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Sportsnet Fires Blue Jays Analyst Zaun Over “Inappropriate Behaviour”

Rogers Communications has fired Blue Jays analyst Gregg Zaun “after multiple women at Sportsnet complained about his ‘inappropriate behaviour and comments’ in the workplace.” The “exact nature of the allegations” against the former MLBer “weren’t detailed by the company, but were n…

Morning Hot Reads: Bristol Status

The BOSTON GLOBE writes under the header, ” With Layoffs, ESPN Loses Quality Depth In Behind-The-Scenes Talent .” ESPN still “remains a singular giant in sports media, but one inarguably smaller in resources, personnel, and scope than it was just a couple of years ago.” The network is…

Friday 9:00am ET….Today’s News….Talking In Memphis

Grizzlies’ Ownership Structure In Flux; Sources Cite Partner “Tension”
Traffic Issues Lead To Empty Seats For Redskins-Cowboys “TNF” Kickoff

Sportsnet Fires Blue Jays Analyst Zaun Over “Inappropriate Behaviour”

MLS Cup Gets Rematch From ’16, As S…

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Morning Hot Reads: Know Your History

The SEATTLE TIMES writes under the header, ” Taking A Stand Didn’t Start With Colin Kaepernick .” The former 49ers QB, along with Seahawks DE Michael Bennett and other NFLers, have simply “revived a long tradition of using the level playing fields of sports to fight imbala…

Laugh Track: Bench Press

NBC’s Jimmy Fallon said, “The Giants announced that they are benching Eli Manning this weekend. Eli’s not sure what’s worse: not getting to play for the Giants or having to watch the Giants. It feels like it’s a catch-22. Instead of Eli, the Giants will st…

Conference Commissioners Write Editorials On Idea Of Paying Athletes

Several commissioners from smaller conferences wrote editorials today regarding the notion of paying college athletes. The MAC’s Jon Steinbrecher and A-10’s Bernadette McGlade write, “College Athletes Are Students, Not Employees.” There is equal opportunity for men and w…

SBJ/SBD Staging Inaugural Dealmakers In Sports Conference In N.Y.

SBJ/SBD today hosts the inaugural Dealmakers In Sports conference at the W New York, exploring the big money that continues to pour into sports at an unprecedented rate and on a global scale. Along with our partners at J.P. Morgan, Proskauer and Inner Circle Sports, we are bringing toget…

Laugh Track: Meet The Press

Astros P Justin Verlander appeared on TBS’ “Conan” last night where he talked with host Conan O’Brien about his marriage to model Kate Upton , being traded from the Tigers and winning the World Series. O’Brien said, “You have had one of the mo…

ESPN Eliminates About 150 Jobs In Latest Round Of Layoffs

The long-rumored ESPN layoffs are taking place this morning, as the company is eliminating around 150 jobs. An ESPN source said the job cuts are mainly coming from the studio production, digital content and tech groups. In a memo sent to employees this morning, ESPN President John Skipper…

Wednesday 9:00am ET….Today’s News….ESPN Cuts About 150 Jobs

ESPN Eliminates About 150 Jobs In Latest Round Of Layoffs
76ers Parent Company To Build Team-Branded Facility In Delaware
Amazon Web Services Partners With NFL For Player Tracking Stats
Giants Brass Heavily Criticized For Handling Of Eli Manning Decision

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U.S. Soccer Presidential Candidates Head To Forum In Chicago

U.S. Club Soccer today in Chicago is “hosting a forum for U.S. Soccer presidential candidates,” with five of the announced candidates scheduled to attend: Paul Caligiuri , Steve Gans , Kyle Martino , Michael Winograd and Eric Wynalda . The event will be moderated by U.S. Cl…

ESPN, Twitch Team Up For “Don’t Ever Give Up Day” Streaming Event

To help kick off the start of V Week, ESPN and Twitch are collaborating to host a 24-hour live streaming marathon on Twitch titled “Don’t Ever Give Up Day.” The event, which begins at noon PT from downtown L.A., gives esports/video game personalities, ESPN talent and Twitch influenc…

Dale Jr. Event Among Opening Affairs Of NASCAR Champion’s Week

NASCAR Champion’s Week begins today in Las Vegas , as the governing body this year “switches to a Tuesday through Thursday format instead of the traditional Wednesday through Friday of years past.” The schedule of events also will “be more hectic” this year, culminating with Thursday’s NA…

Tuesday 9:00am ET….Today’s News….NASCAR’s Vegas Vacation

Dale Jr. Event Among Opening Affairs Of NASCAR Champion’s Week
Bulls Opening New All-Inclusive Courtside Club At United Center
Judge’s Order Could End Roadblock To Scottrade Center Renovation
U.S. Soccer Presidential Candidates Head To Forum In Chicago

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Meredith Corp. Agrees To Acquire Time Inc. In $3B Deal

Meredith Corp. has “agreed to purchase Time Inc. in an all-cash transaction valued” at nearly $3B. The deal to acquire the publisher, whose assets include SI, was “made possible, in part, by an infusion” of $650M from the private equity arm of the Koch brothers. In announcing the deal, M…

Steelers Induct Inaugural Hall Of Honor Class Ahead Of “SNF”

