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3.7.19: Rick Horrow sits down with Ted Abrams, DEO of Jofferey's Coffee & Tea Co.

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3.7.19: Rick Horrow sits down with Ted Abrams, DEO of Jofferey's Coffee & Tea Co.

By Rick Horrow

Podcast edited by Tanner Simkins

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- To commemorate fans and players across Latin American and US Hispanic communities, the NBA is celebrating its 13th annual Noches Éne•Bé•A Latin nights program. Throughout the month of March, NBA games will feature celebratory warmup shirts and merchandise as well as 15 games with in-arena festivities. All 30 NBA teams wearing specially-designed Fanatics Branded Noches Éne•Bé•A warmup shirts during the first two weeks of March. The celebrations will be supported by unique content on the league’s English and Spanish-language social media pages. The NBA has proven time and again that it is a trend setter in cultural outreach across the globe, whether than means signing signature Eastern European players or conducting off season marketing tours in China. The annual Latin nights program is just another example of this mindset, albeit conducted here at home.


- Human Kinetics and Mascot Books have launched one of the most anticipated sports business chronicles ever assembled, The Sport Business Handbook: Insights From 100+ Leaders Who Shaped 50 Years of the Industry. This anthology, compiled by Rick Horrow with Rick Burton and Myles Schrag, will take fans, students and those involved in the sports and entertainment industry into the lives of more than 100 executives during the boom era of sports business and marketing. The collection features pieces from league commissioners such as Gary Bettman of the NHL, Don Garber of MLS, Paul Tagliabue of the NFL, Oliver Luck of the XFL,  and Nick Sakiewicz of The National Lacrosse League; executives such as NBC Sports president Mark Lazarus, Liverpool’s Peter Moore, the Vikings’ Kevin Warren, and Larry Lucchino of the Red Sox; administrators such as the University of Oklahoma’s Joe Castiglione, Arizona State’s Ray Anderson, and N.C. State’s Deborah Yow; and professional athletes such as the Miami Heat’s Shane Battier, Olympic champions Scott Hamilton and Angela Ruggiero, and baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. These leaders tell stories in their own words about lessons learned, achieving success and overcoming failure, and ultimately inspire readers to forge their own paths in the industry. Disclosure: Tanner Simkins is also a featured author in this book.

- The NBA sees a big payoff for a little patch. The NBA’s jersey patch program is more than halfway through its three-season test and the results are clear: It’s a slam dunk. As the league continues to search for new revenue, the patch program has delivered. The 29 deals – the Oklahoma City Thunder remain the only club without a patch partner – generate more than $150 million per year in new revenue for the teams, while sponsors receive 25%-50% more exposure than they would have on a comparable spend, according to Navigate Research. With that in mind, the league is trying to figure out how to make more money off the program. One way is to expand where jerseys with team patches are sold. Fans want exact replicas of what players wear on-court, but those can’t be found at a department store or sporting goods website. Fans can only get those at team-controlled stores or sites, and even then they are tough to find. The patch sponsorship pilot program has far exceeded league expectations. In April, 2016, Commissioner Adam Silver projected the sponsorships would generate around $100 million in newfound revenue, so the league has exceeded its goal by more than 50%.

When is the 2019 French Open? Date, Time, Field, Bracket, TV Channel

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When is the 2019 French Open? Date, Time, Field, Bracket, TV Channel

The break between the Australian Open and the French Open is far too long. But, like always the 2019 French Open is a dynamic tournament on the calendar, and besides Rafael Nadal winning the men's singles bracket, there is nothing for certain at Roland-Garros.

Hosted in Paris, France, Roland-Garros is the second stop of the Grand Slams from May 26 to June 9. The tournament will be broadcast on Tennis Channel and NBC. 

