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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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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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Feb142018

NBA Players-Refs Detail ‘Unprecedented’ All-Star Summit To Improve Relationship

By Barry Janoff

February 13, 2018: Tension between NBA players and NBA referees is not new.

What has happened this season, however, is that NBA players’ respect for NBA referees arguably seems to be at an all-time low.

At one point, Golden State Warriors All-Star forward Draymond Green suggested that the NBA should get “a new crop of referees.”

He was fined for his words by the NBA, and managed to keep the green in his wallet after another game when, asked about the referees, declined to offer negative comments. “I’m going to save my money,” he told reporters.

At another point this season, Carmelo Anthony of the Oklahoma City Thunder said, “I’m done with the refs. No disrespect, but I’m done with these guys.”

They were far from alone.

In what was called “an unprecedented meeting” that will seek to ease tensions and create a clearer vision moving forward, representatives from the National Basketball Players Assn. and the National Basketball Referees Assn. will gather in private to discuss player-referee relations.

The meeting is scheduled for Feb. 17 in Los Angeles during All-Star Game break.

Although attendees were not shared, the NBPA executive committee includes Chris Paul (president), LeBron James (first vp), and vps Carmelo Anthony, Stephen Curry, Pau Gasol, Andre Iguodala and Garrett Temple.

According to the NBPA and the NBRA, “The two overriding objectives of the meeting will be furthering communication and transparency  —  two tenets of growing importance in a league with more exposure and attention than perhaps any other in the world.

“It is our shared belief that improvement in these areas will lead to enhanced on-court dynamics and will serve to create an environment characterized by utmost fairness and respect.”

“This meeting provides a rare opportunity for our players to talk directly with the referees off the court, away from the immediate pressures and emotions of the game,” Michele Roberts, NBPA executive director, said in a statement.

“We feel confident that this format will allow for a candid discussion of the issues and that each side will come away with a better understanding of the other’s perspective. It is our hope that this meeting will mark the beginning of an open dialogue that will ultimately lead to progress and improved conditions for all,” said Roberts.

According to NBRA spokesperson Mark Denesuk, “Everything we are focusing on in the meeting with the players is about creating a better experience for the fan. This initiative taken on by the players and referees demonstrates just how seriously we take this responsibility.”

Both sides said that, based on input from their respective members, they wouldl be prepared to “productively discuss strengths and frustrations, as well as ideas and solutions.”

"It is our hope that this meeting will mark the beginning of an open dialogue that will ultimately lead to progress and improved conditions for all."

Among the topics that are on the table for discussion:

• On-court communication and demeanor
• Perception in media, optics, and reality of issues between players and officials
• Respect For The Game rules, and their consistent enforcement
• Tactics for de-escalation of tension from each side
• Equality of treatment for all players and officials

“Night in and night out, the NBA is a showcase for the most competitive professionals in the world,” the NBPA and NBRA said in a  joint statement. “Our community of players, coaches and referees pursue excellence and the continuous improvement of our craft, always working toward the advancement of the game.

“Finding opportunities to work together, like this summit, is the beginning of a process — one that we hope and believe will yield positive results in the long run.”

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