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

Quick Hits….

“We got them all back on Wednesday morning without New Orleans PD being involved, so that was a victory” – Univ. of Nevada football coach Brian Polian , on letting his players have an extended curfew ahead of Saturday’s R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl ( RGJ.com, 12/18 )….

College Bowl Season Set To Begin, Including New Game In Montgomery

The ’14-15 college bowl season kicks off tomorrow with five games. Financial documents filed this summer by New Orleans Bowl Inc. indicated that last year’s R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl generated $3.77M in revenue, with 58% of that via ticket sales. Last year’s game drew its thir…

Laugh Track….Rally Hats

ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel said, “Christmas is a strange holiday if you really think about it. … It’s the third night of Hanukkah, which means the Jewish kids are already three presents up on the gentile kids. But we will catch up. We are like the Tom Brady of present …

Today’s Events….

Michael Phelps is scheduled to go to trial on drunk driving charges. While he is “unlikely to face jail time,” his “path ahead is not entirely clear” ( Baltimore SUN, 12/19 ).

USA Today’s Most-Read Of ’14 List Includes Four Sports Stories

Four sports stories make USA TODAY’s ” 10 Most-Read” of ’14 :

No. 4: Seahawks FB Derrick Coleman , the NFL’s first deaf offensive player, in a “moving Duracell commercial.”
No. 5: Tony Stewart ‘s sprint car wreck that resulted in the death of driver Kevin Ward ….

Phil Jackson, Charles Barkley Trade Jabs During Knicks-Bulls Game

TNT’s Charles Barkley and Knicks President Phil Jackson “got into a little war of words” during last night’s Knicks-Bulls game. During the telecast, Jackson tweeted of Barkley’s analysis, “do I have to mute this game? Chuck just remember your fundamental…key to [triangle]…

FCC Refuses To Block Dan Snyder Radio Station License Renewal

The FCC has “dismissed an attempt to block the broadcast license renewal of a radio station that belongs” to Redskins Owner Dan Snyder ( WASHINGTON POST, 12/19 ). An activist attorney was “seeking to strip” the license of a Virginia radio station “because …

St. Pete City Council To Vote On Rays’ Agreement With Mayor

The St. Petersburg City Council today is scheduled to vote on Mayor Rick Kriseman ‘s memo of understanding with the Rays, which would allow the team to ” consider stadium sites in Hillsborough County .” This comes after team Owner Stu Sternberg “has already vowed he will not remain at …

Nike Could Beat Q2 Expectations, But Global Economic Issues Loom

Nike today is slated to report Q2 numbers after the market closes, and the company is “likely to leap over earnings expectations yet again,” which would be “the 28th time out of the past 30 quarters.” Nike’s “sportswear seems to be as hot as ever and its technology keeps giving competitors…

Night Moves….Swearing In

Last night’s 2:00am ET editions of ESPN’s “SportsCenter” and FS1’s “Fox Sports Live” both led with Grizzlies-Spurs. ESPN followed with Rockets-Nuggets, Hawks-Cavaliers and the Bears benching QB Jay Cutler . FS1 followed with Hawks-Cavaliers, Rocke…

Tweet Pic Of The Day….

Hangin’ with El Pibe @thesoccerdon @soccerkcarter @courtemancheMLS #PremiosUnivisionDeportes pic.twitter.com/smrKLm7C83 — howardhandler (@h2ny) December 18, 2014

NFL Employees Hand Over Records In Mueller’s Investigation

Nearly 500 employees at NFL HQ in N.Y. turned over phone and e-mail records to investigators “looking into how Commissioner Roger Goodell and his staff pursued and handled evidence in the Ray Rice case.” A source said that the report is “expected to be completed this month.” Leagu…

Greg Norman’s Company Moving To New HQ In Jupiter, Fla.

The new HQ for Greg Norman ‘s Great White Shark Enterprises is scheduled to be in Jupiter, Fla., after the move to a “12,000-square-foot commercial office building” was approved by the town council last night. Plans by building owner Richard Witham “call for a two-story building on the …

Nike Campaign For LeBron 12 Shoe Highlights Local “Heroes”

Nike today is rolling out a new campaign that will highlight the LeBron 12 basketball shoe by “featuring a dozen northeast Ohioans identified by LeBron James and the shoe company as local ‘heroes.'” As part of the #iDYOURHERO initiative, Nike filmed videos and designed sh…

Today’s Events….

The DC Council will take the final vote on using public funds to help build a new DC United stadium.

