• TV Timeout: So Sorry

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    Comedy Central’s Larry Wilmore said of ESPN’s Britt McHenry, “I heard Twitter accepted her apology but the lady she actually insulted is still waiting for hers” (“The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore,” Comedy Central, 4/20).

    UNHAPPY CAMPERS: NFL Senior Dir of Broadcast Michael North said of creating the league’s master schedule, “We’re not going to make everybody happy and truth be told, we’re unlikely to make anybody happy” (“NFL Total Access,” NFL Network, 4/20).

    FINDING VALUE: L.A. Times columnist Bill Plaschke on Raptors President of Basketball Operations & GM Masai Ujiri cursing when addressing fans of the team: “It’s a great marketing tool. He makes about $3 million a year (and) it’s probably worth it to him to endear himself to the fan base, to rally around” (“Around The Horn,” ESPN, 4/20).

    CHECK SWING: N.Y. Daily News columnist Bob Raissman said of Pete Rose being hired by Fox to cover MLB, “I’m wondering if Pete Rose is going to be himself and be feisty, be combative, be controversial because don’t forget that Rob Manfred has opened the door for him to come back. Pete might start playing to the commissioner’s office and the baseball owners and pull his punches” (“Daily News Live,” SNY, 4/20).

    SOUND OF MADNESS: ESPN’s Tony Kornheiser said of Pelicans coach Monty Williams suggesting the noise level at Oracle Arena is illegal, “I didn't know that there were legal limits to noise. This is what you want from your fans. You want them to be so persistently loud that the other team has a drum beat in their heads and they can't react” (“PTI,” ESPN, 4/20).

  • Podcast: This week's NHL Wrap-Around

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    NHL writer Ian Thomas and Alex Silverman discuss the Maple Leafs' front-office shakeup and rebuild, as well as attendance numbers from the regular season and the NHL and NBC's marketing for the playoffs in this week's NHL Wrap-Around.

    Among the comments:

    "There’s a lot of media pressure (on the Leafs) and, while losing naturally the team is going to take a lot of heat from the media in Toronto and presumably the fans, it is a rabid hockey market where a few lean years on the ice doesn’t necessarily lead to lean years in attendance or ratings because the interest level there is just so high."

    "Say what you will about the job that Dave Nonis did, but one thing he did manage to do was trade the virtually untradeable contract of David Clarkson to Columbus. … They’re going to have to trade Dion Phaneuf’s contract, which an inexperienced GM might have trouble coming up with a creative way to get out from under that contract. It’s a similar situation with Phil Kessel."

    "You look at some of the teams that drive attendance from a total number standpoint, whether that’s Canadiens, Red Wings, Blackhawks, Wild, Rangers, teams that are essentially at 100 percent already. There’s little room for those teams to grow. So the fact that (attendance) was flat, considering the types of years that the Hurricanes and Panthers had, is rather impressive. You’re talking about teams that had double-digit drops, including almost a 20 percent drop for the Panthers."

    Tags: NHL, Hockey, SBJSBD Podcast
  • TV Timeout: Going Green

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    Golf Channel’s Frank Nobilo, on golfer Jordan Spieth’s win at The Masters and its effect on the game of golf: “We have a very healthy future. This is the sign of the next wave. We’ve been talking about it for the last two or three years, but people would always say, ‘They got to win the big events’” (“Live From the Masters,” Golf Channel, 4/12). ESPN’s Jason Sobel, on his standing among the faces of golf: “I don't know that we’re going to replace Tiger Woods with another Tiger Woods. I think that's sort of what people have been looking for in the last year-and-a-half. … I don't think it happens in the form of one person. I think it happens with Rory McIlroy and with Jordan Spieth” (“Mike & Mike,” ESPN Radio, 4/13). Golf World Editor-In-Chief Jaime Diaz, on Spieth: “I think he just gains traction naturally. He checks all the boxes: He’s young, good looking. It helps to be American, certainly. He's very gracious. He's really smart. I think he's media friendly. He's savvy about how to deal with it. His quotes are extensive and yet he doesn't get himself in trouble. I just think there are no negatives at the moment” (“Morning Drive,” Golf Channel, 4/13). CNBC’s Joe Kernen said of Under Armour, Spieth’s endorser, “Under Armour was in the winner’s circle big-time” (“Squawk Box,” CNBC, 4/13).

