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Tuesday 9:00am ET….Today’s News….NASCAR’s Vegas Vacation

Dale Jr. Event Among Opening Affairs Of NASCAR Champion’s Week
Bulls Opening New All-Inclusive Courtside Club At United Center
Judge’s Order Could End Roadblock To Scottrade Center Renovation
U.S. Soccer Presidential Candidates Head To Forum In Chicago

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Meredith Corp. Agrees To Acquire Time Inc. In $3B Deal

Meredith Corp. has “agreed to purchase Time Inc. in an all-cash transaction valued” at nearly $3B. The deal to acquire the publisher, whose assets include SI, was “made possible, in part, by an infusion” of $650M from the private equity arm of the Koch brothers. In announcing the deal, M…

Steelers Induct Inaugural Hall Of Honor Class Ahead Of “SNF”

The Steelers last night ahead of their “SNF” matchup against the Packers “unveiled their Hall of Honor with a pregame ceremony at Heinz Field.” The inaugural class included Jerome Bettis , Terry Bradshaw , Franco Harris , Jack Lambert , Chuck Noll , Lynn Swann , the late A…

Argonauts Win CFL’s Grey Cup Game Amid Snowy Scene In Ottawa

The CFL Toronto Argonauts defeated the Calgary Stampeders 27-24 last night in a “dramatic Grey Cup” before a sellout crowd of 36,154 at Ottawa’s TD Place Stadium. Light flurries “began in the hours before kickoff,” and there was “ple…

Monday 9:00am ET….Today’s News….Argos Get A Touch Of Grey

Argonauts Win CFL’s Grey Cup Game Amid Snowy Scene In Ottawa
Local Authorities Consider Funding Plan For FC Cincinnati Stadium
Meredith Corp. Agrees To Acquire Time Inc. In $3B Deal
ESPN Radio’s “Golic & Wingo” Debuts In Morning Drive Time

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Columbus Foundation Leader Pitches Stadium Plan To Keep Crew

Columbus Foundation President & CEO Doug Kridler is “pitching a downtown site for a 21,000-seat soccer stadium aimed at keeping” the Crew. Kridler said that the unveiling of his proposal was “timed to correspond” with tonight’s Toronto FC-Crew playoff game at Mapfre Stadium and that …

Laugh Track: The Ball Is In Whose Court?

CBS’ Stephen Colbert said, “If you think you had a bad day, at least it wasn’t as bad as the Weather Channel’s cameraman who was assigned to cover the demolition of the Georgia Dome. I gotta tell ya, this is going to ruin the Weather Channel’s reputation as the place t…

ESPN Parts Ways With Long-Tenured Ad Sales Exec Eric Johnson

A week before ESPN is slated to lay off more than 100 staffers as part of company-wide cost-cutting moves, the company parted ways with one of its top ad sales executives. Exec VP/Global Advertising Revenue & Sales Operations Eric Johnson has left ESPN, ending a tenure that started i…

Tuesday 9:00am ET….Today’s News….Birds On The Wire

Eagles To Remain On Entercom’s WIP-FM Under Seven-Year Deal
CBS Stations Off Dish As Carriage Dispute Reaches Impasse
ESPN Parts Ways With Long-Tenured Ad Sales Exec Eric Johnson
Ticketmaster Signs Multiyear Extension With Orlando City SC

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NFL Sees Multiple Social Protests Outside Stadiums Ahead Of Week 11

Three buses of protesters yesterday ahead of Cardinals-Texans “stood across the street from NRG Stadium” and “called for Texans Owner Bob McNair to step down — or to at least make good on his commitment of making meaningful progress toward social issues that prompted NFL players to pro…

NFL Commits To Holding Games In Mexico Through ’21 Season

The NFL “extended its commitment to Mexico,” announcing yesterday that the league would play a game there “each year” from ’19-21. The news was revealed “shortly before” Patriots-Raiders at Estadio Azteca. The new agreement with Mexico “still needs to be finalized before it is signed.” The…

Georgia Dome Imploded, Ending Atlanta Venue’s 25-Year Run

The Georgia Dome “came down in a ball of dust” this morning in an implosion “bringing down an Atlanta institution of the last 25 years.” There were “no immediate reports of damage to nearby structures” as the arena was demolished. The Falcons’ and Atlanta United’s new Mercedes-Benz St…

Monday 9:00am ET….Today’s News….Tried And Truex

Truex Wins First Cup Championship, But Day Belongs To Earnhardt
Georgia Dome Imploded, Ending Atlanta Venue’s 25-Year Run
NFL Commits To Holding Games In Mexico Through ’21 Season
Jerry Jones Receives Pro Football HOF Ring To Loud Ovation

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Homestead-Miami Speedway Expects Sellout For NASCAR Finale

Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matt Becherer said that the 46,000-seat venue is expecting a sellout for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400. The track has yet to announce a sellout for what will be Dale Earnhardt Jr. ‘s final race as a full-time driver in NAS…

Blaney Nabs REV As Primary Sponsor For Two ’18 Cup Series Races

REV will be the primary sponsor for the No. 12 Ford Fusion and driver Ryan Blaney for two races next season on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in ’18. The specialty vehicle manufacturer will primary sponsor Blaney at the Food City 500 in April and the Alabama 500 in October. R…

Danica Patrick Retiring As Full-Time Driver; Could Have Role With NBC

Danica Patrick on Friday announced this will be her “last season as a full-time driver,” though she plans to drive in next year’s Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 ( Mult., 11/17 ). Patrick has been “working on putting together ‘The Danica Double’ over the last three weeks.” She did not r…