Lightning Owner Jeff Vinik To Unveil Vision For Tampa Development

Lightning Owner Jeff Vinik today will unveil his vision to “transform the 24 barren acres” of land he owns in downtown Tampa into a “walkable waterfront entertainment district.” New apartments, condos, restaurants, shops and offices “will be added to the downtown empire Vinik h…

San Diego City Council Promises Funds For ’16 MLB All-Star Game

San Diego’s pursuit of the ’16 MLB All-Star Game “took a key step forward” when the City Council unanimously agreed to cover up to $1.5M for “police officers, firefighters and other services during the event.” Council members said that hosting the event “would boost the city’s econom…

Laugh Track….Skin In The Game

CBS’s David Letterman said, “We’re very excited. Both the New York Giants and the New York Jets won their football games yesterday. Astronomers say this will not happen again until the year 2164. … According to the new Pope, dogs can go to heaven. … Dogs c…

Night Moves….Crosby, Stills & MASH

Last night’s 2:00am ET edition of ESPN’s “SportsCenter” led with Saints-Bears, followed by an injury update on Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray and Bucks-Suns. The first NHL report was 33 minutes into the broadcast with Penguins C Sidney Crosby suffering from the mumps…

ESPN Extends Jon Gruden’s Contract Through ’21 NFL Season

ESPN’s “MNF” analyst Jon Gruden has agreed to an extension with the net for the remainder of the company’s current NFL rights deal through the ’21 season. Gruden joined ESPN in May ’09 and has earned four Sports Emmy nominations in the Best Analyst category ( ESPN ).

During las…

Warren Buffett Beside Bench In Cleveland For Cavaliers Game

Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett made another appearance at a sporting event last night when he sat near the Cavaliers bench for a home game against the Hornets. Buffett, who wore a No. 23 Cavaliers jersey, was a guest of F LeBron James and “perhaps more so, of owner Dan G…

Source: NFLPA Filing Suit Against NFL Over Peterson Decision

A source said that the NFLPA today in federal court in Minnesota “plans to file a lawsuit against the league” on behalf of suspended Vikings RB Adrian Peterson . The lawsuit will, among other things, “challenge the impartiality of arbitrator Harold Henderson ,” who on Friday ” upheld the…

MSNBC’s New Streaming Portal To Include Sports-Themed Show

A new digital initiative titled “Shift by MSNBC” is expected to launch today, and its offerings will include a show called “Left Field” that examines sports issues. A host for “Left Field” has yet to be named. MSNBC President Phil Griffin expects the new streaming video portal to have a …

San Diego City Council To Consider ’16 MLB All-Star Bid

The San Diego City Council today is scheduled to consider a proposed bid for the ’16 MLB All-Star Game. The plan includes a maximum $1.5M “city contribution for police officers, firefighters and other services during the game and five days of related events.” The Padres “would co…

In Other News….

The WALL STREET JOURNAL’s Anna Prior looks at “ some of the latest research on what pushes people to open their wallets ” in a Wealth Management piece on “how charities can get more out of donors” ( WALL STREET JOURNAL, 12/15 ).

ESPN Not Letting Magnus Out Of Contract Early To Join IMG College

ESPN has informed Senior VP/Programming Acquisitions Burke Magnus that it is not letting him out of his contract early to take a job running IMG College. ESPN President John Skipper and ESPN Exec VP/Programming John Wildhack made separate calls to Magnus late Friday to say that ESPN…

Tony Crispino Leaving IMG College To Join George Pyne’s Venture

IMG College COO Tony Crispino will leave the company at the end of the month to join George Pyne ‘s new venture . Crispino, an IMG employee dating back to ’06, moved from the Cleveland office to IMG College’s Winston-Salem HQ in late ’10. Crispino oversaw the college d…

ATP Announces 45% Increase In Prize Money By ’18 Season

The ATP announced a 45% prize money increase over the next four years to $135M by ’18, ending a year-long negotiation between players and tournaments. Prize money was $93M this year. The biggest increases in player compensation come in the top nine events, with tournaments providing annua…

EPL Opens Bidding Process For Next Round Of TV Rights

The EPL “has opened the bidding process for the next tranche” of TV rights, which run from the ’16-17 season through ’18-19. There will be “168 live matches up for grabs – up from the current 154 matches, split into seven packages.” No “single bidder will be allowed to acquire more t…

South Korea Rejects Sharing ’18 Winter Games With Japan

South Korea on Friday said that it had “no intention of sharing” the ’18 Pyeongchang Games with Japan, rejecting an IOC “suggestion for cost-cutting.” The IOC earlier this week decided to ” allow host cities to move competitions to other towns or even to other countries .” POCOG in a …

ESPN Set To Air “The U Part 2,” The First “30 For 30” Sequel

ESPN will debut the new “30 for 30” film “The U Part 2” on Saturday in the “enviable post-Heisman show time slot” at 9:00pm ET. The film, centered on Miami football, “allocates about 20 minutes” to the Nevin Shapiro scandal. Filmmaker Billy Corben , whose original “The U” aired on ESP…

Top Ten….Hack Attack

Last night’s Top Ten list was “Top Ten New Revelations From The Sony Hack.” CBS’ David Letterman said, “Sony Pictures’ computers were hacked last month exposing confidential and embarrassing information such as social security numbers” ( “L…

Final Jeopardy!

