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Washington Valor releases 2017 uniforms

Washington Valor releases 2017 uniforms

Covered in stars, stripes, red, white and blue, the Washington Valor unveiled their uniforms for the 2017 season Saturday afternoon at the Verizon Center.

For their inaugural season starting in the spring, the Arena Football League team of the nation’s capital is donning the same patriotic color scheme of several other Washington, D.C. pro teams — the Capitals, Wizards, Nationals and Mystics.

Officially on March 10, 2016, the AFL awarded Monumental Sports and Entertainment — led by chairman and Capitals and Wizards owner Ted Leonsis — the rights to the new team, which also will play its games at the Verizon Center.

Following the acquisition, longtime AFL coach Dean Cokinos — who helped revealing the uniforms — was named the Valor’s first head coach, and in July, the team was officially named and its logo was released.

The Valor is the first AFL franchise in D.C. since the Washington Commandos, which folded in 1990, and the first indoor league team since the D.C. Armor played in the American Indoor Football Association in 2009.

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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.

Frances Tiafoe and Sloane Stephens headline a strong group of commitments for 2019 Citi Open

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Frances Tiafoe and Sloane Stephens headline a strong group of commitments for 2019 Citi Open

As the Citi Open begins a new chapter of its 50-year history, the tournament announced another star-studded crop of players to headline the field at Rock Creek Park in 2019.

The field includes a former women's U.S. Open champion, three of the top 10 men currently in the world, local tennis sensation Frances Tiafoe, and some of the top rising talents in the world.

The initial list of committed participants includes the following:

MEN'S SINGLES (ATP rankings as of May 20):

Stefanos Tsitispas, Greece (No. 6)
Kei Nishikori, Japan (No. 7) - 2015 Citi Open Champion
Kevin Anderson, South Africa (No. 8)
Daniil Medvedev, Russia (No. 14)
Gael Monfils, France (No. 16) - 2016 Citi Open Champion
Felix Auger-Aliassime, Canada (No. 28)
Frances Tiafoe, USA (No. 35)
Nick Kyrgios, Australia (No. 36)

WOMEN'S SINGLES (WTA rankings as of May 20):

Sloane Stephens, USA (No. 7) - 2017 U.S. Open Champion, 2015 Citi Open Champion
Bianca Andreescu, Canada (No. 22)

MEN'S DOUBLES:

Mike and Bob Bryan (doubles) - 16 Grand Slam titles, 4x Citi Open Championship Duo

A big omission from the list is the two-time defending Citi Open champion, Alexander Zverev, who is currently No. 5 in the world, as well as current world No. 1 Naomi Osaka. Both were headliners in the 2018 field. However, the event is still two months away with plenty of time for players to decide on their hard court season plans. 

Earlier this year Mark Ein, owner of the team tennis Washington Kastles, took over management of the tournament from the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation. Giving Ein management rights, he kept the tournament from moving outside of the nation's capital after a six-figure financial loss left a black eye on last year's event. 

A strong initial field of championship-level players bodes well for the immediate future of the Citi Open. Held from July 27 through August 4, it is one of the tune-up tournaments leading up to the U.S. Open. 

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