The Sunday – Bad Things But Great Shots

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 1.29.2017

The Bad Side of Basketball

UAB vs La Tech got a little heated. In fact 4 players were ejected.

And the Oscar goes to….

Mr Noah….c’mon man!

 

Scoring Chances

Sean Monahan makes it look easy.

Just get out of the way of a Shea Weber shot. Please. It’s for your own safety.

 

Smashing

Let’s face it, we at some point all wanted to do what Chris Pronger did to Justin Bieber Saturday night.

Steph Curry Moment of the Week

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The NBA’s New Revenue

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard


May is always a busy month for the NBA which is why you probably didn’t even notice the announcement back in April that starting with the 2016-2017 season, you will now see advertisements on jerseys. Shortly their after the Philadelphia 76ers announced their deal with StubHub to be the first company with it’s logo on a game jersey. This is a very smart financial move by the NBA and goes right in line with making all their franchises global brands.

StubHub 76ersThis is only a three year pilot program but the odds are that this will stick because of the revenue it generates. The NBA has probably realized that the days of escalating TV contracts are probably gone. With that source of revenue probably flat in the future, it behoves the league now to look at other options and that’s exactly what they are doing.

manu jerseyTo give you some precedent, soccer clubs have been selling the space on the front of the jersey and for big money too. Manchester United sold their space to Chevrolet for seven years and some $560 million. Granted the logo is front and center while the NBA’s will only be 2.5 inches by 2.5 inches so getting the $560 million is gonna be a little tough. In fact the 76ers deal is only worth $15 million ($5 million per the three year pilot program).

This sponsorship move by the NBA will only expand. This works for a lot of other sports like soccer, golf and auto racing so it makes sense that it would work in the NBA. It’s hard to image that the NBA would leave revenue on the table especially when the odds are that that revenue number will only increase. So get use to it NBA fans and for you NHL fans, you are probably next.

What To Watch: Fri. 4/29 – Sun. 5/1

All times are Pacific.

Friday April 29th

New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox – 4pm MLBN: Hey, it’s the Yankees vs the Red Sox. It’s doesn’t get any better.

NFL Draft – 4pm NFL Network/ESPN2: Rounds two and three will be in primetime and a lot of good players will be on the board.

Toronto Raptors at Indiana Pacers – 4:30pm ESPNEWS: The Pacers look to stave off elimination against the Raptors.

BLUES V STARS FIGHTSt Louis Blues at Dallas Stars – 5pm NBCSN: These two were neck and neck most of the regular season and the Blues just came off of a brutal series with Chicago. Will that and inconsistent goaltending be their downfall?

Nashville Predators at San Jose Sharks – 7:30pm NBCSN: The Preds won three of the four road games against the Anaheim Ducks in the first round. Sharks better be ready to go.

Saturday April 30th

NFL Draft – 9am NFL Network/ESPN: Rounds four through seven. It’s also fun to see how delirious the commentators get by this point too.

New York Islanders at Tampa Bay Lightning – Noon NBC: Game 2.

Montreal Impact vs Colorado Rapids – 1pm MLS.TV: This is a surprisingly good matchup. Not many people picked these two to be in second place in the respective divisions. Yet here we are.

Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals – 5pm NBC: Game 2 of a series that is going to be the one to watch in the second round. Lots of stars, lots of offense and which ever team wins it will be considered the favorites to go to the Stanley Cup Final.

Sunday May 1st

Leicester City vs Manchester United – 6am NBCSN: Leicester City can wrap up the Premier League title. This still should blow your mind.

San Francisco Giants at New York Mets – 10am MLB.TV: Pretty good pitching matchup on tap as the Bumgarner squares off against Syndergaard.

Portland Timbers vs Toronto FC – 12:30pm ESPN: Michael Bradley and company head to the Rose City to take on a Timbers team that has yet to find it’s playoff form from a year ago.

Sporting KC vs LA Galaxy – 5pm FS1: This is a playoff game disguised as a regular season matchup. Let’s see how the Galaxy deal with Blue Hell. They’ve looked very good so far now and still have a couple of key guys out with suspensions and injuries.

New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox – 5pm ESPN: What a game to cap off the weekend in sports. Big Papi has only got a few more games to get his knocks in against the Bronx Bombers.

Nashville Predators at San Jose Sharks – 5pm NBCSN: Game two from the shark tank.

