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2.20.20 Rick Horrow sits down with former NBA All-Star Dan Majerle

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2.20.20 Rick Horrow sits down with former NBA All-Star Dan Majerle

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In the latest edition of Rick Horrow's Sports Business Podcast, Rick Horrow sits down with former NBA All-Star Dan Majerle and takes you through the top sports business stories of the past week.

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MLB stands beside USA Softball Women’s National Team as presenting sponsor of “Stand Beside Her” Tour. Chicks (and fellas) who dig the long ball have something else to pay attention to right now besides burgeoning activity in the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues. USA Softball is proud to announce that Major League Baseball has stepped up to the plate as the presenting sponsor of the “Stand Beside Her” tour. As the presenting sponsor of the “Stand Beside Her” tour, MLB proudly stands alongside members of the 2020 USA Softball Women’s National Team as they embark on a nation-wide tour that will hit over 35 cities as the team prepares for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with training and exhibition contests. Like baseball, softball was almost shuttered by international Olympic governance during the last decade, but global fan and player outcry and renewed investment by the pros in the amateur development of the sports helped solidify the bat swinging sports’ place in the Games. And it looks like they’re here to stay – especially after what should be a very high profile turn this summer in baseball crazy Japan.

 

SINC2020 kicks off this weekend. The 2020 Sports Industry Networking and Career (SINC) Conference will be held February 21-22 at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Rick looks forward to leading a session on Saturday, and keynote speakers include Sarah Hirshland, CEO, United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee; Sport Business Handbook contributor Zach Leonsis, Senior VP Strategic Initiatives for Monumental Sports & Entertainment and GM, Monumental Sports Network; Max Siegel, CEO USA Track & Field; and JoAnn Scott, NCAA's Managing Director for Division I Men's Basketball Championships. More than 100 sports business professionals from teams, leagues, agencies, collegiate athletics, sports media, esports, corporate sponsors, and sporting goods manufacturers participate and share trends, best practices, and advice for young professionals and those

 

The Inaugural class at LeBron James' high school will receive free tuition to Kent State. According to CNN, all 193 students, who are currently high school juniors, will have their college tuition covered. The kids attend James' I Promise School located in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. When they were visiting the Kent State campus, they were told of the donation and erupted in cheers while many of their parents, watching from a live feed in a separate room, burst into tears. The included donation from James comprises free tuition for four years as well as one year of a free room and meal plan. If admitted to Kent State, students need to remain in good academic standing, take part in a required number of community service or volunteer hours, and complete a minimum number of credit hours per year in order to remain eligible. James’ legacy has long been cemented on the court – now he’s solidifying his philanthropic efforts and post-basketball identity even before leaving the league.

What happened in Netflix's Tiger King, Episode Three

What happened in Netflix's Tiger King, Episode Three

Netflix's seven-episode documentary, Tiger King, follows the life of a man who calls himself Joe Exotic. Not only does he own over 200 big cats on his private zoo in Oklahoma, but he is also accused of being involved in a murder-for-hire plot. The series has animal rights activists, a true-crime plot, and some wild characters (pun intended). Lucky for you, we are recapping each episode. 

Episode 3: The Secret 

The episode we have all been waiting for. Did Carole kill her husband and feed him to the tigers?

Note: I am not a detective. I did not study criminal justice in school. I have, however, watched a lot of Law and Order. 

"What a story! It is so wild it must not be true." 

The story begins in 1981. Carole Baskin was 21 and Jack 'Don' Lewis was 42, they both were married to other people at the time. 

Carole and her first-husband got into a fight and she decided to go for a walk. For some reason, Don was driving around and stopped Carole three different times asking her to get into the car because he needed someone to talk to. The third time, he gave her a gun and said that she could use it on him anytime she felt unsafe. 

Note: Don't get into the car with a stranger. Especially one that offers you a gun?

That was the first time they met and the affair continued for about three years. 

Don had two children from his first marriage and Carole had one daughter. Don's children appear in the documentary with their mother and do not appear to be big fans of Carole. 

