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What will happen if Kyrie Irving's vaccine-related absence costs the Nets an NBA title? (USA TODAY)

If Brooklyn Nets All-Star Kyrie Irving doesn’t want to get the COVID-19 vaccine – and there’s plenty of non-conspiracy, life-saving information available that should prompt him to do so – he doesn’t have to get the vaccine.

Nets: Kyrie Irving won't play until he's eligible as "full participant" (AXIOS Sports) Brooklyn Nets player Kyrie Irving will not be allowed to play or practice until he is "eligible to be a full participant" under local COVID-19 vaccine rules, Nets General Manager Sean Marks said in a statement Tuesday. 

NFL confirms Munich, Frankfurt and Dusseldorf on shortlist for Germany games (SportsPro Insider) The National Football League (NFL) has confirmed its shortlist of three cities – Munich, Frankfurt and Dusseldorf – as potential host partners for International Series games in Germany from 2022.

Athletes Unlimited Starting Women’s Basketball League (SportsTravel)

Athletes Unlimited today announced the launch of a new professional women’s basketball league, set to debut in January 2022. Basketball will be the fourth Athletes Unlimited league, joining a growing community that includes softball, volleyball and lacrosse, each led by world-class pro athletes.

NFL Advances Three German Cities as Potential Hosts (SportsTravel) The National Football League is in discussion with three cities in Germany to host regular season games in years to come. After an initial period of expressions of interest, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich will proceed to the candidate phase of the process, which will include deeper conversations about which city may emerge as the first German city to host a game in the league.

Michael Jordan Is in Favor of NBA's Covid Protocol, Hopes Stars Such as Kyrie Irving Acquiesce (SportTechie)

Michael Jordan, owner of the Charlotte Hornets, is urging all NBA players to follow league protocol and get vaccinated prior to the upcoming season.

NFL Players Association urges release of emails in Washington Football Team probe after Jon Gruden resigns (USA TODAY) After learning that Jon Gruden’s emails with associates extended beyond a racist comment about NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith, and also shed light on sexual misconduct within the Washington Football Team, the NFLPA plans to petition the NFL to release the findings of the investigation into the organization.

NHL starts season with fewer than five players unvaccinated. How league achieved 99% buy in. (USA TODAY) As the 2021-22 season approached and the league and players' association once again negotiated player safety protocols, all parties involved saw vaccines as the easiest way to play the most normal season possible, even without a mandate. Thanks to NHL support and union-backed educational efforts, more than 99% of the league's players have been vaccinated by Tuesday's opening night, with "probably less than five" unvaccinated players (of approximately 700 total) on opening day rosters, deputy commissioner Bill Daly said. 

NHL ups European primetime broadcast windows for 2021/22 season (SportsPro Insider)

For the new campaign, 36 matches from the regular season will be broadcast to over 30 different countries and territories across Europe via the new NHL Saturday and Sunday broadcast windows, with SAP on board as the presenting sponsor.

CVC-backed FIVB unveils new global beach volleyball tour (SportsPro Insider)

Replacing the International Volleyball Federation’s (FIVB) Beach Volleyball World Tour, the Beach Pro Tour will be held at three levels – Elite16, Challenge and Futures – and culminate with finals each year.

Seattle Kraken’s PepsiCo deal to focus on sustainability at Climate Pledge Arena (SportsPro Insider)

National Hockey League (NHL) expansion team the Seattle Kraken have revealed a new partnership with PepsiCo Beverages North America (PBNA) to promote sustainability causes and offer sustainable solutions in Climate Pledge Arena.

UCI to Stage Cycling Esports World Championships in Futuristic New York (SportsTravel)

UCI, the international cycling federation, will partner with the indoor fitness platform Zwift to host the 2022 UCI Cycling Esports World Championships on a course set in futuristic New York.

Changes May Be On The Horizon For WNBA (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.

