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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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Jan022018

Dreams Of Gold: Team USA Skates To Winter Games Without NHL Players

By Barry Janoff

January 2, 2018: This past April, the NHL, stating that “the overwhelming majority of our clubs are adamantly opposed to disrupting the 2017-18 NHL season for purposes of accommodating Olympic participation by some NHL players,” officially decided not to allow players under contract to play for their respective national teams in the 2018 Winter Games.

USA Hockey has moved on, naming its roster from among a pool of some 100 players currently not on NHL contracts, from among U.S. players “based in Europe, playing in the American Hockey League or other minor leagues, or playing college hockey,” according to USA Hockey.

The move has also significantly impacted the Canadian men’s hockey team, which has won the past two gold medals.

The last time the NHL did not have players in the Olympics was 1994 in Lillehammer, Norway.

Among the players named to the Team USA men’s team are James Wisniewski and Jim Slater, who have each played more then 500 NHL games.

Three players currently participate in the AHL: Chris Bourque (Hershey Bears), Bobby Butler (Milwaukee Admirals) and John McCarthy (San Jose Barracuda).

Five of those named to the Team USA roster come from teams in Switzerland’s National League: Bobby Sanguinetti, Mark Arcobello, Broc Little, Garrett Roe and Slater.

Five players from the Kontinental Hockey League made Team USA as did two who currently play in the Swedish Hockey League.

Tony Granato, the men’s head coach at the University of Wisconsin, is Team USA’s Olympic head coach.

“We really like our roster,” according to Jim Johannson, GM for the 2018 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team and also USA Hockey assistant executive director for hockey operations. “It’s a group that brings versatility and experience and includes players who have a lot of passion about representing our country.”

On the women’s side, Team USA will be led by Hilary Knight (pictured), Meghan Duggan, Kacey Bellamy and twins Monique Lamoureux-Morando and Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson.

PyeongChang marks the third consecutive Winter Games for all five players.

Team USA won the first women’s ice hockey Olympic gold medal in 1998, followed by silver in 2002, 2012 and 2014, and bronze in 2006.

Canada has won gold at each of last four Winter Games.

“Today we took another step closer towards achieving our ultimate goal, which is to bring home a gold medal from South Korea,” said Reagan Carey, GM for the 2018 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team and also the director of women’s hockey for USA Hockey, said in a statement.

“We’ve had an exceptional four months in Wesley Chapel leading up to this point and are confident that these 23 women give our country the best opportunity to reach the top of the podium in February.”

More than half of the players named to the 2018 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team are returning gold medalists, including four two-time returning gold medalists — Adam Page, Nikko Landeros, Josh Pauls — and three-time Paralympic gold medal goalie Steve Cash.

Six other players were part of the gold-medal winning team in Sochi.

The Winter Games are scheduled for Feb. 8-25, NBC Sports.

The Paralympic Games are scheduled for March 8-18, NBC Sports.

2018 Olympics U.S. Men’s Roster

2018 Olympics U.S. Women’s Roster

2018 Paralympics U.S. Men's Roster

NHL Puts 2018 Winter Games On Ice

Hilary Knight Photo NBC Sports

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