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

Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, YouTube Express Interest In “TNF” Rights

The NFL is “selling the rights to stream its ‘Thursday Night Football’ games next season, and at least four big tech companies are interested.” Sources said that Facebook, Amazon, Twitter and YouTube “have all submitted proposals to the NFL.” All four companies also “talked to th…

Erie County Takes Ownership Of Land For Bills’ New Practice Field

Erie County (N.Y.) lawmakers yesterday “voted 10-1 to take ownership of the three acres next to the Bills’ existing practice facilities.” A few legislators last week “questioned whether Erie County should take title to the land.” The Bills “bought the property with the intention of …

California Legislative Analyst Says LA 2024 Bid Avoids Financial Pitfalls

A report by the California Legislative Analyst’s Office yesterday stated that L.A.’s bid for the ’24 Games “avoids the financial pitfalls that have plagued recent Games.” The LAO “called on city officials, the legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown to join LA 2024 officials in a united Ca…

SBJ In-Depth: Forty Under 40

SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily honor the industry’s brightest young talent with the annual Forty Under 40 awards. As the lead-in to the awards banquet in Dana Point, Calif., we will introduce you to executives across sports who, in a short time, have distinguished th…

U.S. Earns Spot In WBC Final Before Raucous Dodger Stadium Crowd

The U.S. advanced to the World Baseball Classic final last night with a 2-1 win over Japan at Dodger Stadium, where a crowd of 33,462 was present on a “cool and rainy evening.” The ballpark was less than “two-thirds full,” but the “‘U-S-A…

St. Louis MLS Ownership Group, City Announce Charitable Partnership

Prospective MLS ownership group SC STL has formalized an agreement with the city of St. Louis in which the team “would support workforce development and youth sports programs.” This comes “two weeks before city voters will decide” whether a proposed stadium should get $60M in public f…

KT Tape Renews Deal With U.S. Soccer Federation Through ’20

KT Tape has renewed its partnership with the U.S. Soccer Federation and all its teams/programs through ’20, a time frame that includes the ’18 FIFA World Cup, ’19 FIFA Women’s World Cup and ’20 Tokyo Games. Previously, the kinesiology tape producer signed a three-year deal with the U…

Alibaba Acquires Ticket Vendor Damai, Emulating Live Nation’s Model

Alibaba Group has acquired online ticket vendor Damai.cn, with an “eye toward feeding China’s growing appetite for concerts, movies and sporting events.” Once integrated with Alibaba, Damai “aims to become China’s version of Live Nation,” marking a “change from its former goal of aggregati…

Laugh Track: Golf Buddies

Comedy Central’s Trevor Noah said Donald Trump is “running his presidency on the golf course.” Noah: “The FBI is investigating whether Trump learned how to play golf from the Russian video series, ‘Puttin’ with Putin ‘” ( “The Daily Show,” Comedy Central,…

USA Hockey, Women’s National Team Reps Meeting Today In Philly

USA Hockey execs and women’s national team reps will meet today to discuss the wage dispute that “could lead to the players boycotting” the IIHF World Championships, which begin March 31 in Michigan. The players last week announced that they would skip the event “unless significant progres…

World Baseball Classic Sets Attendance Record, Will Top 1 Million Total

The ’17 WBC has set a new attendance record with a draw of 976,828 through the tournament’s second round. The figure exceeds the total attendance of 885,212 in ’13. With semifinals tonight and tomorrow and the championship game Wednesday at Dodger Stadium, this year’s WBC is as…

Levy Restaurants Rebrands Retail Group, Signs Nets, Golden Knights

Levy Restaurants has re-branded its sports retail group to Rank + Rally, and it has signed the Nets and Golden Knights as its two newest clients. The company, formerly Levy Retail, now has 12 accounts at major league arenas and stadiums, as well as Arlington Park horse track in suburban Ch…

Fred Mangione Leaving Nets For NFL Jets’ Newly Created Position

Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment COO Fred Mangione is leaving after 17 years to join the NFL Jets as Senior VP/Ticket & Premium Revenue, Strategy & Development, a new position for the team. Mangione will be responsible for ticketing strategy, including premium and suite o…

Daily Digit….

