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May 20, 2024

Auburn running back wounded in deadly Florida shooting: reports

Auburn Tigers running back Brian Battie was wounded in a shooting in Florida on Saturday that left at least one other person dead, according to multiple reports.

Battie was in critical condition after the shooting in Sarasota, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported. Battie’s brother, Tommie Battie IV, 24, was the other victim. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Auburn University didn’t immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

Auburn running back wounded in deadly Florida shooting: reports

May 20, 2024

Why Scottie Scheffler won’t be appearing in court this week

Scottie Scheffler’s arraignment on charges stemming from a traffic incident outside Valhalla Golf Club has been delayed from Tuesday until June 3, according to Scheffler’s attorney.

The incident occurred early Friday morning, when traffic was stopped outside Valhalla due to a fatal accident that occurred around 5 a.m. Players were allowed to enter the course, and Scheffler arrived at Valhalla around 6 a.m. to prepare for his 8:48 a.m. tee time.

A police officer on the scene stopped Scheffler from entering. According to the police report, Scheffler “refused to comply and accelerated forward, dragging [the officer] to the ground.”

Why Scottie Scheffler won’t be appearing in court this week

May 20, 2024

WNBA Investigating Las Vegas Tourism Arm’s $100K Payments to Aces Players

One of the early highlights of the WNBA’s season is now under scrutiny.

On Friday, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority made waves on social media when Steve Hill, its president and CEO, told the Aces it will provide a $100,000 sponsorship to each member of the roster for the 2024 and ’25 seasons.

The gesture is now under investigation by the league, WNBA officials confirmed to ESPN.

WNBA Investigating Las Vegas Tourism Arm’s $100K Payments to Aces Players

May 20, 2024

Fanatics Sues Marvin Harrison Jr., Says He Leaked ‘Misleading’ Info to ESPN

Fanatics is suing Arizona Cardinals rookie Marvin Harrison Jr. and his personal apparel company for breaching a contract and saying their agreement doesn’t exist.

The suit, filed Saturday in New York Supreme Court, says in May 2023, that Harrison signed a “fully binding and enforceable contract,” which the company calls a “binding term sheet.” Term sheets are essentially documents where two parties agree to agree, but they are not the formal deal. However, courts can enforce them in certain instances; the New York Court of Appeals has ruled in the past that contract terms don’t have to be “fixed with absolute certainty” to be enforceable.

This is all important because Harrison and his father, Hall of Fame wide receiver Marvin Harrison Sr., have held that the player does not have a contract with Fanatics, the suit claims.

Fanatics Sues Marvin Harrison Jr., Says He Leaked ‘Misleading’ Info to ESPN

May 20, 2024

MLB Officially Investigating Gambling Allegations Against Ohtani’s Close Friend and Longtime Teammate

The fallout from Mathew Bowyer’s alleged illegal bookmaking operation isn’t quite over for MLB.

The league said Monday it has opened an official investigation into gambling allegations surrounding David Fletcher, a former Angels player and close friend of Shohei Ohtani who is now in the minor leagues, according to ESPN.

ESPN reported Friday that Fletcher and his close friend Colby Schultz, another minor leaguer, had placed bets with Bowyer, the same bookmaker used by Ohtani’s former interpreter Ippei Mizuhara. Some of Schultz’s bets included Angels games in which Fletcher played, while Fletcher bet on sports excluding baseball, ESPN reported.

MLB Officially Investigating Gambling Allegations Against Ohtani’s Close Friend and Longtime Teammate

May 18, 2024

Report: David Fletcher, former Shohei Ohtani teammate, placed bets with same bookie as Ippei Mizuhara

The illegal gambling operation at the center of the Shohei Ohtani-Ippei Mizuhara scandal reportedly involves one of Ohtani's teammates too.

David Fletcher, who played with Ohtani on the Los Angeles Angels and is currently suiting up for the Atlanta Braves' Triple-A affiliate in Gwinnett, placed bets with bookmaker Mathew Bowyer, according to ESPN.

Fletcher's close friend, former Kansas City Royals minor leaguer Colby Schultz, was also reportedly involved. Schultz is alleged to have placed to bets on baseball, including Angels games in which Fletcher played, and was identified as "Bookmaker 3" in the criminal complaint against Mizuhara, Ohtani's former interpeter.

Report: David Fletcher, former Shohei Ohtani teammate, placed bets with same bookie as Ippei Mizuhara

May 18, 2024

Las Vegas tourism arm announces $100,000 sponsorship for every Aces player

The Las Vegas Aces just got one of the best deals the WNBA has ever seen.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, the city's tourism arm, revealed Friday that it will sponsor each of the 12 players on the Aces' roster to the tune of $100,000, with no conditions beyond continuing to play basketball.