    FEELING PAMPERED: Reds COO Phil Castellini said of the team’s nursing suite at Great American Ball Park, “We have to make the ballpark experience everything that it can be and we try to do that every year” (“Today,” NBC, 4/12).

    : ESPN’s Mike Golic, on PEDs in MLB: “It’s a matter of how far you're willing to go because anybody that says, ‘We want to get it out of the game,’ you're kidding yourself. You're not getting it out of the game. You could go to, ‘If you test positive one time, you will never play baseball again,’ people will still do it” (“Mike & Mike,” ESPN Radio, 4/13).

    BROKEN WINGS: N.Y. Daily News’ Mike Lupica, on Angels Owner Arte Moreno’s handling of RF Josh Hamilton’s drug use: “This is a shameful thing that Mr. Moreno is doing. Here's Mr. Moreno's problem. First of all, he says it's not about the money. When they say it's not about the money, it's always about the money. This is a shameful thing that he is doing because he doesn't like looking like a fool in front of the rest of the baseball world. He is the guy that signed this contract” (“The Sports Reporters,” ESPN, 4/12). ESPN’s Eduardo Perez said of the Angels, “They have to take care of their budget and right now they’re looking for any loophole possible and they are letting everybody know, that is just publicly what is going on. Unfortunately, the human side, you would want to see something different, but on the business side it is what it is” (“Baseball Tonight,” ESPN2, 4/11).

  • NBC goes sweet on NHL playoffs

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    NBC Sports Group is combining chocolate and the NHL’s postseason bracket for a playoffs promotion this year.

    As NBC prepares for a broadcast schedule that could feature as many as 105 games across its networks this year, it’s collaborated with the NHL to produce 32,000 chocolate bars as an additional postseason marketing play.

    Called Lord Stanley’s Cup Diddly-Umptious Bracket Bars, each chocolate bar will come with a playoff bracket combination. Bars will be handed out to fans, celebrities and other select recipients, and the person who receives the wrapper with the perfect bracket (along with four others who find “silver tickets” inside) will get to spend time with the Stanley Cup.

    Tags: On The Ground, Leagues and Governing Bodies, Marketing and Sponsorship
  • World Congress (and Forty Under 40) Wrapup

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    World Congress (and Forty Under 40) Wrapup: What we heard, what we ate!, who we saw

    Get the party started: About 500 people in party attire descended on the JW Marriott at L.A. Live last night to celebrate the 2015 Class of Forty Under 40. The event was hosted by NFL Network’s Amber Theoharis and Scott Hanson. On the menu: Filet of Beef Bordelaise, with a dessert trio of seasonal fruit tart, cheesecake and chocolate ganache cake. Publisher Richard Weiss welcomed the crowd and noted all of the previous winners on hand (an impressive number stood up to be recognized). Then Executive Editor Abe Madkour gave his customary monologue to toast (and roast) members of this year’s class. His three biggest laugh lines:

    1) One related to winners getting a free vasectomy, connected to IMG’s Ray Deweese, who has five children.
    2) Another related to MLS’ paltry TV ratings
    3) A fun riff comparing Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady to the NFL’s other Tom Brady, a Forty Under 40 honoree.

    One other kicker: After 17 years of honoring people, this was the year for everyone who has been on the bubble.

    Their own personal soundtrack: Forty Under 40 winners get to select the music that plays when they come up to accept their award. Here are four of our favorites:

    1. Sashi Brown of the Cleveland Browns: “Paid the Cost to be the Boss,” by James Brown
    2. Nick Baker of AEG: “The Best is Yet to Come,” by Frank Sinatra
    3. Nicholas Carey of Wells Fargo: “The James Bond Theme.” (He even held up his finger and blew on it like a gun barrel.)
    4. Ray DeWeese of IMG College/Ohio State: “Let it Go,” from Disney’s Frozen. Got huge laughs, and blamed this selection on his kids. We’re not buying it.

    -- Who was there? Among the many boldface names spotted at the JW Marriott: Casey Wasserman, Jeff Shell, Robbie Kean, Bruce Arenas, Jed York, Eric Shanks, Randy Freer, Pat Haden. … Maybe the names most worth noting, but which we don’t have room enough for: The many friends, family and supporters of all the winners. We’re proud of how much of a family event this has become. By the way, attendees also noted the event’s swift run time – done by 10:00pm!

