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

Speed Reads….

The Pro Football HOF’s contributor committee named former Redskins and Chargers GM Bobby Beathard the “lone finalist for the Class of 2018” ( DENVERPOST.com, 8/25 ).

The Univ. of Missouri Board of Curators has approved a $98M expansion project for the south end zone at Memorial Stad…

Indians Close To Selling Out Three-Game Series Against Royals

The Indians’ weekend series at home against the division rival Royals is “nearly a sellout.” Saturday night’s game “is sold out,” while tickets for Friday and Sunday’s games are “down to standing room only.” Saturday’s sellout will be the Indians’ “eighth of the season,” with the last two …

Channel Surf….

Friday

FS South at 6:30pm ET prior to Rockies-Braves will air a 30-minute special, ” 3 Aces: Glavine, Maddux & Smoltz ,” featuring interviews with all three Baseball HOFers.

TBS at 10:00pm will air the final part of its behind-the-scenes series “ELeague: Road To The Internation…

Nike Bringing Back LeBron James Sneaker From ’03 NBA Debut Game

Nike on Saturday morning is releasing a “reboot of the first game shoe LeBron James laced up for his NBA debut” against the Kings in ’03. The Nike Zoom Generation White Black QS “retails for $175.” Nike said that the “number of shoes released will be limited as will the number of places …

ESPN Not Hosting Super Bowl Party, Will Focus On CFP Hospitality

ESPN for the first time more than a decade will not host a party during Super Bowl week in February. It instead will use the money that it would have spent on the Super Bowl on hospitality for the CFP, where it is the exclusive TV partner and already has a big presence. ESPN plans to produ…

NFLPA Ready To Act On Kaepernick’s Behalf If He Reaches Out For Assistance

NFLPA Exec Dir DeMaurice Smith said the union has “remained in touch” with representatives for Colin Kaepernick, though the organization has “respected their decisions” not to get involved on his behalf. Smith appeared on ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike” Friday and said, “We’ll continue to w…

UFC Partners With Tech Company Heed To Enhance How Fans Watch Fights

The UFC is turning to a high-tech platform that could “enhance the way fans watch fights” by reaching a partnership with Massachusetts-based Heed, according to Dan Gelston of the AP. The joint venture between WME-IMG and AGT Int’l wants to “change the way fans connect with sports at home o…

Lions Confirm Bid To Host NFL Draft At Ford Field In ’20 Or ’21

Lions President Ron Wood confirmed the team has “submitted an initial proposal to host the league’s annual draft weekend” in ’20 or ’21, and he noted that Detroit is “one of two dozen cities applying to host future drafts.” Wood said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell “knows we’re interested…

Manfred Set To Visit Rays Brass, But Ballpark Announcement Unlikely

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred is visiting Tropicana Field today for a “routine visit” with Rays Owner Stu Sternberg ( TAMPABAY.com, 8/22 ). Both are “scheduled to meet with the media,” though the visit is “not to make any big announcement” on the club’s ballpark plans. The Rays a…

Nike Creates N.Y. Popup Shop Dedicated To All Things Federer

Nike is “celebrating the legacy of Roger Federer through a gallery and popup shop” this week in N.Y., the brand’s “first activation curated in this manner for the tennis icon.” The RF19 installation will be “open to the public” today through Sunday. Nike said that the space “celebrated F…

Sources: Clippers Agree To Terms With New GM Michael Winger

Thunder Assistant GM & Team Counsel Michael Winger has “reached an agreement in principle to become” Clippers GM, according to sources. The Clippers “offered Winger the job late last week, and the sides have agreed on terms for a multi-year contract.” Winger will report to Clippers P…

Chip Ganassi Racing Lands Credit Card Processor First Data As Sponsor

Chip Ganassi Racing this morning is expected to unveil a new sponsorship deal with credit card processor First Data, according to sources. Ganassi has scheduled an 11:00am ET press conference at the NASCAR HOF to unveil the deal. Terms were unclear as of presstime, but the company is expec…

NFL, EA Sports Team Up For “Madden” Esports Competition

The NFL and EA Sports today announced that they are partnering to “create a nationwide ‘Madden NFL 18’ tournament involving all 32 teams.” The league also said that a “bigger commitment to an esports league is coming.” The newly formed Madden NFL Club Championship “will begin with loc…

Pacquiao Agrees To Fight Jeff Horn In Battle Of Brisbane Rematch

Boxer Manny Pacquiao “will return” to Brisbane, Australia, later this year to face Jeff Horn in a “Battle of Brisbane rematch.” This comes after Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said that the city council “had withdrawn its pre-commitment of financial support, as Pacquiao had not committed to…

Pro-Pirates Crowd Of 2,596 Attends MLB Little League Classic

The Pirates defeated the Cardinals 6-3 last night in the MLB Little League Classic in Williamsport, Pa., where the “crowd of 2,596 favored the Pirates, and the gameday experience resembled contests in Pittsburgh.” Members of all 16 LLWS teams attended the game, and “most of the evening was…

Laugh Track: Learning From The Best

Model Kate Upton appeared on NBC’s “The Tonight Show” Friday night and said she is “very competitive” with her boyfriend, Tigers P Justin Verlander . Upton said Verlander “is kind of helping me” with her golf game. Upton: “Anytime Justin g…

Tweet Pic Of The Day….

A look at the jerseys that ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” crew — Dan Shulman (Shully), Jessica Mendoza (Dozer) Aaron Boone (Boonie) and Tim Kurkjian (Tom) — will wear during the MLB Little League Classic .

1st look at the special nickname jerseys that our @ESPN …

Weekend Events….

Friday

The Red Sox will unveil a display paying tribute to former MLBer Tony Conigliaro , featuring memorabilia from his career. The display coincides with the 50-year anniversary of Conligliaro being struck in the left eye and cheekbone by a pitch.

Sunday

The Red Sox and NES…

Daily Download….

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Quick Hits….

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Twitter Me This….

49ers John Lynch (on KNBR) clairifies view on anthem protests. Understands, respects motivation of player protest. Regrets saying ‘divisive’ — Cam Inman (@CamInman) August 18, 2017

If I’m Dan Snyder and I see what John Henry is doing in Boston, I might want to d…

Speed Reads….

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