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Cowboys’ Jerry Jones Wins SBJ/SBD Lifetime Achievement Award

Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones is the recipient of the SportsBusiness Journal/Daily Lifetime Achievement Award for ’17. He will be honored May 24 at the Sports Business Awards in N.Y. A “tolerance for risk – or ‘ambiguity,’ as he prefers to describe it” – has been a “hallm…

Pimlico Report Calls For $300M Renovation To 147-Year-Old Venue

A study being released Friday on the future of Pimlico Race Course calls for a $300M renovation of the 147-year-old racetrack, “suggesting a public-private partnership may be needed for the overhaul.” Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh said that she is “confident the Preakness Stak…

Team Penske Renews With Joey Logano, Shell-Pennzoil Through ’22

NASCAR’s Team Penske has reached a deal for Joey Logano to continue driving the No. 22 Ford in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series through at least ’22. This follows the team securing sponsorship of the car from Shell-Pennzoil through ’22. Logano won last weekend’s Advance Aut…

Weekend Events….

Friday

Golden 1 Center hosts the first of two games this season featuring the NBA Kings’ D-League affiliate, the Reno Bighorns. The visiting team is the Santa Cruz Warriors.

Foot Locker’s Q4 Beats Expectations Thanks To Fashion Focus

Foot Locker on Friday reported “better-than-expected earnings” for Q4 “despite a slowdown in the retail industry.” The retailer has been “helped by trendy sneakers that have customers buying shoes for fashion rather than competition,” but “comparable sales growth has slowed year-over-…

Weekend Channel Surf….

Saturday

Boxing HOFer Evander Holyfield and featherweight champion Abner Mares will serve as analysts on the Fox network telecast of the Premier Boxing Champions bout headlined by Deontay Wilder – Gerald Washington . The fight is at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Ala.

Can-Am Duel Draws Crowd Of 50,000 In Run-up To Daytona 500

An estimated crowd of 50,000 attended last night’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Can-Am Duel at Daytona Int’l Speedway. Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliott scored wins, marking Elliott’s first victory at the Cup level. The event also marked Dale Earnhardt Jr. ‘s “comeback race after sit…

Charles Barkley Curses On Air While Again Ripping Knicks

Following the Knicks’ loss to the Cavaliers last night on TNT, Charles Barkley again criticized the N.Y. team and uttered an on-air profanity.

Barkley : “I was talking to Spike Lee (at) All-Star Weekend. He’s dying to get kicked out of the Garden. He don’t want to wat…

A Lighter Buzz….

A “challenged was offered” to Michael Phelps while attending Super Bowl LI. Country music star Luke Bryan yesterday told media members that he drank a “few beers” at the game, and the next morning, his wife Caroline “let me know that I had challenged Michael Phelps to a swim-off at m…

Today’s Events….

Toronto FC will host a President’s Breakfast at 9:30am with more than 500 season-ticket holders and guests. Team President Bill Manning and GM Tim Bezbatchenko are both scheduled to speak.

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PPG Deepens Hockey Ties With League-Level NHL Sponsorship

The NHL and PPG have signed a multiyear partnership that will see the company become the league’s official paint in the U.S. and Canada. It is the first time the NHL has filled that category. The partnership will formally launch at Saturday’s Stadium Series game at Heinz Field, where…

Gracenote’s New Single-Source Database Blends Sports, Video, Music

Gracenote, which specializes in music video recognition and data products, today is debuting a new connected database that blends information from across sports, video and music genres. California-based Gracenote will now offer a single-source data product to clients including cable a…

Tweet Pic Of The Day….

Using 3D scanning techniques to build completely custom helmets. @WiltonSpeight pic.twitter.com/QcOHfnwjCh — Michigan Equipment (@HailEquipment) February 22, 2017

Symetra Tour Lines Up Facebook Live Coverage For Tourney Round

The Symetra Tour today will announce plans for the first-ever Facebook Live showing of a women’s tournament round on March 12 from the Florida’s Natural Charity Classic. The announcing team also will be four women, marking the first time a golf telecast has had an all-female bo…

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Kentucky House Approves Bill To Help Debt-Laden KFC Yum! Center

The Kentucky House budget committee last night “easily passed a bill intended to be state government’s contribution to resolving the financial woes” of KFC Yum! Center. House Bill 330 would extend the life of a tax increment financing district program from 20 years to as long as 45 years (…

