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The Denver Broncos released safety John Boyett on October 24 after the practice-squad player made an ass of himself during a night of drinking. According to local police, the 24-year-old punched and head butted a cab driver in the head and then dug a hole with a stolen shovel and tried to hide from police. He also head butted the window of a police car and told the cops to call Broncos’ general manager and executive vice president of football operations John Elway.
The Denver Post reported that Boyett began the night drinking at a pub called the Sports Book Bar & Grill. Patrons and employees there said he was making threats and was intoxicated. They claimed that he attempted to take food from a customer’s plate and was asked to leave the establishment. He then refused to pay his bill and threatened to hit a bartender.
Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger set a new NFL record on October 26 after throwing six touchdown passes and passing for a total of 522 yards. The remarkable performance came in Pittsburgh’s 51-34 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. But the record wasn’t for the most TD passes and yards gained in a game. Instead, Roethlisberger sets the record for becoming the only NFL player to pass for more than 500 yards in two separate games. The 522 yards tie him for the fourth-most in league history.
He did come close to the 63-year-old all-time passing yard record though and he would have broken the old mark if he had managed to gain just 33 more yards. There have been 15 quarterbacks to throw for more than 500 yards in the league’s history, but no one had ever managed to pull off the feat twice until Roethlisberger. He first threw over 500 yards back in 2009 when he tossed a franchise-record 503 in a victory against the Green Bay Packers. His October 26th game set new Pittsburgh records for both touchdowns and passing yards.
A class action lawsuit has been filed against the 60-team Canadian Hockey League (CHL) which says it is violating the country’s minimum wage laws. The CHL consists of three junior leagues across the nation which supply many players to the NHL each year via an entry draft. The league is made up of the Western Hockey League (WHL), the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). There are also several American-based clubs belonging to the CHL.
The $180 million lawsuit claims that the three leagues are paying their players less than minimum wage and it was filed by lawyer Ted Charney on behalf of former junior player Sam Berg. The young man played with the Niagara IceDogs of the OHL, but his career was cut short after suffering a serious injury. Charney claims that all CHL hockey players have to sign contracts which require them to put in fulltime hours for their clubs in the form of practices, games and traveling, but they’re paid just a maximum of $50 per week.
Undefeated boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. is known as the world’s highest-paid athlete and he wants to share the wealth. Well, not exactly, but he wants to help out mixed martial arts fighters since he feel’s they’re being treated unfairly by promoters and organizations such as the UFC. Therefore Mayweather wants to promote MMA events to make sure the participants are properly paid.
While Mayweather can command between $30 million and $40 million per fight, the highest-paid MMA fighters earn nowhere near that, even though UFC fights usually set pay-per-view records and sell out stadiums. According to Forbes, Georges St. Pierre of Quebec, Canada was the highest-paid MMA fighter in 2013 when he took home $12 million for the entire year. However, in 2014, each of the top-10 mixed martial artists have been paid less than $1 million.
It’s hard for an NHL team to attract fans to games when it’s about 80 degrees Fahrenheit outside, but the Los Angeles Kings and Tampa Bay Lightning don’t seem to have any problem doing it. However, it’s a totally different story for the Florida Panthers, who play in the community of Sunrise, which is close to Fort Lauderdale. The Panthers have been struggling for a few seasons now, both in the team’s performance on the ice and by putting fans in the seats.
Things reached an all-time low for the club on Monday, October 13 though when just 7,311 fans showed up for their 1-0 loss to the Ottawa senators. Television reporters who were at the contest remarked that there were perhaps between just 3,000 and 4,000 people at the BT&T Center. It’s not too surprising that the club doesn’t get larger attendances since they’ve finished in 29th place in the 30-team league for the past two seasons and have made the postseason just one time since 2000.
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