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

Roger Goodell Touches On Anthem Protests; League Won’t Try To Stop Players

The NFL “won’t try to stop players protesting during the national anthem” this season, according to Kent Somers of the ARIZONA REPUBLIC. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell yesterday addressed the issue with about 200 Cardinals fans. After being “asked if the NFL could do anything about the pro…

Length Of Elliott’s Suspension Draws Myriad Reaction On Twitter

Many people took to Twitter on Friday following the NFL’s suspension of Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott. Sportswriter Jane McManus : “The NFL wouldn’t have issued six games if front office didn’t think it would stand up to appeal.” Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman : &ld…

NFL Suspends Cowboys’ Elliott Over Domestic Violence Concerns

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has been “suspended for six games by the NFL for violating the personal conduct policy.” The suspension “comes as a result of an investigation that started more than a year ago after an ex-girlfriend accused Elliott of domestic violence in Col…

Weekend Events….

Saturday

The Red Sox, city of Boston and the Highland Street Foundation will hold the fourth annual “Out of the Park” event at Boston Common, featuring a live viewing of Red Sox-Yankees at 4:05pm ET.

The inaugural Nashville Predators Fishing Tournament will be held at Old Hic…

NFL Launches Youth-Focused Campaign “The Handoff”

The NFL has launched a new youth-focused campaign called “The Handoff.” The campaign, created by Translation, debuted a 60-second spot, “Handoff Across America,” during the Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 3. Along with a 90-second, 30-second and a series of 15-second…

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Nike celebrates the career of long-distance runner Mo Farah , who will retire at the conclusion of the ’17 IAAF World Championships this weekend. The ad was created by Wieden+Kennedy, London.

Roger Goodell Makes Surprise Visit To Gillette For Patriots Preseason Game

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was a “surprise visitor” to Patriots Owner Robert Kraft’s box at Gillette Stadium for Thursday’s preseason opener against the Jaguars, according to Jim McBride of the BOSTON GLOBE. Goodell had been “touring several training camps this season, was in the area,…

Minding My Business: PGA Championship Dir Jason Mengel

Name : Jason Mengel

Position : PGA Championship Dir

Where I’m from : Brighton, Mich.

Where I call home : Indian Land, S.C.

Focusing on right now : My most important role at this point, besides staying out of our team’s way, is to allow them to do their jobs, be…

CBS Unveils Plans To Launch New Sports Streaming Channel Later This Year

CBS “plans to launch a new streaming sports channel later this year” that is modeled after CBSN, the company’s “streaming news service,” according to Jon Lafayette of BROADCASTING & CABLE. CBS Chair, President & CEO Les Moonves on a Q2 earnings call yesterday said that CB…

Overnight Ratings: WGC, NASCAR Top Weekend; Women’s British Open Rises

The final round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on CBS and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race from Watkins Glen Int’l on NBCSN led all sports telecasts over the weekend. Both telecasts drew a 1.9 overnight rating. The figure for the NASCAR race was down from last year, whe…

Pro Football HOF Festivities Continue; Networks Go Heavy On Coverage

Tom Benson HOF Stadium on Saturday “will host the enshrinement” for the Pro Football HOF, with Toby Keith and Kid Rock set to “headline Sunday’s Concert for Legends using the permanent stage at the 50-yard line” ( CANTONTREP.com, 8/4 ). New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is “schedu…

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The trailer for the upcoming Apple Music series “Carpool Karaoke” features appearances by sports figures LeBron James , Shaquille O’Neal and Michael Strahan . The series is based on the recurring segment on CBS’ “The Late Late Show.”

Clippers Shake Up Front-Office; Doc Rivers Focusing On Coaching

Clippers Owner Steve Ballmer on Friday said that he is “returning Doc Rivers to the primary duty of head coach, freeing him of front-office responsibilities.” Ballmer said that Rivers, who held the title of President of Basketball Operations, will “continue to have a strong voice in pe…

IAAF Championships Set For Attendance Records With Usain Bolt Finale

Organizers of the IAAF World Championships in London this weekend “confirmed the event will smash records as the biggest World Championships in history.” More than 660,000 tickets have been sold for the event, which begins tonight, “far exceeding the previous attendance record of 417,156 s…

Speed Reads….

The Braves for Friday night’s home game against the Marlins are giving fans posters depicting Braves Vice Chair and recent Baseball HOF inductee John Schuerholz . The artist is Richard Sullivan , a former Braves minor leaguer ( THE DAILY ).

UConn has unveiled a new design for its ath…