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Int’l Champions Cup Soccer Event Expanding To China

The Int’l Champions Cup today will announce that it is expanding its soccer tournaments to China. Operated by RSE Ventures and Relevant Sports, the ICC will partner with China-based outfits LeTV Sports and Catalyst Media Group. The ’15 tourney will be held in late July, with teams to…

Morning Hot Reads: Starting At The Top

The WASHINGTON POST’s Sally Jenkins writes, “There is a common theme to the scandal stories plaguing college athletics this week: the enabling, if not outright collusion, by some of the supposedly highest-minded people on campus .”

BLOOMBERG NEWS on the reinvention of the Reebok brand:…

Today’s Events….

The Univ. of Oklahoma Board of Regents could approve the first phase of the $370M Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium renovation. The renovation to the south end zone portion of the project is estimated to cost $160M.

The Palm Beach County Commission will be asked to commit the fir…

Pain Relief Patch Signs Deals With Lendl, BNP Paribas Showdown

Ivan Lendl today will announce that he is endorsing Larasan Pharmaceutical’s Flex24 pain relief patch. Larasan is also becoming a three-year sponsor of the BNP Paribas Showdown, the annual tennis exhibition at MSG that occurs tomorrow. Lendl will announce his deal at a press conference t…

BNP Paribas Open Shoots For 450,000 Fans At Its 40th Edition

The BNP Paribas Open gets underway today at Indian Wells Tennis Garden, with the tournament this year celebrating its 40th anniversary. An attendance “goal of 450,000 has been set with 500,000 in sight within the next two or three years.” Last year, the combined ATP/WTA event drew crowds t…

Morning Hot Reads: Fund Day

The WALL STREET JOURNAL notes that the use of public funds for sports arenas is drawing “fresh scrutiny” with President Obama ‘s ’16 budget. An ORLANDO SENTINEL editorial weighs in on the issue under the header, “ Lawmakers Must Keep Commitment To Stadiums .” In the MIL…

Final Jeopardy!

Friday’s “Final Jeopardy!” category was “Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Speeches.”

“ Springsteen said David Sancious was ‘the only member of the group who ever actually lived’ there.”

Raiders Sign One-Year Lease To Remain O.co Coliseum Tenant

The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Joint Powers Authority on Friday approved a “short-term lease renewal” for the Raiders to remain at O.co Coliseum through the ’15 NFL season, as expected. The team will pay $400,000 “with an additional fee for use of the training facility in Alameda…

Marquette President: School Will Not Help Pay To Build Arena

Marquette President Mike Lovell on Friday said that the “university will not contribute financially” to a new Bucks arena in downtown Milwaukee, “ending months of speculation.” Lovell, speaking at the Milwaukee Business Journal Power Breakfast, added that “Marquette’s relations…

Buzzer Beaters….

Under Armour on Friday opened a new 30,000-square-foot brand store on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, “blocks away from Nike’s outpost” ( FOOTWEARNEWS.com, 3/6 ). Cubs Owner Tom Ricketts attended a grand opening last night ( TWITTER.com, 3/6 ).

Carsforsale.com will return as the …

Daily Digit….

108 – Number of wins Syracuse men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim stands to forfeit, based on penalties imposed by the NCAA after a seven-year investigatory process. The punishment, described in a 94-page report , decreases Boeheim’s total from 966 to 858, and moves him …

Mariners Closing Venezuelan Academy As U.S. Relations Falter

The Mariners reportedly “will closed their academy” in Venezuela in a move that has “symbolic and practical ramifications.” P Felix Hernandez is “an alumnus of the program now being shuttered,” and the “future of the Venezuelan Summer League is in jeopardy.” MLB is now confronting&n…

Night Moves….Brawlers, Shot-Callers

Last night’s 1:00am ET editions of ESPN’s “SportsCenter” and FS1’s “Fox Sports Live” both led with Thunder-Bulls, followed by Mavericks-Trail Blazers. ESPN then followed with an injury update on MLB Giants RF Hunter Pence , Mets-Nationals and Bron…

Final Jeopardy….

“Who was Juliette Gordon Low ?” Low was the founder of the Girl Scouts.

Final Jeopardy!

Last night’s “Final Jeopardy!” category was “Presidential Medal of Freedom Winners.”

“She was called a ‘trailblazer for America’s daughters’ when she won in 2012, a century after founding an organization.”

Laugh Track….Winning Time

TNT’s Reggie Miller appeared on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” last night. Miller said, “This is the best time of the year for my vocation. Right after the All-Star break, the pros start to focus in on the playoffs, getting toward the end of the season. Spring tr…

Twitter Me This….

