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Start your morning with BuzzcastDisney completes its acquisition of BAMTech, the Coyotes proposed arena deal will go to a vote and the Race Team Alliance is looking into exhibitions outside of NASCAR.

Tempe sends Coyotes arena project to ballot

Tempe, Ariz., voters "will decide the fate" of the Coyotes' $2.1B development deal during a May 16 special election. The City Council yesterday "unanimously called for the election after accepting the team's development plan and listening to dozens of public speakers, the vast majority of whom were in favor of the deal and the council’s decision to send it to the ballot." NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was among those in attendance, along with Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo and team CEO Xavier Gutierrez. The final iteration of the Coyotes' proposal "would involve building nearly 2,000 apartments, an NHL arena and an entertainment district on 46 acres of Tempe-owned land" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 11/29).

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Disney acquires remainder of BAMTech from MLB

Disney has officially acquired 100% of BAMTech, having paid MLB $900M for its 15% stake in the company, "now known as 'Disney Streaming,' earlier in November." Disney and the sports league "had the right to force a buyout of the stake based on its fair market value beginning earlier this year." Disney had bought the NHL’s 10% stake in BAMTech for $350M last year. MLB initially "spun off its streaming video division as BAMTech in 2015, with Disney acquiring a minority stake a year later" (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 11/29).

U.S. win at World Cup cues media bonanza

The USMNT defeated Iran 1-0 in FIFA World Cup group play to advance to the knockout round against the Netherlands, and the national news broadcasts all teased the game in their opening segments. ABC’s “World News” used the headline “World Cup Showdown;” CBS’s “Evening News” aired “World Cup Victory;” NBC’s “Nightly News” went with “Team USA Beats Iran.” The game was NBC’s second report of their broadcast, while CBS had it as their third story and ABC placed their game report over halfway through their telecast. The national morning shows also featured the game prominently, teasing it in their openings. ABC’s "GMA" aired the headline “Epic World Cup Win!” NBC’s “Today” used “Qatar Heroes!” Those broadcasts and "CBS Mornings" aired reports on the game in their first 15 minutes, with “GMA” speaking live with USMNT MF Tyler Adams. “Today” had USMNT MF Yunas Musah on live (SBJ).

ABC’s Will Reeve: “The young U.S. squad advancing to the World Cup round of 16, hoping to keep the attention on the pitch and away from the geopolitical drama” (“World News,” ABC, 11/29). CBS’s Norah O’Donnell: “For both countries there was more on the line in this high-stakes match than just the final score” (“Evening News,” CBS, 11/29). NBC’s Lester Holt: “Major suspense at the World Cup tonight and for countless fans watching here at home as the United States pulled out a dramatic win.” NBC’s Meagan Fitzgerald said the “atmosphere was electric (with) American fans going crazy in the stands and at watch parties back at home” (“Nightly News,” NBC, 11/29). CBS’s Gayle King: “Even if you don’t pay attention to soccer in this country, people yesterday were going, ‘We won, we won!’ it was very exciting to watch” (“CBS Mornings,” 11/30).

FRONT-PAGE HEADLINES: USA TODAY: "Team USA Advances" ... N.Y. TIMES: "One is enough for the U.S." ... L.A. TIMES: "U.S. Advances in World Cup" ... PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: "U.S. Advances To Round Of 16." SI.com landing page: "With World Cup Fate at Stake, Pulisic and USMNT Suffer for Success" The win also dominated the sports back pages of the N.Y. tabloids 

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President Biden made note of the result, grabbing the mic during an event in Michigan to announce the USMNT's win:

Saudi Arabia denies bidding for 2030 World Cup

A Saudi Arabia Tourism Ministry spokesperson said that the government "doesn’t have an official bid to host" the FIFA World Cup, "retracting comments made yesterday by the tourism minister." The minister had said that Saudi Arabia "was considering a bid" for the 2030 World Cup. The country "has already secured the Asian Winter Games in 2029, an annual Formula 1 race, and several high profile boxing matches as it looks to boost tourism." Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, attended the opening ceremony of the World Cup in Qatar last week alongside FIFA President Gianni Infantino (BLOOMBERG NEWS, 11/30).