The Sunday: Surprises and the Unexpected

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard


Beneath Where Beavers Play

BonesIt’s not been a good run for the Oregon State football team the last two years. They have lost a total of 17 games and to pour salt on an open wound, while doing renovations to Reser Stadium bones of a mammoth were uncovered. No word yet on if the this will help the Beavers beat the Ducks next season.

 

 

Last Rodeo

The Super Bowl is a week away and many pundits feel that this could be Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s last game. He nearly said as much at the 50 yard line to New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick after last weekends 20-18 victory over the Patriots in the AFC Championship game.

Regardless, we still get one more game with Peyton.

 

Curtain of Distraction

Not sure where this ranks but having an Olympian with multiple Gold Medals pop out from behind the Curtain of Distraction while you’re trying to shoot free throws would probably cause most people to miss. Well it did cause the Oregon State player to miss both free throws.

 

Another Hit

Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman has been suspended for his cheap shot hit…on a ref! Wideman claims that he didn’t see the ref and was just trying to get off the ice after taking a heavy hit into the boards himself. You decide. His hearing with the NHL is on Tuesday February 2nd after which it will be decided how many games he will be out.

 

Earn It

LeBron James may seem to have it all. Multiple championships, MVP’s, Gold Medals and a lifetime Nike contract. Well he also earns all these things. Saturday night he got his pocket picked by the San Antonio Spurs Manu Ginobili and then hustled down to the other end of the court to block the shot.

That’s what I’m talking about!

 

Steph Curry Moment of the Week

What to Watch: Fri. 12/18 – Sun. 12/20

All times are Pacific.

Friday December 18th

Boston Bruins at Pittsburgh Penguins – 4pm NHL Gamecenter: Two proud franchises and two that plan on making a deep run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Tampa Bay Lightning at Washington Capitals – 4pm NHL Gamecenter: The Caps are leading the Metropolitan division but it’s only a matter of time before the Lightning turn it around.

Blake GriffinLA Clippers at San Antonio Spurs – 5pm ESPN: Two powerhouses in the western conference square off. This means a whole lot of star power too. Blake Griffin, TIm Duncan, Chris Paul, Kawhi Leonard, LeMarcus Aldridge, DeAndre Jordan, etc.

 

Richmond at North Dakota State – 5pm ESPN2: It’s the first of two FCS Semifinal games. NDSU looks to make it to a fifth straight National Title game. Richmond hasn’t been there since 2008 when it beat Montana.

 

Saturday December 19th

Utah at Duke – 9am ESPN: Big out of conference match-up. Duke has not lost at home to an out of conference opponent in what seems like forever.

Villanova at Virginia – 9am ESPN2: One of four top 25 match-ups in college basketball this weekend.

UNC vs UCLA – 10am CBS: This one is being played at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Two legendary programs and two pretty good teams this year.

BYU vs UTAH – 12:30pm ABC: The Las Vegas bowl is a renewal of an old rivalry. One called the ‘Holy War’. Expect a good one and lets see if both teams can keep it a clean game.

Sam Houston State at Jacksonville State – 1pm ESPNU: The second FCS Semifinal match-up. Shootout probability: HIGH.

Butler at Purdue -2pm BTN: Another one of the top 25 match-ups in college basketball.

Ohio vs Appalachian State – 2:30pm ESPN: One of the more solid games this bowl season. Yes it has a funny name (Camilla Bowl) but these two teams have a combined 18 wins this season. That’s better than a lot of bowl games.

Montreal Canadiens at Dallas Stars – 4pm NHLN: Division leaders square off in the Lone Star State.

UFC on FOX – 5pm FOX: Lightweight title is on the line as Rafael Dos Anjos takes on Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone. Former Heavyweight champ Junior Dos Santos takes on Alistair Overeem and Nate Diaz returns to face Michael Johnson.

LA Clippers at Houston Rockets – 5pm NBA League Pass: The Texas road trip is always tough. Second game in two night for the Clippers against a solid team.

 

Sunday December 20th

Watford vs Liverpool – 5:30pm NBCSN: Liverpool sits a point behind Watford for the seventh spot in the Premier League table.

Carolina Panthers at NY Giants  – 10am FOX: Panthers are still undefeated and in the playoffs. Giants are fighting for their playoff lives and this would be a big, big win.

Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings – 10am FOX: Big battle in the NFC North.

Green Bay Packers at Oakland Raiders – 1pm FOX: Aaron Rodgers returns home…and he gets to face Khalil Mack who had five sacks last weekend at Denver.

Denver Broncos at Pittsburgh Steelers – 1:25pm CBS: The best defense in the league (Broncos) takes on the second best offense in the league (Steelers). Any questions?

