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

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Ryan Braun was only Brewer player at the funeral of Mark Attanasio’s father last week
— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) January 14, 2015

Not sure whose idea that was to have Maccagnan and Bowles huddle together alone (woody or casserly and wolf) but it was a good idea #jets
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Golfer Belen Mozo To Endorse Skechers, Will Have Custom Shoe

Skechers today named golfer Belen Mozo as its newest brand ambassador. She will be featured in upcoming global marketing campaigns and will have direct design influence on a custom Go Golf Blade footwear style scheduled for release in late ’15. Other Skechers athlete endorsers include go…

U.S. Youth Soccer Will Name Chris Moore To New CEO Position

U.S. Youth Soccer will announce Chris Moore as the organization’s new CEO. Moore has more than 10 years of business development and leadership experience, and most recently was COO & President of GENYouth, a non-profit organization that operates the Fuel Up To Play 60 program i…

Laugh Track….Wisdom Of The Crowd

Actress Aubrey Plaza appeared on CBS’ “Late Show” last night where she discussed her role in Newcastle Brown Ale’s campaign around the Super Bowl. Plaza: “Newcastle Brown Ale has decided to do a campaign where they’re crowdfunding an ad for the big football …

Laugh Track….Clown Move

NBC’s Jimmy Fallon : “Yesterday, ESPN reporter Hannah Storm was about to go live on-air when her makeup artist tried to get in one last touch-up.” A clip was shown of Storm pushing the hand of the makeup artist out of the frame. Fallon: “Probably not a good idea …

MLS Kicks Off Three Days Of League Meetings In Philadelphia

MLS will hold league-wide meetings today through Thursday in Philadelphia at the Marriott Downtown. League and club execs will meet to discuss a variety of topics, including marketing, sponsorship, ticketing, communications, information technology, community relations and club services. ML…

Phil Anschutz’ First Book Explores History Of American West

AEG Chair Phil Anschutz ‘ first book, “Out Where The West Begins,” goes on sale today at Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver. Anschutz last night while accepting the ’15 Citizen of the West award said that the work “profiles 50 men who ‘contributed in the most impactful manner’ to bringin…

TaxAct To Sponsor Danica Patrick’s No. 10 In Sprint Cup Series

Stewart-Haas Racing this morning unveiled a deal with online tax solutions company TaxAct to sponsor Danica Patrick ‘s No. 10 Sprint Cup Series Chevy. The company will serve as the co-primary sponsor with GoDaddy for the Feb. 14 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona Int’l Speedway and a…

Newcastle Looks To Join With Other Brands For Super Bowl Ad

Newcastle today is rolling out an “irreverent” campaign in which it “will try to recruit 20 to 30 brands to help it break into the Super Bowl advertising melee.” In exchange for a cash contribution, the “other brands’ logos and messages will be incorporated into a spot crafted with Ne…

Final Jeopardy….

“Who was Mark Twain ?”

Correct responses to the “Coaching in the NFL” category:

For $200: “Who was Vince Lombardi ?”

For $400: “Who is John Madden ?”

For $600: “Who is Jimmy Johnson ?”

For $800: “Who is R…

Mitsubishi Electric Signs Miguel Angel Jimenez As Endorser

Mitsubishi Electric today formally announced that it has signed golfer Miguel Angel Jimenez as a brand ambassador, marking the brand’s first global, corporate player sponsorship. Jimenez will wear the Mitsubishi Electric logo on his golf shirt, beginning at the ’15 Mitsubishi Electr…

Morning Hot Reads: CFP National Championship Edition

Ahead of tonight’s inaugural CFP National Championship Game, the MIAMI HERALD’s Greg Cote writes, ” College football is and will be better for its playoff .” The Oregon-Ohio State matchup “offers the perfect, instant validation,” as the CFP and its selection committee “could not have prear…

The Daily’s Hot Reads For Monday: Requiring Some Assistants

CBSSPORTS.com’s Jason La Canfora writes the NFL “has become the league of the ‘Assistant Owner’ … and whatever the official title (Executive Vice President, Team President), it amounts to being a Made Man , with far greater insulation than the coach or the GM, fewer hours, mor…

Weekend Channel Surf….

Sunday

ESPN will televise the PBA World Championship at 1:00pm ET. The two-hour telecast is the first of three live bowling events on ESPN’s schedule over the next two months.

