The only criminal cases I ever handled were white collar corruption things, so maybe I’m missing a couple of the nuances here, but is mounting a full-blown prosecution of the Philadelphia woman who tried to trade sex for World Series tickets via Craigslist really the best use of judicial resources? They had a preliminary hearing yesterday, complete with salacious testimony from the undercover officers and everything. After it was all over they actually added an additional count to the charges against her. Anyone feel safer now?
I suppose it’s possible that they have eliminated all other crime in
Philadelphia the Philly suburbs* so fluky, one-off acts of immaturity are best handled by a double-barreled prosecutorial assault. In the rest of the world, however, this would likely result in an agreed plea to a disorderly conduct charge or something and it would have been over two months ago.
UPDATE: Further evidence — and much more serious evidence at that — that the Philly police have their priorities WAY out of whack. (thanks to reader Ethan Stock for the link)
*UPDATE II: As commenters have noted, the tickets-for-sex prosecution is taking place in the Philly suburbs, not Philly proper, so apologies to the Philadelphia police department and prosecutors for saying that they were responsible. But (a) all above points still stand for the people in Bucks County going after this woman of course; and (b) the link in the first Update shoes that the Philly cops are still whack. Just for different reasons than going after would-be World Series tickets prostitutes.
When he’s not throwing baseballs, Twins pitcher Trevor May is an active gamer. He streams on Twitch, a very popular video game streaming site, fairly regularly and now he’s officially on an eSports team. Luminosity Gaming announced the organization added May last Friday. It appears he’ll be streaming and commentating on Overwatch, a multiplayer first-person shooter made by Blizzard Entertainment.
May is the only current athlete to be an active member of an eSports team. Former NBA player Rick Fox owns Echo Fox, an eSports team that sports players in games including League of Legends, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Street Fighter V, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Mortal Kombat X. Jazz forward Gordon Hayward is also a known advocate of eSports.
The NBA in particular has been very active on the eSports front. Kings co-owners Andy Miller and Mark Mastrov launched NRG eSports in November 2015. Shortly thereafter, Grizzlies co-owner Stephen Kaplan invested in the Immortals eSports team. Almost a year later, the 76ers acquired controlling stakes in Team Dignitas and Team Apex. The same month, the Wizards’ and Warriors’ owners launched a group called Axiomatic, which purchased a controlling stake in Team Liquid, a long-time Starcraft: Brood War website which has since branched out into other games. And also in September 2016, Celtics forward Jonas Jerebko bought team Renegades, moving them to a group house in Detroit. In December 2016, the Bucks submitted a deal to Riot Games in order to purchase Cloud9’s Challenger league spot for $2.5 million. The Rockets that month hired someone specifically for eSports development, focusing on strategy and investment. Last month, the Heat acquired a controlling stake in team Misfits.
Once an afterthought, eSports has grown considerably in recent years and now it should be considered a competitor to traditional sports. League of Legends, in particular, is quite popular, reaching nearly 15 million concurrent viewers at its peak in the most recent League of Legends World Championship. That championship featured a prize purse of $6.7 million with $2 million of it being split among winner SK Telecom T1’s members.
The Orioles have re-signed outfielder Michael Bourn to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league camp, MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports.
Bourn, 34, joined the Orioles last year in a trade from the Diamondbacks on August 31. Though he compiled a meager .669 OPS with the Diamondbacks, Bourn hit a solid .283/.358/.435 in 55 plate appearances with the O’s through the end of the season.
Bourn, a non-roster invitee to camp, will try to play his way onto the Orioles’ 25-man roster. If he does make the roster, Bourn will receive a $2 million salary, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports points out.