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The World’s Most Valuable Sports Agencies 2017 – Forbes – Forbes

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

CAA CAA lands an incredible 11 agents on this year’s most powerful list, including, from left, No. 21 Jimmy Sexton, No. 9 Pat Brisson, No. 41 Aaron Mintz, No. 44 Steven Heumann and No. 16 Nez Balelo. With escalating media rights deals, rising salary caps and massive infusions of cash into professional sports leagues, athletes’ contracts are bigger than ever, and the sports agency business is booming. The firms featured in Forbes’…

Trump ‘proud of NASCAR’ for protest-free New Hampshire race – Chicago Tribune

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

President Donald Trump lauded NASCAR on Monday because no drivers, crew or team members protested during the national anthem before a weekend race at New Hampshire Motorspeedway. “So proud of NASCAR and its supporters and fans. They won’t put up with disrespecting our Country or our Flag – they said it loud and clear!” Trump tweeted Monday. The comments came one day after dozens of NFL players took a knee…

China welcomes the Kings and hockey as it tries to stir interest before 2022 Olympics – Los Angeles Times

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Only a few miles from Tiananmen Square, the Kings and Vancouver Canucks were finishing overtime, tied 3-3, as the crowd of nearly 13,000 waved towels, munched popcorn and cheered expectantly for the most intense play in hockey — a shootout. “Which team do I support? I support everybody,” said Lu Hai, who brought his family to watch the game. “I support whoever plays well.” On this Saturday afternoon, it was…

Cycling’s Governing Body Is Not So Sure About Paying Women – Deadspin

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Today, the UCI announced that they’d be raising the minimum wages for some professional cyclists. The lowest paid male riders at the WorldTour and Pro Continental level will now make around €2,000 and €650 more per year respectively, with guaranteed salaries of €38,115 for WorldTour racers and €30,855 for Pro Continental racers. Neo-pros will make slightly less. That’s not much, but cycling’s had plenty of dire financial…

History is made under the lights at Martinsville – Nascar

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — The oldest track in NASCAR history got a modern makeover for its 70th anniversary. On Sept. 23, for the first time ever, cars turned left under permanent LED lights at Martinsville Speedway in front of thousands who came out to be a part of history — including Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers Denny Hamlin and Daniel Suarez, who enjoyed the late-model stock car action as fans….

Security Concerns Again Hang Over Winter Olympics – Forbes

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic medals during their unveiling at a ceremony in Seoul on Sept. 21. (Photo by JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images) North Korea ramped up its vitriol on Monday, undoubtedly increasing concerns by athletes who are preparing for what might be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at next year’s 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. The Games will not take place for another few months, scheduled for Feb. 9-25. However, concerning rhetoric continues…

Driving forces of the Milwaukee Brewers behind the scenes talk best memories, working in baseball – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Milwaukee Brewers announcer Brian Anderson has been with the club since 2007, calling games alongside Bill Schroeder on Fox Sports Wisconsin.(Photo: Scott Paulus , Milwaukee Brewers) The 2017 Milwaukee Brewers outperformed expectations and gave the town a playoff chase into the final week of the season. Get to know some of the driving forces of the organization as we go beyond the box score, with their top baseball memories and…

Tim Tebow boosts minor league baseball attendance – FOXSports.com

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Helped by New York Mets outfielder Tim Tebow, attendance increased by 12.4 percent this year in the Florida State League and by 2.1 percent in the South Atlantic League. The National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues said Monday that the presence of the former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner led to an increase of over 225,000 fans in the two Class A leagues. Minor league…

Major League Baseball launching augmented reality app in 2018 – The Mercury News

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Starting next year, it may not just be peanuts and Cracker Jacks that go with America’s national pastime. It may also be augmented reality. In an attempt to woo new and younger viewers, Major League Baseball is building augmented reality into its live statistics application, which will overlay three-dimensional graphics on top of real-life views. Major League Baseball demonstrated its prototype at a San Francisco Giants game last week in front…

Chris Archer: baseball players face harsher criticism for protesting – DRaysBay

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

In the wake of President Trump’s recent criticism of the NFL and its players kneeling for the national anthem, Oakland A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell made waves by becoming the first baseball player to join in the national protest designed to bring awareness to police violence against people of color in America. Rays ace Chris Archer — another prominent black player in the game who is known for his thoughtfulness —…

