Paul Pierce threw out the first pitch at Tuesday’s Dodgers – A’s game. Pierce seemed to enjoy his reception, though I’m not sure why. A baseball game starting at 7:10 in LA means that there can’t be more than 100 people in the stands. Perhaps he picked out a smattering of boos from unemployed Lakers fans? Either way, he proceeded to ham it up on the mound before bouncing one in the dirt 10-feet in front of the plate.
The DeVos family, which owns the Orlando Magic and Amway, has purchased a minority stake in the Chicago Cubs. “Hailing from the Midwest and having followed the Chicago Cubs for many years, the DeVos Family is proud to confirm that we have invested a non-controlling interest in the Chicago Cubs and the Wrigley Field renovation project,” the family said in a statement issued to the Orlando Sentinel. “We respectfully refer any further questions on this topic to the Cubs organization.”
A united front among all the leagues would certainly help Silver’s cause for a federal solution. The other leagues have — at least publicly — not wavered from their anti-legalization stance after the op-ed. MLB declined to comment for this story, and the NFL refused to even reiterate its anti-legalization stance. Gary Bettman, the longtime commissioner of the NHL, told CNN in November after Silver’s op-ed was published: “I think there needs to be some attention paid to what sports is going to represent to young people. … Does it become a vehicle for betting, which may in effect change the atmosphere in the arenas?” But multiple sources with direct knowledge of meetings between the leagues believe the NHL is much more open to legalization than Bettman’s comments indicate. And the NHL and MLB are both currently partnered with daily fantasy sports operator DraftKings.