Pistons Unveil “Virtual Venue” Preview Of Little Caesars Arena

The Pistons this week revealed a “virtual venue” preview of Little Caesars Arena , featuring “seating arrangements and season-ticket prices for when they move to downtown Detroit” next season and share the facility with the Red Wings. The virtual venue, created by N.Y.-based technology fi…

Magic Johnson Says He Will “Set The Strategy” In New Lakers Role

The Lakers yesterday named Magic Johnson President of Basketball Operations, and Johnson said, “You don’t know I’m a control freak? So you don’t get to where I am without being one. I’m going to make sure I set the strategy and set the tone. This organization is going to be about excelle…

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Heat-Backed E-Sports Team Misfits Buys “Vainglory” Squad Fate Zero

Team Misfits, the e-sports franchise backed by the Heat, has acquired a team in the fast-growing mobile game “Vainglory.” Misfits bought Fate Zero and its spot in the upcoming Vainglory 8 season for an undisclosed sum, adding to its rosters in six other games, including “League of Legends”…

Atlanta United Signs Regional TV Rights Deal With Fox Sports

Atlanta United has signed a multiyear deal with FS South and Southeast to serve as the MLS club’s exclusive regional TV rightsholder. All of the club’s 19 non-nationally televised matches will appear on one of the two networks, as well as being streamed on Fox Sports Go. Each b…

Kentucky Lawmakers Eye Fix For KFC Yum! Center’s Financial Woes

The state of Kentucky is “taking its first steps toward resolving the KFC Yum! Center’s financial problems in a long-awaited bill that could be approved” as soon as today. House Bill 330 would “extend the life” of a tax increment financing district program in the Louisville area from 20 ye…

Everton, British Open Agree To First-Of-Its-Kind Partnership

Everton has partnered with the British Open, a “first” between an EPL club and the golf tournament. The two entities will deliver “exclusive content to fans in the build-up to the 146th staging of the tournament” at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in July. The club can “take advantage of the mark…

Did You Know?

Today is the 80th birthday of racing legend Roger Penske . Read SportsBusiness Journal’s ’16 Champions profile of the Captain .

European Tour Event Adds Intrigue With Non-Traditional Format

The European Tour’s inaugural ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth wrapped up this weekend featuring an experimental format. The event “more than justified its novelty,” offering a “brisk pace to the entertainment.” The initial 54 holes of stroke play produced a “24-man field for a final day of …

Topgolf Kicks Off Sports Venue Tour With Weekend At Safeco Field

About 6,000 people this weekend attended Topgolf Crush at Safeco Field, “essentially a pop-up version” of the Topgolf entertainment concept. Safeco is the first major sports facility to welcome the attraction, and Topgolf co-Chair & CEO Erik Anderson noted that it “certainly won’t be…

Morning Hot Reads: Choose Your Battles

The FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM went with the header, ” Texas Should Not Jeopardize Major Events Over Potty Law .” The state counts on concerts and sporting events to “open the doors at the Alamodome, NRG Stadium, AT&T Stadium and other locales.” To lose them “over a toilet law that affect…

Univ. Of South Carolina Planning Upgrades To Williams-Brice Stadium

The Univ. of South Carolina plans to spend nearly $1M to “upgrade a suite area of Williams-Brice Stadium, and the same amount to renovate parts of the Gamecock Park tailgating area across the street.” South Carolina Architect and Dir of Planning & Programming Derek Gr…

Cubs Will Lift Cutoff Time For Ticket Sales On StubHub In ’17

The Cubs for ’17 are “lifting a rule that cut off ticket sales” on StubHub six hours before a game, a move that will help the site “generate more ticket transactions on game days.” Additionally, the Cubs will “eliminate fans’ ability to scan digital tickets at Wrigley Field using any app” …

Daily Download….

Pelicans G Langston Galloway today tested next-generation wearable technology as part of a demonstration at the ’17 NBA All-Star Tech Summit with Commissioner Adam Silver .