First all-women crew to ref men's World Cup match

History will be made Thursday at the FIFA World Cup, as the referee crew of Stephanie Frappart, Neuza Back and Karen Diaz "will become the first all-women refereeing team for a men's World Cup match." The trio have been "named to take charge" of the Costa Rica-Germany Group E match, FIFA announced yesterday. Frappart will be the main referee "as she reaches another milestone" after being the first female "to officiate at a men's World Cup qualifier in March and Champions League match" in 2020. The 38-year-old Frappart will be joined by the Brazilian-born Back and Mexico's Diaz as assistants (ESPN.com, 11/29).

NBC Sports Philly to air BetCast for 76ers games

By John Ourand

One month after NBC Sports Chicago came out with plans to have four betting-themed alternate telecasts around Bulls games this season, NBC Sports Philadelphia is announcing a similar initiative with the 76ers. The RSN will partner with PointsBet on the telecasts, which start with this Friday’s game against the Grizzlies. Games will be carried on NBC Sports Philadelphia Plus, which essentially is the RSN’s overflow channel. The telecast will feature live odds from PointsBet (spread, over/under, moving money lines), futures odds and player props.

This Friday, Michael Barkann will host, with Jim Lynam and Jay Croucher as analysts. Other 76ers games that will have the BetCast will be vs. the Pistons (Dec. 21), Magic (Jan. 30) and Pacers (March 6).

NFL flexes Dolphins-Chargers into 'SNF' window

The Dec. 11 Dolphins-Chargers game in L.A. has been flexed from a 4:05pm ET kickoff to an 8:20pm kickoff for NBC's "Sunday Night Football." The Dolphins are off to an 8-3 start, so "TV execs and the rest of the NFL are noticing." The NFL's move to flex the game into "SNF" also means that the Dolphins "could play in prime time two consecutive weekends." The original NFL schedule slated them to play the Bills in Buffalo on Dec. 17 or 18, "specifically labeling it a potential matchup for prime time" (PALM BEACH POST, 11/29).

Pistons giving away winter gear on day of service

By Eric Prisbell

The Pistons are partnering with Every School Day Counts Detroit to host a winter gear giveaway event across five preselected schools in Metro Detroit from 10am-2pm ET, benefitting more than 2,800 students. This is all part of a full-organization day of service today. The entire Pistons team -- including coaching and front office staff, as well as the NBA G League Motor City Cruise and its staff -- will distribute winter coats, hats, and gloves throughout the school day to the five schools. The initiative tips off this year’s Season of Giving presented by Kroger, which also will be recognizing teachers at all five schools with a Kroger gift card.

Pistons G Cade Cunningham is gifting a total of $70,000, with $10,000 each split across the five Metro Detroit schools as well as two schools in his hometown of Arlington, Texas, to establish “Cade’s Care Closets.” The closets will provide toiletries, hygiene products and non-perishable snacks for students to access. Pistons F Saddiq Bey is donating a total of over $5,000 in gift cards that will be divided between staff members at each of the five Metro Detroit schools.

SBJ Media Innovators examines changing landscape

SBJ's Media Innovators conference -- formerly Sports Media & Technology -- tips off today in N.Y. The two-day event will examine changes in viewer consumption and content creation, bringing together the executives and pioneers who are paving the way for innovation. The program will unpack the state of the media landscape and cover new frontiers in content, sports betting, streaming and the next big initiatives that will revolutionize the industry. An impressive speaker lineup includes ESPN's Jimmy Pitaro, Professional Bull Riders' Kosha Irby, NBC Sports' Rick Cordella, SNY's Steve Raab and Omaha Productions' Kristen Herlihy, among many more.

