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

Liverpool Set To Start Construction On Anfield Expansion Project

EPL club Liverpool today will announce that it is “finally ready to start construction of the long-awaited redevelopment” of its Anfield stadium. The US$118M upgrade of the Main Stand “will start now and be complete in time for the start” of the ’16-17 season. The venue’s capacity “wi…

Twitter Me This….

My thanks to all who came to “Wheels Up” at Fenway last night for a SCRIBE signing and chat. I really enjoyed it. Great food, too.
— Bob Ryan (@GlobeBobRyan) December 4, 2014

Shout-out to anyone else still up, fueled by weak hotel coffee while finishing a deadline featur…

Rutgers Creating Fan Committee To Improve Game-Day Experience

The Rutgers athletic department yesterday announced the establishment of a 25-member Fan Advisory Board, marking a “grassroots effort to connect with its fan base on a wide range of issues and initiatives.” Rutgers officials said that the group’s goal is to “create a dialogue bet…

Today’s Events….

The Wild will take part in an announcement of sustainability achievements at Xcel Energy Center and Saint Paul RiverCentre. Team Owner Craig Leipold and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman will be in attendance.

Drivers Larson, Karam Discuss Brand-Building Via Social Media

Up-and-coming drivers Kyle Larson and Sage Karam yesterday during the closing session of the ’14 NASCAR Motorsports Marketing Forum in Las Vegas shared some thoughts on how they are using Twitter, Instagram and other social media to grow their brands. Karam, who is competing …

Laugh Track….Jet Motion

ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel said, “Last night on ‘Monday Night Football’ was another sad night for the New York Jets. Tickets to the game in New Jersey were reportedly selling for $10, which is less than it costs to see a movie in 2-D, but there was a highlight. That highl…

Today’s Events….

The city of Columbia, S.C., and the ownership group of a prospective MiLB team will announce a naming-rights sponsor for the city’s new ballpark, slated to open in April ’16.

The Mets and local charity New York Cares will hold a coat drive at the team’s Citi Field merchandise shop. Thos…

Final Jeopardy….

“Who is Queen Elizabeth II ?”

Correct responses to the “Sports Stars” category:

For $200: “Who are the Heat?”

For $400: “What is auto racing?”

For $600: “Who are Venus and Serena Williams ?”

For $800: “Who…

DC Council Unanimously Approves Plan For MLS’ Costliest Stadium

The DC Council yesterday voted unanimously to approve a new stadium for DC United, “probably ending the team’s decade-long search for a new home.” The plan is expected to cost the District at least $150M in direct investment and another $43M in forgone tax revenue. The deal “bene…

Motorsports Marketing Forum: Comcast’s Lederer Talks Xfinity Series

With fewer than 80 days left before the start of the inaugural Xfinity Series season, Comcast Senior Dir of Sports Brand Marketing Matt Lederer said his team is already baselining its goals for the sponsorship, and that Year 1 will be focused on building the brand. Lederer, speaking at t…

Today’s Events….

MSG Co. and The Garden of Dreams Foundation launch their first Garden of Dreams Week, which continues through Monday. Activities will include themed nights at Knicks and Rangers games, with Garden of Dreams children singing the national anthem, acting as guest PA announcers and perfor…

Troy Vincent Not Slated To Testify At Adrian Peterson Appeal Hearing

Viking RB Adrian Peterson will get an appeal hearing today for his indefinite suspension, and a source said that NFL Exec VP/Football Operations Troy Vincent “isn’t scheduled to testify.” However, appeals officer Harold Henderson “could call Vincent for a separate testimony…

Twins Look To Create New Bar, Event Space At Target Field

The Twins today will request formal permission from the Minnesota Ballpark Authority for a $2.5M project at Target Field that would “create a new ‘destination bar’ and an expanded event space” prior to the start of the ’15 season. The bar “would replace retail space on the main concourse b…

FAU Planning New Athletic Facility Thanks To Record Donation

Florida Atlantic Univ. officials today will announce that the school is “building a new athletic facility to primarily be used by the football program.” The project is funded by a “donation that is expected to be the largest single gift in the school’s history.” The facility will feat…

The Daily’s Hot Reads For Tuesday: Mental Health In College Sports

The WALL STREET JOURNAL’s Sharon Terlep writes, “The apparent suicide last week of Ohio State football player Kosta Karageorge underscores Brian Hainline ‘s argument that college athletes need better mental-health services ” ( WALL STREET JOURNAL ).