Dwyane Wade Teams Up With Facebook Watch For Documentary Series

Cavaliers G Dwyane Wade is bringing a documentary series to the Facebook Watch platform. The series, produced by the Bob Metelus Studio, is dubbed “BackCourt Wade.” Over five episodes, fans will get a look at Wade’s life during the offseason. Highlights include his trip to Paris and…

NBC’s Use Of SkyCam On “TNF” Draws Mixed Reviews On Twitter

NBC’s “TNF” broadcast marked the return of SkyCam, which was met with mixed reactions on Twitter. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport wrote, “Feel like I’m watching a video game… which is cool. Like it so far.” ESPN’s Damien Woody tweeted, &ldqu…

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A’s Set To Name Design Team For Proposed Oakland Ballpark

The A’s today will announce the design team for their proposed new ballpark in Oakland, with HOK to handle the “ballpark design itself” in partnership with Norway-based Snohetta, which “also will take part in the urban design work.” The “first round of planning efforts will be led” by…

Real Salt Lake Owner Hansen Bringing NWSL Franchise To Utah

Real Salt Lake Owner Dell Loy Hansen today will announce plans for a new NWSL team that “will play at Rio Tinto Stadium.” Sources said that Hansen “secured approval to launch” the new team. Hansen has “alluded to his interest in bringing an NWSL team to Utah for years,” and the “inv…

In Other News….

Translation CEO Steve Stoute is “unveiling a music venture called UnitedMasters” with $70M in funding from investors including Google parent Alphabet, Andreessen Horowitz and Fox. The venture “will help up-and-coming artists get their music on streaming platforms like Spotify and Pa…

Thursday 9:00am ET….Today’s News….”Damage” Control

NFL Says Jones’ Actions On Goodell Contract “Damaging The League”
NFLPA Invests Undisclosed Amount In Dementia Discovery Fund
A’s Set To Name Design Team For Proposed Oakland Ballpark
Rangers Exemption May Be Added To GOP Tax Bill’s Stadium Provision …

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The Hartford Lines Up Paralympic-Themed Marketing For ’18 Games

U.S. Paralympics sponsor The Hartford is turning its sports marketing efforts to a consumer-facing campaign for the ’18 PyeongChang Games after activating internally for most of its two-decade relationship. The financial services firm today launched a digital and social campaign …

Tagliabue Talks NFL Player Protests At Univ. Of Michigan Panel

The Univ. of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School for Public Policy yesterday hosted a “conversation about sport and social policy” featuring former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue , former UM interim AD Jim Hackett and current UM AD Warde Manuel . The panel discussed “how society and spor…

Sodexo Buys Centerplate, Uniting Long-Standing Sports Concessionaires

Sodexo today announced it has acquired Centerplate for $675M from Olympus Partners, resulting in a merger of two long-standing sports concessionaires. Centerplate President & CEO Chris Verros will lead the combined business in the U.S. For Paris-based Sodexo, the deal boosts its…

Sources: Champions Classic Could Mark Start Of College Hoops Season

The State Farm Champions Classic “could wind up tipping off college basketball next season,” according to multiple sources. The four-team event, which took place last night in Chicago, features a “doubleheader, round-robin” format among Duke, Kentucky, Kansas and Michigan State. The D-I Me…

Red Sox Foundation Names Former Celtics Official Salwasser Exec Dir

The Red Sox Foundation named Rebekah Splaine Salwasser its new Exec Dir. Salwasser, who had a previous stint as Celtics Dir of Community Relations, succeeds Gena Borson , who last month said she would step aside at year’s end. Salwasser will begin in January. She is a former …

Laugh Track: We Have Clearance, Clarence

Basketball HOFer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar appeared on NBC’s “Last Call” to promote his new graphic novel, “Mycroft Holmes and The Apocalypse Handbook.” Abdul-Jabbar: “There was always more than just sports. I’ve been interested in a lot of things my w…

WFAN Pegs Trio Of Carlin, Scott, Gray To Take Francesa’s Time Slot

WFAN-AM is “preparing to announce this week a new afternoon show to replace Mike Francesa in January that would include Chris Carlin and Bart Scott , likely joined by Maggie Gray .” Carlin “currently co-hosts” a show on WIP-AM in Philadelphia, while Scott works for …

Tuesday 9:00am ET….Today’s News….WFAN’s Triple Option

WFAN Pegs Trio Of Carlin, Scott, Gray To Take Francesa’s Time Slot
Raiders Hold Stadium Groundbreaking, Eye ’26 World Cup Matches
Heartfelt Jeremy Jacobs Speech Highlights Hockey HOF Induction
Budweiser Celebrates Career Of Dale Earnhardt Jr. In New Spot

Comcast Reaches Multiyear Deal To Sponsor U.S. Ski & Snowboarding

USOC sponsor Comcast today will announce a multiyear deal with U.S. Ski & Snowboarding to extend its Olympic strategy across the full winter sports season. The tie-up makes Comcast the official cable television and communications provider of the NGB, and it also gives Comcast Xfin…

NFL Compensation Committee Holding Key Call On Goodell’s Contract

The NFL compensation committee is holding a call today to “go over” Commissioner Roger Goodell ‘s contract extension. The call is the first since Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones “asked for more access to these issues.” ESPN’s Chris Mortensen said Jones “wants all the other owners to see the…

Silence Between Arthur Blank, Jerry Jones Highlights Rift In NFL

The fissures in the NFL were on “full display” yesterday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, with Jerry Jones and Falcons Owner Arthur Blank , who chairs the league’s compensation committee, “standing on opposite sides of the field before the game and neither making a move to meet the other.” …