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Goodell To Attend NFC Title Game On Sunday, Bypassing Foxboro Once Again

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 01 / 17 / 17

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell "will attend the NFC Championship game in Atlanta" on Sunday instead of the AFC title game in Foxboro, according to ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss. Goodell last Saturday also was in Atlanta for the Seahawks-Falcons divisional game instead of Texans-Patriots ( TWITTER.c...

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Group Of 5 Schools Adding A Separate Playoff?

A growing number of Group of 5 officials "favor adding a playoff specifically for the Group of 5 schools," according to Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com. Northern Illinois AD Sean Frazier said that he "believes a Group of 5 playoff could be financially rewarding to those schools." A source said that ...

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Pro Football HOF Moves HOF Game To Thursday

The Pro Football HOF Game next August will be "held on a Thursday night" for the first time, according to a front-page piece by Alison Matas of the CANTON REPOSITORY.  The move is "one of several schedule changes" for the '17 Pro Football HOF Enshrinement Week. Moving the game to Thursday ...

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Villanova Hosting Vatican-Sanctioned Conference

The Big East Conference and Villanova announced that the school will host a regional conference on “Sport at the Service of Humanity” on June 7-8 at the Villanova campus. The conference is the first to be sanctioned by the Vatican following its inaugural conference on faith and sports in ...

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Aussie Open Purse To Exceed $36M

The Australian Open has raised its total prize money purse to $36.2M (AU$50M) for next month's event, "continuing the tournament’s stunning growth," according to Leo Schlink of the Melbourne HERALD SUN. Both the men's and women's singles champions will receive a record $2.7M -- an increas ...

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NFL Unveils Combine Experience Fan Event

The NFL will hold a Combine Experience fan event in conjunction with the annual scouting combine in which people who "register online will have access to news conferences with prospects and be able to watch the Bench Press event," according to Jordan Wilson of the INDIANAPOLIS STAR. The free ev ...

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'17 CONCACAF Gold Cup Venues Announced

The USMNT will open its '17 CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament schedule on July 8 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, followed by a July 12 game at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Three days later, the USMNT will complete the Group B phase at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. A total of 13 cities in the U.S. ...

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ShooWin Calls Big Ten Title Game A Success

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Clemson CFP Semifinal Ticket Sales Coming Up Short

Clemson as of Monday had sold 7,300 of its 12,500 tickets for its CFP semifinal game against Ohio State on New Year's Eve, "putting the school's ticket office in the rare position of having more supply than ticket demand for a post-season game," according to Abe Hardesty of the Anderson INDEPEN ...

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New Orleans To Host '17 CBS Sports Classic

New Orleans' Smoothie King Center in '17 will host the "fourth edition" of the CBS Sports Classic men's college basketball tournament, according to William Guillory of the New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE. Next year's event, on Dec. 23, will "feature a doubleheader" that will include North Carolina-Ohio S ...

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NCAA Tourney Expansion Not Coming Soon

The NCAA Tournament field of 68 is not expected to have "any more big changes anytime soon," as the governing body has "no interest in messing with it," according to John Marshall of AP. Michigan State AD and NCAA Tournament Selection Committee Chair Mark Hollis said, "Because of the intricacie ...

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