News

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

Weekend Events….

Saturday

The Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will honor the D-backs as its ’17 Corporation of the Year at the 59th Annual Black & White Ball and Business Awards at 6:00pm PT.

Quick Hits….

“Baseball would be hard because it’s so hot. There would have to be a dome” – Cubs 3B Kris Bryant , who is from Las Vegas, on the possibility of the city landing an MLB team ( CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 5/5 ).

“He is walking clickbait” – ESPN’s Kate Fagan , on L…

Daily Digit….

3rd – Rank for Yankees RF Aaron Judge in jersey sales on MLBShop.com over the last week, behind only Cubs 3B Kris Bryant and 1B Anthony Rizzo ( TWITTER.com, 5/5 ).

Daily Download….

CBS Sports goes behind-the-scenes for the making of its new “Voice of Golf” campaign, which began rolling out last month.

SBJ In-Depth: Sports Business Awards

Before the spotlight shines on the stage at the 10th annual Sports Business Awards, meet the nominees in 17 categories and see what makes them contenders to take home a coveted trophy signifying excellence in sports business.

Publishing Date: May 22 Ad Close: May 8 Materials Due: May 1…

Joshua-Klitschko Fight To Draw Record Crowd At Wembley Stadium

A “sold-out Wembley Stadium” on Saturday will host the Anthony Joshua – Wladimir Klitschko heavyweight boxing title fight. An “additional 10,000 seats were added” at the venue to “accommodate the post-war record crowd of 90,000.” In the U.K., the fight “could break pay-per-view records f…

Goodell Says NFL “Studying” Idea Of Letting Players Use Marijuana

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday addressed the possibility of allowing NFL players to smoke marijuana, saying, “We’ve been studying that through our advisors. To date, they haven’t said that this a change we think you should make.” Goodell added, “You still have to lo…

Ninja Turtles Returning To Chicagoland For NASCAR Race Sponsorship

Nickelodeon is returning to Chicagoland Speedway as the entitlement sponsor of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in Sepember as part of another two-year deal with ISC. The Viacom-owned net is bringing back its Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the theme for the second straight year…

Construction On Philips Arena’s $193M Renovations Could Start Soon

The $193M renovation of Philips Arena “could soon kick off,” as plans were filed Thursday in Atlanta for the “first phase of the project.” The renovation would “include the interior demolition of 100,000 square feet and the interior renovation of the North Club and Owner’s Suite.” Th…

Weekend Events….

Saturday

Rutgers in a 3:00pm ET ceremony will rename one of its original basketball courts after the late Jim Valvano , who played at Rutgers and was an assistant coach there. The court is at College Avenue Gym, nicknamed “The Barn.”

SBJ In-Depth: Facilities – Concessions

These are not your father’s sports concessions. Food and beverage companies in sports have stepped up their game, offering a wider variety of sports staples like hot dogs, pizza and nachos while attracting fans with more discerning tastes by offering vegetarian, organic and gourmet o…

SBJ In-Depth: Facilities – Concessions

These are not your father’s sports concessions. Food and beverage companies in sports have stepped up their game, offering a wider variety of sports staples like hot dogs, pizza and nachos while attracting fans with more discerning tastes by offering vegetarian, organic and gourmet o…

Nissan Expands Soccer Portfolio With Nashville SC Jersey Deal

Nashville SC has signed a deal with Nissan to become its first jersey sponsor. Nashville, whose U-23 PDL team will begin play in May ahead of its launch in the USL in ’18, joins EPL club Manchester City and the Mexican National Team’s U.S. tour in Nissan’s soccer sponsorship po…

Laugh Track: A Throwback Voice

Actor Hank Azaria appeared on TBS’ “Conan” last night to promote his new IFC baseball-themed comedy, “Brockmire.” Host Conan O’Brien said “you probably attacked” the character of Brockmire, a baseball announcer, “almost through the…

FedEx Signs Multiyear Extension With NFL, Adds Global Activation

FedEx has extended its long-running sponsorship of the NFL to stay on as the official delivery service partner of the league, the Super Bowl and Pro Bowl. Financial terms of the multiyear extension were not disclosed. The deal will mark the continuation of the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Pl…

Editorial Cartoon Of The Day….

Las Vegas Sun editorial cartoonist Mike Smith’s NASCAR-themed Twitter account, @StockcarToons , pays tribute to Dale Earnhardt Jr. following the driver’s retirement announcement.

Today’s Events….

Topgolf will offer free five-minute golf lessons at all U.S. locations, excluding Las Vegas, in honor of National Golf Day.