Mark J. Burns

Senior Reporter

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Mark is a senior reporter at Morning Consult covering the business of sports.


Morning Consult Sports: Luke Walton Accused of Sexual Assault

By Mark J. Burns Top Stories Former Spectrum SportsNet host Kelli Tennant has accused Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton of sexually assaulting her when he was an assistant with the Golden State Warriors. In a lawsuit, Tennant alleges Walton forced himself on her in a Casa Del Mar Hotel room in Santa Monica after she […]

Morning Consult Sports: NBA to Let Teams Sell Sponsorship Rights Abroad

By Mark J. Burns Top Stories The NBA will allow teams to sell international sponsorship rights to two current or new sponsors beginning with the 2019-20 season, a three-year test initiative designed to increase revenue and continue to broaden the league’s global presence. The new program, which could result in heightened interest from jersey patch […]

Morning Consult Sports: Week in Review & What’s Ahead

By Mark J. Burns Week in Review Golf Tiger Woods won his fifth Masters title and 15th major championship, his first since the 2008 U.S. Open. The victory, which ended a 3,955-day drought of victory in golf’s top four contests, brought Woods to within three major wins of tying Jack Nicklaus for most in history. […]

Morning Consult Sports: MLS Announces Plan to Expand to 30 Teams

By Mark J. Burns Top Stories MLS Commissioner Don Garber announced plans to add three more teams to its stable as groups in St. Louis and Sacramento formally presented bids to the league’s expansion committee. MLS — which currently has 24 teams and is set to grow to 27 by 2021 — has set an […]

Morning Consult Sports: AAF Files for Bankruptcy

By Mark J. Burns Top Stories The Alliance of American Football announced it has filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition in Texas federal court after shuttering operations earlier this month, claiming assets of $11.3 million and liabilities of $48.3 million. The nascent league, which is currently facing lawsuits from former employees and players, has just over […]

Morning Consult Sports: Tiger Woods Wins Masters, Ends Major Drought

By Mark J. Burns Top Stories Tiger Woods won his fifth Masters title and 15th major championship, his first since the 2008 U.S. Open. The victory, which ended a 3,955-day drought of victory in golf’s top four contests, brought Woods to within three major wins of tying Jack Nicklaus for most in history. (The Wall […]

Morning Consult Sports: Week in Review & What’s Ahead

By Mark J. Burns Week in Review TV and Streaming ESPN agreed to a roughly $40 million media rights deal with the Big 12 that’ll see each football championship carried on the network or on ABC through 2024, including three title games in 2019, 2021 and 2023 that Fox declined to buy, along with hundreds […]

Morning Consult Sports: House Oversight Chairmen Press MLB on RSN Pursuit

By Mark J. Burns Top Stories Amid concerns over “anticompetitive conduct,” House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.), chairman of the panel’s subcommittee on economic and consumer policy, want MLB to produce documents pertaining to the league’s reported interest in purchasing the 21 regional sports networks from The […]