LVCVA president and CEO Steve Hill surprised the team in the locker room. The Aces players were, in a word, happy:

Las Vegas tourism arm announces $100,000 sponsorship for every Aces player

May 18, 2024

No body cam footage of Scottie Scheffler's incident with officer, mayor says

ESPN reporter Jeff Darlington may have the only footage of Scottie Scheffler’s arrest at the PGA Championship as Louisville, Ky., Mayor Craig Greenberg said there was no police bodycam footage of it.

Scheffler was booked into the Louisville Department of Corrections and was charged with second-degree assault of a police officer (a felony), criminal mischief, reckless driving and disregarding signals from an officer directing traffic. He allegedly drove past a police officer who was directing traffic and failed to stop when directed.

No body cam footage of Scottie Scheffler's incident with officer, mayor says

May 18, 2024

Two Chiefs offensive linemen arrested on marijuana possession charges

Two Kansas City Chiefs offensive linemen were arrested late Thursday night for misdemeanor marijuana possession.

Wanya Morris and Chukwuebuka Godrick were put into custody in Johnson County, Kansas.

The duo were booked into the Johnson County Adult Detention Center just before 2 a.m. local time on Friday morning. They were then released after posting $2,500 bond.

Both are due in court next Thursday.

The Chiefs told ESPN they were aware of the arrest but had no comment.

Two Chiefs offensive linemen arrested on marijuana possession charges

May 18, 2024

‘A Breathtaking Lobbying Campaign’: The NCAA’s Sophisticated Effort to Save Amateurism

College athletes have been living through a golden age since 2021. NCAA amateurism has begun to erode as players from the richest conferences rake in name, image, and likeness deals, leverage threats of transfers into six- or seven-figure checks, lounge in multimillion-dollar facilities, and enjoy more perks than many professionals. In coming months or years, they could win broadcast revenue sharing, collective bargaining power, and even employee status, thanks to ongoing federal court cases like House v. NCAA and campus unionization efforts.

But behind the scenes, the NCAA and Power 5 have coordinated a sophisticated campaign in Congress over the past five years to bring back amateurism for good. They want to not only halt future reforms, but also potentially reverse the gains already made.

Since 2019, the six entities have spent more than $15 million on some of the most powerful lobbying firms in Washington, D.C., and an undisclosed amount (likely in the millions) on well-connected public relations firms, public record and expert analysis show.

‘A Breathtaking Lobbying Campaign’: The NCAA’s Sophisticated Effort to Save Amateurism

May 17, 2024

Venu Sports announced as brand for ESPN, Fox and Warner Bros. Discovery joint sports streaming service

The joint sports streaming venture from Disney, Fox and Warner Bros. Discovery announced the brand name for the service on Thursday.

The platform, which will combine the sports programming from ESPN, Fox Sports and TNT, will be called Venu Sports (pronounced "venue"), as revealed by Pete Distad, the venture's CEO. (Sympathies to those who might have become attached to "Spulu," the name some fans coined when this "Hulu for Sports" venture was announced.)

Venu Sports announced as brand for ESPN, Fox and Warner Bros. Discovery joint sports streaming service

May 17, 2024

FSU petitioning NCAA to rescind penalties related to NIL recruiting violations

Florida State is petitioning the NCAA to rescind penalties imposed on the school for NIL-related recruiting violations after a court this spring enjoined the association from enforcing its own rules, according to a letter the school sent the NCAA earlier this month.

The three-page letter, obtained by Yahoo Sports, was sent this week to the chair and managing directors of the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions. The letter outlines reasons for a reconsideration of a subsection of penalties, including an imposed fine, scholarship reductions, recruiting restrictions and a disassociation of a booster.

FSU petitioning NCAA to rescind penalties related to NIL recruiting violations

May 17, 2024

DSG’s Path to Revival Faces Major Pushback from MLB, NBA, and NHL

The bankrupt Diamond Sports Group says it remains confident in its ability to successfully reorganize and emerge as a newly viable company. Several major sports leagues, however, have serious reservations about that, and there is now a heightening battle against the clock to resolve the difference.

The stakes around an already-tense situation for DSG were raised further in a status conference Wednesday before the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. MLB doubled down in the hearing on its prior rebuke of DSG, particularly in light of the ongoing blackout of the regional sports networks on Comcast, with league attorney James Bromley saying, “I think it’s important, from the perspective of Major League Baseball, to understand how devastating it is to lose carriage on Comcast.”

