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

Morning Hot Reads: Early Detection

SPORTSNET.ca goes with the header, ” The Quest for CTE Detection, And What It Means For Hockey .” Imagine the “possibility of current hockey players being able to detect the early stages of CTE as they can a torn knee ligament.” The existence of brain trauma in sports is “not new…

Mets Go Outside The Box To Hire Mickey Callaway As New Manager

The Mets today will introduce Mickey Callaway after the team and the former Indians pitching coach “agreed on a three-year deal for the 42-year old” to succeed Terry Collins . This appears to be the “outside-the-box hire the Mets needed to make to inject some life into the franchise” ( …

KU-Mizzou Hoops Game Raises North Of $1.75M For Hurricane Relief

Yesterday’s Missouri-Kansas charity hoops exhibition at Sprint Center included Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin and AD Jim Sterk , alongside KU coach Bill Self and AD Sheahon Zenger , presenting a $1.75M check to five charities that will “provide funds for hurricane relief.” Fans co…

DC United’s Swan Song At RFK Likely Marks Stadium’s Farewell

The “curtain fell” yesterday on DC United’s 22nd and final season at RFK Stadium, where a crowd of 41,418 — “the largest since David Beckham visited 10 years ago” — attended the 2-1 loss to the Red Bulls. United “completed a forgettable season in an unforgettable two-plus decades” at t…

New Balance, Woolrich Create New “Made In USA” Shoe, Blanket

New Balance and outdoor apparel company Woolrich have “teamed for the first time on a limited-edition Made in the USA shoe and wool blanket that celebrate both companies’ commitment to American manufacturing.” The shoe, the New Balance Made US 1997, “uses gray Woolrich wool on its toe, whi…

Weekend Events….

Friday

The Warriors will debut their Nike Classic Edition uniforms during a game against the Pelicans. They will wear the uniform in 12 other games throughout the season.

Saturday

The Univ. of Miami HOF class of ’17 will be formally introduced during an on-field ceremony at th…

NBC Unveiling Second SkyCam For Falcons-Patriots On “SNF”

NBC will “unveil a second SkyCam” for Sunday night’s Falcons-Patriots Super Bowl rematch at Gillette Stadium that will “provide views from on high.” The original SkyCam used for games “flies anywhere from 12 feet to 40 feet above the playing field.” The high S…

Channel Surf….

Friday

NFL Network will air ” NFL Films Presents : Touchdown In Israel ” tonight at 8:00pm ET. The show follows the journey of Patriots Owner Robert Kraft and 18 Pro Football HOFers to Israel.

Saturday

MSG Networks will roll out its fall programming lineup, including the re…

Laugh Track: Voter Fraud?

This week ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” was broadcasting from Brooklyn, and host Jimmy Kimmel noted the Yankees are one game from the World Series, but N.Y. Mayor Bill de Blasio is a “diehard” Red Sox fan and he stated it was “physically impossible …

Dodgers World Series Ticket Prices Soaring On Secondary Market

The secondary market “appears to be the way to go for those who are determined to see the Dodgers play a World Series game” for the first time since ‘88. As of last night, tickets for Tuesday’s Game 1 at Dodger Stadium “started at $925 on StubHub.com, up nearly $200…

Morning Hot Reads: Excused From Debate

The GLOBE & MAIL writes under the header, “ How The NHL Escaped The Brunt Of The Concussion Debate .” The NHL “exists in two conceptual spaces: It’s a Canadian game but an American business.” Its head offices are in N.Y., and for the past 40 years, it has been &…

SBJ In-Depth: College Basketball Season Preview

The wait is over for college basketball fans. But the work has just begun for decision-makers and influencers to tap into the passionate fan base and build momentum that will carry through to March Madness next spring. We will examine how schools and conferences are developing storylines t…

AT&T’s iPhone 8 Spot Sees Most Impressions On Sports Programs Last Week

AT&T’s ” iPhone 8: More ” spot, which showcases the new phone’s features and offers free HBO for new customers, generated 140.1 million media impressions Oct. 10-16 in U.S. households across national linear (live and time-shifted), VOD, OTT and local TV, according to an analysis by …

Daily Digit….

500 — Number of tickets Grizzlies coach David Fizdale gave away to fans yesterday for the team’s season opener tonight against the Pelicans at FedExForum ( COMMERCIALAPPEAL.com, 10/17 ).

