08/23/19: NBC Sports is in Sevens Heaven; Under Armour goes Threes in China; MLB is feeling the Swish

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Good morning. It’s Friday August 23, 2019 and this is your first early morning Sports briefing.

 

 
NBC Sports Group and World Rugby sealed a four-year partnership to exclusively present the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series across NBC Sports platforms in the U.S. through 2023. The annual series will receive more than 300 hours of programming annually across NBCSN, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app, OlympicChannel.com and the Olympic Channel app. It will also be available with a digital subscription through NBC Sports Gold.

“We are excited to welcome back the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series to the NBC Sports family,” said Jon Miller, President of Programming for NBC Sports & NBCSN. “As we head into an Olympic year, this partnership with World Rugby allows us to add to our portfolio of the most marquee rugby events in the world and help grow the sport both domestically and internationally.”
 
The HSBC Sevens Series – which was an NBC Sports property from 2010-2016 — joins an extensive collection of rugby programming across NBC Sports platforms, which spans the calendar year, including the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan beginning in September, Gallagher Premiership Rugby beginning in October and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The Women’s Sevens Series tournament begins this October while the Men’s tournament starts in December 2019.
 
 
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FOX Sports wraps up MLS Heineken Rivalry Week on Sunday with a triple-header that sees coverage begin at 5:30p and featuring back-to-back Eastern and Western Conference derbies on FS1. LAFC host LA Galaxy in “El Trafico” at 10:30p, FC Cincinnati battles Columbus Crew at 6p in the “Hell is Real” Derby, while the Texas Derby between FC Dallas and Houston Dynamo  starts at 8:20p. John Strong hosts pregame and postgame coverage for all three matches alongside analysts Alexi Lalas and Stu Holden live from Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles.
 
BTN announced its broadcast teams and studio talent for the 2019 football season, with lead broadcaster Kevin Kugler once again joined by Matt Millen, along with Rick Pizzo handling reporting duties from the sideline. James Laurinaitis will share a booth with play-by-play announcer Brandon Gaudin and sideline reporter Elise Menaker, while Lisa Byington teams with J Leman. Former NFL Vice Presidents of Officiating Mike Pereira (fourth season) and Dean Blandino (third season), along with former Big Ten Official Dick Honig (fourth season), will also return to BTN as rules analysts.
 
ACC Network’s daily morning show, Packer and Durham, hosted by Mark Packer and Wes Durham premieres today live from its studio home in Packer’s basement in Charlotte. The show, airing weekdays from 7-10a will deliver news and commentary from around the ACC’s 15 institutions. In addition, Packer and Durham will be simulcast on SiriusXM ACC Radio channel 371.
 
Turner’s multi-platform coverage of the UEFA Champions League continues with the second leg of the 2019 UEFA Champions League Playoffs on Tuesday and Wednesday next week with live match coverage available through B/R Live and TNT at 3p. B/R Football’s upcoming studio coverage from Turner Studios in Atlanta will be hosted by Kate Abdo, along with analysts Stu Holden, Tim Howard (Tuesday) and Carlos Bocanegra (Wed.).
 
Rounding out soccer coverage, for the second straight season, ESPN+ and ESPN are on deck as the exclusive presenter of Italy’s Serie A TIM with ESPN+ set to feature more than 340 matches throughout the 2019-20 season, which kicks off Saturday. Throughout the 2019-20 Serie A season (August-May), ESPN+ will stream an average of nine matches each week. One of ESPN’s linear television networks – ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNEWS – will carry a Serie A Tim Match of the Week, while some 40 matches will also be televised in Spanish on ESPN Deportes. ESPN’s Mark Donaldson and Matteo Bonetti will call the Serie A TIM Match of the Week on television as well as key matchups on ESPN+.
 
SNY, the official television network of the New York Mets, garnered a 4.43 Household Rating as the Mets beat the Cleveland Indians in 10 innings on Wednesday night. The game ranked as SNY’s highest rated Mets telecast this season and was the most viewed since April 9, 2018.
 
SiriusXM announced early college football plans, airing 77 live games from August 24 through September 2. The opening week schedule on SiriusXM features games from every team from the Associated Press Top 25 poll, including #1 Clemson vs. Georgia Tech (August 29, 8p), #2 Alabama vs. Duke (August 31, 3:30p), #3 Georgia vs. Vanderbilt (August 31, 7:30p), and the season’s first Top 25 matchup: #11 Oregon vs. #16 Auburn (August 31, 7:30p). 
 
CNBC serves up food sports on Saturday at 11a, pitting ten world food champions in three challenges with $100,000 on the line in the two-part documentary special, Final Table: New Orleans. “This was a tremendous and challenging Final Table,” commented Mike McCloud, President & CEO of WFC. “Our event produces fantastic champions, but this event put a new spin on it, and our new champion really had to impress the best.” The World Food Championships 8th Annual Main Event is scheduled for October 16 – 20, in Dallas.
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Under Armour inked a partnership with the Chinese Basketball Association to serve as the sponsor and exclusive footwear provider of all national 3×3 basketball teams, including the new World Cup Champion women’s team. Under Armour will work with the CBA to develop the game across the country and increase participation in 3×3 basketball.
 
