06/05/19: Kevin Warren named commissioner of the Big Ten Conference

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Kevin Warren, a trailblazer in the ranks of pro football, will soon leave his mark on college sports. The Big Ten Conference introduced the Minnesota Vikings COO as its new commissioner, making him the first African-American to hold that position for the NCAA’s oldest Division I conference. In his new job, Warren becomes the Big Ten’s sixth commissioner and the first African-American to head one of college sports’ Power 5 conferences. Warren, 55, will succeed Jim Delany, who has been the Big Ten commissioner since 1989. Warren begins his new role on Sept. 16. Delany will officially step down on Jan. 1, 2020, following a 30-year career with the conference.
A member of the Vikings for the past 20 years, the last four as COO, Warren has been the highest-ranking African-American executive working on the business side for an NFL team and the first African-American to hold that position in the pro football league. “To have an opportunity to lead the Big Ten Conference, and follow in the shoes of Jim Delany is truly an honor,” Warren said at his introductory press event at the conference’s headquarters in Rosemont, Ill. “I’m ready for the challenge. I’m excited. I’m energized. But most of all, I’m grateful.”
 
 
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FOX Sports top World Cup on-air team of JP Dellacamera and Aly Wagner will provide the call on the opening match of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup from France with the host nation battling Korea Republic at 3p. The pair will also be on the mic when the U.S. Women’s National Team begin the defense of its 2015 crown versus Thailand on June 11, also at 3p. Other initial match assignments: Lisa Byington and Cat Whitehill call the action for Germany-China on FS1 on June 8, followed by Jenn Hildreth and Kyndra de St. Aubin for Spain- South Africa at noon on FOX. Three hours later on the broadcast network, Derek Rae and Danielle Slaton will cover Norway-Nigeria. Glenn Davis and Angela Hucles make their debut June 9 with Australia- Italy at 7 a on FS1.
 
The St. Louis Blues’ series tying victory over the Boston Bruins in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final netted nearly 5.25 million Total Audience Delivery viewers, making the contest the third-most-watched Game 4 on record. The game was up 1% from the 5.17 million for the equivalent contest between Washington and Las Vegas last year. NBC’s TV-only coverage scored a 3.05 household rating and some 5.13 million viewers. St. Louis and Boston were the top markets with 28.0 and 26.0 ratings, respectively, followed by a 19.7 in Providence, a 9.8 in Buffalo and a 5.2 in Kansas City.

Univision/UDN telecast of Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Tottenham in the UEFA Champions League final averaged 1.4 million watchers June 1, including 732,000 adults 18-to-49 viewers. That marked the largest audience in Spanish for the Champions League Final since 2015 and represented jumps of 34% in viewers and 14% in the demo from ESPN Deportes’ coverage of the 2018 contest.
 
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Relevent Sports Group has retained Excel Sports Management’s Properties division as its third-party sales agency for its varied soccer properties, including the International Champions Cup globally, and LaLiga, Spain’s top circuit in Spain, in the U.S. and Canada. Excel will develop marketing solutions for brands looking to associate with futbol. Among the available assets: the first title partnerships for the ICC, the Women’s ICC, the ICC Futures and other RSG properties.
 
The Rooftop at Pier 17 in Manhattan will be converted into the ESPN House on June 5 and feature  a live concert from  2 Chainz, followed by fan experiences and music from DJ Vashtie and DJ mOma during Game 3 of the NBA Finals live on ABC. ESPN NBA commentator Richard Jefferson will host the event, with the sports network and ABC providing live concert look-ins during the Toronto-Golden State matchup.
 

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BITKRAFT is partnering with Roundhill Investments, a registered investment advisor and exchange traded fund sponsor, on the first Esports-specific EFT. The Roundhill BITKRAFT Esports & Digital Entertainment ETF is designed to offer investors exposure to Esports and digital entertainment by providing tracking, before fees and expenses, to the performance of the Roundhill BITKRAFT Esports Index. The index comprises globally listed companies, actively involved in the competitive video gaming industry, including game publishers, streaming network operators, tournament and league operators/owners, team owners, and hardware developers. Roundhill’s methodology first screens all potential companies and confirms that they meet minimum market capitalization and liquidity criteria. “More than just launching and operating the ETF, the Roundhill team is taking a next-generation approach on marketing and storytelling of the product tailored to a digitally-native target audience that is increasingly seeking out ways to invest in investment themes they see shaping their world,” said Roundhill CEO Will Hershey.

Newegg and Allied Esports will host the Triple Crown Royale at HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas on June 22. The event will pit participants in Apex Legends, Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battleground. The competition is open to the public with select participants vying against professional players from Counter Logic Gaming, including Marksman and Psalm from the CLG Fortnite team, and Emy and GooseBreeder from the CLG CS:GO Red team.
 
 
DIGITAL AND STREAMING
 
NASCAR has chosen Amazon Web Services as its standard for cloud-based machine learning and artificial intelligence workloads. NASCAR will use the AWS technologies to build cloud-based services and automate processes, including a new video series on NASCAR.com called This Moment in NASCAR History powered by AWS.
 
Deloitte and the USGA have launched a new augmented reality app to provide 3D insights into player performance at next week’s U.S. Open from holes 6, 7 and 18 at the Pebble Beach Golf Links. The app provides a virtual map, enabling users to follow the action in real-time, compare current player performances on the signature holes, and relieve memories from tournaments past involving Jack Nicklaus in 1972 and Tiger Woods in 2000.


 
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Kicking off in 2020, the Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl will play in the state-of-the-art Las Vegas Stadium and will match a Pac-12 Conference team with a squad from either the SEC or Big Ten Conference. Running through the 2025 game, the bowl will move to a post-Christmas slot and will feature the No. 2 selection, after the College Football Playoff selection, from the Pac-12, a position it will share with the Holiday Bowl.

New York Mets analyst, MLB Network studio analyst and TBS postseason broadcaster Ron Darling, who has been sidelined since April as doctors diagnosed him with thyroid cancer, is feeling better. With the cancer stabilizing, Darling returned to the SNY booth June 4 calling the Amazins’ action against the San Francisco Giants.

Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan will host the 2019 version of the ESPYs. Morgan, who currently stars on TBS’ critically acclaimed The Last O.G., will lead the proceedings at the awards show that will be held July 10 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles and air live at 8p on ABC.

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Game 3 of the NBA Finals between Toronto and Golden State airs at 9p on ABC.
 


ON THIS DAY in 2005: Rafael Nadal tops unseeded Mariano Puerta to win the French Open singles title and his first Grand Slam championship.

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