A busy day of sports news and a rookie no-hitter means the nightly NBA and NHL playoff coverage takes a backseat. Manchester City also made a splash signing. And we now know where to find Tom Brady when (if) he ever retires from football…
The Booth That Bagged Brady
Tom Brady Gets Lucrative 10-Year, $375 Million Contract to be Lead NFL Analyst for FOX Sports
Once Tom Brady officially retires, you’ll know where to find him for the next decade. The largest deal in sports broadcast history belongs to the GOAT — even though he’s still playing football. Brady will join FOX Sports on a monster 10-year, $375 million deal to call games as the network’s lead NFL analyst following his retirement, the network announced Tuesday. FOX lost Joe Buck and Troy Aikman to ESPN this offseason, but the media giant wasted little time making a splash for their big-name replacement. Brady’s sportscasting contract is more than double the deals signed by Tony Romo (CBS) and Troy Aikman (ESPN) in recent years.
Recent NFL Broadcast Contracts
Tom Brady (FOX): $37.5 Million / Year
Troy Aikman (ESPN): $18 Million / Year
Tony Romo (CBS): $17.5 Million / Year
Peyton & Eli Manning (ESPN): $12-18 Million / Year
Al Michaels (Amazon): $10-15 Million / Year
Drew Brees (NBC): $6 Million / Year
The Waiting Game: Unfortunately for FOX, Brady is still playing with the Buccaneers in 2022. They’ll still have to find a No. 1 game analyst for the upcoming season, and maybe beyond if Brady continues to play past 45. Once the wait is over, it’s TB12 in the booth.
Halo History… Again
Angels Rookie Reid Detmers Tosses No-Hitter in 11th Career Start
More history for the Halos! Just one night after Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout ignited a home run fiesta, the Angels routed the Rays (12-0) with a piece of history on the mound. Lefty Reid Detmers pitched a no-no in just his 11th career start. Detmers only struck out two batters and allowed one walk, but he threw into 11 groundouts and eight flyouts. The 22-year-old became the youngest pitcher in Angels history to throw a no-no. He got Yandy Diaz to ground out to shortstop for the final out, and the celebration at Angel Stadium erupted. Detmers is the 12th Angels pitcher to throw a no-hitter — the youngest to ever do it — and the 25th rookie to achieve the feat in MLB history.
Verlander Flirts With No-No: The ageless Justin Verlander almost made it a double no-no night in the big leagues as he took his no-hit bid into the 8th inning against the Twins before Gio Urshela broke it with a single. The Astros won their eighth straight (5-0) behind Verlander’s gem.
Judge’s 1st Walk-Off HR: With the Yankees trailing the Blue Jays in the bottom of the 9th (5-3), Aaron Judge stepped to the plate with two on and smacked a three-run shot over the left-field wall for his first career walk-off HR (6-5).
City Signs Haaland
Manchester City Sign Striker Erling Haaland From Borussia Dortmund
Pep Guardiola’s club has found their man! Manchester City announced an agreement in principle to sign 21-year-old phenom Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday. City will reportedly agree to pay the Norwegian’s £51.2 million release clause. He’ll move to Etihad Stadium on July 1 where he’ll sign a five-year deal and become one of the highest-paid players. City’s need for a striker has been the biggest weakness since Sergio Aguero left the club last year. La Liga powerhouses Real Madrid and Barcelona were also in talks with Haaland, but he ultimately chose City.
Haaland’s Unrivaled Potential
Haaland has been one of the most coveted young players in European soccer for the last few years after amassing 85 goals in 88 matches for Dortmund. The Premier League champs get the boot they desperately need, and Haaland joins the club his father, Alfie, played for from 2000-2003. City (86 pts) are in a dog fight with Liverpool (83 pts) for the EPL title once again, but Haaland’s boost could make them an undeniable dynasty in the years to come.
Sky Sports: Why Has Erling Haaland Chosen Manchester City?
Game 5 Blowouts
1-Seed Suns & Heat Roll Toward Conference Finals With Dominating Game 5s
Gm 5: Heat def. 76ers (120-85)
The Heat tipped off a pair of blowout wins on Tuesday night by deconstructing the 76ers. Miami took a 15-point lead into the 4th quarter before outscoring Philly by 20 in the final stanza. The Heat had seven players in double figures with Jimmy Butler (23 points) leading the way. Joel Embiid (17 points) and James Harden (14 points) both struggled in a swing game that pushes the Sixers to the brink. MIA Leads Series (3-2)
The Mavericks kept things tight in Phoenix until a Suns’ runaway in the second half. Phoenix only led by 3 at the break before outscoring Dallas by 27 the rest of the way. Luka Doncic (28 points, 11 rebounds) did all he could, but Devin Booker (28 points) and DeAndre Ayton (20 points) delivered the scoring punch for the Suns. Head coach Monty Williams opted to play bully-ball with his bigs, and it led to a 50-38 advantage on the glass. The Suns are one game away from a return trip to the conference finals. PHX Leads Series (3-2)
Gm 5: Bucks at Celtics (7:00 pm ET) | Series Tied (2-2)
Gm 5: Warriors at Grizzlies (9:30 pm ET) | GSW Lead (3-1)
Gm 5: Blues def. Wild (5-2) | STL Leads (3-2)
Gm 5: Maple Leafs def. Lightning (4-3) | TOR Leads (3-2)
Gm 5: Hurricanes def. Bruins (5-1) | CAR Leads (3-2)
Gm 5: Kings def. Oilers (5-4, OT) | LAK Leads (3-2)
The Washington Mystics clawed back from a 15-point deficit for a 13-point win — a 28-point swing — to beat the Las Vegas Aces Tuesday (89-76). Elena Delle Donne (19 points, 7 rebounds) led the way, and Washington (3-0) sits atop the WNBA.
With the NFL schedule being released this week, now seems like a good time to take a look at the strength of schedule rankings. Here are the strength of schedule rankings for all 32 teams heading into the 2022 season. (CBS Sports)
Another week, another wholesale shuffling of MLB power rankings. There is a new No. 1 team for the third straight week, and the Tampa Bay Rays and Houston Astros are also surging up the rankings. (Bleacher Report)
The Montreal Canadiens secured the first overall pick in the NHL draft lottery on Tuesday, becoming the first team since 1985 to host the draft and own the top pick. See the order for the top 16 selections in July’s NHL Draft. (ESPN)