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Failure to Launch: Who will be next for the Lakers?

L.A. Lakers center DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins has been in a downward spiral for the last couple of years. First, he ruptured his Achilles tendon; then, he ruptured his quad. Now, he’s torn his ACL. Once the X-factor for the Lakers, Cousins would’ve been a steal at $3.5 million a year. However, his injuries...

Why Do Cities Spend to Attract Sports Events?

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With Miami, Florida set to host Super Bowl 54 in 2020, the city has been asked to fund $20 million in security, infrastructure, and related expenses.  Similar bidding and expense processes occur when it comes to Olympic and World Cup bidding and preparation.  The argument goes, it takes money (spending) to make money.  Cities look at...

In Lue of Events: Tyronn goes to the Clippers

The Clippers have had one of the most active off-season in recent memory. First, Kawhi Leonard, then Paul George, and now the Los Angeles Clippers seek to add Tyronn Lue to their coaching staff. Lue was the Laker’s top choice as head coach, however talks broke down over the length of his contract...

NCAA’s Engagement and Expectations with its Student-Athletes is Changing

For a long time, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”) has enforced strict rules of amateurism regarding students enrolled at their Member academic institutions.  Specifically, and until recently, not allowing student-athletes to sign with an agent, while the National Football League (“NFL”) and the National Basketball Association (“NBA”) have enforced rules on high school athletes being forced...

4 Industry Expectations

The following are some thoughts on the entertainment, media, and sports industry expectations as we move closer to the Fall and New Year.  Here are four things that are likely to occur.     1. Content Providers and Streamers will Dominate the Headlines    2019-2020 will see Disney+, Apple+, and HBO Max (through Warner Media) enter...

Netting the Foul Ball Problem

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Has the game of baseball changed over the past 100+ years?  Sure, there have been minor changes to the designated hitter, the length of seasons, postseason structure, height of the pitcher’s mound, and smaller things here and there.  However, the game of baseball today is pretty much the same game today as it was well over hundred years ago.  The difference: the ballparks...

The Big Fundamental: Spurs Hire Tim Duncan

The “Big Fundamental: is now the Big Coach. Tim Duncan, the greatest Spur of all time and one of the best power forwards, now roams courtside your favorite NBA teams after accepting a position to become an assistant coach under Gregg Popovich. Duncan spent 19 years of his career in San Antonio. Paired with David Robison of...

To Patch or Not to Patch

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It has been an interesting week in entertainment, media, and sports.  On the one hand, we saw Disney secure significant box office records, Netflix break ranks and sign a deal with SAF-AFTRA, and yours truly did a webinar on “Esports: the Differences between Entertainment and Sports dealmaking.”  Plus, we learned that a professional baseball player signed a “beard” clause.  We now may see baseball...

Jamon Brown gives back to Louisville

Fans rejoice as football season slowly approaches. Yet, before guard Jamon Brown takes the field for the Atlanta Falcons training camp, there was a promise to keep in his home city. Brown, who was drafted in the third round of the 2015 NFL draft by the then St. Louis Rams, attended Fern...

5 Takeaways from The Fair Pay to Play Act

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If passed by the California Legislature, the Fair Pay to Play Act will allow student-athletes to hire an agent or attorney for their business deals, guarantee the same rights given to Olympic athletes, would prohibit schools in California from taking away scholarships or eligibility from college athletes who use their image and notoriety to make money, and would go into effect January...