This season brings in a plethora of storylines, but most importantly it features the return of Roger Federer to clay. The 20-time major champion has missed the previous three French Opens to try and preserve his body instead of playing on one of the hardest court surfaces. And when Nadal, an 11-time Franch Open winner, has laid his claim to this major who can blame Federer. 

Federer has only won at Roland-Garros once (2009). He has won at all other majors at least five times. 

On the women's side this marks the first repeat major for Serena Williams since the birth of her daughter, Olympia. In the 2018 French Open, Williams made it to the Round of 16. 

That year Simona Halep broke threw her first ever major title on clay as being ranked No. 1 for several month. Since she has struggled at the Grand Slams, not advancing back the Round of 16 in the three following majors. As the defending champ this could be where Halep returns to form. 

    When is the 2019 French Open?

    The 2019 French Open runs from Sunday, May 26 to Sunday, June 9.

    Matches start at 5:00 a.m. ET for First Round through the Round of 16. Quarterfinal matches start at 7:00 a.m. ET on June 4 and 5. The women's semifinals are on June 6 at 8:00 a.m. ET. The men's semifinals are June 7 at 6:00 a.m. ET. Both the women's final (June 8) and the men's final (June 9) are at 9:00 a.m. ET.

    Qualifying for the tournament is from May 20-24. The qualifying tournament will determine the final 16 men's singles spots and the final 12 spots for the women's. 

    2019 French Open Men's Singles Field (128 slots):

    Player, country (ATP world ranking as of April, 15)

    -Novak Djokovic, Serbia (1)
    -Rafael Nadal, Spain (2)
    -Alexander Zverev, Germany (3)
    -Roger Federer, Switzerland (4)
    -Dominic Thiem, Austria (5)
    -Kei Nishikori, Japan (6)
    -Kevin Anderson, South Africa (7)
    -Stefanos Tsitsipas, Greece (8)
    -Juan Martin del Potro, Argentina (9)
    -John Isner, USA (10) - Withdrew due to injury
    -Marin Cilic, Croatia (11)
    -Karen Khachanov, Russia (12)
    -Borna Coric, Croatia (13)
    -Daniil Medvedev, Russia (14)
    -Milos Raonic, Canada (15)
    -Marco Cecchinato, Italy (16)
    -Nikoloz Basilashvili, Georgia (17)
    -Fabio Fognini, Italy (18)
    -Gael Monfils, France (19)
    -Denis Shapovalov, Canada (20)
    -David Goffin, Belgium (21)
    -Roberto Bautista Agut (22)
    -Kyle Edmund, Great Britain (23)
    -Diego Schwartzman, Argentina (24)
    -Alex de Minaur, Australia (25)
    -Giles Simon, France (26)
    -Pablo Carreno Busta, Spain (27)
    -Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria (28)
    -Frances Tiafoe, USA (29)
