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Lionel Messi still a big draw in Spain as Mediaset picks up rights to more PSG matches (SportsPro Insider) Spanish broadcaster Mediaset Espana has acquired the rights for five more Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) matches from French top-flight soccer’s Ligue 1, after striking a deal with sports marketing agency Kosmos.

NWSL names Marla Messing as interim CEO (SportsPro Insider)

The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) has appointed sports executive Marla Messing to the role of interim chief executive, as the US-based organisation continues to deal with the fallout from the ongoing abuse scandal. 

LA Lakers sign deal with Socios.com to sponsor official Facebook fan group (SportsPro Insider)

The Los Angeles Lakers have become the latest National Basketball Association (NBA) franchise to partner with Chiliz-owned fan engagement platform Socios.com.

Reports: Premier League clubs move to block Saudi sponsorship deals (SportsPro Insider) Premier League clubs have voted through legislation designed to prevent Newcastle United from signing lucrative sponsorship deals with Saudi-backed firms, according to UK media reports.

The Latest in Sports and COVID-19: Washington State Fires Nick Rolovich For Refusing to Get Vaccinated (SportsTravel)

The coronavirus outbreak has forced difficult decisions for the sports-event industry. As events come back online and as destinations, venues and event organizers determine capacity limits for fans along with health and safety protocols for their events, here is a look at where things stand.

Telstra of Australia Is Creating a Telestrator in the Comfort of Your Home...or Kitchen Floor (SportTechie)

During the recent AFL finals series—the Australian Football League's eight-team postseason—fans were not only able to watch the action on television, but could see stadium and stat overlays on their coffee tables. Or floors. Or kitchen counters. Or doormats. Or anywhere there was a flat surface.

What we know about coach Nick Rolovich's firing, contract status and future of team at Washington State (USA TODAY) After winning three straight games to improve to 4-3, the Washington State Cougars now must rebuild their coaching staff in the middle of the season after five coaches were fired Monday over their refusal to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Five-star recruit Simeon Wilcher chose UNC basketball over $100K salary. Here's why. (USA TODAY) Five-star 2023 combo guard Simeon Wilcher formally opted for the latter on Friday, as he verbally committed to the Tar Heels over 10-plus other colleges as well as Overtime Elite, the Atlanta-based start-up team that’s offering top high school players an alternative (and well paid) path to the NBA.

Minor leaguers' major win (AXIOS Sports) Why it matters: "This is a historic victory," Harry Marino, director of the nonprofit Advocates for Minor Leaguers, told ESPN. It's also just the beginning of a fight for improved quality of life.

Aquasphere Launches R&D Hub (SGB UPDATE)

Aquasphere announced it has created an R&D Hub to develop its swim product. Launching in partnership with CN Antibes, the French swim club led by four-time Olympic gold medalist Alain Bernard, the R&D Hub is planned to expand to North America and the Asia Pacific to support its product offerings in these regions.

Sustainability Survey: Make Your Voice Heard (RUNNING INSIGHT)

Sustainability is a hot topic in the run specialty community and Running Insight wants to know what running store executives think about the topic.

IFit Partners With Majors As Content Partner (RUNNING INSIGHT)

In a marriage of technology and running – with the potential to bring thousands of runners to virtual participation in the big-name marathon events – IFit has entered into multi-year partnerships with the organizations behind four of the Abbott World Marathon Majors to become the Official Connected Treadmill and Digital Fitness Content Subscription partner of the Boston, Chicago, London and New York City Marathons.

Run Shops on the Move (RUNNING INSIGHT)

When the landlord at their existing Main Street space presented terms last summer for a new 10-year lease, a deal that included a significant rent hike, Sayville Running Company co-owner Brendan Barrett and store leadership quickly explored alternatives. Finding compelling deals, including two suitable spaces in downtown Sayville, they decided to relocate their 15-year-old business into a new 2700-square foot storefront six doors east.

A Run With Melissa Vitale, True Grit Running Company, Fort Smith, AR (RUNNING INSIGHT)

Melissa Vitale came to run specialty retail from a job as an environmental, health and safety manager for a chemical company after having worked in R&D and applications for the ink and paint industry. While that certainly does not sound like ideal training for run specialty retail, there are similarities.

Diadora Unveiling Equipe Atomo This Month (RUNNING INSIGHT) The first running shoe made in Italy in more than 30 years is about to hit the market from Diadora and its Italian heritage and development is going to be evident for all to see.

NHL suspends Evander Kane for breaking COVID protocols (AXIOS Sports) The National Hockey League (NHL) announced Monday that it suspended San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane for 21 games for breaking the league's COVID-19 protocols.

Washington State fires head football coach for refusing COVID vaccine (AXIOS Sports) Washington State University announced Monday that head coach Nick Rolovich and four assistant coaches were fired for not complying with the state's COVID-19 vaccine requirement. 

IOC ‘shares concerns’ over Fifa’s biennial World Cup plans (SportsPro Insider) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has added its voice to the growing opposition to the plans from soccer’s global governing body Fifa to host biennial World Cups.

Reports: NRL and Nine nearing AUS$600m broadcast deal (SportsPro Insider) The National Rugby League (NRL), Australia’s elite rugby league competition, is reportedly close to agreeing a five-year broadcast rights extension with domestic free-to-air (FTA) broadcaster Nine.

Spalding Releases Easy-to-Install Basketball Hoop, Claims Assembly Is 30 Minutes or Less (SportTechie) Spalding has designed a new basketball hoop it says can be assembled in 30 minutes or less rather than three-to-five hours, like most portable baskets. The company also introduced an augmented reality feature that enables prospective buyers to visualize what the hoop will look like in your driveway prior to purchase.

MLB Considers New Streaming Service to Let Fans Watch Local Teams Without Cable (SportTechie) Major League Baseball is considering the launch of a streaming service that would let fans without cable watch their hometown teams in their local markets. The nationwide service could launch as early as 2023, according to the New York Post.

Honda Center Using SpotOn for Cashless Transactions (SportsTravel)

Appetize, which has been recently acquired by SpotOn, has been selected by the Honda Center’s Anaheim Arena Management to power all concessions with cloud technology in advance of the Anaheim Ducks‘ 2021–2022 season.

NHL Intrigued By Data Revolution In Canada’s First Year Of Single-Game Wagering (Sports Handle)

Tune into an NHL game this week on Turner Sports and there is a strong chance you will notice a host of new graphic enhancements, as the network attempts to make a splash in the first season of a seven-year broadcast partnership with the league.

NFL Week 6: Jon Gruden, My DFS Sad Sack Story, And A Little Naughty By Nature (Sports Handle) Well, looks like the number on the whiteboard at the entrance of NFL headquarters is back to zero, as in, “Zero days without a league-rocking scandal.”

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says he requires all employees to be vaccinated (AXIOS Sports) Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said in a podcast Wednesday that he requires all of his employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

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