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The Premier League is home to some of the world's most valuable sports teams. So, naturally, it's also home to some of the world's most valuable sports real estate: the uniforms those teams wear.
How it works: Premier League teams make money from their uniforms, or "kits," in two ways: apparel deals and sponsorship deals.
Example: This season, Manchester United will receive $91.9 million from Adidas (kit supplier), $80 million from Chevrolet (main sponsor) and $27.5 million from Kohler (sleeve sponsor). Total: $199.4 million.
The big picture: While this revenue-generating trifecta might not become the norm in the NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL (especially the team-specific apparel deals), jersey sponsorships certainly could.
KANSAS CITY — Simone Biles won her sixth all-around U.S. gymnastics championship this weekend and made history not once but twice, becoming the first gymnast to perform a double-double dismount on beam as well as the first female gymnast to land a triple double on floor (watch in extreme slo-mo).
JERSEY CITY — Patrick Reed (above in blue) won the Northern Trust, but his victory was overshadowed by more pace of play controversy after Bryson DeChambeau went viral for taking an excessive amount of time to hit shots. "Dude. Putt already."
TORONTO — After Serena Williams was forced to retire from the Rogers Cup finals with an injury, her opponent Bianca Andreescu came over to comfort her and the two shared an awesome moment.
Reds rookie Aristides Aquino opened up his batting stance this year (see above) ... and it seems to be working. The 25-year-old smashed three dingers on Saturday, giving him seven in his first 10 career games, tied with Trevor Story for the most ever.
Since 2008, MLB teams have recorded 51 cycles, 48 triple plays and 38-no hitters. In that same span, home-plate umpires have made every pitch call correctly on one team just 24 times, per The Ringer. That's roughly once per 1,200 games, or about twice per season.
The Orioles pulled off one of the biggest MLB upsets of the century yesterday when they beat the Astros 8-7 on a Rio Ruiz walk-off HR. The O's were listed as high as +420 underdogs, meaning a $100 bet would have netted you $420.
Patrick Mahomes. Photo: Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Image
This week, we're unveiling our 2019 Fantasy Football rankings. Thanks to longtime reader Bret Chalpin for developing the formula (combines consensus rankings, last season's production, projected team offense and more).
1. Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs (last season: 1): How dominant was Mahomes last season? If you took 10 TD passes away, he still would have been the top-ranked QB. One concern: The Chiefs have the hardest schedule in terms of opposing defenses this season.
2. Aaron Rodgers, Packers (up from 6): In the eight seasons that Rodgers has played 15+ games, he's finished 1st, 2nd, 1st, 2nd, 1st, 7th, 1st and 6th in fantasy QB rankings. Matt LaFleur should bring new life to an offense that struggled to move the ball at times last year.
3. Deshaun Watson, Texans (up from 4): Watson just became the third QB in NFL history to throw for 4,000 yards and rush for 500 yards in a season (others: Cam Newton and Russell Wilson). If Will Fuller and others can stay healthy, his game could leap to a historically elite level.
4. Andrew Luck, Colts (up from 5): The 2018 Comeback Player of the Year heads into the season with positive momentum and one of the best offensive lines in football. One concern: The calf strain that won't go away.
5. Matt Ryan, Falcons (down from 2): Ryan thrived in Dirk Koetter's pass-heavy offense from 2012–14 and now Koetter is back to call the plays. With no new system to learn and 13 of the Falcons' 16 games in either a dome or warm weather, Matty Ice could put up monster numbers.
The NBA's four-day Rookie Transition Program begins today. Held annually since 1986, the event serves as an official introduction to NBA life and includes educational sessions on topics like financial planning and nutrition.
Montreal Expos starter Pedro Martinez delivers a pitch. Photo: Jeff Carlick/MLB Photos via Getty Image
25 years ago today, Major League Baseball ground to a halt when the players went on strike rather than accede to the owners' demand for a salary cap.
Why it mattered: The strike lasted 232 days and resulted in the cancelation of the remainder of the 1994 season and playoffs, making it the only time in modern history that the World Series was called off.
The "what ifs": In addition to being a black eye for all of baseball, the 1994 strike cost certain teams and players a shot at history.
Padres rookie sensation Fernando Tatis Jr. is the sixth player since 1960 — and fourth this decade — to record 20 HR and 15 SB in a season before the age of 21.
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🏀 NBA: The all-new NBA Experience officially opens today at Disney Springs in Walt Disney World Resort. The entertainment/retail attraction is packed with 13 different basketball-related activities across 44,000 square feet and two floors.
⚾️ MLS: LAFC's Carlos Vela notched a goal and two assists to tie Sebastian Giovinco for the most points in an MLS season (38) … with 10 games to go. Meanwhile in Atlanta, Josef Martinez scored a goal in his record 10th consecutive game.
🏈 Arena Football League: The NFL has Tommy Brady, and the AFL has Tommy Grady. The former Oklahoma Sooner and two-time league MVP led the Albany Empire to a 45-27 win over the Philadelphia Soul in last night's ArenaBowl 32.
Scott Harrington on the 18th green during the Portland Open. Photo: Steve Dykes/Getty Images
Last year, pro golfer Scott Harrington put his dream of making the PGA Tour on hold and took a leave of absence to care for his wife, Jenn, who was battling cancer.
See you tomorrow,
Kendall "Biles is such a legend" Baker
Trivia answer: Ronald Acuna Jr. (2018), Bryce Harper (2012), Mike Trout (2012)