Kobe Bryan died in a tragic helicopter crash on January 26, 2020. His final Tweet endorses and in essence hands the torch to Lebron James.
Bryant said he had “Much Respect” for James. This Tweet was sent less than 24 hours before the fatal crash.
Continuing to move the game forward @KingJames. Much respect my brother 💪🏾 #33644
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) January 26, 2020
Amazon’s Billionaire CEO, Jeff Bezos, is reportedly looking into buying the Seattle Seahawks, according to The Washington Post. Bezos is the founder of Amazon and also the world riches man, which means that at $105 Billion net-worth, Bezos could buy the team cash.
The NFL requires owners to put a 30% deposit/downpayment toward the purchase of a team. The Seahawks are located less than 2 miles from the Amazon HQ, which would make Bezo’s commute to work very short. The previous owner of the Seahawks, tech billionaire and co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen, passed away last year.
Panelist of ABC’s Shark Tank, NBA owner, and billionaire, Mark Cuban says that Bezos would make a great NFL owner.
“The NFL could probably use him,” Cuban said. “He’s smart. He’s successful. He’s got a lot of money. Those would be the requirements.
The XFL has announced their first draft:
XFL GETS SOCIAL WITH PLAYER DRAFT
Stamford, Conn., October 7, 2019 – The XFL player draft will take place Tuesday, October 15 and Wednesday, October 16. Player selections will be announced on XFL.com, @xfl2020 on Twitter, @xfl on Instagram, and through the social media channels of the eight XFL teams.
Over the two-day draft, each XFL team will populate a 71-man roster by selecting players from a set of positional groupings. One quarterback will be assigned to each team prior to a five-phased draft, phased as follows:
Skill Players (QB, RB, WR, TE)
Offensive Line (OT, OG, OC)
Defensive Front Seven (DL, LB)
Defensive Backfield (CB, NB, SS, FS)
Open Draft (all remaining players after positional drafts, in addition to P/K/LS)
The draft pool will include approximately 1,000 professional football players, all of whom accepted a Commissioner’s Invitation and passed a standard background check. In Phases 1-4, each team will choose ten players for a total of 40 players. In Phase 5, each team will choose from the pool of remaining players to complete its initial roster.
Using a “snake” format, the selection order within each phase reverses after every round: the team selecting first in the first round will pick eighth in the second round, first in the third round, eighth in the fourth round and so on. The order of selection was determined by lottery under the supervision of Commissioner Oliver Luck.
More details at https://www.xfl.com/articles/xfl-gets-social-with-player-draft.
The XFL also began announcing players who have entered the draft pool at https://www.xfl.com/en-US/articles/xfl-draft-pool.
In a shocking move, UFC is ditching their Pay-Per-View offerings to be exclusive on the ESPN+ streaming service.
Earlier this year, the UFC moved from FOX to ESPN as their television partners. The UFC deal with ESPN lasts until 2025 and will net the UFC $1.5 Billion.
UFC moving their pay-per-view offerings to ESPN+ expands the relationship between the two. UFC will be lowing the cost of their 12 PPV events from $65 down to $59 to help offset the cost of the ESPN+ subscription.
Commentary: If UFC will begin to make essentially $60 per event, this will be a massive deal for them. With traditional PPV, the company would only get (I believe) 40% of the price for PPV. This could be a major revenue driver for UFC.
Let’s not forget that UFC was purchased recently for $4 Billion by the William Morris Endeavor. This is a great way to make some of that money up.
Tom Brady and Julian Edelman made a trip to Disney World, and it’s more magical than one could imagine.
One day after their victory in Super Bowl LIII against the Los Angeles Rams, these NFL stars plus some additional teammates made their way to Florida for a Disney World celebration.
The Patriots participated in the Disney parade with many Disney characters, which fans posted to their social media accounts.
Julian Edelman, awarded Super Bowl’s MVP, wrote on Instagram:
When Brady wasn’t in the parade, he was snapping photos with Minnie Mouse.
Aside from Brady’s iconic hug with Minnie, the Quarterback and Wide Receiver had the privilege of experiencing Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge before it’s official summer opening in 2019.
Post-Super Bowl Victory feels have left fans full of pride. There have been many celebrations for Patriots fans. For Brady, the NFL star made his wife and Gisele Bündchen and his children very proud.
Here is the heartfelt post written from his wife, Gisele:
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What a special night. Congratulations Patriots! Congratulations my love! Your tireless commitment, discipline and hard work never ceases to amaze me. We love you! Photo: Kevin C. Cox 👏🏻✨❤️🙏 Que noite especial. Parabéns Patriots! Parabéns meu amor! Seu comprometimento incansável, disciplina e trabalho duro sempre me surpreendem. Nós te amamos!
Brady plans to continue playing for the NFL until he is 45. For those keeping track, he’s only 41. #Patriots #NewEnglandPatriots
In case you missed it, here is your chance to watch the full Super Bowl 53 Halftime show. Check it out.
Tom Brady is probably the best player to hit the NFL Super Bowl field. He’s a man who gets better with age and has proven to be a player who wins when it matters. Tonight, Tom Brady proved that the NFL should rebrand the Super Bowl to The Brady Bowl.
In honor of the greatest Super Bowl player in history, The Brady Bowl showcases the absolute best of Tom Brady. I mean, at this point, Brady will be in every Super Bowl until he decides not too.
2020: The year of The Brady Bowl.
Vince McMahon is working hard on re-launching the XFL after almost 20 years of the football league not existing. According to PWInsider.com, McMahon is negotiations with two broadcast partners for the XFL.
ESPN is currently one of two possible homes for the XFL. The ESPN deal would allow the XFL to broadcast on some of ESPN’s many outlets but might also open the door for the XFL to broadcast on ABC.
FOX is also looking into signing the XFL to a broadcast deal. FOX is also the future home of McMahon’s WWE Smackdown Live so McMahon might be able to leverage his existing relationships over at FOX to help land him a great deal for the XFL.
Charlie Embersol, son of former XFL Co-Founder Dick Embersol, is starting his own football league called The Alliance of American Football, or the AAF and have a deal with CBS.
The NFL will also be on FOX Broadcasting. The XFL is scheduled to launch ion 2020.
WWE On Fox
According to the Hollywood Reporter (THR), WWE is close to closing a deal for Smackdown TV right with FOX. The deal is reportedly worth $1 Billion. Yes, Billion.
The report breaks down that FOX would be paying $205 Million a year starting in October 2019 for 5 years. Smackdown would move back to Friday Nights.
If this report is true, WWE would be seeing a significant increase in their TV earnings between both shows. RAW is staying on the NBCU owned USA Network and will be getting 3x the TV rights revenue (which will bring them around the same amount of money as Smackdown). (Read More)
The XFL is coming back in 2020. NBC St. Louis has announced that the new league will be hosting games in St. Louis.