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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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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 

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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 
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Dec182017

Adding To Its Current Difficulties, John Skipper Resigns As ESPN President

By Barry Janoff

December 18, 2018: Citing an on-going struggle with “substance addiction,” John Skipper has resigned as president of ESPN and co-chairman of the Disney Media Networks.

ESPN said that George Bodenheimer, its president from 1998-2011 and its executive chairman until May 2014, would take over as the acting chairman of the company for the next 90 days “to help Disney chairman and chief executive officer Bob Iger find Skipper's replacement.”

"Today I have resigned from my duties as President of ESPN," Skipper said in a statement. "I have had a wonderful career at the Walt Disney Company and am grateful for the many opportunities and friendships. I owe a debt to many, but most profoundly Michael Lynton, George Bodenheimer and Bob Iger.

"I have struggled for many years with a substance addiction. I have decided that the most important thing I can do right now is to take care of my problem.

"I have disclosed that decision to the company, and we mutually agreed that it was appropriate that I resign. I will always appreciate the human understanding and warmth that Bob displayed here and always.”

Skipper had been ESPN president and co-chairman, Disney Media Networks since Jan. 1, 2012,.

He joined ESPN in 1997 and had served as executive vice president-content prior to being named president.

The last company-wide function he oversaw as president was on Dec. 13, a meeting with some 450 members of ESPN's on-air telent.

“At the end of this meeting I want you to be confident about the future of ESPN,” Skipper told the gathering, according to ESPN. “I want you to feel proud about working here and I want you to feel that your best efforts are needed for that future and to feel that pride.”

Now, Skipper is dealing with is own future.

“I come to this public disclosure with embarrassment, trepidation and a feeling of having let others I care about down," Skipper said in his statement.

“As I deal with this issue and what it means to me and my family, I ask for appropriate privacy and a little understanding.”

“To my colleagues at ESPN, it has been a privilege. I take great pride in your accomplishments and have complete confidence in your collective ability to continue ESPN’s success.

Skipper’s departure comes amidst on-going cost-cutting moves by ESPN, which has impacted on-air and production staff.

In addition, ESPN last week suspended two of its NFL analysts, Donovan McNabb and Eric Davis, relating to a case of accused sexual harassment of an employee at NFL Network when they were both at NFL Network.

Also last week, The Disney Co. said it would acquire  major assets of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion.

The deal brings to Disney key assets of major properties it did not own, including Marvel's X-Men and the first movie in the Star Wars franchise (Star Wars: A New Hope). Also included is FX Networks, National Geographic, 300-plus international channels, 22 regional sports networks and Fox’s 30% stake in Hulu.

In a statement, Iger said, “I join John Skipper’s many friends and colleagues across the company in wishing him well during this challenging time. I respect his candor and support his decision to focus on his health and his family.

“With his departure, George Bodenheimer has agreed to serve as Acting Chair of ESPN for the next 90 days to provide interim leadership, help me identify and secure John’s successor, and ensure a smooth transition.

“I am grateful for George’s support and look forward to working with him again in this temporary role,” said Iger.

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