MLB FoodFest is back. Presented by Budweiser, this fall’s event opens its doors September 21 on Fifth Avenue and offer up 30 different recipes from around North America. All 30 Major League Clubs designated one concession item to represent their team and community at this distinctive baseball-themed food festival. Most of the menu features concoctions brand new to the New York event, including the local ballpark representatives with the Mets Bases Loaded Dog and the Yankees Shrimp Po’Boy, while returning bites from the inaugural MLB FoodFest are: the Mariners Toasted Grasshoppers, Pittsburgh’s Pulled Pork Pierogie Hoagie, Hot Lobster Rolls from Boston and for dessert, the D-backs Churro Dogs. Attendees also have access to new interactive elements, such as Home Run Derby Virtual Reality and an MLB FoodFest merchandise shop.
 
Pepsi announced Travis Kelce as the winner of its inaugural Paper Football Championship, after bringing together 21 NFL superstars for a day of tabletop competition. Pepsi will feature snippets and highlights of the Paper Football Championship on Twitter. Starting today, fans should also stay tuned to the competitors’ Twitter channels for a chance to win a signed paper football from the Championship.
 
Fighter Gennadiy Golovkin and Eddie Hearn announced that their respective companies, GGG Promotions and Matchroom Boxing USA, are partnering up to promote future GGG events starting with the Golovkin vs. Sergiy Derevyanchenko fight on Oct. 5. Live on DAZN.
 
 
DIGITAL, DATA & TECH

 

Swish Analytics agreed to a multi-year partnership with Major League Baseball in a deal that designates the San Francisco-based technology company as an Authorized MLB Data Distributor to U.S. sports betting operators. The partnership enables Swish Analytics to serve as a supplier of the official MLB real-time betting data feed in the U.S. for regulated sports betting operators. Additionally, Swish Analytics will serve as an official service provider to MLB as the two parties will collaborate on building future digital fan-engagement experiences and powering free-to-play and other MLB interactive applications via the Swish Analytics real-time prediction platform.
 
WWE locked in a deal with Endeavor Audio to create a podcast network that will feature several series focused on its superstar wrestlers, according to THR. “Storytelling is at WWE’s core, and we are eager to add the audio genre to our portfolio,” WWE Advanced Media executive VP Jayar Donlan said in the report. “Partnering with Endeavor Audio, an expert in podcasting, will enable us to provide our fans with unique content and reach new audiences across the platform.”
 
Fanatics and the University of Miami announced a 10-year, exclusive licensing partnership, which beginning in January 2020 will see Fanatics become the University’s primary apparel, headwear and hard goods partner. Fanatics Brands secured comprehensive rights to design, manufacture, and distribute a significantly expanded selection of UM men’s, women’s, and youth products to enhance the experience for students, alumni, and fans worldwide.
 
The third year of the Olympic Channel proved to be its best year yet, according to the platform. The Olympic Channel celebrates its three-year anniversary with more than 19,000 videos representing all Olympic sport disciplines and 206 countries, 65 original series, partnerships with 91 International sport Federations and multisport organizers with a 330% increase in organic traffic to the platform from the previous year. Average watch time on the platform is 8:14 minutes per video watched. On social media, the Olympic Channel community has grown to more than 9 million who have contributed to more than 2.45 billion videos views with 78% of those engaging with content on social media under the age of 35.
 
 
ESPORTS

 

ReKTGlobal,  parent company of Rogue, is bringing leading streamer Benjamin “DrLupo” Lupo deeper into the fold in a contract extension. DrLupo will remain with the team with appearances, live streams, and activations. In addition, he has also received equity in ReKTGlobal as part of the deal. “Rogue encompasses professionalism at its finest in the esports industry,” said DrLupo. “The relationships that I’ve developed within Rogue feel like no other – the only word I can use to truly describe the feeling is ‘family.’ They’re goal oriented without losing focus on what is most important in gaming: fun. I’m excited to continue to work with Rogue and ReKTGlobal on a ton of exciting upcoming adventures, and I cannot wait to get more people involved.”
 
(PS Hear from DrLupo in a special session at Esports Business Summit. Get your tickets here!)
 
ESL announced plans to bring the 77th edition of IEM to Beijing-Haidian to celebrate the company’s 10th-year anniversary in China on November 7-10, 2019. The event will host eight teams at Beijing University Students’ Gymnasium of Capital University of Physical Education and Sports to compete for the total prize pool of US$250,000 and a victory towards the Intel Grand Slam. The competition marks the first time that IEM is hosted in a standalone location in China.
 
 
INDUSTRY & ROSTER MOVES

 

Stadium Blitz, Rob Gronkowski, and Gronk Nation unveiled a new style of gamified obstacle course race designed to “make the fun and empowering experience of obstacle course racing available to every fitness level and children as young as seven-years-old.” Launching in October in Buffalo at New Era Field, and Tampa at Raymond James Stadium, with additional cities to be announced soon. Course design will be combined with innovative scoring technology, creates the perfect environment for fitness enthusiasts of every level.
 
 
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Finalists will be announced in mid-September and winners will be awarded at the event in November.

 
 
ON THIS DAY in 1982: Gaylord Perry of the Seattle Mariners is ejected for throwing a doctored baseball.
 
In the Know: Which MLB manager holds the record for most career ejections? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your company and city).
 
Answer to Our Last Sports Trivia Question: Four countries can claim that they have won a gold medal in golf in the Olympics. Other than the US, name two of the other three. Answer: Great Britain, Canada & South Korea. Kudos: Tim Overmyer-20th TV/Atlanta; Mike May-PHIT America/Wellington; Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Boca Raton; Andy Pittman-TAMU/College Station; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA; David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Credit Union/Burbank; Larry Hutchings/Nipomo

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