If there really are going to be nine candidates on NFLPA ballot, it guarantees De Smith victory. It’s over. He wins. Period. — mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) March 5, 2015

Sounds like there are a lot of Habs fans at Staples Center. — Julie Stewart-Binks (@JSB_FOX)…

Miami-Dade County To Offer Stadium Site To Beckham’s MLS Group

The Miami-Dade County Commission voted this week to offer Miami Beckham United a “site near Marlins Park” for a potential MLS expansion team’s venue. The commission also “designated Mayor Carlos Gimenez to negotiate a deal” with David Beckham ‘s representatives. The Little Havana s…

Jerry Jones May Be Called To Stand In Super Bowl Seating Trial

The trial over the Super Bowl XLV seating debacle heads into Day Four in Dallas, and the Cowboys’ responsibility for the incident “could be an issue that team owner Jerry Jones will be required to address in person.” U.S. District Judge Barbara Lynn said that she was “leaning towa…

Officials With Almaty’s ’22 Games Bid Cut Costs With New Plans

Organizers of the Almaty, Kazakhstan, ’22 Winter Games bid today said that they will save more than $500M “through several changes in their venue plans.” The city said that it “has made its bid ‘more efficient’ and ‘more affordable’ in line with IOC reforms aimed at giving organizers more …

Morning Hot Reads: Dan With The Plan

The DETROIT FREE PRESS portrays Cavaliers Owner and Quicken Loans Chair Dan Gilbert as “a modern-day version of Muhammad Ali in his prime.” He is a “supremely confident guy, given to making brash, over-the-top predictions – and usually delivering on them.”

The Knic…

Today’s Events….

Twenty current and former pro athletes will take part in National Health Through Fitness Day activities in DC, including meeting with members of Congress.

The Cactus League HOF is inducting its second class at the Peoria (Ariz.) Sports Complex.

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman will off…

Supovitz To Testify More In Third Day Of Super Bowl Seating Trial

Former NFL Senior VP/Events Frank Supovitz is “expected to return” to the stand today in the Dallas trial over Super Bowl XLV seating, after he “testified most of the day” yesterday. Supovitz said that he “woke up Super Bowl Sunday expecting that almost all unfinished seats would be comp…

In Other News….

NBCUniversal is “aiming to launch a comedy-focused subscription Web video service later this year” with a possible price point in the $2.50-3.50 per month range. The OTT service would likely feature full episodes of “The Tonight Show” and “SNL.” The comp…

Morning Hot Reads: I’m With Stupid

GRANTLAND.com examines the 76ers’ rebuilding strategy: ” The Sixers’ plan is stupid. It’s not disgraceful . It’s not wrong . … But it’s pretty stupid. Or, at least, it’s no smarter than what other teams are doing.”

The CHICAGO TRIBUNE …

PGA Tour Releasing New iPad App Ahead Of WGC Tournament

The PGA Tour today is releasing a new iPad app in advance of this week’s WGC-Cadillac Championship. The new product features real-time predictive statistics, bird’s-eye course views and enhanced shot tracking, in addition to live streaming video, news and leaderboards. The app was develope…

Super Bowl Seating Trial Continues; NFL Accepts Responsibility

The civil trial over the Super Bowl XLV seating incident continues today in U.S. District Judge Barbara Lynn ‘s court in Dallas, with the trial “expected to last two weeks.” On the trial’s first day yesterday, an attorney representing ticketholders said that the “fiasco in 2011 was fueled…

Mapfre Insurance Expected To Assume Crew Stadium Naming Rights

The Crew today will announce the first naming-rights partner for Crew Stadium in Columbus. Team officials “declined to identify the partner, but just one name has been spotted in mock-ups plastered around” the stadium: Spain-based Mapfre Insurance. Several “Mapfre Stadium” banners were “sp…

Today’s Events….

Crew Jacksonville will host a panel discussion on the economic impact of sports and entertainment on the region. The Players Championship Exec Dir Matt Rapp , JaxSports Council President & CEO Rick Catlett , Jaguars President Mark Lamping and Armada FC Owner Mark Frisch are slate…

A’s Begin New Spring Training Era Today At HoHoKam Stadium

The A’s today will re-open renovated HoHoKam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., with a Spring Training game against the Giants. The A’s “added the biggest video board in the Cactus League, changed the color scheme to green and gold, created a new party deck and made several improvements to the home c…

Morning Hot Reads: No Fate But What We Make

SPORTSONEARTH.com on the ’15 MLB season: “There are people in this game who think the fuzzy feelings Spring Training often engenders have more than the usual amount of credibility. … It’s pretty darn difficult to predict what’s going to happen in 2015 .”