    -Richard Gasquet, France (30)
    -Lucas Pouille, France (31)
    -Laslo Djere, Serbia (32)
    -Felix Auger-Aliassimie, Canada (33)
    -Nick Kyrgios, Australia (34)
    -Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France (34)
    -Guido Pella, Argentina (35)
    -Stan Wawrinka, Switzerland (36)
    -Marton Fucsovics, Hungary (37)
    -Fernando Verdasco, Spain (38)
    -John Millman, Australia (39)
    -Phillipp Kohlschreiber, Germany (40)
    -Jeremy Chardy, France (41)
    -Mikhail Kukushkin, Kazakhstan (42)
    -Benoit Paire, France (43)
    -Jan-Lennard Struff, Germany (44)
    -Radu Albot, Moldova (45)
    -Andreas Seppi, Italy (46)
    -Christian Garin, Chile (47)
    -Dusan Lajovic, Serbia (48)
    -Pierre-Hugues Herbert, France (49)
    -Martin Klizan, Slovakia (50)
    -Joao Sousa, Portugal (51)
    -Hubert Hurkacz, Poland (52)
    -Matteo Ebden, Australia (53)
    -Damir Dzumhur, Bosnia and Herzegvina (54)
    -Matteo Berrettini, Italy (55)
    -Cameron Norrie, Great Britain (56)
    -Reilly Opelka, USA (57)
    -Adrian Mannarino, France (58)
    -Steve Johnson, USA (59)
    -Mackenzie McDonald, USA (60)
    -Jaume, Munar, Spain (61)
    -Leonardo Mayer, Argentina (62)
    -Robin Haase, Netherlands (63)
    -Ugo Humbert, France (64)
    -Taylor Fritz, USA (65)
    -Sam Querrey, USA (66)
    -Jordan Thompson, Australia (67)
    -Casper Ruud, Norway (68)
    -Yoshihito Nishioka, Japan (69)
    -Aljaz Bedene, Slovenia (70)
    -Malek Jaziri, Tunisia (71)
    -Taro Daniel, Japan (72)
    -Bernard Tomic, Australia (73)
    -Federico Delbonis, Argentina (74)
    -Hugo Dellin, Bolivia (75)
    -Ernests Gulbis, Lativa (76)
    -Mischa Zverev, Germany (77)
    -Marius Copil, Romania (78)
    -Juan Ignacio Londero, Argentina (79)
    -Prajnesh Gunneswaran, India (80)
    -Pablo Cuevas, Uruguay (81)
    -Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Spain (82)
    -Nicolas Jarry, Chile (83)
    -Guido Andreozzi, Argentina (84)
    -Denis Kudla, USA (85)
    -Jozef Kovalik, Slovakia (85)
    -Pablo Anujar, Spain (86)
    -Peter Gojowczyk, Germany (87)
    -Feliciano Lopez, Spain (88)
    -Janko Tipsarevic, Serbia (88)
    -Daniel Evans, Great Britian (89)
    -Andrey Rublev, Russia (90)
    -Miomir Kecmanovic, Serbia (91)
    -Bradley Klahn, USA (92)
    -Thomas Fabbiano, Italy (93)
    -Lloyd Harris, South Africa (94)
    -Jiri Vesely, Czech Republic (95)
    -Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, Germany (95)
    -Lorenzo Sonego, Italy (96)
    -Ivo Karlovic, Croatia (97)
    -Tomas Berdeych, Czech Republic (98)
    -Ricardas Berankis, Lithuania (99)
    -Alexander Bublik, Kazakhstan (100)

