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NBA Revamps All-Star Game, Ditching East-West Format For Team Draft Process

The NBA All-Star Game is “switching formats” for the ’18 event at Staples Center, as two captains “will select the teams without regard to which conferences the players play in,” according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com. The players who “win the fan vote from each conference will be the ca…

Immortals Hire Former Coyotes COO Ari Segal As First President & COO

Esports organization Immortals has hired former Coyotes COO ARI SEGAL to become its first President & COO, putting him in charge of all business operations as the group enters the new Overwatch League and vies for a spot in Riot Games’ reconstituted League Championship Series. …

MLS CMO Howard Handler Leaving League, Will Seek More Entrepreneurial Role

MLS CMO HOWARD HANDLER is “leaving the league Nov. 1,” according to Terry Lefton in this week’s SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL. Handler, who has been CMO since January ’12, said that he has “no definitive plans but wants to move on to something more entrepreneurial, and a position where he can h…

NFL Week 4 Overnights: London Game On Fox Much Lower With Lopsided Score

Saints-Dolphins from London kicked off yesterday’s NFL game coverage, and Fox drew a 4.8 overnight for the Saints’ 20-0 win. Last year in the same Week 4 Sunday morning window, CBS drew a 5.5 overnight for Colts-Jaguars. Two years ago, Fox drew a 7.2 for Jets-Dolphins from London in the wi…

Overnight Ratings: Presidents Cup Down For Sunday; Clemson-VaTech Tops CFB

NBC yesterday drew a 1.8 overnight rating for the final day of Presidents Cup coverage, where the U.S. had a comfortable lead coming into the day on the way to a landslide win. Four years ago, the last time the event was held in the U.S., NBC drew a 2.5 overnight for the final day. The net…

“Unidos Por Los Nuestro” Disaster Relief Effort Raises $1M-Plus

This week’s “Unidos por los Nuestro” disaster relief effort raised more than $1M for the American Red Cross to assist victims of the Mexican earthquakes and Hurricanes Maria, Irma and Harvey. On Tuesday and Wednesday, seven sports networks ran a programming road block with more than …

Cooler Maker Orca Enters Sports Space With Brett Favre Partnership

High-end cooler manufacturer Orca has partnered with Pro Football HOFer Brett Favre , and the Nashville-based company “plans to launch a line of NFL-licensed coolers in December.” Orca CEO Cliff Walker in a release said Favre is “rugged, loves the outdoors, and of course is a footb…

Quick Hits….

“Obviously, there’s a lot going on in college basketball right now and it’s crazy. One thing that hopefully comes out of this is it cleans things up” — Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg , on college basketball’s recent scandal ( CHICAGOTRIBUNE.com, 9/29 ).

“I’m …

Speed Reads….

TaxSlayer bought naming rights to the 12,000-seat Quad City Civic Center in Moline, Ill., as part of a 10-year, $3.3M deal. The arena’s name will change from iWireless Center to TaxSlayer Center on Sunday. The deal was brokered by Impression Sports & Entertainment, owned by Fox S…

Daily Digit…

200,000 — Sheets of paper the Florida State marching band’s 400 members typically used in a year, prior to the band “going green this fall” by “getting rid of printed sheet music and drill charts in favor of smartphones” ( SI.com, 9/27 ).

FBI Charges/Arrests Around College Hoops Get Heavy Media Treatment

Coaches at “some of the most storied programs in college basketball,” along with some Adidas execs, are at the “center of federal allegations that if proven true could shed light on the lucrative worlds of sports management and apparel contracts and underscore the power coaches…

Editorial Cartoon Of The Day….

The TORONTO STAR’s Theo Moudakis tackles the Penguins’ decision to accept President Trump’s invitation to the White House.

Laugh Track: Still Fighting For Ball Control

Comedy Central’s Trevor Noah said of fans booing Cowboys players when they knelt prior to the national anthem, “You can’t kneel during the anthem, you can’t kneel before the anthem. It’s gotten so intense I bet if a player drops their car keys they’re probably like, ‘Oh…

SBJ In-Depth: NBA 2017

Coming off a wildly successful — though short — NBA Finals and particularly active free agent signing season, we examine what’s ahead for the league. We talk with league and team executives, sponsors, media partners and stakeholders and see how they aim to keep business g…

Alvarez-Golovkin Fight Generated Third Biggest Live Gate In Boxing History

The Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin fight Sept. 16 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas “generated $27,059,850 from 17,318 tickets sold,” and the live gate is the “third biggest in boxing history,” according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.com. The Nevada State Athletic Commission said that there wer…

New Hampshire Motor Speedway Bids Farewell To Fall NASCAR Race

New Hampshire Motor Speedway yesterday hosted the ISM Connect 300, marking the track’s final fall race as part of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. There may have been “more fans attending this race than back in July, but it still didn’t come close to the heyday” of t…

More Than 200 NFLers Seen Kneeling Or Sitting During Anthem

More than 200 players around the NFL were observed “kneeling or sitting during the national anthem” yesterday. The highest total was in the Raiders-Redskins “SNF” game, where “nearly the entire” Raiders team protested, in addition to six Redskins. No one…

Longtime Acushnet President Wally Uihlein Set To Retire At End Of Year

Acushnet President & CEO Wally Uihlein will retire Jan. 1 and be replaced by COO David Maher . Uihlein started with the company in ’76, and has been the company’s senior golf exec since ’95. He will remain on the Acushnet BOD and also become advisor to the Chair. Maher joi…

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Casey Wasserman Says He Will Help Guide L.A. Olympics Organizing Committee

LA 2028 Chair Casey Wasserman on Thursday said that he will “help guide the newly formed organizing committee that will run the Olympics” when it comes to L.A. in ’28, according to Dakota Smith of the L.A. TIMES. Wasserman added that he “expects most of the committee’s senior staff will re…