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Female Athletes, Gamers Bring WWE To New Heights On YouTube

  • On YouTube, it’s not a Big Four sports league that reigns supreme; instead, it’s WWE.
  • With help from its female superstars and various gamers, WWE has surpassed 62 million YouTube subscribers, with more subscribers than Dude Perfect, Justin Bieber, and Ed Sheeran.

If asked what sports brands have the most global followers on YouTube, leagues like the Premier League, Major League Baseball, or the NBA might come to mind. With subscriber counts of 1.1 million, 2.4 million, and 14.1 million, respectively, all three have found success on the video-sharing platform. However, those numbers combined represent just over one-fourth of the sports brand with the largest YouTube presence in the world: WWE.  As of July 9, WWE has extended its industry-leading success with […]

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Restart Of Sports Brings Uncertainty to Broadcast Industry

  • Facing unique circumstances, leagues are restarting while using “world feed” broadcasts - which will likely last only as long as the pandemic.
  • Alongside a consolidation among regional sports networks, it's unclear if TV production staff will be able to return to their jobs.

On a typical summer day, Kurt Farmer would be running a robotic camera at a Washington Nationals or Baltimore Orioles game.  Instead, he’s maintaining his newly installed garden and a tiki bar at his suburban DC home as one of the 3,500 sports TV crew workers sidelined by the pandemic-forced shutdown of sports.  “I am doing any project I can so I don’t lose my mind,” Farmer joked. Farmer, 52, typically works more than 200 game broadcasts per year across […]

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Patrick Mahomes

Cashing In

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  • Patrick Mahomes has signed a 10-year deal worth up to an estimated $503 million.

Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes now has the largest contract in sports history, signing a 10-year extension with the Kansas City Chiefs worth up to an estimated $503 million. The new deal will go into effect in 2022 as Mahomes currently has two years and $27.6 million left on his existing contract. The $150 million in guaranteed money, however, is less than MLB players Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, and Gerrit Cole will receive. Trout, the 28-year-old Los Angeles […]

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FC Dallas

Coronavirus Testing

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  • FC Dallas won’t participate in the MLS is Back Tournament.

FC Dallas has pulled out of the MLS is Back Tournament, which is set to begin Wednesday. Since arriving in Orlando for the tournament last week, ten players and a coach have tested positive for COVID-19. Previously, the team’s first match against Vancouver had been postponed. Monday also brought news that reigning MLS MVP, LAFC forward Carlos Vela, will not participate in the tournament citing health risks. Around The Leagues: — MLB and MLBPA announced its first set of test […]

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Weekend Recap

While the NFL has trimmed two games from the preseason, the NFL Players Association board voted to eliminate the other two games as well. The recommendation might not be considered by the league, but it shows there is concern from the players about the prospect of getting into game shape and the risk of the spread of coronavirus as the season nears. In Other League News: — The NBA and NBA Players Association have agreed on 29 social statements that […]

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Redskins Helmets

New Names Coming

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  • The Washington Redskins and Cleveland Indians could soon have new nicknames.

The Washington NFL Team could have a new name by September because of mounting pressure from partners, investors and NFL officials to abandon its Redskins moniker. The organization, which has resisted a name change for decades, seems to be moving towards making the move. Over the Fourth of July weekend, head coach Ron Rivera reportedly worked with owner Dan Snyder on new names as the team moves through a “thorough review.” The debate around the team’s name was reignited last […]

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Milwaukee Milkmen

Independent American Association Kicks Off Professional Baseball

  • The American Association of Independent Professional Baseball will play a 60-game season with six teams, rather than its normal 12.
  • The independent league has hosted players like Max Scherzer, and its commissioner believes this year will contain the most talented ever.

With no Minor League Baseball in action this summer, the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball will join Major League Baseball as one of the few professional baseball circuits operating in 2020. But that is not the only thing different this season according to commissioner Josh Schaub. The normally 12-team league will only have six teams participating – four with stadiums available – and attendance will vary based on local health guidelines. They will also attempt to fit 60 games […]

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OKC Dodgers

No MiLB

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  • There will officially be no Minor League Baseball in 2020.

There will be no minor league baseball in 2020. MiLB announced yesterday that it was canceling the season after MLB teams said they would not provide affiliated clubs with players. With no games this year, some communities might not have a goodbye tour for their local teams as MiLB had started to work with MLB to realign the minors and eliminate approximately 40 organizations. Minor League Baseball is now in “dire straits,” according to MiLB CEO Pat O’Conner. “It’s north […]

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Rudy Gobert

Positive Tests

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  • MLB released health and safety protocols for 2020, including no spitting.

Utah Jazz forward Rudy Gobert’s positive coronavirus test in March shut down the sports world, and while it’s now starting back up, athletes are still testing positive. Gobert’s case in particular has left him with lasting effects, including trouble smelling. As MLS looks to start back up next month in Florida, more than 26 people connected with the league tested positive, including 18 players. Since training started on June 4, 668 MLS players have been tested, with a 2.7% positive […]

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Houston Dash

Sports Are Back

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  • Starting Saturday, U.S. team sports are back.

The NWSL kicks off tomorrow as the first U.S. team-based sport back in action with the Challenge Cup in Utah. The month-long tournament will feature eight of the league’s teams as the Orlando Pride had to drop out due to several players testing positive for the coronavirus. NASCAR, PBR, the PGA Tour, and UFC have all been back in action, as well as the English, German, and Spanish top-tier soccer leagues. With MLB announcing its return this week, the NHL […]

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