👋 Happy Friday! Today's word count: 1,214 (<5 mins)
Tim Skinner of Arcadia, Calif. is our first back-to-back Pick 3 winner, which means he gets to dedicate today's newsletter to someone. Who's it gonna be, Tim?
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The Toronto Raptors got the best of the Milwaukee Bucks for the third straight game last night, winning 105-99 to give themselves a chance to close out the series at home on Saturday.
P.S. ... The All-NBA teams were just announced. Poor Klay.
The Monaco Grand Prix takes place this weekend in the Monte Carlo neighborhood of Monaco. Mercedes will be looking for its record sixth straight 1-2 finish.
Details: The Circuit de Monaco is arguably the most famous circuit on the Formula 1 calendar and the whole weekend is an absolute spectacle.
Ari Emanuel. Photo: Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for The Hollywood Reporter
Endeavor Group, the talent agency and live events company led by Ari Emanuel, filed for an initial public offering yesterday.
Between the lines: Endeavor is perhaps best known for representing movie stars. But according to the filing, more than 70% of its $3.6 billion revenue last year came from creating and licensing content — much of it in sports.
The big picture: While legacy media businesses have spent billions of dollars building "pipes" (cable networks, movie theaters), Endeavor has focused on owning premium content that can then be distributed through those pipes.
The bottom line: Emanuel writes in the IPO prospectus:
"Content is no longer defined solely by the traditional categories on which our businesses were founded. Television, movies and live events have been joined by others including podcasts, experiences, social media, multiplayer video games and esports. Wherever you are in the world and whatever way you define content, Endeavor is likely playing a role."
From Mike Sykes: The WNBA tips off tonight with two games: Dallas Wings vs. Atlanta Dream and Indiana Fever vs. New York Liberty. Here's a quick season primer.
Storylines to watch:
Players to watch:
If you enjoy fascinatingly complex, borderline insane American sports figures, you need to dive into this piece on jockey Mary Bacon immediately. Epic read.
"Mary Bacon took a bullet while pilfering fruit as a child. Mary Bacon dropped out of school in the sixth grade and was pregnant by age 16. Mary Bacon had a romantic relationship with Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke. Mary Bacon was kidnapped by a stalker. ... Not all of those sentences are complete horseshit."
84 years ago today, the Cincinnati Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 at Crosley Field in Major League Baseball's first ever night game.
Earlier this week, Zack Greinke (2,502) joined Felix Hernandez (2,501), Max Scherzer (2,545), Justin Verlander (2,795) and C.C. Sabathia (3,020) as the only active pitchers with 2,500 strikeouts.
Answer at the bottom.
PALAWAN, PHILIPPINES — Constantin Popovici of Romania dives during the first stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series last month. The winning dives were insane.
PALAWAN, PHILIPPINES — Yeah, they're pretty high up there.
DUBLIN, IRELAND — Stop No. 2 took the divers to Dublin earlier this month. Event highlights.
LONDON, ENGLAND — Meanwhile, in the sport of indoor diving, the FINA Diving World Series just finished up. Above are two Russian divers competing in the men's synchronized springboard.
Today's Pick 3 contest will take place within The Action Network app.
Yesterday's results: 48% said the Bucks (-7) would not cover the spread … 56% said Bucks-Raptors would go under 217 points … 3% said Kawhi Leonard would score 35 points.
Enjoy the long weekend. See you Tuesday,
Kendall "Brutal way to lose" Baker
Trivia answer: Cole Hamels (2,475)