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Maryland Regents To Discuss Converting Cole To Football Facility

The Univ. of Maryland Board of Regents’ finance committee today will discuss converting Cole Field House into a $155M football practice facility. Regent Tom McMillen , who played his college basketball home games at Cole, said, “I’m supportive of the new plans. It’s just part of this keep…

Volkswagen Confirms It Will Not Advertise During ’15 Super Bowl

Volkswagen today confirmed it will be “sitting out” Super Bowl XLIX after running an ad during the game every year since ’10. A VW spokesperson said the automaker will “consider rejoining when it is right for our brand.” VW is the “latest automaker to say it w…

Laugh Track….Call Of The Day

Broadcaster Al Michaels appeared on NBC’s “Late Night With Seth Meyers” last night to promote his new book, “You Can’t Make This Up.” Host Seth Meyers noted he sat next to Michaels at the Vancouver Games Opening Ceremony. Meyers: …

The Daily’s Hot Reads For Thursday: Family Dollars

The PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS’ David Murphy writes of a family feud over Phillies 1B Ryan Howard ‘s finances : “The litigation ended late last month in a U.S. District Court. … Court documents filed in Howard’s home state of Missouri paint a picture of a family in turmoil” ( PHILADE…

Today’s Events….

NYU Sports & Society begins its two-day event, ” Embracing Sports in the UAE: Building Domestically, Expanding Globally ,” at the school’s Abu Dhabi campus. Panelists/speakers will include Kirmser Ponturo Group LLC partner Tony Ponturo , sports TV veteran Lesley Visser and…

Remembering “The Brawl”: News Outlets Look Back 10 Years

Today marks the 10-year anniversary of “The Brawl” or the “Malice at the Palace,” when the Pacers and Pistons players fought with each other and spectators during a Nov. 19, 2004, Friday night game at the Palace of Auburn Hills, a game which was televised by ESPN. The brawl “sparked c…

Judge To Hear Arguments For And Against NFL Concussion Settlement

Counsel for the NFL and thousands of retirees today in Philadelphia federal court are set to defend the preliminary settlement of hundreds of concussion lawsuits filed against the league. Judge Anita Brody , who has preliminarily approved the class action deal, is widely expected to …

Shaq Tweaks Barkley, Offers Business Advice On “Late Night”

TNT’s Shaquille O’Neal last night appeared on NBC’s “Late Night” and discussed his many business ventures and his relationship with Charles Barkley . Host Seth Meyers told O’Neal, “One of my favorite things is watching you on TNT wit…

Pace-Of-Play Issue Figures Prominently At MLB Owners Meetings

MLB owners today in K.C. begin their two-day quarterly meetings, with pace-of-game issues prominent on the agenda. The league experimented in the Arizona Fall League with measures designed to hasten play, and the efforts were met with mixed results. Owners will discuss which measures might…

FIFA Draws On Star Players For Ebola Awareness Campaign

FIFA has launched an Ebola awareness campaign, recruiting “a few of the world’s most popular and respected players to share tips on how to avoid the virus, as well as awareness about how the virus … is actually spread.” Athletes taking part in the effort include Real Madrid F Cristiano …

Sources: NBC Has Fired Jamie Horowitz As Head Of “Today”

Sources said NBC has fired former ESPN exec Jamie Horowitz as Senior VP & GM of the “Today” show amid a climate of “instability and insecurity.” Horowitz was hired last year “following a negotiation with ABC to allow him out of his ESPN contract early,” as NBC sought to “push ‘T…

Twitter Me This….

Giancarlo Stanton getting $325M…guaranteed. Most guaranteed $$ ever to an NFL player: $60M. NFL players at the children’s table. — Andrew Brandt (@adbrandt) November 18, 2014
No player in US team sports history has gotten a contract worth more than $175 million without…

ManU’s Q1 Results Mostly Down, But Sponsorship Revenue Up

EPL club Manchester United today reported revenue decreases and higher debt in Q1 following former manager David Moyes ‘ “disastrous reign at Old Trafford.” ManU “failed to qualify for the Champions League” for the first time since ’95 and it “cost them across all areas of the business.”&…

Eugene, Ore., Hopes To Land ’19 IAAF World Outdoor Championships

USA Track & Field and TrackTown USA reps are in Monaco today “putting the last touches on their final sales pitch” for the bid by Eugene, Ore., to host the ’19 IAAF World Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Eugene, Doha and Barcelona, the three finalists, “will appear before the 2…

Developers Will Turn Candlestick Point Into Shopping Center

S.F. Mayor Ed Lee today will announce that home builder Lennar Corp. and retail developer Macerich have reached an agreement to transform the former stadium at Candlestick Point into a “500,000-square-foot ‘urban outlet’ shopping center.” The shopping center, slated to open in ’17, would…

Final Jeopardy!

Friday’s “Final Jeopardy!” category was “Opera Characters.”

“In an 1893 opera that was its composer’s greatest success, Peter and Gertrud are the parents of these two characters.”

