College football is a week away. The NFL is not far behind. I had my draft in one of the two fantasy leagues I participate in last night. You can just smell and taste football at this point. However, I must admit that this season of Hard Knocks does not have me as enthused as years’ past. Last week in Detroit was a success moderating a panel for Team Penske that included the President and Chief Operating Officer of NASCAR. Off to Dallas next Labor Day weekend for a wedding. This week on FORBES: (1) Major Auto Manufacturers Applaud NASCAR Business Council At 10th Anniversary Meeting; (2) Golfscape Sheds Beta Tag On Its Luxury Golf Travel Concierge Service; (3) POINT 3 Basketball Granted Patent On Moisture Control Technology; (4) Start-up Sports Agency Stealth SME Hires Former IMG Executive Rob Ponger; and (5) Sports Social Media Network Fancred Completes $3 Million Financing Round. And as always, the weekly wrap-up:
- So many players…so few jobs [NFL Needs a D-League].
- You don’t have to be an attorney [5 myths of the NFL agent business].
- Surprised that Matt Ryan leads the list? [The NFL’s Highest-Paid Players 2014]
- Under Armour reportedly offered Durant between $265-285 million over 10 years [Ball in Nike’s court for Kevin Durant].
- Money over everything? [Sheridan: Jay-Z taking blame for Durant quitting Team USA]
- Curtis Malone was back to what got him in trouble before [Out Of Power: How D.C.’s most prominent AAU leader landed in jail].
- Honored to be part of this list [Raynforest: Identifying Sports Marketing Influencers].