League revenue tops $6B
NFL teams for the first time equally divided more than $6 billion in revenue last season, ESPN.com reported.
That’s according to financials released by the Green Bay Packers on Thursday.
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The Packers said they received $187.7 million in national revenue, which is mostly derived from the league’s television rights. The Packers’ total represents 3.1 percent, or 1/32nd, of the overall pie.
Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy said the national revenue rose 4.3 percent from last year due in part to new carriage agreements with the NFL Network and additional revenue from Nike, the league’s uniform provider.
Nike, Man U parting ways
Nike will end its sponsorship deal with Manchester United after the 2014-15 season.
The Oregon-based sports apparel and shoe maker confirmed the end of the 13-year equipment supply contract in an email, saying the terms offered for a new deal did not represent good value for Nike’s shareholders.
The club’s deal with Nike was worth an estimated $502 million.
The Los Angeles Galaxy terminated its loan agreement with Brazilian forward Samuel, who will be returning to Fluminense of Brazil’s Serie A.
The 23-year-old striker joined the Major League Soccer team in January after spending the previous two seasons with Fluminense.
Fever upends Sun
All-Star Tamika Catchings led Indiana with 21 points and Briann January from Spokane added 13 to lift the host Fever past the Connecticut Sun 72-68.
Tied at 61, Layshia Clarendon of Indiana (10-10) gathered the rebound after Chiney Ogwunmike’s block of Shavonte Zellous and made the put-back jumper for the lead with just over three minutes left. Clarendon finished with a career-high 12 points, helping spur Indiana’s 33-point fourth quarter, along with 11 from Catchings and eight from January.
Indiana native Katie Douglas scored 17 points to lead the Sun (9-12). She hit a three-pointer with 13.5 seconds to play to pull the Sun within two points.
Maya Moore scored 33 points and Lindsay Whalen fell a rebound short of a triple-double to help the Minnesota Lynx maintain their road dominance against the Tulsa Shock with a 91-85 victory.
Whalen finished with 21 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, scoring 14 of her points in the second half to help the Lynx (15-6) claim their fourth win in the past five games.
Skylar Diggins had 21 points and a career-high 12 assists for Tulsa (7-13), which lost its fifth straight game at home.
Karlovic, Groth advance
Second-seeded Ivo Karlovic of Croatia and Samuel Groth of Australia advanced to the semifinals of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport, R.I.
Groth defeated defending champion Nicolas Mahut of France 6-3, 6-4, and Karlovic edged Dudi Sela of Israel 7-6 (7-3), 7-5. The pair will meet Saturday after inductions for the 2014 class into the International Hall of Fame, which is highlighted this year by Lindsay Davenport in the recent player category.
Four days after winning Wimbledon, Novak Djokovic of Serbia married his pregnant fiancée in a private ceremony in Montenegro.
Djokovic and longtime girlfriend Jelena Ristic were wed in an upscale resort on the Adriatic coast.
• None of the four eligible players were taken in the NFL’s supplemental draft: New Mexico receiver Chase Clayton, North Carolina linebacker Darius Lipford, Virginia-Lynchburg defensive tackle Lakendrick Ross and Southern Methodist running back Traylon Shead. All are now free agents.
• The new College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta will open Aug. 23. The hall was previously located in South Bend, Ind., but was plagued by poor attendance.
• The bowl formerly known as the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl will now be the Cactus Bowl. It will be played at Arizona State’s Sun Devil Stadium on Jan. 2, 2015.
• Florida State receiver Jesus Wilson was suspended from the football team after facing a felony charge in the theft of a motor scooter, officials said.
• Top seed David Ferrer led a trio of Spaniards into the Swedish Open quarterfinals in Bastad by defeating Victor Hanescu of Romania 6-4, 6-0.
• Fabio Fognini of Italy opened the defense of his Mercedes Cup title by defeating Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals in Stuttgart, Germany.
• Sara Errani of Italy reached her eighth quarterfinal of the season and first since the French Open by defeating Paula Ormaechea of Argentina 6-3, 6-0 in the second round of the Gastein Ladies in Bad Gastein, Austria.
• The St. Louis Blues re-signed center Steve Ott to a two-year contract.
• Floyd Mayweather Jr. will fight a rematch Sept. 13 in Las Vegas with Marcos Maidana, the Argentine who gave him a tougher battle than expected when they met in May.
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