As the 2017 Stanley Cup® Final draws closer, the salutes to the NHL® Centennial and the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup® continue with the release of “NAMES ON THE CUP,” a documentary film showcasing the extraordinary and compelling story of the men whose names are forever immortalized on one of the oldest and most revered trophies in professional sports. Featuring more than 70 NHL players and coaches – past and present – and narrated by Emmy Award-winning actor Kiefer Sutherland, the documentary will screen at Cineplex theatres across Canada on May 30 and at select locations on May 31.
With the 2016-17 TV season wrapping up last night, NBC’s Sunday Night Football finished as primetime’s #1 TV show in all key metrics for a record sixth consecutive year – tying American Idol for the most consecutive years atop the charts (since 1950), based on live plus same day data provided by The Nielsen Company. Sunday Night Football also ranked as the No. 1 show in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic for the seventh consecutive TV season.
NASCAR announced the inductees who will comprise the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2018. The five-person group – the ninth since the inception of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2010 – consists of Red Byron, Ray Evernham, Ron Hornaday Jr., Ken Squier and Robert Yates. In addition, NASCAR announced that Jim France earned the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR.
The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl’s first College Football Playoff Semifinal delivered a record boost to the local economy – generating more than $61.96 million in economic impact officials announced today. The game between number-one ranked Alabama and fourth-ranked Washington also provided $4.7 million in direct state and local tax revenue collected within metro Atlanta. When added to the $29.27 million delivered by the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game (Georgia vs. North Carolina) to open last season, the two college football games hosted by Peach Bowl, Inc. in 2016 combined to drive a total economic impact of $91.2 million including $7.4 million in direct tax revenue.
A congressional committee on Thursday unveiled a draft of comprehensive legislation that would repeal the federal prohibition on sports betting and allow states to legalize online gambling. The Gaming Accountability and Modernization Enhancement Act or GAME Act, released Thursday morning by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, aims to remove federal barriers, give oversight authority to the Federal Trade Commission and outline consumer protections that states would need to have in place in order to offer legal sports betting, including fantasy sports. Section 8 of the GAME Act would repeal the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA), the federal prohibition on state-sponsored sports betting.
College basketball analyst Seth Greenberg has signed a multiyear extension with ESPN. Greenberg will continue his main roles of weeknight studio analysis in Bristol, Conn., and entertaining fans from remote locations on College GameDay Covered State Farm with host Rece Davis and fellow analysts Jay Bilas and Jay Williams.