Justin Herbert put on a show in his home stadium — leading the Chargers to a 28-14 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday Night Football. Herbert, a second-year signal-caller, went 25-38 for 222 yards and 3 touchdowns. The reigning AFC Rookie of the Year also found himself in the record books, becoming the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era to complete 500 passes before his 20th start.
Bubba Wallace Makes NASCAR History at Talladega
Wild weather couldn’t phase Bubba Wallace as he raced to victory on Monday at the YellaWood 500 at the iconic Talladega Superspeedway. The win makes Wallace the first Black driver since Wendall Scott in 1963 to win a NASCAR Cup Series. The victory marked his first win as a member of Michael Jordan’s 23XI racing team.
Mets Part Ways with Manager Luis Rojas
After a chaotic season that left them in third place in the NL East, the New York Mets announced that they will move on from Luis Rojas. Rojas had spent 16 years in varying capacities with the club, but his back-to-back losing campaigns as the skipper were not enough to keep him in Queens.
WFT Head Trainer Placed on Leave Following Federal Raid
The Washington Football Team confirmed that their head trainer Ryan Vermillion did not travel with the team over the weekend after he was the subject of a raid at the team facility last week. Reports indicate that an unnamed player was contacted by authorities several months ago with questions about his treatment practices. Details about the specific nature of the investigation are unknown at this time.
MLB Saw Fewest Fans in 37 Years
As the regular season comes to a close, the numbers are in and baseball parks around the country drew 45.3 million fans, one-third less than the 2019 season. Ballparks resumed full capacity in July, which deeply impacted attendance figures. However, MLB viewership was also down nearly 13%.
Nike Cuts Ribbon on the LeBron James Innovation Center
King James has a new home, as Nike opened the doors of the LeBron James Innovation Center on their campus in Beaverton, OR. The 750,000 square foot world-class building has a massive sports research lab, the world’s largest motion capture facility, and a training facility that includes a full-size basketball court, a 200m track, and a 500-foot incline training ramp.
Brady/Belichick Battle Draws 25.8M Viewers
Sunday night’s matchup between the Bucs and the Pats attracted 25.8 million viewers to the NBC broadcast. The total makes it the second-highest ranked Sunday night game of all time.
Luka Dončić Sets His Sights on the NFT Game
What does one do after they sign a supermax rookie extension? For Dallas’ Dončić, he’s laying the foundation to take his place in the NFT market. IP pro Josh Gerben reported that the 22-year-old filed for two trademark applications, including LUKAVERSE, which is a platform to create, sell, and trade NFTs, and LUKAMORPH, which is a sports-specific brand of NFTs. The news came out on the same day as it was announced that the Slovenian sensation had signed with WME, which will help him expand his business engagements.
Clippers’ Ballmer Ranked as Richest Owner in Sports
Former Microsoft CEO and current owner of the LA Clippers Steve Ballmer was crowned the richest owner of any sports franchise by Forbes, with an estimated net worth of $96.5 billion. The Cleveland Cavaliers Dan Gilbert was a distant second at $30.9 billion, and Grizzlies’ Robert Pera, Mets’ Steve Cohen, and Panthers’ David Tepper rounded out the top five.
Arctos Diverse Sports Portfolio Worth $2.9B
Following the acquisitions of such investments as a minority stake in the Fenway Sports Group, which owns the Red Sox and Liverpool FC, and the 17% stake in the Sacramento Kings, Sportico reports that Arctos’ asset portfolio is now worth nearly $3 billion. The hefty sum is rooted in 14 unique investments in the sporting world.
Autograph Usain Bolt NFT Drops Today on DraftKings
Fans of Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man, can scoop up a new NFT from Autograph on DraftKings Marketplace starting today at 3 p.m. The Tom Brady-backed NFT platform will release the Preseason Access Collection today, and the Signature Collection on Thursday.