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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Retiring As Active NASCAR Driver After ’17 Season

NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced he will retire after the ’17 season. Earnhardt and Hendrick Motorsports team Owner Rick Hendrick at 3:00pm ET this afternoon will discuss the decision during a press conference, but a team-issued release stated the two first discussed retirem…

ACBJ Acquires Remaining 50% Interest in London-Based Leaders

American City Business Journals, parent company of SportsBusiness Daily/Journal, has acquired the remaining 50% interest in London-based Leaders that it did not own. ACBJ acquired an initial 50% in Leaders in August ’14 . Leaders produces sports business summits in London and N.Y. and wil…

Charlotte Motor Speedway Adding Fan Experience Sun Deck In Turn 4

Charlotte Motor Speedway is “adding a solar-powered deck and entertainment area” to Turn 4 in an attempt to “enhance the NASCAR fan experience.” The 42,000-square-foot deck will “include food and beverage service, restroom facilities, picnic and high-top table areas and a sprawling concour…

NASCAR Unveils New Logo, TV Ad For Fifth Race To Green Program

NASCAR on Friday announced details of its fifth annual Race to Green program, which this year includes a new logo, TV ad and new design for its spot on NASCAR’s website. The program will run through next weekend’s national series races at Richmond and include a call to action …

Tweet Pic Of The Day….

The @Raiders have erected a billboard at the Russell Road site, their preferred stadium site, this morning. #RaidersStadium pic.twitter.com/3qbnEKcwIW — Joe Arrigo (@joearrigo) April 21, 2017

Albuquerque Isotopes Are Latest MiLB Club To Try One-Day Rebrand

The Triple-A PCL Albuquerque Isotopes will “change their names on June 16 to the Albuquerque Green Chile Cheeseburgers” to “honor the culinary staple of the state.” The team will play the Fresno Grizzlies, who also “will be wearing special food-based uniforms that they’ve …

Daily Download….

Linkin Park ‘s new single, “Battle Symphony,” is featured in this highlight video of the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

NFL Loads Primetime Schedule With Top Draws After Ratings Dip Last Season

The NFL’s ratings slide last season “clearly impacted the league’s schedule-making process,” as the league “packed its prime-time schedule with its best draws,” according to Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com. The league formally released its ’17 schedule Thursday night, and 10 teams “have the maxi…

SBJ In-Depth: Youth Sports

Managing all facets of youth sports — scheduling, travel, tournament management, facilities, social — is a daunting task for parents and coaches alike. Is there an app for that? We look at the mobile applications available to all stakeholders in youth sports to better manage ti…

76ers Co-Owner David Blitzer Discusses Team’s E-Sports Franchise

The first pro team to buy an e-sports franchise was the 76ers, but the team’s co-owner said it is still very unclear what was bought. David Blitzer , co-Owner of the 76ers, as well as the Devils and EPL club Crystal Palace, at the CAA World Congress of Sports called e-sports the Wild West…

In Other News….

Sources said that Fox Networks Group will “most likely not have a new ad-sales chief in place as it prepares to start TV’s ‘upfront’ negotiations.” The unit that oversees Fox, FS1 and FX, among other assets, “parted ways” with President of Ad Sales Toby Byrne in September…

World Congress Of Sports: Talks On Soccer, LA2024 Highlight Day 2

It’s Day 2 of the CAA World Congress of Sports today, and this morning’s sessions are highlighted by talks on the future of soccer and a look at L.A.’s bid for the ’24 Games. The day gets started with a panel discussion involving MLS Commissioner Don Garber , U.S. Soccer President Sunil …

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Braves Open SunTrust Park To Favorable Reviews, Standing-Room Only Crowd

The Braves defeated the Padres 5-2 in the first regular-season game at SunTrust Park on Friday evening in front of a “standing-room only crowd of more than 41,000,” according to Ricky Leroux of the MARIETTA DAILY JOURNAL. It was a “historic night, marked by pregame ceremonies featurin…

ESPN/ABC, TNT See Ratings Increases For Opening Weekend Of NBA Playoffs

ABC yesterday earned a 4.4 overnight rating for the Warriors’ 121-109 win over the Trail Blazers in their Western Conference quarterfinal Game 1, up 10% from a 4.1 for last year’s comparable Cavaliers-Pistons matchup. ESPN on Saturday averaged a 2.1 rating for a tripleheader …

K.C. Masterpiece: Patriots Likely Hosting Chiefs For “TNF” Season Opener

The Patriots’ Sept. 7 opener at Gillette Stadium will “almost certainly be against the Chiefs,” according to Ben Volin of the BOSTON GLOBE. A Super Bowl rematch with the Falcons was “an option, but they are likely to open the season at home” on “SNF” to debut Mercedes-Benz Stadium ( BOSTO…

Golden Boy Ad Promoting Alvarez-Chavez Fight Takes Jab At Trump

A Golden Boy Promotions TV spot to be released today promoting the Canelo Alvarez – Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. boxing match “takes a jab” at President Trump . The 45-second ad for the May 6 fight at T-Mobile Arena “has the fighters racing through the Mexican desert and breaking throu…

Knicks’ Phil Jackson Expected To Break Media Silence Today

Knicks President Phil Jackson ‘s “disinclination to talk with New York writers is slated to end” today at the team’s training center, where he is “scheduled to dissect the club’s fourth consecutive losing season.” Jackson “will speak after conducting exit interviews with the players”&nbsp…

Morning Hot Reads: Shoe’s On The Other Foot

The BOSTON GLOBE writes Nike is “going to extraordinary lengths to concoct ideal running conditions for a try at a sub-two-hour marathon.” The runners Nike sponsors “will wear a prototype shoe that Nike says improves running performance through technology.” The shoes have also “gene…

Hartford Yard Goats Open Dunkin’ Donuts Park After Long Wait

Baseball returned “at last to Hartford” last night with the Double-A Eastern League Hartford Yard Goats hosting their first game at the new $71M Dunkin’ Donuts Park, where “some 6,850 filled the stands and the concourses.” After the 7-2 loss to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Yard Goat…

NFL’s Head Of Officiating Dean Blandino Stepping Down From League

NFL Senior VP/Officiating Dean Blandino is leaving the league to “spend more time with his family and explore other opportunities.” Blandino has held the Senior VP position since ’13 and “has overseen several changes in the way the game has been officiated, with an emphasis on playe…