DSG’s Path to Revival Faces Major Pushback from MLB, NBA, and NHL

May 17, 2024

World’s Best Golfer Arrested Attempting to Enter PGA Championship

Scottie Scheffler, this year’s Masters champion and the No. 1–ranked golfer in the world, was arrested by police early Friday morning outside of Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, while trying to make his way to the second round of the PGA Championship.

A traffic jam resulted after a pedestrian was hit and killed by a tournament shuttle bus. ESPN reporter Jeff Darlington was on the scene when Scheffler attempted to drive past a police officer to enter the golf course. Scheffler was handcuffed and put into the back of a cop car. Darlington said the officers were not aware who Scheffler was, and they told the golfer he was going to jail.

World’s Best Golfer Arrested Attempting to Enter PGA Championship

May 13, 2024

Architect of PGA-LIV framework agreement resigns in frustration: 'No meaningful progress' toward a deal

Jimmy Dunne, the man at the center of last summer's surprise framework agreement between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf, has resigned from the PGA Tour's policy board, according to Sports Illustrated.

According to a letter obtained by SI, Dunne wrote "no meaningful progress has been made towards a transaction with PIF" and that players who have seized control of the board have made "my vote and my role is utterly superfluous."

Architect of PGA-LIV framework agreement resigns in frustration: 'No meaningful progress' toward a deal

May 13, 2024

'How has court worked out for them?' — With NCAA settlement talks heating up, college leaders brace for multibillion-dollar price tag

In the fall, as college leaders were mired in negotiations to settle a handful of antitrust lawsuits, one of the attorneys across the table from them delivered a message: “I kept telling them that our price will go up if you keep letting us win in court,” said Steve Berman, the managing partner at Hagens Berman law firm.

Six months later, college administrators have grown “serious” about avoiding the courtroom, said attorney Jeffrey Kessler, of the firm Winston & Strawn. “We were always serious,” he said. “The question was, when were they going to get serious?”

As the NCAA and power conferences work to adopt a historic settlement agreement by the month’s end — a deadline placed upon them — the two leading plaintiff attorneys spoke publicly two weeks after college executives began socializing to their stakeholders' potential settlement terms of the House, Hubbard and Carter cases.

'How has court worked out for them?' — With NCAA settlement talks heating up, college leaders brace for multibillion-dollar price tag

May 13, 2024

WNBA set for massive 2024 start with Caitlin Clark's sold-out debut, marquee games on Disney+, new apparel line

The 2024 WNBA season is almost here, and the league may be poised for it's biggest start ever. After an incredible offseason that included a record-breaking NCAA performance from Caitlin Clark and record-shattering viewership of the 2024 WNBA Draft, the upcoming season is the most anticipated in decades.

And that will be obvious when the season tips off on Tuesday night. Clark, who was taken No. 1 overall by the Indiana Fever less than a month ago, will face off against the Connecticut Sun in front of a sellout crowd at Mohegan Sun Arena. Nearly 9,000 tickets have been sold, the first time the Sun have sold out a home opener since their first game in Connecticut, way back in 2003.

WNBA set for massive 2024 start with Caitlin Clark's sold-out debut, marquee games on Disney+, new apparel line

May 13, 2024

Roku to take over Sunday MLB games that were previously on Peacock

MLB and Roku have reached a deal for Roku to take over streaming of Sunday games previously hosted by subscription service Peacock.

MLB announced the agreement on Monday, and it will take effect immediately. The first of 18 Sunday games scheduled for Roku this season will take place this upcoming Sunday (May 19) when the Boston Red Sox visit the St. Louis Cardinals at 1:05 p.m. ET. Roku will continue to stream Sunday day games throughout the season until Sept. 15.

Roku to take over Sunday MLB games that were previously on Peacock

May 13, 2024

Bronny James Reportedly Staying in Draft After Medical Clearance

Bronny James appears to be staying in the NBA draft.

The son of Lakers star LeBron James has been medically cleared to play in the league after one year at USC. Last summer, doctors discovered a congenital heart defect after Bronny went into cardiac arrest. The NBA’s Fitness to Play panel ultimately cleared him, and James is expected to participate in all predraft activities starting with the draft combine this week in Chicago. The news of Bronny being cleared was first reported by ESPN, while the belief he will stay in the draft was reported by The Athletic.

By staying in the draft, the younger James becomes perhaps the most compelling story in what is considered a weak draft class.

