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Laugh Track: Symbol Of Freedom

Last night’s “The Daily Show” took a look back at some of ’17’s most disastrous events. In a clip shown from an earlier show, host Trevor Noah was speaking with contributor Neal Brennan about gun control. Noah: “So what you’re saying is that guns are…

Dolphins, Endeavor Sign 30-Year Deal For ATP/WTA Miami Open

Endeavor’s Miami Open tournament this morning formally announced plans to play at a new tennis complex at Hard Rock Stadium beginning in ’19. The 30-year agreement will see the Dolphins and Endeavor collectively spend $60M to build a tennis center outside the stadium. The main …

New Early Signing Period Officially Kicks Off For D-I Football Recruits

The first-ever early signing period for D-I football recruits begins today, and while the traditional Feb. 4 signing day “isn’t going away,” it will be “less significant now.” While it is “too early to evaluate the effect it might have on college football’s recruiting…

Today’s Events….

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is “expected to be on hand” for a news conference this morning at Belmont Park to announce the Islanders’ winning bid to build a new arena on the site of the racetrack ( NEWSDAY, 12/20 ).

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Laugh Track: Color Blind?

Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah looked back over the biggest events of ‘17. He invited correspondents Michael Kosta and Roy Wood, Jr. to review the year in sports. Kosta said, “The most important story is the NFL players kneeling to …

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Seeking To Stop Nashville MLS Stadium

A Nashville judge yesterday “dismissed a closely watched lawsuit against the city that sought to stop plans” for a new MLS stadium at the Metro fairgrounds. It “marks an important win” for the city’s expansion hopes as Nashville and three other cities “w…

Lakers Retire Kobe Bryant’s Two Jerseys In Star-Studded Ceremony

The Lakers last night “retired the two numbers” — 8 and 24 — Kobe Bryant wore “over the course of his 20 years with the organization.” Bryant was “flanked by a row” of Basketball HOFers as he was “once again showered with chants and cheers” at Staples Center. Bryant “became the 10…

Maple Leafs, Hurricanes Meet In NHL’s “Next Century” Game

The Maple Leafs and the NHL “both officially turn 100 today, and to mark the anniversary,” the Leafs will host the Hurricanes in “what has been dubbed ‘The Next Century Game.’” The game is set to begin at 2:00pm ET, the “same time the first NHL gam…

Tuesday 9:00am ET….Today’s News….Kobe Gets Final Sendoff

Lakers Retire Kobe Bryant’s Two Jerseys In Star-Studded Ceremony
Richardson Cedes Day-To-Day Control Of Panthers After Allegations
USOC, Fanatics Opening Temporary Team USA Store In N.Y.
Maple Leafs, Hurricanes Meet In NHL’s “Next Century” Game

Democrats Push For Hearings On Disney’s Bid For 21st Century Fox

A collection of top Democrats in Congress “want to hold hearings” on Disney’s $52B bid to buy 21st Century Fox. Key voices on competition and consumer protection “fear Disney’s latest deal will only solidify its dominance in entertainment — granting it too many major box-offic…

Marvin Lewis Denies Report He’ll Part Ways With Bengals After Season

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis following yesterday’s game against the Vikings denied ESPN’s report claiming he has made the “decision to walk away” at the end of the season. Lewis, when asked if the report was true, replied, “No. It’s the same report you’ve been reporting on…

Transformation Of New Era Field Into Ice Rink Begins

Crews from New Era Field and Ice Rink Events “wasted little time” yesterday after Dolphins-Bills to “turn the football field into an ice surface” for the IIHF Under-20 Championship Series Team Canada-Team USA hockey game on Dec. 29. Crews will “need the entire…

Monday 9:00am ET….Today’s News….Richardson To Sell Panthers

Richardson To Sell NFL Panthers On Heels Of Damning SI Report
LeBron James Wears Nike “Equality” Shoes As Cavaliers Visit DC
Madison Square Garden Co. Promoting Andrew Lustgarten To President
Marvin Lewis Denies Report Saying Part Ways With Bengals After S…

