Good morning! Big news expected to drop today: the Big 10, Pac-12, and ACC are reportedly announcing their ‘alliance.’
They've been quite secretive but, if I had to guess, the alliance will feature annual cross-conference scheduling for football. If they do announce it, be sure to check tomorrow’s Sprint - we’ll bring you everything you need to know.
In today's Sprint:
🏈A groundbreaking Bowl partnership.
🥇 How the Paralympics differ from the Olympics.
🏀 Ja Morant can fly.
Trivia:What is the only sport to have the same athlete medal at both the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games?
Track and Field
*Answer at the bottom
WATER COOLER TALK
⛳ Tony Finau won a rain-soaked Northern Trust to capture his first PGA win in 5 years. He shot a ridiculous 30 on the back 9, including a birdie-eagle-birdie stretch.
⚽ Things are getting messy in Paris. Kylian Mbappe refused a 5-year extension with PSG which would have made him the club’s third-highest paid player.
The 22-year-old superstar’s current contract runs out in 2022. If it expires without an extension, PSG will have to let him leave on a free transfer.
🏀 The NBA released its full 2021-2022 schedule, tipping off October 19th. It highlights matchups commemorating the league’s 75th season with games between the three remaining inaugural franchises (Boston Celtics, NY Knicks, and the GS Warriors formerly of Philly).
🏈 The New Years' 6 Fiesta Bowl and Caesars Entertainment created the first partnership between a bowl game and a sports betting company.
Caesar’s will provide pregame parties, a fan lounge, access to company ambassadors, and (we're assuming here) ways for spectators to bet on the game.
Coincidentally, the announcement comes 3 weeks before sports betting becomes legal in Arizona (Sept. 9).
Siberia To Gold
After a five-year hiatus, the Paralympic Opening Ceremony takes place this morning (if you're an early bird - 7AM EST - catch it on NBCSN).
The details: These Paralympics feature 1,200 hours of coverage across NBC platforms, including primetime coverage on NBC for the first time.
When: Tuesday, August 24 - Sunday, September 5
Where: Tokyo, Japan
What: A mix of 537 events across 22+ sports
For the first time, the US is awarding Paralympic medal winners the same amount of money as Olympians.
Athletes to watch:
Jessica Long: Adopted from Siberia, Jessica overcame 25 leg surgeries (including amputation) to win 23 Paralympic medals (13 gold). She’s competing in multiple swimming events.