Greetings from Scottsdale, Arizona, where I was delighted to be asked to speak to a group of financial advisors and CPAs at the annual Sports Financial Advisors Association. I return home today after a short trip out West, and hopefully have little traveling until my end-of-the-year vacation to Hawaii, where I will be enjoying a cruise, hopping around the various Hawaiian islands. I suppose the big sports news this week was Le’Veon Bell officially losing a full year of service and forfeiting a total of $14.5 million in the process. It is really interesting to have a conversation with current and former players surrounding Bell’s decision making.
This week on The Sports Biz:
(1) Goldman Sachs Says Media Rights Will Boost Esports Industry To $3B In Revenue By 2022;
(2) Job Opening: Inter Miami CF Seeks Director Of Digital Content;
(3) Job Opening: Turner Sports VP, Property Partnerships;
(4) PointsBet Taps Darrelle Revis As It Looks To Capitalize On Legal U.S. Sports Betting;
(5) Tennessee Tip Toes Into The Sports Betting Discussion For 2019;
(6) DraftKings Prepares To Open Its 1st Retail Sportsbook In Mississippi;
(7) Golden State Sued For Discriminating And Retaliating Against Top Ticket Sales Employee;
(8) Browns QB Baker Mayfield Lends Likeness To Barstool For Special Olympics’ Benefit;
(9) New Partnership Simplifies Finding And Watching NBA Players Compete At Esports;
(10) DraftKings Adds To NJ Presence While Resorts World Casino Preps For NY Sports Betting
- Agent who wouldn’t reveal identity says he spoke with 10 players who say that the Cowboys are one of the worst-coaches teams they’ve been on [Anonymous Cowboys agent rakes team].
- Andrew Brandt says he has been told that Bell’s decision wasn’t endorsed by the NFLPA or his agent [New Standard for Contracts, Le’Veon Bell’s Holdout, More Top Business of Football Storylines].
- Scott Boras disagrees [Kyler Murray Might Put Off MLB And Play Another Year At Oklahoma].
- Expectation is that Tebow starts in Syracuse [New NY Mets GM: Tim Tebow Could Find His Way to Major Leagues in 2019].
- He’s without an agent since Brodie Van Wagenen joined the Mets [Mets’ deGrom says no agent yet, open to extension talks].
- “I honestly think he’s going to do a good job at this. You hear all of this conflict of interest stuff. I don’t really know how to feel on that part of it. But I truly do believe he is going to be rooting for every player on our team, and try to help them out the best he can.” [DeGrom Thinks Van Wagenen Will Succeed as Mets GM].