Edited by Tanner Simkins
In the latest edition of Rick Horrow's Sports Business Podcast, Rick Horrow sits down with former New York Jets running back and NFL Hall of Famer Curtis Martin.
1. Super Bowl LIV is in the record books, but celebrations in Miami continue. On Monday night, HSBC and Rick Horrow present SportBusiness 50: Lessons And Leadership From Legends Of The Game. The event, held at the University of Miami, features panelists including Dolphins Vice Chairman Tom Garfinkel, NFL Hall of Fame President and CEO David Baker, and RISE CEO Diahann Billings-Burford. The "Lessons And Leadership" Series will draw on contributors to Horrow's latest book, The Sport Business Handbook: Insights from 100+ Leaders Who Shaped 50 Years of the Industry. The collaboration between HSBC and Horrow kicks off in Miami, focusing on the greatest moments in South Florida sports history and how technology has disrupted the industry. "We are always looking for new and interesting ways to connect with our clients and support their personal and professional growth," said Michael Rogan, Head of Corporate & Strategic Partners, Retail Banking and Wealth Management, HSBC USA. "Collaborating with Rick on the launch of his new book provides us with an exclusive platform to share insights, perspectives, and solutions from luminaries in the sports industry that will help support the long-term business success of our clients and prospects." We will share the top "greatest moments" next week.
2. A U.S. House of Representatives resolution targets minor league contractions in baseball. Less than two weeks before major league pitchers and catchers are due to report to spring training on February 12, a group of U.S. representatives led by Lori Trahan (D-Mass.) has introduced a resolution imploring MLB to "abandon its proposal to strip major-league affiliation from 42 minor-league teams across the country." The bipartisan legislation, according to the Boston Globe, is an "outgrowth of the 'Save Minor League Baseball' Task Force formed late last year." The measure is "non-binding, but after being assigned to a committee, the sponsors' goal will be to bring the measure to the floor of the chamber for a full House vote." Approval is "not guaranteed but the bipartisan support suggests passage would be more likely than not, an outcome that could stiffen headwinds MLB is already facing" in its talks with MiLB over a new working agreement. As baseball season inches closer and the 2020 elections heat up, look for more candidates nationwide to come out in support of MiLB and what it means to our communities.
3. The PGA Tour announced that the Tour and its tournaments have surpassed $3 billion in all-time charitable giving. The charitable total, which includes a record $204.3 million in 2019 to bring the all-time total to $3.05 billion, includes donations made by tournaments on the PGA Tour, PGA Tour Champions, Korn Ferry Tour, Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada, PGA Tour Latinoamérica and PGA Tour Series-China. "It's truly a pleasure to thank our fans, sponsors, tournaments, players, and volunteers for helping us generate over $3 billion for charity and positively impact millions of lives," said PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan. "Together, we look forward to continuing to reach – and celebrate – millions more." That's an impressive number – as is the winner's take just announced for the 2020 PlayersChampionship. The PGA Tour, according to the Florida Times-Union, has "boosted the purse" for the event to $15 million in total and restored it to its "position as the tournament with the richest purse in golf." The 2020 winner will take home $2.7 million, up from $2.25 million for the 2019 event won by Rory McIlroy.
4. Kobe Bryant will be recognized at the 92nd Oscars ceremony. The LA Lakers icon, who was killed with his daughter, Gianna, and seven others last Sunday, has been honored – and appropriately so – at seemingly every international and domestic sporting event over the past week, including during last Sunday's Grammy awards and during the Super Bowl LIV pregame ceremonies. Now, Bryant will be honored on the motion picture industry's biggest stage. Bryant won an Animated Short Oscar in 2018 for "Dear Basketball," a short film that revolved around an essay he wrote as he neared retirement from the NBA in 2016. The 2020 Academy Awards air Sunday, February 9 on ABC. With the recognition at that event, Bryant will posthumously garner accolades at America's trifecta of major awards shows, this year falling on back to back to back Sundays. And alongside the respects paid to him are remembrances of the eight other people who tragically lost their lives last Sunday, including Bryant's daughter Gianna and two of her teammates, taken way too young.
5. The launch of non-profit organization USA Cornhole has nailed a partner in NBC Sports, which will carry four National Events on NBCSN in 2020. Coverage begins on NBCSN on May 24, 2020, with the USA Forces Cornhole Championship, and will be followed by presentations of the USA Cornhole Club Championship, USA Cornhole Pro-Celebrity Charity Invitational, and USA Cornhole National Championship, in the second half of 2020. USA Cornhole will be based out of Denver. Kevin Warner will serve as Executive Director, and the new league will have a board of directors with representation from around the country made up of athletes and individuals from the business community. In news that's not related but seems like it should be, Foster Farms Corn Dogs locked in a new partnership with WWE, launching a campaign featuring WWE Superstar Lacey Evans and her daughter Summer, as they face off against the "Hunger Monster." The deal will run through 2020 and feature retail activation, a sweepstakes, microsite, and social media engagement rolling out into WWE SummerSlam in August 2020.
2.7.20 Rick Horrow sits down with NFL Hall of Hamer Curtis Martin originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington