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Beyond the Scoreboard: HBO teaming up with Belichick and Saban

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Beyond the Scoreboard: HBO teaming up with Belichick and Saban

By Rick Horrow

Podcast edited by Tanner Simkins

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  • From an agency perspective, the NFL is moving in the right direction. Rick recently sat down with Arnold Wright, Executive Vice President and co-head of consulting for Octagon. Wright brings NFL team, league, and player deals to life for sponsors including Castrol, Delta, Bank of America, and others. “The league is obviously an incredible platform that leaps up year to year in terms of ratings and engagement,” Wright said. “The on field action is also as good as it’s ever been.” From a global perspective, Wright says, “The international piece in particular has been great for the league. You continue to see key markets like the UK, Mexico, and even Brazil growing internationally. It’s bringing other brands into the NFL ecosystem from a partner and promotional perspective.” As for the NFL’s 100th season platform, Wright says, “The league has done a lot of really great work in terms of positioning themselves, celebrating the history of the league from a player and a fan perspective. They have demonstrated a real savviness around their marketing and their connectivity to fans. The league several years ago probably would not have demonstrated that level of flexibility in terms of their marketing and what you could do with their platforms. But that’s certainly changed.”
    • YouTube stars Logan Paul and KSI will make their professional boxing debut. Last year, the two online sensations faced each other in an exhibition fight that generated more than 1 million pay-per-view buys on YouTube. Now they will fight each other again – this time, in an official professional fight at in Logan’s hometown of Los Angeles at Staples Center on November 9. According to ESPN, the event will be a six-round cruiserweight fight streamed on DAZN and is sure to pack the house after last year’s sold out 57-57 majority draw that happened at Manchester Arena in KSI’s hometown of Manchester, England. They are both now professional boxers, have passed their required medical exams, and will meet at a launch news conference in Los Angeles on September 14, with another news conference to be scheduled in the United Kingdom. KSI and Paul have more than 40 million YouTube subscribers between them and should bring tons of new fans to the sport of boxing, while the sport’s traditional enthusiasts can relish undercard events that will feature an assortment of more established fighters in the boxing world.
    • HBO Sports and NFL Films are teaming on Belichick & Saban: The Art of Coaching, a feature-length film about the four-decade friendship between football coaches Bill Belichick and Nick Saban. According to Cynopsis Sports, the pair grant unprecedented camera access to their annual coaching retreat, where they share conversation about their interwoven history, admiration, coaching philosophies, and more. “Bill Belichick and Nick Saban have become the modern versions of Vince Lombardi and John Wooden – symbols of success not just in sports but in life,” said Ross Ketover, Chief Executive of NFL Films. “Their lessons on leadership are an inspiration; not just for those of us who love football but for anyone who wants to thrive at whatever passion they pursue.” The film is slated air in December on HBO. Belichick and Saban have both started their 2019 campaigns off with a bang, as Alabama handily won its first two games and the Patriots obliterated the Steelers 33-3 on Sunday night.

NASCAR, Stanley Cup, UFC: Sports fan's viewing guide for weekend of June 6

NASCAR, Stanley Cup, UFC: Sports fan's viewing guide for weekend of June 6

Looking to get your fix of sports this weekend? There's plenty from soccer to racing on TV to a very special anniversary for Caps fans. Here's what to watch for the weekend of June 6:

Saturday

KOREA BASEBALL ORGANIZATION (live)
What: Two games
Time: midnight, 3:55 p.m.
Channel: ESPN2

BUNDESLIGA (live)
What: Four matches 
Time: 9:30 a.m. ET, 12:30 p.m. ET
Channel: FS1, FS2

NASCAR (live)
What: NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series - Vet Tix/Camping World 200
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Channel: FS1

INDYCAR (live)
What: GENESYS 600 at Texas Motor Speedway
Time: Coverage starts on NBC Sports Network at 6 p.m., race is on NBC at 8:45 p.m., postgame coverage immediately following on NBCSN
Channel: NBCSN/NBC

UFC (live)
What: UFC 250 - Nunes vs. Spencer
Time: 10 p.m.
Channel: PPV

Sunday

STANLEY CUP FINAL (replay)
What: Caps vs. Las Vegas, 2018
Time: Starting at 9 a.m. 
Channel: NBCSW

NASCAR (live)
What: Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Channel: Fox 

MOTORCYCLE RACING (live)
What: Motorcycle Racing "Monster Energy Supercross
Time: 5 p.m. ET
Channel: NBCSN

In The Loop: Ovi Jr. rips one timers, Damian Lillard joins protesters in Portland

In The Loop: Ovi Jr. rips one timers, Damian Lillard joins protesters in Portland

First up in this Friday look around the sports world, check out this insane coordination! Jumping rope and juggling a soccer ball at the same time, this is so impressive even FC Barcelona took notice to repost this video on their Instagram page. I think they may have found their next Lionel Messi.

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Next up we’ve seen Ovi Jr. shoot one-timers before, but he’s certainly made some progress from the last time. Ovis' wife Nastya gave us an update with this video posted to her Instagram story of Sergei absolutely ripping these shots.

Finally, over the past few weeks, we’ve seen athletes step up to be leaders in their communities during this time and just recently, Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard joined in on protests throughout Portland in the fight to end racism and get justice for George Floyd.