Athletes from across America stand together to fight racial inequality; Stephen Curry asks Chinese fans to help locate a basketball phenomenon; and the British broadcaster, Sky Sports, reveals a partnership fit for the times with EA Sports FIFA. For these stories and more, check out the Red Phoenix Global Sports Update:
Athletes from Across America Speak Out on Racial Inequality
In the wake of George Floyd’s death, professional athletes from across America are speaking out on racial injustice and racial inequality in America. A host of Texas sports stars attended Floyd’s funeral in Houston on Tuesday, and leagues and teams from across professional sports are issuing public statement in support of social reform. Many hope that Floyd’s death results in a turning point, where athletes from across all sports begin to receive broad support from their leagues and teams when speaking out on social injustices.
Chinese Teenager Stuns NBA Stars with Basketball Skills
Stephen Curry wrote to his 4.5 million followers on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, asking for help in locating a Chinese teenager who showcased dazzling basketball skills in an online video. The boy, Zhang Jiacheng, had lost one of his arms in an accident when he was five years old. Curry’s post was accompanied by footage of the boy dominating opponents with his dribbling techniques, despite his physical disability.
MLB Owners Propose a 76-Game Season
Major League Baseball has submitted a new proposal to the MLB Players Association, suggesting a 76-game season with 75% prorated salaries. According to the latest proposal, the season would begin around July 10th and end on Sept. 27th.
Real-Life Soccer Matches to Use Crowd Noise from Video Games
With the Premier League returning on June 17th, Sky Sports network has been looking for ways to replace the dynamics of having live fans at its matches. One potential option is to inject sound effects from the EA Sports FIFA video game series into real-life matches. EA Sports FIFA has extensive recordings of dynamic crowd noise from all around Europe’s soccer stadiums.
Michael Jordan Finds His Voice With $100 Million Pledge
Michael Jordan announced a $100 million pledge from himself and the Jordan Brand over the next 10 years to improve “racial equality, social justice, and greater access to education.” It was reported earlier that he would donate his earnings from the ESPN docuseries “The Last Dance” to charity organizations.
Asian Tour Targets Iuncheon Tournament for Season Restart
Professional Golf’s Asian Tour proposes “conservative restart” plans to restart its 2020 season in September, with the Shinhan Donghae Open in Incheon, South Korea. Asian Tour organizers are aiming to hold about 10-12 events from September to December this year.
Team Liquid and Huya Streaming Partnership Extended to 2022
Esports organization Team Liquid has extended its exclusive streaming partnership with Chinese platform HUYA through 2022, becoming the only North American esports organization signed to Huya. Twenty-two players and content creators from Team Liquid are involved in the renewed agreement.
F1 Considers Chinese GP Double-Header for 2020
Formula One is looking to add races in the coming months to finish its 15-race season, and Shanghai is a favorite to double up and take on a double-header of races instead of its usual one. F1 has made the prospect of having multiple Grand Prixs more palatable by giving a 50% discount on the hosting fee for the second race.
New Tennis Tournament in France Aiming for Younger Audience
Four top 10-ranked players will attend a new digitally friendly tennis tournament, the Ultimate Tennis Showdown (UTS), which starts this week in southern France. The tournament aims to appeal to young spectators by creating opportunities for them to interact with players and see behind the scenes stories.