CRAIN’S CLEVELAND BUSINESS’ Kevin…

Pro League Online Stores Offering Cyber Monday Discounts

Pro leagues are offering Cyber Monday deals today, such as MLB.com Shop’s offer in which when one item is purchased, buyers can “get another for 50 percent off – and enjoy free shipping with no minimum whatsoever” ( MLB.com, 12/1 ). NFLShop.com, Store.NBA.com and S…

Taking Attendance….

The announced crowd of 78,431 for Patriots-Packers yesterday “is a record for Lambeau Field” ( BOSTON GLOBE, 12/1 ).

A Sounders postseason record crowd of 46,758 last night attended the second leg of the MLS Western Conference Championship at CenturyLink Field ( L.A. DAILY NE…

Vox Media Valued At $380M After Latest Round Of Funding

SB Nation parent company Vox Media today will announce that it has closed on a $46.5M round of financing from N.Y. investment firm General Atlantic that values the online publisher at $380M. Vox “has been adding publications to its portfolio in the last 12 months.” Its seven online publica…

Stamps Like Us: Calgary Wins Grey Cup Before Near-Sellout Crowd

The CFL Calgary Stampeders won the Grey Cup yesterday by defeating the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 20-16 before a “boisterous” crowd of 52,056 at BC Place Stadium, “1,423 short of a sellout” ( CP, 11/30 ). The Stampeders “were so excited after winning the Grey Cup, they broke the trophy.” LB Ju…

UAB Expected To Fire AD Brian Mackin, Cut Football Program

Sources said that Alabama-Birmingham is firing AD Brian Mackin and “will announce later this week that it will be shutting down its football program.” This is a “move that boosters and former players had feared for the last month.” UAB is “undergoing a university-wide yearlong compr…

7 worst ‘Jeopardy!’ players ever

They say you shouldn’t hate the player, you should hate the game. But some “Jeopardy!” contestants had viewers fuming with their awful answers, strange strategies and bad behavior. Here are the worst “Jeopardy” villains:

Red Sox Break From Recent Mold In Signing Ramirez, Sandoval To Big Contracts

The Red Sox have “dramatically changed the look of their lineup and took some risks” during a “wild Monday” that saw the team come to agreements with both SS Hanley Ramirez and 3B Pablo Sandoval, according to Peter Abraham of the BOSTON GLOBE. Ramirez agreed to a four-year, $88M deal that …

Executive Transactions

World Fishing Network named Outdoor Channel President & CEO JIM LIBERATORE to the same position, succeeding KIM CARVER . Liberatore also will continue his role with Outdoor Channel ( WFN )….New Mexico State Univ. named Southern Illinois AD MARIO MOCCIA to the same position, begi…

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Ruling In Ray Rice Appeal Case Expected As Soon As Today

Both sides in the Ray Rice appeal case were “under the impression final word on the matter was going to come down in all likelihood” by today. Rice’s appeal of his indefinite suspension by the NFL “has been under review for roughly 10 days,” with former federal judge Barbara Jones ‘ “ru…

Rio Games Organizers Unveil Olympic, Paralympic Mascots

Organizers of the ’16 Rio Games today unveiled a “bright yellow cat-like figure” as the mascot of the Olympics. The “smiley-faced mascot represents the animal life of Brazil,” while the Paralympic mascot is a “mopped-headed doll with leafy hair, meant to represent the vast diversity of the…

Katy Perry To Headline ’15 Super Bowl Halftime Show On NBC

NBC formally announced that Katy Perry will headline the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show at Univ. of Phoenix Stadium on Feb. 1. NBC’s Bob Costas announced the performance last night at halftime of the “SNF” Cowboys-Giants game. That triggered the launch by Pepsi of an original digit…

