After a 48 hour run as the most debated and hated sports league in the
world, the European Super League is collapsing.
Media pushback: Originally pegged for a ~$3
billion annual broadcasting rights deal, the Super League quickly lost its
appeal to potential network partners as fans
protested the move.
Amazon said it “shares the concerns raised” by soccer fans about the
BBC’s Gary Lineker, the UK’s highest paid sports host, said he would
“never work on this European Super League”
The first domino: Like everyone predicted, Chelsea
rescued English and world football by exiting the League first. Fans
saved football!" outside of Chelsea’s stadium when the news was
announced. The other English clubs left soon after:
Following the withdrawal of the English clubs, the entire league was
suspended to "reshape the project."
So, everything is good? Not really. The underlying
issues driving the clubs to form the Super League remain. FIFA is rife
with corruption, the Champions League group stage is mostly
uncompetitive, and big clubs are expected to pull the financial burden of
Looking ahead: Lost in the Super League news
storm, UEFA announced a 36-team Champions League
reform starting in 2024 to address some of these issues.
The PGA Tour added a $40 million bonus pool to be divvied up between players
the needle" on fan engagement metrics.
What’s a fan engagement metric? Exactly what you’d
Google Search popularity
Social media followers
Nielsen Brand Exposure rating
The pool will be distributed to 10 beneficiaries at the end of the year,
with the largest payout valued at $8 million.
Bottom line: The PGA is incentivizing its players
to grow the game and draw in more fans through their personal platforms. If
successful, expect other leagues to follow suit.
AROUND THE LEAGUES
(11-7) Oakland A’s 7
vs. (6-10) Minnesota Twins 0
Oakland’s offense was firing on all cylinders, helping cap off a
tenth straight victory after starting the season with a 1-7 record.
(6-9) Washington Nationals 3 vs. (8-9) St. Louis Cardinals 2
In a unique eighth inning, St. Louis used five infielders while up
2-1, but walked four batters to give the Nats the go-ahead run.
Tough night for the Cards.
(39-19) Brooklyn Nets 134 vs. (25-33) New Orleans Pelicans 129
The short-handed Nets held off the Pelicans, now losers of four in a
row. The Pels are four games back from the final play-in spot with
only 14 games to go.
(32-27) New York Knicks 109 vs. (28-29) Charlotte Hornets 97
The Knicks, the fifth seed in the East, look primed to end the NBA’s
third longest active playoff drought.
(29-14-3) Pittsburgh Penguins 7 vs. (14-25-6) New Jersey Devils 6
The Penguins led 6-0 entering the third period but nearly pulled a
Falcons in the Super Bowl, letting the Devils cut it to 1 in the
Stat: Reigning AL Cy Young winner Shane Bieber
became the first pitcher in MLB history to begin the season with four
straight starts with at least 10 strikeouts.
Quote: “I went from being the number 1 draft pick
to everybody laughing at me. But guess what? I’m about that business. I’m
outworking everybody at my position.” - Jameis Winston when asked what he’s
out to prove next year with the Saints.
Highlight: Dylan Moore unlocked his inner Cirque
du Soleil with his second acrobatic
catch in 24 hours.
WATER COOLER TALK
Lasso , an Apple TV+ series about a football coach leading a
professional soccer team in England, began filming season 2. Coincidence
this was announced the same day the Super League fell apart? Probably not.
🏈 The Tampa Bay Bucs resigned backup QB Ryan Griffin, who's known for
a tipsy Tom Brady away from reporters during February’s Super Bowl
📱 Athletes, teams, and leagues from around the world made
statements following the conviction of Derek Chauvin.
🏀 Zion Williamson debuted his first
pair of signature shoes under the Jordan brand. They look great, and
probably have more support than his Nike’s at Duke.
🏀 One week after learning who A-Rod is, Minnesota Timberwolves rookie
Anthony Edwards says he can throw
a baseball 100 mph given a month to “get his arm right.”
Phoenix Suns (41-16) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (39-18) - 7:00 ET on NBATV
LA Clippers (40-19) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (29-27) - 10:00 ET on NBATV
Chicago White Sox (9-9) vs. Cleveland Indians (8-8) - 6:10 ET on ESPN+
Atlanta Braves (7-10) vs. New York Yankees (6-10) - 6:30 ET on ESPN
Nashville Predators (25-21-1) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (21-20-5) - 7:00 ET on
San Jose Sharks (18-22-5) vs. Las Vegas Golden Knights (32-11-2) - 9:30 ET
(50 pts) Tottenham vs. (36 pts) Southampton - 1:00 PM ET on Peacock
(44 pts) Aston Villa vs. (74 pts) Manchester City - 3:15 PM ET on NBCSN
B. When Curry was drafted seventh overall, a total
of 5 GM’s had selected other players. Minnesota passed on Curry twice,
selecting Ricky Rubio and Johnny Flynn.
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