Today in Unpacks: Leonard Armato takes HBO to task for the portrayal of Jerry West in ‘Winning Time’.
- Endeavor exceeds first quarter expectations
- The PBR World Finals will begin with 30 sponsors
- SEC Network has a new boss
- WNBA Top Shot gains momentum
- New MLB partnership includes NFT-based game
- Oliveira-Gaethje achieves the best UFC PPV sales of 2022
miss this morning buzzcast? SBJ’s David Albright talks about the future of Disney’s DTC.
Leonard Armatoa longtime leader in the sports world who has represented Lakers big Shaquille O’Neal and Kareem Abdul Jabbaris the last name in bold to dispute HBOthe representation of jerry west on “winning time.”
Armato, in the latest editorial of SBJwrites that he “refused to watch” the series after learning of “the deplorable and defamatory manner in which the producers portrayed” West.
Armato: “The underlying problem here is the insatiable need for content to fill all distribution channels and the pressure on media companies to attract viewers at all costs. Their shows are becoming TV’s version of ‘clickbait’. “. In this case, the HBO show has caught your eye with a depiction of Jerry West’s extreme and deplorable conduct that can’t help but stick out in people’s minds and you’re intrigued by the crazy thing that he will do next.
Media companies like HBO don’t care if it’s at someone’s expense and seem comfortable deliberately and maliciously twisting the truth knowing full well that these public figures will be portrayed in a defamatory manner. They know these cases are tough for public figures to win and someone like Jerry West might be reluctant to engage in a protracted and emotionally draining legal battle.”
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the PBR World Finals starts tomorrow at Dickies Arena in ft. Value with a list of 30 sponsors, according to SBJ David Broughton.
Nearly half of these brands have signed with the league in the last three years, including non-endemic brands Daring Wreck Rescue (CBD) and Nexgrill (grids).
Pendleton Whiskeypartner since 2021, will have one of the most visible activations with fans, as the title sponsor of the concert series which will feature live music every weekend night.
The 40 runners will compete to win the coveted gold buckle, made by Montana Silversmithspartner since 2011.
On the other hand, the oldest partner of the PBR, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (sponsor since 1994), will not be activated at Fort. Value. Vegas hosted the World Finals for nearly three decades before the new three-year-old Ft. Worth a residency agreement.
CBS Sports Network will broadcast the first seven rounds live, and the championship round will be broadcast live on SCS Sunday May 22.
This means that after the arena workers loaded 750 tons of Texas the dirt in the room this week, they will have to remove it for tuesday Paul McCartney gig…and then bring it all back.
|Official sponsors of the Professional Bull Riders|
|Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority||Resort and global gaming destination||1994|
|Express ranches||Purebred beef||2004|
|Priefert||Ranch and rodeo equipment||2005|
|US Border Patrol||Federal law enforcement||2008|
|boot barn||Western retailer||2010|
|Lucas Oil||Engine oil and additives||2011|
|Montana Silversmiths||Trophy buckle||2011|
|Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation||Organization of services||2011|
|South Point||Resort hotel and casino||2012|
|monster energy||energy product||2013|
|YETI||Hard/soft coolers and glasses||2018|
|Can Am||ATV and sport/recreational side-by-side||2019|
|Union Home Mortgage||Mortgages||2020|
|Daring Wreck Rescue||CBD||2021|
|Pluto TV||Video on demand||2021|
|TAAT||Combustible smoke product||2021|
|Tractor Supply Co.||Home Improvement, Lawn & Garden, Pet Products||2021|
|Visit Fort Worth||Championship city||2022|
Effort “overcome Wall Street expectations in the first quarter of 2022, beating revenue and earnings per share as the company’s segments continue to see growth return in a world with far fewer COVID-19 restrictions,” notes the Hollywood journalist.
The company’s live events and experiences segment grew 53% from a year ago to $825.8 million, “due to more full-capacity events the company was exposed to or whose she was the owner”, in particular Super Bowl LVIthe ATP/WTA Miami Open and men Final square.
Endeavor’s sports properties, led by cfu and ACBrose 5% to $296.7 million, “primarily due to improved UFC sponsorship, licensing and attendance numbers (UFC had one less event last quarter than a year ago, and no ‘signature’ events), plus additional PBR events.”
