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SI To Pay Tribute To Michael Phelps At Sportsperson Of The Year Event

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 12 / 07 / 16

SI today said it will include a special tribute to swimmer Michael Phelps during this Monday’s Sportsperson of the Year event at Barclays Center. The tribute will celebrate Phelps’ status as the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time with 23 Gold Medals, three Silver Medals and two...

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12/07/16
Pistons Unveil Interactive Live-Action Video Game

The Pistons have unveiled a new "interactive live-action video game called 'One-on-One with the Detroit Pistons,'" according to Bill Shea of CRAIN's DETROIT BUSINESS. The game, created by N.Y.-based Interlude Ltd., has users represented by a "real human avatar on screen going against one of the actu ...

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12/07/16
U.S. Soccer Stalls On NASL Decision

U.S. Soccer yesterday put a decision on the '17 sanctioning of NASL and USL "on hold." That leaves the "fate of the struggling NASL hanging in the balance but it should give clubs interested in joining the USL more time to seek favorable terms." NASL "has been sanctioned as a Division 2 league ...

12/07/16
A's Kaval Hosts "Office Hours" With Fans

New A's President Dave Kaval yesterday afternoon held the "first of weekly fan 'office hours'" at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, where more than 100 people took part. Kaval promised that he will keep "regular Tuesday afternoon two-hour" openings in his schedule to interact with fans. The fi ...

12/07/16
Kings, Sacramento Spar Over KJ Jersey

The Sacramento City Council last night was preparing to vote on a resolution saying it was partnering with the NBA Kings to honor Kevin Johnson with a "Mayor KJ" jersey at Golden 1 Center, but the team "denied any such thing would take place." The Kings in a statement said, "In addition to the wal ...

12/07/16
New Documentaries On Olympic Channel

Hollywood producer Frank Marshall and Mandalay Sports Media have signed on to create a five-part documentary series for the fledgling Olympic Channel, tapping "Friday Night Lights" director Peter Berg to direct the first installment. The hour-long documentaries will feature human interest storie ...

12/07/16
NASCAR, Monster Energy Execs Meeting

Monster Energy and NASCAR today will hold immersion meetings at the sanctioning body's Charlotte HQ to begin the work of Monster replacing Sprint as NASCAR's premier series entitlement partner. The exact agenda is unknown, but Monster's and NASCAR's marketing and communications teams will meet with ...

12/07/16
Minnesota Teams Struggle For Attendance

Attendance for several teams in the Twin Cities, including the Twins, T'Wolves and Univ. of Minnesota football and men's basketball squads, has "been dismal this year," according to Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. The T'Wolves "rank last in the NBA in attendance, a mild surprise based ...

Tags: Franchises, Big Ten, Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, MLB

12/07/16
Media Notes

SPORT TECHIE's Mark Burns reported Fox Sports in partnership with LiveLike will broadcast Saturday's Sounders-Toronto FC MLS Cup final "in virtual reality." The VR coverage "will have a sponsor for the first time ever on Fox as Audi -- also a current MLS league sponsor -- will have branded integrati ...

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12/07/16
Minor Leaguers' Recovery Studied

Findings will be announced today from a study by Boston-based WHOOP in cooperation with MLB showing a "correlation between monitoring recovery and quality of play." In the study, 230 minor leaguers "voluntarily wore the WHOOP fitness tracker" at all times, "except during games, and had their levels ...

12/07/16
Intercollegiate Athletics Forum Starts Today

The Learfield Intercollegiate Athletics Forum kicks off today at the N.Y. Marriott Marquis at Times Square. The two-day event will touch on virtually every aspect of college sports, such as balancing expenses, the growing chasm between haves and have-nots, the student-athlete perspective, crisi ...

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