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NBA Protests

by Justin Lyons

The clock struck 4:05 p.m. on Aug 26 in Orlando, and neither the Magic nor the Bucks were on the court for the tip-off of the fifth game of their playoff series.

Playing their home games just 40 miles from Kenosha, Wisconsin, it’s safe to say that the shooting of Jacob Blake by Kenosha police literally hit close to home for the Bucks players.

The Orlando Magic originally took the court for their game, but they decided to leave when it appeared the Bucks weren’t coming. That court was now empty aside from the NBA logos, the regulation markings and “Black Lives Matter” in bold text across the side closest to the scorer’s table.

Then, the tweet from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski came at 4:13 p.m. Orlando time saying that the Bucks officially decided to boycott the fifth game of the series.

News broke later that the Rockets, Thunder, Trail Blazers and Lakers all decided to boycott their games, as well, in a show of unity.

It was the spark that started the fire, as basketball wouldn’t be played again until Aug. 29.

Bucks guard George Hill was one of the most outspoken players on the team regarding the shooting of Jacob Blake, making it very clear that he couldn’t continue to play basketball to distract from the reality of what’s happening in the United States.

The Brewers, the Milwaukee baseball team that plays its home games just a short drive from where the Bucks play, also decided to cancel their Aug. 26 game against the Reds.

Brewers star Christian Yelich said it was a unanimous decision from the team to not play.

“I think the Bucks spearheaded it for us,” Yelich said. “They started the discussion. It gave us a conversation to have. It was eye-opening for us, and we felt like it was the right thing to do.”

The NHL also joined in the protests, postponing games Aug. 27 and Aug. 28.

Later on the night of Aug. 26, Shams Charania reported via Twitter that the Lakers and Clippers, both of which are still contenders for the title, voted to boycott the rest of the season. LeBron James reportedly led the movement to cancel the season, which is no surprise given his history of fighting for social justice.

Giannis Antetokounmpo said the Bucks were able to get in contact with Blake’s father very quickly. Blake’s father was moved to tears by the gesture.

According to an article from ESPN, Antetokounmpo said, “Obviously, it’s gonna be games that you come in and score 30, 35, 50 or whatever the case might be, but that you’re going to remember. The way we felt, we’re going to remember the way we felt for the rest of our lives.”

The Bucks were eliminated from the playoffs Tuesday, which begs the question of how they will respond. Hill expressed disappointment that he had to be in the Orlando bubble instead of fighting for justice, so it should be interesting to see where the Bucks go from here.

Eyes are also shifting to the NFL, which starts Thursday. The entire nation will have its eyes on protests and social justice initiatives from a league that has been just as outspoken as the NBA.

Ultimate Rivals: The Rink

The glass ceiling has finally been shattered in video games. For the first time ever, female athletes can compete against, or alongside, male athletes. Ultimate Rivals: The Rink, from Bit Fry, is a new, fast-paced “2 vs. 2” hockey game that features many of today’s top athletes – men and women.

The game features female soccer stars such as Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd, and WNBA stars Diana Taurasi, Skylar Diggins-Smith and Elena Delle Donne who can play against the likes of LeBron James, Russell Wilson, Mookie Betts, Mike Trout and Alex Ovechkin. For example, Megan Rapinoe can team up with LeBron James to take on a team featuring Diana Taurasi and Clayton Kershaw.

Another first for this game — star athletes from all the major sports leagues are playing with and against each other. Bit Fry has secured groundbreaking licensing agreements with nine major professional sports organizations, including the NHL, NHL Players’ Association (NHLPA), NBA, National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), MLB, MLB Players Association (MLBPA), NFLPA, Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA), USWNTPA, as well as Wayne Gretzky.

More information is at UltimateRivals.com

A trailer for the game can be seen here

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SportsGrid × STIRR

​​​​​​​​​SportsGrid, the nation’s first and only 24-hour network for the sports wagering audience will launch today on STIRR, Sinclair Broadcast Group’s free, ad-supported streaming service offering access to more than 70 of the most popular local news and sports, entertainment and digital first channels. STIRR users will have access to SportsGrid’s real-time convergence of live expert analysis with key statistics and gaming intelligence for sports enthusiasts.

