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

Executive Transactions

NFL Int’l Commercial Dir MARC REEVES , who led the league’s Int’l Marketing, Fan Development & Partnerships, is leaving the league after five years. Reeves, who was also serving as NFL Canada Managing Dir, is joining Nike as Senior Dir of Nike+ Member Services, N.A. Brand. Reeve…

Overnight Ratings: CBS Sees Spike For PGA Tour Coverage; Fox Up For UFC

CBS was the beneficiary of Jordan Spieth’s win at The Masters last week, despite Spieth not winning the event and CBS not having live coverage on Sunday. The net drew a 2.6 overnight rating for the final round of the PGA Tour RBC Heritage yesterday, marking the event’s best Sunday figure …

Quick Hits….

“On Monday morning, I will hand Manny a check for $50 million as a down payment, guaranteed” – Top Rank Chair Bob Arum , on the upcoming Floyd Mayweather Jr. – Manny Pacquiao fight ( NYTIMES.com, 4/17 ).

“Chances are he had something to do with it”&nbs…

Roc Nation, CAA To Co-Rep NBA Draft Prospect Willie Cauley-Stein

Roc Nation Sports and CAA Sports have signed former Univ. of Kentucky F Willie Cauley-Stein , a projected NBA lottery pick, for representation on and off the court. Cauley-Stein will be represented by NBA agent Leon Rose at CAA Sports and by Rich Kleiman at Roc Nation Sports. The two …

Bundesliga Club Bayern Munich Signs Media Deal With MSN

Bundesliga club Bayern Munich on Friday announced that it has a signed a media partnership with MSN to syndicate the club’s premium and exclusive content directly to the web portal. Bayern’s editorial and video content will appear on all of MSN’s platforms and connected devices. The club a…

NBA BOG Makes Progress On Plan To Elongate Season Schedule

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on Friday at the NBA BOG meeting said that the league will likely decide next month whether to add another week in June to the NBA schedule beginning next season to reduce the number of back-to-back games and having teams play four games in five nights. …

Jim Delany Argues For Freshmen Ineligibility In Football, Basketball

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany in a 12-page letter sent Friday to media members wrote that “making freshmen ineligible in college football and basketball could help correct the imbalance between athletics and academics.” Delany said that the letter “is not a proposal,” but he did “lay o…

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Legendary Packers PR Dir Lee Remmel Passes Away At 90 Years Old

Former Packers PR Dir LEE REMMEL , who “witnessed the emergence of the historic franchise, later covered icons CURLY LAMBEAU and VINCE LOMBARDI for the Green Bay Press-Gazette and then served as one of the club’s great ambassadors, died at age 90” on Thursday, according to Tom Silvers…

NBA Holding Social Chats As Part Of Fan Appreciation Campaign

The NBA this morning launched a fan appreciation digital media campaign that includes 20 current and former players conducting at least 20 chats on Facebook, Twitter and Weibo. It is the first time the league has used social media chats as part of its annual fan-appreciation effo…

Final Jeopardy!

Last night’s “Final Jeopardy!” category was “The Greek Alphabet.”

“When spelled out as words in English, 2 of the 3 longest Greek letters.”

Last night’s edition of “Jeopardy!” featured the category “The New England Pat…

Laugh Track….Highlighter Reel

ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel : “ Jon Gruden , the former NFL coach does a thing called ‘Quarterback Camp’ on ESPN. He sits down to chat with the quarterbacks. It’s interesting if you like football so this week he sat down with one of the top prospects in the upcoming d…

Top Ten….Held To Account

Last night’s Top Ten list was “Top Ten Things You Don’t Want To Hear From Your Accountant” and was read on-set by 10 accountants ( “Late Show,” CBS, 4/15 ).

10) “I reviewed your bank statements, and they’re hilarious.”
9) “I lost your W-2, so I submi…

Quick Hits….

