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September 1, 2021

Quinn Ewers’ Early Move to Ohio State Pays Off with $1.4M NIL Deal

Incoming Ohio State freshman quarterback Quinn Ewers is cashing in after signing a name, image, and likeness deal worth $1.4 million. The deal, which is Ewers’ third, involves a three-year contract with autograph vendor GT Sports Marketing.

Canadian Women Outlast US in OT for World Hockey Title 

Team Canada won the women’s World Hockey Championship Tuesday night with a 3-2 overtime win against the five-time defending champion United States. The win marks the first gold at the women’s hockey championship for the Candian Women’s team since 2012.

PGA Tour Yields Payout on Major Deals, Increases Pots

Professional golfers on the PGA Tour will reportedly earn even bigger paydays when the 2021-22 season begins this fall. The official prize money, which according to Golfweek will increase by approximately $35 million, comes as a result of a new nine-year agreement with CBS Sports, NBC News, and ESPN.

NFLPA to Investigate Urban Meyer Following Vaccine Comments 

The NFL Players Association announced Tuesday it has launched an investigation into Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer following comments he made about how vaccination status was factored into the team’s roster decisions. Meyer, who is in his first year as head coach in the NFL, made the remarks while answering questions about the process of cutting his final roster prior to Tuesday’s 53-man deadline.

Texas A&M Offers Jimbo Fisher Contract Extension, Pay Raise

The Texas A&M Aggies finished out their 2020 season with their highest ranking in 80 years, and reports indicate that head coach Jimbo Fisher will remain in College Station through the 2031 season, per ESPN’s Chris Low. A&M and Fisher are on the verge of a three-year extension to his current contract, which was set to expire in 2028, estimated to be worth approximately $9 million per season.

Fantasy Sports Projected to Surge, Eclipse $22B 

A recent report from market research firm Research & Markets estimates that the fantasy sports market will expand by nearly 10% in the coming year, driven by the global popularity of football, baseball, basketball, hockey, and cricket. The projections are tied primarily to a growing youth market, smartphone accessibility, and a booming emerging industry in Asia.

Excel Sports Management Acquires Block Six Analytics

Leading sports agency Excel Sports Management announced the acquisition of Block Six Analytics (B6A) Wednesday, a leading data firm specializing in partnership valuations. The deal will enhance Excel’s ability to provide insights to its clients regarding brand marketing and development.

NFL Owners Step Up to Support Hurricane Ida Relief

Several NFL owners have set aside rivalry in the name of good citizenship in the wake of the widespread damage throughout Louisiana from Hurricane Ida. Following in the footsteps of Saints and Pelicans owner, Gayle Benson, the Falcons’ Arthur Blank and the Ravens’ Steve Bisciotti have each promised $1 million towards relief efforts.

Elle Duncan, ESPN Reach Multi-year Deal

Capping off a busy summer in Bristol, ESPN announced Tuesday that it has finalized a deal with SportsCenter anchor Elle Duncan. As part of the multi-year deal, Duncan will continue to occupy her chair on the flagship news program while also creating content across a number of the network’s other platforms. The news came on the same day that ESPN bid farewell to legendary reporter Jackie MacMullan after 39 years.

PBR Bucks Vegas, Moves Finals to Texas

After decades in Las Vegas, the Pro Bull Riding Tour announced Tuesday that it will be moving the Professional Bull Riders World Finals away from Sin City to the Lone Star State. PBR’s riders, who begin the 2022 season in January, will now compete in the Finals in Fort Worth.