Root Sports Southwest Debuting As RSN Home Of Rockets, Astros

Root Sports Southwest debuts today as the “new home of the Rockets and Astros.” For Comcast subscribers, the RSN will air on channels 39 and 639, “in the same slot where CSN Houston aired.” A report indicated the channel will be 674 on DirecTV and 758/1758 on AT&T U-Verse, “but those n…

Final Jeopardy….

“Who are Hansel and Gretel?”

The opera was “Hansel und Gretel” by Engelbert Humperdinck .

Nets Land Chinese Companies Anta, Lava Tech As Sponsors

The Nets today will announce that they are forming sponsorship deals with two China-based partners: footwear maker Anta and digital product distribution company Lava Tech. Anta will receive TV-visible court signage during home games at Barclays Center this season, while Lava Tech will prom…

France: NASCAR Will Have Tougher Stance On Domestic Violence

NASCAR Chair & CEO Brian France on Friday “pledged to be tougher on drivers involved in domestic assaults but said NASCAR will wait until at least a charge is filed before it reacts.” Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kurt Busch is being investigated by Delaware officials “over alleg…

ESPN Plans To Rename “SportsCenter” Mobile App Early Next Year

ESPN Exec VP/Digital & Print Media John Kosner said Friday at a Walt Disney Co. event in Burbank, Calif., that the popular “SportsCenter” mobile app early next year will change its name to “ESPN.” The primary intent with the switch is to unify all of ESPN’s flagship…

Buzzer Beaters….

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver , former Commissioner David Stern and former Clippers interim CEO Dick Parsons are among 18 people former Clippers Owner Donald Sterling may call as witnesses in his “federal antitrust lawsuit against the league” ( LATIMES.com, 11/14 ).

adidas and t…

Twitter Me This….

Johnny Football merchandise mania is over: Manziel licensed apparel has dropped out of top 25 styles list for past 4 wks, per SportScanInfo.
— Sara Germano (@germanotes) November 14, 2014

The Post is making me National Sports Reporter. I loved the Nats beat and will miss…

Quick Hits….

“I want to buy the Timberwolves. Put a group together and perhaps some day try to buy the team. That’s what I want” – Nets F Kevin Garnett , who played for the T’Wolves for 12 seasons, on his post-playing day ambitions ( SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 11/14 ).

“We really want to make sure w…

Twitter Me This….

Neither Miss State nor TCU were ranked in preseason AP top 25. Anyone know when first Way Too Early poll comes out in 2015?
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) November 14, 2014

The @TimbersFC had 99% of their season ticket holders renew this year. Outstanding! #MLS
—…

MLB Rangers To Announce Extensions For Jon Daniels, Thad Levine

Sources confirmed that the Rangers have extended the contracts of President of Baseball Operations & GM Jon Daniels and Assistant GM Thad Levine , with a formal announcement expected today. Financial terms are “uncertain,” but each extension is “believed to be for five yea…

Viacom CEO Claims Nielsen Metrics Outdated In Current Marketplace

Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman criticized media research company Nielsen for “failing to keep pace with the way people watch TV.” Dauman was on a conference call to discuss Q4 results, including a 15% drop in Nielsen ratings for its networks and a 5% drop in domestic ad sales. He said that a…

Today’s Events….

Filmmaker Gabe Polsky ‘s documentary “Red Army,” about the Soviet style of hockey, begins a limited run in N.Y. ahead of its nationwide release in January.

NASCAR Chair & CEO Brian France will hold a media teleconference at Homestead-Miami Speedway at 11:00am ET ahead of Sunday’s…

CBS Sports Radio Fires John Feinstein As Host Of National Show

John Feinstein this morning told a DC radio station that CBS Sports Radio fired him as host of his national radio show, “The John Feinstein Show.” It is not clear when his last show will be. During an appearance on WJFK-AM’s “The Junkies” morning show, Feinstein said that CBS Sports mana…

Final Jeopardy!

Last night’s “Final Jeopardy!” category was “The U.S. Constitution.”

“The Latin phrases found in the Constitution are ‘pro tempore,’ ‘ex post facto’ and this legal two-word phrase.”

Night Moves: Comb Sweet Comb

Last night’s 2:00am ET edition of ESPN’s “SportsCenter” led with Trail Blazers-Nuggets, followed by Lakers-Pelicans, Rockets-T’Wolves and Indians P Corey Kluber winning the AL Cy Young. ESPN aired NHL highlights at about 20 minutes into their broadcast, befo…

Quick Hits….

“This is not about marketing. The real value is in the information that they’re getting about safety in our game. If we can use our bully pulpit as the NFL to carry this message to a lot more moms and parents than we might otherwise, that’s an obligation that we have” – Lio…

Today’s Events….

NYC FC will reveal their ’15 uniforms. The announcement comes during a one-week break in the MLS playoff schedule, designed around the FIFA international calendar.

