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

Jordan Discusses Federer’s Input Toward Air Jordan Tennis Shoe

Hornets Owner Michael Jordan sat in Roger Federer ‘s box last night and talked about the Air Jordan Hybrid R.F. shoes Federer was wearing in his opening-round U.S. Open match. Jordan: “He’s done a lot of input in it. One of my shoes was his favorite, which was…

ESPN Issues Apology For Report On Michael Sam’s Shower Habits

ESPN this morning issued a brief statement apologizing for a “SportsCenter” report on the Rams that mentioned DE Michael Sam ‘s locker-room shower habits. It states, “ESPN regrets the manner in which we presented our report. Clearly yesterday we collectively failed to meet the stan…

Royals’ Ned Yost Calls Out Fan Base Over Sparse Crowd

A crowd of 13,847 attended last night’s Twins-Royals game at Kauffman Stadium, and AL Central-leading Royals manager Ned Yost reacted with sarcasm in his postgame press conference: “I mean, what, 13,000 people got to see a great game?” When asked if he expected a bigger crowd, Yost …

Hisense Renews Naming Rights For Melbourne Tennis Venue

Hisense Australia today announced a three-year renewal of its deal to be the naming-rights sponsor of Melbourne Park’s Hisense Arena. The electronics brand also signed an agreement with Tennis Australia, extending its sponsorship of the Australian Open through ’17 and remaining the tourney…

A Lighter Buzz….

NHL officials sent the creators of “The Simpsons” a letter “concerning an episode from the show’s ninth season (1998).” In the episode “The Last Temptation of Krusty,” the character Krusty the Clown drinks from “what appears to be the Stanley Cup before vomiting in it during a bender.” Mi…

Toronto City Council Approves Raptors’ $30M Practice Facility

The Raptors yesterday “received the go-ahead” from the Toronto City Council to build a $30M practice facility at the city-owned Exhibition Place site. The city “will own the building and MLSE will cover the operating cost and lease the facility for 20 years.” The Raptors “will h…

Blues Unveil New Primary Uniforms For First Time Since ’07

The Blues “created some hockey buzz” yesterday with the “unveiling of a new jersey” for the ’14-15 season. This is the first alteration to the primary jersey since ’07. The new uniforms “reflect a modernized version of the jersey worn” from ’98-’07. The Blue Note logo is unchanged, but the…

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CNN’s Jake Tapper : “@Buck thanks so much for letting me and my crew crash at your pad. Our cameraman asks if you have the phone number handy for your plumber.”
Charleston POST & COURIER’s David Caraviello : “If there were a reality show featurin…

Today’s Events….

CBS Sports Network debuts its simulcast of “The Doug Gottlieb Show” at 3:00pm ET.

TSN’s package of five national feeds debuts across Canada.

120 Sports Set To Debut Live Midday Program “120 Football Fix”

Digital outlet 120 Sports today is expected to premiere a live two-hour program called “120 Football Fix,” covering both college football and the NFL. The show will air from 11:00am-1:00pm ET and will be “fronted by a mix of current on-air talent and new additions.” With the addition of th…

Jermaine Jones To Join Revolution As Designated Player Through ’15

The Revolution have signed U.S. men’s national team MF Jermaine Jones “after MLS conducted a blind draw,” and the team yesterday announced that he “signed a designated player contract.” Jones reportedly will receive $4.7M on the deal, which lasts through the ’15 season. The Revolution ar…

Ralph Lauren Introducing Tech Apparel Via U.S. Open Ball Boys

Ralph Lauren is entering the “rapidly advancing world of wearable technology” by having U.S. Open ball boys wear new shirts that “monitor your heart rate, breathing and stress levels, collecting data that is displayed on a dashboard, phone app or computer screen.” The form-fitting bla…

Daily Digit….

2 – Number of Foot Locker spots from its “Short Memoy” series that appear on this week’s Adweek/VidIQ top 10 branded video chart. The spot featuring Rockets G James Harden and Galaxy MF Landon Donovan comes in at 4th, while the Harden- Charles Barkley clip…

Buzzer Beaters….

The Cowboys “have officially broken ground” on their new HQs in Frisco, Texas. Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones and Frisco Mayor Maher Maso were both in attendance for Friday’s ceremony at the 91-acre site ( CBSLOCAL.com, 8/22 ).

