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

Final Jeopardy!

Last night’s edition of “Jeopardy!” was the first episode of their two week “Jeopardy! Teacher’s Tournament.” The “Final Jeopardy!” category was “Libraries.”

“The street address of his presidential library is 40 Presiden…

Top Ten….Excuses, Execuses

Last night’s Top Ten list was “Top Ten Pete Carroll Excuses.” Letterman said, “I’m not a professional football coach but you’ve got a guy that scored 214 regular season touchdowns” ( “Late Show,” CBS, 2/2 ).

10) “Forgot Marsh…

Laugh Track….Time To Play The Game

ESPN Radio’s Mike Greenberg appeared on NBC’s “Late Night With Seth Meyers” last night. Greenberg said of the Super Bowl, “At the end of the day, this was a football game. There are people today who want to say that Pete Carroll made the worst decision in …

Morning Hot Reads: Rolling Out The Red Carpet

The L.A. DAILY NEWS writes “so much as changed in the 22 years since Southern California was home to the biggest game in sports. … Los Angeles deserves to roll out the red carpet for the NFL’s signature event .”

The DESERET NEWS looks at the “all-consumi…

Laugh Track….Boys In The Hoodie

NBC’s Jimmy Fallon said of the Super Bowl, “Big night for NBC. I read that more than 100 million people tuned in to tonight’s Super Bowl. In response NBC will be airing the Super Bowl every Thursday night at 8:00pm. … How sad were the Super Bowl ads this year, bu…

Plans For Patriots Victory Parade Will Be Announced Today

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said that plans for a Patriots Super Bowl victory parade “will be released today.” Meanwhile, “the revelry was underway overnight” ( BOSTON HERALD, 2/2 ). Fans last night “filled sidewalks and gathered in outdoor public spaces around Boston.” A “strong police …

Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Braces For Busiest Day In Its History

Phoenix Sky Harbor airport today “expects its busiest day ever as Super Bowl and Waste Management Phoenix Open fans leave town in droves.” An estimated 180,000 passengers will pass through the airport, “compared with 140,000-150,000 on the day before Thanksgiving, traditionally the ai…

Morning Hot Reads: Days Of XLIX

USA TODAY goes with the header, “Can Game Get Even Bigger?” Analysts “pondered what would come next: Could the Super Bowl get even bigger and more lucrative? ”

SPORTSONEARTH.com: Brady and Belichick’s “legacies were assured Sunday evening, and considering each man’s advancing age, it …

NBC Draws Record Super Bowl Overnight Rating Of 49.7

NBC drew a 49.7 overnight rating for the Patriots’ dramatic win over the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX last night, marking the best overnight figure in the history of the game. The 49.7 is up 4% from a 47.6 overnight for the Seahawks’ 43-8 blowout over the Broncos last year. Pats…

Daily Download….

Content on the NFL’s newly launched official YouTube channel includes this animated “N ‘if’ L” video, in which NFL.com’s Dave Dameshek examines a series of hypothetical situations stemming from one of the league’s most significant on-field rulings.

Rutgers-Army Game Moving From Yankee Stadium To West Point

Army is “in the process of completing the paperwork” for its Nov. 21 football game against Rutgers to move from Yankee Stadium to Michie Stadium in West Point. Army AD Boo Corrigan said, “I don’t think there’s any more games (at Yankee Stadium) for a while. But if w…

Last Chance To Enter SBD/SBJ’s Annual Super Bowl Bowl Pick ‘Em

With the Patriots and Seahawks set to meet in Glendale for Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, SportsBusiness Daily ‘s and SportsBusiness Journal ‘s annual Super Bowl pick ’em contest is open. Test your prognostication skills against those of your fellow subscribers. Those who best predict…

Last Day To Enter SBD/SBJ’s Annual Super Bowl Bowl Pick ‘Em Contest

With the Patriots and Seahawks set to meet in Glendale for Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, SportsBusiness Daily ‘s and SportsBusiness Journal ‘s annual Super Bowl pick ’em contest is open. Test your prognostication skills against those of your fellow subscribers. Those who best predict t…

Rogers Beats Q4 Earnings Expectations With Hockey Assist

Toronto-Based Rogers Communications posted a drop in Q4 earnings but “beat analyst estimates by securing higher per-customer mobile phone revenues and sharply higher NHL TV game revenues.” Net income for the three months ending Dec. 31 came to $234M (all figures US), down 7% from earnings …

IndyCar Opener In Brazil Canceled; Season To Start In St. Petersburg

The Verizon IndyCar Series season-opener in Brazil was “called off” late yesterday. Band, the TV station promoting the March 8 race, said that the decision “was made by the local government” in Brasilia, but no additional details were given. IndyCar CEO Mark Miles …

Morning Hot Reads: A Big Slump For The Big Easy

The New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE notes the city “is in a major slump when it comes to hosting big sporting events,” exemplified by a losing bid for Super Bowl LII . Facilities “have played a major role,” as the updated Mercedes-Benz Superdome “remains antiquated.”