Politics in Sports Is As American As Racism – Slate Magazine

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

I would say that white people clearly believed something like that and promoted that ideology around sports in the United States. I would say black people believed it too, but they believed it for different reasons. They believed it because OK, in sports, if I’m given the fair opportunity, I can show what I can do because it was the belief by both parties, for a long time, that sport…

The Sports Arena Has Always Been A Venue For Protest – Forbes

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

DETROIT, MI – SEPTEMBER 24: Members of the Detroit Lions take a knee during the playing of the national anthem prior to the start of the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Ford Field on September 24, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) Attention was focused firmly on the NFL yesterday, as players, coaches and teams responded to President Trump’s comments about NFL players who kneel…

The World’s Most Valuable Sports Agencies 2017 – Forbes

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

CAA CAA lands an incredible 11 agents on this year’s most powerful list, including, from left, No. 21 Jimmy Sexton, No. 9 Pat Brisson, No. 41 Aaron Mintz, No. 44 Steven Heumann and No. 16 Nez Balelo. With escalating media rights deals, rising salary caps and massive infusions of cash into professional sports leagues, athletes’ contracts are bigger than ever, and the sports agency business is booming. The firms featured in Forbes’…

NASCAR releases ambiguous statement addressing national anthem protests – Sporting News

Monday, September 25, 2017

While NFL players, coaches and owners largely banded together Sunday in support of peaceful protest during the national anthem, another weekend staple, NASCAR, took a much different approach. Two NASCAR team owners — Richard Childress and Richard Petty — warned employees that any anthem demonstration would result in discipline, while NASCAR itself released an ambiguous statement Monday trumpeting both the pre-race ceremony and “the right to peacefully express one’s opinion.” The full…

How Major League Baseball is using Apple’s ARKit to increase fan engagement – TechCrunch

Monday, September 25, 2017

Last week, I slipped away from Disrupt for a couple of hours to watch a Giants game at nearby AT&T park — or, more precisely, watch a Giants game through an iPad. It was a small gathering hosted by Major League Baseball that points toward a possible future for fandom that’s exciting and fascinating, all while bringing out the crotchety old tech journalist in me that’s hidden not too far…

Bizarre Fan Backlash After Baseball Teams Expand Safety Measures – GOOD Magazine

Monday, September 25, 2017

Maybe you scored a seat right behind the backstop, hoping for nothing more than a pleasant evening at the ballpark. And maybe that outing with friends is interrupted by a foul ball hurtling your direction at 105 mph. Maybe the ball strikes a young girl who has to be taken to the hospital, while the batter — the New York Yankees’ prized rookie, Clint Frazier — watches in horror, thinking…

Trump, The NFL And The Powder Keg History Of Race, Sports And Politics – NPR

Monday, September 25, 2017

American gold medalist Tommie Smith (center) and bronze medalist John Carlos raise their fists in the air in a black power salute during the playing of the U.S. national anthem at the 1968 Olympics. Anonymous/AP hide caption toggle caption Anonymous/AP American gold medalist Tommie Smith (center) and bronze medalist John Carlos raise their fists in the air in a black power salute during the playing of the U.S. national anthem…

The World’s Most Valuable Sports Agencies 2017 – Forbes

Monday, September 25, 2017

CAA CAA lands an incredible 11 agents on this year’s most powerful list, including, from left, No. 21 Jimmy Sexton, No. 9 Pat Brisson, No. 41 Aaron Mintz, No. 44 Steven Heumann and No. 16 Nez Balelo. With escalating media rights deals, rising salary caps and massive infusions of cash into professional sports leagues, athletes’ contracts are bigger than ever, and the sports agency business is booming. The firms featured in Forbes’…

Four Ways Sports Build Strong Communities Through PR – Forbes

Monday, September 25, 2017

Shutterstock In our daily lives, we are surrounded by incredible amounts of sports coverage, yet we often fixate on countless negative stories about collegiate and professional athletes, teams and leagues. Fan obsession with damaging topics versus positive headlines is troubling. Thankfully, there are many ways the sports industry amplifies feel-good stories that are key to building healthy communities. Public relations is a marketing vehicle that is underutilized in highlighting cheerful…

LeBron: No one should use sports to divide people – ABC News

Monday, September 25, 2017

Cleveland Cavaliers star? LeBron James addressed President Donald Trump’s comments on sports and protests on Monday, talking extensively about the issue and the NFL’s response but never using the president’s name. “First of all, I salute the NFL, the coaches, the players, the owners, the fans. Everyone who had any association with the NFL was unbelievable,” James said. “There was no divide. Even from that guy that continues to try…