Good morning and Happy
Cinco de Mayo. While you’re enjoying tacos and margs with
friends, make sure they know how smart of a sports fan you
In today's Sprint:
🏈 Olympic hopeful
⚽️ Major Glazer
⚾️ Pitcher grand slam
Trivia: Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon both
won the NBA MVP and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season. What
modern-day player is the 3rd to do so?
🏈 Seattle Seahawks WR DK Metcalf could
qualify for the Olympics with his upcoming 100m dash at the Olympic
trials. After watching him chase down Budda Baker, we think he’s got a
🏒 The NHL fined Tom Wilson $5k for his role
in a dirty on-ice fight. Meanwhile, the NFL fines players that much
for wearing the wrong color socks.
🏀 Sacramento Kings’ star rookie
Tyrese Haliburton will miss the rest of the season with a knee
🏀 The Phoenix Suns’ gorilla mascot
signed the first mascot endorsement deal with a Phoenix-based streetwear
boutique. Now, the gorilla will rock Rolexes, rare sneakers, and baggy
jeans with lots of holes in them to games.
A live look in on Manchester United’s
front office, where the Glazer family announced they intend to stay as
owners. In fact, despite the recent fan protests, they plan to double
Man U’s current valuation to $10 billion.
Fans are not happy. After
breaking into the team’s
stadium on Sunday and forcing the cancellation of the huge match
against Liverpool, fans ratcheted up the intensity even more.
“Manchester United fans will
boycott your products, seek to tarnish your brands, and support your
competitors until you terminate your commercial partnership with the
All this stems from Manchester United and 11
other teams creating the Super League. Fans saw the effort as an attempt
European soccer. Basically, any of the big clubs could happily become
the NY Jets of the Super League and still be guaranteed loads of money
without the threat of relegation.
Are Americans really at
fault? Like any good consultant, I’ll give you this
answer - it depends who you ask. Of the 12 teams that tried to create
the Super League, only four sported American ownership.
But, even dating back to 2011, the League
Managers Association warned
American and Asian owners were "already talking about bringing about the
avoidance of promotion and relegation in the Premier League."
The bigger picture: The
Glazers are probably right. As one of the most recognizable clubs in the
world, Manchester United is well-positioned to benefit from the rise of
sports betting, streaming, and the Premier League’s growing
popularity in the U.S.
Champions League Semi Finals, 2nd
Manchester City2vs. PSG 0, City 4-1 on
Goalie Ederson’s full field assist got the scoring going and Riyad
Mahrez’s double helped City dominate in snowy
For the first time in club history,
Man City play for the Champions League Final.