Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno announced the MLB franchise is no longer on the market after the advertising and real estate billionaire explored a possible sale five months ago, saying in a statement “our hearts are with the Angels.” A source familiar with Moreno’s thinking said it became increasingly difficult for the 76-year-old, who has owned the team for two decades, to part ways amid the sales process, which was predicted to secure a price tag around $2.5 billion. (ESPN)
The most valuable sports empire is Liberty Media Corp., which is worth $21 billion and whose primary sports portfolio includes Formula One and MLB’s Atlanta Braves, according to research conducted by Forbes, followed by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, which owns the Los Angeles Rams and Denver Nuggets, and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. The world’s top 25 most valuable sports empires are worth $174 billion, an increase of 23% from 2022, per Forbes. (Forbes)
ESPN said it inked a media rights pact with the Association of Pickleball Professionals to stream more than 200 hours of live coverage from eight events on ESPN+, as well as broadcast eight recap shows on ESPN2. ESPN’s coverage of the 2023 APP season begins next month at the Daytona Beach Open, with additional coverage to come from the New York City Open in May and the tour’s season finale in Houston later this year. (Variety)
Undisputed host Shannon Sharpe opened Monday’s show with an apology for his role in a sideline altercation with multiple Grizzlies players and the father of Memphis star Ja Morant on Friday night at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.
Turner Sports’ Chris Haynes and former ESPNer Marc Stein are starting a podcast about the NBA, according to sources. The iHeart-produced pod, which will be called “#thisleague UNCUT” is scheduled to debut later this month.
All quiet on the Tom Brady front. Brady appeared on his weekly SiriusXM podcast, “Let’s Go!” with Jim Gray, and was asked if he has a timetable as to when he will decide whether he will retire or return for a 24th NFL season.
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes is receiving treatment for a high ankle sprain, Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid said on Monday, with the red-hot Cincinnati Bengals waiting for them in the AFC Championship.
Meta is expanding its partnership with the NBA and WNBA to offer more than 50 live VR games on Meta Quest, the company announced on Monday. Meta Quest is the official headset of the NBA, as Facebook signed a deal with the league back in 2020.
Conference races across the country are getting tight as the regular season winds toward the finish. The Big 12 and Southeastern conferences will take a break from league games on Saturday to play each other, gifting college basketball fans with some marquee midseason nonconference games.
The University of St. Thomas, a private college in the Twin Cities, generated major buzz last week when it received a $75 million check for a new basketball and hockey arena — the largest university donation in the state of Minnesota and the ninth-largest in college sports history.
United is worth $5.95 billion (£4.8 billion), according to Sportico’s calculations, 26% ahead of second-ranked Liverpool ($4.71 billion). Manchester City ($4.43 billion), Arsenal ($3.6 billion) and Chelsea ($3.47 billion) round out the top five on our visualization.
Twila Kilgore knew her career path when she was just 12 years old, thanks to a youth soccer coach who used to drive her to practice. During those rides, she got to hear “all the behind-the-scene things that were happening” and was “exposed to what a coach actually does,” she said. “I pretty much knew then that when I was done playing, I would coach.”
TGL will be comprised of six teams of three PGA Tour players competing in 15 regular-season matches on Monday nights starting January 2024. The contests will be on virtual courses where fans can watch every shot live on primetime television.
Former Secretary of State and Denver Broncos co-owner Condoleezza Rice was among the Augusta National Golf Club members the PGA Tour allegedly used to “wield extraordinary power both within and outside the golf world” to thwart LIV Golf, according to a court filing on Monday.
The story of one of the most important athlete partnerships of all time is getting the big screen treatment. On Monday, Amazon Studios announced that its production “AIR” will release globally in theaters on April 5, 2023.
The Giants won Super Bowl XLII in 2008, beating the previously undefeated New England Patriots. The 17-14 win marked Strahan’s final game, as he announced his retirement in June of that year, leaving as the NFL’s single-season sack leader.