    2019 French Open Women's Singles Field (128 slots):

    Player, country (WTA world ranking as of April, 15)

    -Naomi Osaka, Japan (1)
    -Simona Halep, Romania (2)
    -Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic (3)
    -Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic (4)
    -Angelique Kerber, Germany (5)
    -Elina Svitolina, Ukraine (6)
    -Kiki Bertens, Netherlands (7)
    -Sloane Stephens, USA (8)
    -Asleigh Barty, Australia (9)
    -Aryna Sabalenka, Bulgaria (10)
    -Serena Williams, USA (11)
    -Caroline Wozniacki, Denmark (12)
    -Anastasija Sevastova, Latvia (13)
    -Madison Keys, USA (14)
    -Anett Kontaveit, Estonia (15)
    -Qiang Wang, China (16)
    -Julia Goerges, Germany (17)
    -Elise Mertens, Belgium (18)
    -Garbine Muguruza, Spain (19)
    -Belinda Bencic, Switzerland (20)
    -Caroline Garcia, France (21)
    -Daria Kasatkina, Russia (22)
    -Bianca Andreescu, Canada (23)
    -Su-Wei Hsieh, Chinese Taipei (24)
    -Donna Vekic, Croatia (25)
    -Lesia Tsurenko, Ukraine (26)
    -Carla Suarez Navarro, Spain (27)
    -Maria Sharapova, Russia (28)
    -Jelena Ostapenko, Lativa (29)
    -Mihaela Buzarnescu, Romainia (30)
    -Camila Giorgi, Italy (31)
    -Danielle Collins, USA (32)
    -Dominika Cibulkova, Slovakia (33)
    -Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia (34)
    -Aliaksandra Sasnovich, Bulgaria (35)
    -Sofia Kenin, USA (36)
    -Dayana Yastremska, Ukraine (37)
    -Yulia Putintseva, Kahzakstan (38)
    -Ajla Tomljanovic, Australia (39)
    -Petra Martic, Croatia (40)
    -Katerina Siniakova, Czech Republic (41)
    -Shuai Zhang, China (42)
    -Sasai Zheng, China (43)
    -Maria Sakkari, Greece (44)
    -Viktoria Kuzmova, Slovakia (45)
    -Johanna Konta, Great Britian (46)
    -Marketa Vondrousova, Czech Republic (47)
    -Barbora Strycova, Czech Republic (48)
    -Venus Williams, USA (49)
    -Alison Riske, USA (50)
    -Yafan Wang, China (51)
    -Alison van Uytvanck, Belgium (52)
    -Pauline Parmentier, France (53)
    -Amanda Anisimova, USA (54)
    -Alize Cornet, France (55)
    -Ons Jabeur, Tunsinia (56)
    -Ekaterina Alexandrova, Russia (57)
    -Daria Gavrilova, Australia (58)
    -Jristen Flipkens, Belgium (59)
    -Tatjana Maria, Germany (60)
    -Victoria Azarenka, Bulgaria (61)
    -Monica Puig, Puerto Rico (62)
    -Aleksandra Krunic, Serbia (63)
    -Polona Hercog, Slovenia (64)
    -Rebecca Peterson, Sweeden (65)
    -Kristina Mladenovic, France (66)
    -Tamara Zidansek, Slovenia (67)
    -Magdalena Rybarikova, Slovakia (68)
    -Evgeniya Rodina, Russia (69)
    -Vera Lapko, Bulgaria (70)
    -Andrea Petkovic, Germany (71)
    -Margarita Gasparyan, Russia (72)
    -Vitalia Diatchenko, Russia (73)
    -Anastasia Potapova, Russia (74)
    -Sara Sorribes Tormo, Spain (75)
    -Veronika Kudermetova, Russia (76)
    -Samantha Stosur, Australia (77)
    -Jessica Pegula, USA (78)
    -Kaia Kanepi, Estonia (79)
    -Viktorija Golubic, Switzerland (80)
    -Eugenie Bouchard, Canada (81)
    -Shelby Rogers, USA (81)
    -Jennifer Brady, USA (82)
    -Irina-Camelia Begu, Romania (83)
    -Taylor Townsend, USA (84)
    -Vera Zvonareva, Russia (85)
    -Katie Boulter, Great Britian (86)
    -Kristyna Pliskova, Czech Republic (87)
    -Iga Swiatek, Poland (88)
    -Magda Linette, Poland (89)
    -Mona Barthel, Germany (90)
    -Ekaterina Makarova, Russia (91)
    -Fiona Ferro, France (92)
    -Kateryna Kozlova, Ukraine (93)
    -Lin Zhu, China (94)
    -Johanna Larsson, Sweeden (95)
    -Ivana Jorovic, Serbia (96)
    -Madison Brengle, USA (97)
    -Luksika Kumkhm, Thailand (98)
    -Sorana Cirsta, Romania (99)
    -Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia (100)
    -Laura Siegemund, Germany (101)
    -Astra Sharma, Australia (102)
    -Dalila Jakupovic, Slovenia (103)
    -Misaki Doi, Japan (104)
    -Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, Slovakia (105)
    -Karolina Muchova, Czech Repubilc (106)
    -Zarina Diya, Kazakhstan (107)

    2019 French Open Singles Brackets

    French Open Men's Singles Bracket:

    The 2019 French Open Bracket will be revealed May 20-23.