    -- Around the horn: Baseball executives were in strong supply at last night’s Forty Under 40 dinner. Diamondbacks chief baseball officer and Baseball Hall of Famer Tony LaRussa and MLB chief legal officer Dan Halem were present, supporting league SVP/economics and league strategy and 2015 honoree Chris Marinak. Cubs owner Tom Ricketts and president of business operations Crane Kenney were present for VP/sales and partnerships and 2015 honoree Colin Faulkner. And A’s and Earthquakes owner Lew Wolff attended in support of Earthquakes president and 2015 honoree Dave Kaval.

    -- Living in the Hall of Fame: After not adding any new members to the Forty Under 40 Hall of Fame last year, we inducted three last night: NFL’s Renie Anderson, ESPN’s Justin Connolly, and JP Morgan’s Scott Milleisen.

    -- (Almost) all present and accounted for: AEG has had 10 Forty Under 40 winners in the history of the award, and eight of them were at the dinner last night to honor a winner this year from AEG, Nick Baker. After the official 2015 group photo was taken on a stairway of the JW Marriott, AEG’s Michael Roth lined up the eight AEG past-and-present winners for a photo in the same spot, and included stand-ins so that the two missing winners could be Photoshopped in later.

    -- After-party scene: Club Nokia at L.A. Live hosted the AEG/CAA after party, where the 40/40 honorees in attendance included T-Mobile's Meredith Starkey, AEG's Baker, CAA's Seth Jacobs and newly appointed Miami Dolphins Chief Commercial Officer Todd Kline. One problem: The club had but one bartender for more than 100 people. Our spies, however, spotted Genesco Sports Chief John Tatum going behind the bar to help service the growing and thirsty crowd. Alas, Tatum was quickly escorted out from behind the bar by club management. … How to know when to call it a night? For us, it was when the CAA gang hit the dance floor.

    WRAPPING UP WORLD CONGRESS: Like Disney’s Bob Iger on Day 1, LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner was one of the most popular speakers (at least according to people who told us how much they liked hearing him). And he didn’t even focus all of his attention on sports. Weiner closed out the event with a one-on-one interview that focused on his company’s plans, culture and way of doing business. Weiner echoed Iger’s thoughts on not being too afraid of failure, and stressed the importance of compassionate management and corporate philanthropy. He also highlighted some new features from LinkedIn that he said could “make cold calling obsolete.” Check out today’s issue of The Daily for more. 

    -- Video stars in the making: We did live streaming interviews with newsmakers throughout both days of World Congress, and got enough analytics back to tell you which ones were tops among viewers. ESPN chief John Skipper’s interview, in which he dissed FIFA’s media deal and expressed bemusement (and confusion?) over the Fake John Skipper, was the most-viewed streaming interview. Our session with the NHL’s Bill Daly wasn’t far behind, followed by a joint interview with two prominent woman CMOs, the NFL’s Dawn Hudson and the NBA’s Pam El. You can see all the archived interviews here.

    -- Go tweet yourself: ESPN’s Jason Whitlock may not like Twitter, but our attendees certainly did. We saw nearly 2,000 World Congress tweets over the day-and-a-half, almost all of them using the event hashtag, #sbjwcs. Special thanks to @agmsports and @kavithadavidson for working hard to keep the social media conversation going.

    -- Worst decision at World Congress: The one made by any attendee who left before sampling Delaware North’s tasty reception spread at the end of Day 1. Included on the menu: Taco foie gras that had people raving, rack of lamb, ahi tuna tartar and lobster medallions with caviar.  Overheard: “Delaware North is catering my wedding!”

    -- Caught In the Green Room: Adidas North America President Mark King spent decades hobnobbing and playing with the biggest names in golf, when he headed TaylorMade. More recently, as head of Adidas N.A., King has had access to top NBA athletes. But it was Fox talent Pam Oliver that got him excited in the WCOS green room before his appearance on stage yesterday. "You're my daughter's favorite," he told her. Oliver accommodated by signing a copy of the latest SBJ to King's daughter with a personalized message…That really was Jason Whitlock asking Peter King about his hair before their opening panel. It was King’s response that surprised us most. He’s had the same person cut his hair since he was a sophomore in college – his wife.

    -- Spotted: That was Scott O’Neil taking a selfie with former Wisconsin cager Frank Kaminsky, while O’Neil dined at Wolfgang Puck’s L.A. Live restaurant. Kaminsky was walking around L.A. Live with former Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg as part of an ESPN promotion.


