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A collection of thoughts from the Complete SET team as well as general industry story lines

Speed Reads….

The Dynamo “sold a record 1,100 tickets for the supporter section at BBVA Compass Stadium” for Friday night’s game against FC Dallas ( CHRON.com, 6/22 ).

A spokesperson for this weekend’s American Family Insurance Championship in Madison, Wis., said that “bigger crowds were expected t…

ESPN Extends BYU Football TV Rights Deal Through ’19 Season

ESPN on Friday announced it will televise BYU football through the ’19 season, extending an agreement that began in ’11. ESPN will continue to receive first selection rights to all BYU home games, with a minimum of one game designated annually for BYUtv. ESPN will air select road game…

Bellator MMA Looks To Make A Splash With PPV Event At MSG

MSG “should be packed” for Saturday night’s Bellator PPV card, and the MMA promotion has “hyped the show as the biggest one in its history.” The card is headlined by Chael Sonnen – Wanderlei Silva , with Matt Mitrione – Fedor Emeli…

Expansion Draft Helps NHL Awards To Best Audience On Record

The NHL Awards, which featured the expansion draft for the Vegas Golden Knights, was the most-watched NHL awards show for both Sportsnet and NBCSN on record, dating back to ’99. Sportsnet had an average audience of 1.36 million, while NBCSN had an average audience of 595,000. That represen…

Woody Johnson, Jamie McCourt Nominated For U.S. Ambassadorships

President Trump has formally nominated Jets Owner Woody Johnson to become the U.S. ambassador to the U.K., with his brother Christopher Wold Johnson “set to take over day-to-day operations of the team in his absence.” Also, former Dodgers co-Owner Jamie McCourt was “nominated to be…

NHL Entry Draft: Bauer Hockey Signs Potential Top Pick Patrick

The NHL Entry Draft begins tonight at 7:00pm ET at Chicago’s United Center, and potential No. 1 overall pick Nolan Patrick has signed on to endorse Bauer Hockey. The equipment company’s social media team will document Patrick’s day at the Draft leading up to and through his selection. Pa…

Laugh Track:

Action sports athlete Travis Pastrana appeared on CBS’ “The Late Late Show” last night, and several riders from the Nitro World Games performed various jumps off a ramp outside the show’s studio. Host James Corden said of the jumps and flips, “It&rsqu…

Chiefs Part Ways With GM Dorsey; Move Surprises NFL Observers

The Chiefs yesterday afternoon announced that head coach Andy Reid signed an extension, but GM John Dorsey is “no longer with the team, effective immediately.” The original five-year contracts for Reid and Dorsey were “set to expire after this season.” Chiefs Chair & CEO Clark Hun…

The Players’ Tribune Brings On Jeff Levick As Company’s First CEO

The Players’ Tribune has hired former Spotify Chief Revenue Officer JEFF LEVICK as its first CEO. Levick will begin his new position on Sept. 5, TPT President & co-Founder JAYMEE MESSLER said in a statement. Messler and DEREK JETER founded TPT in October ’14. Levick was at Spotif…

NFLPA President Says Union Has Yet To Speak With League About Extending CBA

NFLPA President Eric Winston yesterday said that there have “still been no talks with the league” about extending the 10-year CBA signed nearly six years ago, according to Mike Florio of PRO FOOTBALL TALK. He “described the situation as the two sides ‘talking about talks’ with ‘nothing sub…

Twitter Me This….

The consistent technical issues on Fox US Open broadcast are really something else. — Mark McClusky (@markmcc) June 16, 2017
McDonald’s bailing should a wake up call to IOC about how OLY brand is weakening. Apparently the McDonald’s wasn’t loving it — Will …

Daily Digit….

$11.6M – Rutgers’ expected Big Ten payout in ’17-18, compared to the projected $51.1M for fellow Big Ten member Michigan ( NJ.com, 6/16 ).

Attorney For Oakland NFL Fans Expects Local Gov’t To Join Lawsuit

Jim Quinn , the lawyer for the civic and fan groups seeking to keep the NFL in Oakland , said he fully expects the city and other local government entities to join the effort within the next two months. Quinn described government officials in Oakland as supportive of the move to eit…

Quick Hits….

“I love football. I love Israel. I love America. I think kids in America would die to have this group of players come and view them” – Patriots Owner Robert Kraft , on group of 18 Pro Football HOFers — including Joe Montana , Jim Brown and Roger Staubach — spending the next w…

ESPN Ad Sales Exec Oliver Dizon Leaving For Similar Job At Fox

ESPN is losing one of its most influential ad sales execs, as Oliver Dizon is leaving the company for a sales job at Fox, sources say. Neither ESPN nor Fox would comment on this story. Dizon leaves ESPN, where he was Senior VP/Asset Management for ESPN Customer Marketing. In that positio…

UFC Could Use Mayweather-McGregor To Promote Other High Profile Fights

The UFC could use the “crush of mainstream attention” that comes with the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor fight to “push the action set to take place in the Octagon between now and then and reflect some of that spotlight on the current stars of the organization,” according to E. Spen…

Golden No More: McDonald’s Ending Longtime Association With IOC, USOC

McDonald’s is ending its longtime partnerships with both the IOC and USOC “effective immediately,” according to Jessica Wohl of AD AGE. The QSR has sponsored the USOC since ’76 and has served as an IOC TOP sponsor since ’96. McDonald’s and the IOC claim they “mutually agreed” to end the de…

HOFer Jerry West To Leave Warriors And Join Clippers As Special Consultant

Basketball HOFer Jerry West in the coming days will “become a special consultant” to the Clippers in a role similar to that he “played with the Warriors for six years,” according to Jack McCallum of SI.com. West had “been in touch with the Clippers, particularly owner Steve Ballmer, over t…

NHL GMs Have Conference Call With League To Go Over Expansion Draft Process

NHL GMs yesterday had a conference call with Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly to “go over any last questions they had” related to the expansion draft process and “part of the message from the NHL to GMs was to make sure NOT to leak any trades” made with the Golden Knights ahead of the June 21…

Warriors Say No Decision Made On White House Should Invitation Come

The Warriors have “yet to officially decide — if they were to be invited — whether they would make the traditional champions’ visit to the White House” following their win over the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, according to sources cited by Connor Letourneau of the S.F. CHRONICLE. The tea…