When Don left his family in 1991, he told them that Carole was an angel. His ex-wife, Gladys Lewis Clark, said: "she is an angel sent straight from hell and one day you will find out."

Note: This is what we call foreshadowing. 

The newlyweds opened an animal sanctuary called Wildlife on East Street after buying bobcats and lynxes from exotic animal auctions.

Carole wanted to collect and love these cats as if they were pets. Don, however, wanted to breed the cats and sell them. 

Note: Don had money. Like, a lot of money. He was tightlipped about his exact fortune but it ranged somewhere between $7 million and $20 million. 

Don would fly to Costa Rica to sell these cats. While he was gone, Carole would spay and neuter as many as she could so the breeding would stop. This is when the fighting started. 

Note: It is rumored that Don had a girlfriend that he would visit in Costa Rica. So, these trips down there weren't all for business purposes. 

Annie McQueen, Don's executive assistant, knew everything about Don. He trusted her with everything. So, when he handed her an envelope with a restraining order in it claiming that Carole threatened to kill him twice, she knew something was wrong. 

He was denied a restraining order in June of 1997 claiming there was no real threat. 

On August 18, 1997, Don was leaving "early early early" for a trip to Costa Rica according to Carole. He needed Anne to send some things to Costa Rica before his trip. She tried getting ahold of him all weekend with no luck.

On August 19th, Don was officially reported missing to the police. 

This is where things start to get interesting. 

According to multiple sources, Don was planning on divorcing Carole the morning he left and moving everything to Costa Rica. 

If Don had gone through with the divorce, Carole would be left with nothing. No car, no house, and no cats. 

Police searched the entire property (all 40 acres) and did not find anything suspicious. 

What they did find was a van with keys and a briefcase inside parked at the airport.

Note: If you were trying to get away why would you leave your things at an airport? It was either planted there or it was a poorly executed escape plan.

At this point, everyone had a theory of what happened to Don. Did he try to fly himself to Costa Rica and his plane crashed? Did he run out of gas? Was he pushed out of the plane somewhere over the Gulf? 

Carole's theory was... interesting.

She said that her husband was in multiple plane crashes and never "was the same" after the last one. "He could remember things from childhood but not from five minutes ago." 

Note: No one believes her.

Joe Exotic believes that she fed her husband to the tigers. Or maybe, his body is hidden beneath the septic tank. Either way, she would be able to keep everything, including her beloved cats.

Note: Joe wrote an entire song about this. I highly suggest you watch the entire music video.

But, how was Carole able to keep everything? 

Anne was removed as the power of attorney and the new one gave Carole complete control. In his new will, the first sentence includes all the normal legal jargon. 

Except, this included the phrase "upon my disappearance." 

Yes, that is as sketchy as it sounds. 

Exactly five years and a day after his disappearance, Jack 'Don' Lewis was legally dead.

Carole took 90% of everything and gave his kids the rest so long as they don't bring up the disappearance again.

"There is a god. Her name is Karma and she has a sick sense of humor."

While there is no physical evidence that points to a particular person... I'll let you make your own decision.

It seems like Joe has made his. "She [Carole] has a lot of answering to do. Her day is coming."

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Steph Curry's son workouts, Alex Ovechkin's dance party with Sergei

Steph Curry's son workouts, Alex Ovechkin's dance party with Sergei

First up in Thursday's roundup of cutest moments on the sports internet, Golden State Warriors' point guard Steph Curry shared this adorable video on his Instagram of his little one Canon working out, a little Warriors prodigy in the making. Although, Steph did admit in his caption Canon's form is questionable, c'mon dad need to work on that!

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Next up, Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin's daily workout was interrupted for the best when his son Sergei started a dance party. Ovi's wife Nastya captured the moment on camera to share on Instagram, too precious!

Finally, the cuteness never ends. Jake Gardiner, a defenseman for the Carolina Hurricanes, shared this video of his quarantine training buddy. His little one has a cannon already and his hand-eye coordination is unreal! 

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