Bronny James Reportedly Staying in Draft After Medical Clearance

May 11, 2024

Mel Tucker argues funds shared with estranged wife are vital to pursue lawsuit against Michigan State

Former Michigan State University head football coach Mel Tucker is working to keep his divorce proceedings as private as possible, while continuing to pursue a wrongful termination lawsuit against his former employer.

Tucker submitted a request to the judge overseeing the proceedings to prevent media scrutiny of his ongoing divorce, the USA Today reported. Tucker's attorneys filed a motion for a protective order and asked the judge to seal the record of the case.

According to court documents, Tucker asked an Ingham County Circuit Court to vacate the mutual restraining order that was granted last month.

Mel Tucker argues funds shared with estranged wife are vital to pursue lawsuit against Michigan State

May 11, 2024

Rashee Rice's SMU Skeletons Surface Amid Recent Arrests, May Impact NFL Discipline

College football programs need to learn what they painstakingly cover up about their star players for short-term gain will often come back to hurt that player and the program more later than it likely would have in the first place.

Southern Methodist University in Dallas may be realizing that now, as Kansas City Chiefs star wide receiver Rashee Rice's SMU skeletons may be surfacing amid his recent arrests.

Rice, 24, was recently arrested on eight felony charges concerning a hit-and-run accident on March 30 involving six vehicles after Rice was drag racing his Lamborghini at 119 mph on a Dallas highway. Then this week, Rice was accused of hitting a photographer at a Dallas nightclub in the wee hours of Monday morning.

Rashee Rice's SMU Skeletons Surface Amid Recent Arrests, May Impact NFL Discipline

May 11, 2024

Reported NFL-Netflix Deal Is Notable, but Isn’t a Big Multiyear Commitment

Boomer Esiason’s status as a prognosticator of the sports media business is now going through the roof.

On Wednesday, the former NFL star and recently departed CBS Sports analyst predicted the NFL would sell its pair of 2024 Christmas Day games to Netflix, by far the biggest player in streaming but heretofore a more limited player in live sports.

The comment took many by surprise but now is potentially coming true. Puck reported late Thursday that “it looks like Netflix will wind up carrying the two NFL games.” The deal, should it happen, will mark a further escalation of the league’s strategy around the holiday, which began in earnest in 2022 and grew much more serious last year with a high-profile tripleheader that crushed the NBA’s rival slate of games in viewership.

Reported NFL-Netflix Deal Is Notable, but Isn’t a Big Multiyear Commitment

May 11, 2024

NCAA removes cap on official recruiting visits in basketball to deal with unlimited transfers

The NCAA has approved a waiver that will allow men’s and women’s basketball programs to pay for unlimited official recruiting visits to help teams deal with roster depletion caused by transfers, according to a memo obtained Thursday by The Associated Press.

The Athletic first reported the approval of a blanket waiver by the men’s and women’s basketball oversight committees.

Currently, men’s basketball programs are allowed 28 official visits over a rolling two-year period. The number for women’s programs is 24.

NCAA removes cap on official recruiting visits in basketball to deal with unlimited transfers

May 11, 2024

WNBA star A'ja Wilson announces signature shoe deal with Nike

Las Vegas Aces star A'ja Wilson has two WNBA MVP awards during her seven-year professional career. Now, befitting a player of her stature, she has a signature shoe deal.

Wilson and Nike announced the news before the Aces' preseason game at South Carolina, where she won the 2017 national championship with the Gamecocks and head coach Dawn Staley.

The two-time WNBA champion and 2020 Olympic gold medalist posted a photo of herself wearing a sweatshirt that said "Of Course I Have A Shoe Dot Com" to social media.

WNBA star A'ja Wilson announces signature shoe deal with Nike

May 10, 2024

Ex-NFL cornerback Buster Skrine allegedly on the run from police in Canada after disconnecting ankle monitor

Former NFL cornerback Buster Skrine is allegedly on the run from Canadian police after disconnecting an ankle monitor and missing a court date Monday.

The Daily Hive reports Skrine was granted bail April 9 on the condition he wore a GPS ankle monitor.

Now, Skrine is charged with failure to appear in court and failure to comply with a release order.

Skrine was already facing 15 bank fraud charges. Canadian police accuse him of defrauding banks of more than $100,000 with fraudulent checks to open accounts and withdraw money before they were cleared.

