to alter its programming schedule as the sports world has gone dark, it has now done the same with its marketing plan, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Kids 12-17 spent 59% more time using video game consoles from March 16-22 compared to the previous week.
As millions of Americans are spending their days indoors due to the coronavirus pandemic, many are turning to jigsaw puzzles for entertainment, according to the Wall Street Journal. Of the top ten most-searched for items on Amazon last Tuesday, nine were cleaning or hygienic products – the other was ‘puzzles for adults.’
An estimated $1 billion in advertising spending combined across the NHL, NBA, and MLB could be lost because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to data by MediaRadar cited by Forbes. That estimated loss only considers national telecasts only and is a gross figure, so it does not include any revenue generated by substitute programming. Amount brought in by national broadcast by league over the March-May 2019 period, NBA – $839 million, NHL – $120 million, MLB – $60 million.
Rory McIlroy is the Tour’s “Peloton King,” producing output numbers that would make any professional athlete nod their head in approval. Since it was revealed at the Players Championship that he was riding nearly 20 miles at an average pace of 26.3 mph during a recent class, a number of McIlroy’s colleagues have tried to match his eye-popping statistics. But no one has come close to wrestling the crown away from No. 1. I figured trying to catch McIlroy was a lost cause like chasing Tiger during the early 2000s. No way in hell it was happening, but it was still worth a shot.”
The gambling industry is another sector that has to adapt. There are more than 7,500 physical betting shops in the U.K. alone, while the worldwide online gambling market is worth $46 billion. This figure includes online casino games and online poker, but the majority of this figure comes from sports. Indeed, the recent legalization of sports betting in the U.S. had led some to predict the market could double by 2024.
IMG Arena has teamed up with ATP Media, the broadcast sales and production arm of the ATP Tour, to create what it claims is the world’s first officially branded virtual tennis product for the sports betting market.
The game, which is due for release in April, will feature official logos and names for each of the nine tournaments that comprise the ATP Masters 1000 series, the highest category of events in men’s tennis besides the four Grand Slams.