The Packers will unveil a 50-foot-tall Lombardi Trophy replica to celebrate the formal opening of the American Family Insur…

AECOM Selected To Design Time Warner Cable Arena Upgrades

AECOM has been selected to design more than $30M in upgrades to Time Warner Cable Arena, according to an e-mail issued by city of Charlotte officials and obtained by SportsBusiness Journal. The city now enters contract negotiations with the K.C.-based sports architect. The old Ellerbe Beck…

Laugh Tracks….Manning The Outfield

Actress Drew Barrymore and film directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly appeared on NBC’s “The Tonight Show” last night and discussed their ’05 film, “Fever Pitch,” in which host Jimmy Fallon and Barrymore co-starred. Fallon said of filming the final …

Canadians Kerr, Mooney Set To Control Two Single-A Franchises

The Single-A California League Lancaster JetHawks today will announce that the club “will transition its ownership” to Jake Kerr and Jeff Mooney , “a pair of Canadians who have thrived” as owners of the Single-A Northwest League Vancouver Canadians. Kerr and Mooney will place Andy Dunn…

Tweet Pic Of The Day….

Just posted more photos of the #Wrigley renovations to my blog > http://t.co/7ToBudKBR0 cc: @WrigleyRenovate pic.twitter.com/H7ZVjeZqXB — Nick Ulivieri (@ChiPhotoGuy) November 11, 2014

The Daily’s Hot Reads For Wednesday: Profile Picks

GRANTLAND’s Jonathan Abrams writes of former NBA coach Paul Silas : “It’s hard to think of another NBA figure who can match Silas’ résumé, his connections, his longevity, and his influence within the league. Over a career that has spanned six decades in the NBA , Sila…

Top Ten….Ball Hawk

Last night’s Top Ten list was “Top Ten Things Going Through This Guy’s Mind At This Moment.” Letterman said, “This happened (on Sunday) at the pre-game festivities in Seattle. That’s a Seahawk or something that has landed on a guy’s head ” ( …

Univ. Of Hawaii Athletics Expected To End Year With $3.5M Deficit

Univ. of Hawaii AD Ben Jay said that the school is “expected to close out the year” with a $3.5M deficit “as football ticket sales and fundraising totals come in below targets.” The “estimated shortfall has more than doubled” from a $1.5M estimate Jay gave the UH Board of Regents Interco…

Laugh Track….Finding Another Gear

Racecar driver Alex Zanardi , who lost both his legs in an ’01 crash, appeared on CBS’ “Late Show” last night, with host David Letterman noting “when you hear this life out of this man’s mouth it brings you to tears, the awe and the admiration that I have.&…

Tweet Pic Of The Day….

That’s a wrap on the first game of the #JapanSeries , @MLB All-Stars win, 8-7. It’s been fun, Koshien Stadium. pic.twitter.com/mxSSnZYst7 — MLB (@MLB) November 11, 2014

Adrian Peterson Prepared To Sue NFL If He Is Kept From Playing

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is “prepared to fight the NFL – and if it becomes necessary, sue it – if the league continues to hold his career in undefined purgatory,” according to a source. The NFLPA last night “filed a grievance against the NFL,” asking the league to “remove P…

NFL’s Goodell, Waller Meet With U.K. MP On Placing Team In London

NFL Exec VP/Int’l Mark Waller today said he and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell were getting “a lot of good support” from the U.K. government about bringing a team to London following an early morning meeting with MP George Osborne . Last night’s Cowboys-Jaguars game was the last of th…

Twins To Drop Pinstripes, Add Gold Trim For New Uniforms

The Twins today will announce that their players “will have a new, pinstripe-free look when they take the field for rookie manager Paul Molitor next April.” Twins President Dave St. Peter said the new primary home uniform will be a “cleaner, more contemporary look with Kasota gold acce…

Trail Blazers Honor Fan Who Collapsed During Game And Died

The Trail Blazers during last night’s home game against the Nuggets honored Sandra Zickefoose , the woman who collapsed at last week’s game against the Mavericks and later died. The team “created a custom white T-shirt in her honor,” which features the “team’s trademark pinwheel logo and …

Laugh Track….Stand Up And Be Counted

Jay Leno returned to NBC’s “The Tonight Show” Friday night as a guest and performed a stand-up routine that included several sports references.

Friday night’s edition of NBC’s “The Tonight Show” once again featured host Jimm…

The Daily’s Hot Reads For Monday: Foot Don’t Fail Me

The SEATTLE TIMES’ Geoff Baker writes of MLS’ rising TV audience: “There is plenty of optimism in soccer circles, most of it stemming from the sport’s younger, more technologically inclined demographics. As those fans come of age, there’s obvious room for serious TV growth if MLS seizes t…

Weekend Events….

FRIDAY

The Hornets will host military members from Fort Bragg at their home game against the Hawks and will recognize 12 Purple Heart recipients at halftime as part of NBA Cares Hoops For Troops week.

SATURDAY

TD Garden hosts the 20th annual Comics Come Home benefiting the Nee…