Ex-NFL cornerback Buster Skrine allegedly on the run from police in Canada after disconnecting ankle monitor

May 10, 2024

Another Court Sides With Zion Williamson’s Years-Old Firing of Unregistered Agent

Zion Williamson won a legal battle Monday over his former marketing agent, Gina Ford, who wanted $100 million from the Pelicans’ forward for breaching their contract. A federal appeals court upheld an earlier ruling that said Williamson was allowed to exit their five-year agreement—signed in 2019 while he was still at Duke— because Ford wasn’t registered as an agent in North Carolina, and failed to include a legally required clause to alert the player that he would forfeit his college eligibility by signing.

Williamson signed with Ford’s agency, Prime Sports Marketing, in April 2019, when he had already declared for the NBA draft. Those were the days before NIL, when college athletes weren’t allowed to do marketing deals. Williamson signing with an agent while still in college would’ve killed his eligibility—even though he didn’t intend to come back, going No. 1 in the draft.

Another Court Sides With Zion Williamson’s Years-Old Firing of Unregistered Agent

May 10, 2024

Kansas man pleads guilty to stealing Jackie Robinson statue, faces more than 19 years in jail

The man who was arrested and charged in the February theft of a Jackie Robinson statue from a youth baseball field in Wichita, Kansas, pleaded guilty on Thursday.

Ricky Alderete, 45, was charged with aggravated criminal damage to property, theft of property or services valued at $25,000 to $100,000, making false information and identity theft, according to the Wichita Eagle. He will be sentenced on July 1.

Alderete is looking at more than 19 years in jail. He will also be forced to pay $41,500 to League 42, the youth baseball program founded by executive director Bob Lutz in 2013.

Kansas man pleads guilty to stealing Jackie Robinson statue, faces more than 19 years in jail

May 10, 2024

MLB Team Broadcasts Threatened As DSG-Comcast Dispute Escalates

With a little more than a month to go before Diamond Sports Group attempts to get legal confirmation of its bankruptcy reorganization plan, the company’s distribution dispute with Comcast is now taking a much more public and angry turn.

Less than a week after the end of a prior DSG-Comcast carriage agreement and resulting blackout of those channels to consumers, the Bally Sports parent went on the offensive by issuing a lengthy statement and open letter to fans, all aimed at pointing blame at the No. 2 U.S. cable carrier.

“[Comcast’s] Xfinity hasn’t been willing to engage in meaningful discussions, nor will they put the channels back on while we continue to work through this,” DSG’s letter read in part.

MLB Team Broadcasts Threatened As DSG-Comcast Dispute Escalates

May 10, 2024

UCLA Might Have to Pay $10M a Year to Subsidize Cal Athletics

This summer, UCLA will officially join the Big Ten—a conference move that will net the school tens of millions in extra revenue. But it will come with a significant price.

The University of California’s Board of Regents, which oversees multiple schools in the UC system, is considering a proposal for UCLA to begin annual payments of $10 million to subsidize Cal’s athletic department, according to a newly published proposal. The Board of Regents has been discussing a subsidy for more than a year, ever since UCLA announced its decision.

UCLA’s move, announced in 2022, contributed to the devaluing of the Pac-12, of which Cal was a member—and, ultimately, to the conference’s demise.

UCLA Might Have to Pay $10M a Year to Subsidize Cal Athletics

May 6, 2024

Tom Brady’s Netflix Roast Offers Rare Reminder of Robert Kraft Allegations

Sunday night’s live roast of Tom Brady on Netflix featured countless digs, from comedians poking fun at Brady’s divorce and losses in cryptocurrency to former players like Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman roasting their former coach Bill Belichick. Brady got some jokes of his own, calling out Bills fans, Ye (formerly known as Kanye West), and the NFL’s investigation into Deflategate.

Brady smiled and took most jokes of the night, but he made it clear that he didn’t like one in particular. Comedian Jeff Ross told the story of Brady as a rookie telling Patriots owner Robert Kraft that he was the “best decision” his organization had ever made, followed by, “Would you like a massage?”

Tom Brady’s Netflix Roast Offers Rare Reminder of Robert Kraft Allegations

May 6, 2024

Can ESPN Bet Get on Solid Footing Before Football Season Kicks Off?

ESPN Bet isn’t even six months old yet, but with the biggest sports gambling events of the first half of the year having yet to produce a major boost for the platform, a crucial summer lies ahead for the product and brand born out of a $2 billion partnership between Disney and Penn Entertainment.

Last week, Penn’s stock tumbled more than 10% and, at one point reached a 52-week low, after the company missed analyst estimates in its most recent quarter, due in part to struggles by ESPN Bet, which saw lower-than-expected hold and spend per user.

Can ESPN Bet Get on Solid Footing Before Football Season Kicks Off?