    -- To tweet or not to tweet: Jason Whitlock: “I tend to treat Twitter as a joke. I don't look for serious commentary there." And Pam Oliver: “I don't really care for it. It takes away from what it is you're trying to do.”

    But, ESPN’s John Walsh: “It's too early to judge. It'll be a long time before we really figure out what social media meant to this era of American media.”

    Millennials: Love’em or hate’em?: More Whitlock: "I think too much is being made about millennials… Young people should be heard a little less and do more work."

    But, Ken Fuchs: “(Millennials) want the facts and data and the ability to customize and personalize experience, something that’s hyper-relevant to them. They’re a consumer using all of our products. What’s important to them is incredibly important to us.”

    Other comments: Adidas' Mark King on the NBA: “We’ve had a fantastic relationship. I went to my first NBA All-Star Game and when we were very serious partners of the NBA, I had good seats. I’m sure next year, I won't. But we had really good seats, so if Adam’s in here, thank you for those seats.” … LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner: "Managers tell people what to do. Leaders inspire them to do it. I try to manage compassionately."


    Top speaker: Jeff Weiner. Smooth, bright, articulate. From his advice that echoed Bob Iger - don't be afraid to fail- to a compassionate management style to philanthropy, Weiner was a fresh voice for the sports industry to hear.

    Best moment: Pam Oliver, Jason Whitlock and Peter King revealing their ages on stage. Let’s just say that they’re not millennials.

    Quickest dodge: FIFA’s Thierry Weil when pressed on FIFA moving the ’22 World Cup from June-July to November-December, saying it was because of the interests of “the players.”

    Best dressed: How could you not like the dapper hats worn by Jason Whitlock and John Walsh? It was, to our recollection, the first time that two people have worn hats on the same World Congress panel.

    That’s a wrap from this year’s World Congress of Sports and Forty Under 40. We hope to see you all there again next year!

    Tags: Forty Under 40, GE, ATT, Marriott, NFL, NFL Network, SEC, ING, IMG, MLS, ACC, Cleveland Browns, AEG, Wells Fargo
  • The Champions: Mike Trager

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    During yesterday's luncheon at the 2015 IMG World Congress of Sports, we presented video tributes to each member of the 2015 class of The Champions, Pioneers and Innovators in Sports Business.

    Here's our video for Mike Trager.

    To read our profile of Jernstedt from SportsBusiness Journal, click here.

    Tags: ING, IMG, IMG World Congress Of Sports, World Congress of Sports Dont use ever, Champion, Champions, GE
  • The Champions: Tom Jernstedt

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    During yesterday's luncheon at the 2015 IMG World Congress of Sports, we presented video tributes to each member of the 2015 class of The Champions, Pioneers and Innovators in Sports Business.

    Here's our video for Tom Jernstedt.

    To read our profile of Jernstedt from SportsBusiness Journal, click here.

    Tags: Champion, Champions, ING, IMG, IMG World Congress Of Sports, World Congress of Sports Dont use ever
  • The Champions: Russ Granik

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    During yesterday's luncheon at the 2015 IMG World Congress of Sports, we presented video tributes to each member of the 2015 class of The Champions, Pioneers and Innovators in Sports Business.

    Here's our video for Russ Granik.

    To read our profile of Granik from SportsBusiness Journal, click here.

    Tags: Champion, Champions, ING, IMG, IMG World Congress Of Sports, World Congress of Sports Dont use ever
  • The Champions: David Falk

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    During yesterday's luncheon at the 2015 IMG World Congress of Sports, we presented video tributes to each member of the 2015 class of The Champions, Pioneers and Innovators in Sports Business.

    Here's our video for David Falk.

    To read our profile of Falk from SportsBusiness Journal, click here.

    Tags: Champion, Champions, ING, IMG, IMG World Congress Of Sports, World Congress of Sports Dont use ever
  • World Congress Wake Up, Day 2!

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    World Congress Wake Up, Day 2! What we learned in Day 1; What’s ahead for today

    -- What to Expect for Day 2. There’s lots of buzz already for our interview this morning with Adidas Group North America’s Mark King. We can’t promise that he’ll tell us why Adidas walked by the NBA’s court apparel deal, but we can promise that Terry Lefton will ask.

    -- Outlook: It was chilly enough last night that AEG brought out heat lamps for its party on Target Terrace at. L.A. Live. About 50 people, including Geoff Lester of StubHub, Mike Shaw of Groupon and Todd Kline of the Miami Dolphins, braved the elements to sup on red velvet whoopee pies. Partly cloudy today; high of 71.