Endeavor noted that the UFC sold out all of its pay-per-view events in the first quarter, while PBR sold seven shows. The Miami Open also had its highest attendance, and Super Bowl LVI was the biggest hospitality event by revenue in On-site experiences history (Endeavor is now the full owner of OLE).
After market close, shares of Endeavor were trading at $20.00 per share, up 9%.
Texas A&M AD Deputy/External Relations & Business Development Michael Thompson Jr.., who helped shape SEC Network for nearly a decade on campus, will now lead the ESPN-chain owned, reports SBJ’s Michael Smith.
The veteran college administrator will now oversee all aspects of programming and programming for the SEC Network and Longhorn Network. Thompson replaces Stacie McCollumwho joined DraftKings in February to become its programming manager. Thompson, whose title at ESPN will be VP/Programming and Acquisitions, will report to Senior Vice President/Programming and Acquisitions Ilan Ben Hananand will be based at SEC Net headquarters in Charlotte.
In his new role, Thompson will serve as point of contact for ESPN’s affairs with the SEC and will work directly with the commissioner. Greg Sankey and deputy commissioner Charlie Hussey. His responsibilities will include profit and loss, programming strategy, content acquisitions, live event programming and setting long-term strategy for SEC Network. The official conference website, SECsports.com, is also under this umbrella.
New data show that WNBA Best Shot already raises awareness of the women’s game, writes SBJ’s David Rumsey. A survey of 2,000 collectors on Discord Top Shot showed that 58% agreed that bringing the WNBA to Top Shot made them more interested in following the league.
Additionally, 62% of collectors said they learned more about the WNBA since it was added to Top Shot.
the Ace of Las Vegas generated the most transactions (84,979), followed by Dallas Wings (64,855), Atlanta Dream (63,990), Sparks of LA (62,852) and Washington Mystics (57,595).
For gamers (past and present) in particular, A’ja Wilson generated the most gross revenue, followed by Diana Taurasi, Candice Parker, Lisa Leslie and Sue Bird.
MLB, MLB Inc Players. and Paris-based So rare today announced plans to launch the league’s first free-to-play NFT-based game in a new partnership, writes SBJ’s Erik Bacharach.
The game is due out this summer. Sorare, making a foray into North American sports for the first time after being involved solely in football games since its launch in 2018, becomes the “Official NFT Baseball Game Partner of MLB”. A teamthe MLBPA’s group player licensing partner, facilitated the deal.
“For us, we wanted a product made by an experienced team,” MLB Exec VP/Business Development Kenny Gersch told SBJ about the genesis of the partnership. “There really aren’t many in this space, and we’ve seen the success of Sorare in Europe. They were able to create a game that the fans there really enjoy, a game that creates engagement, that creates communities.
Gersh added that it was important to see Sorare hiring experienced staff WE execs – like COO Ryan Spoon and business development manager Michael Meltzer — To conduct business in the United States.
- ESPN+ sold over 400,000 WE PPV units for UFC 274 Saturday evening in Phoenix titled by Charles Oliveira – Justin Gaethjeaccording to a source cited by SBJ’s Adam Stern. It was the UFC’s fifth PPV event of 2022, and Saturday’s number is the best yet.
- Bill Simmons will become Spotify‘s Head of Global Sports Content and is “responsible for developing and directing the audio giant’s sports content and strategy outside of the WE.” as part of further internal restructuring, reports the Hollywood journalist.
- Earththe cryptocurrency company that signed a $40 million partnership with the Nationals in February, had its algorithmic stablecoin TerraUSD (UST) is trading below $0.30 yesterday. SportTechie’s Andre Cohen to the story.
- kentucky derby winner Rich Strike will circumvent the Precocity issues and points to the last step of the Triple Crownthe Belmont Stakes June 11.
- Circuit of the Americas and Elevate Sports Ventures are rolling out new premium travel packages for United States Aramco F1 Grand Prix later this year in Austinone of the first innovations of their partnership which began this year.
- Fox Sports‘surprising move to sign Tom Brady as its peak NFL gaming analyst – even before he’s finished his playing career – is the main topic of this week’s sports media podcast with SBJ’s John Ourand and the NY Post Andre Marchand. Listen to the full episode here.