CSNBAYAREA.com goes…

Lawsuit Over Super Bowl Seating Fiasco Heads To Court Today

A federal lawsuit over the “failure to finish installing about 1,000 temporary seats” for the ’11 Super Bowl at then-Cowboys Stadium is scheduled to go to trial today in Dallas. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is “expected to be one of the first witnesses called by the plaintiffs’ attorne…

Sportsnet, TSN Ramp Up Coverage Around NHL Trade Deadline

The NHL Trade Deadline is at 3:00pm ET today, and in Canada, both Sportsnet and TSN “have blocked off 10 straight hours of live coverage.” The nets are “throwing as much firepower as ever at the day, firm in the belief that it is circled in hard-core fans’ calendars.” They “both…

Twitter Me This….

NHL trade deadline day, aka, the day every single #Habs fan on the planet & beyond believes they’re a better GM than Marc Bergevin
— Dave Stubbs (@Dave_Stubbs) March 2, 2015

This late-night Lightning-Bruins trade will ensure TSN and Sportsnet start their trade dead…

Morning Hot Reads: Poorly Planned

MIAMI HERALD headline: ” Bad Idea All Around To Hold 2022 World Cup In Qatar .” There “isn’t much good about the decision to keep the Cup in Qatar. Summer? Winter? Makes no difference. It’s a bad place to hold the Cup.”

The TAMPA BAY TIMES notes Rays President Br…

Hisense Expected To Announce Further Investment In NASCAR

China-based Hisense officially begins its foray into NASCAR on Saturday with the Xfinity Series Hisense 250, and the consumer electronics brand is expected to announce further investments in the sport this weekend. A press conference has been scheduled for Saturday morning at Atlanta Motor…

NFL Hires Nicole Gustafson As League’s Chief Republican Lobbyist

The NFL on Firday announced the hiring of Nicole Gustafson as its “chief Republican lobbyist.” Gustafson, a senior aide to House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), will begin work next month in the newly created position of VP/ Public Policy & Government Affairs in the league&rsq…

Buzzer Beaters….

The NBA on Friday announced a transparency initiative relating to its officiating program. Beginning March 2 and continuing through the ’15 playoffs, the league will provide play-by-play reports regarding all calls and material non-calls that occur in the last two minutes of close ga…

MLS, MLSPU Convening For Three Days Of Labor Talks In DC

MLS management and MLSPU reps starting Sunday will meet with federal mediators in DC in an effort to reach a new CBA, with the league’s regular season “in grave danger of not starting on time next week.” The sides are scheduled for three days of negotiations. Despite the Jan. 31 expiration…

CBS Could See Strong Audience For Arkansas-Kentucky Hoops

The undefeated Kentucky men’s basketball team tomorrow plays its final regular-season game against a ranked opponent – No. 18 Arkansas – on CBS at 4:00pm ET. UK’s three CBS games to date this season have averaged 2.6 million viewers, with its top CBS audience on Dec…

Keeneland Could Dodge Breeders’ Cup Tax Hit Under State Bill

The Kentucky state House Budget Committee last night approved a measure in which Keeneland “would not get hit by higher taxes for hosting the Breeders’ Cup World Championship” this fall. The bill “would waive the state’s excise tax on live parimutuel wagering” on Oct. 30-31. The money “wou…

MIT Sloan Analytics Conference Returns To Boston Convention Center

The ninth annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference opens today in Boston, with the event returning to the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. With the event moving to the larger hall compared to the Hynes Convention Center, organizers are expecting a crowd of more than 3,100, mo…

BMO Agrees To One-Year Renewal As Toronto FC Jersey Sponsor

BMO has signed on for “one more year” as Toronto FC’s jersey sponsor. The agreement expired after last season, and TFC “spent much of the offseason searching for a new deal” ( THESTAR.com, 2/27 ). The “potential Toronto FC home jersey that was leaked” is believed to be the ’15 home kit, …

Morning Hot Reads: Disconnected Numbers

GRANTLAND.com goes in-depth on Charles Barkley’s comments about advanced stats in sports: “Barkley was firing a shot in a second war. Let’s call it Moneyball II. This clash doesn’t pit a blogger versus a newspaperman in a debate over the value of PER. It pits media versus athl…

Laugh Track….Zen Master

D-League Reno Bighorns and NBA Kings C Sim Bhullar , the first NBA player of Indian descent, appeared on CBS’ “Late Late Show” last night with guest host actor Kunal Nayyar . Nayyar noted Bhullar’s mother called him and said, “‘Can you please help Sim have an arra…