▪ According to a study released by Street & Smith’s Business Journal and Magna Global, golf and horse racing attract the oldest television viewers, the NBA and soccer the youngest.
The average age of those who regularly watch the PGA tour is 64, according to the data. The LPGA and horse racing tied for next-oldest at 63. Tennis came in at 61, with NASCAR at 58 and Major League Baseball at 57.
The MLS boasted the youngest audience, with an average age of 40. The NBA was next at 42, followed by the NHL and boxing at 49, and the NFL at 50. College basketball and college football tied at 52.
▪ The most significant NBA free agent signing might have been ESPN wooing scoop machine Adrian Wojnarowski away from Yahoo Sports.
▪ The most underrated NBA free agency pickup was Oklahoma City agreeing to a deal with former UK star Patrick Patterson.
▪ I think it’s neat that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is having his wife be his presenter for Jones’ induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer.
▪ The news that Facebook will stream a reality series about the Ball family raises the question of why there is not a “dislike” button.
▪ One thing we have learned from the the USA U19 team’s games in the FIBA World Cup: Hamidou Diallo is partial to windmills, as in dunks.
▪ If you missed it, the Kenny McPeek-trained Ten City won the Grade 3 Bashford Manor for 2-year-olds last weekend at Churchill Downs. That’s the same race that Classic Empire won in 2016 on his way to taking the Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and juvenile horse of the year honors. Ten City is 2-for-2, having won a maiden special weight at Keeneland on April 19.
▪ Mexican import beer Corona announced Wednesday it has reached an official sponsorship agreement with University of Texas athletics. How long before a Kentucky bourbon distillery does the same with UK athletics?
▪ Nearly three dozen of Thad Matta’s former players held a surprise party for the now former Ohio State basketball coach last Friday.
▪ Heard Reds’ Fox Sports Ohio television analyst Chris Welsh say Monday that Luis Castillo is the team’s best pitching prospect he has seen in a long time.
▪ As my colleague Jen Smith points out, only four of the SEC’s 14 teams are bringing a quarterback to Media Days next week. The four: Arkansas’ Austin Allen; Ole Miss’ Shea Patterson; South Carolina’s Jake Bentley and Kentucky’s Stephen Johnson.
▪ Don’t look now, but Southern Cal already has three ESPN Top 100 commitments for 2018. There’s Taeshon Cherry at No. 29, J’Raan Brooks at No. 72 and Kevin Porter at No. 81. That’s Southern Cal basketball.
▪ Ndamukong Suh of the Dolphins says the Patriots are “definitely beatable,” which is true except that the Patriots keep winning.
▪ Last Sunday, Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander didn’t strike out a batter for the first time in 332 straight games.
▪ Next Wednesday, I will continue my proud tradition of not watching the ESPYs.
▪ According to Pro Football Focus — yes, I know I cite PFF a lot — ex-UK linebacker Avery Williamson, now of the Tennessee Titans, had the highest run stop percentage by an inside linebacker in the NFL last season.
▪ Congratulations to ex-UK guard Eric Bledsoe, who got married last weekend. Former college teammates John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins were groomsmen.
▪ If your neighborhood is like mine, the fireworks started well before July 4 and will last well after.