Start your morning with Buzzcast: All eyes on PGA Tour's Monahan; Goodell to appear before House Committee amid new report; and Tokyo Games closes its books on $13B Games.

Goodell testifying before Congressional committee

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will testify under oath remotely before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight & Reform as it "presents the preliminary findings of its eight-month investigation into allegations of misconduct within the Commanders’ workplace and the NFL’s handling of them." The evidence presented during today’s hearing at the Capitol is expected to address:

  • Commanders’ "alleged use of nondisclosure agreements to shield bad workplace behavior"
  • Team execs' "alleged use of employees’ photos without their approval"
  • Team owner Dan Snyder’s "alleged efforts to intimidate former employees and perceived enemies via private investigators and the courts"
  • NFL’s role in "setting and enforcing standards of conduct across the league"
  • NFL’s "refusal to make public the findings of its 11-month investigation into the team, led by attorney Beth Wilkinson."

In a "departure from most congressional hearings, this will feature only one witness: Goodell." Snyder has "repeatedly refused the committee’s invitation." In his opening statement today, U.S. Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), the panel’s ranking member, is "expected to renew his criticism of the committee’s Democratic leaders for undertaking an investigation he argues is outside its mission of protecting taxpayers from government fraud, waste and mismanagement" (WASHINGTON POST, 6/22). Goodell testimony, which can be seen live here, is slated to start at 11:00am ET (, 6/22).

Meanwhile, a Washington Post report this morning details new allegations against the Commanders' Snyder (SBJ).

Monahan set to address PGA Tour changes, LIV

The eyes of the golf world "will be focused" on Cromwell, Conn., today as PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan will hold "one of the most important press conferences in recent golf history" at 1:00pm ET ahead of the Travelers Championship teeing off tomorrow. As the Tour responds and adapts to new rival LIV Golf, there are "whispers about adding big-purse, no-cut events for elite players" starting in '23. Monahan also took part in a PGA Tour policy board meeting yesterday afternoon, where "more details and possible changes to how the PGA Tour operates were undoubtedly on the docket" (, 6/21).

Meanwhile, R&A CEO Martin Slumbers revealed that players taking part in the LIV Golf Invitational Series "will not be banned from next month’s Open Championship." All of those who played the opening event at Centurion earlier this month "were eligible to play at last week’s U.S. Open as long as they had qualified on merit or secured an exemption through past performances, and the same was expected of the 150th Open Championship," set for St. Andrews on July 14-17. Today's announcement makes it "clear that the R&A will not seek to ban any of the LIV Golf participants from the final major of the year" (London TELEGRAPH, 6/22).

Brooks Koepka, who reportedly will join LIV Golf, was listed on the tee sheet for the Travelers Championship as of yesterday but has since withdrawn (Mult.).

Coca-Cola to replace Pepsi as Cubs sponsor/pourer

By Terry Lefton

Coke will replace Pepsi as a Cubs sponsor at Wrigley Field. But the deal could be seen as a bit of a reunion. While Pepsi has been a Cubs sponsor since '82, Coke was a fixture at Wrigley for decades before that, sponsoring and pouring at the ballpark dating back to 1927. The new deal won’t begin until next season. Pepsi’s most recent pact with the Cubs, signed in '16, included entitlement and branding around the batter’s eye at Wrigley. Reyes, a large Coca-Cola bottler/distributor with a notable presence in the Midwest, was reportedly a key factor in getting the deal done. "The deal was entirely locally driven by the bottler," said a source.

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Vancouver to host '23 Laver Cup; Berlin gets '24

Vancouver will play host to next year’s Laver Cup, and organizers said that this is "in part a testament to the growing strength of Canada as a tennis nation." The tournament, which pits six of the top men’s players from Europe against six from the rest of the world in a team format, will be held at Rogers Arena from Sept. 22-24, 2023. Berlin will host the '24 edition. Laver Cup CEO Steve Zacks "would not disclose the price paid by the local bid committee, but insisted other factors -- including the city’s international orientation, its apparent base of eager tennis fans, and the venue’s technical readiness -- were more significant in helping the city stand out" (GLOBE & MAIL, 6/22).

Drone light show in N.Y. celebrates NBA Draft

By Eric Prisbell

The first-ever drone light show in the N.Y. metropolitan area flew over the Hudson River on Tuesday night in celebration of the NBA Draft, which will take place Thursday night at Barclays Center. The NBA created the show, which included 500 synchronized drones and which was choreographed with music. It was visible to spectators from Liberty State Park and beyond. The content featured NBA-themed audio and visual components combining with graphics moving across the sky, synced to an audio track that highlighted notable aspects of the draft. They included the countdown clock for team selections and Draft caps the players put on when drafted, among other elements.