“As you see in our society, racism is still there – obviously in bigger scales than the sport of baseball. But baseball is something that unites anyone” – Orioles CF Adam Jones , on players yesterday wearing late Baseball HOFer Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 ( Baltimore SUN, …

Former NYSE Global Listings Head Scott Cutler Named New StubHub President

eBay has named SCOTT CUTLER , former head of global listings for the N.Y. Stock Exchange, as the new President of StubHub. Cutler succeeds CHRIS TSAKALAKIS leading the ticket resale marketplace. Tsakalakis left last November after a seven-year run that saw a flurry of major sports deals…

NBC, NBCSN See Viewership Figures Decline For ’14-15 NHL Regular Season

NBCSN averaged 349,000 viewers for 91 NHL game telecasts during the ’14-15 season, down slightly from 351,000 viewers over 88 games last season. The audience still marks the cable net’s third-best audience since acquiring NHL rights prior to the ’05-06 season. Only last season and the lock…

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Former NFL Exec Floyd Reese Joining Nashville Sports Radio Show

Former Titans GM Floyd Reese starting today will join George Plaster and Willy Daunic on the radio call-in show “Sports Night” on ESPN Radio Nashville 102.5 and 94.9 weekdays from 3:00-6:00pm CT. Reese will replace Darren McFarland , who will launch a new show along with f…

Laugh Track….Covering The Coverage

During the “Weekend Update” segment on NBC’s “SNL” this weekend, cast member Michael Che reported, “At the Summit of the Americas on Friday, President Obama shook hands with the Cuban President Raul Castro , but don’t get your hopes up for pea…

Spieth To Boost Off-Course Earnings After Winning The Masters

AT&T runs a full-page ad in USA Today congratulating Jordan Spieth for winning The Masters: “When You Win On Golf’s Biggest Stage, The Whole World Applauds” ( THE DAILY ). Agents say the 21-year-old, who “blew away the elite field,” likely “tripled his off…

Propel Launching New Marketing Campaign With Cable TV Ads

PepsiCo’s Propel fitness beverage is now Propel Electrolyte Water, and the brand is “gearing up for its biggest marketing campaign in more than seven years.” The effort includes TV spots featuring the hit song “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars . Ads are “set to air o…

Morning Hot Reads: HBO On The “Cutting” Edge

The WALL STREET JOURNAL notes, “After years of saying it didn’t make sense to sell an online-only HBO version because the economics of the pay-TV bundle at the time were too good, Time Warner moved last October to begin targeting ‘cord-cutters’ … with HBO .” The N.Y. TIMES goes wi…

Weekend Events….

Friday

An ESPN “30 for 30” documentary on PBA HOFer Pete Weber , titled “The Bad Boy Of Bowling,” will debut at the Ashland Independent Film Festival. The festival in Oregon runs through Monday.

Sunday

Hartford will host a parade celebrating UConn women’s basketball’s NCAA ch…

Rain Could Drive Down Attendance For New Orleans IndyCar Race

Weather “could be a gamble” for Sunday’s Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana. NOLA Motorsports President Kristen Engeron said that the “chance of rain could drive attendance down” at the three-day event “expected to attract more than 10,000 people” ( WDSU.com, 4/7 ). This will mark the “first…

MLB, MLBPA Reach Agreement On Daily Fantasy Involvement

MLB and the MLBPA “have agreed to a deal that forbids players from playing in daily fantasy baseball games that involve a prize, but still allows them to endorse these companies.” Players “will be subject to discipline if they are found to have violated the rule.” The deal “does not p…

Maxwell House, MWR Announce Five-Race Primary Sponsorship Deal

Michael Waltrip Racing and Maxwell House on Friday announced a deal for primary sponsorship in five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races across the ’15 and ’16 seasons. The 10-month agreement kicks off with the Aug. 2 Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway. Clint Bowyer will drive the No. 15 Maxwe…

Tweet Pic Of The Day….

Next stop on spring tour: #OU …Here are a few dozen championship rings & watches Bob Stoops has won in his career pic.twitter.com/AYzMb50Cvg — Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) April 10, 2015

Bucks’ Edens To Personally Invest In Area Surrounding Proposed Arena

Bucks co-Owner Wes Edens said that he “plans to personally invest in some of the ancillary developments the franchise hopes will be built in conjunction” with a proposed $500M arena in downtown Milwaukee, according to Don Walker of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. Edens: “I can’t speak…

Buyers & Sellers: Durant, LeBron Both Looking To Sell Properties In Miami

Thunder F KEVIN DURANT has “put his downtown Miami condo on the market” for $3.45M after paying $1.825M for it in ’11. The 3,800-square-foot condo has three bedrooms and four bathrooms ( MIAMIHERALD.com, 4/3 ). Cavaliers F LEBRON JAMES also is selling his Miami estate for $15M. Th…

Bucks Planning On Packaging New Arena With $500M Downtown Entertainment Plan

Envisioning an entertainment hub that would “transform downtown,” the Bucks plan to build a $500M arena “just north of the BMO Harris Bradley Center and use that as a springboard” for an additional $500M in development, according to a front-page piece by Don Walker of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL…