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Hot Dog

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DraftKings will serve as Major League Eating’s official sports betting partner for the event, and will also offer a free-to-play contest with a $25,000 prize in states where betting is not available.

The Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest has established itself as an annual July 4 television tradition. For 17 straight years, ESPN has aired the event live, helping turn competitive eaters like Joey Chestnut and Takeru Kobayashi into household names. Now the Coney Island-based event will have two new toppings: unique safety measures to protect eaters from the coronavirus pandemic and sports betting. This year’s edition will be open for legal betting in three states for the first time in […]

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NFL’s New Tune

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The NFL is considering several measures to recognize victims of police brutality this season.

The NFL is planning to have ‘Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing’ performed live or played before every game during Week 1, according to The Undefeated. The song is expected to be played ahead of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.’ The playing of the song is the latest step from the league to be a prominent voice in the fight against racism. Last month, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a video that the league mishandled peaceful NFL player protests against police brutality […]

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Push For Change

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FedEx, which paid $205 million for the naming rights to the Washington NFL team’s stadium, called for the team to change its nickname.

There is growing pressure being put on the Washington NFL team to change its nickname. FedEx, which paid $205 million in 1998 for the naming rights to the team’s stadium through 2025, made an official request for a name change. “We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name,” FedEx said in a statement. Fred Smith, the company’s CEO, also holds a minority share in the team. A group of 87 investment firms […]

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Fans Or No Fans

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Leagues are finding ways to let a limited number of fans attend games, but testing appears to be key to growing that further.

While the timeline for the full return of live sports is becoming clearer in the U.S., when fans will be able to attend games is still up in the air. National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins said that rapid coronavirus testing, which can produce a result in under an hour, will allow Americans to attend crowded sports events this fall. “We want to see Americans have a chance to have some normal experiences of enjoying life,” Collins told […]

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TBT Finds Success With Partners In ‘Unique Year’

  • Heading into its seventh year, the TBT added seven new partners for its 2020 tournament.
  • Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the TBT will hold its winner-take-all tourrnament over 11 days at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Heading into its seventh year, The Basketball Tournament was poised to take another step forward in 2020. Founded in 2014, the single-elimination tournament has grown in stature thanks to unique rules, the winner-take-all format where teams have played for $2 million, and talented players looking to impress scouts on a national broadcast network thanks to TBT’s deal with ESPN. But as the coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc on the entire sports industry, the TBT was forced to pivot. Moving away from […]

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LeBron James, Maverick Carter Raise $100 Million Investment to Drive Media Aspirations

  • The investment is led by Guggenheim Investments, UC Investments, SISTER and SC.Holdings.
  • The newly formed board includes Serena Williams, Elisabeth Murdoch, Marc Rowan, Paul Wachter, Michael Rapino, B.Scott Minerd and Tom Werner.

Lebron James and longtime business partner Maverick Carter have raised $100 million to build and expand an already growing media conglomerate. The company, which will be called SpringHill Company, will combine the three companies previous built by James and Carter: UNINTERRUPTED, the athlete empowerment media and consumer product company; SpringHill Entertainment, the film and television production company; and the Robot Company, a brand and culture agency. Carter will serve as the company’s CEO, while James will be its chairman. SpringHill […]

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MLS Set To Return With Tournament Starting July 8

  • Fans will not be in attendance for the tournament’s matches.
  • When the tournament is completed on August 11, MLS is aiming to resume its regular season.

MLS will officially restart its 2020 season on July 8 with a tournament at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando. All 26 clubs will begin arriving in Florida on June 24 to prepare for the ‘MLS Is Back Tournament,’ which will run through August 11. The event will include 54 total matches, which will be held nearly every day. Matches will be held at 9 am, 8 pm, and 10:30 pm ET, with the vast majority being […]

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Diversity? Just Do It

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  • Nike announced it was donating $40 million to “support the Black community in the U.S,” an effort that follows Michael Jordan and the Jordan Brand also donating $100 million.

A week after Nike released a new advertising campaign that said “Don’t Do It,” and told viewers not to “pretend there’s not a problem in America,” the company turned the microscope on itself. In a memo to employees on Friday, CEO John Donahoe said that “while we strive to help shape a better society, our most important priority is to get our own house in order.” Donahoe continued, saying that Nike’s diversity and inclusion efforts “have a long way to […]

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MLB, MLS Inch Towards Return

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MLB and MLS both took a step towards returning yesterday, as the player unions for both leagues furthered proposals that would get players back on the field. The MLB Players Association delivered a counter-proposal to MLB that would include a 114-game season that would start on June 30 and end on October 31. As part of the deal, players would have the right to opt out of the season and potentially defer salaries if the 2020 postseason was canceled, while […]

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Sports Speak Up

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  • As society reacted to the death of George Floyd, the sports industry weighed in.

The United States was swept by protests and outrage this weekend following the death of George Floyd while in police custody last Monday, sparking a reaction from the sports world as well. In response, leagues, teams, and athletes shared messages of unity, understanding, and frustration. Here are a select few: – While many athletes referenced Colin Kaepernick’s protest against police brutality, the NFL issued a statement offering condolences to Floyd’s family and stating its willingness to “address these systemic issues […]

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