New Line Of Nike Shoes Modeled After Robert Kraft’s Kicks

Replicas of Patriots Owner Robert Kraft ‘s specially designed “owner’s model” Nike sneakers today go on sale to the public as the Patriots Lunar Force 1. The shoes are “black with white soles, a dark Nike ‘swoosh’ down the side, and a New England Patriots logo on the tongue.” Another look…

GoDaddy Returning As Super Bowl Advertiser For 11th Time

GoDaddy is “returning to the Super Bowl for its 11th consecutive year” as an advertiser. The company “typically airs two commercials” during the game, but “this time around only purchased one” for NBC’s Feb. 1 telecast. The 30-second spot, titled “Journey Home,” will feature NASCAR driver …

Weekend Events….

FRIDAY
Former U.S. speedskater Apolo Ohno and U.S. Speedskating are hosting the Apolo Ohno Invitational at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City.

SATURDAY
The AHL Syracuse Crunch will play the Utica Comets in the Frozen Dome Classic at the Carrier Dome.

Dish Signs Short-Term Carriage Extension With Turner Broadcasting

Dish Network and Turner Broadcasting signed a short-term carriage extension that runs through the first quarter of ’15. The deal includes TBS and TNT, whose deals with the satellite provider expire in early December. The deal also returns several Turner networks to Dish Network, which were…

Fantasy Sports: Lakers Become Sixth NBA Club To Sign With FanDuel

The Lakers today signed a deal with daily fantasy sports site FanDuel. The company will become an official Lakers’ sponsor and receive in-arena and online exposure. The Lakers become the sixth NBA club to sign a deal with FanDuel, joining the Knicks, Mavericks, Bulls, Magic and Nets….

Daily Digit….

0 – The number of times 76ers fans have been able to redeem a Papa John’s promotion in which they would get 50% off their order the day after a team win. The chain has now adjusted the promotion to require the 76ers to score 90 points for fans to be able to get the discount ( …

In Other News….

Digital TV service Aereo on Friday made “a voluntary filing for bankruptcy protection citing ‘regulatory and legal uncertainty.'” Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia said in a statement: “We encountered significant challenges from the incumbent media companies” ( HOLLYWOODREPORTER.com, 11/…

Final Jeopardy!

Last night’s “Final Jeopardy!” category was “20th Century Presidential Elections.”

“In this year, there were no presidents or vice presidents running, but three of the four men on the two major party ballots would become president.”

Final Jeopardy….

“What is 1920?”

Future Presidents Warren G. Harding , Calvin Coolidge and Franklin D. Roosevelt were on the ballot, as well as Democrat James M. Cox .

Laugh Track….Popping Bottles

NBC’s Jimmy Fallon said, “After signing a contract for $325 million this week, Marlins player Giancarlo Stanton celebrated with a $20,000 bottle of champagne. So let the road to inexplicable bankruptcy begin. … When asked what made the champagne so expensive the barten…

Top Ten….Getting Jobbed

Last night’s “Top Ten List” was “Top Ten Ways To Botch A Job Interview.” CBS’ David Letterman said, “In Southern California, a job applicant showed up drunk to his interview, a fight ensued and he stabbed the guy conducting the interview. &hellip…

Foot Locker Sees Company’s Net Income, Sales Rise In Q3

Foot Locker this morning reported net income of $120M for the company’s Q3 ending Nov. 1, up 17% from $104M during the same period last year. Q3 comparable-store sales also increased 7%. Total Q3 sales increased 7% to $1.731M, compared with $1.622M last year ( Foot Locker ). The comp…

Top Ten….Having A Blast

Last night’s Top Ten List was “Top Ten Questions People Have About The Arctic Blast” ( “Late Show,” CBS, 11/19 ).

10) “Is it too late to drain the pool?”
9) “Is God telling me I shouldn’t marry Charles Manson ?”
8) “Weren’t…

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: …