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Beyond the Scoreboard: WNBA names new commissioner

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Beyond the Scoreboard: WNBA names new commissioner

By Rick Horrow

Podcast edited by Tanner Simkins

 

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  • Ted Leonsis is the owner of the Washington Capitals, Wizards, Mystics, and Capital One Arena and has a plan to get the D.C. punk band Fugazi back and playing together. Leonsis said that he would compensate the band, and make a major donation to local charities around Washington D.C. in their names. Fugazi hasn’t been playing together since 2003, however the four members were recently reunited due to a museum exhibition called “Action. Reaction. Action: Visualizing Fugazi” at the Lost Origins Gallery in D.C. According to WTOP, the exhibit fittingly explored the impact of the band, both as musicians and activists. Whether or not the punk band reunites, their activism has already raised hundreds of thousands of dollars thanks to their fame and keenness for charity.
  • The WNBA officially has a new commissioner. Last week, the league named Cathy Engelbert, current CEO of Deloitte and the first woman ever to lead a Big Four professional services firm in the U.S., to the role with a start on July 17. Engelbert, who played college basketball at Lehigh, becomes the fifth top WNBA exec in the league’s history, following Val Ackerman, Donna Orender, Laurel Richie, and Lisa Borders. One thing Engelbert “will have to deal with relatively quickly,” according to SportsBusiness Journal, is the current CBA, which expired after this season. “Cathy is a world-class business leader with a deep connection to women’s basketball, which makes her the ideal person to lead the WNBA into its next phase of growth,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “The WNBA will benefit significantly from her more than 30 years of business and operational experience including revenue generation, sharp entrepreneurial instincts and proven management abilities.” The WNBA took seven months to name its new leader, but it was worth the wait.
  • It’s graduation season, and we’d like to suggest a gift. Our Sport Business Handbook recognizes the last 50 years as the formative era of the modern sport business industry. As colleges and universities graduate their 2019 classes of aspiring career professionals, this is a rare opportunity to hear from some of the industry’s most influential players. Consider that according to Forbes and PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the U.S. Sports Industry will be an $80 billion annual category by 2022. Job growth across all sports-related industries is expanding at over 12 percent annually — more than double the national job market. In markets like Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Miami, Dallas, Jacksonville, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh, sports-related job growth is increasing at or above 20% annually. The global sports industry is estimated to be a $1.3 trillion category. Sports media is the fastest-growing segment of the industry. As a subset of that, legalized sports gambling represents a multi-billion-dollar category poised to grow exponentially, as evidenced by casino and mobile sports betting legalized in Iowa last Monday. So if you have a child poised to join the workforce post college, they could do a lot worse than a career in sports.

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.