Brooklyn Nets Expect Kyrie Irving to Miss Home Games Due to Vaccine Requirement (SportTechie)

Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash expects his team to play home games without star guard Kyrie Irving due to his vaccination status. New York City requires individuals to show proof of a Covid-19 vaccine shot to enter indoor gyms, including Barclays Center in Brooklyn and Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. Irving remains unvaccinated.

NHL to Re-Institute Puck Tracking After Last Season's Failed Sensor Debut (SportTechie) Tuesday's start of the 2021-22 NHL season will see the league return to playing with sensor-laden pucks to power the league's tracking system. The pucks have been re-designed to glide better on the ice since last season's high-tech ones were removed after a single week of games due to performance issues.

Fans Can Hang With Atlanta Braves Greats Glavine, Jones and McGriff and Others for NLDS Game 4 (SportTechie) A group of former Atlanta Braves players — including Tom Glavine, Andruw Jones, and Fred McGriff — will join online watch party platform Hang for Tuesday’s Game 4 of the NLDS between the Braves and Milwaukee Brewers.

White Sox Pitcher Ryan Tepera Hints That Astros Still Steal Signs Electronically at Home (SportTechie) Following Chicago’s 12-6 victory on Sunday at Guaranteed Rate Field - where the Astros offense was slightly less potent than it was in winning Games 1 and 2 of the ALDS in Houston -- White Sox pitcher Ryan Tepera said Astros hitters seemed less confident in Game 3 than at home.

Licensed standing areas at Premier League and Championship clubs from 1 January (Sports Venue Business (SVB)) Following the UK Government Sports Minister, Nigel Huddleston, having instructed the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) to take the first steps in creating licensed standing areas at Premier League and Championship clubs from 1 January, 2022, the SGSA has confirmed the receipt of applications from six clubs, which it is currently reviewing, ready to make recommendations to the DCMS.

On Holding Attracts Bullish Wall Street Coverage (SGB UPDATE)

On Holding AG attracted largely positive ratings from Wall Street as the quiet period related to its initial public offering ended.

Ranking all 32 NHL teams by watchability: From the Sabres to a Stanley Cup contender (USA TODAY)

With a full season of hockey ahead of us — alongside a new broadcast deal at ESPN to boot — you may be wondering what teams deserve your limited attention the most. Which is why we’ve put together this watchability ranking to determine which NHL teams are worth your time on any given night and which ones you can pass over without fear of missing out!

Seattle Kraken have five players in COVID-19 protocol on eve of opener vs. Vegas Golden Knights (USA TODAY)

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Kraken are expected to be without five players for the season opener because of COVID-19 protocols, coach Dave Hakstol said Monday.

DAZN hits 65m global live streams over single sporting weekend (SportsPro Insider) Digital sports media specialist DAZN saw its global audience surpass 65 million streams over its most recent weekend of coverage.
DAZN also said that it hit 2.7 million concurrent viewers for live coverage of a single event during that period, a record for the platform.
DAZN claims that the record digital numbers ‘indicate a shift from traditional linear broadcasting to subscription-based streaming’.

Discovery bags 50-market FIS winter sports broadcast rights (SportsPro Insider) Starting from the 2021/22 season, FIS World Cup events – including every Alpine Ski World Cup race; the Ski Jumping World Cup, Cross Country World Cup, Nordic Combined World Cup; and the governing body’s snowboard, freestyle and freeski World Cup events – will be available to watch on Discovery’s platforms. The deal covers both men’s and women’s events in those competitions.

New LaLiga Pass OTT platform to launch in 2022 (SportsPro Insider)

La Liga, the organising body for Spanish soccer’s elite tiers, has revealed plans for a new international over-the-top (OTT) subscription service which will offer on demand content and potentially live matches in certain territories.

ASM Global to bring live entertainment experiences to Nashville Superspeedway (Stadia Magazine) ASM Global has announced that it is partnering with Nashville Superspeedway to deliver major live sports and music experiences including concerts, lifestyle festivals, and drive-thru and walk-thru exhibits in the speedway complex.

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