FOS Premier: MLB Group eyes Nashville

The Los Angeles Rams will once again make their NFL Draft selections from the comfort of a luxurious “draft house” – this time in the Hollywood Hills. The 2022 Draft House — which costs $9,500 per night to rent — has 14,000 square feet of living space and includes a pool, skate ramp, game room, and golf simulator. The three-day event will begin on April 28.

Major League Baseball hasn’t announced any plans to expand beyond its current 30 teams, but a group led by retired ace Dave Stewart is ready for now.

Stewart was hired by Music City Baseball to lead a group seeking to bring an MLB team to Nashville.

  • Stewart is favor minority investors, saying“The time has come for black ownership in Major League Baseball.”
  • He said the group plans to raise $2 billion to buy an expansion team.
  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said last year that $2.2 billion would be “a benchmark in terms of assessing expansion opportunities”.

The league’s current priority is to find new homes for the Oakland A and Tampa Bay Stingraysbut once these situations are resolved, it is widely believed that the league will look to add teams.

The planned name for the Nashville team is the Starsa tribute to the Negro League team that played there in the 1940s and 1950s.

The city of music moves

Nashville quickly became one of the major sports centers in the South.

The city won the NHL Nashville Predators in 1998 and the NFL Tennessee Titans the next year. Nashville Soccer Club joined MLS in 2020. City hosted the NFL Draft in 2019 and hopes to do it again in 2024 or 2025.

Meanwhile, the Titans are in negotiations with the local government on a new stadium, and in August the city will host IndyCar’s Grand Prize of the City of Musicwhich debuted last year.

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Robert Garrigus could be the first PGA Tour member to play in the controversial Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational – if approved.

Garrigus, who has a PGA Tour victory under his belt, would have asked for a release of the organization to participate in the London tournament, a requirement for all overseas competitions. More golfers are expected to do the same, but on Tuesday Garrigus was the only player to do so.

Players must request release at least 45 days before the first roundand the Tour is required to make a decision at least 30 days before the event.

  • The LIV Golf Invitational is scheduled for June 9-11.
  • Players must submit their requests by April 25, and the Tour must decide before May 10.

LIV Golf, an organization backed by the Saudi sovereign wealth fund, has announced seven more events this year. Each of the eight tournaments will offer $25 million scholarshipsthe winner receiving $4 million.

Since his last top 10 in 2018, Garrigus has reportedly earned around $320,000, with total PGA Tour earnings reaching $14.9 million.

Still controversial

Saudi Arabia has been in hot water for alleged Abuse of human rights including unlawful killings, enforced disappearances, torture, arbitrary arrests, etc. Some have accused the country of “sports wash” or use the sport to distract from such abuse.

The country’s sovereign wealth fund previously tried to launch a rival tour but top players refused to join, leading it to focus on independent tournaments Instead.

News Corp is joining a consortium that plans to launch an online sports betting brand in Australia, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Consortium includes Las Vegas-based digital gaming investor and advisor Tekkorp Capital and former CEO of BetEasy Matthew Tripp.

A formal announcement could come this week, with the aim of officially launching the service ahead of Australia’s spring horse racing season, which begins in August and ends in November.

The pending mark, which has a working title of PariRwill be powered by BetMakers Technology Group, an Australian betting data and analytics provider.

  • News Corp, owner of Dow Jones & Co., has been targeting the sports betting market for over a year.
  • Its media assets will promote the brand, including Foxtel and the Kayo Sports streaming service.
  • The brand will help offset revenue declines within News Crop’s print media assets.

Falling revenue from its print media assets has not hampered News Corp’s recent financial success. The media conglomerate has generated $2.72 billion in revenue in the second quarter of the fiscal year, an increase of 13% year-on-year. News Crop’s probability nearly hit $1 billion in the first half of FY2022.

Promising company

News Corp tapping into the sports betting market is shaping up to be a promising venture as the global online gambling market is expected to reach $131.4 billion by 2027.

The company faces stiff competition in a mature Australian sports betting market, led by Sports betwhich has a 50% market share and handled $15.6 billion in bets in 2021.

  • In The Leadoff, Disney and Amazon are among bidders for Indian Premier League media rights, the number of bidders for the sale of the Denver Broncos has dropped to five, the Cleveland Browns are under investigation by the NFL over tanking allegations and Carolina Panthers terminate $800 contract. million headquarters development project. Click here to listen.
  • Wimbledon has announced that players from Russia and Belarus do not be allowed to participate in this year’s tournament, which begins on June 27. The world’s oldest tennis tournament blamed Russia’s “unwarranted” invasion of Ukraine on bans imposed on players from those countries.
  • A Miami judge has would have ordered a group of residents to show evidence that the noise generated by the Miami Formula 1 Grand Prix in May “would cause serious disturbance and physical harm”.
  • The NFL wide receiver frenzy just got a little crazier. Entering the final year of his rookie contract, Deebo Samuel asked for a trade of the San Francisco 49ers, according to ESPN’s Jeff Darlington. Further thickening the plot, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that money isn’t the main reason Samuel asked for the trade. Subscribe to Dashboard for more.

(Note: all at market close 4/20/22)

On Saturday, Tyson Fury (31-0-1) will face Dillian Whyte (28-2-0) for the WBC heavyweight world championship at Wembley Stadium in London.

Fury enters the title fight after a knockout victory over Deontay Wilder in October 2021, while Whyte is coming off a knockout victory over Alexander Povetkin last March.

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