May 6, 2024

Why a College Athletes’ Rights Group Is Setting Employee Status Aside

One college athlete advocacy group is proposing a solution to reforming college sports that doesn’t include employee status.

The College Football Players Association said athletes could gain the rights to collectively bargain without being deemed employees under federal labor laws. The group, which counts current and former players in its membership and leadership roles, announced its position in an email newsletter and press release Monday.

Executive director Jason Stahl was adamant that the CFBPA is not opposed to players becoming professionals. But the organization thinks it may be a more palatable solution to the debate over athletes receiving more compensation and power in the NCAA structure. The CFBPA suggests that collective bargaining without employee status could be adopted more quickly than an employment model, and that it could provide athletes the same protections and benefits.

Why a College Athletes’ Rights Group Is Setting Employee Status Aside

May 6, 2024

Potential Everton Buyer Accused of Enormous Fraud in Lawsuit

Many have questioned the financial health of 777 Partners, a Miami-based investment firm. It’s why the Premier League has hesitated to approve the group’s attempted takeover of Everton, despite owning stakes in teams in Europe and Australia.

A federal lawsuit filed Friday may have put the final nail in the coffin.

Leadenhall Capital Partners, a British asset management company, alleges in the suit that it had provided more than $600 million in funding to 777, before learning that about $350 million in assets either didn’t exist, weren’t owned by the firm, or had already been promised to other lenders. A slew of 777-related companies and individuals are named as defendants, including owners Josh Wander and Steven Pasko, and their biggest lender, Kenneth King and his firm A-Cap.

Potential Everton Buyer Accused of Enormous Fraud in Lawsuit

May 4, 2024

Conor McGregor calls for lifetime ban of Ryan Garcia after reported positive drug test following victory

Ryan Garcia was a heavy underdog in his fight against Devin Haney in Brooklyn April 20 but still managed to win by majority decision.

The fight was supposed to be for the WBC super lightweight championship, but Garcia weighed in three pounds overweight. So, the belt was not up for grabs.

But the record books are what they are — for now.

Conor McGregor calls for lifetime ban of Ryan Garcia after reported positive drug test following victory

May 4, 2024

Everything You Need to Know About the Coyotes’ Second Chance at NHL Life

The Arizona Coyotes aren’t dead. At least, that was the party line among those sitting atop the now deactivated franchise last month, as a deal to sell and relocate everything but the team’s name to Salt Lake City inched toward a conclusion.

The eventual $1.2 billion sale to Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith put Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo on the clock. He now has five years to do what he’s been unable to do over the past five years: Build an NHL-suitable arena in the Phoenix area that would allow the franchise to restart as an expansion team.

“I am the only one that can get this project done,” Meruelo said during a Phoenix-area radio appearance April 18.

Everything You Need to Know About the Coyotes’ Second Chance at NHL Life

May 4, 2024

College football team to go forward with Houston-inspired blue unis despite NFL's cease-and-desist: report

The Houston Cougars will continue with plans to use light blue alternative uniforms for their sports teams, a decision that comes months after the NFL sent the university a cease-and-desist letter claiming that the look was "blatant copying" of the Houston Oilers trademark.

The university sent a letter to the NFL last month informing the league of its decision to move forward with the jerseys, the Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday.

College football team to go forward with Houston-inspired blue unis despite NFL's cease-and-desist: report

May 4, 2024

MLB, Nike to Revamp Uniforms After Backlash: Here’s What’s Changing

The much-anticipated changes to MLB’s highly debated new uniforms are officially coming.

Just days after the MLB Players Association informed its membership that a series of modifications would be arriving, the league announced that it, along with official uniform supplier Nike, has indeed started the process to make a series of changes. Among them:

Larger letters on the back of jerseys and individual pant customization, both set to be implemented for the 2025 season
Correction of color differences between the jerseys and pants of some clubs’ gray road uniforms, with that change due to arrive as soon as the second half of this season
A fix to the uniform discoloration that also can result from player perspiration (above), with that change also slated for as soon as the latter half of the season

MLB, Nike to Revamp Uniforms After Backlash: Here’s What’s Changing

May 4, 2024

‘A Swoosh Affair’: Nike Accused of Undue Influence on Picking Olympics’ Toughest Marathon Team

The Kenyan Olympic marathon team is maybe the hardest to crack in sports, with dozens of the world’s best long-distance runners clawing for only three spots every four years. And every four years, it seems, there’s a furor about Nike jamming an unqualified athlete onto the team.