Super Bowl signal…

Today’s Events….

Jets House, the NFL team’s official Super Bowl week hospitality venue, opens in midtown Manhattan. It will operate through Sunday.

Richmond County Savings Bank will unveil an extension of its naming-rights deal for the Single-A New York-Penn League Staten Island Yankees’ ballpark in St….

Night Moves….Spell Check

Last night’s 1:00am ET editions of ESPN’s “SportsCenter” and FS1’s “Fox Sports Live” both led with Trail Blazers-Cavaliers, with ESPN following with Nets-Hawks, Duke-Notre Dame men’s basketball and Australian Open highlights. FS1 followed with Duke…

Twitter Me This….

Another false fire alarm at Patriots hotel. That”s two in past three nights. — Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports) January 29, 2015
While the Patriots continue their preparations for Sunday’s Super Bowl, Aaron Hernandez’s murder trial opens today. — Adam Sche…

UNC-Wilmington Debuts New Logo, Updated Color Scheme

The UNC-Wilmington athletic department revealed its new logo, and the “streamlined, modernized Seahawk” made its debut to “rave reviews from students and area fans.” The logo also brings “minor changes to the school’s color scheme, with a darker teal and brighter yellow” thanks to adidas, …

Morning Hot Reads: Behavior Modification

ESPNW.com offers a “comprehensive look” at how the NFL is addressing domestic violence : “What did the NFL do? What’s working? What isn’t working?”

USA TODAY’s “Common Ground” feature goes with the header and sub-head, ” NFL’s Not-So-Super Leaders: Bad behavior starts at the top, where…

Super Bowl Ticket Prices Climb Above $5,000 For Worst Seats

Multiple tickets brokers said that they are “having issues filling pre-sold orders” for Super Bowl XLIX due to “tight inventory and ‘worst seat available’ prices that have pushed as high as $5,700 per ticket.” As of yesterday afternoon, the cheapest seats in Univ. of Phoenix Stadium were “…

SBD/SBJ’s Annual Super Bowl Bowl Pick ‘Em Contest Is Now Open

With the Patriots and Seahawks set to meet in Glendale for Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, SportsBusiness Daily ‘s and SportsBusiness Journal ‘s annual Super Bowl pick ’em contest is open. Test your prognostication skills against those of your fellow subscribers. Those who best predict t…

Levy Restaurants Adds Automated Mixed Drink Systems To Venues

Levy Restaurants, food provider for the Kentucky Derby, is taking the next step for DIY beverage systems at sports venues. The Chicago-based concessionaire announced today the installation of automated mixed drink systems at several major league facilities it serves, including the 16 owner…

Winter Storm Forces Andrew Luck To Cancel Letterman Appearance

Colts QB Andrew Luck was forced to postpone his scheduled appearance on CBS’ “Late Show” due to the blizzard that hit the Northeast earlier this week ( INDYSTAR.com, 1/26 ). Comedian Whitney Cummings appeared in place of Luck, and she made it clear she was a back-up…

Morning Hot Reads: Everybody Loves A Charade

The N.Y. TIMES goes with the headline, ” One Question For The NFL: Why Insist On A Media Day Charade? ” Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch “doesn’t want to talk. He just wants to run. So why does the NFL insist on this charade?”

K.C. STAR header: ” Seahawks’ Richard Sherman Has Become The C…

Twitter Me This….

Sarah Palin should be FIFA president since she can see Russia from her house. — RUSS BENGT$ON (@russbengtson) January 28, 2015
Separate agreement w/ principals of Renegade Sprint Series brings drivers from both series’ together under All Star Circuit of Champions — Jen…

Wisconsin Gov. Wants State Budget To Include Bucks Arena Bonding

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker today is expected to announce that he plans to put into the state budget “bonding to help build a multipurpose arena” in Milwaukee. A source said that the plan relies on the diversion of income taxes paid by visiting NBA athletes as well as Bucks players to “p…

Twitter Me This….

Everyone’s got their own reasons for what they do, but if I was Paul Beeston I’d probably tell the Jays to eff off.
— Craig Calcaterra (@craigcalcaterra) January 27, 2015

Front desk of Patriots’ team hotel calls fire alarm “an anomaly.” Whatever that means, I can at leas…

SBD/SBJ’s Annual Super Bowl Bowl Pick ‘Em Contest Is Now Open

With the Patriots and Seahawks set to meet in Glendale for Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, SportsBusiness Daily ‘s and SportsBusiness Journal ‘s annual Super Bowl pick ’em contest is open. Test your prognostication skills against those of your fellow subscribers. Those who best predict …

Lakers Returning To Hawaii For Training Camp For 13th Time

Lakers Exec VP/Business Operations Jeanie Buss said that the team will be holding its ’15 training camp in Honolulu this fall, “returning to Hawaii for the first time in nearly a decade.” The franchise also will play a “couple of preseason games at the Stan Sheriff Center on Oct. 4 …

Morning Hot Reads: Slings And Arrows

The WALL STREET JOURNAL notes Sling TV, launching this week, “fills a big void for cable-cutters” as the “first service to live stream major sports, news and other traditionally pay-TV shows.”