Werner, Henry Have No Plans To Sell Red Sox Anytime Soon

Red Sox Chair Tom Werner “appeared to swing the barn door wide open Friday morning on the subject of selling the team,” but then he “seemed to shut it.” Werner said, “It’s not going to be forever, but we’re very proud of what we’ve done and…

Budapest Mayor Says He May Withdraw City’s ’24 Games Bid

The mayor of Budapest on Friday said that he may “propose withdrawing the city’s bid” for the ‘24 Games “as soon as next week.” Mayor Istvan Tarlos said that he “could make his proposal to the Budapest Assembly as soon as Wednesday, once he has c…

Morning Hot Reads: House Calls

YAHOO SPORTS writes, “Six years later, no one remembers who came up with the idea that saved the NBA in New Orleans .” The solution to increase season-ticket sales for the local team, then known as the Hornets, was “to host what amounted to basketball Tupperware parties” at fans’ homes. S…

Laugh Track: Pace Yourself

ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently met with CBS CEO Les Moonves “to come up with ways to make football games go faster. The average length of a football game right now is eight-and-a-half hours, and ratings were down this year 9% during the re…

Today’s Events….

Harvard Innovation Labs will host an all-day forum on the future of sports technology along with the Sports Innovation Lab and the NFLPA OneTeamCollective, beginning at 9:00am ET.

NBPA Exec Dir Michele Roberts , President Chris Paul and other members of the union’s exec committe…

Bud Light, Kia Among Brands Activating Around NBA All-Star Weekend

Bud Light is taking over a space in New Orleans’ historic French Quarter during NBA All-Star Weekend, beginning today. Bud Light Crew HQ will feature a beer garden, arcade, retail space, NBA player appearances and musical performances from Mannie Fresh and Friends . The activation area op…

Speed Reads….

City officials said that the Pistons “hope to announce in the two weeks the Detroit location of their potential new corporate headquarters and practice facility” ( DETROIT NEWS, 2/17 ).

SI this year is “cutting its frequency by seven issues,” to 38 from 45. The move will “shave mailin…

Morning Hot Reads: Ain’t It Grand?

USA TODAY notes the Grand Canyon Univ. is ” home to possibly the best student section in college basketball .” In fact, Louisville coach Rick Pitino earlier this season called it the “toughest crowd I’ve ever faced.” The atmosphere at the arena “caters almost entirely to students,” …

Laugh Track: A Pitch To Build A Dream On

Actor Bob Odenkirk appeared on CBS’ “The Late Show” last night, and host Stephen Colbert noted Topps “made a baseball card” depicting Odenkirk throwing out the first pitch at a Cubs game. Odenkirk: “I had no id…

Group Exits Marlins Talks Due To Loria’s Reported Ambassadorship

Joseph Meyer , the brother-in-law of N.Y-based venture capitalist Joshua Kushner , said his group “will not pursue” the Marlins after a N.Y. Post report suggested team Owner Jeffrey Loria will “soon be nominated” by President Trump to be U.S. Ambassador to France. Meyer in a statem…

Speed Reads….

Yahoo is reportedly “close to renegotiating its original deal” to be acquired by Verizon, choosing to take close to $300M off the price to “preserve the sale.” The new deal is “expected to be announced within days,” according to a source ( N.Y. TIMES, 2/16 ).

UConn AD David Benedict …

Univ. Of Miami, WQAM-AM Renew Radio Rights For Football, Basketball

Univ. of Miami Athletics and WQAM-AM today announced a multiyear extension for the station to remain the flagship radio home for Miami football and men’s basketball. The station will carry all regular-season and postseason football games, all men’s basketball games and weekly coaches’ show…

Morning Hot Reads: Turn Of The Century

The WASHINGTON POST’s Sally Jenkins writes any sports fan ignoring the UConn women’s basketball team’s 100-game winning streak is “a dope, for choosing boredom over excellence.” The team, which was “supposed to be rebuilding” this season, has shown that the program is “about method, appr…

Laugh Track: Kate Of My Consolation

ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel noted Kate Upton “will grace the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue for a third time, which I think makes her the superest model of them all.” Kimmel: “When did they tell you that you’re going to be on the cover of the magazine?” Upt…

Speed Reads….

The Eagles have “hiked prices for season tix for the first time” since ’14, and the team said that “each season ticket increased by an average of $70” ( PHILLY.com, 2/14 ).

Lady Gaga announced that she is “adding a second show at Fenway on Sept. 2,” as the Sept. 1 show “has already …