12/05/18: The NHL approved Seattle as its 32nd team

Good morning. It’s Wednesday December 5, 2018 and this is your first early morning Sports briefing.

Seattle is officially on deck to become the NHL’s 32nd team after the NHL Board of Governors voted Tuesday to approve the expansion application from the city’s ownership group to bring the team into the league beginning with the 2021-22 season. To make room for the new team, the Board of Governors approved a realignment package that will shift the Arizona Coyotes into the Central Division, once the new team begins play, while Seattle will compete in the Pacific Division.
Seattle’s ownership group is led by David Bonderman with CEO Tod Lewieke and will now pay a $650 million expansion fee, up $150 million over what Bill Foley and his group paid to bring the Vegas Golden Knights into the NHL for the 2017-18 season. The team will follow the same rules for the 2021 Expansion Draft as Vegas did in 2017, although Vegas will be exempt.

Networks are touting their success in college football this season. The SEC on CBS nabbed the highest-rated regular-season college football package on any network with coverage averaging a 3.4/9, according to Nielsen national ratings, up 13% over last year. The SEC Championship on Dec. 1 ranked as the most-watched and highest-rated regular-season college football game on any network in seven years with a 10.1/23 and 17.5 million viewers.
Meanwhile, ESPN reports that more than 163 million fans watched 77 billion minutes of college football games on its networks, with more than 16.5 billion minutes were spent on ESPN’s Digital Platforms during college football Saturdays this year, up 15% year-over-year. Across ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU, ESPN networks averaged 8,795,000 viewers in primetime each week, including 2,830,000 viewers on ESPN. College GameDay Built by The Home Depot averaged 1,902,000 viewers across ESPN and ESPNU, up 3% from last season’s ESPN-only presentation.
On the NFL front, ESPN saw the MNF win of the Eagles of the Redskins average 11,356,000 viewers across ESPN and ESPN Deportes, according to Nielsen. This is up 4% over last year’s week 13 equivalent.
FOX Sports lined up plans for Saturday’s MLS Cup between host Atlanta United FC and the Portland Timbers, announcing plans to feature corner flag cameras to its 26-camera arsenal from Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Coverage begins on FOX and the FOX Sports app at 7:30p. FOX Sports is also deploying 16 manned cameras, 10 unmanned cameras, two shared cameras and two Super Slow-Motion cameras. Rob Stone hosts FOX Sports’ field-level studio coverage, with analysis from Alexi Lalas and Maurice Edu. John Strong, Stu Holden and Katie Witham call the match.
The 16th annual WWE Tribute to the Troops celebration hits USA Network on Dec. 20 at 9p, with the year’s celebration will feature a special appearance by Jon Stewart. In addition, rising country music star Morgan Wallen will perform for the troops in attendance. While in Fort Hood, WWE Superstars will spend time giving back to military personnel and their families. Activities include a Be a STAR bullying prevention rally, as well as hospital visits and military outreach initiatives across the base.
The NFL announced that the Week 15 Redskins/Jaguars game set for Dec. 16 will shift from 1p on FOX to CBS at that time.
The league also announced that Pro Football Hall of Famers Jim Kelly, Emmitt Smith, Brian Urlacher and Demarcus Ware will serve as 2019 Pro Bowl Legends Captains. The Pro Bowl, set for Dec. 18 at 8p on ESPN, will feature a match-up between the AFC and NFC, with each conference led by two Legends Captains – one offensive and one defensive. Kelly (offense) and Ware (defense) will lead the AFC, while Smith (offense) and Urlacher (defense) will lead the NFC. The four Legends Captains, who were collectively selected to 30 Pro Bowls, will serve as mentors for the Pro Bowl players and be present on the sidelines on gameday. The captains will not only be present at the Pro Bowl game, but they will also be attending various events throughout Pro Bowl Week in Orlando.
SiriusXM announced that World Golf Hall of Fame member, multi-time major champion and 2018 Charles Schwab Cup champion Bernhard Langer will host a new monthly show on the SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio channel. Golfing Younger with Bernhard Langer will see him host with David Marr III, debuting on Dec. 12 at 3p where he will discuss his routine, fitness and mental preparation, and share his experiences from the European Tour, PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions. 
Apple gave the greenlight to Kevin Durant’s new series Swagger, according to CNBC. The show is co-produced by Imagine Television, and Durant’s Thirty Five Ventures, and is based on Durant’s experiences playing youth basketball, set in Washington D.C.’s AAU basketball league.
Facebook Watch brings back Ball in the Family for a fourth season on Sunday. The 24-episode slate will focus on Lonzo balancing the demands of the NBA with fatherhood, LaMelo going back to high school and LiAngelo making himself eligible for the NBA G League.
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The International Olympic Committee renewed vows with Samsung Electronics, extending their partnership through to 2028. Samsung will continue as the Worldwide Olympic Partner in the wireless communications equipment and computing equipment category, including the ability to promote the Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and 5G features of that equipment. As part of the agreement, the IOC and Samsung will further develop their strategic digital collaboration to engage young generations around the world in order to promote the power of sport and the values of Olympism.
The NFL and Arrow Electronics announced the launch of 1st and Future, the NFL’s annual Super Bowl competition designed to drive innovation in athlete safety and performance. The event will be presented by Arrow Electronics and hosted at Georgia Institute of Technology at the Ferst Center for the Arts in Atlanta on Feb. 2, the day before Super Bowl LIII. This year’s event will feature two categories of competition. The first category, the NFL Punt Analytics Competition, is new this year and will give applicants access to exclusive NFL data sets to inform creative submissions about rule changes designed to reduce player injury during punt plays. The second category, Innovations to Advance Athlete Health and Safety Competition, invites submissions for innovative product concepts that could improve player health and safety and will be managed by Georgia Tech’s Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC).
The Las Vegas Aces announced that Franklin Group will serve as the “Official Printing and Promotional Partner” for the WNBA team. The partnership is a multi-year deal, and financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Twitter laid out the sports world that was in 2018, breaking down highlights from the past year. LeBron James ranked was the most Tweeted about athlete in the world in 2018. Meanwhile, the most Tweeted day of 2018 was Sunday, February 25, the day of the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games Closing Ceremony with 103 million Tweets sent about the Olympics. From the US POV, top athletes were LeBron James, Colin Kaepernick, Kobe Bryant, Kyrie Irving and Tom Brady. Top Tweeted about teams were led by the Cleveland Cavaliers, followed by the Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia Eagles, Golden State Warriors and New York Yankees. Top sports commentators: Adam Schefter, Shannon Sharpe, Jemele Hill, Skip Bayless and Darren Rovell. The top sports event was the FIFA World Cup Russia.
Combate Americas, the Hispanic Mixed Martial Arts sports franchise, launched the Combate World channel on Pluto TV, the leading free streaming television service in America in time for the Fall 2018 season. The platform will stream content in English and Spanish and will include past matches, Combate Americas fighter profiles and a reality show.

