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Unvaccinated NBA players sidelined by vaccine mandates will lose pay (AXIOS Sports)

Why it matters: San Francisco and New York where the Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets are based — have vaccine mandates in place that require players to be vaccinated before playing in their home arena. Players on those teams who are not vaccinated could miss up to 41 home games next season.

Rookie QBs learn tough NFL reality the hard way (AXIOS Sports) Being an NFL QB is extremely hard — and nearly impossible for first-round rookies, who are often viewed as saviors for their cellar-dwelling teams.

Qatar to host first F1 race in November before joining calendar from 2023 (SportsPro Insider)

The inaugural race will take place at Losail International Circuit, 20 miles outside of Doha, the PA news agency understands, and fills the vacant slot left by the cancelled Australian Grand Prix.

IIHF eyes three-on-three ice hockey at Winter Olympics (SportsPro Insider) Newly elected president of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Luc Tardif is aiming to introduce a new three-on-three ice hockey format at the international elite level, with an eye on the sport being part of the 2030 Winter Olympics.

Chicago Bears agree US$197.2m Arlington Park land acquisition deal (SportsPro Insider) The National Football League’s (NFL) Chicago Bears have signed a US$197.2 million purchase and sale agreement (PSA) for the Arlington International Racecourse property in Arlington Heights.

At Large | The London Marathon hits 40 with a long road ahead (SportsPro Insider) The London Marathon returns to the streets of the British capital on Sunday 3rd October for perhaps its most notable edition to date. It will be the 40th mass running of the annual event, whose 40th anniversary passed in April. That little statistical quirk, for an event held once a year, is of course because the 2020 edition was skipped due to Covid-19.

WNBA Exhibits Growth, Diversity in Its Silver Anniversary Season Behind Commissioner Cathy Engelbert (SportTechie) Cathy Engelbert became WNBA commissioner on July 17, 2019. Four days later, she boarded a plane for the league’s All-Star Game—and her first collective bargaining negotiation. That CBA, agreed to Jan. 2020, included markedly higher salaries for players as well as many other benefits the players had been seeking.

NBA Will Now Leave Game-Ending Challenges in the Hands of Coaches, Not Refs; but Only One Challenge Per Game (SportTechie)   The NBA has eliminated referee-initiated reviews on out-of-bounds violations in the final two minutes of games this coming season. Instead, the league will extend the Coach’s Challenge through the final two minutes of the game, leaving late-game challenges in the hands of the coaches rather than officials.

Buzzer's Livestreamed Mobile App a Hit Among 18-to-28 Year-Old NHL Fans (SportTechie)

Buzzer, a mobile app that livestreams key moments of sporting events in exchange for micropayments, attracted a demographic of NHL fans nearly half as young as the league’s traditional average-viewer on television. During the 2020-21 NHL season, Buzzer let users pay as little as .99 cents to stream the last two minutes of any period across all regular season and postseason games. 

Hall of Famer Frank Thomas' group buys controlling interest in 'Field of Dreams' movie site (USA TODAY) Go the Distance Baseball LLC announced Thursday that a group headed by Hall of Famer Frank Thomas has purchased a controlling interest in the company's ownership of All-Star Ballpark Heaven and the iconic 'Field of Dreams' movie site. Thomas will serve as chief executive officer, while Dan Evans — former general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers — will serve as chief operating officer. 

Tiger Woods is trophy hunting for his World Golf Hall of Fame induction (USA TODAY) The 82-time winner on the PGA Tour and 15-time major champion shared on Twitter that he's seeking out his favorite trophies for his World Golf Hall of Fame exhibit and included a photo of his 1996 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year hardware.

USL Championship strikes ‘landmark’ first CBA (SportsPro Insider) The United Soccer League (USL), which oversees the lower tiers of the sport in the US, and its players association (USLPA) have reached an agreement in principle on a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) for the USL Championship.

NBA Takes a Different Tack Than NHL, Will Not Yet Allow Betting Ads on Jerseys (SportTechie) One week ago, the Washington Capitals announced they would wear Caesar Sportsbook patches on two versions of their uniforms, starting with the 2022-23 season. But, in stark contrast, European soccer leagues have pending legislation to pull gambling ads off of team uniforms due to reports of “problem gambling’’ and “to protect children and prevent harm.’’ The NBA said this week it is keenly aware of that situation.

Louisville Slugger Creates Hitting Lab And Bat Fitting Center (SGB UPDATE)

Louisville Slugger announced a new sponsorship with Louisville-based Norton Sports Performance for the opening of a diagnostic and analytic swing lab for baseball and fastpitch softball players.

NPD Report: Golf Equipment Sales Surge Through August (SGB UPDATE)

Golf equipment dollar sales grew by 37 percent from January through August 2021 compared to the same period a year ago, reported The NPD Group. Year-over-year sales of golf club sets and balls grew by 37 percent and 27 percent, respectively.

NFL Alumni Partners With Cognitive Assessment App HitCheck, Citing Player Health (SportTechie) NFL Alumni has partnered with HitCheck, a mobile cognitive assessment tool that compares a user’s brain function after sustaining a head injury to their baseline results. HitCheck will now be available to members of all 39 NFL Alumni chapters across the U.S.

NBA's COVID protocols put clamps on unvaccinated players. Here's what we know - and what they're saying. (USA TODAY)

More than 90 percent of its players have been vaccinated, according to a statement from National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), which is well above the national average. The virus has killed nearly 700,000 in the United States. 

Chicago Bears move closer to leaving Soldier Field with Arlington Park purchase agreement (USA TODAY)

CHICAGO – The Chicago Bears took a major step toward moving out of their longtime home at Soldier Field and into the suburbs by signing a purchase agreement for Arlington Park about 30 miles northwest of the city.

NBA cracks down on unvaccinated players as part of its COVID-19 protocols (USA TODAY)

The NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver don’t have a mandate dictating that all players receive a COVID-19 vaccine for the 2021-22 season.

NCAA will use 'March Madness' branding for women's basketball tournament (USA TODAY) The NCAA will use the "March Madness" phrasing and branding in conjunction with the women's basketball tournament beginning in 2022, following one of the recommendations issued by a law firm tasked with investigating gender disparities among the governing body's championship events.

New England Patriots book details decline of Tom Brady-Bill Belichick relationship (USA TODAY)

A new book about the New England Patriots will be published next month, and some excerpts were released Tuesday via ESPN about what to expect. 

LeBron James confirms he is vaccinated against COVID (AXIOS Sports) NBA star LeBron James confirmed Tuesday that he has been vaccinated against COVID-19 as the league prepares for the start of the 2021-22 season next month. 

Reports: NBA outlines COVID protocols plan for 2021-22 season (AXIOS Sports) The NBA released its tentative health and safety protocols for next season to teams on Tuesday, detailing how different it could be for vaccinated and unvaccinated players, ESPN reports.

The pride of Moldova (kind of) (AXIOS Sports) Sheriff Tiraspol stunned Real Madrid, 2-1, in Spain's capital on Tuesday, improving to 2-0 in its Champions League debut.

Kitzuma Cycling Logistics Signs With ENVE For DTC Bike Shipping (SGB UPDATE)

Kitzuma Cycling Logistics, based in Asheville, NC, announced it has contracted with ENVE Composites to deliver its line of custom road bikes through Kitzuma’s ready-to-ride service.

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