LeBron James Among the Notable Investors in First-of-Its-Kind Sports League

LeBron James Among the Notable Investors in First-of-Its-Kind Sports League

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James is among several major names reportedly buying a new franchise in a first-of-its-kind sports league.

LRMR Ventures, the family office of James and his longtime business partner, CEO Maverick Carter, is teaming with investment firm SC Holdings, Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, The SpringHill Company CMO Paul Rivera, and Relevent Sports Group co-owner and CEO Daniel Sillman as part of a new ownership group for Major League Pickleball, according to a PRNewswire news release.

"Having SC Holdings, LRMR Ventures, and their incredible group as owners and investors in Major League Pickleball is not just great for MLP, it's a watershed moment for pickleball in general," said MLP Founder Steve Kuhn. "Pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in the country, building communities in cities and towns all over the world. This investment and the platform that this group provides will significantly help us with our goal to reach 40 million pickleball players by 2030."

MLP plans to expand from 12 to 16 teams, which will include the new franchise owned by James and company.

Other previous MLP investors and team owners include NFL legend Drew Brees, entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk, tennis star James Blake, and others.

James officially became a billionaire earlier this year, becoming the first NBA player to do so during his active playing career, Forbes.com reported at the time.

The four-time NBA champion netted $121.2 million in total earnings last year, increasing his official net work to $1 billion, joining the likes of Michael Jordan and the late Kobe Bryant, both of whom exceeded their respective $1 billion net worths after retirement from their Hall of Fame playing careers.

"It’s my biggest milestone,” James told GQ in 2014 about the potential of one day becoming a billionaire. “Obviously. I want to maximize my business. And if I happen to get it, if I happen to be a billion-dollar athlete, ho. Hip hip hooray! Oh, my God, I’m gonna be excited."

James is currently the NBA's highest-paid active player and has earned more than $385 million during his 18-year NBA career during stints with the Cleveland Cavaliers (2003-10; 2014-18), Miami Heat (2010-14), and Lakers (2018-present), as well as upwards of $900 million in endorsements -- which include a lifetime agreement with Nike paying tens of millions annually, as well as AT&T, Pepsi and Walmart -- and other business ventures, which includes a stake in Fenway Sports Group, the parent company of the Boston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Liverpool F.C.

James's $121.2 million earned in 2022 also ranked as the highest-paid athlete in North America and the second-highest-earning athlete in the world, trailing only Paris Saint-Germain's Lionel Messi, who made $130 million in 2022.

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The Latest on Mac Jones' Status For Week 4

The Latest on Mac Jones' Status For Week 4

New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones will miss Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, NFL Network Senior Insider Ian Rapoport reports.

"I would be beyond shocked if he played this week, expected to win this week," Rapoport said on NFL Now Wednesday while discussing Jones' status.

"He's dealing with some, you know, I would say, significant damage," Rapoport added. "It's a high ankle sprain. It is one that is pretty severe. It is one that usually knocks players out 4-6 weeks.

"I would say, as it pertains to his surgery, probably looking unlikely that he will do the Tightrope procedure. We'll see, still making the decision, but the fact that he hasn't had it yet means it's probably unlikely."

Patriots backup quarterback Bryan Hoyer, who is on his third with the team since signing as an undrafted free agent in 2009, is expected to start in Jones' absence.

"Obviously, Brian's done a lot of things in his career that maybe we implement, maybe we don't. We don't want to go ahead and completely turn the offense on its head," said quarterbacks coach Joe Judge via the Boston Herald. "We feel like we were making some progress. But at the same time, we're going to make sure we put guys in a position to succeed."

Jones experienced an ankle injury during last Sunday's (September 25) loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Head coach Bill Belichick said the team was taking the second-year quarterback's injury "day by day" and responded to questions of a possible high ankle sprain with "What do I look like? A doctor?