The SportsGrid Network schedule offers 18 hours of live original programming daily, originating from a team of expert analysts streaming live from state-of-the-art television production facilities located in New York City adjacent to Madison Square Garden and at the Meadowlands inside the FanDuel Sportsbook. The network’s coverage will include odds, matchups, injury reports, news and more across the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, College sports, Tennis and Soccer.

SportsGrid Founder and President Louis M. Maione said, “With the start of the new NBA and NHL seasons, SportsGrid’s launch on STIRR is ideal with their platform’s focus on local markets, sports and events. The network’s daily coverage and analysis of the local and regional professional and college teams, players and game match-ups will engage fans on gameday throughout the year.”

“We are excited to add Sportsgrid to our rapidly growing line up of sports channels which now include Stadium, Tennis Channel’s The T, STIRR Sports featuring high school sports and more,” said Adam Ware, General Manager of STIRR. “Interest in Sports Wagering is on the rise and with Sportsgrid, STIRR now offers compelling programming for those fans.”

About SportsGrid Inc.

SportsGrid is a digital-first linear video network streaming exclusive live original programming providing extensive sports gambling coverage of all the major sports. The network’s 18 hours of live programming gives the fanatical sports wagering fan the news, scores, odds, rumors, match-ups and insightful expert commentary. The SportsGrid strategic partnership with Sportradar enables the network to integrate their real-time delivery of player and team news, data, statistics and betting intelligence into all the programming on the schedule. SportsGrid is the multimedia destination to serve the massive sports wagering audience with the unquestionable best of breed sports wagering programming and data.

About STIRR

STIRR is a free ad-supported streaming service featuring a mix of live local news, TV shows, movies, sports and lifestyle programming. Each week, STIRR delivers more than 2,400 hours of live, local news, in addition to more than 140 live, linear channels. STIRR also offers a robust video on-demand library, with more than 3,300 hours of content available to audiences. The STIRR app is available on Roku TV, Fire TV, Apple TV as well as iOS and Android devices or on the web at www.STIRR.com. Based in Santa Monica, CA STIRR is a first of its kind OTT service created owned and operating by Sinclair Broadcasting Group.

New Season Ticket Agreement between Sports Events

New Season Ticket Agreement between Sports Events 365 and Atletico Madrid will Allow Fans to Get Closer to the Team’s Football Stars.

Among other options, buyers of upgraded tickets from Sports Events 365 will be able to be part of the welcome team and arrive two hours before the match to receive the players.

Sports Events 365, the international provider of tickets for sports and music events worldwide, has expanded its existing season ticket agreement for the 2019/2020 season with Atletico Madrid, one of the leading clubs in Spain and Europe. This season is expected to be especially exciting due to the addition of Portuguese forward Joao Felix, the 19-year-old acquired earlier this year for 113 million Euro by the Spanish club. The wonderkid, who arrived at Atletico this summer, is already being dubbed the next Cristiano Ronaldo.

The expanded agreement offers fans new and unique opportunities before and after games. The options available include being part of the welcome team and arriving two hours before the match to receive the players; arriving four hours before the match for an exclusive guided tour through the Wanda Metropolitano stadium; a penalty shootout experience at the stadium 15 minutes after the end of the game and the midfield experience involving taking a picture on the field after the
match. The expanded agreement offers clubs additional sources of income.

“We are looking to offer this model first implemented with Atletico Madrid with other clubs interested in increasing their revenues,” says Sefi Donner, founder and CEO of Sports Events 365. He noted that demand for Atletico tickets witnessed phenomenal growth after the club won the 2018 UEFA Super Cup. Donner predicts “a further 15% growth in sales in the Spanish market in the coming year.”

Sports Events 365 also has season ticket agreements with other top La Liga clubs as well as with Italy’s AS Roma. The company is looking to sign similar agreements with other leading European clubs as part of its expansion strategy and direct contact with 60 major football clubs in Spain, Italy, England, France and Portugal. The season ticket agreements allow Sports Events 365 to cater to the needs of groups of tourists who are looking for a much larger number of tickets to
matches.