Sports Media: NFL, World Cup, Messi’s Apple impact

In this week's "Sports Media Podcast," Andrew Marchand and John Ourand review Fox Sports’ performance during the first week of the World Cup in Qatar. The two also look at whether the tournament’s move to November and December has affected TV viewership yet. The two also discuss rumors that soccer superstar Lionel Messi may join MLS and debate whether that will help AppleTV+.

Ourand discusses a story he broke on Monday about Lenny Daniels leaving Warner Bros. Discovery Sports after 27 years, and Marchand dives into a story he broke Monday on whether former Yankees Derek Jeter and Don Mattingly will join YES Network. Plus, the two give updates on the Big Ten and Pac-12. As always, the two give their regular Who’s Up and Who’s Down picks, answer a listener’s question and give their Call of the Week.

Speed Reads....

Nike and Adidas are "expected to significantly reduce production starting next year." They have "notified their manufacturing companies that they will be reducing order volumes by 30-40 percent starting Summer 2023" (HYPE BEAST, 11/29).

The Big South has tapped Collegiate Sports Associates to aid its search for a new commissioner (COLLEGE AD, 11/29).

Quick Hits....

“After the game, there was coverage in the sports bars with all of these drunk guys taunting the Netherlands, ‘Hey Netherlands, we’re coming for you, Netherlands!’ You don’t taunt the Netherlands” -- Actor Billy Crystal, on the USMNT advancing to the World Cup Round of 16 (“Jimmy Kimmel Live,” ABC, 11/29).

Morning Hot Reads: Showing Bias?

The S.F. CHRONICLE writes the Western media’s World Cup coverage "has put its anti-Muslim bias on full display." Whatever the players "decide to do for the rest of the tournament, the politicking at World Cup goes far beyond the teams themselves." Nowhere is that "clearer than how Western media, particularly western European media, are covering the tournament." That any media outlet would "call attention to the poor labor conditions in Qatar leading up to the cup and the country’s record on journalistic freedom, among other concerns, is legitimate and important." But the degree of "negative coverage illustrates the hypocrisy of Western media coverage."

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Final Jeopardy!

Last night’s “Final Jeopardy!” category was “Names in U.S. History."

"This father was the only man among the 13 plaintiffs in a class-action case filed in 1951."

Laugh Track: Can I kick it?

ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel said of the USMNT advancing at the World Cup: “This is a weird one to root for, because you’d think the U.S. versus Iran would be like Rocky versus Drago. But there’s a revolution going on right now in Iran led by women and young people who are speaking out against the vicious regime that runs that country, and the players for Iran have shown a lot of courage.” Kimmel: “They weren’t exactly villains. It’s like finding out the shark in ‘Jaws’ is an endangered species” (“Jimmy Kimmel Live,” ABC, 11/29). CBS’s Stephen Colbert said of U.S. facing the Netherlands on Saturday, “We can take the Dutch. I assume they play in clogs” (“The Late Show,” CBS, 11/29). NBC’s Jimmy Fallon: “I just hope this doesn’t ruin our incredible friendship with Iran. We’re on to the next round. Americans haven’t been this fired up about soccer since we remembered it existed last week. When asked how they beat Iran, the U.S. coach said, 'We found their secret gameplan in a box at Mar-a-Lago'” (“The Tonight Show,” NBC, 11/29).

The opening segment of CBS’s “The Late Show” aired a “welcome video” from the city of Boston to Prince William and Princess Kate who are planning to visit the area this week. The video’s narrator, with a thick Boston accent, invited the royal couple to come see "our crown jewel, and unlike yours, we didn’t steal it from India." It’s the "most beautiful place in all of Boston, Worcester, Lowell, Cambridge and hell, even Quincy: It’s Fenway Park!” There was also a brief "come back, Brady" reference to Tom Brady (“The Late Show,” CBS, 11/29).

 

Final Jeopardy....

“Who is Oliver Brown?"

The case became the landmark Brown v. Board of Education where the Supreme Court ruled to desegregate public schools.

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