    -- Mr. Popularity: Disney Chairman and CEO Bog Iger was a big draw in the Green Room Wednesday morning. Giants partner/DC United co-owner Will Chang introduced himself as "'Million Dollar Arm Will Chang," which started a conversation about Chang's role in the film, which you can read about here. Later, MLB Commish Rob Manfred told Iger to pick a date as to when the two would catch a game the next time Iger is in NYC…and Proskauer's Brad Ruskin told Iger how his daughter met the Disney CEO during his recent trip to India.

    -- Tonight…We Are Young…: Don’t forget tonight’s Forty Under 40 Awards Banquet, always a fun, slightly raucous time. (We’ll see if CAA Sports can keep its streak going as the loudest table at the dinner…) For the first time EVER, all Forty Under 40 winners will be in attendance. Well done, Class of 2015. Luminaries expected at the banquet include Universal Studios boss Jeff Shell in support of his brother; Tom Ricketts supporting Colin Faulkner; Jimmy Haslam and his wife; Jed York; Lew Wolf; Casey Wasserman. Event hosts: NFL Network’s Scott Hanson and Amber Theoharis. Other things you need to know: Registration starts at 6:30; dinner starts at 7:30; and the full parties will hit the bar by 10.

    -- Party Circuit: Expect to see some bleary eyes following a night of parties last night. Remember, folks: Our first session opens at 8:10 a.m. AEG’s cocktail reception hosted by AEG Senior VP Russell Silvers, Senior VP Nick Baker and Chief Revenue Officer Todd Goldstein. … Meanwhile, WME/IMG co-CEO Patrick Whitesell and his wife, Lauren, held a reception at his home for employees from far-flung offices who were in town for World Congress. Some of them had never met. Food, catered by Spencer Gray from Jack and Ben's - the WME in-house commissary at the company's Beverly Hills office, included a range of passed appetizers such as truffle grilled cheese, crispy arancini cake and chicken tinga tacos. Guest list included Ray DeWeese (40 Under 40 award recipient), Global COO Jason Lublin, biz affairs prez Karen Brodkin, Jill Smoller (agent to Serena, Eugenie and others), and global sales prez Greg D’Alba. Shuttles were provided from L.A. Live. … Elsewhere, Reed Bergman's Playbook Inc. hosted a dinner for 20 in a private room at Mastro's in Beverly Hills. Guests included WCOS panelist and Harman CMO Ralph Santana, NFL Net's Rich Eisen, fellow WCOS panelist and Bayern Munich FC Managing Detector Rudy Vidal and former 40 Under 40 winners Craig Karmazin and Rohan Oza. … Proskauer hosted about 60 people at Faith & Flower, a short walk from L.A. Live. Guests munched on seared petrale sole, ribeye, cavatelli and confit duck leg. Joe Leccese did a welcome toast and notably recognized SBJ/SBD Champion Russ Granik, who worked with Proskauer for years when at the NBA, as well as to the improved health of Sal Galatioto

    -- Overheard at the JW Marriot bar: Jeff Marks of Premier Partnerships was back from one of his frequent jaunts from L.A. to Atlanta, where Premier is helping the Falcons sell marketing assists. As for latest on selling naming rights? "We're very optimistic" a deal will be done soon, Marks said.

    --What People Are Talking About Today: When will ESPN launch Jason Whitlock’s new site? Is the future of journalism rooted in Peter King’s MMQB? Will FIFA's Thierry Weil talk about Qatar?... What will John Walsh’s post-ESPN career look like? And Bayern Munich's Rudolf Vidal will discuss the benefits of the brand's NY office and how AS Roma is making progress under it's new U.S.-based ownership. What a time to have LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner speak at our event. Just this morning, he announced a $1.5 billion deal to buy online learning company Lynda.com — a move that is sure to be discussing during his morning interview.

    -- Spotted: Was that really MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred standing alone in the JW Marriott lobby yesterday morning? He was waiting to have breakfast with his son Michael. But the sight of the solitary figure struck us an unusual, given that Bud Selig almost certainly would have had some security or entourage in tow.

    -- Busman’s Holiday: Cubs VP of sales and partnerships Colin Faulkner (a Forty Under 40 honoree this year) and Dodgers CFO Tucker Kain (a Forty Under 40 honoree last year) took in the Dodgers-Padres game last night.

