Sports Shorts

* Forbes has valued the Tampa Bay Lightning at $1 billion. The franchise was purchased in 2010 for $170 million by Jeff Vinik.

* The unprecedented growth of sports betting: Head’s up, the scandals are coming. It’s inevitable. Personally, I’d rather root for teams—than bet on them.

* MLB: The league minimum salary is $720,000. A minimum of players make that.

* Words you’ll never hear—from athletes who have spent their entire career with a single franchise before leaving as free agents: “I’ve really been lucky to have gotten rich playing a game I love in a community I’ve grown to love and call home. Because of salary cap reality, I’m going to take less so that I can stay here and help keep the team competitive and keep me happy and, yes, still rich.”

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