When Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series racing career ends at the conclusion of the 2017 season, he’ll head to a media role — a move many expected.
Few, on the other hand, have imagined Earnhardt becoming part of NBC’s NFL coverage.
Sports Business Daily reported Monday that NASCAR’s most popular driver has signed a multiyear on-air deal with NBCUniversal, effective beginning in January. Included in SBD’s report: “It is possible that Earnhardt, a noted Redskins fan, could be worked into the (network’s) NFL or even Olympics coverage.”
A federal judge blocked part of President Trump’s immigration order Saturday night, ordering that refugees detained at U.S. airports not be returned to their home countries. Yet the ruling did not allow them to enter the U.S., either.
Two active NBA players, Los Angeles Lakers veteran Luol Deng and Milwaukee Bucks rookie Thon Maker, originally hail from what is now South Sudan, which is not on the list of affected countries. However, they were born in Sudan. There has been some concern about possible problems wtih Deng or Maker, for example, returning from a trip to play the Raptors in Canada.
Maker’s family fled his home country when he was 5. He lived in Australia as a youth, is an Australian citizen and holds a passport from that country. Deng’s family fled the Sudanese civil war for Egypt when he was 5, and he has lived in the U.S. for 17 years.
Beyond those two players, the NBA is also eyeing several Sudanese players attending U.S. high schools or colleges who might one day play in the league.
“The NBA is a global league and we are proud to attract the very best players from around the world,” Bass told The Vertical .