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

“The first birthday celebration mentioned in the bible takes place in Genesis, Chapter 40 and is in honor of this ruler.”

Report: NHL Looking To Finalize Deal For Winter Classic In Boston

TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported the NHL is “trying to get a deal done” with the Bruins to “have next year’s Winter Classic in Boston.” McKenzie: “I would think that by mid-January to mid-February it could be finalized if all goes well. That’s the primary focus right now but …

Laugh Track….Defining Moments

NBC’s Jimmy Fallon said, “This is going viral today. NFL star Marshawn Lynch gave a rare interview this week amid speculation that he might retire at the end of this season, and he was asked to define ‘Beast Mode.’ Tell us, what is ‘Beast Mode?’ Chec…

Prominent ADs Concerned About Direction Of College Sports

A panel consisting of seven prominent ADs at the ’14 IMG Intercollegiate Athletics Forum yesterday expressed a lot of concern, and a little optimism, over the state and direction of college sports. Duke AD Kevin White said, “I really worry about where we’re heading. We&rsq…

Twitter Me This….

“I’m in the business-I got to win games.” Jets Johnson on GM & Head coach or “Yep, another NY Jets Circus w/ Elephants & parades!” Good AM!
— Ralph Cindrich (@RalphCindrich) December 11, 2014

There is no more tired expression in NY sports than, “If George …

NFL’s Vincent On Why Conduct Policy Was Not Collectively Bargained

NFL Exec VP/Football Operations Troy Vincent this morning on ESPN Radio discussed the league’s new personal conduct policy and why it was not collectively bargained, something the NFLPA lobbied for. Vincent said, “It’s never been collectively bargained, but then as rece…

Today’s Events….

Steiner Sports hosts a “Power Breakfast” event featuring Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban and former MLBer Derek Jeter from 9:00-11:00am ET at the Millennium Hotel’s Hudson Theatre in Manhattan.

Dodgers Create Buzz At Winter Meetings With Flurry Of Trades

The Dodgers have been the talk of the MLB Winter Meetings over the past 24 hours after reportedly agreeing to several transactions that see CF Matt Kemp go to the Padres and 2B Dee Gordon and P Dan Haren go to the Marlins, while acquiring SS Jimmy Rollins , 2B Howie Kendrick ,…

Laugh Track….We’ll Never Be Royals

ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel said of the visit Prince William and Kate Middleton visiting N.Y. for the first time, “As soon as the Prince and Duchess showed up for the game just after halftime, LeBron James went nuts. He took over to make it clear who the real king is.” More Kimm…

Latest Soccer Stadium Plan Has Las Vegas Paying 28% Of Cost

Las Vegas today is expected to release a “more detailed version” of a “new and likely final set of financial terms” that calls for the city to commit $56.5M toward a $200M downtown soccer stadium. The Las Vegas City Council is slated to vote on the issue Dec. 17. The latest terms have…

College Leaders Converge For IMG Intercollegiate Athletics Forum

The 13th annual IMG Intercollegiate Athletics Forum kicked off today at the N.Y. Marriott Marquis in Times Square. The event serves as a platform for stakeholders to openly examine and candidly debate the numerous and complex issues surrounding college sports. Through case stud…

Night Moves….Touchy Feely

Last night’s 1:00am ET edition of ESPN’s “SportsCenter” and FS1’s “Fox Sports Live” both led with Raptors-Cavaliers, with ESPN following with Magic Johnson commenting on the state of the Lakers, Kings-Lakers and Panthers QB Cam Newton being inv…

Night Moves….Grin And Bear It

Last night’s 2:00am ET editions of ESPN’s “SportsCenter” and FS1’s “Fox Sports Live” led with Falcons-Packers. ESPN followed with Suns-Clippers and Cavaliers-Nets and FS1 aired highlights of Celtics-Wizards and Suns-Clippers.

ESPN’s Keith…

Today’s Events….

S.F.’s Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure will host a public meeting on the environmental review process for the Warriors’ proposed arena in the city’s Mission Bay neighborhood.

Edward Glazer Selling 3 Million Shares In Manchester United

Edward Glazer , son of late Manchester United Owner Malcolm Glazer , is selling 3 million shares in the EPL club. Glazer’s six children “took an equal split of the shares after his death” in May. Glazer in a statement by ManU today said that he will sell 3 million “Class A Ordinary Share…