Original author: Jason

Jason Whitlock: The Real Reason Eric Bieniemy Isn’t an NFL Head Coach

Jason Whitlock: The Real Reason Eric Bieniemy Isn’t an NFL Head Coach

Jason Whitlock: “The NBA, the NFL, all these live sports, all they are are TV shows. They’re no different from whatever your favorite TV show is right now. You know what they do on TV shows? They write people and characters in and out of the script. Eric Bieniemy, the alleged offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs, has been written out of the script. If you watched that Chiefs/Chargers game [in Week 1] Eric Bieniemy wasn’t discussed. Maybe I missed it, but if it was discussed it wasn’t discussed like it used to be. The whole Andy Reid and the Chiefs trying to promote Eric Bieniemy as the next great coaching legend, the heir to Tony Dungy’s throne, the heir to Vince Lombardi’s throne.. they weren’t talking about Eric Bieniemy. They weren’t flashing to the sidelines showing Eric Bieniemy pretending to call plays. Everything was about Andy Reid, Patrick Mahomes, and Andy Reid calling plays and running that team. Eric Bieniemy has been de-emphasized because they’re done with him. They couldn’t pawn him off on another organization like they’ve tried the last three years so they’ve written him out of the script. All of that is controlled by the NFL teams. Andy Reid, Bill Belichick, whoever; they get to tell and greenlight whoever on their staff they want the television networks to talk about or focus in on. For the last 2-3 years the Chiefs were having a concerted effort to try and promote Eric Bieniemy up off their staff and get someone to take him on as a head coach. It’s a very clever way of firing people… The media has spent all of these years, ‘OH, ERIC BIENIEMY, HE DESERVES A HEAD COACHING JOB!’ ‘HE’S THE GREATEST HEAD COACH!’ ‘HE’S GETTING SCREWED OVER BECAUSE HE’S BLACK!’ ‘IF THE NFL WASN’T RACIST…’ They’ve been selling that nonsense forever meanwhile the Houston Texans hired Lovie Smith off the scrap heap? Hired Dave Culley, a 40-year NFL assistant? The NFL has no problem hiring Black head coaches. I don’t care what you hear on tv about how ‘racist’ they are, race isn’t the issue, CULTURE is the issue. You plug all of these men into this emasculated victimhood culture that has been pushed on Black people. You don’t produce leaders that way, and that’s why Black men are struggling to get NFL head coaching jobs. Because they’ve been forced into a culture that does not prepare them for leadership. THAT’S Eric Bieniemy’s problem. It’s connected to the conversation we’re going to have about ‘The Woman King.’ Black people are living in a matriarchal culture here in America. A matriarchal culture does not produce high-quality Black male leadership, period, end of story. Either we can deal with that fact and correct it, or we can whine and cry, and call everybody racist, and say ‘OH, IT’S THE WHITE MAN’S FAULT…’ It’s OUR fault for maintaining and buying into a matriarchal culture. If you continue to be on your knees and be a beta male and a coward, eventually you’re going to get written out of the script. That’s what happened to Eric Bieniemy. Life knocked on his door and said ‘Eric, we did the best we could, we tried to sell you for three years, we got all the media saying you’re the greatest coach in the world, then you get in these interview rooms and everyone finds out you’re not built for leadership, and they won’t give you the job.' They literally tried to get rid of him this off-season and ended up signing him to another one-year deal. Now they’re done. They’ve given him all the welfare they can give him, no one would buy the fake product, and now they've written him out of the script.” (Full Segment Above)

Watch Jason Whitlock of ‘Fearless’ explain why he thinks Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy has essentially been ‘written out of the script’ in NFL media circles, as Whitlock explains why it's apparent that Bieniemy's name has plunged into irrelevance after at one time being one of the hottest names in coaching.

Check out the segment above as Whitlock details why Bieniemy’s plight doesn’t have anything to do with racism among the owners, but actually because of a toxic facet of modern Black culture that struggles to manifest powerful leaders.

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Roger Maris Jr. Confirms Aaron Judge Is "The Peoples' Home Run Champ"

Roger Maris Jr. Confirms Aaron Judge Is "The Peoples' Home Run Champ"

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Jason Smith: "I'm telling you, that Maris' comments are just the continuing of people having the conversation of Aaron Judge being the true homerun champ. Pretty soon, you're going to start seeing backlash from players like Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire, but people will say that 'Judge is the guy, because he isn't tainted by scandal, even though there are other names ahead of him in the record books.'"

