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

Hendrick Motorsports Updates “Justice League” Paint Schemes

Hendrick Motorsports has lined up special “Justice League” paint schemes for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne ‘s cars in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500, and the looks are “revisions to initial designs that were announced early Tuesday afternoon th…

FloSports Inks Deal With BTN To Stream Non-Televised Events

FloSports has signed a deal with Big Ten Network that gives the subscription-based OTT service “rights to more than 1,000 non-televised BTN events.” Events tied to the deal include basketball and hockey games. FloSports will offer BTN events on “sport-specific subscription channels su…

Cineplex, NFL Partner For Live Broadcasts In Canadian Theaters

Cineplex and the NFL on Friday announced a three-year sponsorship deal that will bring live “Sunday Night Football” and Super Bowl coverage to theaters in Canada. Beginning Nov. 12, NFL games will be broadcast live in 15 theaters initially, expanding to 50 locations for Super Bowl LII…

Tech Outfit Zeality Leaps Into Motorsports With Truck Series Deal

Silicon Valley-based Zeality will be a primary sponsor during tonight’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in Texas, as the tech outfit is working on a larger leap into motorsports. Zeality, which sponsored GMS Racing’s No. 24 Chevy Silverado last week and will do so again …

Daily Digit….

$643,410,705 — Combined opening day payrolls of the Dodgers, Yankees and Red Sox, the three highest payrolls in MLB, and the teams the Astros defeated in the ’17 postseason ( THE DAILY ).

Executive Transactions

Univision President & CEO RANDY FALCO “has re-upped” with the Spanish-language net through January ’20. He has “spent this decade leading Univision” ( DEADLINE.com, 11/2 ). Univision has “significantly expanded and diversified its TV and digital operations on his watch.” Univisi…

Quick Hits….

“It means job security, which is something I’ve never really enjoyed at this level. It’s a pretty fantastic feeling” — Golfer Ryan Armour , on winning the PGA Tour Sanderson Farms Championship this weekend ( Jackson CLARION-LEDGER, 10/30 ).

“It became the de facto home of the U.S. n…

Wilpons’ Overwatch League Franchise Named N.Y. Excelsior

The Overwatch League franchise owned by the Wilpon -led Sterling.VC will be known as the N.Y. Excelsior and will adopt a blue, black and white color scheme, the team announced today. The franchise will also fashion itself by abbreviation, NYXL, which “encapsulates New York at its mo…

Monday 9:00am ET….Today’s News….Contentious Issues In NFL

Malcolm Jenkins: Latest Meeting Between NFL Owners, Players Canceled
Most Texans Players Kneel During Anthem After McNair’s Comments
Tom Benson Taken To Hospital Following Saints Home Game
Ezekiel Elliott Suspension Case Heads To Key Hearing In New York

Today’s Events….

NCAA President Mark Emmert is addressing the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics in DC. Emmert will discuss recent policy changes and top priorities.

Hurricanes Owner Says Complications Holding Up Sale Of Team

Hurricanes Owner Peter Karmanos Jr. on Friday said that negotiations continue with Chuck Greenberg “over the proposed sale” of the team, but added that he “has questions as to whether Greenberg will be able to form an investment group capable of raising the amount needed to buy the tea…

Buffalo Wild Wings Debuts Halloween Short For Georgia-Florida

Buffalo Wild Wings has produced “The Red Zone,” a three-minute Halloween-themed digital film that “ties into Saturday’s much-anticipated” Georgia-Florida football game in Jacksonville. The creative from the Marketing Arm depicts a “Gators fan dressing up for Halloween in the colors of the …

Houston Expects Big Crowds Downtown For World Series Games

The Astros-Dodgers World Series shifts to Houston starting with Friday’s Game 3, and Mayor Sylvester Turner has “encouraged the 40,000 to 50,000 fans expected to pack into downtown to arrive there early to avoid the impatience and hot tempers of a rush to the park in heavy traffic, and t…

Texans Players Nearly Walk Out Of Practice Over McNair’s Comments

Texans players “wanted to walkout today in response” to comments team Owner Bob McNair made at the owners meeting last week. The players “had to be persuaded to stay” ( TWITTER.com, 10/27 ). Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins did not attend the portion of practice Frid…

Quick Hits….

“Hopefully [Astros Owner] Jim Crane … gives us the opportunity to bring the trophy back to Puerto Rico and show to the island that it’s for them” — Astros scout Alex Cintron , one of seven coaches and players from Puerto Rico taking part in this year’s World Series ( …

Woodford Reserve Replacing Yum Brands As Presenting Sponsor Of Kentucky Derby

Woodford Reserve will “take over as presenting sponsor” of the Kentucky Derby beginning in ’18 after Churchill Downs Inc. agreed to a “five-year deal” with the Brown-Forman brand of bourbon, according to Frank Angst of BLOODHORSE. Yum Brands had served in the presenting sponsor role from ‘…