60 – Number of years Jaime Jarrin will have served as the Dodgers’ Spanish-language play-by-play broadcaster, if he stays on through the end of his current contract in ’18. Jarrin, who will be feted by Southern California Public Radio in a Saturday gala, has called Dodge…

Pistons Build Hype For Little Caesars Arena With District Detroit Night

The Pistons and Olympia Development on Friday night will host The District Detroit Night in conjunction with the team’s home game against the Raptors. The move is in “anticipation of the team’s return to Detroit next season” at Little Caesars Arena. The first 7,500 fans at the game will re…

Report: ESPN Hires Rex Ryan As “Sunday NFL Countdown” Fixture

ESPN reportedly has signed Rex Ryan to a multiyear deal to be on “Sunday NFL Countdown.” The former Jets and Bills coach, who appeared on the show as a guest analyst on Super Bowl Sunday, “will be a permanent fixture in studio now” ( NYDAILYNEWS.com, 3/17 ). Amid recent reports of…

Tracy Wolfson Calls Part Of Michigan-OK State After Audio Snafu

Sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson handled play-by-play for part of today’s Michigan-Oklahoma State NCAA Tournament game after a “power hit courtside” caused the crew of Jim Nantz , Bill Raftery and Grant Hill to lose their audio signals. The three-man team then called the end of …

L.A. Judge Temporarily Bars Dan Fegan From Competing With ISE

An L.A. Superior Court judge has issued a temporary restraining order preventing NBA agent Dan Fegan from competing against Independent Sports & Entertainment, his former employer, until April 6. Superior Court Judge Mary Strobel said that ISE has “shown enough evidence” to wa…

SBJ In-Depth: Golf 2017

Commissioner Jay Monahan is the new leader at the helm of the PGA Tour. We look at Monahan’s leadership, his inner circle and the strategies that are shaping the tour, from scheduling and technology to media deals and entertainment at tournaments.

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Sources: IMS Officials Considering Moving Brickyard 400 To Road Course

Indianapolis Motor Speedway execs are considering running future Brickyard 400s on the track’s road course, according to sources, in a move that could further shake up NASCAR’s schedule if it comes to fruition. IMS has held the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on the track’s oval sin…

Phoenix Raceway Introducing Garage Suites, Putting Fans Next To Drivers

ISC has developed a new event-level suite product at Phoenix Raceway that puts premium patrons next to competitors during NASCAR races. ISC officials provided THE DAILY a sneak peek at the new premium-seat options in advance of this weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Camping …

Indiana AD Glass Addresses Blowback Over Decision To Defer Home NIT Game

Indiana Univ. decided to not host a first-round NIT game tonight against Georgia Tech because the school is on spring break, and AD Fred Glass has “heard the noise and the criticism” from fans, according to Terry Hutchens of the Anderson HERALD BULLETIN. Glass has heard “various …

Gone Too Soon: Legendary MSG Knicks Announcer John Andariese Passes Away

Basketball HOFer JOHN ANDARIESE , the “legendary voice of the Knicks for nearly 40 years,” died yesterday at the age of 78, according to Stefan Bondy of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS. Generations of Knicks fans “listened to Andariese as an analyst on MSG Network or on the radio, mostly alongsi…

Minnesota United FC Hosts Home Opener In Snow At TCF Bank Stadium

Minnesota United FC yesterday drew a crowd of 35,043 for its home MLS debut against Atlanta United at snow-covered TCF Bank Stadium. The temperature was 20 degrees at kickoff, tied with the ’13 MLS Cup for the “record for coldest game since the league started recording it” in ’03. A Minnes…

NHL Rookie Star Patrik Laine To Sign Exclusive Deal With Fanatics

Fanatics today will announce an exclusive collectibles and memorabilia partnership with NHL Jets RW Patrik Laine . Fanatics Authentic will be the sole distributor of Laine’s merchandise, which will be available through Fanatics and Shop.NHL.com. Laine was the No. 2 pick in the ’16 NHL Dra…

A-10 Tournament Sets Ticket Revenue Record At PPG Paints Arena

The Atlantic 10 yesterday wrapped up its men’s basketball tournament at first-time host PPG Paints Arena, and the conference “set a new record for ticket sales” at $1.12M, up from about $930,000 last season at Barclays Center. Attendance, however, “wasn’t as high” in Pittsburgh as it was i…

Speed Reads….

The newly launched BIG3’s first game day will tip off at Barclays Center on June 25, marking the start of the three-on-three basketball league’s 10-week season ( BIG3 ).

ESPN today will announce that Michigan men’s basketball coach John Beilein is “2-for-2 winning ESPN’s Infiniti…