Mike Harmon: "All Maris Jr. is doing is keeping it in the house, and I respect that!... But at this point, MLB hasn't done anything about, so if they suddenly had a knee-jerk reaction and actually put their foot down about it just because it's a Yankee, it would look very bad on them"

Jason Smith and Mike Harmon react to Roger Maris Jr.'s comments, where he states that he believes Judge is the true HR champion in MLB history because he is a clean player. Listen to the full segment above!

Original author: Brandon

Roger Maris Jr. Says Aaron Judge Should Be HR Record Holder if He Hits #62

Roger Maris Jr. Says Aaron Judge Should Be HR Record Holder if He Hits #62

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Reporter: “What does it mean that it’s a Yankee doing this, and a guy who’s a clean player, and a guy who is a face of the franchise who does everything right?”

Roger Maris Jr.: “It means a lot, and it’s not just for me, I think it means a lot for a lot of people. That he’s clean, he’s a Yankee, he plays the game the right way, and it gives people a chance to look at somebody who should be revered for hitting 62 home runs, and not just as a guy who did it in the American League, but be revered for being the actual single-season home run champ. It’s really who he is, and if he hits 62 that’s what needs to happen. I think baseball needs to look at the records, and I think baseball should do something.”

Reporter: “How important is it to you that a ‘clean’ player gets to 62?”

Maris Jr.: “It means a lot to me and I even put a tweet out like two years ago that said ‘if Aaron Judge were to actually hit 62 home runs how would he be celebrated?’ The million-dollar question is -- would he be celebrated as the single-season home run champ and would he get all the fanfare that he deserves? So here we are, he’s sitting at 62, he’s going to be in New York, and he should be revered and celebrated just like the single-season home run champ, not just like he’s the American League HR champ. I can’t think of anybody better that baseball can look up to than Aaron Judge, who is the face of baseball.”

Reporter: “Do you think Sammy Sosa, Mcgwire, and Bonds are illegitimate?

Maris Jr.: "I do, and I think most people do.”

Listen to Roger Maris Jr.’s interview he had with reporters moments after Aaron Judge tied his father for the American League home run record with 61 HRs, as Maris Jr. believes Judge should be considered the ‘home run champ’ if he hits his 62nd home run sometime in the Yankees final seven games.

With the dark cloud of PED-usage staining the legacies of Barry Bonds, Mark Mcgwire, and Sammy Sosa, who Maris Jr. called ‘illegitimate’, Maris Jr. thinks Major League Baseball should designate Judge as the single-season home run record holder of ALL of baseball, not just the American League if a ‘clean’ Judge hits another home run.

Judge's current total of 61 home runs would tie him with Maris for the 7th highest HR season in MLB history, but all three of those players ahead of him on the list have been either admitted to steroid usage or been directly tied to allegations, with Bonds, McGwire, and Sosa being effectively stonewalled from the Baseball Hall of Fame by the voters.

Here are the six seasons currently topping Judge in home runs.

1. Bonds - 73: 2001

2. McGwire - 70: 1998

3. Sosa - 66: 1998

4. McGwire - 65: 1999

5. Sosa - 64: 2001

6. Sosa - 63: 1999

7. Judge - 61: 2022 (through 155 games).

Maris - 61: 1961

Check out the full segment above.

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Why Current Championships Will Never Replace Your OG Championship Team

Why Current Championships Will Never Replace Your OG Championship Team

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Steve Covino: “You just can’t out-do the OG’s. I really love this Yankees team, and Aaron Judge is amazing… but they don’t have the same impact as those ’96 Yankees had on me. I was in college that year, and those guys were my heroes. Tino Martinez, Paul O’Neil, Derek Jeter, I looked up to those guys. Now, I’m slightly older, and these new Yankees are kids. So doesn’t that have something to do with it?... I’m absolutely pumped for the Yankees this year, I don’t miss a game. But there’s that bit of magic that’s missing from when I was young.” 

