04/13/17: NFL sued over Rams’ relocation; FOX Sports outlines USGA coverage; Shark’s event gets new sponsor


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Good morning. It’s Thursday April 13, 2017 and this is your first early morning Sports briefing. 

The National Football League has been sued by the city of St. Louis and the region’s convention and sports complex authority over the relocation of the Rams to Los Angeles more than a year ago. The NFL and all 32 of the league’s teams are named as defendants in the suit, which seeks damages and restitution of profits. The NFL says there’s no legitimate basis for the litigation.

The lawsuit, filed in St. Louis Circuit Court, claims the Rams failed to meet the NFL’s relocation rules, therefore breaching their existing contract, while making intentionally false statements. The suit states that the city has lost between $1.85 million and $3.5 million a year in amusement and ticket tax revenue due to the Rams’ exit. St. Louis has also lost approximately $7.5 million in property tax, $1.4 million in sales tax revenue and “millions” more in earning taxes.


FOX Sports said it will provide more than 45 hours of live coverage for golf’s U.S. Open Championship from June 14-18 at Erin Hills in Wisconsin. The network’s coverage will be spread across FS1, the FOX broadcast network and FOX Deportes, with additional continuous live-streaming throughout the season’s second major championship on Fox Sports GO. The U.S. Open will be the first of eight U.S. Golf Association championships broadcast by Fox Sports this year, a television schedule that features more than 140 total hours of live coverage. The U.S. Senior Open and U.S. Women’s Open will both feature more than 20 hours of live coverage. 

The first round of the WNBA Draft will be televised by ESPN2 tonight starting at 7p. from Samsung 837 in New York. Ryan Ruocco is the host and will be joined by analysts Rebecca Lobo and LaChina Robinson, and reporters Holly Rowe and Cassidy Hubbarth. It marks the fifth straight year the WNBA Draft will air in prime time, with coverage of the second and third rounds on ESPNU starting at 8p. The San Antonio Stars have the first overall pick as well as the No. 5 selection.
The United Soccer League, the world’s largest Division II professional league with 30 markets in 20 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces, has kicked off its USL Television Network. The network will reach more than 10 million households in 17 unique markets and will televise 300 games during the 2017 season, with Spanish-language broadcasts available. All games will be produced by USL Productions, the league’s $10 million investment.

ESPNU and SEC Network are headed to Mexico. The networks have been made available to college sports fans through Totalplay, the entertainment and total connectivity company that offers internet, interactive television and telephone services in more than 20 Mexican cities.

HBO Sports documentary Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals is returning across all of HBO’s platforms (including HBO GO, HBO NOW, HBO On-Demand, and affiliate portals) throughout the 2017 NBA playoffs. The 2010 documentary chronicles the fierce rivalry between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, and this year marks the 30th anniversary of the 1987 NBA Finals  the last championship matchup between the two basketball Hall-of-Famers.


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All Major League Baseball players and on-field personnel will wear No. 42 on April 15 to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day, continuing a tradition that started in 2009. MLB home teams will host pregame ceremonies to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Hall of Famer breaking baseball’s color barrier in 1947, while the Los Angeles Dodgers will unveil a Jackie Robinson statue  the first statue in Dodgers Stadium history.

Greg Norman’s late-season PGA Tour event has a new title sponsor in QBE, one of the largest insurers and reinsurers worldwide. The Shark Shootout, a mainstay on the tour for 28 years, will now officially be called the QBE Shootout when it returns to Naples, Florida, for the Dec. 6-10 event.

Camping World is the new sponsor of the postseason college football game in Orlando that had been known as the Russell Athletic Bowl, further expanding its reach in the area. Camping World reached an agreement with Florida Citrus Sports to become the bowl game’s title sponsor less than a year after taking over naming rights at the stadium where that game, and two other bowls, are played.

The NHL will ask fans to select the league’s greatest Stanley Cup Team of all-time through an interactive digital and mobile program that coincides with the playoffs, running from April 13 through May 25. The NHL’s 96 Stanley Cup winning teams dating back to 1917-18 will compete head-to-head in the fan balloting, which is conducted on the league’s website.


NBC Sports Digital is giving fans unprecedented coverage of more than 25 major marathon and track & field events this year through NBC Sports Gold, its direct-to-consumer live streaming product. The $69.99 “Track and Field Pass” will offer some of the highest-profile events from USA Track & Field (USATF), including the Boston Marathon and Nike Prefontaine Classic, both live and on-demand.

The Association of Volleyball Professionals, the world’s premier beach volleyball organization, has launched an official AVP mobile game that features two-time Olympian April Ross. AVP Beach Volley: Copa is available for download at the App Store and Google Play, allowing beach volleyball fans from around the world to test their skills  from California beaches to the New York City pier  all on their phones.

Fantasy Sports Entertainment Group (FSEG) has partnered with Inside Injuries, a data-driven injury insights company, to offer its users analysis, risks and projected performance for Major League Baseball players. FSEG’s FNTSY Sports Network will feature Inside Injuries Dr. Anand Lalaji every week in regular video, radio and podcast appearances.


In this week’s edition of Cynopsis eSports & Gaming

  • Winners emerge in Cynopsis World Esports Summit
  • Esports Ad Bureau breaks down auds
  • Five more seek Integrity
  • Team Dignitas likes Facebook
  • Hisense challenges NASCAR
  • ESL takes esportsTV stateside
  • Cinedigm’s Game Train


Sports executive Amy Trask has joined BIG3, the new professional 3-on-3 basketball league that tips off in June, as chief executive officer. Trask, the former CEO of the Oakland Raiders from 1997 to 2013, is currently an NFL analyst for CBS Sports and will remain with the network in that role. The BIG3 league will be broadcast on Fox Sports FS1 and FOX this summer.


Toronto Maple Leafs at Washington Capitals in Game 1 of their Stanley Cup playoff series, on USA at 7p.


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