The Steelers last night ahead of their “SNF” matchup against the Packers “unveiled their Hall of Honor with a pregame ceremony at Heinz Field.” The inaugural class included Jerome Bettis , Terry Bradshaw , Franco Harris , Jack Lambert , Chuck Noll , Lynn Swann , the late A…

Argonauts Win CFL’s Grey Cup Game Amid Snowy Scene In Ottawa

The CFL Toronto Argonauts defeated the Calgary Stampeders 27-24 last night in a “dramatic Grey Cup” before a sellout crowd of 36,154 at Ottawa’s TD Place Stadium. Light flurries “began in the hours before kickoff,” and there was “ple…

Monday 9:00am ET….Today’s News….Argos Get A Touch Of Grey

Argonauts Win CFL’s Grey Cup Game Amid Snowy Scene In Ottawa
Local Authorities Consider Funding Plan For FC Cincinnati Stadium
Meredith Corp. Agrees To Acquire Time Inc. In $3B Deal
ESPN Radio’s “Golic & Wingo” Debuts In Morning Drive Time

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Columbus Foundation Leader Pitches Stadium Plan To Keep Crew

Columbus Foundation President & CEO Doug Kridler is “pitching a downtown site for a 21,000-seat soccer stadium aimed at keeping” the Crew. Kridler said that the unveiling of his proposal was “timed to correspond” with tonight’s Toronto FC-Crew playoff game at Mapfre Stadium and that …

Laugh Track: The Ball Is In Whose Court?

CBS’ Stephen Colbert said, “If you think you had a bad day, at least it wasn’t as bad as the Weather Channel’s cameraman who was assigned to cover the demolition of the Georgia Dome. I gotta tell ya, this is going to ruin the Weather Channel’s reputation as the place t…

ESPN Parts Ways With Long-Tenured Ad Sales Exec Eric Johnson

A week before ESPN is slated to lay off more than 100 staffers as part of company-wide cost-cutting moves, the company parted ways with one of its top ad sales executives. Exec VP/Global Advertising Revenue & Sales Operations Eric Johnson has left ESPN, ending a tenure that started i…

Tuesday 9:00am ET….Today’s News….Birds On The Wire

Eagles To Remain On Entercom’s WIP-FM Under Seven-Year Deal
CBS Stations Off Dish As Carriage Dispute Reaches Impasse
ESPN Parts Ways With Long-Tenured Ad Sales Exec Eric Johnson
Ticketmaster Signs Multiyear Extension With Orlando City SC

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NFL Sees Multiple Social Protests Outside Stadiums Ahead Of Week 11

Three buses of protesters yesterday ahead of Cardinals-Texans “stood across the street from NRG Stadium” and “called for Texans Owner Bob McNair to step down — or to at least make good on his commitment of making meaningful progress toward social issues that prompted NFL players to pro…

NFL Commits To Holding Games In Mexico Through ’21 Season

The NFL “extended its commitment to Mexico,” announcing yesterday that the league would play a game there “each year” from ’19-21. The news was revealed “shortly before” Patriots-Raiders at Estadio Azteca. The new agreement with Mexico “still needs to be finalized before it is signed.” The…

Georgia Dome Imploded, Ending Atlanta Venue’s 25-Year Run

The Georgia Dome “came down in a ball of dust” this morning in an implosion “bringing down an Atlanta institution of the last 25 years.” There were “no immediate reports of damage to nearby structures” as the arena was demolished. The Falcons’ and Atlanta United’s new Mercedes-Benz St…

Monday 9:00am ET….Today’s News….Tried And Truex

Truex Wins First Cup Championship, But Day Belongs To Earnhardt
Georgia Dome Imploded, Ending Atlanta Venue’s 25-Year Run
NFL Commits To Holding Games In Mexico Through ’21 Season
Jerry Jones Receives Pro Football HOF Ring To Loud Ovation

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Homestead-Miami Speedway Expects Sellout For NASCAR Finale

Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matt Becherer said that the 46,000-seat venue is expecting a sellout for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400. The track has yet to announce a sellout for what will be Dale Earnhardt Jr. ‘s final race as a full-time driver in NAS…

Blaney Nabs REV As Primary Sponsor For Two ’18 Cup Series Races

REV will be the primary sponsor for the No. 12 Ford Fusion and driver Ryan Blaney for two races next season on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in ’18. The specialty vehicle manufacturer will primary sponsor Blaney at the Food City 500 in April and the Alabama 500 in October. R…

Danica Patrick Retiring As Full-Time Driver; Could Have Role With NBC

Danica Patrick on Friday announced this will be her “last season as a full-time driver,” though she plans to drive in next year’s Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 ( Mult., 11/17 ). Patrick has been “working on putting together ‘The Danica Double’ over the last three weeks.” She did not r…

Dwyane Wade Teams Up With Facebook Watch For Documentary Series

Cavaliers G Dwyane Wade is bringing a documentary series to the Facebook Watch platform. The series, produced by the Bob Metelus Studio, is dubbed “BackCourt Wade.” Over five episodes, fans will get a look at Wade’s life during the offseason. Highlights include his trip to Paris and…

NBC’s Use Of SkyCam On “TNF” Draws Mixed Reviews On Twitter

NBC’s “TNF” broadcast marked the return of SkyCam, which was met with mixed reactions on Twitter. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport wrote, “Feel like I’m watching a video game… which is cool. Like it so far.” ESPN’s Damien Woody tweeted, &ldqu…

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