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Volume 24 No. 112

People and Pop Culture

"Going Off The Grid" is a weekly survey of sports execs and personalities offering their thoughts on a handful of pressing (and trivial) issues in sports and pop culture. This week, panelists offer their opinions on the biggest issues in sports heading into '18 and their high school nickname.

  • Sports Media Advisors Senior VP & Partner Dan Shevchik
    – Favorite TV shows on today include "Master of None" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
  • ESG Law Founding Partner and Catalyst Sports & Media Exec VP Bryce Blum
    – Favorite late night show is "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"
  • The Players' Tribune VP/Brand Partnership Sales Jared Schoenfeld
    – Plans on picking up an electric keyboard to learn how to make some tunes.
  • USA Taekwondo Exec Dir Steve McNally
    – Highly recommends the graphic novel "My Favorite Thing is Monsters" by Emil Ferris.
Going Off The Grid
  Go-to karaoke song High school nickname Biggest issue in sports heading into '18? Favorite NFL broadcast team Next big growth spot for esports?

"No Rain" by Blind Melon Shevy How to best capitalize on changing consumer consumption habits Bill Hillgrove and Tunch Ilkin on Steelers radio National teams and competitions could be on the horizon

"Can't Hold Us" by Macklemore Twin The ongoing hypocrisy of NCAA rules and regulations Fox' Joe Buck and Troy Aikman Development in business -- social media, lifestyle apparel, data, analytics

"Notorious Thugs" by Biggie Smalls Schoeny and Shoey Oversaturation and how to create unique content that differentiates Buck and Aikman Cross-sport participants

"Don't Look Back In Anger" by Oasis Macca Inflationary pressure on payments to players You're asking the wrong guy!

Gambling could take a much more serious hold over it in years to come
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The Blue Jays yesterday made "substantial changes to their front office," resulting in the "loss of perhaps as many as 23 jobs." Among those let go were Manager of Baseball Information MAL ROMANIN, Baseball Information Coordinator ERIK GROSMAN and Baseball Media Coordinator SUE MALLABON. Blue Jays VP/Baseball Media JAY STENHOUSE "survived the purge, but his position is changing." The team next season is "uniting their fan-engagement department with baseball media under the banner of communications." Blue Jays VP/Fan Engagement SEBASTIAN GATICA will head the new department as VP/Communications. Stenhouse will "report directly" to Gatica (GLOBE & MAIL, 10/12)....Creative services and tech investment company Big Block named esports agency ESS Agency co-Founder ED TOMASI Managing Dir of its esports division (Big Block)....Computer hardware company Corsair appointed former NBA Chief Strategic & Financial Officer JASON GLEN CAHILLY to its BOD, effective immediately (Corsair)....The NHL Kings named ANNIE MEROVICH Manager of Game, Event Production & Operations and DAVID BRETTO Video Editor/Animator (THE DAILY).

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Retired NHL Kings broadcaster BOB MILLER will be the "latest local icon to have a statue outside Staples Center." The statue will be unveiled before a Jan. 13 Kings game against the Ducks. Miller will be the third person from the Kings to have a "statue in the plaza outside the arena," following Kings President LUC ROBITAILLE and WAYNE GRETZKY (L.A. TIMES, 10/12).

THE LONGEST YARD: Former NFLers SANTANA MOSS and HERSCHEL WALKER last night played in the Congressional Football Game for Charity in DC on the Mean Machine team -- “made up of a bipartisan group of congressman and congresswomen," plus former NFLers. The Guards -- the U.S. Capitol Police team -- won the game 7-0. Former NFLers KEN HARVEY and JOHN BOOTY helped coach the Mean Machine (, 10/11).

NAMES: The Raiders have joined the Bay Area's other professional sports teams -- the 49ers, Giants, A's, Warriors, Sharks and Earthquakes -- to "donate $450,000 to support" relief efforts for those affected by the wildfires in Northern California (, 10/11)....Former MLBer JONNY GOMES is "shipping his 2 1/2-ton M35 military truck" to his hometown of Petaluma, Calif., in the wake of the region's wildfires. He said that he will be "driving it around to help move burned out vehicles and clear roadways." He is also "planning to help keep a watch out for looters in evacuated neighborhoods" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 10/12)....The Rays have "donated another $50,000" to St. Petersburg Mayor RICK KRISEMAN's re-election campaign, raising the total the team has donated to at least $81,500 (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 10/12).

Now Taking Nominations for the Forty Under 40 Class of 2018

If you know of someone you feel deserves to be nominated, submit their name for consideration by completing an on-line nomination form on their behalf.

DEADLINE: Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 11:59 PM ET

ELIGIBILITY: Must be born on or after January 1, 1978. Hall of Fame inductees are not eligible.