This includes the full list from the e-mail as well as a few that wouldn’t fit. Enjoy!
+The cost of LeBron James tweeting on your behalf made news – $140k per tweet (yes, $1k per character). And while there’s probably an analytical marketing professor somewhere grumbling about ‘value depending on expected conversion rate,’ we still enjoyed the list of top 100 athlete endorsers. Turns out LeBron’s got nothing on Cristiano Ronaldo’s going rate of $225k, and Tony Romo seems like a steal at $918 (dollars, not thousands).
+The ‘pinch-yourself’ summer of NBA MVP/Champion Steph Curry continued, as Charlotte’s finest export recently played golf with President Obama then talked about it on Jimmy Kimmel live. Obama even drove the cart!
+Carolina Panthers star wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin tore his ACL on a non-contact drill and will miss the entire season. The Panthers Super Bowl odds held constant at 50/1 (tied with the Atlanta Falcons), and Fantasy Football players everywhere were reminded not to have their drafts too early.
+We promise to write about Deflategate when something actually happens. For now, your TV may yell at you that the NFL looked bad in court, and Peyton Manning used to be paranoid that the Patriots bugged locker roomZzz.
+It’s long been a norm for soccer teams, seems inevitable for NBA teams, reportedly on the way for NHL teams: advertisements are going on jerseys. The ads could generate $120m annually for the league, and, we presume, quite a showdown to decide whether Dunkin Donuts or Sam Adams gets to sponsor the Boston Bruins.
+Are Minor League Baseball players paid illegally-low wages? A suit filed by a minor league pitcher-turned lawyer on behalf of 43 minor leaguers makes the case, citing total pay between $3,000-$7,500 for 5-months of 50+ hour weeks.
+Star pitcher Madison Bumgarner is the San Francisco Giants best pinch hitter, too.
+The ceremonial first pitch at Tuesday’s Baltimore Orioles game was thrown out by a 5-yr-old girl.. with a robotic hand.. that she 3d-printed for $400.
+Good read – you need to have U.S. Swimming phenom Katie Ledecky on your radar, because soon the Olympic engine will give you no other option. She has but one pre-ordained possible outcome for Rio next summer: win.
+In an example of a story that’s not a story becoming a story, former NBA Commissioner David Stern’s friends want him to run for New York City Mayor. We love Stern, but he’s 73 and not running for mayor.