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5.19.18: Rick Horrow The Sports Professor talks with IndyCar icon Lynn St. James

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5.19.18: Rick Horrow The Sports Professor talks with IndyCar icon Lynn St. James

Rick Horrow The Sports Professor sits down for an exclusive interview with Lynn St James and more from the $1 trillion dollar business of sports in this week's 'Beyond The Scoreboard with Rick Horrow'

By Rick Horrow

Podcast Producer: Tanner Simkins

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10.10.18 Rick Horrow talks with Cubs manager Joe Maddon

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10.10.18 Rick Horrow talks with Cubs manager Joe Maddon

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By Rick Horrow

Podcast edited by Tanner Simkins

  1. The NFL is considering exercising an exit clause in its deal with DirecTV following the 2019 season. According to JohnWallStreet, in doing so, the NFL would strip the satellite provider’s exclusivity rights to broadcast its Sunday Ticket package of all out-of-market games. The current deal, signed back in 2014, sees DirecTV pay the NFL $1.5 million per year and is set to run through 2022. Speculation is that the league would break the contract to then package “satellite rights with global streaming rights and continue to grow the revenue pie.” DirecTV only allows some of its NFL Sunday Ticket subscribers — only college students and those able to prove the inability to place a dish on their home — to stream games online, proving its outdated nature in a 2018 marketplace dominated by OTT platforms. Google previously made a bid for the rights to NFL Sunday Ticket but without satellite capabilities it lost to DirecTV. Expect companies like Google and Amazon to reenter the race for the rights if the NFL opts out of the deal.
  2. Diamond Resorts has announced the initial group of world-class sports and entertainment celebrities confirmed to play in the inaugural Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions. The tournament will be held January 17-20, 2019, at Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Resort Orlando in Florida. Hall of Famers Ray Allen, Brian Urlacher, Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, John Smoltz, and Marcus Allen; six-time Cy Young Award Winner Roger Clemens; Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester; Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander; former NASCAR champion Michael Waltrip; NHL star Jeremy Roenick; and actors Alfonso Ribeiro and Jack Wagner will be among the celebrities playing alongside LPGA winners from the past two seasons at the event. The women will compete for $1.2 million in official prize money over 72 holes of stroke play with no cut, while the celebrities will compete for their own $500,000 purse. All four days will be nationally televised, with Thursday and Friday on Golf Channel, and Saturday and Sunday on NBC. Next month: Tiger vs. Phil. January: the LPGA vs. the OGs.
  3. The Toronto Maple Leafs are the NHL’s first franchise to launch an esports competition, doing so after partnering with online video gaming platform WorldGaming Network. According to SportsPro Media, the Leafs Gaming Network is set to serve as a “one-versus-one online ladder for fans and competitive gamers who play the EA Sports NHL 19 ice hockey title.” The new competition will be launched later this month. "MLSE is taking this first big step to bring structure and significance to Toronto's NHL gaming community," said Shane Talbot, esports manager at Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE), the company that owns Toronto’s NHL team. Gamers will compete head-to-head to climb the virtual ladder to the top, with the Grand Finals being hosted January 3 at the team’s facility, Scotiabank Arena. The NHL’s first dip into the esports world came earlier this June, when Finnish gamer Erik Tammenpaa won $50,000 from winning the NHL Gaming World Championship. Clearly, that’s just the tip of the ice[berg] when considering the NHL’s esports potential.

10.5.18: Rick Horrow interviews boxing champ Andre Ward

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10.5.18: Rick Horrow interviews boxing champ Andre Ward

Rick Horrow interviews Andre Ward, retired boxing champ, host of The Contender on EPIX and a star in Creed II. He also plus takes you through the biggest stories of the week in sports business.

 

By Rick Horrow

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Podcast editor: Tanner Simkins

- As the fight continues between La Liga and participating clubs over playing regular season matches abroad in the United States, one thing remains undeniable: the venture would be extremely lucrative for La Liga. According to SPORT, the groundbreaking 15-year contract that La Liga signed with Relevant Sports last month will reportedly be worth a total of $212 million, or around $14.1 million per season. Both the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and the Spanish Footballers’ Association (AFE) “would have the right to receive a percentage of the revenue from La Liga. The RFEF would reportedly be entitled to 2.5% of the $212 million, which would be $5.3 million.” It still remains to be seen whether Barcelona will square off against Girona at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium this January, for the players have continued their fight against the deal, claiming that they were not consulted by the league at all before the deal was announced. Another benefit of that match to Hard Rock Stadium owner Steve Ross – it would be a solid mega event logistics dress rehearsal before his under-renovation stadium and environs host the Super Bowl in 2020.
 

- While professional tennis is dominated by the Grand Slam events, administrators are proposing an enticing new event to drum up more interest in the sport outside of the four major tournaments. According to the London Telegraph, the new event would be staged as a 64-man, winner-takes-all tournament with a whopping $10 million purse. The Majesty Cup, a working title, would technically be “an exhibition and would be staged in the week after the U.S. Open.” To put that $10 million purse in perspective, Novak Djokovic earned “only” $3.8 million for winning the 2018 U.S. Open and $10 million “is about $2 million more than the entire purse at an ATP Masters 1000 event — the next-most-prestigious category of tournament after a grand slam.” The Majesty Cup would be permitted to pay the single winner the massive purse because of its exhibition tag, whereas a Masters tournament must follow the ATP’s “carefully delineated pay structure.” If the just-completed, sold out Laver Cup in Chicago is any indicator, tennis fans will enthusiastically welcome any and all new such events, as long as the world’s top players are involved.
 

- Twitch is banned by the Chinese government. According to JohnWallStreet, the San Francisco based social video game platform was exiled late last month after the August Asian Games led to a download rate 23 times higher than normal for the app. This high download count was due to the esports competition not being broadcast on either state television or domestic gaming live streaming platforms. In the weeks following the ban, the Chinese government removed the service from the Chinese Apple App store and access to the company’s website has been blocked on the mainland. Twitch still heavily underperformed other Chinese domestic social video game competitors such as Douyu, YY, and Huya, all of which have tens of millions of active monthly users. The main assumption for these restrictions on Twitch is that Chinese authorities are unable to control the chat function within the service. Foreign media companies will continue to push the boundaries in China – meanwhile, this ban eliminates a massive Chinese gaming market for Twitch.