NHLers Will Get Monochromatic Reebok Jerseys For All-Star Game

NHL players for the ’15 All-Star Game in Columbus on Jan. 25 will be outfitted in a monochromatic uniform system from Reebok featuring advanced fabrics and innovations. Each team jersey will feature chrome and elite green accents with the designated home team wearing black and opposing tea…

Daily Digit….

$68,881 – Amount that Hawks fan Mark Field DiNatale has raised via crowdfunding to buy the NBA team . DiNatale said that if his goal of $600M is not reached in the next 24 days, all funds will be returned to the donors ( THE DAILY ).

Bucks To Launch Weatherproof Apparel Into Arena Crowd

The Bucks on Friday “will take airborne crowd giveaways to the next level” at their home game against the T’Wolves thanks to a partnership with Weatherproof to launch the company’s heat-retaining long sleeve shirts, down vests and jackets, some of which retail for $100 each. The produ…

Quick Hits….

“It will be great to return to Phoenix. The crowds are amazing and always enthusiastic, and the 16th hole is pretty unique in golf” – Tiger Woods , formally announcing that he will make his ’15 PGA Tour debut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale ( TIGERWOODS….

BBC, BSkyB Competing For TV Rights To British Open

The BBC and BSkyB last night began a tender process for the “rights to the Open Championship,” leaving the R&A with “one of its biggest decisions over whether to embrace pay-TV for the first time.” The BBC has been the “exclusive rights holders for more than half a ce…

NHL’s Motion To Dismiss Concussion Suit Gets Day In Court

U.S. District Judge Susan Nelson yesterday heard the NHL’s “motion to dismiss a class-action lawsuit brought by former players over concussion-related injuries,” and she said that she “saw legal strength in the arguments from both sides.” Nelson: “It’s a very close call.” She gave “no ti…

Bauer Hockey Plans To Open First Retail Locations This Year

Bauer Hockey announced that it is opening its first branded retail experiences starting in October. The initial “Own The Moment” location will open in the Boston suburb of Burlington, Mass., in late summer, with the second location coming to Minneapolis in the fall. Future phases are expec…

Laugh Track….The Lake Show

Comedy Central’s Larry Wilmore appeared on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel” last night and discussed taking over for Stephen Colbert and growing up a Lakers fan in Southern California. Wilmore said, “I’m going to get that tear tattoo for my Lakers.” Host Jimmy …

Lawson Becomes Interim CFL Commissioner Amid Exec Search

CFL BOG Chair Jim Lawson today becomes league Commissioner “on an interim basis while he leads the search for a successor to Mark Cohon .” A “short list of fewer than 10 candidates will be interviewed this month, with the expectation that a new commissioner will be in place by May….

Final Jeopardy!

Last night’s “Final Jeopardy!” category was “Historical Nicknames.”

“In the Red Star in 1976, Captain Yuri Gavrilov coined this nickname for a U.K. politician who had made a speech against the USSR.”

Speed Reads….

Ball State today is scheduled to announce its new AD amid reports that Eastern Kentucky AD Mark Sandy has accepted the job. This will be “one of the first cabinet appointments” for school President Paul Ferguson ( Muncie STAR PRESS, 1/8 ).

SPL club Rangers told Robert Sarver…

Laugh Track….Yes!

TNT’s Marv Albert appeared on CBS’ Late Show” last night to discuss the state of sports, including the controversial non-pass interference penalty in the Lions-Cowboys game. Albert was discussing the call when host David Letterman said, “What about Ed Hochuli ?…

Top Ten….He Walked On Down The Hall

Last night’s Top Ten list was “Top Ten Things I Said When I Learned I Made The Baseball Hall Of Fame.” All four members of the ’15 Baseball HOF induction class – Pedro Martinez , Randy Johnson , Craig Biggio and John Smoltz – appeared live on-stage to re…

Final Jeopardy….

“Who is the ‘Iron Lady’?” The politician was former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher .

Bud Light Super Bowl Ad Could Be Stretched From 60 To 90 Seconds

A-B today in L.A. will shoot “what could be the only ad for Bud Light in this year’s Super Bowl.” The spot, “like other recent work from Bud Light,” seeks to “position the brand as the beer for spontaneous fun.” A bar patron will “unknowingly walk into a surprise-filled ad by buying a cust…

Top Ten….First-Day Jitters

Last night’s Top Ten List was “Top Ten Things Overheard On The First Day Of The 114th Congress” ( “Late Show,” CBS, 1/6 ).