    -- Shout out: Kudos to the NFL’s Dawn Hudson, who talked openly about damage to the NFL after its tumultuous year: “I agreed to take this job before the Ray Rice video went viral. I saw this as an opportunity for change. Sports are a big platform. You can make a difference. We are starting to get credit for making a difference. I can’t look you in the face and tell you there wasn’t any damage at all.”

    -- Oh, to be a fly on the wall: Seated on casual couches in the Green Room: Russ Granik, Len Elmore and David Falk talking labor relations with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.

    -- They Are The Champions: There were some great speeches at the Champions luncheon. David Falk: “The story in SportsBusiness Journal about me was easily the nicest thing ever written about me in the media.” Meanwhile, Mike Trager read quotes from a Sports Illustrated story on the future of sports media from the mid-1980s and showed his deftness with new technology by taking a selfie….. Former NCAA Commissioner Cedric Dempsey joined Jim and Pat Host in honoring Tom Jernstedt…..Previous Champion honoree Alan Rothenberg attended to pay tribute to this year’s class….Donna de Varona called out kudos to Special Olympians and members from the Special Olympics World Games, which takes place in July in L.A… Spotted at the Champions lunch: AEG CEO Phil Anschutz having lunch with a full table of AEG Sports executives.

    -- Champions videos: If you want to take another look at the Champions videos that we showed at the luncheon yesterday, we’ve posted Donna de Varona’s on our On The Ground blog, and will be posting others throughout the day.

    -- An Alan Arkin Sighting: No. It’s just Galatioto Sports Partners’ Sal Galatioto. But a star-sighting tourist in the JW Marriott lobby thought he was the legendary actor. At least nobody mistook John Skipper for Adam Silver this year (that we know of…)

    -- Women in the Biz: At the annual '"Wasserwomen" WCOS gathering of sports marketers, which has grown to 40 women from six in the last five years, we saw the NFL sales and marketing heads, CMO Dawn Hudson and SVP Sponsorship and Partnership Management Renie Anderson, along with Green Bay Packers VP Marketing and Fan Engagement Gabrielle Dow, NASCAR SVP Jill Gregory, and NBA CMO Pam El and SVP Biz Dev Rachel Jacobson.

    -- Live, and live on tape: We did live-streaming interviews yesterday with everyone from three team owners early in the day to marketers from brands and properties at the end of the day. One of the best of the day: John Skipper took a shot at FIFA for its World Cup deal and addressed the "fake John Skipper" that made a prank call to a DC radio station. See all the archived interviews here, as well as watch new ones that we’ll do today, starting with Mark King at 8 a.m. PT.

    -- FOLLOW THIS!: Remember, to keep up with all the action today, follow us on Twitter @SBJSBD, and keep checking the event hashtag, #sbjwcs.

    -- Stories that people will be talking about today: You should bookmark Wright Thompson’s ESPN.com story on the life and death of UTEP’s college basketball coach Jason Rabedeaux. Here’s the lede: “Jason Rabedeaux died without shoes in the back seat of a Saigon taxicab, somewhere between his apartment tower on the bleak outskirts of the city and a hospital with a name he couldn’t pronounce.” See it here.

    In TODAY’S BUZZ: Paris will bid to host the ’24 Games: The City Council on Monday will vote to "decide whether to make a bid." Paris "would only bid for 2024, not 2024 and 2028 should it fail for the former."

    LAUGH TRACK: Jimmy Fallon: The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council said that the Cleveland Indians sell the best hotdog in baseball, although ‘National Hotdog and Sausage Council’ sounds more like the way you describe a party where there are too many dudes. Actually, baseball might be in a little trouble.

    Top speaker: Bob Iger. An all-star crowd, including Adam Silver and John Skipper, sat in the crowd to watch the long-time media executive speak.
    Best moment: Did Brian Burke really compare gambling to heroin?
    Best laugh line: Brian Burke (We know. We know. We listed him twice…). The Calgary Flames exec had this to say about the unintended consequences of an emphasis on player safety: “We’re at risk of having a generation of bubble boys.”
    Best dressed: Always the fashionable Larry Miller from Jordan Brand, with purple hues.
    Most dressed alike: Two of our friends from Omnigon. They swear they did not plan this.

    What did we miss? Let us know at rnethery@sportsbusinessjournal.com.

    Tags: ING, Adidas, North America, NBA, AEG, GE, Target, StubHub, Miami Dolphins, DC United, MLB, India
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