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Pistons rout Celtics 103-88 after London trip

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Pistons rout Celtics 103-88 after London trip

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Rookie Andre Drummond had 16 points and seven rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons returned from Europe with a 103-88 victory over the Boston Celtics on Sunday night.

The Pistons lost to the New York Knicks in London on Thursday, but they didn't look particularly weary in their first game back. Detroit blew an 18-point second-quarter lead but pulled away again in the second half. Boston never led.

Drummond went 5 of 6 from the field, repeatedly slipping free for dunks. He also made 6 of 8 free throws after entering the game shooting 39 percent from the line.

Kevin Garnett scored 16 points for Boston, and Rajon Rondo had eight points, 15 assists, nine rebounds and nine turnovers.

12.9.19 Rick Horrow sits down with Julie Edelman, Global Client Partner of Google

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12.9.19 Rick Horrow sits down with Julie Edelman, Global Client Partner of Google

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In the latest edition of Rick Horrow's Sports Business Podcast, Rick sits down with  Julie Edelman, Global Client Partner of Google.

LISTEN TO THE FULL PODCAST HERE

1. It's hard to believe, but we have reached the end of yet another decade. And in the business of sport, it’s been a busy one. Here are Rick Horrow’s top 15 sport business/law trends and issues of the decade just ending. Stay tuned throughout December for his top 15 sports technology and media picks, as well as his most influential philanthropic/corporate social responsibility actions in sports, and an early look at the year and decade ahead.

2. State by state, legal sports wagering outside of Nevada sportsbooks takes hold, with massive business implications. On May 14, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the federal ban on sports betting. Since the ruling, 19 states have legalized the practice, with Colorado, Illinois, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Tennessee passing legislation this year. Additionally, 24 states have pending legislation. Legal sports wagering has already had a profound effect on virtually all American professional sports, casting a wider fan base net, spurring innovation in sports media and e-commerce, and birthing an entire cottage industry of related new companies. Sports teams are embracing fans who wager – Monumental Sports & Entertainment, owners of the Washington Wizards and Capitals, is only the latest ownership group to install a sportsbook in their venue. And tens of millions of tax dollars on net sports betting proceeds are adding income streams to state and community coffers. 

 

3. College football adds a real playoff. After years of avoiding adding yet another game to the college football season via the auspice of the Bowl Championship Series – a selection system that created five existing bowl matchups involving ten of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision’s top-ranked teams – the NCAA in the 2014-2015 season finally embraced the College Football Playoff (CFP), a bracket tournament between the top four teams in the country as determined by a selection committee, culminating in a championship game at a neutral site. While the payout for the semifinal teams is a modest $6 million, the playoff format delivers tens of millions in additional revenue to the schools, conferences, and contract and access bowl host cities – a handful of which, including New Orleans this year, get to double down on hosting duties and economic impact.

 

4. After 20 long years, Los Angeles gets an NFL team back in 2016. In fact, it gets two. Largely thanks to billionaire and St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke, Los Angeles has now positioned itself to be the center of the sports universe for the next decade and likely longer. The two-decade span in which Los Angeles lacked an NFL team was brought on in part by the obsolescence of Los Angeles’s existing stadiums, the unwillingness of the NFL to add expansion teams after 2002 (when the Houston Texans premiered) or relocate any other teams, and an inability to agree on a plan to build a new stadium, despite several proposals that were vetted but never landed a team willing to relocate under the developers’ terms. Kroenke’s privately-funded SoFi Stadium opens next July with a Taylor Swift concert and will house both the Rams and the Chargers. Additionally, the $4.963 billion venue will host Super Bowl LVI in 2022, the CFP National Championship Game in 2023, and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics. L.A. is now synonymous with mega sports events.

 

5. Rob Manfred became the 10th Major League Baseball Commissioner during a period of labor peace and unrest in almost everything else. At the beginning of the decade, baseball was still healing from its steroid era, a span in the 1990s-2000s where home runs were plenty and performance-enhancing drug testing scarce. Former Commissioner Bud Selig was largely credited with cleaning up the sport, and in 2015 Manfred inherited a league that was in decent baseball shape but desperately trying to stay relevant to the next generation of fans. Slow play was an issue…but a pitch clock somehow made games even slower. PED bats were gone, but the balls appeared to be corked. And Manfred’s decade ends with a nasty sign-stealing scandal involving the World Series champion Houston Astros. One bright spot in baseball continues to be its vast minor league system, which ensures pro baseball is played throughout America’s smaller communities – MiLB saw attendance in 2019 surpassed 44 million fans annually. As baseball’s Winter Meetings convene next week in San Diego, MiLB President Pat O’Connor and industry experts present a solution to improved facilities that rests in three key areas: time, money, and space.

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MLB Rumors: Scott Boras reportedly seeking a 7-year contract for Anthony Rendon

MLB Rumors: Scott Boras reportedly seeking a 7-year contract for Anthony Rendon

If you thought Anthony Rendon was only in the market for shorter-term contracts, think again. 

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Rendon's agent, Scott Boras is reportedly asking teams interested in him for seven-year contract offers. 

Rendon has long spoken about retiring at the age of 35, so a seven-year deal this winter would take him past that mark. The Nationals already offered him a seven-year contract in September, albeit for $210-215 million and not at or past the $260 million Nolan Arenado signed for last year. 

Rosenthal includes in his report that Rendon will "almost certainly" want to exceed Arenado's total on his new contract. 

This obviously goes against the previous notion that Rendon would want a short-term, higher AAV contract, but if the offers aren't there, the only way to beat out Arenado is to be open to longer deals. 

For Nationals fans hoping for this to play out quickly, Peter Gammons reported Monday that two general managers involved in the Rendon sweepstakes think it will be a slow process.

According to Jayson Stark, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo wants a decision from Rendon on return "by the winter meetings or shortly thereafter." The meetings began Sunday night, so 'shortly thereafter' is rapidly approaching. 

The Nationals have reportedly been interested in Josh Donaldson if Rendon decides to sign elsewhere. 

Last week, Nationals owner Mark Lerner talked about how the Nationals cannot afford to bring back both Rendon and Stephen Strasburg. Theoretically, the Nationals could save money on a Rendon contract if it's seven years, but whether that makes a difference in their decision to bring both back has yet to be seen. 

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