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October 5, 2022

Aaron Judge Makes AL History with 62nd Home Run

Has anyone ever had a better contract year in any sport than Aaron Judge? The Yankees slugger slapped his 62nd home run in the team’s second-to-last game in a 2-3 loss against the Rangers on Tuesday night. With the blast, Judge rewrote the history books taking sole ownership of the most home runs in the AL. Following the feat, Judge received praise from far and wide, including a tweet from President Joe Biden. The Yankees close out their regular season campaign against the Rangers this afternoon and have a bye heading into the MLB playoffs.

NWSL Investigation Spurs Leadership Shift in Portland and Chicago

The independent investigation of women’s soccer brought forth troubling findings that are bound to have a lasting impact on the sport. Following the report’s release earlier this week, two owners confirmed that they will step away from their teams. Chicago Red StarsArnim Whisler and Portland ThornsMerritt Paulson announced on Wednesday that, following evidence of systematic failures for each of the teams, they will suspend decision-making duties until an ongoing investigation by the NWSL and the NWSL Players Association concludes.

Boardroom has all the details on the troubling findings of US Soccer’s NWSL report.

Bronny James, Arch Manning Top On3’s NIL 100

A new list of high-powered athletes has some familiar names in the top two slots. On3 released its NIL 100, which calculates student-athlete NIL valuations based on a formula that factors in “performance, influence, and exposure.” Bronny James ($7.3 million) and Arch Manning ($3.4 million) took the top two spots. LSU gymnast Olivia Dunne was the top woman on the list at No. 5 ($2.3 million). 

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Lewis Hamilton Links with Takashi Murakami for +44 Collab

Lewis Hamilton‘s influence extends far beyond the global F1 circuit. The Mercedes driver is well known for his high fashion, curating adventurous fits and even serving as the face of this season’s Valentino campaign. Now, Hamilton and his +44 brand are linking with one of the world’s best artists for a psychedelic new collection. Takashi Murakami applied his own interpretation of “Psychedelic Speed Demon” for the collab. Reflecting on the partnership, Murakami said, “We’ve worked together to make each piece reflective of our shared passion for the unique, psychedelic and a celebration of what makes us all different. Those who know Lewis can expect this collaboration to be a reflection of his unmatched talent.”

ESPN Prepares for NBA Season Tipoff with New Look

Like all of us, the worldwide leader in sports is gearing up for the NBA season. In addition to a new theme song, ESPN announced new graphics to their telecast. The scorebug will no longer take up the entire bottom of the screen, color swatches for each team will change based on uniforms, new player graphics will provide in-game updates/stats, and full-screen graphics will be “more colorful” and put a heavy emphasis on player images.

CBS Scores with Patriots-Packers Viewership Numbers 

Few thought that the New England Patriots and third-string quarterback Bailey Zappe would be in an overtime slugfest against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. And for CBS, it was a major win. Sunday’s national game averaged 24.647 million viewers, the most-watched Week 4 window on CBS since the NFL returned to the network in 1998, according to CBS. The network also announced they’re averaging 18.56 million viewers — the most through four weeks in 12 years.

Joe Burrow Continues Quest to Eliminate Hunger with New Foundation

Joe Burrow’s winning on and off the field. The Bengals star QB announced The Joe Burrow Foundation, a nonprofit foundation to help meet the needs of underprivileged and underserved families in Ohio and Louisiana. The organization will work to overcome food insecurity and to improve childhood mental health. Burrow will serve as president of the Foundation’s executive board. His mother Robin Burrow will serve as secretary and treasurer and his father Jimmy Burrow as its vice president. The topic of food insecurity is near and dear to Burrow’s heart. He drew over $350,000 in donations to a food access organization following his 2019 Heisman speech. 

Philadelphia Union Unveil Plans for New WSFS Bank Sportsplex

The Philadelphia Union are sitting atop of the Eastern Conference, and pretty soon the MLS franchise will have a new home. The team revealed plans for the WSFS Bank Sportsplex. The 32 acre, state-of-the-art facility will sit on the waterfront at the team’s home in Chester, PA. The sweeping new project will include seven practice fields, one full-size field. There will also be a 170,000-square-foot fieldhouse that can cater to multiple sports. It also promises to bring in over $90 million to the surrounding community.

Excel Sports Doubles Down on Coaches and Executives with Harlan Acquisition

Excel Sports Management is expanding. The talent agency announced that it is launching a Coaching and Executives division following its latest acquisition — football coaching sports broadcasting agency Harlan Sports Management. Excel now has more than 20 football head coaches at the NFL and NCAA level, along with front office executives, and media personalities from Barstool Sports and DraftKings. “Establishing a coaching and executives division creates a new avenue to extend the lifecycle of work we do with our clients and expands Excel’s existing presence in the sports representation landscape,” said Jeff Schwartz, Founder and President of Excel Sports Management. 

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