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Australian Open Sets Attendance Record For Second Year Running

The Australian Open concluded yesterday and set a total attendance record, with “crowd numbers smashed for the second year in a row at Melbourne Park.” The two-week event drew 743,667 people, “14,904 more than last year.” The “continued expansion of the site — and the hot weather — …

Officials Set To Break Ground On $270M L.A. Coliseum Makeover

A groundbreaking is scheduled for today on L.A. Coliseum’s $270M makeover, with USC officials, including AD Lynn Swann, and L.A.-area public officials slated to attend. DLR Group’s architectural design will add a new suite and press deck with modern boxes, club…

Rain-Soaked NFL Pro Bowl Distributes 50,000-Plus Tickets

An NFL rep said that 51,019 tickets were distributed for yesterday’s Pro Bowl in Orlando, which was “played under heavy rain in the first half and again during the early portion of the fourth quarter.” The NFC won 24-23 ( ORLANDO SENTINEL, 1/29 ). NFL Dir of Communications Kamran M…

A Lighter Buzz….

The NHL on Friday night set up Maple Leafs C Auston Matthews with a “bunch of puppies for a photo shoot,” and one “did his business in the middle of the proceedings and all the others walked in it.” Matthews said, “One pooped right by me. I was checking my clothes to make sure I didn&rsq…

Laugh Track: Which Korea Again?

Friday’s episode of NBC’s “The Tonight Show” featured comedians Desus Nice and The Kid Mero , with host Jimmy Fallon asking them about the Winter Games and the Super Bowl. Mero asked, “Where’s Pyeongchang? That’s the good Korea, …

Rays’ Tampa Ballpark Site Announcement Could Come Within 2-3 Weeks

A key member of the group trying to bring the Rays to Tampa said that he is “confident the team has made their choice” for the Ybor City site and “expects an announcement” within 2-3 weeks. Tampa attorney Ron Christaldi said that he and Hillsborough County commissioner Ken Hagan “had d…

Channel Surf….

Sunday

Former NFLer Justin Forsett will appear on ABC’s “Shark Tank” to pitch his company Shower Pill.

Overwatch League Adds T-Mobile, Sour Patch Kids As Sponsors

The Overwatch League has added T-Mobile and Sour Patch Kids candy as sponsors. T-Mobile signed a multiyear deal to become the league’s official wireless provider and will title sponsor the Overwatch League’s regular season and Finals MVP awards. Sour Patch Kids will provid…

NHL Testing New In-Ice Ad Positions During All-Star Game Festivities

The NHL will be testing new advertising positions in and around the ice during All-Star Game events this weekend in order to evaluate the potential value of this inventory for the league, its teams and business partners. The in-ice position will be in each of the four goalie trapezoids in …

Dave Lockton, CEO Of Sports Betting Start-Up WinView, Set To Retire

Dave Lockton has retired as CEO of WinView, the sports betting start-up company that features an all-star roster of sports business execs as investors. Company VP/Engineering & Operations Eric Vaughn will be the interim President & CEO. Vaughn previously had been COO of EA…

Morning Hot Reads: Nassar Fallout Continues

SI.com goes with, ” The NCAA Isn’t The Organization That Should Be Punishing Michigan State .” The attorney general in Michigan “needs to find out who knew what and when, and anyone who enabled” Larry Nassar “needs to be fired, prosecuted and jailed.” But the NCAA “can’t do any …

James, Curry Discuss All-Star Draft, Believe It Should Be Televised

LeBron James and Steph Curry during TNT’s NBA pregame show last night discussed their strategies for drafting players for the All-Star Game rosters. Curry joked that Warriors GM Bob Myers “called me this morning asking me what my algorithm was for ranking players.” …

NFL Denies Sexual Harassment Allegations At NFL Network In Civil Suit

The NFL has “responded to a civil lawsuit alleging sexual misconduct by employees of the NFL Network,” saying that former NFL Net wardrobe stylist Jami Cantor “approved, consented to, authorized, and/or ratified” the behavior through her conduct. NFL Enterprises “denied all of the alle…