10) “How soon do we shut down the government?”
9) “Delaware? Never heard of it.”
8) “The strippers are an hour late.”
7) “Show of h…

Laugh Track….Trail Blazers

NBCSN’s “Men In Blazers” co-hosts Roger Bennett and Michael Davies appeared on NBC’s “Late Night With Seth Meyers” to discuss Americans’ growing fondness for “football” ( “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” NBC, 1/6 ).

NBC’s Jimmy Fallon …

Funeral Arrangements Planned For ESPN’s Stuart Scott

Funeral arrangements have been set for ESPN’s Stuart Scott , who died Sunday after battling cancer. A private visitation will be held Friday in Raleigh from 4:00-8:00pm ET at Providence Baptist Church, with the funeral held at the same church Saturday at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, don…

In Case You Missed It….

SBD/SBJ media reporter John Ourand gave his thoughts on the Dish/ESPN streaming deal on NPR’s “Morning Edition.” Hear the full conversation .

Laugh Track….Jet-Lagged

NBC’s Jimmy Fallon said, “I read that the Jets are expected to name a new head coach this week. The leading candidate is reportedly former Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone . A lot of people are upset about the news, mostly Doug Marrone. … The NFL’s facing a lot …

CFP Weather Update: Low Temperatures In Dallas Forecast

If you’re heading to Dallas for the CFP championship, temperatures “will remain low throughout most of the week.” However, there “doesn’t appear to be a repeat of the Super Bowl ice storm that gridlocked Dallas-Fort Worth most of the week” in ’11. There will be “chances of rain Friday thro…

SiriusXM Radio Rolling Out New Soccer, Boxing Shows Today

SiriusXM Radio today will debut two new sports-themed shows. Former soccer player/coach Rodney Marsh and veteran commentator Tommy Smyth team up for “Grumpy Pundits” on Tuesdays-Thursdays from 9:00-11:00am ET on soccer channel SiriusXM FC. Boxing trainer/commentator Teddy Atlas and j…

76ers Sign Sponsorship Deal With StubHub At “Patriot Partner” Level

The 76ers have signed a five-year sponsorship deal with StubHub, a significant move since the league and most of its teams are aligned with Ticketmaster. 76ers CEO Scott O’Neil said the deal is at the top “Patriot Partner” sponsorship level, which includes radio, digital, courtside and L…

City Of Charlotte In Talks To Have NASCAR HOF Loan Forgiven

Charlotte City Council members today will hear about “proposed amendments” to an agreement in which Wells Fargo and Bank of America would forgive a $19.1M loan to the city that helped build the NASCAR HOF. An agenda item for today’s meeting “suggests that some agreement has been reached.” …

Speed Reads….

The WWE announced that WWE Network is scheduled to launch in the U.K. and Ireland on Jan. 19. WWE Chair & CEO Vince McMahon announced the launch with a video on the organization’s website ( WWE ).

Golfer Hideki Matsuyama has signed with IMG for worldwide ma…

Quick Hits….

“I think there’s been a perception lag nationally at the increased depth and caliber of this conference. It was probably going to take a year like this … to help close that gap” – Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott , on the conference emerging as arguably the strongest in colleg…

Final Jeopardy!

Friday’s “Final Jeopardy!” category was “20th Century America.”

“In 1923 Fanny Brice made news by having this procedure, later rejected by a woman portraying her.”

Final Jeopardy….

“What is a nose job?”

Barbra Streisand portrayed Brice in “Funny Girl.”

CFP To Send Interested Host Cities RFPs Early Next Year For ’18-20 Games

College Football Playoff COO Michael Kelly on Tuesday said that bids to host future college football national championship games “will go out to interested cities early next year,” with RFPs going out “either in late January or early February” to prospective cities who have shown inte…

Executive Transactions

EPL Club Queens Park Rangers Finance Dir REBECCA CAPLEHORN “is to leave the club after being appointed head of football operations at Tottenham” ( London DAILY MAIL, 12/30 )….Atlanta-based CSE named MARK BURNS Talent/Athlete Marketing Operations Coordinator ( TWITTER.com, 12/30 …