After a week of celebrating the Seahawks Super Bowl win, it’s time to turn the page on football season and focus on the rest of the sports world. You still might hear NFL talk around the office and that’s due to the overall popularity of the sport. Around 49% of Americans say they follow the NFL, that’s why you’ll continue to see it as part of regular sports coverage by the national outlets.
This week however, we’re going to take a look at a few other names making news in world of sports and get you up to speed on a storylines outside the NFL.
- NHL at the Olympics
- Michael Sam
- Marcus Smart
- Damian Lillard
- Masahiro Tanaka
Why They’re Making News:
- The Olympics are capturing the attention of sports fans around the world. The names to watch change nightly, but there is at least one major storyline that will be discussed after the games. Should the NHL continue to participate? The league is currently on a 16-day hiatus so its players can compete in the games. About 140 NHL players will participate in the Games, but the league will not commit to its involvement with the Olympics past Sochi.
- In college football, Former Missouri football player, and future NFL player, Michael Sam announced he is gay. Sam was one of the best defensive players in the country in 2013 and will enter the NFL draft as the league’s first openly gay player. He is expected to be drafted by a team this year.
- In college basketball, Oklahoma State star Marcus Smart is serving a 3-game suspension for shoving a fan over the weekend. It happened during the Cowboys loss at Texas Tech. Smart told the coaching staff it was the reaction to a racial slur, something the fan has denied.
- In the NBA, Portland Trailblazers guard Damian Lillard will make history during the NBA All Star weekend. Lillard will become the first player in league history to compete in 5 events during the weekend festivities: the Rising Stars Challenge, the Skills Challenge, the 3-point contest, the dunk contest and the actual All-Star game itself.
- In baseball, the New York Yankees will officially welcome Masahiro Tanaka to the team and the United States on Tuesday. The Yankees paid more than $155 million for the Japanese sensation who posted a perfect 24-0 record last season. Pitchers and catchers across baseball report this week, signaling the start of Spring Training.
Jen Mueller, America’s Expert Talker, is the sideline reporter for the World Champion Seattle Seahawks. She also works on the television broadcasts for the Seattle Mariners. Jen is the author of Game Time: Learn to Talk Sports in 5 Minutes a Day for Business.. Her step-by-step process makes sports accessible and practical for relationship building in business. The book is available through Amazon.