Happy Friday. Yesterday got as wild as we expected in the world of college sports with the new name, image, likeness rules:
BYU banned athletes from sponsoring coffee
Johnny Manziel reminisced on how much he would have made at A&M
Olivia Dunne, an LSU gymnast, launched a billboard in Times Square - with 4M TikTok followers, she’s expected to be a high-earner
But, if I had to pick one best moment, that’d be an easy decision. It’s Arkansas receiver Trey Knox and his husky, Blue, partnering with PetSmart.
P.S: We'll be back in your inbox Tuesday. Happy 4th!
In today's Sprint:
⛳️ The greatest rivalry in sports.
🏈 New management in Washington.
🏀 No Giannis, no problem.
Trivia:Who leads the MLB in home runs?
Vlad Guerrero Jr
Answer at the bottom
WATER COOLER TALK
🏈 Ex-USC running back Reggie Bush is looking to have his Heisman Trophy and college stats restored with the new name, image, and likeness (NIL) rule in effect. “It is my strong belief that I won the Heisman Trophy solely due to my hard work and dedication on the football field.”
⛳️ Bryson DeChambeau and his caddie are going on a break. Brooks Koepka poured fuel onto the fire with his Twitter comments following the news: “It just became caddie appreciation day.”
⚾️ The MLB announced the All-Star game starters. The most impressive? Shohei Ohtani, the LA Angles starting pitcher, is the American League’s designated hitter.
⚽️ Unsurprisingly, Lionel Messi fielded plenty of calls during his first day of free agency, including ones from his boyhood club and the self-proclaimed “worst football team in the world.”
Oh No, WFT
Trouble in DC: After a lengthy investigation into the Football Team’s workplace culture, the NFL fined the WFT $10M.
Buried at the bottom of the NFL’s letter, the league essentially suspended WFT CEO Dan Snyder from all football-related activity. Earlier this week, Snyder made his wife, Tanya, co-CEO. Now we know why. Here’s the NFL’s statement:
“As co-CEO, Tanya Snyder will assume responsibilities for all day-to-day team operations and represent the club at all league meetings.”
Out of nowhere:A surprising mover entered the NIL fray yesterday - Barstool. After being approached by athletes, the company spun up Barstool Athletics in less than a day. Each Barstool Athlete will get their own merch and access to the company’s massive distribution network.
That’s quite the sales pitch - Barstool helps grow their personal platform, sells the merch, and handles all logistics. No brand is more well known on college campuses (except, perhaps, Aramark). In one day, Barstool brought on:
Collin Gillespie, star Villanova basketball player