Atlanta Hawks at Orlando Magic – 3pm NBA League Pass: Solid match up for your Sunday afternoon.

OvechkinWashington Capitals at NY Rangers – 4pm NHLN: Alex Ovechkin and the Caps take their show on the road to the Big Apple.

Arizona Cardinals at Philadelphia Eagles – 5:25pm NBC: The Cards are rolling and the Eagles have won two in a row against two playoff caliber teams.

The Sunday: Glimpses of Hope

Nice Job Coach

Vancouver Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson has done an outstanding job so far this year. The Caps lead the Western Conference with 42 points and this past week in a Champions League match against Cascadia rivals Seattle he nonchalantly just leaned forward and back heeled the ball back onto the pitch. Well done coach.

 

Bowled Over

The NE Patriots didn’t think defensive lineman Vince Wilfork had ‘it’ anymore. Well this video shows that they may have been mistaken.

 

History

Sam AlsMichael Sam made his professional debut with the Montreal Alouette’s on Friday night against the Ottawa Redblacks. While he didn’t record a sack – or even a tackle – history was made. The first openly gay professional football player on the field during a regular season game. Now it’s a matter of how long before he feels comfortable in the CFL game to make a significant impact.

The Switch

MLB Advanced Media (BAM) is getting the NHL in a move was announced earlier this week. That means that the live streaming once hosted by NeuLion is going to BAM along all the rest of the NHL’s media content. This includes the NHL Network and any NHL apps.

This is another big win for BAM who now handles the backend live streaming for HBO Go, WWE, March Madness, Watch ESPN along with MLB.TV.

Out Thinking Viewing Habits

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard

When you stop and think about it for a minute it can truly boggle your mind. Much like a brain freeze from drinking something cold too quickly. That might have been what people had when they thought they were making well informed decisions when it came to scheduling the Stanley Cup Final and the NBA Finals.

Game one of the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Tampa Bay Lightning was played on Wednesday evening. Game two….not until Saturday? Two full days off after playing one game. Strange but when the scheduling also cost the Tampa Bay area a few Garth Brooks concertswell we are pretty sure that there are some unhappy folks in the Tampa St. Pete area. While Brooks and the venue are trying to find dates to reschedule the shows, we’re pretty sure one show could have fit in if game two was played on Friday instead of Saturday.

2015 Stanley Cup Final

To add insult to injury, NBC Sports lies about the start time of the game…again. As we have pointed out many times on this blog, NBC Sports is a major offender when it comes to advertising what time a game of any kind is going to start. While the start time for game one of the Stanley Cup Final was advertised as 8pm EST, the puck was actually dropped at 8:22pm EST (6:22 MST as you can see.)

The NBA Finals are a whole nother story. The Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers potential seven game series is scheduled to be played on Thursdays, Sundays and Tuesdays. It’s bad enough that both teams have been sitting for over a week which we assume is so that both teams could be “healthy”. But in all fairness, is anyone really healthy after an 82 game regular season and three playoff series?

There has to be somebody, somewhere who has numbers to back up these scheduling decisions (not to sure about the start time decisions though).The fact is, play the damn games. Do you really think no one watches TV on a Friday night? You also lose the energy around these series when you take these breaks. While it may seem like a smart idea on paper, not having a game on a Friday night and then scheduling one against ‘Game of Thrones’ is just plain dumb.

The Fear Of The New

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard

One thing that sports organizations don’t well is embrace new technology. Not many companies do for that matter. Most of the time companies have this knee jerk reaction to new technologies or methodologies and that reaction usually involves lawyers. This is the case with Periscope (and a similar service called Meerkat). Instead of freaking out they should be generating ideas on how to integrate this application as opposed to trying to shut it down.

Periscope at work

The Mayweather v Pacquiao fight has brought in close to $500 million. That’s half a billion dollars which is revenue than some publicly traded companies generate in a year. Yet the winner of the fight may have been Periscope. Not only was it it’s coming out party but the promoters of the fight are threatening legal action which always means you did something right.

While Periscope may seem like a threat on the surface it really isn’t much of one. So some people watched the fight through the app and didn’t pay for it. That number didn’t effect the overall number of buys (which was around 4.4 million) and those people were either at the fight or watching the fight where someone had already paid for it.

While Periscope is a very cool app, it still lacks the video and audio quality that an HD broadcast can deliver. Not to mention the fact that you are relying on someone on the other end to have a steady hand while shooting a TV screen or being at the event.

