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

Al Michaels Apologizes After Making Harvey Weinstein Joke On “SNF”

NBC’s Al Michaels apologized on air for a comment he made in the third quarter of last night’s Giants-Broncos “SNF” game, when he said, “The Giants are coming off a worse week that Harvey Weinstein .” Michaels was discussing with broadcasting partner Cris Collinsworth how the the…

Morning Hot Reads: Slowly But Surely

The N.Y. TIMES goes with, ” How The Astros Went From Nowhere To The Brink Of The World Series .” Back in ’12, Jeff Luhnow “inherited the worst team in baseball,” and he knew fixing it “would take time.” Now with homegrown prospects leading the way, this was “all part of Luhnow&rsquo…

Raiders Honor Las Vegas First Responders, Give $1M To Wildfire Relief

Raiders Owner Mark Davis “arranged for 30 firefighters, police officers and dispatchers to be flown” yesterday morning from Las Vegas to Oakland to attend the team’s home game against the Chargers at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. All of the first responders present “worked on Oct. 1 d…

Fanatics Starting College Division, Acquiring Fermata Partners Assets

Fanatics is expanding the college segment of its ecommerce empire with the creation of a new division — Fanatics College — and the acquisition of collegiate licensing agency Fermata Partners. Derek Eiler and Chris Prindiville , two of the four founding partners of Fermata, will join F…

Toyota Unveils First Global Ad Campaign As IOC TOP Sponsor

Toyota today will unveil its first global ad campaign as an IOC TOP sponsor, covering 40 markets with a message that it is more than just an automaker. The campaign, called “Start Your Impossible,” emphasizes the category definition Toyota has with the IOC: mobility. It is a ca…

Golden Knights Add “Festive” Elements For Second Home Game

There was a “solemn mood to the start” of the Golden Knights’ home debut Tuesday night, but fans can “expect a more festive atmosphere Friday” when the team hosts the Red Wings at T-Mobile Arena. The Knights “plan to unveil an elaborate pregame show” along with “several in-game entertainme…

Dan Jenkins To Be Feted With Writing Award Named After Him

Sportswriter Dan Jenkins “will be toasted in Dallas” Friday night, with the inaugural presentation of the Dan Jenkins Medal for Excellence in Sportswriting will honor his “nearly-70-year legacy as a journalist and novelist.” On the eve of the Oklahoma-Texas football game, Jenkins is bein…

“TNF” Ratings Increases Continue, With Eagles-Panthers Up 7%

CBS and NFL Network combined for an 10.6 overnight rating for the Eagles’ 28-23 win over the Panthers on “Thursday Night Football.” Eagles-Panthers was up 7% from an 9.9 overnight for Broncos-Chargers last year. Both NFL contests went up against an NLDS Game 5. This marks three stra…

Speed Reads….

Saturday at 7PM…we have liftoff! 🚀

Full uniform release 👉 https://t.co/GQFsoLMGTd #UCFinSpace pic.twitter.com/7No8voayqF
— UCF Football (@UCF_Football) October 10, 2017

UCF football will wear “space-themed uniforms” for Saturday night’s home game agains…

Quick Hits….

“There are issues here that you can’t have both. You just can’t do both. But can you show sensitivity and recognize everybody has a point here that’s either-or? And the answer is that is what I do and should be doing” – Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones , during his weekly radio…

Fox Could Put Big World Cup Focus On Mexican National Team With USMNT Out

With the USMNT failing to qualify for the ’18 FIFA World Cup , Fox could “spend even more marketing dollars and heft” on the Mexican national team, “given the potential audience,” according to Richard Deitsch of SI.com. Fox owns the English-language rights to the Mexican national tea…

U.S. To Miss ’18 World Cup After Disastrous Loss In Qualifier

The USMNT is out of the ’18 FIFA World Cup after a 2-1 loss to Trinidad & Tobago “before a few thousand observers in a lonely little stadium” on the island nation. The U.S. “played a shameful first half,” and with the loss “fell to fi…

Laugh Track: Trash Talk

TNT’s Shaquille O’Neal appeared on NBC’s “The Tonight Show” last night, with host Jimmy Fallon noting he is under contract signed with Turner Sports “until like 2030 or something.” O’Neal: “I am? I didn’t know that.&rdquo…

Morning Hot Reads: Making The Adjustment

YAHOO SPORTS writes under the header, ” Women In Football: What NFL Needs To Get Right To Keep Them As Fans .” Roughly 45% of NFL fans are women, and the league “would like that number to be higher.” But with how the NFL “handles domestic violence incidents to concussions and CTE, there ar…

SeatGeek Continues Primary Ticketing Push With SeatGeek Enterprise

SeatGeek today is formally debuting SeatGeek Enterprise, a new brand that furthers its intent to be a significant player in primary ticketing, with a particular focus on mobile. This follows SeatGeek’s acquisition this spring of Israeli ticketing software company TopTix , which had been h…

Warriors Eye Spot In New Esports League Operated By Riot Games

The Warriors are under consideration for a spot in Riot Games’ reconstituted North American League Championship Series in “League of Legends,” a team source confirmed. Riot says that in November, it will announce the 10 organizations that will compete in ’18, though multi…

Trump Threatens To Use Federal Tax Law To Punish NFL Over Anthem Protests

President Trump today threatened to “use federal tax law to penalize” the NFL over players who “kneel in protest during the national anthem as he sought to escalate a political fight that has resonated with his conservative base,” according to Peter Baker of the N.Y. TIMES. Trump said th…

Tyr Sports Sponsors USA Swimming’s Pro Swim Series, Replacing Arena

Tyr Sports has replaced Arena as title sponsor of USA Swimming’s six-stop Pro Swim Series, three years before the rights were due to expire. Arena, which first won the rights as part of an eight-year deal in ’12, wanted to reallocate its marketing budget and offered to step aside if …

Weekend Events….

Friday

The Hamptons Int’l Film Festival at 8:30pm ET in Sag Harbor, N.Y., will hold the premiere for the documentary “The Life & Times of Earl Lloyd .” Executive Producers on the film include former NBAer Michael Finley , Spurs G Tony Parker , F Kawhi Leonard and Thunder F C…

Speed Reads….

Eleven Sports announced a partnership with Twitter to live stream Ivy League football games in ’17 ( Eleven Sports ).

The Park at Wrigley on Friday and Saturday will host “playoff watch parties” for Cubs-Nationals NLDS Games 1 and 2 in DC. Tickets are $10 and are “limited to four per or…

Quick Hits….

“In their view, the idea is, look, we didn’t say, well, we’re going to fight for these things, except if a guy doesn’t stand for the national anthem. We didn’t put that amendment on the agenda” — Chiefs coach Bob Sutton , who spent 17 years coachi…

TBS Draws Lowest Wild Card Overnight Yet, But Gets Cable TV Primetime Win

TBS last night drew a 3.2 overnight rating for the D-backs’ 11-8 win over the Rockies, giving the net a primetime win on cable TV, but marking the lowest overnight for an MLB Wild Card telecast since the new format began in ’12. The previous low overnight for a Wild Card was a 3.3 rating s…

Dannon Yogurt Drops Cam Newton As Endorser After Sexist Comments

Dannon has “cut ties” with Panthers QB Cam Newton as an endorser following his sexist comments toward a female reporter , according to USA Today’s A.J. Perez. The company in a statement said in part, “We have shared our concerns with Cam and will no longer work with him.” Newton had…