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Review Finds Iowa Football Culture ‘Perpetuated Racial or Cultural Biases’

  • The review, conducted by the law firm Husch Blackwell, included conversations with 74 current and former players.
  • The firm recommends that Iowa work with Athletic Director Gary Barta and head coach Kirk Ferentz to take action to improve team culture.

A report on Iowa’s football culture found that Black players often felt there was a disparity in how they were treated compared to others, confirming accusations of racism in the program brought forth by former players in June. Conducted by the law firm Husch Blackwell, the external review included conversations with 74 current and former players, and concluded that “the program’s rules perpetuated racial or cultural biases and diminished the value of cultural diversity.” “Players and coaches uniformly agreed that […]

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Twitch Partnering with Gaming Diversity Nonprofit Cxmmunity to Build HBCU Esports League

Twitch Partnering with Gaming Nonprofit to Build HBCU Esports League

  • Out of the 200 schools with varsity esports teams in North America, Morehouse College is currently the only HBCU.
  • The Twitch league will provide HBCU students educational and scholarship support and help HBCUs expand their esports programs.

Amazon-owned live streaming service Twitch is helping to build an esports league for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, according to The Verge. Through Twitch Student, the league will provide HBCU students educational and scholarship support and also help HBCUs expand their esports programs. The company is partnering with Cxmmunity – an organization that facilitates participation of minorities in esports and the video game industry – in the endeavor.  “As a graduate of an HBCU and knowing first hand how we’re […]

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NCAA Will Allow Student-Athletes to Wear Social Justice Messages on Uniforms

NCAA Will Allow Student-Athletes to Wear Social Justice Uniform Patches

  • Options could include replacing last names with phrases relating to social justice causes.
  • The NBA and WNBA have allowed players to wear alternative phrases to their own last names on jerseys during their respective bubble seasons.

Following in the footsteps of some professional sports leagues, the NCAA will allow student-athletes in all sports to wear patches featuring social justice statements on uniforms, it announced Thursday. Existing rules in some sports do not allow patches, while others don’t address them. NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel members decided last week that student-athletes can put patches in two places on the uniform: one on the front and one on the back. The front patch may be a “commemorative/memorial patch […]

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Dallas Cowboys Become Latest NFL Team to Cancel 2020 Season Tickets

Dallas Cowboys Become Latest NFL Team to Cancel 2020 Season Tickets

  • Season ticket holders can opt-in to get a priority opportunity to buy limited single-game tickets.
  • On Monday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell asked fans to be flexible as everyone adapts to obstacles presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Dallas Cowboys are cancelling season tickets for the 2020 NFL season, the team announced Thursday. “Following the policies set by the National Football League, along with government and CDC guidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic, capacity at AT&T Stadium will be limited and therefore, Dallas Cowboys season tickets will not be available for the 2020 season and will resume in the 2021 NFL season.” Season ticket holders have been presented with two options for the 2020 season: The first […]

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Notre Dame Football to Join ACC for 2020 Season, Share NBC Revenue

Notre Dame Football to Join ACC for 2020 Season, Share NBC Revenue

  • ACC schools and the Fighting Irish will play 10 conference games plus one in-state, non-conference opponent.
  • Notre Dame, which has a reportedly $15 million annual TV deal with NBC, will share the revenue from home games.

The ACC announced Wednesday it will have an 11 game football season this fall, public health guidelines permitting, with Notre Dame playing a full league schedule.  As part of the deal approved by the conference’s board of directors, all TV revenue from the season – including Notre Dame home games on NBC – will be shared among the 15 schools.  “Today’s decision was made after months of thoughtful planning by numerous individuals throughout the conference,” ACC Commissioner John Swofford said […]

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NBA to Provide Free COVID-19 Testing in Orlando Through August

NBA to Provide Free COVID-19 Testing in Orlando Through August

  • As part of its NBA Together campaign, the league will provide free testing in its bubble season host city.
  • The NBA says it has also donated thousands of free tests across 29 team markets nationwide.

As professional sports return to action with strict testing protocols made possible by abundant supplies and quick turnaround times, many have questioned whether it’s ethical for leagues to be afforded better access than much of the American public.  Seemingly in response, the NBA  – through its NBA Together campaign  –  will provide free tests in Orlando, Fla., where its bubble season is based.  NBA Together is a “global community and social engagement campaign that aims to support, engage, educate and […]

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CBS to Air PGA Championship in Primetime with Drones, Fly Cams for Enhanced Viewing

CBS Adding Drones and Fly Cams to PGA Championship Broadcast

  • Among the enhancements is 4D Replay, which allows producers to zoom in, spin, and pan around 180 degrees at any point during a golfer’s drive.
  • The production team will work remotely from various locales around California, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Texas, Maine, Colorado, and New Zealand.

While fans won’t be able to attend the 102nd PGA Championship in San Francisco the first weekend of August, broadcaster CBS will use technology to give those watching from home a more intimate viewing experience.  The network will use live drones and fly cams both on the practice range and during competition, it announced Wednesday. It will also use “4D Replay” on the 14th hole, as it did in at the 2018 championship in Bellerive, to “offer a 180-degree look […]

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Without Vince McMahon at its Helm, ESPN Reportedly Wants Out of XFL Deal

Without McMahon at Helm, ESPN Reportedly Wants Out of XFL Deal

  • The XFL planned to transfer its TV contracts with ESPN and Fox to a new owner to sweeten the deal for its potential sale in August.
  • As final bids to buy the league are due, ESPN wants out, as it viewed founder Vince McMahon as a key figure.

ESPN is attempting to get out of its multiyear broadcast deal with the XFL on the eve of the embattled league’s potential sale, according to a report from The Athletic. Final bids to buy the now-defunct spring football league are due Thursday and it will go to auction next week. While the league has opted to break off hundreds of contracts as it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in April – including those with coaches – it’s hoping to transfer […]

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PGA Tour Continues Sports Betting Push With DraftKings Deal

PGA Tour Continues Sports Betting Push With DraftKings Deal

  • The PGA Tour partnered with DraftKings to work sports betting into its content, potentially including showing odds on graphics and leaderboards.
  • The deal comes a year after inking a multiyear agreement to make DraftKings the PGA Tour’s official daily fantasy sponsor.

One year after inking a multiyear agreement to make DraftKings its official daily fantasy sponsor, the PGA Tour is making the company its official betting operator, Golf Digest reported Tuesday.  The deal is part of the Tour’s ongoing effort to integrate sports betting practices in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2018 decision to overturn the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992. With that decision, states – 21 as of now – can legalize sports betting.  Last […]

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Patrick Mahomes Joins Kansas City Royals’ Ownership Group After Record Contract

Patrick Mahomes Joins Kansas City Royals’ Ownership Group After Record Contract

  • In early July, the Chiefs signed Mahomes to an extension worth up to $503 million that will keep him in town through 2031.
  • The 24-year-old Super Bowl MVP grew up in MLB clubhouses, as his father Pat pitched for 11 seasons in the majors.

After signing the richest contract in sports history, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is now a part-owner of the Kansas City Royals.  The 24-year-old Super Bowl MVP grew up in MLB clubhouses, as his father Pat pitched for 11 seasons in the majors for six different clubs – none of them the Royals.  “I love this city and the people of this great town,” Mahomes said. “This opportunity allows me to deepen my roots in this community, which is […]

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