About Sports Events 365

Established in 2006, Sports Events 365 sells tickets to sports and music events which take place in 50 countries. Sports Events 365 has been selling tickets to customers from 150 countries to most of the 60,000 yearly events on its search engine. The company offers fully guaranteed tickets alongside personal and direct service seven days a week at competitive prices and selected technology tools for sharing content and online sales.

The range of sports events that the company offers includes tickets for football matches in major European leagues and international championships for teams. Sport Events 365 also offers tickets for prominent events in tennis, European basketball and rugby, along with American basketball (NBA), football (NFL), ice hockey (NHL) and baseball (MLB) events. The company’s website also offers tickets to concerts of world-class musical artists such as the Rolling Stones, U2
and Celine Dion. As a true global and multi-lingual organization, Sports Events 365 operates websites in 22 languages in addition to a large number of jointly branded websites with travel companies.

Please visit the Sports Events 365 site here.

Dallas Stars Acquire Jamie Oleksiak From Penguins

By Reid Urban

The Dallas Stars have decided to bring back a familiar name.

The Stars have reacquired Jamie Oleksiak from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a 2019 fourth-round pick. This news also comes with the latest announcement from the Stars that Marc Methot will undergo season-ending left knee surgery, so Oleksiak is likely to take Methot’s place in the lineup

What’s interesting about this trade is that the fourth-round pick Dallas is sending back was the same one that Pittsburgh sent to Dallas to acquire Oleksiak last season.

It seems certain that Oleksiak will be in the lineup for the Stars on Wednesday when they play the Buffalo Sabres.

BEST CITIES TO VISIT IN 2019

From cities that may be closer to home to exciting overseas destinations, these are some of the top places to visit in 2019.

Auckland, New Zealand

The vibrant capital city of New Zealand recently became one of just 31 cities that are part of the UNESCO Creative Cities network for music. This trending travel destination is home to many of the nation’s renowned artists and institutions. No matter when you visit you can expect to find fabulous live tunes and there’s likely to be a music festival or special event to enjoy too. Visitors can also look forward to the famous panoramic vistas from the iconic Sky Tower and exploring countless museums like the Auckland Art Gallery, the largest art institution in the country featuring more than 15,000 works of historic, modern and contemporary art.

Chicago, Illinois

The Windy City has been popping up on lists of top travel destinations everywhere in recent years, and for good reason. It’s one of America’s top foodie cities, with high quality dishes served at all price points from deep dish pizza to hot dogs and fine dining at the two Michelin-starred Acadia. Chicago is also home to one of the world’s greatest museums, the Art Institute of Chicago and five pro sports teams: the MLB’s White Sox and Cubs, the NFL’s Bears, the NHL’s Blackhawks and the NBA’s Chicago Bulls making it easy to catch a game just about anytime of the year. There’s so much to do in this midwestern city you might just find yourself browsing through Chicago real estate looking for your next new home.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires is a place everyone should visit at least once and 2019 may be one of the best times to check this Argentinian city off your travel bucket list. Airfares are lower than ever thanks to low-cost carriers and emerging airlines, and the dollar is incredible strong against the Argentinian peso too, making that famously tasty Malbec more affordable than ever. Look forward to walking through the delightful pedestrian areas and watching tango dances in the streets as you explore the wealth of wine bars, cafes and steakhouses.

Berlin, Germany

There are two important anniversaries in Berlin that will be marked in 2019, including the 30-year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the centenary of the Bauhaus, with its festival held from January 16 to January 24. Stroll through Berlin Mitte, the historical heart of the city. and you’ll be able to check out many of its top sites like the Brandenburg Gate, the iconic symbol of Berlin that symbolizes the reunification of the West and East. If you visit in September, the weather is not only likely to be ideal, but you can attend the Lollapalooza Berlin, hosted on September 8 and 9 in 2019. It’s sure to bring plenty of big-name artists – last year’s lineup included headliners like Imagine Dragons and Liam Gallagher. It also features an open-air art gallery, street theater, wine bars and a festival for kids.

