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

Golden Boy Ad Promoting Alvarez-Chavez Fight Takes Jab At Trump

A Golden Boy Promotions TV spot to be released today promoting the Canelo Alvarez – Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. boxing match “takes a jab” at President Trump . The 45-second ad for the May 6 fight at T-Mobile Arena “has the fighters racing through the Mexican desert and breaking throu…

Knicks’ Phil Jackson Expected To Break Media Silence Today

Knicks President Phil Jackson ‘s “disinclination to talk with New York writers is slated to end” today at the team’s training center, where he is “scheduled to dissect the club’s fourth consecutive losing season.” Jackson “will speak after conducting exit interviews with the players”&nbsp…

Morning Hot Reads: Shoe’s On The Other Foot

The BOSTON GLOBE writes Nike is “going to extraordinary lengths to concoct ideal running conditions for a try at a sub-two-hour marathon.” The runners Nike sponsors “will wear a prototype shoe that Nike says improves running performance through technology.” The shoes have also “gene…

Hartford Yard Goats Open Dunkin’ Donuts Park After Long Wait

Baseball returned “at last to Hartford” last night with the Double-A Eastern League Hartford Yard Goats hosting their first game at the new $71M Dunkin’ Donuts Park, where “some 6,850 filled the stands and the concourses.” After the 7-2 loss to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Yard Goat…

NFL’s Head Of Officiating Dean Blandino Stepping Down From League

NFL Senior VP/Officiating Dean Blandino is leaving the league to “spend more time with his family and explore other opportunities.” Blandino has held the Senior VP position since ’13 and “has overseen several changes in the way the game has been officiated, with an emphasis on playe…

Sergio Garcia Making Media Rounds Following Masters Win

WATCH: “I think you’re one of the best golfers that has ever been out there.” @TheSergioGarcia on message from José María Olazábal pic.twitter.com/MhU1bzj0Xv
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) April 11, 2017

Masters champion Sergio Garcia a…

Executive Transactions

Delaware North Sportservice named longtime Aramark exec FRANK MENDICINO to the newly created role of Exec VP & Chief Administrative Officer ( THE DAILY ). Meanwhile, Delaware North named interim GM of its Qualcomm Stadium operation CHRIS ANGNE VP/Systems & Standards and GM…

Ted Leonsis’ AFL Expansion Teams Open Season Against Each Other

AFL expansion teams Washington Valor and Baltimore Brigade play Friday night at Verizon Center, a game featuring two franchises owned by Monumental Sports & Entertainment CEO Ted Leonsis , who is “trying to bolster the dwindling” AFL. The Valor and Brigade will each &ldquo…

Wichita State Will Join AAC After Being Voted In Unanimously

Wichita State will join the AAC and leave the Missouri Valley Conference, its home since ’45, after the 12 AAC Presidents on Friday “voted unanimously to invite WSU.” AAC Senior Dir of Communications & Digital Media Bill Potter said that conference Commissioner Mike Aresco…

Fox Sports, Spectrum Dispute May Cause Blackouts For MLB Teams

Fox Sports and Spectrum are in a dispute over carriage fees, and as a result several RSNs “may not be available” on Spectrum cable systems beginning Saturday. Among those are FS Kansas City, which has 151 Royals games this season, so “this would be a big deal for Royals f…

Tweet Pic Of The Day….

“DJ style” Tigers headphones are $59.97 at Comerica Park’s D Shop. #OpeningDayDET pic.twitter.com/dAIIrJJVqv — Bill Shea (@Bill_Shea19) April 7, 2017

NBA’s Salary Cap Increase Next Season Will Fall Short Of Initial Projection

The NBA has “delivered teams a new salary cap projection” of $101M for the ’17-18 season, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of THE VERTICAL. The tax level is “projected to rise” from $113M this season to $121M in ’17-18 ( TWITTER.com, 4/6 ). NBCSPORTS.com’s Kurt Helin noted while the NBA s…

New CFL Alouettes President Says Top Priority Is Rebuilding Team Brand

If the CFL Montreal Alouettes “aren’t more relevant or visible in the marketplace and media,” new President Patrick Boivin “believes the groundwork is being laid and the pieces are starting to align,” according to Herb Zurkowsky of the MONTREAL GAZETTE. Alouettes co-Owners Robert and…

Tweet Pic Of The Day….

