Hello and welcome to On Deck Circle for today, Monday, April 5, 2021.
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Today’s LGBTQ Sports History Highlight:
On this day in 1934, NBC hired Babe Ruth to appear on the radio three times a week for 15 minutes for 13 weeks, for the princely sum of $39,000. That payday was $4K more than the New York Yankees paid him. Today, the broadcasting world is full of ex-ballplayers but there’s a paucity of on-air LGBTQ sports broadcasters, as our Ken Schultz lamented in January.
One bright shining exception: next month, Jared Max marks a decade since coming out as gay on ESPN radio, as Outsports reported in May 2011. Today, Max anchors sports on Fox News Headlines on SiriusXM, where he’s been on the air for almost six years. Max had previously served as sports director and was morning drive sports anchor for nearly 15 years at New York’s WCBS-AM. A lifelong devotee of the metropolitan area’s sports scene, Max was born, raised and resides in New Jersey, and attended Hofstra University. In addition to his stint at ESPN radio, Max also reported sports at News 12 Connecticut and News 12 Westchester, WFAN-AM, Bloomberg Radio in New York and in 2015 wrote a powerful op-ed for Out Magazine. Congratulations, Jared, on your continuing success in bringing sports news to listeners near and far!
Today’s Outsports Headlines:
Other LGBTQ Sports stories making news...
Amateur sports leagues around D.C. to join for community, physical activity, including Gay Basketball League
Today’s SB Nation’s top stories...
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:
LGBTQ youth advocate and educator Micah Allen Porter shared an Instagram photo of his wonderful Easter weekend get together with boyfriend Brandan Rader and NFL legends Esera Tuaolo and Ryan O’Callaghan!
Today’s Outsports Podcast:
Nearly every day of the week, Outsports has a new podcast for your enjoyment. Today on the Outsports podcast Five Rings To Rule Them All, our Cyd Zeigler interviews Nancy Hogshead-Makar, who is one of the co-founders of Women’s Sports Policy Working Group, an Olympic gold medalist swimmer, attorney, women’s sports advocate and champion for girls and women. She was recently appointed to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee. Listen here:
Today’s Sports Calendar:
Click here for today’s schedule for the rest of Major League Baseball from ESPN.
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 soccer action today.
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