Hello and welcome to On Deck Circle for today, Thursday, March 4, 2021.
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Today’s LGBTQ Sports History Highlight:
On this day in 1927, Babe Ruth became the highest-paid player in MLB history when he signed a 3-year contract with the New York Yankees for a stunning $70K per season.
Compare that to Mookie Betts’ blockbuster, record-setting 12-year $365M contract, which pays him roughly $30M a year, or 434 times what The Big Fella earned. Now, I was told THERE WOULD BE NO MATH, but $100 in 1927 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $1,503.34 today, meaning Ruth’s salary was about $1M a year in today’s dollars.
So, what’s the LGBTQ connection, you ask? Well, a 2015 survey found LGBTQ sports fans and other consumers spend at least 5% more each year than the average retail consumer. Which goes to prove, um, well, that if Babe Ruth had a gay agent in 1927, maybe he’d have negotiated an even better deal. Yeah, that’s the ticket.
Today’s Outsports Headlines:
Other LGBTQ Sports stories making news...
Today’s SB Nation’s top story...
Claressa Shields fed up with sexism in boxing: ‘We’re not going to keep waiting on men to give women the opportunity’
Top LGBTQ News...
If you’re an LGBTQ person in sports looking to connect with others in the community, head over to GO! SPACE to meet and interact with other LGBTQ athletes, or to Equality Coaching Alliance to find other coaches, administrators and other non-athletes in sports.
Social Media Spotlight:
Chris Mosier is sporting quite a ‘stache these days! But what’s really cool, is the message he has for young transgender people:
“To every young person seeing the proposed bills & hearing legislators & hate group leaders misgender you & spread false narratives about who you are — I am with you. I’m out here as proof that there is a place for you in sport. Keep practicing, keep training, keep playing, and most importantly, keep being you.”
Today’s Outsports Podcast:
This week's @LGBTRingPod gets cold, calculated and heartwarming with our guest @MRGRIM_IS4_HIRE! We're talking his coming out experience, finding confidence in @WrestlersLab & @EnjoyWrestle Canned Heat! Download & listen tomorrow on the @outsports podcast network! pic.twitter.com/yhMrFvIbjR— LGBT In The Ring (@LGBTRingPod) March 3, 2021
Today’s Sports Calendar:
MLB Spring Training:
Exhibition games are underway! Click here for MLB’s guide to your favorite teams’ schedules.
Click here for ESPN’s schedule of men’s pro hockey action today.
Click here for ESPN’s schedule of men’s pro basketball action today.
Click here for ESPN’s schedule of men’s college basketball action today.
Click here for ESPN’s schedule of women’s college basketball action today.
Click here for ESPN’s schedule of soccer action today.
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