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NFL: Players Must Stand

 

 

 

Days ahead of Memorial Day, NFL announces new policy on national anthem. Turns out the *new* policy isn’t really *new* at all.

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Important Context:

  • NFL players didn’t always come on the field for the national anthem – only since 2009.
  • “New policy” allows players to choose to yet again NOT go on the field for the national anthem.
  • *If* on the field, players must “stand and show respect” during the anthem or face a league fine & possibly a fine from the team.
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Why Now?

NFL: “It was unfortunate that on-field protests created a false perception among many that thousands of NFL players were unpatriotic. This is not and was never the case.”
Something To Consider: Americans are watching less TV overall & NFL viewership has declined by millions since 2015. Some viewers say they boycotted the NFL because of the players on-field protests.

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“This is fear of a diminished bottom line. It’s also fear of a president turning his base against a corporation. This is not patriotism. Don’t get it confused.”

Chris Long, Philadelphia Eagles defensive end, responding to the "new policy" via Twitter. Long supports players on-field protests and is an outspoken critic of President Trump.
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Different sports have different policies for player etiquette during the national anthem. The NBA has a strict one - and Nascar - none at all.

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NHL’S STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONSHIP

Underdog vs. Underdog

The Las Vegas Knights, a team that didn’t even exist last year, faces off against the Washington Capitals, a team tortured by playoff losses.

 

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Vegas Golden Knights

  • New franchise: At one point, 500-1 odds to win championship.

“Everybody on this team has something to prove. We call ourselves ‘The Golden Misfits’ for a reason. We’re doing a good job of proving everybody wrong.”

Ryan Reaves, Golden Knights, helped score winning goal that sent team to the Final.
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Washington Capitals

  • Tortured Past: First Stanley Cup appearance in 20 yrs, never won.

“It’s unbelievable… I can’t explain my emotions. I’m just happy for my boys, for our organization, our fans — finally!”

Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals, regarded as this generation's great goalscorer. This is his 1st Stanley Cup final.
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The best of 7 series starts Monday. Who ya got? Click for the full schedule for when to watch.

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RUN FOR THE ROSES

Kentucky Derby Weekend

It’s “the most exciting two minutes in sports” and even if you’re just in it for hats & mint juleps here’s the scoop on the oldest sporting event in American history.

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THE TRADITIONS

“Run for the roses”: Winning horse receives a blanket of 500 blossoms.

Fancy hats: Not required, but a staple since 1875. Women wore best fashions for the formal event.

Mint juleps: Derby’s signature drink made with Kentucky bourbon.

Rain or shine: No Derby has ever been postponed.

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20 Thoroughbreds Race 1.25 Miles

HORSES TO WATCH:

  • Justify: Current favorite to win.
  • Mendelssohn: No European horse has ever won the Derby.
  • Magnum Moon: Undefeated in 4 starts this year.
  • Fun fact: 19 Derby winners’ names began with “S” – only one this year is long-shot Solomoni. 
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Why the Crazy Names?

Name must be: 18 characters. Spaces & punctuation count.

Name can’t be: used previously, lewd, vulgar, or named after famous person w/o permission.

Each year, one-third of 60K names submitted are rejected.

Got a name? Check if it's been used here.
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DERBY DETAILS

  • When: Saturday, 6:34pm EST
  • Where: Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY
  • Why: $2M prize & chance to be a Triple Crown winner (must also win Preakness & Belmont Stakes, only 12 horses have ever done it.)
  • How to watch: NBC
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Each year at the Kentucky Derby, almost 120,000 Mint Juleps are served. Get inspired & make them at home with the Derby's official recipe here:

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BUZZKILL

 

 

The one thing you WON’T see at a baseball game this year…but you may want at your next party!

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Cool Tech We WON’T See

The New York Yankees wanted to sell beer with players’ faces printed on top of the foam.

But the MLB shut it down right away, saying: active players cannot be involved in the advertising or promotion of beer or other alcohol.

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You WILL See This:

  • Biometric ID: Braves, Athletics & Mariners are the latest teams allowing fans to use fingerprints and retinal scans to enter stadium or buy concessions.
  • Real-time instant replay: In an effort to speed up the game, teams get immediate access to slo-mo cameras & phone lines to teams’ review centers to decide whether or not to challenge a call.
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Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Or Not.

  • Twitter will again live stream weekly MLB games.
  • Facebook will exclusively stream 25 regular season games (big deal, but small considering there’s 2,430 games this season)
  • MLB is also tapping the Chinese market, partnering with Tencent to stream 125 games to its 1B active users.
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What teams are demanding the highest prices? The World Series Champs aren't even in the top 3! But there's a catch...

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