Officials for AS Roma and the city of Rome on Friday annou…

Washington Post Editorial Board Will Stop Using “Redskins” Name

The Washington Post editorial board on Friday said that it “will stop using the word ‘Redskins’ when referring to Washington’s football team.” The board in a statement said, “While we wait for the NFL to catch up with public opinion and common decency we have decided not to use the slur ou…

College Football HOF Opens Saturday With “Tailgate-Style Event”

The College Football HOF on Saturday will hold its grand-opening ceremony in Atlanta. The “tailgate-style event” outside the new facility will feature “visits from cheerleaders, mascots and the ESPN GameDay bus, as well as a kids’ football clinic, music, games and p…

Cleveland Hosting Bevy Of Big-Time Sporting Events Saturday

Cleveland on Saturday “arguably will be the busiest sports city in America,” as “all three pro sports venues downtown will host games simultaneously.” There are a “variety of other events going on,” so that there will be “as many as 100,000 people downtown at the same time.” Progressive Fi…

NASCAR To Debut Marketing Campaign For Revamped Chase Format

NASCAR this weekend is rolling out a new Chase for the Sprint Cup marketing campaign that “will portray popular drivers and their supporters as nation-states fighting for hegemony.” The effort from Ogilvy & Mather, N.Y., promotes the revamped format for the 10-race series, which will a…

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Chicago Tribune’s Paul Sullivan : “The Cubs had 32 guys removing the tarp tonight, about twice as many as Tuesday night.”

Awful Announcing : “NFL Network calling Steelers-Eagles from the studio. Wasn’t a good idea two weeks ago. Not a good idea now.”

Harrow Sports Ventures…

Today’s Events….

Representatives of MLB, the Reds, Procter & Gamble, the city of Cincinnati and Hamilton County will hold a ribbon cutting and grand opening of the P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy at 11:00am ET.

The Blue Jays will take part in a ribbon cutting for a new Jays shop in t…

Night Moves….Let Me Be Blount

The 12:00am ET edition of ESPN’s “SportsCenter” led with LLWS highlights, followed by the Steelers playing RB Le’Veon Bell and RB LeGarrette Blount against the Eagles after their arrest on marijuana charges and Eagles-Steelers highlights. The 12:00am ET edition of FS1’s “Fox Sports Liv…

Jon Bon Jovi-Led Group’s Pursuit Of Bills Franchise “On The Rocks”

Jon Bon Jovi and his Toronto backers “are reassessing whether even to continue in their pursuit” of the Bills, because their bid “has been on the rocks for weeks and no one within the group is optimistic.” The group on Wednesday “cancelled a scheduled tour of Ralph Wilson Stadium.” The p…

Fernando Soler Signs Contract To Remain Head Of IMG Tennis

IMG, a division of William Morris Endeavor, has re-signed Fernando Soler as head of the tennis division. IMG confirmed the Spaniard had re-signed, but declined to provide other details. A source said he signed for another three years. Soler assumed the top tennis spot in ’06. He has been…

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Toronto Star’s Kevin McGran : “I’ve seen weirdness in Japan. A chance meeting on subway with ‘@JayOnrait: & @choyping might have been weirdest.’”
Grantland’s Bill Barnwell : “What does it say about the NFL’s marijuana policy tha…

The Whistle Signs Content/Distribution Deal With MLS, KickTV

Digital youth sports programmer The Whistle has signed a content development and distribution agreement with MLS and KickTV, based around The Whistle’s recently launched Xbox application. KickTV will become part of The Whistle Sports Network, an aggregation of more than 140 channel partner…

Rock Cats Pay Tax Bill, Can Play ’15 Season At New Britain Stadium

The Double-A Eastern League Rock Cats “can now stay” in New Britain, Conn., to play the ’15 season after team Owner Josh Solomon “showed up at city hall Wednesday afternoon with a check for $164,569, paying off the tax bill on New Britain Stadium and keeping the team’s lease valid.” The …

Verizon Agrees To Carry SEC Network On FiOS TV Service

One week after its launch, Verizon FiOS has completed a deal to carry SEC Network, sources said. The channel will be on an expanded basic tier within SEC territory and include access to WatchESPN. It is not clear where Verizon will carry it outside of SEC territory. A formal announcement c…

Tag Heuer Agrees To Sponsor TCS N.Y. Marathon, Replacing Timex

Tag Heuer is the new official timekeeper of the TCS N.Y. Marathon in a deal through ’16. The Marathon and watchmaker are scheduled to announce the sponsorship later today. Tag Heuer replaces Timex, which sponsored the race from ’08-13. As part of the deal, Tag will sponsor a promotion for …