Sports Media Podcast: It's Fitz-Magic

This week, Andrew Marchand and John Ourand go deep about the future of sports media in light of the Apple-MLS deal, as both have extensively researched and reported on the subject. At minimum, it will have an impact on what happens with the NBA in 2025 and could be a landmark move that one day down the road has serious implications for all the major sports leagues.

Plus, Ryan Fitzpatrick joins the pod fresh off the announcement that he has officially joined Amazon as a studio analyst for "Thursday Night Football" this fall. Fitzpatrick goes in depth into his career, why Amazon is next and how he and his wife manage their seven children.

UJA-Federation set to honor Fanatics' Gertzog

The UJA-Federation of New York, a nonprofit grant organization, today will honor Fanatics President of Business Affairs Gary Gertzog at its Sports For Youth Annual Luncheon, where he will receive the David J. Stern Leadership Award. The event begins at Gotham Hall at 11:30am ET, with the formal program beginning at noon. ESPN’s Adam Schefter will serve as emcee. The David J. Stern Leadership Award, named for the late NBA Commissioner, was established in '21 and is presented to an individual in the sports industry who embodies Stern’s legacy of social responsibility, generosity, and professional excellence. Stern was a co-founder of Sports For Youth (SBJ). Register here.

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Jessica Klodnicki joins KT Tape as CEO, having served as Skullcandy CMO since '17KT Tape

KT Tape named Jessica Klodnicki CEO. Klodnicki joins from Skullcandy, where she has been CMO since 2017. She previously held marketing roles at outdoor sports equipment manufacturer Vista Outdoor and Mizuno USA. Klodnicki replaces longtime CEO Greg Venner, who recently stepped down after seven years in KT Tape’s lead executive role (Chris Smith, SBJ).

The Cotton Bowl Athletic Association selected Medium Giant as its agency of record to visualize, design and implement creative for the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, as well as assist with execution of the CBAA's year-round social media strategy (CBAA).

Winston the French bulldog, a finalist at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, is owned in part by Chargers DE Morgan Fox. Seven finalists "will face off for the coveted best in show prize" tonight in Tarrytown, N.Y. (AP, 6/21).

Former Special Olympics 2014 USA Games and Nelligan Sports Marketing CEO TJ Nelligan's book, "Live Like Sean: Important Life Lessons from My Special-Needs Son," was released as an audio book on Father's Day, more than a year after its initial release. Journalist Jack Ford is narrating. Sean Nelligan passed away on Father's Day, 2019 (SBJ).

Quick Hits....

"It would be unfair to the PGA Tour players for those guys not to be suspended. I mean, it would be very awkward for a lot of those guys to be playing this week and it’s like, ‘Well, you just turned your back on the tour, you just went and played this other tour, and here we are teeing it up side by side’” -- Reigning Travelers Championship winner Harris English, on the PGA Tour's response to players joining LIV Golf (HARTFORD COURANT, 6/22).

"News about soccer, the metric system of sports. ... FIFA has selected 16 North American cities to host the 2026 men’s World Cup. That’s super exciting, and it’s really hard for FIFA to choose those cities, because they have to do it with their feet” -- CBS’ Stephen Colbert (“The Late Show,” CBS, 6/21).

Morning Hot Reads: Getting their shot

MORNING READ goes with "Despite the Commercials, Channel Surfing and More Commercials, NBC Delivered at the U.S. Open." Last weekend's U.S. Open succumbed to "avoidable shortcomings as a television program, qualifying as a rare disappointment" for NBC, which usually does a "superb job of presenting what isn't exactly the sexiest stop on the schedule." What undermined this telecast was its "planning," as in an effort to promote its streaming service (Peacock) and increase the visibility of USA Network, an auxiliary partner, NBC "assigned more than 75 percent of its live, early-round coverage to those two properties." Golf Channel, meanwhile, "didn't get 10 seconds of live air at Brookline." What the telecasts "lacked in flow cannot be justified," but a "strong Sunday performance ... brought the week to a positive end."


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Final Jeopardy!

Last night’s "Final Jeopardy!" category was "Geography Words."

"From Greek for 'chief' & 'sea,' this word originally referred to the Aegean, known for its many island groups.'"

Today's Back Pages....

The Morning Buzz offers today's back page sports covers from some of North America's major metropolitan tabloids:

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