nfl-london-international10 TO WATCH WEEK OF 10/03/16




  1. The USOC has a chance to net nearly $300 million if Los Angeles is awarded the rights to host the 2024 Olympics, according to the Orange County Register. LA 2024 joined USOC on a joint marketing agreement that would give the Olympic governing body “at least $294.75 million from “domestic marketing and sponsorship revenue.” Under terms of the agreement, the local organizing committee will receive 80% of all net revenue up to $2.16 billion and 85% on revenue above $2.16 billion, with the USOC “receiving the remaining revenue.” LA 2024 and the USOC also “agreed to create a joint non-profit venture to manage domestic sponsorships, ‘supplierships’ and licensed merchandising for the Olympic Games, USOC, U.S. Olympic Trials, Olympic Torch Relay and LA 2024.” As it currently stands, Los Angeles is competing against Paris and Budapest for the right to host the games; Rome recently withdrew its bid before Phase II plans were due.
  1. Syracuse University and Carrier Corp. first agreed to a naming rights deal for the school’s domed stadium back in 1980 and have not renegotiated since. Now the university is “asking for more money…in order to keep the heating-and-cooling company’s” name on the building, according to Bloomberg News. While some schools around the country are making millions annually from naming rights deals, Syracuse is currently earning a mere $78,751 per year from its current partner. Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment President & CEO Jeff Knapple said that SU “could get” at least $2 million per year in a new naming-rights deal, and Soshnick & Novy-Williams noted that if SU and Carrier “can’t reach an agreement, the university could attempt to buy out the original contract.” The dome is scheduled to undergo a massive renovation, all part of a campus-wide $255 million upgrade.
  1. Hall of Fame basketball player Julius Erving, known as “Dr. J,” sold the majority of his name rights and image to Authentic Brands Group, according to In exchange for giving ABG his name and image, Erving will get an upfront guarantee as well as royalties associated with the deal. Specific financial details and terms of the contract have not yet been released. In wake of the deal, ABG has “filed for the trademark to ‘Dr. J’ as well as Erving’s signature in the U.S. and in various countries.” ABG President & CMO Nick Woodhouse said that the company will “use Erving’s name and image to expand into luxury, travel and corporate partnerships as well as do licensing deals and merchandise his name.” While the deal may seem odd to some, ABG actually “structured a similar deal” earlier this year with Shaquille O’Neal; the company “also controls licensing rights to Muhammad Ali, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley.
  1. PyeongChang is coming down to the final stretch, as the South Korean mountain resort town is now just under 500 days away from lighting the torch at the 2018 Winter Olympics. According to the Korea Times, the organizing committee for Korea’s first-ever Winter Olympics noted that the city is “on the right track in preparing for the upcoming mega sports event.” PyeongChang sits about 180 kilometers east of Seoul, with neighboring towns in Gangwon Province expected to host multiple events as well. The high speed railway connecting Seoul with PyeongChang is expected to be completed next June. The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) said, “Six out of 12 venues will be newly built and six venues will be refurbished to meet global sporting standards. As of September, 88 percent of the entire construction program is complete and right on track for the test events starting in November.”
  1. Colin Kaepernick’s actions and protests have drawn national media for weeks now, ultimately pushing President Obama to personally address the issue. According to Politco, Obama noted that he wants the 49ers quarterback to “think about the pain he’s causing military families the next time he takes a knee during the national anthem.” The president continued with his comments by urging people on both sides of the issues to “keep open ears” and not to automatically jump to conclusions. Obama spoke about the situation at a town hall with members of the armed forces community. Obama said, “So I want Mr. Kaepernick and others who are on a knee, I want them to listen to the pain that that may cause somebody who, for example, had a spouse or a child who was killed in combat, and why it hurts them to see somebody not standing.”
  1. A group of former NFL players have filed a second petition “asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reject” the $1 billion settlement of NFL concussion lawsuits because of “how it treats current brain injuries versus future ones,” according to the AP. While CTE that is diagnosed before the April 2015 cutoff can bring up to $4 million, those who filed to petition complain that “future CTE diagnoses aren’t compensated.” The petition “echoes earlier complaints that the lead players’ lawyers in 2013 signed with the NFL a quick deal that favored their clients over thousands of others.” The NFL has come under increasing scrutiny for how it deals with CTE and head injuries. Now more than ever, former players are coming out and revealing how poorly head injuries were dealt with during their professional tenures. Actor Will Smith said, “I thought ‘Concussion’ would have a bigger impact. I knew it would be hard because people love the game, but the science is so overwhelming, and it’s something that we really need to take a look at.”
  1. Oiler Entertainment Group Vice Chair & CEO Bob Nicholson made it clear that Edmonton has a goal: it wants to “host both the IIHF World Junior Championships in 2019 and the World Cup of Hockey in 2020.” According to the Edmonton Sun, the “timing of the events would allow the Oilers to “show off the by-then world-famous Rogers Place, and at the same time celebrate the opening of Edmonton’s Ice District.” Rogers Place can hold over 18,500 fans for hockey games, providing a large venue for a major event. Nicholson has already begun floating other ideas for potential attractions, such as “ice carvings and ice bars.” The 2012 World Junior tourney “sold a record 571,000 tickets with a record 440,000 going through the turnstiles in the combined Edmonton-Calgary hosting.” “What we did in Edmonton the last time was the best we’ve ever seen for a World Junior,” said Nicholson. “And I think we can build on that.”
  1. New University of Florida Athletic Director faces an immediate challenge in Gainesville: fundraising. According to the Gainesville Sun, UF has a $100 million master plan “in facilities improvements for football, baseball and softball,” which “includes building a stand-alone facility for football, expanded seating and locker room space at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium for softball and shaded canopies and expanded locker rooms at McKethan Stadium for baseball.” While at Mississippi State, Stricklin oversaw more than $140 million in facilities upgrades, giving UF President Kent Fuchs confidence in Stricklin’s ability to spearhead the effort. Stricklin, who will begin his duties Nov. 1, “received a six-year deal worth an average annual salary” of $1.076M that could increase to $1.276M with performance bonuses. He takes place of former AD Jeremy Foley, who served for 25 years and is responsible for enhancing “the Gators as a national brand.”
  1. The NFL has made an increasingly significant effort to expand the game overseas for the past few years, hosting multiple games across Europe. But NFL Executive Vice President/International Mark Waller said there is a “low likelihood” of the league playing a game in China in 2018,” according to The MMQB. Initial talks of hosting a game in Beijing were floated, but the league remains pessimistic of it actually happening due to logistic challenges. The 13-hour flight from Los Angeles and over 14-hour flight from New York to Beijing really troubles the league. The NFL has “toyed with several ideas.” One that “had some steam behind it was playing at noon Beijing time on the Saturday of opening weekend.” But there is “no perfect concept.” The NBA has successfully tapped into the Chinese market over the past few years, and the NFL is trying to follow suit.
  1. The Jacksonville Jaguars and Indianapolis Colts recently played a sold out game at Wembley Stadium in London, which raises the questions: could “a team play twice abroad in the same season?” According to, NFL Senior Vice President/International Mark Waller said that the league will “continue to add games in London in the coming years … and wants to get more teams to play there that haven’t previously been before.” The Jaguars beat the Colts 30-27 in front of 84,000 spectators, concluding yet another successful NFL International game in England. League Commissioner Roger Goodell even made the trip overseas to attend the game. Going forward, the NFL has a 10-year contract signed with EPL side Tottenham Hotspur to play multiple games at the team’s new White Hart Lane upon its completion next summer, but other games may still be played at other English arenas over that span.