Canucks Place Brendan Leipsic On Waivers

By Reid Urban

The Vancouver Canucks have placed forward Brendan Leipsic on waivers today. Leipsic did not play in their most recent game and will most likely be sent to the minors if he clears waivers.

Unfortunately, Leipsic has not made an impact so far this season on head coach Travis Green and the rest of the Canucks coaching staff. He came over from the Vegas Golden Knights last season, but hasn’t put up the numbers they expected out of him. He’s had limited minutes and when he has played, he has only five points to show for it. The move was made in anticipation of Jay Beagle finally coming back into the lineup, while the Canucks also felt that they needed to see some development in Adam Gaudette.

Leipsic could potentially go to another team, as two offensive talents recently swapped teams via waivers. However, there doesn’t seem to be as much interest in Leipsic. If that’s the case, the Utica Comets, the AHL affiliate of the Canucks, could be getting a huge boost in their offensive lineup. Through 188 career regular season AHL games, he has 159 points. However, his last stint in the AHL came during the 2016-17 season. We’ll see if he can turn it around at the AHL, assuming he is not claimed before he clears waivers.

Calgary Flames Recall Andrew Mangiapane

By Reid Urban

Andrew Mangiapane is getting another chance to prove himself at the NHL level.

Today, the Calgary Flames announced that they have recalled the forward from their AHL affiliate, the Stockton Heat.

Mangiapane is currently playing in his third year down in Stockton. He is averaging around a point-per-game so far this season and has seven goals and seven assists in 13 games so far this season. Last season up with Calgary, he played in 10 games for them while at the AHL level, he had 21 goals and 25 assists, good for 46 points in a total of 39 games played.

The Flames will look to extend their four-game home point streak against the Los Angeles Kings tonight, while the Stockton Heat will kick off a six-game home stand against the Ontario Reign.

Trevor Lewis Out With Broken Foot

By Reid Urban

The injuries keep continuing to pile up for the Los Angeles Kings and today, they lost another player to a long-term injury.

Forward Trevor Lewis broke his foot in morning skate on Friday and is out on a week-to-week basis. This news comes on the heels of the team recalling goalie Cole Kehler to replace Peter Budaj, who is battling an illness. Kehler will back up Petersen tonight and perhaps the next few games.

Losing Lewis is a big blow for the Kings. Despite his lackluster offensive numbers on the season, he is a big key forward for them. He averages around 14 minutes a night and he is regularly on the penalty kill. His stats this season were also in the positive, despite him only having three points in 17 games. He is still very reliable and in tough situations, interim head coach Willie Desjardins has put him out there.

In his absence, newcomer Carl Hagelin will most likely pick up the penalty kill minutes. However, it’s still unclear who might get the increased opportunity up front, as Hagelin may not be the immediate answer beyond the penalty kill.

Hopefully, Lewis can recover and get back onto this team before any more damage can be done. However, his injury and the recent trade of Tanner Pearson may either be bad news or it could allow younger and more excited rookies to get into the lineup and produce.

Kings Trade Tanner Pearson to Pittsburgh

By Reid Urban

Tanner Pearson has had his struggles this season but it looks like those struggles may have cost him his tenure in Los Angeles.

On Wednesday, the day after the Los Angeles Kings lost 5-1 to the Maple Leafs, the Kings traded Pearson to the Pittsburgh Penguins for forward Carl Hagelin. Pittsburgh is expected to retain about 6.25% of Hagelin’s contract, which amounts to $250K.

While the Kings certainly get rid of a player who hasn’t done much for them this season, they do get a speedy forward, who should be an upgrade over what Pearson brought.

General Manager Rob Blake said about the trade, “Our team is obviously not in a position that we are comfortable with in terms of how we are playing. This is a change to our line-up that gives us an additional amount of speed. With Carl Hagelin his number one asset is speed and getting to holes, and we think he will play a big role on the penalty kill for us going forward.”

In addition to that trade, the Kings have also recalled Matt Luff from the Ontario Reign.

Hagelin is likely to get his first action with the Kings on Friday when they play in Chicago.