Night Moves….Kickback Return

The 11:00pm ET edition of ESPN’s “SportsCenter” led with seven MLB game reports, followed by the Browns QB battle and Rangers-Marlins. ESPN reported on the season-ending injury to Ohio St. QB Braxton Miller 21 minutes into the broadcast, but did not air a report on NASCAR driver Carl Ed…

VMI, Under Armour Reach Multiyear Athletic Apparel Deal

VMI has signed a multiyear athletic apparel deal with Under Armour, becoming the first D-I school in the state of Virginia to reach an “exclusive agreement” with the brand. The deal, which takes effect this fall, gives UA the right to provide “game and training gear to the Keydets’ 18 vars…

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IndyCar driver Juan Pablo Montoya : “So I’m in a brand new aircraft from @AmericanAir and has tv in front of the seat and guess what the only seat that doesn’t work it’s mine…”
S.F. Chronicle’s Ann Killion : “There is weird symmetry on my TV with Selig s…

Knicks, Rangers To Report Strong Season-Ticket Renewal Rates

The NHL Rangers during today’s MSG earnings call will announce a season-ticket renewal rate of 93%, while the Knicks will announce a 91% rate. The Knicks’ hiring of Phil Jackson “appears to have created a sense of optimism among their fan base.” The renewal rate for the Rangers, coming o…

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FoxSports.com’s Jimmy Traina : “Shocked to see the Internet still standing after the Johnny Football Finger.”

San Jose Mercury News’ Tim Kawakami : “Good lord, could 49ers people stop shilling the $1.3B new stadium for just a little bit? Yes, it’s nice: That’s …read more

Laugh Track….Hold Me Tinder

NBC’s Jimmy Fallon: “The 49ers played their first game in the new Levi’s Stadium. It’s beautiful. The stadium seats 68,000 people. Unless they leave it in the dryer too long, then it only seats 43,000 people” ( “The Tonight Show,” NBC, 8/18 ).

A… …read more

Night Moves….Soccer Bars

Last night’s 11:00pm ET edition of ESPN’s “SportsCenter” led with an injury update on Ohio State QB Braxton Miller , followed by highlights of two MLB games and the Browns-Redskins “MNF” game. ESPN did not air highlights from new Clippers Owner Steve Ballmer ‘s press conference, but late… …read more

JGR To Introduce Carl Edwards Along With New Sponsor Arris

Joe Gibbs Racing today will formally introduce Carl Edwards as the team’s newest driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, starting with the ’15 season. JGR also will unveil a new sponsor, communications technology company Arris, which will be the primary sponsor of Edwards’ No. 19 Toyota … …read more

On demand labor in sports

Could On-Demand Labor be the Future of the Sports Workforce?
There are 400+ sports management degree programs across the country, which means thousands of eager students looking for experience. In such a competitive space, these students are willing to volunteer for free, intern for credit, or work for low pay in …read more

Tailgating, torts, and more

Tailgating, Torts, and More
To many, tailgating is synonymous with football and big parties. Whether it is at an NCAA bowl game or a local NFL matchup, tailgating is cemented as an American tradition. In fact, over 50 million Americans annually participate in this social pre-game behavior. Naturally, tailgating has become …read more

Tencate and FieldTurf settle

TenCate and FieldTurf Settle Lawsuit
as seen in Sports Litigation Alert vol. 11 issue 10 – subscribe with Hackney Publications for full version
In the wake of a broken partnership, years of dispute, many counterclaims, and the partial summary judgment in FieldTurf USA, et al., v. TenCate Thiolon Middle East, LLC, et …read more

Q&A – Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman

originally produced for Full Court Press as seen on The Business of Sports

Val Ackerman is the commissioner of the Big East Conference. Tanner Simkins recently sat down with the founding WNBA President and former USA Basketball President for a discussion on her leadership and commentary on her career. Ackerman’s brief …read more

Want to invest in sports? Consider equity crowdfunding

How Equity Crowdfunding Could Change How People Invest in Sports
Want to invest in sports? Consider this emerging option: equity crowd funding

You’ve heard a lot about crowdfunding since JOBS Act Title II passed last year. Since then, early stage companies have turned to general solicitation in search of funding. The …read more

Summer camp: NFL style

Three NFL teams are taking their training camps to some pretty amazing places this year. While the players won’t be doing much outside of two-a-days and ice baths, true fans can take advantage of these vacation hotspots by making a family vacation out of NFL training camp. …read more