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NBA to play preseason games in Abu Dhabi (SportsPro Insider) The NBA has not played outside of North America since 2019 due to the pandemic, but had stated it was targeting a return to overseas games in 2022. The league has previously held preseason fixtures in the likes of London, Paris and Mexico City in recent years.

Argentina FA signs Bybit to two-year main global sponsor deal (SportsPro Insider) The Argentina Football Association (AFA), the national soccer governing body, has named cryptocurrency trading platform Bybit as the main global sponsor of all its national teams.
The two-year partnership comes a year ahead of the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar, for which Argentina have now qualified.

The Whoop Strap and Oura Ring Are Measuring the Impact of Menstruation and Pregnancy on Athletes as Women's Research and Tech Finally Rise (SportTechie) Kristen Holmes played and coached field hockey at the highest level for more than two decades, earning three All-America selections at Iowa and later coaching Princeton to a national championship. Never, she says, did the subject of menstrual cycles arise in the context of training. Researchers aren’t asking those questions either, with one estimate indicating that women account for only 3% of participants in sport science analysis.

LA Lakers home Staples Center to be renamed Arena in lucrative rights deal (USA TODAY) Staples Center will be going by a new name, Arena, starting Dec. 25 after a 20-year naming rights agreement with the famous Los Angeles building, which opened in 1999, expired. Sports and entertainment conglomerate AEG, the owner and operator of the arena, and the cryptocurrency exchange made the announcement Tuesday.

NFL to intensify COVID-19 protocols around Thanksgiving (USA TODAY) In a memo issued to all 32 teams, the NFL said, “This upward trend, coupled with the onset of colder weather driving individuals indoors, has resulted in an increased risk of infection among players and staff. Our experts and data confirm that getting vaccinated remains our strongest defense against contracting and transmission of the virus within club facilities.

#WhereIsPengShuai: Naomi Osaka 'shocked' tennis player has gone quiet since making allegations (USA TODAY) BEIJING (AP) — Tennis star Naomi Osaka says she's been shocked to hear about a fellow player who has gone quiet since making a sexual assault allegation against a former top government official in China.

NBA Receives Equity Stake In Sportradar Under Multi-Year Data Partnership (Sports Handle) Under the deal, Sportradar will serve as the exclusive provider of NBA worldwide betting data for the NBA, the WNBA, and the NBA G League, according to a joint statement. The deal extends a relationship that began in 2016 when the NBA announced a multi-year partnership that made Sportradar an official provider of real-time NBA league statistics. Sportradar will continue to distribute live game video to international sports betting operators, which is made available to bettors in real time.

TGA Premier Sports Acquired By Youth Athletes United (SGB UPDATE) “We’re on a mission to become the largest and most encompassing youth sports organization in the country, with the goal of positively impacting more than one million kids each year,” said Adam Geisler, CEO and co-founder of Youth Athletes United. “With the acquisition of TGA, we’ve taken another step forward by adding 40 franchise owners and the extended curriculum for one of the most popular individual sports that impact children.”

Topgolf Knoxville Commences Construction (SGB UPDATE) Topgolf Entertainment Group announced construction efforts for Topgolf Knoxville are underway as the company prepares to welcome the Knoxville-area communities in 2022 to its newest venue in Tennessee.

Youth participation in tackle football drops in Twin Cities (AXIOS Sports) Why it matters: Football gets kids to exercise, teaches them teamwork and keeps them busy.

You can own the Packers — today (AXIOS Sports) Driving the news: The Packers — the only publicly-owned, not-for-profit major professional sports team in the U.S. — are selling shares of "stock" for just the sixth time in the franchise's 102-year history.

Saucony and RIDC Hosting CommUnity Run at #TRE21 (RUNNING INSIGHT) It is called RIDC x Saucony CommUnity Run and it is being organized by Saucony and the Running Industry Diversity Coalition (RIDC) as way for people to take another step towards creating a more equitable and inclusive running industry.

