A look ahead to top enterprise and feature stories planned globally by AP Sports. New digests will go out each Thursday and Monday and will be repeated on other weekdays. Please note that story plans may change depending on news and other issues.
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WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13
US-TAX BILL-COLLEGE COACHES
WASHINGTON – If Congress was trying to send a message to schools hiring coaches this fall when it approved a new tax on seven-figure salaries, it hasn’t gotten through yet. Football powers aiming for a national title have continued to pay market rate for proven coaches, topped by the $75 million deal for Jimbo Fisher at Texas A&M. If the GOP tax overhaul becomes law, the school will have to pay $15 million in new taxes over the life of that contract. By Ben Nuckols. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 a.m. Wednesday.
THURSDAY, Dec. 14
South Korea won’t turn a state-of-the-art Olympic skating arena into a giant seafood freezer. Few other things are certain about the country’s post-Olympic plans 10 weeks away from the opening ceremony at the small mountain town of Pyeongchang, which will take place amid lingering concerns over the huge financial burden inflicted on one of the nation’s poorest regions. By Kim Tong-Hyung. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 1 a.m. Thursday.
FRIDAY, Dec. 15
HKN–POWER VS. POWER
Checking lines are dead. The old, defensive-minded line that NHL coaches counted on to stop opposing stars is rapidly fading away as top players are increasingly counted on to stop each other. The best forwards and lines in hockey know they have to produce a 200-foot game or they’ll never score. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 a.m.
SATURDAY, Dec. 16
FBC–COACHING SEARCHES-SHALLOW POOL
The hiring season in college football has been accelerated and somewhat odd as schools high turnover rate in major college coaching rush to fill job and scramble to find quality candidates from a pool that increasingly lacks experience. The whole process has been sped up, people in the business say. Coaches are being push through the pipeline faster than ever, leaving fewer seasoned candidates. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by noon Saturday.
MONDAY, Dec. 18
OLY–THE CLIMATE GAMES
SAAS-FEE, Switzerland – Scarce snow at home and melting glaciers abroad are making it increasingly difficult for athletes in the United States and around the globe to train for the Olympics. This season, several U.S. teams abandoned their home and headed to glaciers in Europe to get some much-needed autumn training on snow. What they found when they arrived was a glimpse into the future where it’s increasingly likely that not even those training sites will exist. By AP Sports Writers Eddie Pells and John Leicester. UPCOMING: 1,500 words, photos video and graphics by 3 a.m. Monday.
TUESDAY, Dec. 19
OLY–THE CLIMATE GAMES-ECONOMICS
PARK CITY, Utah – With winters growing warmer and ski seasons starting later, billions of dollars are at stake for the ski industry. Nobody feels that impact more than world champion freestyle skier Jon Lillis, who needs snow to do his day job, and to keep business brisk at the restaurant he owns in the ski resort town of Park City. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 a.m. Tuesday.
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