MLB and the NFL will both participate in New York’s LGBT Pride March later this month. (Reuters)
In a first, the National Football League and Major League Baseball will be showing their pride this month in New York City.
The city’s 49th annual Pride march, which commemorates when LGBT people fought back after a police raid of the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan, will include a range of sports professionals and personnel from the NHL, NBA and WNBA.
According to OutSports.com, the NFL will have a float in the parade featuring former football player Ryan O’Callaghan, who came out publicly last year.
Former NFL player Wade Davis, who has worked with the league and other companies on issues of inclusion and diversity, will also be featured on the float.
The San Francisco 49ers Katie Sowers, the league’s first openly gay coach, will march in the parade with OutSports.
The MLB will send a large group of about 200 employees, according to OutSports.com, including former MLB umpire Dale Scott and MLB executive and former player Billy Bean, who are both gay. Deputy commissioner Dan Halem will also be on the float.
In addition, MLB employees will volunteer at the Pride run and Youth Pride on June 23.
The NHL participated last year, and the NBA and WNBA were the first sports leagues to participate in 2016. NBA commissioner Adam Silver turned up by surprise on last year’s float, waving a rainbow flag, reports the Baltimore Sun.
Set for June 24, the pride march will feature 40,000 marchers from 350 different groups and millions of spectators. Tennis star Billie Jean King, who defeated Bobby Riggs in 1973’s “Battle of the Sexes,” is serving as one of the grand marshals.
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Amazon and the National Football League have once again reached a deal to allow Prime members to stream Thursday Night Football games for the next two seasons.
This is the second year Amazon has won a contract with the NFL, reportedly paying $50 million to stream the ten Thursday night games last season, beating out Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. In 2016, Twitter reportedly paid $10 million for the same rights.
The battle for sports content has been heating up between the tech giants over the last few years. Facebook recently announced that it would exclusively stream 25 Major League Baseball games while YouTube made a deal with Los Angeles’ Major League Soccer team.
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said on stage in February that she would “love to stream the NFL,” but clearly Amazon won out once again.
Prime is Amazon’s $99-a-year membership program which gives users access to free two-day shipping and other perks alongside the Thursday night streaming. It has more than 100 million members worldwide.
Interestingly, the games will also be available to users of Amazon’s streaming service, Twitch. You don’t need to have an Amazon Prime account to use Twitch, so viewing the games there would, presumably, be free.
CNBC has reached out to Amazon to clarify and will update when we hear back.
The announcement comes as Amazon reports bang-up first quarter earnings that sent its stock soaring 7 percent after-hours.
“Amazon was a tremendous partner for Thursday Night Football in 2017 and as we continue our mission of delivering NFL games to fans whether they watch on television or on digital platforms,” the NFL’s chief media officer, Brian Rolapp, said in a statement, “We are excited to work with them again for the next two seasons.”