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

A Lighter Buzz….

Following news of Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette ‘s recent car accident, in which he avoided any injury, fans have had fun with some “comedic conspiracies” online ahead of Sundays AFC title game against the Patriots. One person “edited a scene from the movie ‘Happy Gilmore'” with Patri…

Koreas Form Unified Women’s Hockey Team For Pyeongchang Games

South and North Korea early this morning agreed to “form a combined women’s ice hockey team to take part in next month’s Winter Olympics,” and the countries will “march together under a unified peninsula flag” at the Opening Ceremony. North Korea will send a “delegation of…

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Novak Djokovic: No Talk Of Boycotting ’19 Australian Open

Novak Djokovic is “strongly denying claims that he would consider boycotting next year’s Australian Open if financial demands weren’t met.” Reports emerged this week about a players meeting on Friday, in which it was claimed Djokovic ” called for players to push for a greater share…

Final Jeopardy!

Last night’s “Final Jeopardy!” category was “The Theater.”

“In 1915 this play opened for the last time on Broadway, ironically at the Booth Theater.”

Laugh Track….

TBS’ Conan O’Brien : “North Korea and South Korea are considering having a joint women’s ice hockey team for the Olympics. Isn’t that amazing? Of course, when a North Korean player enters the penalty box, they’re never seen again” ( “Conan,” TBS, 1/15 )…

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Final Jeopardy….

“What is ‘Our American Cousin’?”

This was the play President Lincoln was attending when he was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth .

Twitter Me This….

Generally new stadiums struggle to be as loud as old stadiums. Not the case here in Minneapolis. Great, great venue.
— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) January 14, 2018

I love having Tom Coughlin in the press box. Some fantastic under-his-breath commentary.

If you think he&rsq…

Cover To Cover….

The Vikings’ last-play touchdown to defeat the Saints in last night’s NFC divisional game inspires radically different treatment on the front pages of the New Orleans Times-Picayune and Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Speed Reads….

Sources said that Danica Patrick ‘s camp could be closing in on making an announcement in the coming days related to her bid to drive in this year’s Daytona 500 and Indy 500 before retiring ( Adam Stern, Staff Writer ).

Boston-based WBZ-AM co-host Marc Bertrand was in a “terrifying c…

Quick Hits….

“It was the loudest environment I’ve ever been in. The atmosphere was the best I’ve ever seen. They helped us today. … And the good guys won” — Vikings coach Mike Zimmer , on the U.S. Bank Stadium crowd in yesterday’s win over the Saints ( ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 1/15 ). …

Quick Hits….

“We’re questioning everything. … People understand the way we’ve been doing it in the past isn’t getting us results. We’re going to work with them and help them figure it out” — New Hurricanes Owner Tom Dundon , at Friday’s introductory press conferen…

NBC Sports’ Bell On How Pyeongchang Games Can Ease Tensions

NBC Sports’ Jim Bell pens an opinion piece for on North Korea sending a delegation to the Pyeongchang Games, writing this marks a “welcome deviation from the customary bellicose rhetoric.” Bell, NBC Sports’ President of Olympics Production & Programming, adds, “What…

Falcons Execs Dish On Fan Delays At CFP Caused By Trump Visit

Plenty went wrong on Monday night at the CFP title game, with wait times to get into Mercedes-Benz Stadium as long as 2 1/2 hours. That was a huge disappointment for Falcons’ management, which sets a goal of moving fans through the line and into the stadium in five minutes. “We…

In Other News….

Facebook is “radically altering the formula that determines what bubbles to the top of people’s news feed” as part of “sweeping changes the giant social network has planned to address growing controversy over the role it plays in people’s lives and in society” ( USA TODAY, 1/12 ). Users …

MLB Cardinals Set To Kick Off Winter Warm-Up Showcase For Fans

The build-up to the MLB Cardinals’ ’18 season officially starts today when the club “begins its annual Caravan that will eventually make stops in six states over three days.” On Saturday, Cardinals fans from throughout the Midwest will “make their annual pilgrimages to St. Louis…

Cubs To Launch Military-Themed Activations Under New Boeing Deal

The Cubs have signed a three-year, $3M partnership with Boeing that will create a series of military recognitions both at Wrigley Field and around the world. Activations will include a military salute in the fourth inning of every Cubs home game; a first pitch at every Sunday home game by …

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Final Jeopardy….

“What is ‘Manchester by the Sea?’”

Correct responses to the “College Hoops” category:
$200 : “What are three pointers?”
$400 : “Who is Michael Jordan ?”
$600 : “What is UCLA?”
$800 : “What is UConn?&r…

A Lesson In Disruption: Power Outage Hits CES On Day 2

Power was restored at CES in Las Vegas early yesterday afternoon after an “outage several hours earlier.” Power at the Las Vegas Convention Center’s Central Hall was lost around 11:15am PT, then “fully restored” at 1:30pm. During the outage, attendees were “allowed to leave the hall but no…

Sources: Eagles To Play Jaguars at Wembley Stadium Next Season

The Eagles “will play the Jaguars in London” during the ’18 regular season, according to NFL sources. A formal announcement is expected later this morning, including the “exact date of this year’s game.” The Eagles had been among the “final six teams that hadn’t yet played overseas.” Eagle…

Felix Sabates In Talks With Bruton, Marcus Smith To Join Panthers Bid

Hornets investor and NASCAR team co-Owner Felix Sabates is talking to Bruton and Marcus Smith , who oversee Speedway Motorsports Inc., “about joining his group” exploring a bid for the NFL Panthers. The Smiths have “both expressed interest” previously in buying the Panthers if …

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Final Jeopardy….