The PGA and NHL have already banned it’s use. The PGA went as far as pulling the credentials of prominent Golf blogger Stephanie Wei then later streamed content through their Periscope PGA account (read Stephanie’s blog post here). The NHL has banned the use in NHL arenas ‘before, during and after the game’. Oh, the NHL, several of their teams and the owner of their American broadcasting rights (NBC) all have their own Periscope accounts.

Really?

First, if you make a half billion dollars on a fight that went the distance and then it is revealed afterward that one of the fighters had an injured shoulder….you’re not going to find a whole lot of sympathy in the court of public opinion. Second, pulling the credentials of a popular blogger in a slowly dying sport, not the kind of promotion you’re looking for. Besides, she made a conscious effort not to show anything that may have been used in the national broadcast.

Is Periscope and Meerkat a threat? Not really. It’s a video version of Twitter which is why Twitter owns it. The fact is people will watch a sporting event on their iPhone however the quality has to be there and you are not going to get solid quality watching from someone shooting a TV screen on their iPhone.

Are their uses for this technology, yes! Most of them we haven’t even thought of yet so why take drastic steps now to limit the technology? Let it grow, support it and find out how it can help your business vs trying to play whack-a-mole. As far as the ‘piracy’ aspect is concerned, how about not charging a $100 for a pay-per-view? How bout charging half that and making up the difference in volume? It was, after all, the ‘Fight of the Century’.

Periscope and Meerkat are here to stay. How they evolve is the question. That evolution should not be left to entities that see it as a threat. If that were the case then we wouldn’t have airplanes or the internet. Give these technologies a chance to grow and see how they can help vs hurt sports.

‘Change is inevitable, growth is optional’

 

What To Watch Fri. 3/13 – Sun. 3/15

All times are Pacific.

–Keep an eye on those conference tournaments. We could have some real interesting matchups come Sunday. —

Friday March 13th

Providence Friars vs Villanova Wildcats – 4pm FS1: Villanova is looking at a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament but the Friars can ball.

North Carolina Tar Heels vs Virginia Cavaliers – 4pm ESPN: This is the third game in as many days for the Tar Heels. That might be too much to ask to beat UVA.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Duke Blue Devils – 6pm ESPN: Duke should not be this good with only eight guys on scholarship. They split the season series so who knows what’s going to happen in this one.

 

Saturday March 14th

Chicago Blackhawks at San Jose Sharks – 1pm NHLN: The Shark Tank hasn’t been the feeding ground it use to be for the Sharks but they are still in the playoff hunt and need this game in a big way.

Montreal Canadiens at NY Islanders – 4pm NBCSN: Two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference on a Saturday night on Long Island. Holla.

ACC Tournament Championship – 5:30pm ESPN: Regardless of who is in it, this is always the one tournament final to watch.

Nashville Predators at LA Kings  – 7pm NHL Gamecenter: The defending champs are still fighting for a playoff spot. Meanwhile the Preds are trying to get back on the good foot on a tough west coast swing.

 

Sunday March 15th

Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur – 9am NBCSN: The Spurs sit three points back of United. Tune in just to watch the Spurs Harry Kane. He has 26 goals on the year.

Detroit Red Wings at Pittsburgh Penguins – 9:30am NBC: Two playoff teams on a Sunday morning. You’re welcome.

Big Ten Tournament Championship – 12:30pm CBS: Always a solid game.

Houston Rockets at LA Clippers – 12:3pm ABC: James Harden and company head to Lob City where Blake Griffin should be making his return to the court.

New York City FC vs NE Revolution – 2pm ESPN2: If you have had too much basketball at this point then check out NYCFC’s home opener at Yankee Stadium.

NCAA Selection Show – 3pm CBS: See who’s in and who’s out in this years field.

Portland Timbers vs LA Galaxy – 4pm FS1: The defending champs head to arguably the most hostile environment in all of MLS, Portland. The Timbers Army will be in full force and it should be typical Portland weather, rainy and raw. But as they say, ‘There Ain’t No Pity In The Rose City!’

Portland TrailBlazers at Toronto Raptors – 4pm NBA League Pass: Talk about a sports overload for the Rose City. The best in the west vs the beast of the east.

 

NHL team wants to put ticket resales on ice | Marketplace.org

NHL team wants to put ticket resales on ice | Marketplace.org.

It is an interesting idea. It could work or it could backfire. There is nothing to prevent the team from discriminating against who purchases the tickets. Nor is there any safe guard that they won’t double the price and increase their bottom line.