The SACRAMENTO BEE Editorial Board: “It is hardly news that college sports are big business….

SBD/SBJ’s Annual Super Bowl Bowl Pick ‘Em Contest Is Now Open

With the Patriots and Seahawks set to meet in Glendale for Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, SportsBusiness Daily ‘s and SportsBusiness Journal ‘s annual Super Bowl pick ’em contest is open. Test your prognostication skills against those of your fellow subscribers. Those who best predict…

Patriots, Seahawks Host Pre-Super Bowl Gatherings For Fans

The Patriots today will hold a Super Bowl pep rally in Boston before they embark to Arizona. The 11:00am ET event at City Hall Plaza will include appearances by team Owner Robert Kraft , President Jonathan Kraft , coach Bill Belichick , QB Tom Brady and other players. The cheerle…

New Title Sponsor Expected Soon For PGA Tour Humana Challenge

Humana is “ending its relationship” with the PGA Tour event in the Palm Springs, Calif., area after this year’s tournament, which concluded yesterday. But Tournament Dir & CEO Bob Marra said that he “expects the announcement of a new title sponsor ‘soon.'” Marra: “It’s a business dea…

Morning Hot Reads: Debt To Society

Under the header, ” Albatross Of Debt Weighs On Super Bowl City ,” the N.Y. TIMES looks at how Glendale, Ariz., has been “overwhelmed by its debt payments” on sports facilities and “forced to slash public services.”

THE MMQB examines Neil Hornsby ‘s analytics firm Pro Football Focus ,…

Tweet Pic Of The Day….

Victory lane post confetti @DISupdates @CGRTeams pic.twitter.com/3Ap5zdxXbB — Steve Lauletta (@slauletta) January 25, 2015

Rolex 24 Becoming Prominent Part Of Motorsports Calendar

This weekend’s IMSA Tudor United SportsCar Series Rolex 24 at Daytona “has become an all-star event” to begin the racing season and kick off Speedweeks. The field includes 14 of the 33 drivers who started in the ’14 Indianapolis 500. While “most of the guest drivers this weekend are h…

Events

Friday

The Red Sox will host “Baseball Winter Weekend” at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. The event will include a Town Hall Meeting with Owner John Henry , Chair Tom Werner , President & CEO Larry Lucchino , Exec VP & GM Ben Cherington and manag…

NFL Statement: Investigation Into Patriots’ Deflategate Ongoing

The NFL on Friday afternoon issued a statement on the Deflategate scandal: “Our office has been conducting an investigation as to whether the footballs used … complied with the specifications that are set forth in the playing rules.” The investigation, led jointly by NFL Exec V…

ESPN Moving Full Shows To Arizona For Week Of Super Bowl

Hundreds of ESPN employees “have converged on Arizona as the company scrambles to build a massive mobile studio” for its coverage around Super Bowl XLIX. “SportsCenter” for the first time will “broadcast the full show from the Super Bowl site, having aired only shorter segments in previous…

Buzzer Beaters….

H.J. Heinz Co. has opted not to advertise during NBC’s Super Bowl XLIX broadcast despite “success with last year’s Super Bowl commercial” ( BIZJOURNALS.com, 1/23 ).

San Diego-based golf simulator firm Full Swing Golf formally announced that it has signed Jorda…

Laugh Track: Deflated Ego

Sports broadcaster Al Michaels appeared on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” last night where he addressed the Patriots “Deflategate” scandal. Michaels said, “The government of Yemen has collapsed, we have terror cells in France and all three network news broadc…

Final Jeopardy….

“What is 3 Musketeers?”

Correct responses to the “Sports Shorts 2014” category:

$200: “What is Russia?”

$400: “Who are the S.F. Giants?”

The $600, $800 and $1000 answers were not revealed.

Final Jeopardy!

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

“An early TV ad for this candy bar featured a fleur-de-lis flag and a song with the lyrics ‘fun for all.’”

Last night’s edition of “Jeopardy!” featured the cat…

Morning Hot Reads: Mixed Company

The PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER goes with the header: ” In This Year’s Super Bowl, Only Sure Winner Is Comcast .” Subsidiary Global Spectrum managers Univ. of Phoenix Stadium, while Comcast-owned NBA will broadcast the game. Viewers will include millions of Xfinity subscribers.

USA TODAY: ” T…

Back Pages….

The Morning Buzz offers today’s back page sports covers from some of the nation’s major metropolitan tabloids:

N.Y. Post
N.Y. Daily News Philadelphia Daily News Boston Herald Newsday Chicago Sun-Times

Al Haymon, Spike TV To Announce Deal For Boxing Telecasts

Sources said that boxing manager Al Haymon today will unveil a deal with Spike TV, coming on the heels of a multiyear TV deal with NBC Sports . Similar to the NBC pact, Haymon, with “tens of millions of dollars” from investors backing him, is “buying the airtime to present bouts under t…