Pins being handed out this morning at Augusta National in honor of The King. pic.twitter.com/JKgtTlbiTT
— Ian O’Connor (@Ian_OConnor) April 6, 2017

Weather An Issue At Masters; Par 3 Canceled For First Time Since ’60

The rain in Augusta, Ga., is “supposed to subside” for today’s first round of The Masters, “but the first two rounds are expected to be played in chilly weather with 20-40 mile-per-hour winds.” Meanwhile, fans who flew into town to watch the Par 3 contest yesterday “left disapp…

SBJ In-Depth: The Fight Game 2017

It’s been a year of change for combat sports, from the $4 billion sale of UFC to the rise of boxing on broadcast networks like CBS and Fox. We look at how the players in this space tailor talent development and sponsorship inventory to build an audience of casual fans and deepen thei…

Laugh Track: Directing Traffic

Turner Sports’ Ernie Johnson appeared on CBS’ “The Late Show” last night, and host Stephen Colbert asked of the NCAA Tournament, “How does an announcer BS their way through a player who he has to talk about who he doesn’t know jack about?” Johnson answered,…

Amazon Scores With Live-Streaming Rights For NFL “TNF” Package

Amazon will replace Twitter in live-streaming the NFL’s “Thursday Night Football.” The company will stream the 10 “TNF” games carried by CBS and NBC as part of a one-year deal that the league announced late yesterday. Amazon paid $50M for the rights, substan…

Today’s Events….

Augusta National Chair Billy Payne will deliver his annual address to the media prior to the start of The Masters, and he “could shed some light” on “possible changes to the course.” The topic of adding yardage to some holes is “certain to come up” ( AUGUSTA CHRONICLE, 4/5 )….

MLBAM, Twitter Unveil Initial Schedule For Live Streaming Package

MLBAM and Twitter have set the April schedule for the first live-streamed MLB games on the social media network. The non-exclusive out-of-market games will begin Friday with Cubs-Brewers in Milwaukee, continuing on Friday nights throughout this season. The free live streams will be availab…

Vivid Seats Becomes Official Ticketing Partner For All SI Group Sites

Time Inc. has struck a partnership with Vivid Seats designating the Chicago-based resale marketplace as the official ticketing partner for the SI Group portfolio of sites, including SI.com, Golf.com and Fansided.com. Financial terms were not disclosed. Vivid Seats branding, marketplace lin…

NASCAR Denies Partnering With Bellator Despite Announcement

NASCAR said that it “does not have a partnership with Bellator” after the MMA promotion yesterday announced that it “had partnered with NASCAR and Monster Energy to bring fights to four racing events later this year.” Earlier, Bellator “issued its original news release with President …

CBS’ “The Late Late Show” Airs Basketball-Themed Episode

Clippers G Chris Paul and former NBAer Steve Nash appeared together on CBS’ “The Late Late Show” last night for a basketball-themed edition of the show. Nash said since retiring from the NBA, he hasn’t played much basketball because “something about it doe…

USOC, KT Tape Extend Licensing Agreement Through ’20

KT Tape has extended its rights as official kinesiology tape licensee of the USOC through ’20, continuing a deal that was scheduled to expire after the ’18 Pyeongchang Games. In a new part of the deal, KT Tape will create its own branded content, a video series titled “Working Out wi…

L.A., Paris Presenting To Olympics Group As Combo Award Talks Persist

The L.A. and Paris bid groups for the ’24 Games are both in Aarhus, Denmark, today to present to the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations. The session is happening alongside a week-long SportAccord meeting, with at least 20 voting members of the IOC expected to be i…

Fanatics Has “Definitive Agreement” For VF’s Licensed Sports Group

Fanatics has reached a “definitive agreement” to acquire VF’s Licensed Sports Group (LSG), which has held exclusive MLB jersey rights since ’05. News of the pending acquisition was announced just before the start of trading this morning on the NYSE. The transaction is expected to close i…