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Last Sports broadcasting episode, hosts Scott Soshnick and Eben Novy-Williams discuss some of the biggest sports business stories of the week, including the delay of TGL. The new team golf league supported by Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy is postpone its launch within a year, through January 2025, after a power system failure damaged its Florida facilities earlier that month.
It’s a setback for TGL organizers TMRW Sports and the PGA Tour, which initially planned to debut in less than two months. TGL has sold six inaugural franchise locations to a group of prominent sports and technology backers, including Steve Cohen, Arthur Blank, Alexis Ohanian and Fenway Sports Group.
Then the hosts talk about the first F1 racing in Las Vegas. Locals have expressed frustration with construction, traffic, diminished tourism and blocked views of the course itself. And the competition got off to a rocky start when the first practice round was canceled due to a loose storm drain in the street. The race itself, however, was one of F1is one of the most compelling competitions of the year. The hosts discuss the future of the Vegas Grand Prix, which is one of three American races on the current F1 calendar.
The hosts also discuss moving of the Oakland Athletics. MLB owners voted unanimously last week to move the team to Las Vegas. However, it’s not 100% complete and a number of questions remain, including where the team would play before the proposed Nevada venue is completed. The team’s lease in Oakland expires at the end of next season, but the new stadium is not expected to open until 2028.
Finally, the hosts reflect on two topics related to university sports. our Lady has extended his TV deal with NBC Sports until the 2029 football season, a move that will allow the Fighting Irish to remain independent for at least the next half-decade. They also talk about a recent Sportico story detailing the marketing by the late college basketball coach Bob Knight.