Sports Media: Big Ten Close to Media Rights Deal with Fox, CBS, & NBC

A B1G (pun intended) shoe is set to drop in the college sports media world. According to multiple reports, the Big Ten conference is poised to strike a media rights deal with Fox Sports, CBS, and NBC. The deal would end the conference’s 40-plus-year relationship with ESPN.

The deal is expected to be worth $1 BILLION annually.

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Philadelphia and Reading…Perfect Together! Flyers and Royals Extend Partnership

The Philadelphia Flyers and the Reading Royals have announced and extension of their partnership. Reading, the Flyers ECHL affiliate, has signed an affiliation agreement through the 2023-24 season with an option for a third.

Reading has been the Flyers primary ECHL affiliate since 2014-2015 season.

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Philadelphia Flyers and Zack MacEwen Agree to a Contract

The Philadelphia Flyers and forward Zack MacEwen agreed to a contract on Tuesday according to the organ-I-zation. The contract is a one-year deal with an average annual value (AAV) of $925,000. per the official release.

MacEwen had originally filed for salary arbitration.

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Philadelphia Flyers Re-sign Owen Tippett

The Philadelphia Flyers announced the re-signing of restricted free agent Owen Tippett. The two-year deal is worth an average annual value (AAV) of $1.5 million.Tippett was acquired by the Flyers on March 19 from Florida as part of the Claude Giroux trade. 

The 23-year old recorded seven points (4G, 3A), averaged just over 15-minutes of ice time a game in 21-games with the Orange and Black. 

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Adidas Will Stop Making NHL Uniforms After 2023-24

ESPN is reporting that NHL uniform maker, Adidas, will not renew its contract when it expires after the 2023-24 season. Adidas took over the NHL’s uniforms in 2017.

That noise you hear is fans celebrating. Yes, there are people that really care about this stuff.

Adidas is responsible for bringing the “Reverse Retro” program to the league in the 2020-21 season. The program, which has been Adidas’s most popular move on the ice, will return this upcoming season.

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Rocky Thompson Added to Philadelphia Flyers Coaching Staff

The Philadelphia Flyers have officially added Rocky Thompson as an assistant coach according to the organ-I-zations press release.  The move was first reported on July 14 by SportsNet Canada’s Elliotte Friedman.  Thompson and assistant coach Brad Shaw will join John Tortorella behind the bench.  

The 44-year old Thompson comes to the Flyers with seven-years of professional (AHL, NHL) coaching experience with the Oilers organization and the Chicago Wolves.  Thompson spent the 2020-21 season as an assistant with the San Jose Sharks. He did not coach in 2021-22 due to NHL’s COVID-19 protocols. 

During his time with San Jose, Thompson was reportedly involved in an altercation with divisive star Evander Kane

Senators Winger Claude Giroux Can’t Wait to Get Boo’d in Philly

Former Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux joined The Wally and Methot Show to discuss his recent signing with his hometown Ottawa Senators. The hope of a Flyers reunion with Giroux after trading him during the 2021-22 season were quickly dashed when the 34-year old signed a 3-year deal worth an AAV of $6.5 million early in free agency with the Sens.

While most of the conversation centers around Giroux’s arrival in Ottawa, the Flyers’ longest serving captain discussed what he expects in his return to Philadelphia.

G’s expectations, a standing ovation of course. Followed by getting boo’d like a villain.

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2022 NHL Draft: On the Offensive! Philadelphia Flyers Select Winger Cutter Gauthier

With the 5th overall pick in the NHL Draft, the Philadelphia Flyers selected 6’3, 200 lbs center/winger Cutter Gauthier. The 18-year old played for the US National Team Developmental Program and is committed to Boston College.

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Report: Philadelphia Flyers Goalie Ivan Fedotov Conscripted into the Russian Navy

According to reports, Russian officials have detained and conscripted Philadelphia Flyers prospect Ivan Fedotov to serve in the Russian Navy.  The 25-year old was drafted by the Flyers in the seventh round (188th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft.  In May he signed a one-year $925,000 entry contract with the Flyers.

Fedotov, who fell ill after being detained, was reportedly removed from the hospital and shipped off the Russian arctic in the middle of the night.  The goalie’s attorney, Alexei Ponomaryev, reportedly told the Moscow Times that Fedotov’s parents were barred from seeing him while he was in the hospital.  He is expected to be sent to Novaya Zemlya with the Russian Northern Fleet.

All Russian men between the ages of 18-27 are required to serve one-year in the Russian military. Fedotov played for the KHL’s HC CSKA which is run by the Russian Defense Ministry. Generally, CSKA players are considered “serving” during their time with the club. However, Russia is getting its ass kicked by the Ukrainian’s and is now forced to grab people off the streets. 

Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher noted that the Flyers are “aware of the report and are investigating the situation.”

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