Court Order Again Interrupts Ezekiel Elliott’s Six-Game Suspension

A U.S. District judge in N.Y. last night “forced another interruption” in Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott ‘s six-game suspension, ordering a temporary restraining order “after hearing oral arguments” from the NFL and NFLPA. This comes after a federal appeals court on Thursday “vacated the prel…

Bucks Players Star In New BMO Harris Spots Breaking Today

Bucks sponsor BMO Harris bank today is breaking a new set of TV spots with the theme “Are You Not Amused,” depicting Bucks players and mascot Bango the Buck at an amusement park. The creative from FCB shows F Giannis Antetokounmpo strug…

President Trump Again Blasts NFL As Anthem Policy Is Unchanged

Following the NFL’s decision yesterday not to alter its national anthem policy , President Trump tweeted, “The NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem. Total disrespect for our great country!” ( TWITTER.com, 10/18 ). NFL Comm…

Editorial Cartoon Of The Day….

The Cleveland PLAIN DEALER’s Ted Crow suggests it may be time for Browns Owner Jimmy Haslam III to hit the panic button after his team’s 0-6 start.

NBA ’17-18 Season Set To Tip Following Offseason Of Stars Changing Teams

The ’17-18 NBA season tips off tonight following one of the “sauciest” offseasons in its history, which had the “feel of a coordinated leaguewide crusade,” according to Marc Stein of the N.Y. TIMES. The Rockets and Thunder, “determined to close the gap with the runaway Warriors in the West…

Al Michaels Apologizes After Making Harvey Weinstein Joke On “SNF”

NBC’s Al Michaels apologized on air for a comment he made in the third quarter of last night’s Giants-Broncos “SNF” game, when he said, “The Giants are coming off a worse week that Harvey Weinstein .” Michaels was discussing with broadcasting partner Cris Collinsworth how the the…

Morning Hot Reads: Slowly But Surely

The N.Y. TIMES goes with, ” How The Astros Went From Nowhere To The Brink Of The World Series .” Back in ’12, Jeff Luhnow “inherited the worst team in baseball,” and he knew fixing it “would take time.” Now with homegrown prospects leading the way, this was “all part of Luhnow&rsquo…

Raiders Honor Las Vegas First Responders, Give $1M To Wildfire Relief

Raiders Owner Mark Davis “arranged for 30 firefighters, police officers and dispatchers to be flown” yesterday morning from Las Vegas to Oakland to attend the team’s home game against the Chargers at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. All of the first responders present “worked on Oct. 1 d…

Fanatics Starting College Division, Acquiring Fermata Partners Assets

Fanatics is expanding the college segment of its ecommerce empire with the creation of a new division — Fanatics College — and the acquisition of collegiate licensing agency Fermata Partners. Derek Eiler and Chris Prindiville , two of the four founding partners of Fermata, will join F…

Toyota Unveils First Global Ad Campaign As IOC TOP Sponsor

Toyota today will unveil its first global ad campaign as an IOC TOP sponsor, covering 40 markets with a message that it is more than just an automaker. The campaign, called “Start Your Impossible,” emphasizes the category definition Toyota has with the IOC: mobility. It is a ca…

Golden Knights Add “Festive” Elements For Second Home Game

There was a “solemn mood to the start” of the Golden Knights’ home debut Tuesday night, but fans can “expect a more festive atmosphere Friday” when the team hosts the Red Wings at T-Mobile Arena. The Knights “plan to unveil an elaborate pregame show” along with “several in-game entertainme…

Dan Jenkins To Be Feted With Writing Award Named After Him

Sportswriter Dan Jenkins “will be toasted in Dallas” Friday night, with the inaugural presentation of the Dan Jenkins Medal for Excellence in Sportswriting will honor his “nearly-70-year legacy as a journalist and novelist.” On the eve of the Oklahoma-Texas football game, Jenkins is bein…

“TNF” Ratings Increases Continue, With Eagles-Panthers Up 7%

CBS and NFL Network combined for an 10.6 overnight rating for the Eagles’ 28-23 win over the Panthers on “Thursday Night Football.” Eagles-Panthers was up 7% from an 9.9 overnight for Broncos-Chargers last year. Both NFL contests went up against an NLDS Game 5. This marks three stra…

Speed Reads….

Saturday at 7PM…we have liftoff! 🚀

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— UCF Football (@UCF_Football) October 10, 2017

UCF football will wear “space-themed uniforms” for Saturday night’s home game agains…

Quick Hits….

“There are issues here that you can’t have both. You just can’t do both. But can you show sensitivity and recognize everybody has a point here that’s either-or? And the answer is that is what I do and should be doing” – Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones , during his weekly radio…