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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…

Hawaii AD Ben Jay Stepping Down For Unknown Reasons

Sources said that Hawaii AD Ben Jay will resign today after being “on the job almost two years.” His contract with UH runs through June, and his “base salary is $293,000 per year.” It is “not immediately known how long Jay will remain before a replacement or interim AD is hired.” The “ex…

Source: NBA Will Not Fine Players For “I Can’t Breathe” Shirts

An NBA source said that the league “will not fine players” who wore ” I Can’t Breathe ” T-shirts during warmups prior to the Cavaliers-Nets game last night ( ESPNNY.com, 12/8 ). Cavaliers F LeBron James and G Kyrie Irving wore the T-shirts, as did Nets Gs Jarrett…

Sabres Launching Community Assist Week With School Visit

The Sabres today begin their Community Assist Week, in which “players and their spouses, coaches, team officials and alumni will support a variety of community service initiatives throughout Western New York.” The first effort will be at Lorraine Elementary School in Buffalo, where vi…

Bills Exec VP Bruce Popko Joining Pegula Sports & Entertainment

Bills Exec VP/Business Development Bruce Popko will join Pegula Sports & Entertainment in a similar role overseeing sales and sponsorship across the group’s properties: the Bills, Sabres, AHL Rochester Americans, NLL Buffalo Bandits, the HarborCenter entertainment complex and Nashvil…

Adam Silver Takes Top Spot In SBJ’s 50 Most Influential List

SportsBusiness Journal releases its 50 Most Influential People In Sports Business today with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver being named No. 1. Rounding out the top five are ESPN President John Skipper , Kraft Group CEO Robert Kraft , MLB’s Bud Selig / Rob Manfred and N…

Former NLL Commissioner Jim Jennings Dies At Age 53

Former NLL Commissioner Jim Jennings passed away yesterday at the age of 53 after a four-year battle with cancer. Jennings was the third Commissioner in league history, taking the reins in September ’00 and serving for eight seasons before stepping down in January ’09. Prior to that, he …

NHL BOG Meetings Will Feature Expansion Talk, But No Vote

The NHL gathers for its annual BOG meeting today and tomorrow in Boca Raton, Fla., and “expansion chatter is on the docket.” However, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said, “There won’t be any vote.” If the BOG does at some point approve expansion, “it’ll take two to three years from that p…

Quick Hits….

“New audiences – with every generation – migrate to new brands – old media is giving way to new. It happened in print, and it’s happening in video as well” – Vox Media CEO Jim Bankoff , whose company was recently valued at $380M, on the growing va…

MSG To Host NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, Open Practice In ’15

The ’15 Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game and NBA All-Star Practice will be played in NBA arenas for the first time. MSG will host the celebrity game on Friday, Feb. 13, immediately prior to the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge at Barclays Center. MSG also will host the practice sessio…

New Swiss Laws Would Place Sports Officials Under Scrutiny

Lawmakers in Switzerland are “poised to pass a set of laws known as ‘Lex FIFA’ that would tighten oversight of the approximately 60 sporting bodies” based in the country, including FIFA. The first of the new laws, expected to be approved by parliament next Friday, would treat FIFA Pre…

Tweet Pic Of The Day….

Found @KirkHerbstreit and Tom Rinaldi. #SicEm @CollegeGameDay pic.twitter.com/9aSOykz8ME — Baylor Basketball (@BaylorMBB) December 5, 2014

Redskins Secondary Ticket Prices Hit Low Point For Past Two Seasons

As the ’14 Redskins team “unravels apace, so goes secondary market ticket prices” for Sunday’s home game against the Rams. Seats “can be had for as little as $4,” or $3 for standing-room, according to data from SeatGeek. The average price on the secondary market is $31, “the lowest price f…

Ad Placement….

USA Today is running a special four-page section around Saturday’s UFC 181 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The section includes ads for UFCRewards.com, UFCStore.com and a full-page metroPCS ad featuring fighter Anthony Pettis ( THE DAILY ).

Mobil 1 congratulates Kevin Harvick for…

Documentary About Kings Announcer Bob Miller Begins L.A. Run

The Regal Cinema at L.A. Live starting today will be showing “Voice Of The King,” a new documentary about NHL Kings announcer Bob Miller . Miller “initially declined” filmmaker Charlie Minn ‘s offer to make a documentary about him “around the time of the Kings’ first Stanley Cup victory”…

Bud Light Set To Debut Latest NFL-Themed “Up For Whatever” Ad

The latest NFL-themed ad in A-B’s “Up for Whatever” campaign debuts this weekend. A diehard Broncos fan drinking Bud Light at a stadium parking lot tailgate before a game finds himself whisked onto the field, where he receives a game ball delivered by a parachutist and gets his …

Magic Johnson To Receive SI’s Sportsman of the Year Legacy Award

Sports Illustrated named Magic Johnson the recipient of its Sportsman of the Year Legacy Award, honoring him for his two decades as an entrepreneur, philanthropist and social/political activist. Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver received the first such award from SI in ‘0…

Bowl Games Spending $5.4M On Participant Gifts This Season

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SBJ’s David Broughton and Brandon McClung talk about the annual college bowl gifts list

Hair dryers, aloha shirts and belt buckles return as bowl gifts this season, but new to the roster are pylons and custom-made Fatheads, according to SportsBusiness Daily/Journal&rsq…

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…