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Golf Channel Comes To Agreement With Video, Audio Union Workers

Golf Channel and the union that reps its cameramen and audio workers have “reached an agreement on a new contract,” 11 days after workers went on strike during the final round of the PGA Tour Sony Open. The two-year deal “puts an end to the labor dispute between the two grou…

Falcons, Atlanta United Lead Fan Satisfaction In Respective Leagues

Atlanta’s NFL and MLS clubs put the “fan first” in their revolutionary approach to food and beverage at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in ’17. The fans responded by voting the Falcons and MLS United No. 1 in each league’s “Voice of the Fan” rankings. Both clubs, …

Barstool Sports Hires IMAX’s Peter Morris To Oversee Business Affairs

Barstool Sports hired Peter Morris from IMAX Corp., where he served as Exec VP/Entertainment, to oversee partnerships, distribution and business affairs for the company. Morris, who will report to CEO Erika Nardini , started his job this week and is based in N.Y. Barstool said Morr…

76ers Embrace Australia Ties, Host Heritage Night At Wells Fargo Center

The 76ers last night celebrated Australian Heritage Night at Wells Fargo Center against the Bulls, where commemorative white T-shirts were “draped over every single seat of a sold out arena.” There were “miniature Australian flags to wave, Four’N Twenty meat pie eating cont…

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Pro Bowl Ticket Sales On Par With Last Year, Also In Orlando

Pro Bowl-related events at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex kick off today, and an NFL rep yesterday said that ticket sales are “on par with last year’s game.” The ’17 contest, also held at Orlando’s Camping World Stadium, drew an announced crowd of 60,834, the “fifth-largest tur…

Angels, Dodgers Add Expanded Protective Netting For ’18 Season

The Angels yesterday became the latest MLB team to “announce plans to expand the protective netting at their home ballpark” in the “wake of increased awareness of fan safety.” The netting at Angel Stadium “will now extend to the ends of both dugouts.” The team will “announce spe…

Foot Locker Invests $15M In Women’s Fashion Brand Carbon38

Foot Locker has made a $15M strategic investment in Carbon38, part of a Series A funding round that “brings the aggregate” raised by Carbon38 to $26M since ’13. The “women’s luxury lifestyle brand has its roots in the active apparel space, and last year entered the ready-to-wear…

NBA Names Magic Team Retailer Of The Year For Second Time

The NBA at its annual meeting of league licensees and teams in Las Vegas yesterday named the Magic Team Retailer of the Year, while naming Forever Collectibles and New Era its licensees of the year. This marks the second time the Orlando team has received the award, having also been recog…

Laugh Track: Super Best Friends

ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel said with the Patriots advancing to the Super Bowl against the Eagles, there is “finally some good news for Boston-area football fans who have been so starved for success.” The broadcast then aired a video of a smiling, waving Bill Belichick, wit…

Air Force Academy Resumes Sports Programs As Shutdown Ends

With lawmakers reaching a deal to end the government shutdown, the Air Force Academy late last night announced that “all athletic events will resume immediately,” with teams returning to practice in the hours before that announcement. Sources said that Fresno State men’s basketball has “pi…

UNLV Gets $1M More For Football Complex Ahead Of Groundbreaking

UNLV today breaks ground on the Fertitta Football Training Complex, the school’s upcoming $28M “state-of-the-art facility.” UNLV yesterday announced that Las Vegas Sands will donate $1M toward the “73,000-square-foot, two-level complex,” which is slated to open in early ’19 ( LAS VEGAS SU…

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Laugh Track: Say It Ain’t So

Friday night’s edition of NBC’s “The Tonight Show” featured the recurring segment “Thank You Notes.” Host Jimmy Fallon said, “Thank you, Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis after the Vikings’ stunning victory, for looking like everyon…