Amnesty calls on England players to raise human rights issues in Qatar (SportsPro Insider) “The exploitation of Qatar’s massive migrant workforce has already cast a dark shadow over next year’s World Cup, and the Football Association (FA) ought to use the remaining year until kick-off to push for lasting labour reforms in Qatar,” said Amnesty UK chief executive, Sacha Deshmukh.

Manchester United confirm talks over fans’ share scheme (SportsPro Insider)

Manchester United have confirmed talks with the club’s supporters’ trust (MUST) over the introduction of a new ‘fans’ share scheme’.

The announcement comes amid growing tension between United’s Glazer family ownership and fans following the fallout from the club’s involvement in the European Super League (ESL).

YouTube says DAZN Women’s Champions League deal is already attracting new audience (SportsPro Insider) YouTube says its Uefa Women’s Champions League (UWCL) partnership with over-the-top (OTT) broadcaster DAZN is already achieving its aims of reaching new audiences for women’s soccer.

Green Bay Packers seeking to part-fund Lambeau Field renovations with US$90m share issue (SportsPro Insider) The Green Bay Packers are looking to raise US$90 million through a new share issue, the National Football League (NFL) franchise have announced.

Premier League sticks with Panini in multi-year deal (SportsPro Insider) English soccer’s Premier League has agreed a multi-year extension of its licensing deal with trading card manufacturer Panini.
The agreement ensures that Panini will continue as the top-flight competition’s official sticker and trading card licensee, a designation it has held since 2019.

AVP and USA Volleyball Launch Strategic Partnership (SportsTravel) The alliance between the professional beach volleyball organization and the national governing body will see the organizations collaborate on events, marketing, coaching and officials’ education, and more. It will also create new partnerships and sponsorship opportunities across the professional tour, as well as AVP America’s and USA Volleyball’s Beach Tour’s grass-roots efforts. The deal will also create a unified ranking system and coordinated event calendar.

NBA to Play Preseason Games in Abu Dhabi (SportsTravel) The National Basketball Association will bring its first games to the Arabian Gulf, announcing a deal with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi to host two preseason games in 2022. The games will be the first of a multiyear deal with the United Arab Emirates.

Houston Rockets Receive Bitcoin Payment for NYDIG Sponsorship (SportTechie) Financial services firm NYDIG has signed a sponsorship with the Houston Rockets that will pay the NBA team in Bitcoin. Suites at Toyota Center, the Rockets’ home arena, will be called “Bitcoin Suites by NYDIG’’ as part of the deal.  

Prosecutors move to dismiss charges against former Notre Dame assistant basketball coach Ryan Ayers (USA TODAY) SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Prosecutors on Monday moved to dismiss all remaining criminal charges against former Notre Dame assistant men’s basketball coach Ryan Ayers days before the case was set to go to trial. 

Tom Brady, ESPN's 'Man in the Arena' documentary: Episode 1 relives 'Tuck Rule Game' (USA TODAY) The spotlight has been trained on Tom Brady for so long, surely a documentary about him could feel like overkill. Heck, there’s already been a documentary about him – “Tom vs. Time” – that was filmed during the 2017 season as an extensive look at his home life and released the next year. 

Cleveland baseball team settles lawsuit with Guardians roller derby team (USA TODAY) The Major League Baseball franchise and a local roller derby club have reached a resolution in a lawsuit filed over the use of the name Guardians, allowing both to continue using it.

Monterey Bay F.C. kicks off with Aspire (Sports Venue Business (SVB))

Monterey Bay Football Club (Monterey Bay F.C.), one of newest members of the United Soccer League’s top tier Championship division, and The Aspire Group (Aspire), have announced a multi-year research, consulting and ticketing partnership.

New England Patriots bid for German sponsorship and media rights (SportsPro Insider) The New England Patriots are among the National Football League (NFL) teams that have bid for sponsorship and media rights in Germany under the league’s plan to open international markets to its franchises.

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