Nike sponsors Athletics Kenya, the nation’s track and field federation responsible for selecting the team. Nike also sponsors Brigid Kosgei, a runner who has struggled as of late but beat out seemingly more qualified non-Nike athletes for the third spot on the team. Kosgei is the only woman sponsored by Nike out of the three who made the cut. Adidas sponsors Peres Jepchirchir, the reigning Olympic and London Marathon champion, and On sponsors Hellen Obiri, who won her last three marathons: two in Boston and one in New York.

Two prominent Kenyan journalists have called out the company accusing it of meddling. Michelle Katami called out the coincidence on social media, while Mutwiri Mutuota called it a “swoosh affair.”

‘A Swoosh Affair’: Nike Accused of Undue Influence on Picking Olympics’ Toughest Marathon Team

May 3, 2024

Julio Urias avoids jail time in domestic case after pleading no contest

Former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Julio Urías was sentenced to 36 months probation and ordered to complete 30 days of community labor after pleading no contest to misdemeanor domestic battery.

The left-hander faced charges that included one count of spousal battery, two counts of domestic battery involving a dating relationship, one count of false imprisonment and one count of assault last month.

Four other charges were dropped.

Julio Urias avoids jail time in domestic case after pleading no contest

May 3, 2024

NBA, sportsbooks discussing changes to prop bets after Jontay Porter's ban: report

The NBA is hoping that Jontay Porter's lifetime ban is the last gambling scandal the association has to face.

According to ESPN, the league is discussing changes to prop bet menus with its partner sportsbooks.

The discussions have gone as far as discussing the banning of "under" wagers for specific players, but there are apparently concerns that illegal gambling could increase without such a market.

NBA, sportsbooks discussing changes to prop bets after Jontay Porter's ban: report

May 3, 2024

Why Hasn’t Marvin Harrison Jr. Signed an NFLPA Licensing Deal?

Marvin Harrison Jr. is holding out, but not the type of holdout NFL teams are used to seeing.

Harrison, whom the Cardinals took No. 4 in last week’s NFL draft, has yet to sign the preliminary NFL Players’ Association licensing agreement, which allows the use of his likeness on merchandise such as jerseys and trading cards or in the popular video game, Madden.

Always take “reporting” from a radio host or TV personality with a grain of salt, but Pat McAfee said that sporting manufacturer Fanatics was the reason for the holdup. Harrison is the son of legendary NFL wideout Marvin Harrison, and both McAfee and Harrison Sr. spent their entire pro careers with the Colts. (Harrison Sr. retired in 2008, a year before McAfee was drafted by the Colts.)

Why Hasn’t Marvin Harrison Jr. Signed an NFLPA Licensing Deal?

May 3, 2024

Patrick Beverley Banned From Future ESPN Appearances

Following his disrespectful treatment of an ESPN producer, Bucks guard Patrick Beverley is now persona non grata at the country’s biggest sports network, Front Office Sports has learned.

ESPN management has banned Beverley from making further guest appearances on studio shows such as First Take and Get Up, according to sources familiar with the network’s thinking.

Many ESPN executives and staffers were outraged when Beverley tried to eject Malinda Adams from a postgame press scrum Thursday night. First, Beverley asked the respected ESPN producer if she subscribed to his podcast. When she said she did not, he told her she could not interview him. When Adams stood her ground, Beverley repeatedly pushed her microphone away, telling her to leave the circle of reporters around his locker.

Patrick Beverley Banned From Future ESPN Appearances

May 3, 2024

RFK’s Demolition Could Fast-Track Commanders’ Return to D.C.

RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., is now officially coming down, and that step could become an accelerant to the Commanders’ long-running efforts to develop a new stadium.

The National Park Service said Thursday that the 62-year-old stadium, last used in 2019, can be demolished without negative environmental effects. A study undertaken by the NPS found that the stadium is “in a state of disrepair,” but that demolition would have “no significant impact” on the “natural, cultural, and human environment.” A timetable for the actual work to be done will be set as the NPS issues a permit to D.C.

The facility sits on federally owned NPS land but is controlled by D.C. Because of that unusual structure, a bill is now in front of the U.S. Senate that would transfer the land to D.C. That measure has already cleared the House of Representatives.

RFK’s Demolition Could Fast-Track Commanders’ Return to D.C.

Apr 29, 2024

Roger Goodell Touts an 18-Game NFL Season. Getting There Won’t Be Easy

As hundreds of thousands of NFL fans were descending upon Detroit for the draft last weekend, and millions more were tuning in from their televisions, Roger Goodell casually dropped a huge piece of information Friday afternoon: his most vocal support yet for an 18-game regular season.