“Who are Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.)?”

Baltimore Officials To OK Deal To Host Potential World Cup Games

Baltimore officials today are slated to approve an agreement to host FIFA World Cup soccer matches in ’26 if “North America is selected as the host continent.” The city’s Board of Estimates is “expected to approve an agreement” among FIFA, U.S. Soccer and the city to “host …

In Other News….

Cable giant Altice, which in the U.S. owns the “former Cablevision Systems and a controlling stake in Suddenlink,” is “planning to spin off its U.S. unit” (, 1/8 ).

Today’s Events….

Super Bowl LII at 11:00am ET will reopen the reservation presale for the zipline ride near U.S. Bank Stadium. Walk-up riding will no longer be an option.

Tom Brady Grants Sweeping Access For Facebook Watch Series

Patriots QB Tom Brady is the subject of a new Facebook Watch series launching “later this month” entitled “’Tom vs. Time.” Filmmaker Gotham Chopra was “granted sweeping access to Brady in an array of intimate settings” for the six-episode series, including “extensive …

Laugh Track….Where’s Your Head At?

Last night’s edition of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” aired the recurring segment “I Apologize for Talking While You Were Talking,” which examined the NFL playoffs and whether the Panthers followed the concussion protocol with QB Cam Newton . Comedy…

CES Kicks Off: Turner, Sports Innovation Lab Line Up Content

CES formally opens today in Las Vegas, with both Turner Sports and The Sports Innovation Lab partnering with the Consumer Technology Association to produce a series of sports-related content at the event. The Sports Technology Innovation Summit, developed by the Angela Ruggiero -led Sport…

Final Jeopardy!

Last night’s “Final Jeopardy!” category was “U.S. Presidents.”

“He became an ex-president while flying over a point 13 miles southwest of Jefferson City, Missouri.”

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Quick Hits….

“From a ratings and viewership standpoint, you’d rather have a brand name team from the SEC against a team from another part of the country that has a big brand — like an Ohio State or Texas. The notion that this is exactly what we wanted — it’s short-sighted, and, to put it …

Introducing The SBD/SBJ Class Of Champions For ’18

SBD/SBJ are pleased to announced our Class of Champions for ’18. In its ninth year, Champions recognizes the architects and builders of sports. This year’s recipients are longtime MLB exec Paul Beeston , sports labor attorney Howard Ganz , longtime sports financing exec Sal …

Monday 9:00am ET….Today’s News….Attention Turns To CFP

Georgia Buyers Help Drive Demand For CFP Championship Tickets
ESPN Not Likely To Land Interview With Trump At CFP Title Game
Packers Set To Name Longtime Scout Brian Gutekunst New GM
Wild Card Recap: Did Games Confirm Negative Perceptions Of NFL?

Tweet Pic Of The Day….

Just under a month to go and we decided to throw in another surprise for Super Bowl LIVE Presented By @Verizon ! In partnership with @PolarisSnow , Levi LaValle will backflip over Nicollet Mall on Feb 3 for “UpsideDowntown” day! #SBLIVE #BoldNorth…

Weekend Events….


The city of Philadelphia will observe Saturday as Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation Day. Saturday would have been the late Flyers Chair’s 85th birthday.

Bills-Jaguars Still A Hot Ticket Headed Into Wild Card Weekend

Heading into the NFL’s Wild Card weekend, Bills-Jaguars is currently the most in-demand ticket on the secondary market among the four games, with an average resale price of $248. Following an initial spike in prices after the Bills made the postseason , the median listing price has droppe…

Browns Parade Gains Sponsors, Will Benefit Local Food Bank

Saturday’s Browns Perfect Season Parade in Cleveland, marking the team’s 0-16 effort, is snapping up sponsors after organizer Chris McNeil “turned the event into a fundraiser for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.” McNeil said that dating sites and Curves Connect “pled…

Sources: Gruden’s 10-Year Deal Worth More Than $100M From Raiders

The Raiders “seek a long-term commitment from ESPN analyst and expected new coach Jon Gruden and they are preparing a 10-year contract” for him that “eclipses $100M,” according to sources. The Raiders will conduct Gruden’s formal interview on Monday and are …

NFL Indicates Raiders Likely Satisfied Rooney Rule In Coach Search

An NFL official on Thursday notified Fritz Pollard Alliance Chair John Wooten that the Raiders “have interviewed two minority candidates for their head coach position,” marking the “most formal indicator of the Raiders’ progress in their coaching search.” Wooten said that he was “unaware…

Laugh Track: Cold As Ice

ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel : “Parts of New England are reported to be colder than Mars, the planet, this week.” Kimmel: “Boston is expected to get 18 inches of snow. The schools there were closed today, but football practice wasn’t. …