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In today's Sprint:
🏆 Texas and OU shock college football.
🏒 NHL’s expansion draft.
🏈 Mike Leach wants a 64-team College Football Playoff.
Trivia:Which league owns the largest expansion in U.S. professional sports history in the span of one year?
WATER COOLER TALK
🏒 The NHL will hold a break during the 2022 Winter Olympics, allowing players to participate in the Games. In prior years, teams didn’t let players skip any of the season for the Olympics.
🥊 The Professional Fighters League (PFL) announced its playoff schedule for this season. The PFL is the only fighting league with a playoff, which starts August 13th with semi-final matchups by weight class.
🏈 DraftKings inked a deal with Tom Brady’s company Autograph to launch autographed NFT’s. They’ve added Tiger Woods, Wayne Gretzky, and other notable athletes to their advisory board. These athletes will launch exclusive NFTs through the company.
🏆 Texas and Oklahoma reportedly reached out to the SEC to join the conference. The move would likely remove the Big-12’s Power Five status, create mass chaos in college football, and make both schools a ton of money.
⚾️ Surprisingly, White Sox catcher Yermin Mercedes announced he’s retiring from baseball. After taking the world by storm (he got a hit in his first eight at-bats), he fell from manager Tony La Rusa’s grace after hitting a 3-0 pitch into the bleachers. The Yerminator is just 28.
It’s time to unleash your inner Liam Neeson and shout, “Release the Kraken.” The NHL’s newest franchise, the Seattle Kraken, just wreaked havoc on opposing teams through an expansion draft.
What is an expansion draft? Seattle gets to select one player from each of the 31 teams, except the newly formed Vegas Golden Knights. These players then form Seattle’s roster for its opening season.
But the NHL sets rules to keep the league balanced:
Each team protects 9 or 11 players, depending on position. The Kraken could not pick a protected player.
The Kraken cannot select rookies.
The Kraken must select at least 14 forwards, 9 defensemen, and 3 goalies.
The aggregate value of the players picked must be between 60-100% of the salary cap.
Yanni Gourde, C, Tampa Bay Lightning
Jared McCan, F, Toronto Maple Leafs
Vince Dunn, D, St. Louis Blues
These guys have a lot to live up to. The last team to go through an expansion draft, the Vegas Golden Knights, made the Stanley Cup Finals their first season.
Zoom out:At 32 teams, the NHL is likely done expanding geographically.
Now, it’s time to expand digitally. The league signed a 7-year, multiplatform deal with ESPN starting next season. And, in a surprisingly savvy move, the NHL partnered with TikTok star and entrepreneur Josh Richards (a former hockey player) to reach a younger generation of fans.
First Time In A While
Olympics - Women's Soccer
Sweden3vs. USA 0
The USWNT opened its time in Tokyo with a lopsided loss, ending a 44-match unbeaten streak.
The USWNT will look to bounce back against New Zealand on Saturday. The team still has a good chance to advance through the group, but they can't afford another loss.
(39-55) Kansas City Royals6vs. (56-41) Milwaukee Brewers 3
Despite the Brewers leading the NL Central and the Royals at the bottom of the AL Central, Kansas City swept the season series.
More than 10% of the Royals’ wins have come at the expense of Milwaukee. They only play four times.
Quote:“I personally would like to see 64 [teams].”
- Mississippi State HC Mike Leach’s thoughts on the College Football Playoff size. We think it might be because his Bulldogs sit well outside the top 25.
Highlight:Giannis Antetokounmpo celebrated his 50 points and NBA Finals win by ordering a 50-piece Nuggets at a Milwaukee Chick-fil-A.
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