    French Open Women's Singles Bracket:

    The 2019 French Open Bracket will be revealed May 20-23.

    What is the 2019 French Open Tournament Schedule?

    The 2019 French Open will havethree weeks of on the court action. The generic schedule is as follows:

    -Monday, May 20: 4:00 a.m. ET: Men's and Women's Qualifying
    -Tuesday, May 21: 4:00 a.m. ET: Men's and Women's Qualifying
    -Wednesday, May 22: 4:00 a.m. ET: Men's and Women's Qualifying
    -Thursday, May 23: 4:00 a.m. ET: Men's and Women's Qualifying
    -Friday, May 24: 4:00 a.m. ET: Men's and Women's Qualifying
    -Sunday, May 26: 5:00 a.m. ET: Men's and Women's First Round
    -Monday, May 27: 5:00 a.m. ET: Men's and Women's First Round
    -Tuesday, May 28: 5:00 a.m. ET: Men's and Women's First Round
    -Wednesday, May 29: 5:00 a.m. ET: Men's and Women's Second Round
    -Thursday, May 30: 5:00 a.m. ET: Men's and Women's Second Round
    -Friday, May 31: 5:00 a.m. ET: Men's and Women's Third Round
    -Saturday, June 1: 5:00 a.m. ET: Men's and Women's Third Round
    -Sunday, June 2: 5:00 a.m. ET: Men's and Women's Round of 16
    -Monday, June 3: 5:00 a.m. ET: Men's and Women's Round of 16
    -Tuesday, June 4: 8:00 a.m. ET: Men's and Women's Quarterfinals
    -Wednesday, June 5: 8:00 a.m. ET: Men's and Women's Quarterfinals
    -Thursday, June 6: 9:00 a.m. ET: Women's Semifinals
    -Friday, June 7: 6:45 a.m. ET: Men's Semifinals
    -Saturday, June 8: 9:00 a.m. ET: Women's Final
    -Sunday, June 9: 9:00 a.m. ET: Men's Final

    The schedule of play for each day will be announced on RolandGarros.com

    How to Watch the 2019 French Open Tournament?

    The 2019 French Open will be broadcast on Tennis Channel and NBC. 

    First Round coverage on Day 1 and 2 of the main tournament will be on NBC and Tennis Channel. Tennis Channel will also broadcast the remainder of the tournament up until Friday, June 7 and the final day of the singles semifinals round. 

    NBC will also provide coverage on June 1 and 2 (Third Round and Round of 16 matches) and on June 6 and 7 (women's and men's semifinals). The women's and men's singles championship matches will be exclusively on NBC on June 8 and 9. 

    Television coverage starts at 5:00 a.m. ET and runs through 3:00 p.m. ET for the First Round through the Round of 16. Afterward, there are varying start times dependent on the weather and any potential delays. The finals are both expected to start at 9:00 a.m. ET on June 8 (women's) and June 9 (men's).

    The real winner of the Preakness was Bodexpress, the jockey-less horse

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    The real winner of the Preakness was Bodexpress, the jockey-less horse

    War of Will crossed the finish line first at the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, but it was the horse Bodexpress who stole the show.

    Bodexpress opted out of having a jockey early in the race but continued to be a strong contender.

    More from NBCSports.com:

    Jockey John Velazquez was unseated off of Bodexpress out of the gate, and the riderless No. 9 horse continued to run with the pack. Stewards flagged the incident but quickly cleared it and listed him as “did not finish.” Outriders couldn’t attempt to catch him until later in the race because of how close he was running to other horses.

     



    At the highest level, it's not always the winner that makes the imprint on our memory. Rather, it is often something obscure that catches our eye and becomes a moment we will never forget.

    The newspapers will crown War of Will the winner, but it was Bodexpress, despite finishing second-to-last, who made the event one that will stand the test of time. When we remember the 144th Preakness Stakes, it will be Bodexpress we remember.

    Keep on galloping.