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The consistent technical issues on Fox US Open broadcast are really something else. — Mark McClusky (@markmcc) June 16, 2017
McDonald’s bailing should a wake up call to IOC about how OLY brand is weakening. Apparently the McDonald’s wasn’t loving it — Will …

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$11.6M – Rutgers’ expected Big Ten payout in ’17-18, compared to the projected $51.1M for fellow Big Ten member Michigan ( NJ.com, 6/16 ).

Attorney For Oakland NFL Fans Expects Local Gov’t To Join Lawsuit

Jim Quinn , the lawyer for the civic and fan groups seeking to keep the NFL in Oakland , said he fully expects the city and other local government entities to join the effort within the next two months. Quinn described government officials in Oakland as supportive of the move to eit…

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“I love football. I love Israel. I love America. I think kids in America would die to have this group of players come and view them” – Patriots Owner Robert Kraft , on group of 18 Pro Football HOFers — including Joe Montana , Jim Brown and Roger Staubach — spending the next w…

ESPN Ad Sales Exec Oliver Dizon Leaving For Similar Job At Fox

ESPN is losing one of its most influential ad sales execs, as Oliver Dizon is leaving the company for a sales job at Fox, sources say. Neither ESPN nor Fox would comment on this story. Dizon leaves ESPN, where he was Senior VP/Asset Management for ESPN Customer Marketing. In that positio…

UFC Could Use Mayweather-McGregor To Promote Other High Profile Fights

The UFC could use the “crush of mainstream attention” that comes with the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor fight to “push the action set to take place in the Octagon between now and then and reflect some of that spotlight on the current stars of the organization,” according to E. Spen…

Golden No More: McDonald’s Ending Longtime Association With IOC, USOC

McDonald’s is ending its longtime partnerships with both the IOC and USOC “effective immediately,” according to Jessica Wohl of AD AGE. The QSR has sponsored the USOC since ’76 and has served as an IOC TOP sponsor since ’96. McDonald’s and the IOC claim they “mutually agreed” to end the de…

HOFer Jerry West To Leave Warriors And Join Clippers As Special Consultant

Basketball HOFer Jerry West in the coming days will “become a special consultant” to the Clippers in a role similar to that he “played with the Warriors for six years,” according to Jack McCallum of SI.com. West had “been in touch with the Clippers, particularly owner Steve Ballmer, over t…

NHL GMs Have Conference Call With League To Go Over Expansion Draft Process

NHL GMs yesterday had a conference call with Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly to “go over any last questions they had” related to the expansion draft process and “part of the message from the NHL to GMs was to make sure NOT to leak any trades” made with the Golden Knights ahead of the June 21…

Warriors Say No Decision Made On White House Should Invitation Come

The Warriors have “yet to officially decide — if they were to be invited — whether they would make the traditional champions’ visit to the White House” following their win over the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, according to sources cited by Connor Letourneau of the S.F. CHRONICLE. The tea…

Golf Canada, RBC Planning Hockey-Themed Par 3 Hole At RBC Canadian Open

Golf Canada and RBC announced the launch of The Rink — a fan experience taking place during the ’17 PGA Tour RBC Canadian Open that will combine golf and hockey. During the championship week, July 24-30, the par-3 7th hole at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ont., will transform int…

Penguins Hosting Watch Party At PPG Paints Arena For Game 6

The Penguins on Sunday will host a watch party at PPG Paints Arena for Stanley Cup Final Game 6, “where fans can watch the NBS broadcast from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.” Tickets went on sale Friday at noon ET at $10 apiece, and “proceeds will benefit the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation…

3-On-3 Basketball, Mixed Gender Events Added To To ’20 Games

The IOC Exec Board on Friday finalized the Tokyo Games program, and 3-on-3 basketball “will make its Olympic debut” in ’20. The body added 15 medal events, “including doubling mixed-gender events from nine to 18.” Mixed-gender relays will debut for swimming, track & field and triathlon…

Warriors Fans Flocking To Game 4 Watch Parties In Hope Of Sweep

There will be “lots of excitement around the Bay Area” for the Warriors’ potentially series-clinching NBA Finals Game 4 Friday night against the Cavaliers, and watch parties “are being planned all over.” The Alameda Theatre will host a live screening of the game, and by Thursday after…

Metallica Set To Headline Charitable Metal Concert At Iowa Speedway

Metallica is “set to invade” Iowa Speedway Friday night alongside Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat . The concert is the second effort by actor Ashton Kutcher and former NFLer Dallas Clark , both Iowa natives, for the nonprofit Native Fund aimed at aiding people during “times of natura…

Warriors-Cavs NBA Finals Ratings On ABC Remain Strong Through Game 3

ABC last night drew a 13.4 overnight rating for the Warriors’ come-from-behind 118-113 win over the Cavaliers in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, up 14% from the same matchup last year but down 2% from two years ago, when Game 4 aired on a Tuesday night. Last year’s Game 3, which drew an 11.8 ove…

Gone Too Soon: Longtime NBA Broadcasting Exec Todd Harris Passes Away

NBA VP/Broadcasting TODD HARRIS “passed away” yesterday, according to Honi Ahmadian of DEFPEN.com. Harris was “in charge of the schedules for NBA, WNBA, and D-League preseason, regular season, and playoff games.” He also “oversaw the WNBA’s broadcast department while bein…