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

Between The Pipes: NHL Panthers Create Buzz With Goalie-For-A-Day Contest

A field of 58 participants yesterday tried out to become the NHL Panthers’ “practice goalie for the day” as part of the team’s “Goal of a Lifetime” contest, according to Joe Trezza of the MIAMI HERALD. The prospective goalies auditioned “to earn the chance to compete in a shootout” during …

Dodgers’ Kasten In Talks With Commissioner Manfred To Host All-Star Game

It has been 35 years since Dodger Stadium hosted an MLB All-Star Game, but Commissioner Rob Manfred “made it sound Monday like that drought could soon come to an end,” according to Mark Saxon of ESPN L.A. Manfred said that he and Dodgers President & CEO Stan Kasten “have begun discussi…

SBJ/SBD Unveils Nominees For Eighth Annual Sports Business Awards

SportsBusiness Journal/Daily today unveiled the 78 nominees in 15 categories for the eighth annual Sports Business Awards , which will be presented on May 20 at the New York Marriott Marquis at Times Square. ESPN leads the field with four nominations. The NBA, NBC Sports Group, NFL and Wa…

Cohn Taking Part In NHL Panthers’ “Goal Of A Lifetime” Promotion

ESPN’s Linda Cohn is one of 60 invitees who will take part today in tryouts for the chance to be the NHL Panthers’ “backup practice goalie for a day.” The team “launched the unusual promotion” after Gs Roberto Luongo and Al Montoya were “both injured in the same game” March 3 against…

In Other News….

Alex Trebek has “reupped his contract” to continue hosting “Jeopardy!” through the ’17-18 season. Trebek, who “dropped hints in recent years about retiring,” reportedly made $10M a year with his last contract ( VARIETY.com, 3/15 ).

Morning Hot Reads: Under-Developed

Headline for a special to the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE: ” NBA Needs True Developmental League .” It is “time for the NBA to take cold, hard look at what the college game is producing and take a more proactive role in developing players.”

The TAMPA BAY TIMES notes the golf industry “…

Claude Ruibal Reportedly Out As Top Google Sports Exec

Google Head of Global Sports Claude Ruibal has parted ways with the company, according to several sources. His last day was Friday, and he told staff of his impending departure late last week. No replacement has been announced. Ruibal’s exit opens questions about Google’s sto…

Weekend Channel Surf….

Friday

Spike TV will air “Premier Boxing Champions,” headlined by an Andre Berto-Josesito Lopez bout, at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif., at 9:00pm ET.

NBC Universo will air the NASCAR Mexico Series Toyota 120 live from Phoenix Int’l Raceway at 10:00pm ET.

Sat…

Daily Digit….

$860,000 – Approximate amount of PepsiCo’s payments to the Twins in FY ’14 in connection with a sponsorship agreement. PepsiCo received approximately $700,000 from the team and a third party in connection with the sale of PepsiCo products at Target Field. The numbers …

Tweet Pic Of The Day….

Very cool @FormulaE driver photo shoot on the Miami Heat court. @SPEED @FOXSports #MiamiEPrix pic.twitter.com/CQJqrI07WI — John Dagys (@johndagys) March 13, 2015

Formula E CEO Promotes Series Ahead Of U.S. Debut In Miami

Formula E makes its U.S. debut Saturday with a street race in downtown Miami, and series CEO Alejandro Agag appeared on CNBC’s “Squawk Alley” to promote the event. Agag: “Our races are totally unpredictable and we are really at the beginning of this kind of racin…

Mets Settle Discrimination Lawsuit Brought By Former Female Exec

The Mets and former Senior VP/Ticket Sales & Service Leigh Castergine on Friday afternoon said they have settled the discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuit brought against the club by her last September. Castergine had sued the Mets in N.Y. District Court, alleging an extend…

Nominees for 2015 Sports Business Awards to be revealed on Monday

The teams, leagues, companies and individuals voted as the nominees in 15 categories for the 2015 Sports Business Awards will be revealed at roughly 7 am ET Monday in a video announcement. Look for an email and tweet directing you to the video. Winners will be announced during a live cerem…

Sports Business Awards Nominees To Be Announced on Monday

Get up early on Monday and look for our video announcement of the nominees for the 2015 Sports Business Awards. Nominees will be revealed in 15 categories. Look for an email and tweet that will exclusively unveil the nominees at roughly 7:00am ET on Monday. This year’s winners will b…

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ACC Tourney Begins In Greensboro Ahead OF Four-Year Exodus

The New York Life ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament begins today, “ending an era in Greensboro” before heading to DC, Brooklyn and Charlotte over the next four seasons. There is an “orange cloud hanging over” the tournament in the wake of the punishments against Syracuse, which will be absen…

Twins Sign Local Restaurant For New Lounge Naming Rights

The Twins and local restaurant Barrio today announced a deal covering naming rights to a new lounge and bar in left field at Target Field. Barrio, the name of the destination inside Gate 6, will serve fresh Latin cuisine and a wide selection of tequilas. The old space held a small retail s…

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)…