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Laugh Track: Golf Buddies

Comedy Central’s Trevor Noah said Donald Trump is “running his presidency on the golf course.” Noah: “The FBI is investigating whether Trump learned how to play golf from the Russian video series, ‘Puttin’ with Putin ‘” ( “The Daily Show,” Comedy Central,…

USA Hockey, Women’s National Team Reps Meeting Today In Philly

USA Hockey execs and women’s national team reps will meet today to discuss the wage dispute that “could lead to the players boycotting” the IIHF World Championships, which begin March 31 in Michigan. The players last week announced that they would skip the event “unless significant progres…

World Baseball Classic Sets Attendance Record, Will Top 1 Million Total

The ’17 WBC has set a new attendance record with a draw of 976,828 through the tournament’s second round. The figure exceeds the total attendance of 885,212 in ’13. With semifinals tonight and tomorrow and the championship game Wednesday at Dodger Stadium, this year’s WBC is as…

Levy Restaurants Rebrands Retail Group, Signs Nets, Golden Knights

Levy Restaurants has re-branded its sports retail group to Rank + Rally, and it has signed the Nets and Golden Knights as its two newest clients. The company, formerly Levy Retail, now has 12 accounts at major league arenas and stadiums, as well as Arlington Park horse track in suburban Ch…

Fred Mangione Leaving Nets For NFL Jets’ Newly Created Position

Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment COO Fred Mangione is leaving after 17 years to join the NFL Jets as Senior VP/Ticket & Premium Revenue, Strategy & Development, a new position for the team. Mangione will be responsible for ticketing strategy, including premium and suite o…

Daily Digit….

60 – Number of years Jaime Jarrin will have served as the Dodgers’ Spanish-language play-by-play broadcaster, if he stays on through the end of his current contract in ’18. Jarrin, who will be feted by Southern California Public Radio in a Saturday gala, has called Dodge…

Pistons Build Hype For Little Caesars Arena With District Detroit Night

The Pistons and Olympia Development on Friday night will host The District Detroit Night in conjunction with the team’s home game against the Raptors. The move is in “anticipation of the team’s return to Detroit next season” at Little Caesars Arena. The first 7,500 fans at the game will re…

Report: ESPN Hires Rex Ryan As “Sunday NFL Countdown” Fixture

ESPN reportedly has signed Rex Ryan to a multiyear deal to be on “Sunday NFL Countdown.” The former Jets and Bills coach, who appeared on the show as a guest analyst on Super Bowl Sunday, “will be a permanent fixture in studio now” ( NYDAILYNEWS.com, 3/17 ). Amid recent reports of…

Tracy Wolfson Calls Part Of Michigan-OK State After Audio Snafu

Sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson handled play-by-play for part of today’s Michigan-Oklahoma State NCAA Tournament game after a “power hit courtside” caused the crew of Jim Nantz , Bill Raftery and Grant Hill to lose their audio signals. The three-man team then called the end of …

L.A. Judge Temporarily Bars Dan Fegan From Competing With ISE

An L.A. Superior Court judge has issued a temporary restraining order preventing NBA agent Dan Fegan from competing against Independent Sports & Entertainment, his former employer, until April 6. Superior Court Judge Mary Strobel said that ISE has “shown enough evidence” to wa…

SBJ In-Depth: Golf 2017

Commissioner Jay Monahan is the new leader at the helm of the PGA Tour. We look at Monahan’s leadership, his inner circle and the strategies that are shaping the tour, from scheduling and technology to media deals and entertainment at tournaments.

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Sources: IMS Officials Considering Moving Brickyard 400 To Road Course

Indianapolis Motor Speedway execs are considering running future Brickyard 400s on the track’s road course, according to sources, in a move that could further shake up NASCAR’s schedule if it comes to fruition. IMS has held the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on the track’s oval sin…

Phoenix Raceway Introducing Garage Suites, Putting Fans Next To Drivers

ISC has developed a new event-level suite product at Phoenix Raceway that puts premium patrons next to competitors during NASCAR races. ISC officials provided THE DAILY a sneak peek at the new premium-seat options in advance of this weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Camping …

Indiana AD Glass Addresses Blowback Over Decision To Defer Home NIT Game

Indiana Univ. decided to not host a first-round NIT game tonight against Georgia Tech because the school is on spring break, and AD Fred Glass has “heard the noise and the criticism” from fans, according to Terry Hutchens of the Anderson HERALD BULLETIN. Glass has heard “various …

Gone Too Soon: Legendary MSG Knicks Announcer John Andariese Passes Away

Basketball HOFer JOHN ANDARIESE , the “legendary voice of the Knicks for nearly 40 years,” died yesterday at the age of 78, according to Stefan Bondy of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS. Generations of Knicks fans “listened to Andariese as an analyst on MSG Network or on the radio, mostly alongsi…

