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

Minding My Business: Warriors General Counsel David Kelly

Name : David Kelly

Position : Warriors General Counsel and VP/Basketball Management & Strategy

Where I’m from : Chicago

Where I call home : Oakland

What I’m focusing on : Issues related to salary cap management as we go into the offseason. My job is like th…

Cubs, Chair Tom Ricketts Opening New Sales And Marketing Firm MSE

The Cubs and team Chair Tom Ricketts are “extending the scope of their fast-growing business, creating Marquee Sports & Entertainment to serve as a centralized sales and marketing agency for the various Ricketts sports and entertainment assets,” according to Eric Fisher of SPORTSBUSINE…

Tiger Woods’ DUI Arrest Could Result In New Wave Of Lost Sponsorships

Tiger Woods’ DUI arrest early Monday morning will “surely raise questions” regarding the status of his current and future endorsement deals, according to CNBC’s Landon Dowdy. Woods has played “sparingly this season” and on April 19 had a fourth surgery on his back, but he still was the “…

SBJ In-Depth: Athletic Director of the Year

As we honor SportsBusiness Journal/Daily Athletic Director of Year, we examine how the role of the modern AD has changed over the decades. Today’s challenges range from attracting talented coaches and administrators, to managing the financial aspects of a changing collegiate athletic…

Stewart-Haas Racing, Nature’s Bakery Reach Tentative Settlement

Stewart-Haas Racing and Nature’s Bakery have “tentatively settled their lawsuit over the fig-bar company’s dropping its sponsorship” of Danica Patrick ‘s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ride “one year into a three-year deal.” A court document filed yesterday in North Carolina states…

John Elway Confident He Will Get Contract Extension With Broncos

Broncos Exec VP/Football Operations & GM John Elway is entering the final year of his current three-year deal, and when asked last night if he expects to have his contract situation resolved before the start of the season, he said, “I don’t think there will be any doubt.” …

Today’s Events….

The UJA-Federation of New York will honor NBA Commissioner Emeritus David Stern at its 15th annual Sports for Youth Luncheon.

Laugh Track: The Politics Of Dancing

ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel : “The NFL announced that they are relaxing their policy on touchdown celebrations. It used to be you’d get a penalty for celebrating after a touchdown. Under the new rules, players will be able to use the football as a prop, they’ll be able to celebrate as …

Blackhawks, League Announce Fan Fest In Conjunction With NHL Draft In June

The Blackhawks and NHL yesterday announced more details about NHL Draft festivities, “including the NHL Draft Fan Fest featuring entertainment and interactive exhibits outside the arena,” according to Chris Hine of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. The fan fest will “run in conjunction with the dr…

False Alarm Message At SunTrust Park Disrupts Pirates-Braves Game

The scoreboard at SunTrust Park “briefly flashed an emergency message” during last night’s Pirates-Braves game that “later was said to be a false alarm.” In the third inning, a “scoreboard message indicated that an emergency had been reported in the building and that the stadium should be …

Riot Games Creates Global “League Of Legends” Competitions

Video game publisher Riot Games yesterday announced the creation of Rift Rivals, a “global offline international competition that will test some of the heated regional rivalries” in “League of Legends” esports competition. North America and Europe “will battle in Berlin” July 3- …

Laugh Track: Just Your Average Couple

Comedian Nick Kroll appeared on TBS’ “Conan” last night and discussed attending the Met Gala and being in line for the Vogue Instagram “video thing” in front of Patriots QB Tom Brady and his wife, Gisele Bundchen . Kroll: “She’s posing for thi…

Industry’s Big Names On Tap For 10th Annual Sports Business Awards

The 10th annual Sports Business Awards take place tonight at the N.Y. Marriott Marquis in Times Square. A who’s who of top figures in the industry are slated to attend the event, including the Vikings’ Zygi and Mark Wilf , the Islanders’ Jon Ledecky and the NBA Kings…

NESN Formally Debuting In-Market Live Streaming Product For Red Sox Games

NESN today is formally debuting NESNgo, its in-market live streaming product for Red Sox games. NESNgo went through a soft launch earlier this spring, but now is providing authenticated in-market streaming at NESNgo.com and a branded NESNgo mobile app for customers of Comcast, Cox Communic…

Brady’s Agent Says QB Did Not Suffer Concussion During ’16 Season

Don Yee , the agent for Patriots QB Tom Brady , on Friday said that his client “was not diagnosed with a concussion last season.” Yee told ESPN’s Adam Schefter, “Many of the protocols and safeguards still are evolving, and it’s obviously a good thing the organization and everyone close t…

Silver Promotes NBA 2K League, Wants To Create “New Set” Of Athletes

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver promoted the league’s upcoming esports venture with 2K on “SportsCenter” Friday morning, noting the NBA has “millions of fans who engage directly with our game through video games.” He said the 2K league allows fans the “opportunity to become those characters…

ESPN Signs Deal To Broadcast Beach Volleyball This Summer

ESPN “will broadcast” the FIVB-sanctioned World Series of Beach Volleyball from Long Beach, Calif., this summer. The broadcast of the July 13-16 event “will include 30 hours of play spread across ABC, ESPN and ESNP2, and streamed on ESPN3.” World Series of Beach Volleyball CEO Leonar…

Daily Digit….

12.8% – Increase in number of restaurants within one mile of Quicken Loans Arena since LeBron James ‘ return to the Cavaliers in ’14 ( CRAINSCLEVELAND.com, 5/19 ).

Speed Reads….

Mortenson Construction “has been tapped” to handle the $110M renovation and expansion of Northwestern’s Welsh-Ryan Arena, the facility used by the school’s basketball, volleyball and wrestling teams ( BIZJOURNALS.com, 5/18 ).

The Univ. of Michigan’s athletic department “will create” a…

Steinbrenner Not Concerned About Early Attendance Drop At Yankee Stadium

Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner is unconcerned about an early drop in attendance of more than 4,000 per game that is currently the second worst in the league. He said, “Every April, with the weather and kids in school, is difficult.” However, he added, “Fans a…