Madison Square Garden Co. Promoting Andrew Lustgarten To President

MSG is promoting Exec VP/Corporate Development Andrew Lustgarten to President, effective immediately. MSG Former President & CEO Doc O’Connor stepped down last month . Lustgarten joined MSG in ’14 and will continue to report to Exec Chair & CEO James Dolan . Pr…

Under Armour Promoting New Curry 4 Colorway With Drone Stunt

Under Armour is giving “special treatment to its release of a new colorway” of Warriors G Stephen Curry ‘s newest signature shoe. The company is “inviting Bay Area fans to engage in a scavenger hunt on Saturday to find locations where autographed pairs of the latest Curry 4 are being deli…

Unclear If Redskins’ Field Conditions Have Improved Since Thanksgiving

The Redskins host the Cardinals on Sunday, marking their first game at FedExField since Thanksgiving night against the Giants, when a “battered and brown” playing surface was on display. Redskins Senior VP/Communications Tony Wylie “did not respond to an email” asking if any work had bee…

Scotiabank Activating Heavily Around NHL 100 Classic In Ottawa

The NHL on Saturday is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the league’s first games with an outdoor contest held at Ottawa’s Lansdowne Park featuring Canadiens-Senators. Title sponsor Scotiabank will activate around the NHL 100 Classic in several ways related to its support of youth …

Denver Forms Committee To Explore Possible Winter Games Bid

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has assembled a group of civic and community leaders from around Colorado to determine whether the city should bid for a future Winter Games. The effort, which is backed by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper , will include identifying ways for the Games to be f…

Weekend Channel Surf….

Sunday

The Harlem Globetrotters “Hoops For The Troops Game” on will air at 6:00pm ET on ESPN2. The broadcast will celebrate the Globetrotters’ 75th anniversary of performing for the troops around the world.

NASL Takes Appeal Of Second-Division Status To Federal Court

A federal judge in N.Y. today is “scheduled to hear oral arguments on the NASL’s last-ditch effort to secure an injunction granting it second-division status” while its antitrust suit against U.S. Soccer is litigated. The league sued in September after the USSF “denied its application to r…

Penguins Fans Flood T-Mobile Arena For Golden Knights Game

Penguins fans “flooded T-Mobile Arena and the surrounding area” in Las Vegas ahead of last night’s game against the Golden Knights, “seemingly in appreciation” of Golden Knights G Marc-Andre Fleury , who played for the Penguins from ’03-17. A store employee inside the arena said…

Laugh Track: All In Good Fun

Boxer George Foreman appeared on NBC’s “Last Call” last night, noting after 40 years of people telling him how Muhammad Ali knocked him out “I have to fun with it.” Foreman: “You got to laugh and have some fun. When he knocked me out I had this dream…

Late Night TV Hosts Spoof Eye-Popping Value Of Disney-Fox Deal

CBS’ Stephen Colbert had fun with Disney’s $52.4B purchase price for certain Fox assets: “Coincidentally, that is how much it costs a family of four to go to Disney World.” Disney is not acquiring Fox Sports, the Fox network or Fox News, “which really is sur…

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Axe Bat Inks New Deal With ’17 World Series MVP George Springer

Washington-based manufacturer Axe Bat has signed an agreement with Astros CF George Springer for the ’17 World Series MVP to appear in advertising and provide input on product design and development. Similar to Axe Bat’s existing relationship with Red Sox RF Mookie Betts ,…

Disney, Fox Announce $52.4B Deal; Bob Iger Staying Through ’21

The “blockbuster” deal between Disney and 21st Century Fox was announced this morning, with the acquisition “creating an entertainment giant.” Disney Chair & CEO Bob Iger said of the $52.4B deal, “We’re going to launch an ESPN direct service in 2018 and a…

Tweet Video Of The Day….