Rich Davis: “Steve, you’re very spoiled, because I’m a Mets fan. You walk in to Citi Field, or Shea Stadium it’s like 1986, because that’s the only memory other than 1969, which only your parents remember. My 5-year old daughter came up to me the other day, and asked ‘Dad, are the Mets going to win the trophy!?’ I told her I was only a bit older than she was the last time the Mets won it all, so maybe its luck… If my Mets ever made it to the World Series, I would do everything I can to get field level tickets, and embrace everything about it. However, I don’t think I’d love Pete Alonso the way I loved Gary Carter.” 

Today on Covino & Rich, the guys debate why your team winning a World Series when you’re an older fan, holds less Magic compared to when you are younger! 

Original author: Brandon

WATCH: Aaron Judge Hits 61st Home Run, Ties American League Record

WATCH: Aaron Judge Hits 61st Home Run, Ties American League Record

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New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge hit his 61st home run of the 2022 MLB season on Wednesday night, tying the American League single-season home run record.

Judge hit a 2-run homer in the seventh inning of the Yankees' game against the Toronto Blue Jays, which gave New York a 5-3 lead.

The 30-year-old tied the record set by Roger Maris in 1961, having hit his 60th home run -- which tied a previous record set by Babe Ruth in 1927 -- during New York's 9-8 walk-off win against the Pittsburgh Pirates on September 20 at Yankee Stadium.

Judge also managed to hit 60 home runs in fewer games than both Yankee legends, which has long been a debate over the validity of Maris' record.

Original author: Jason

Dadbods Don’t Win Championships

Dadbods Don’t Win Championships

Steve Covino & Rich Davis take a moment to discuss the definition and prevalence of dadbods and their impact on sports. Covino was called out by his daughter for his frequent visits to the gym which has yet to yield the six-pack abs you see in magazines. While dadbods may be more than just a trend, the guys are still envious of the incredible physiques of professional athletes.

Rich Davis: "If you're over 35 and you have abs, but you also have kids, a wife, a job... I question your priorities."

Original author: Michael

The Second Coming of Trevor Lawrence

The Second Coming of Trevor Lawrence

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Jason Smith: “Trevor Lawrence is now officially arriving. The Jaguars are a different team, he has been fantastic. The national attention he will get if he breaks through on Sunday against the Eagles will be big banner headlines you heard it here. He is a total different player, he’s making big time throws, ascending quickly & is super comfortable. He finally is starting to look like the guy at Clemson. It’s not like he has all these weapons, but he’s making weapons out of them."

Mike Harmon: “You look how the roster has come along, run game has been great, Christian Kirk playing well. By spreading the offense around it’ll make it a lot easier for Lawrence. I like how this offense is structured, he can get really creative with it.”

Tonight on the Jason Smith Show with Mike Harmon, the two best friends talked about the second coming of Trevor Lawrence. Lawrence has thrown for six touchdowns with a quarterback rating over 100 in the first three weeks of the season. The two believe his breakout is coming extremely soon, Jason is convinced that three weeks from now the conversation around the league will be Trevor Lawrence ‘is that guy.’ 

Original author: Ethan

Does the NFL Actually Care About It's Players?

Does the NFL Actually Care About It's Players?

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Chris Broussard: “For all the talk about the NFL caring about its players, let’s be honest they don’t care about their players. For example, they now put a 17th game... I love the 17th game idea but it doesn’t help the player’s health & safety issue. The NFL does things to make more money, they don’t think about the players when money is there. The reason most teams have turf is because it’s cheaper than grass, its way easier to maintain than grass. I get what OBJ is saying, I don’t mind teams going to grass, games may be slower but we have to keep the players healthy.”

Rob Parker: “We obviously know that the turf is a money grab. These are things to fight for in the collective bargain contract. This kind of stuff can cut your career short, the players have to get things done. They are the game.”

Tonight on The Odd Couple, Chris & Rob react to Odell Beckham Jr’s tweet about players getting injured more often from non-contact incidents. After Sterling Shepard’s injury on MNF against the Cowboys many people are questioning if the NFL truly cares about its players. Chris & Rob found that a player is 28% more likely to get injured on turf than on grass. The two agree that there are some serious concerns for safety within the league& the best way for there to be any action would be the players stepping up & saying something like Odell.

Original author: Ethan
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