Bud Light, Players’ Tribune Partner On New Jerry Rice Video

Bud Light has partnered with The Players’ Tribune to create an original video featuring Pro Football HOFer Jerry Rice . Financial details were not disclosed. This marks TPT’s first partnership with the beer brand. In the video, which will debut on TPT’s social channels today, Rice shows u…

Fanatics Allowing NBA Jersey Exchanges If Player Is Traded

As the NBA trade deadline nears, Fanatics today announced that it will “offer fans a chance to exchange for either the new jersey of their favorite player or to get a different jersey of a player on their team, if the player whose jersey they recently bought gets traded.” If a co…

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See the latest trailer for “Tom vs Time,” the new Facebook Watch show about Tom Brady.

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Bellator World Grand Prix Kicks Off With Sonnen-Jackson Bout

Bellator’s World Grand Prix kicks off Saturday at The Forum with an “eclectic collection of eight competitors,” highlighted by Chael Sonnen – Rampage Jackson in Bellator 192 ( USA TODAY, 1/19 ). Jackson-Sonnen is the “opening bout of the eight-fighter tournament that will continue at lat…

Source: Facebook Decides Not To Bid On NFL’s “TNF” Package

A source said that Facebook is “not bidding” on the NFL’s “Thursday Night Football” rights. Facebook “hasn’t shied away from expensive sports rights” in recent years. The source said that its “lack of interest in the NFL Thursday package doesn’t indicate that it’s backing…

Danica Looking To Unveil GoDaddy Daytona 500 Car Within Next Week

Danica Patrick said that she is looking to unveil her Daytona 500 ride within the next week, and GoDaddy CMO Barb Rechterman said the company is working on signing Patrick to a full PSA deal beyond the two races it will sponsor her. GoDaddy and Patrick on Thursday announced a reunion …

Final Jeopardy!

Last night’s “Final Jeopardy!” category was “Snack Foods.”

“The name of this cracker that’s been around since 1903 suggests that it was baked three times.”

Last night’s edition of “Jeopardy!” featured the category &ldq…

Final Jeopardy….

“What is Triscuit?”

Correct responses to the “The Athletes’ College” category:
$400: “What is the University of Florida?”
$800 : “What is the University of Oregon?”
$1200 : “What is Columbia University?”
$1600 : &l…

Today’s Events….

The eBay auction for AHL Charlotte Checkers jerseys designed by Panthers QB Cam Newton ends today.

Numerous Sports Execs Attend Closing Party At Popular N.Y. Pub

A group of current and former Fox Sports execs last night attended a closing party for Langan’s, a midtown Manhattan Irish pub that had long been favorite hangout for execs for the network, as well as well as other sports industry and media figures working in the area. Among those th…

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Final Jeopardy!

Last night’s “Final Jeopardy!” category was “Special Days.”

“A 1954 act amended a 1938 one by striking out this word & replacing it with ‘Veterans.'”

GoDaddy To Sponsor Patrick In Her Farewell “Danica Double” Races

GoDaddy will sponsor Danica Patrick in the “upcoming ‘Danica Double’ that will close out her racing career.” Patrick has “no ride yet for next month’s Daytona 500 or the Indianapolis 500 in May, but she now has the financial backing to pull it off.” The company previously backed Patrick …

Toyota Sponsoring Overwatch League As “Launch Partner”

Toyota Motor North America has signed on as the newest sponsor of Activision Blizzard’s Overwatch League, agreeing to become a “North American launch partner” for the first season. It is the carmaker’s first foray into esports, and the league’s first non-endemic sponsor. Terms …

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Today’s Events….

F1 execs are holding a conference in London to “present their vision for the future to all current race promoters.” F1 CEO Chase Carey , Managing Dir of Commercial Operations Sean Bratches and Managing Dir of Motorsports Ross Brawn are “expected to give presentations and answer …