Fnatic and global music streaming service, Deezer, unveiled the new ‘Sound of Fnatic’ experience designed to “bring fans even closer to the tunes that motivate and inspire their favorite players.” The deal will allow fans to discover a variety of tunes from one of the three Fnatic playlist categories – Fnatic Moods, Music Mondays and Player Playlists, which sees 18 Fnatic players from a variety of games personally hand-pick and creat dedicated playlists to share with fans.
Beasley Media Group’s 101 WRIF-FM will team up with The Detroit Renegades to host the first ever Detroit Renegades ESPORTS Live! on Dec. 9 starting at 1p. The Detroit Renegades Fortnite Team will conduct live game play for fans while also hosting a slate of activities, such as workshops on gaming “like a pro”, question and answer sessions, meet & greets, fan signings and more. Checkpoint XP hosts.

FOX Sports named Emmy and Peabody Award winner Michael Tolajian as Senior Vice President and Executive Producer, FOX Sports Films. Tolajian is charged with the acquisition and development of long-form projects for the Sports Emmy-nominated Magnify documentary series, beginning with Q BALL, which he directed. Tolajian also oversees all original programming connected to FOX Sports’ live rights league partners.
The Crown League, the first professional fantasy football league owned by the fans, announced the appointment of Josh Babich as its first Director of Product, reporting to Chief Technology Officer Mike Jimenez. Sean Felter has been named The Crown League’s Vice President, Investor Relations & League Development.
Go To Team unveiled its twentieth market launch in Las Vegas. “Twenty Staff Camera crews is tremendous and we’re excited to be launching our 20th in Las Vegas, Nevada”, says Go To Team Managing Partner, Shawn Moffatt. “Las Vegas’ great characters, nightlife, and gaming have brought us here to shoot for many years, but its recent explosive growth in Sports Entertainment makes having an elite Go To Team trained camera crew in this city, permanently, a must ”

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