The @starwars galaxy has come to life @NBASTORE NYC! pic.twitter.com/wXEYhP9lYo — NBA Store (@NBASTORE) December 12, 2017

Laugh Track: The Blonde Bomber

Fox Sports’ Terry Bradshaw appeared on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” last night, with Bradshaw noting he has not been on the show for over three years. Bradshaw: “You ever heard of calling?” Host Jimmy Kimmel : “That’s an interesting way to look at …

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WWE, Facebook Partner For New Streaming In-Ring Competition

WWE has reached an agreement with Facebook to develop a new in-ring competition, the Mixed Match Challenge, that will stream live exclusively on the social media platform beginning Jan. 16. The weekly series, airing on Tuesday nights for …

Roger Federer Extends With Lindt & Sprungli, Another Longterm Partner

Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Sprungli today announced an “extension of its partnership” with Roger Federer that began in ’09. The multiyear extension is “expected to net Federer” more than $20M as a brand ambassador. The chocolatier will be the “latest Federer sponsor to extend its …

Snow Days: NHL Outdoor Game In Ottawa Going Ahead As Planned

NHL officials said that snow in the Ottawa region “isn’t slowing down preparations for Saturday night’s outdoor game” at TD Place Stadium featuring Canadiens-Senators. NHL Senior Manager of Facility Operations Derek King said, “It’s all on schedule and we’re good to go.” Worker…

Sources: Pacers To Announce They Are Hosting ’21 NBA All-Star Game

The Pacers this afternoon at 4:00pm ET are expected to announce they “will host the 2021 NBA All-Star Game,” according to sources ( TWITTER.com, 12/13 ). NBA Commissioner Adam Silver , Pacers Owner Herb Simon , Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett…

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Laugh Track: Swing Vote

Last night’s edition of TBS’ “Conan” featured “audio” from President Obama ‘s robocall to voters in Alabama expressing his support for Democratic candidate Doug Jones , who is running against Roy Moore in the state Senate race. But durin…

Adidas Sheds Digital Sports Division, Rethinks Product Strategy

Adidas America is “shedding its Digital Sports division just months after releasing its latest product,” the “All Day” fitness/wellness app. An Adidas spokesperson yesterday said that the company “redefined the strategy of its digital product business and will discontinue it as a stand-alo…

Private Equity Firm Onex To Acquire SMG Holdings From Ares

Toronto-based private equity firm Onex Corp. said that it has “agreed to acquire” SMG Holdings, which manages “nearly 240 venues” for sports, entertainment and business. Onex “didn’t disclose how much it will pay,” but the deal is “expected to close” in early ’18 ( CP, 12/11 ). SMG “hold…

Raise A Glass: Samuel Adams Becomes Official Beer Of The Red Sox

Samuel Adams is “set to replace longtime sponsor Budweiser as the official beer of the Red Sox, after its brewer, Boston Beer Co., signed an eight-year deal with the team” through the ’25 season. Sam Adams “appears to be the first craft beer to become the official brew” of an MLB club…

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Sources: Stewart-Haas Racing To Renew Deal With Kurt Busch

Stewart-Haas Racing is expected to announce this week that Kurt Busch has signed on to continue driving the team’s No. 41 Ford in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, according to sources. Terms of the new deal were unclear at presstime. Busch’s prior deal, which expired at the end of t…

Goodell Touts Verizon Deal, Cites Fans’ Shift To Digital Content

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was on CNBC this morning to promote the new Verizon deal, saying NFL games are “going to be much more accessible on mobile devices” with the new agreement. Goodell: “We see more and more of our fans moving to new devices — particularly th…

Steelers Offer Home Game Tributes To Injured Ryan Shazier

The Steelers during yesterday’s home win over the Ravens offered numerous tributes to their injured teammate, LB Ryan Shazier . Several players “wore t-shirts with ’50’ (Shazier’s number) on them, and the equipment staff hung Shazier’s game jersey in his Heinz Field locker stall.” LB Jam…

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Japanese Star Shohei Ohtani Agrees To Sign With Angels

Japanese P/OF Shohei Ohtani “has agreed to a deal with the Angels,” according to a statement from his agent, CAA’s Nez Balelo . The Angels beat out six other teams that were finalists for Ohtani — the Cubs, Dodgers, Giants, Mariners, Padres and Rangers ( MLB.com, 12/8 ). Ohtani&…

Gwinnett Braves Rebrand As Stripers, Eschew Name-The-Team Options

The Triple-A Int’l League team formerly known as the Gwinnett Braves on Friday unveiled a new name — the Gwinnett Stripers — an “homage to the striped bass that abound at nearby Lake Lanier.” The moniker was not “one of the six finalists fans voted on earlier this year,” but it was a “va…