Minnesota United FC Hosts Home Opener In Snow At TCF Bank Stadium

Minnesota United FC yesterday drew a crowd of 35,043 for its home MLS debut against Atlanta United at snow-covered TCF Bank Stadium. The temperature was 20 degrees at kickoff, tied with the ’13 MLS Cup for the “record for coldest game since the league started recording it” in ’03. A Minnes…

NHL Rookie Star Patrik Laine To Sign Exclusive Deal With Fanatics

Fanatics today will announce an exclusive collectibles and memorabilia partnership with NHL Jets RW Patrik Laine . Fanatics Authentic will be the sole distributor of Laine’s merchandise, which will be available through Fanatics and Shop.NHL.com. Laine was the No. 2 pick in the ’16 NHL Dra…

A-10 Tournament Sets Ticket Revenue Record At PPG Paints Arena

The Atlantic 10 yesterday wrapped up its men’s basketball tournament at first-time host PPG Paints Arena, and the conference “set a new record for ticket sales” at $1.12M, up from about $930,000 last season at Barclays Center. Attendance, however, “wasn’t as high” in Pittsburgh as it was i…

Speed Reads….

The newly launched BIG3’s first game day will tip off at Barclays Center on June 25, marking the start of the three-on-three basketball league’s 10-week season ( BIG3 ).

ESPN today will announce that Michigan men’s basketball coach John Beilein is “2-for-2 winning ESPN’s Infiniti…

CBS Produces Fast-Paced NCAA Selection Show After Leak-Ridden ’16

CBS produced a “solid and fast-paced” 90-minute NCAA Tournament Selection Show last night, one year after a two-hour unveiling “drew howls for its glacial pace.” The net had shown the “entire field by the time the program was 38 minutes old.” CBS took twice as long in ’16 before the “last …

Sinclair Reportedly Shuttering Fledgling American Sports Network

Sinclair’s American Sports Network, an “effort to homogenize local sports as they’ve done local news,” is “coming to an end,” according to sources. The West Palm Beach-based ASN staff was “called together to a mandatory staff meeting and told their roles were eliminated.” Sinclair will “ce…

Damian Lillard Stars In Powerade Ad Airing Around NCAA Tourney

Trail Blazers G Damian Lillard is starring in his first ad campaign as a Powerade brand ambassador, with a new 30-second spot to begin airing during NCAA Tournament coverage. In the ad, “No Easy Buckets,” Lillard takes part in a series of grueling workouts, including a sparring session w…

Shields Becoming First Female To Headline Fight Card On Showtime

Boxer Claressa Shields will be the “first woman to headline a professional fight card on Showtime when she faces Szilvia Szabados in a six-round bout for the NABF middleweight title Friday night at the MGM Grand Detroit Event Center.” It will air on Showtime’s presentation of &ld…

Independent Sports & Entertainment Fires Top Hoops Agent Dan Fegan

Independent Sports & Entertainment has terminated agent Dan Fegan as President of Basketball. ISE CMO Chris Grancio will assume the role on an interim basis. ISE also announced that it has hired former Sacramento Mayor and NBA All-Star Kevin Johnson as Vice Chair. Johnson will wo…

Mobil 1 Ad Campaign Pairs Kevin Harvick With Dikembe Mutombo

Mobil 1 will pair NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick with Basketball HOFer Dikembe Mutombo in an upcoming national ad campaign for its Annual Protection brand of motor oil. The two athletes have been dubbed the “Tremendously Odd Couple.” In addition, Mobil 1 Annual Protection will serve …

Facebook Continues Sports Rights Push With Deal For MLS Games

Facebook completed its second sports rights deal of the week, agreeing to live stream at least 22 MLS regular-season games through a pact with MLS and Univision Deportes. The social media outlet will carry Univision-produced games in English via Univision Deportes’ Facebook page, starting …

FC Barcelona-Real Madrid Rivalry Headed To U.S. With ICC Match

The “El Clásico” rivalry between La Liga clubs FC Barcelona and Real Madrid will come to the U.S. this summer as part of the Int’l Champions Cup, with tournament and club officials announcing the matchup today in Miami. The July 29 match at Hard Rock Stadium will be surro…

A Lighter Buzz: Pong Song….

New Bills coach Sean McDermott this offseason “removed the video games and a pool table” from the team’s locker room as he “attempts to build a more business-like work environment, instead of the country club” former coach Rex Ryan ran. McDermott: “This is a business. … I d…

WaPo: Court Filing Shows NFL Abuse Of Painkillers, Other Drugs

The WASHINGTON POST in a front-page piece reports NFL teams “violated federal laws governing prescription drugs, disregarded guidance” from the DEA and “plied their players with powerful painkillers and anti-inflammatories.” Sealed court documents from a lawsuit filed by former player…