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NBC Will Air National Anthem For NFL Season Opener Sept. 7

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 08 / 23 / 17

NBC "will televise the playing of the national anthem at Gillette Stadium" for the Chiefs-Patriots NFL Kickoff on Sept. 7. NFL broadcast partners "typically do not show the playing of the national anthem." But the "question of which players will be standing and which will be kneeling" is taking...

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Rob Manfred Visits Tropicana Field

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Lions Bidding To Host NFL Draft

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Laugh Track: Cube Roots

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Comcast Signs Deal With Activision

Comcast has signed a new deal with "Call of Duty" publisher Activision that will give Xfinity internet subscribers a chance to play the latest installment of the game two months before it goes on sale to the general public. The move comes as Comcast seeks to expand its esports sponsorship play to re ...

Celtics, Cavs Pull Off Blockbuster Trade

The Celtics and Cavaliers have agreed to a trade sending G Kyrie Irving to Boston for a package headlined by G Isaiah Thomas  in "one of the biggest blockbusters in recent NBA history" ( BOSTON GLOBE, 8/23 ). Cavaliers GM  Koby Altma ...

Twitter Me This....

Update for all those wondering: @WindhorstESPN 's wife has NOT left him. Yet. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 23, 2017 re ESPN: would people have tweeted, "uhhh a guy named Robert Lee is calling the UVA game"? yes. but still, better to have left it alone. — Daniel R ...

Man City Unveils Exclusive Tunnel Club Membership

EPL club Manchester City on Monday "unveiled its Tunnel Club, a first of its kind in European soccer," which lets fans "buy access to the area around the tunnel that leads from the Etihad Stadium's dressing rooms to the pitch itself," according to Rory Smith of the N.Y. TIMES. Prices for the "so-cal ...

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Jones Pleased With Cowboys' Handling Of Protests

Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones said that the U.S. flag is "important to him and he liked the way his team has handled" the growing number of NFL player protests during the national anthem to date, according to Clarence Hill Jr. of the FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM. Jones said, "I just feel so strongly that the ...

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Marketplace Roundup

In N.Y., Bee Shapiro in a fashion & style section feature wrote aside from Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor, UFC "lacks bankable stars with mainstream appeal." WME-IMG recently "sponsored a two-day retreat at the UFC corporate campus in Las Vegas to school the fighters in personal brand building, ...

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ESPN Moves Announcer Off UVA Home Game

In N.Y., Ari Gilberg notes ESPN has moved college football announcer Robert Lee off the Sept. 2 William & Mary-Virginia football game in part because he "shares the same name" as the former Confederate general. ESPN in a statement said it "came to an agreement with Lee to make the switch in the ...

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