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Michael Porter Jr. emerges as prominent COVID-19 vaccine skeptic (AXIOS Sports) Denver Nuggets star Michael Porter Jr. steps onto the court at Ball Arena Friday unvaccinated against the coronavirus.

House committee asks NFL for documents from Washington Football Team probe (AXIOS Sports) The House Oversight and Reform Committee on Thursday requested documents from the National Football League on its investigation into the culture of the Washington Football Team.

Puma To Sponsor Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC (SGB UPDATE)

Puma is the official kit of defending Premier League champions Manchester City, 12-time Liga MX winners Chivas de Guadalajara, 18-time Serie A champions AC Milan and eight-time Bundesliga winners Borussia Dortmund.

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Charlene Nyantekyi, GM – Club Wembley, The FA (Sports Venue Business (SVB)) As England’s National Stadium, Wembley Stadium is expected to deliver a world-class experience. Charlene explains how the team works to ensure that Club Wembley delivers on this and how they’re developing the offering, including developments that are currently underway and in the planning stages.

Ligue 1 line up Lyon vs Monaco game in China (SportsPro Insider) Jean-Michel Aulas, Lyon’s president, told French sports outlet L’Équipe that the two teams have agreed with the LFP to press ahead with the proposal.

WNBA finals TV ratings up 42% on 2019 season (SportsPro Insider) The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) scored its most viewed finals since 2017 via domestic broadcast partner Disney, with an average 548,000 viewers tuning in across the four games on ESPN and ABC.

Angel City players to get percentage of ticketing revenue (SportsPro Insider) Angel City, the new Los Angeles-based National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) expansion team, have revealed a new player pay funding pool that will be directly funded by ticket sales.

How the Arizona Cardinals Stayed Unbeaten Through COVID Outbreak (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.

F1’s McLaren Racing Taps Medallia to Analyze Fan and Employee Feedback (SportTechie) Formula 1 racing team McLaren has partnered with feedback management software Medallia. The company will collect and analyze critiques from McLaren employees and fans to improve team performance, recruitment and employee retention. 

Samsung Streams 'Shrines of Glory' Video Series With Top College Football Programs (SportTechie) Samsung is partnering with 20 Power Five college football programs to produce a new video series called “Shrines of Glory’’ that is streaming throughout this current season. The series highlights passionate “superfans” from each university and is part of Samsung’s digital ad campaign to promote its Neo QLED 4K televisions. 

University of Missouri Takes Fan Engagement, Venue Tech to New Level as a Robotic Dog Takes the Field for the First Time (SportTechie) In college football’s latest iteration of fan engagement and venue technology, the University of Missouri yanked something out of the 22nd Century this month — subtly dropping a robot K-9 into its Oct. 2nd halftime show vs. Tennessee — and the reverberations are still being felt world-wide.

2022 NBA free agent rankings: Top players available during the next offseason (USA TODAY)

Headlined by James Harden, Bradley Beal and Zach LaVine, the top of the 2022 NBA free-agent class is loaded with elite shooting guards, the types of players who can elevate a team’s offense just with their presence.

Prep quarterback Arch Manning gets nationally televised showcase on ESPNU (USA TODAY) Arch Manning, 16, is a top-ranked prospect in the class of 2023 with his pick of programs: Alabama, Georgia, Clemson and Texas have offered, along with Tennessee and Mississippi — his uncle Peyton was a Volunteer, while his uncle Eli and grandfather Archie both starred for the Rebels.

Congress Requests Information From NFL: Everything We Know About Washington Football Team’s Email Scandal (Forbes SportsMoney)  The House Committee on Oversight and Reform sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Thursday night requesting the league to provide all documents and communications obtained during a 2020 investigation of the Washington Football Team’s toxic workplace to Congress by November 4, amid renewed interest in the investigation after reporting from the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times uncovered racist, homophobic and misogynistic content in emails from the investigation.  

Why It’s Crucial For Serie A Clubs To Advance In The Champions League — And Collect Its Prize Money (Forbes SportsMoney) Among Europe’s top-5 soccer leagues, Serie A suffered the largest revenue loss at the hands of the pandemic. The 2019/20 season saw combined revenues of Italian soccer clubs decrease by 18%, topping France’s Ligue 1 (16%), England’s Premier League (13%), Spain’s La Liga (8%) and Germany’s Bundesliga (4%), according to Deloitte’s Annual Review of Football Finance 2021.

New NBA China Controversy: Tencent Drops Celtics Games After Kanter Calls Jinping ‘Brutal Dictator’ (Forbes SportsMoney) Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter spoke out against the Chinese government on Twitter Wednesday, imploring leader Xi Jinping (whom he referred to as a “brutal dictator”) to free Tibet, causing the Chinese media company Tencent to pull all Celtics games from their streaming service, and reigniting tension between the NBA and the Chinese government.

China pulls Celtics games after Enes Kanter criticizes Xi Jinping (AXIOS Sports) China will no longer stream Boston Celtics games after center Enes Kanter called Chinese President Xi Jinping a "brutal dictator" in a social media post over the Chinese government's repressive policies in Tibet, according to the New York Times.

Ironman Awards Des Moines with 2022 North American Championship (SportsTravel) Des Moines, Iowa, has been selected as the latest full-distance Ironman triathlon host, with the full race being designated as the 2022 Ironman North American Championship. The competition will replace a previous 70.3 race in the city.

U.S. Officially Launches Bid for Rugby World Cup (SportsTravel)

The United States has officially launched a bid to host the Men’s Rugby World Cup in 2027 or 2031 and the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2029. The bid marks the first time a country has bid for both events at once and if the men’s bid is successful, it will mark the first time the event will be hosted in either North or South America.

ESPN Unveils Innovative Virtual Line on Recent NFL Monday Night Football Telecast (SportTechie)  The network, which had been waiting for the right opportunity to unveil the technology, swiftly added a vertical orange line (a quasi-first down marker) during its replay of a fourth-quarter run by Bills’ quarterback Josh Allen. The line showed Allen's body was short of the first-down, and an ensuing measurement confirmed Allen was indeed inches shy.

NFT's Go to School: College Players at 2022 Senior Bowl to Receive Personalized (Non-Fungible) Tokens of Appreciation (SportTechie) Trading card company Panini America is expanding its partnership with the Senior Bowl to gift individual NFTs to each player that participates in the 2022 bowl game. Each athlete will be handed a one-of-one NFT of themselves that they can keep or sell through Panini’s digital collectibles platform.

China streaming service pulls Celtics games after Enes Kanter calls China's Xi 'brutal dictator' (USA TODAY) Enes Kanter has used his platform as a NBA player to advocate for human rights. 
His latest stance resulted in Boston Celtics games being pulled from the Chinese internet on Thursday. 
A day earlier, before the Celtics lost to the New York Knicks in double overtime in their season opener, Kanter posted a video on social media voicing his support for Tibet and called China's president Xi Jinping a "brutal dictator." 

NBA Extends HBCU Support (SportsTravel)

The NBA has announced an extension of its support to Historically Black Colleges and Universities with a series of new programs, including the addition of a MEAC conference matchup as part of All-Star Weekend in February in Cleveland.

NFL to end race-based testing in concussion settlements (AXIOS Sports) The National Football League on Wednesday reached an agreement with former players to end the controversial practice of race-based adjustments in dementia testing, AP reports. 

Ex-Washington State head football coach to sue over "unlawful" firing (AXIOS Sports) Former Washington State head football coach Nick Rolovich is suing the university after he was fired for failing to comply with the state's coronavirus vaccine requirement, his attorney said Wednesday. 

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