The National Hockey League and the Detroit Red Wings moved quickly to take on the unexpected use of the Red Wings logo as part of the white supremacist activities in Charlottesville, with both organizations strongly condemning the use of the image and announcing plans to protect the logo. “We are obviously outraged by the irresponsible and improper use of our intellectual property as seen this weekend in Charlottesville, Va,” the league said in a statement. “This specific use is directly contrary to the value of inclusiveness that our League prioritizes and champions. We will take immediate and all necessary steps to insure the use is discontinued as promptly as possible, and will vigorously pursue other remedies, as appropriate.” Meanwhile, the team added that “The Detroit Red Wings vehemently disagree with and are not associated in any way with the event taking place today in Charlottesville, Va.,” the team said in a statement, adding that “We are exploring every possible legal action as it pertains to the misuse of our logo in this disturbing demonstration.”
The LPGA laid out plans for the launch of the LPGA Women’s Network, which goes live today ahead of the Solheim Cup. According to the org, the Women’s Network “will give its subscribers the opportunity to receive golf tips and instruction from LPGA Teachers; to engage with the LPGA and its players through an interactive blog and video series; and to connect with each other.” “The LPGA Women’s Network is designed to help nurture women’s interest in the game of golf,” Ashleigh McLaughlin, Manager of Digital Marketing and Brand Strategy for the Women’s Network, told LPGA.com about the new venture. “LPGAWomensNetwork.com will start as a blog and will quickly grow into an online community that celebrates the growth and connections women can find through golf.”
fuboTV announced that it now has authenticated TV Everywhere support for NBC Sports. Subscribers to the service can now watch sports programming from NBC, NBCSN, Golf Channel and the Olympic Channel, in addition to Comcast/NBC Sports regional sports networks – directly on the NBC Sports app and website.
ESL locked in its team and schedule for ESL One New York next month from Sept. 16-17, which will see both the North American and European qualities each feature seven invited teams along with one from the open qualifiers which run Aug. 19-20. Representing North America will be Cloud9, OpTic Gaming, Misfits, NRG eSports, Immortals, Counter Logic Gaming, along with Renegades. On the European side will be G2 Esports, Hellraisers, BIG, Gambit Esports, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Team EnVyUs and FlipSid3 Tactics
Westwood One is adding markets to Checkpoint Radio’s nationally syndicated radio show is hosted by Nate Bender, Robbie Landis, Norris Howard and Joe Sloan and dedicated to esports and gaming. Joining the lineup for the weekly broadcast will 97.5 FM The Fanatic in Philadelphia, 101 ESPN in St Louis, and ESPN 97.5 FM in Houston. In three months, Checkpoint Radio has grown in North America to include markets such as Toronto, Denver, Phoenix, Vancouver BC, Tampa, Montreal, San Diego, Pittsburgh, Rochester, and Orlando.
The High School Esports League locked in plans for its first HSEL Majors season, offering scholarship prize pools and tournament play as schools face off against other schools in their region and run the leaderboards. The HSEL Majors launches Oct. 8 with playoffs starting early December. Titles will include League of Legends, CS:GO, Overwatch, Hearthstone and Rocket League.
Mets/Yankees on ESPN at 7p.