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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 01 / 22 / 18

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Tweet Pic Of The Day....

Incredible turnout by @AlabamaFTBL fans today for the @CFBPlayoff National Championship Celebration in Tuscaloosa. We believe over 40K turned out for the celebration. #RollTide pic.twitter.com/7myZdyIxJF — Greg Byrne (@Greg_Byrne) January 21, 2018

01/21/18
Daily Digit....

48 -- Games played in Friday's  Simona Halep - Lauren Davis tennis match, "tied for the longest women’s Australian Open match in the Open era in terms of games played." The match lasted 3 hours, 44 minutes. ESPN’s Hannah Storm : "And again, it’s not cool there. It&rsqu ...

01/21/18
Trask: "Reboot" NFL-NFLPA Relationship

CBS Sports Network’s Amy Trask  today said the "number one" change that needs to occur in the NFL offseason is to “reboot the relationship" between the league and the NFLPA. Trask: "Hit control-alt-delete. Do what you have to do, go out for ice cream together -- I’ll buy it. ...

01/21/18
Nashville Moves Forward With WC Host Site Bid

Nashville is "moving forward with its bid to be a host city" for the '26 FIFA World Cup ( Nashville TENNESSEAN, 1/20 ). Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter is "quoted as saying in a new book" that he called President Obama before the governing body awarded the '22 World Cup to Qatar to "tell ...

01/21/18
AFN To Show Conference Title Games

The American Forces Network "will be up" this afternoon, and will "air both the NFC and AFC title games as originally planned" despite the government shutdown. The Pentagon yesterday had said that AFN would "remain unavailable if the shutdown continued" into today. The NFL's response was to "make th ...

01/21/18
UFC 220 Draws 16,015 To TD Garden

Last night’s UFC 220 in Boston "drew an announced attendance of 16,015 and a live gate" of $2.45M. The attendance number is the "new high-water mark for UFC attendance at TD Garden," but the gate "fell short" of the $2.8M for UFC 118, which was held at the same venue. Last night's ma ...

01/21/18
Hockey Writer Red Fisher Dies At 91

Longtime Canadiens reporter Red Fisher died Friday at age 91. Fisher, the "conscience of Montreal hockey whose career touched seven decades," started on the Canadiens beat in '55 and finished it in '12. Hockey HOFer Ken Dryden : "He was the best of his time, and his time lasted a very l ...

01/21/18
IOC Approves 22 North Korean Athletes

A Korean unity deal for the Pyeongchang Games was formally approved yesterday, allowing 22 North Korean athletes to "cross the border with South Korea to compete and march together under a unification flag" at the Opening Ceremony. Twelve North Korean women's hockey players will "join their nei ...

01/21/18
As You "Like" It: The Weekend In Social Media

A Friday post on the NFL's official Facebook page promoting "two club-level Super Bowl tickets directly lists the Patriots and Vikings as the AFC and NFC champions." The post stated "your team is headed to Super Bowl LII," with an accompanying im ...

01/21/18
Daily Download....

HBO this weekend unveiled this tension-filled trailer for "Paterno," its biopic of the late college football coach starring Al Pacino .

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