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• Steve Phelps has been named Nascar President, effective Oct. 1, replacing Brent Dewar, who has “elected to step down and will remain with the company through the end of the 2018 racing season, transitioning to a senior consulting and advisory role in 2019.”  Phelps joined Nascar in 2005.

• On Location Experiences,  the official hospitality partner of the NFL has signed Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith as Brand Ambassador for Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta this February. Joining Emmitt Smith will be 16 NFL Legends who will all attend one of the three, exclusive pre-game tailgates hosted by On Location.

• The College Sports Information Directors of America, Associated Press and the Fiesta Bowl Organization said they would recognize college football players who have overcome adversity with a new honor, the Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year Award.  During the 2018 college football season, 30 student-athletes from all levels of college football who have overcome injury, illness or other challenges will be recognized as Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year Nominees. At the end of the season, three student-athletes will be chosen as Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year Award winners.

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Top 10 Universities Ranked by Total Football Revenue (per Forbes)

1. Texas A&M: $148M
2. Texas: $133M
3. Michigan: $127M

3. Alabama: $127M
5. Ohio State: $120M

6. Oklahoma: $118M

7. Notre Dame: $112M

7. Auburn: $112M
7. LSU: $112M 

10. Florida: $111M

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(Sept. 14-16)
1 The Predator $24M
2. The Nun $18.2M
3. A Simple Favor $16.1M
4. White Boy Rick $8.8M
5. Crazy Rich Asians $8.7M
6. Peppermint $6.1M
7. The Meg $3.8M
8. Searching $3.2M
9. Unbroken $2.4M 
10. Mission Impossible – Fallout $2.3M

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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Jan232018

A-Rod, Despite Beleaguered MLB Career, Burgeoning Star For ESPN, Fox Sports

By Barry Janoff

January 23, 2018: Alex Rodriguez had a stellar 22-year MLB career on the field, hitting 696 homers, driving in 2,086 runs and being named American League MVP three times.

But his career was dogged with allegations of PED use, which he denied and then later admitted.

He was suspended by MLB for 162 games — the entire 2014 season — while with the New York Yankees. He returned for two seasons, was released by the team in August of 2016, then retired.

This situation could keep him out of the Baseball Hall of Fame when he becomes eligible, as it has, to date, such players associated with PEDs as Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.

However, Rodriguez has since found a career of fame in front of the camera as a baseball analyst and commentator for Fox, which he joined in 2017, receiving this past season strong reviews for his work.

Now, in an unusual case of double-dipping, Rodriguez has signed a multi-year pact with ESPN to become part of the Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell telecast for the upcoming MLB season.

Rodriguez will continue to work with Fox for the MLB playoffs and World Series.

Financial terms of the ESPN deal were not released.

Rodriguez joins veteran baseball play-by-play broadcaster Matt Vasgersian (also in his first season with Sunday Night Baseball), analyst Jessica Mendoza and reporter Buster Olney reporting.
 
ESPN said the new Sunday Night Baseball team would make its official debut on Opening Day, March 29, to call ESPN’s telecast of the Los Angeles Dodgers-San Francisco Giants game.

The crew will then call the first official Sunday Night Baseball telecast of the season on April 1, which also features the Dodgers and Giants.

“I’m looking forward to this new chapter in my broadcasting career,” Rodriguez said in a statement.

“It’s an exciting time in baseball and now I get that front row seat to tell that story every Sunday night on ESPN as well as calling my fourth post season on Fox where I started this journey.”

In addition, Rodriguez will appear in several upcoming ESPN specials, also serving as executive producer of them. Details will be shared in the coming weeks, according to ESPN.

According to Stephanie Druley, ESPN svp-events and studio production, “Alex is one of the most recognizable personalities in all of sports, and he’s made a well-documented impact on the sports media landscape.v His dynamic personality and incredible baseball knowledge, combined with Matt Vasgersian’s expertise, enthusiasm and poise, make for terrific additions to Sunday Night Baseball.

“We’re appreciative to our MLB Network and Fox Sports counterparts, as all parties were more than willing to collaborate in order to serve Major League Baseball fans.”

This will be the 29th season of Sunday Night Baseball.

ESPN Sunday Night Baseball Schedule:
• April 1 San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers
• April 8 New York Mets at Washington Nationals
• April 15 Texas Rangers at Houston Astros
• April 22 Washington Nationals at Los Angeles Dodgers
• April. 29 New York Yankees at Los Angeles Angels
• May 6 Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals
• May 13 Washington Nationals at Arizona Diamondbacks
• May 20 Cleveland Indians at Houston Astros
• May 27 San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs
• July 1 Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees
• July 22 New York Mets at New York Yankees
• July 29 Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals
• August 19 MLB Little League Classic

Additional Sunday Night Baseball selections for June through September will be made up to two weeks prior to the dates.

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