When he officially becomes a free agent next month, Dwight Howard will have a big decision to make regarding his future both on and off the court. Several teams have expressed interest in the Los Angeles Lakers center, including the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, and Howard’s hometown Atlanta Hawks. Those teams can only offer Howard a four-year deal worth $87.6 million, whereas the Lakers can resign him for $118 million over five years. [read more]
One of the biggest sports law cases today is former college football player Sam Keller’s class action suit against the NCAA and EA Sports. The case centers on EA Sports’ NCAA Football video game franchise and the illegal use of former student athletes’ likenesses. [read more]
The NFL and Microsoft unveiled a five-year, $400 million sponsorship deal that makes the computer software company the league’s official sideline technology partner. Per the deal, coaches will be allowed to use Surface tablets on the sideline for communications and play calling. While teams will be able to use technology products from rival companies, the logos must be covered to protect Microsoft’s exclusivity. [read more]
It’s a good year to be a tennis player, as all four of the Grand Slam tournaments have announced double-digit percentage increases to their purses. The biggest increase belongs to Wimbledon, which is boosting its purse by 40% to $34.5 million. The U.S. Open is increasing prize money 31% to $33.6 million; the ongoing French Open is up 16% to $28.7 million. [read more]
Dating back nearly 50 years, to the first synthetic turf with Houston’s Astrodome in 1965, AstroTurf has had a rich history in baseball. That’s true to this day, where four of the 16 NCAA Division-1 baseball regionals, being held this weekend, are being played on AstroTurf fields. [read more]
**EA Sports used Tim Tebow’s name in several plays in “NCAA Football 10” while the quarterback was still enrolled in school.
**LeBron James’ signature Nike shoe is the best selling of any NBA player by a 6-to-1 margin.
**Sergio Garcia was condemned by TaylorMade-Adidas, his biggest sponsor, for a racial comment he made about Tiger Woods. [read more]
**MLB is being criticized for banning pink bats without Louisville Slugger logos on Mother’s Day.
**MLS signed a six-year deal with Topps to make the company the “official trading card producer” of the league.
**MLB is seeking a protective headgear product for pitchers, though no solution is imminent. [read more]
In arguably the least climactic vote in Super Bowl hosting history, San Francisco/Santa Clara was awarded the coveted Super Bowl 50 in 2016, while Houston received Super Bowl 51 in 2017. The votes were considered a foregone conclusion after Miami failed to secure a stadium renovation deal that was critical to its bid. Most incredibly, both votes were decided on the first ballot, which required 75% of owners to agree and hasn’t happened in a decade. [read more]
On Tuesday, a ferocious tornado bore down on greater Oklahoma City. Kevin Durant and the Thunder led a fast break of outreach and generosity. Durant, through his charity, the Kevin Durant Family Foundation, pledged $1 million to the American Red Cross. His donation came a day after "encouraging his fans to make $10 donations" to the disaster relief group. [read more]
MLS Commissioner Don Garber has long advocated expanding his league to 20 teams, with the milestone franchise being located within one of New York City’s five boroughs. Now, the “Soccer Don” is finally getting his wish. The New York Yankees are partnering with English Premier League club Manchester City to buy a MLS expansion franchise for $100 million. [read more]