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

The Best Things In Life: A’s Offering Free Admission For April Home Game

The A’s will charge “no admission fee” for their April 17 home game against the White Sox next season, which serves as the “50th anniversary of the first A’s game” at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, according to Susan Slusser of the S.F. CHRONICLE. This is the “first time in me…

Oak View Group Plans $600M Renovation Of KeyArena For Future NBA, NHL Use

Oak View Group “plans to spend” $600M renovating KeyArena for NBA and NHL use and finish by October ’20, according to a front-page piece by Geoff Baker of the SEATTLE TIMES. According to a new deal with the city of Seattle, OVG would commit $40M to “improve traffic, transportation and…

Longtime Sports TV Producer Don Ohlmeyer Passes Away At The Age Of 72

Veteran TV producer and a longtime NBC exec DON OHLMEYER , who “guided the network’s West Coast division during its 1990s primetime heyday,” passed away yesterday at the age of 72, according to Abid Rahman of the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Ohlmeyer began his career at ABC and was “among the…

Hurricane Irma Damages Part Of Marlins Park Roof; Tropicana Field Seems OK

A portion of the roof at Marlins Park “appears to be damaged” by Hurricane Irma “based off numerous photos circulating on social media,” according to George Richards of the MIAMI HERALD. The retractable roof is “made of three large panels with the top panel seemingly affected by the h…

Krause’s Posthumous Induction Highlights Basketball HOF Ceremony

The Basketball HOF on Friday night will posthumously induct longtime Bulls GM Jerry Krause as part of a class that also includes Bill Self , Rebecca Lobo and Tracy McGrady . Bulls Chair Jerry Reinsdorf , a HOF inductee in last year’s class, “will serve as Krause’s presenter.” Curren…

Daily Digit….

$4,000 — The amount offered by Delta airlines to passengers to take a later flight from Atlanta to South Bend, Ind., on Friday. The Univ. of Georgia plays Notre Dame on Saturday. The offer began at $500, but “not one fan wanted to get in late” ( TWITTER.com, 9/8 ).

Weekend Events….

Sunday

The Red Wings host their second annual charitable run, part of a series of launch events for Little Caesars Arena ahead of Tuesday’s grand opening.

Weekend Channel Surf….

Saturday

Trail Blazers G Damian Lillard will appear on CBS’ “The Late Late Show” at 12:35am ET.

Six Sigma: Fox Sports To Begin Using Short Commercial Clips For NFL Games

Fox Sports this fall for NFL games and other programming will debut the “six-second television commercial,” according to Sapna Maheshwari of the N.Y. TIMES. The net will “offer the bite-size slots alongside its standard 15- and 30-second ads for a variety of sporting events after first tes…

MLSE, Scotiabank Ink Record 20-Year Arena Naming-Rights Deal Worth US$639M

MLSE has “agreed to a landmark 20-year sponsorship agreement with Scotiabank to rename the Air Canada Centre,” according to Rick Westhead of TSN.ca. Sources said that the agreement is worth about C$800M (US$639M). The agreement with Scotiabank will “see the downtown Toronto arena renamed t…

Sports World Continues Donating Funds To Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

Rockets Owner Les Alexander yesterday informed Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner he will “increase his contribution” to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to $10M, “dramatically upping his donation just a day” after he announced a donation of $4M, according to Jonathan Feigen of the HOUSTON CHR…

Bach Says Olympics Would Consider Esports, But Only Games Without Violence

IOC President Thomas Bach said that the Olympics “wants to attract a younger audience” but would embrace esports “only on the grounds that they did not feature violence,” according to Sidney Leng of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. Bach said that the Games had “welcomed several new sports tha…

Executive Transactions

Atlanta United has hired CATIE GRIGGS as its new VP/Business Operations. Griggs, who was selected to SportsBusiness Journal’s ‘17 Game Changers class, will lead integrated marketing, strategy and operations for the club. She previously was Senior VP & GM of the Ameri…