The comments, made during the commissioner’s debut appearance on The Pat McAfee Show, created plenty of headlines and had some fans and observers online assuming the expanded schedule was a done deal. “I’m not a fan of the preseason,” Goodell said while touting the benefits of an extra meaningful game each year in exchange for one less exhibition matchup.

Roger Goodell Touts an 18-Game NFL Season. Getting There Won’t Be Easy

Apr 29, 2024

Bigger Gloves, Shorter Rounds: Texas Board to Sanction Paul-Tyson Fight

Mike Tyson and Jake Paul’s Netflix boxing match this summer in Arlington has been approved as a professional fight by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. The matchup will have eight two-minute rounds with fighters wearing 14-ounce gloves, the promoter, Paul’s Most Valuable Promotions, announced Monday. MVP proposed the terms, both sides agreed, and then went to TDLR for approval, the department tells Front Office Sports.

TDLR said it reviewed medical tests from each contestant with ringside physicians “to ensure they are physically able to compete.” TDLR had already licensed Paul to fight in Texas, while Tyson recently submitted his forms and medical tests, the department said. In addition to age and health, the department said it also considers any fighter’s total number of matches, length of rounds, wins and losses, and losses by knockout (“especially in the previous 12 months”), as well as the proposed terms when considering “the experience—or inexperience—of the contestants.”

Bigger Gloves, Shorter Rounds: Texas Board to Sanction Paul-Tyson Fight

Apr 29, 2024

Formula 1: Miami Grand Prix sends cease and desist letter to prevent Donald Trump fundraiser during race

The Miami Grand Prix is looking to prevent a fundraiser being held for former President Donald Trump at Sunday’s race.

Race organizers sent a cease and desist letter to Steven Witkoff, a prominent fundraiser for the GOP nominee. Per the Washington Post, Trump is planning to attend the race, and Witkoff’s golf club had advertised a trip to the race in a suite that would have been an event for Trump.

Formula 1: Miami Grand Prix sends cease and desist letter to prevent Donald Trump fundraiser during race

Apr 29, 2024

Regular-Season Euro Soccer Matches in U.S. Closer As Legal Barriers Fall

The prospect of European soccer leagues playing regular-season matches in the U.S. has been a highly tantalizing prospect for many promoters and stadium operators for years.

Recent legal developments have now made such events truly possible, but the final and critical step of those leagues actually agreeing to do so remains uncertain.

Earlier this month, FIFA settled a long-running lawsuit filed by promoter Relevent Sports, controlled by Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, that had alleged antitrust violations regarding the global governing body’s prior policy emphasizing leagues’ playing official matches within their own respective territories.

Regular-Season Euro Soccer Matches in U.S. Closer As Legal Barriers Fall

Apr 29, 2024

MLB Uniform Changes Coming by 2025 As Union Blasts Nike

The MLB uniform saga could be nearing an end.

In a memo that the MLB Players Association sent Sunday, the league is apparently returning to its more traditional look. Modifications to the jerseys and pants were widely ripped by players and fans.

The MLBPA memo was obtained by ESPN.

A return to the large lettering on the back of jerseys and a fix to the new Nike jersey’s tendency to visibly collect sweat will be among the changes made, the memo said. The most notorious issues—see-through pants and mismatched gray jerseys and pants—will also be addressed by the start of next season, according to the union.

MLB Uniform Changes Coming by 2025 As Union Blasts Nike

Apr 27, 2024

Heavyweight boxer dies at 27 after spending three weeks in coma due to knockout

A 27-year-old boxer died on Thursday after spending three weeks in a medically induced coma from his last fight.

Heavyweight Ardi Ndembo was knocked unconscious during his April 5 bout against Nestor Santana in Miami.

He was then transported to a local hospital, where he was placed in a coma, but he died earlier this week.

Heavyweight boxer dies at 27 after spending three weeks in coma due to knockout

Apr 27, 2024

Panthers owner David Tepper stopped by Charlotte bar that criticized his draft strategy

As the first round of the NFL Draft approached, the sign in front Dilworth Neighborhood Grille had a message directed toward the owner of its hometown Carolina Panthers.

“Please Let The Coach & GM Pick This Year," it read.

The sign was in reference to owner David Tepper's influence in the team selecting Bryce Young over C.J. Stroud with the first pick in the 2023 draft.

The message caught the attention of Tepper, who paid a visit to the restaurant before Round 1 Thursday night.

Panthers owner David Tepper stopped by Charlotte bar that criticized his draft strategy
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