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With 80 reporters, editors and guest columnists, SportsBusiness Journal is the category-leading weekly magazine covering sports business. SportsBusiness Daily summarizes industry news reported by more than 600 media outlets. SportsBusiness Global covers sports business news stories throughout the world by following more than 200 local language publications and media outlets. Resource Guide LIVE is a digital sports industry marketplace directory with listings on more than 75,000 people and 11,000 companies. The Sports Business Conference and Events Group annually presents 11 leading sports industry conferences and events. Please visit all of our websites –www.sportsbusinessjournal.comwww.sportsbusinessdaily.comwww.sportsbusinessdaily.com/global,www.resourceguidelive.com and www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/conferences-events. The Sports Business Group is a division of American City Business Journals (ACBJ), which comprises weekly business journals, BizJournals.com and Hemmings Motor News. ACBJ is part of Advance Publications.

Recognized as the “2016 Best in Sports Event and Experiential Marketing” by SportsBusiness Journal, LeadDog Marketing Group creates, markets and activates one-of-a-kind brand and consumer experiences. Our team of passionate, make-it-happen people takes a full-service approach to integrated, experiential marketing, providing services including event conception and activation, sponsorship consulting, partnership negotiation, design and branding, strategic communications, brand promotions, digital and social media strategy. Part of CSM, a global leader in sport and entertainment, LeadDog delivers award-winning campaigns for partners in the sports, media/entertainment, active lifestyle, cause, technology and food/beverage industries. Marquee clients include Audi, NFLPA, The Players' Tribune, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Coca-Cola, Reebok and Intel. LeadDog is headquartered in New York City with satellite presence in Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco and Washington D.C. To unleash your potential, please visit: www.leaddogmarketing.com.

Proskauer’s Sports Law Group has been recognized by Chambers USA as "first-rate” with clients praising that “Proskauer is pretty much unparalleled.” As part of its "best in class – smart, focused and committed" practice, the firm represents a broad range of clients in antitrust; acquisitions of sports teams; sports-related financings; television, media and distribution agreements; stadium and arena development; key facility contracts, including naming rights, cornerstones and seat licenses; production and distribution of sports content across all platforms; e-Commerce and technology acquisition and licensing; joint ventures between sports entities and media and technology companies; collective bargaining agreements with players, referees, umpires and other game officials; and litigation matters involving the most pressing issues facing sports. For more information, please visit www.proskauer.com.

Since 1996, Turnkey Search has been the sports and entertainment industry’s top executive search firm. We are the only recruiting company with 75+ combined years of hands-on experience in both professional and college sports. Our team uses a highly consultative approach to match the best candidates with the right organizations, and our process is professional, efficient and discreet. To learn more, please visit TurnkeySearch.com or call 856.685.1450.

Headquartered in New York City, Major League Soccer features 22 clubs throughout the United States and Canada. For more information about MLS, visit www.MLSsoccer.com

The National Hockey League (NHL®), founded in 1917, consists of 30 Member Clubs, each reflecting the League’s international makeup with players from more than 20 countries represented on team rosters, vying for the most cherished and historic trophy in professional sports – the Stanley Cup®. Every year the NHL entertains more than 250 million fans in-arena and through its partners on national television and radio; more than 10 million fans on its social platforms; and more than 300 million fans online at NHL.com. The NHL is committed to giving back to the community with programs including: Hockey is for Everyone™, which supports nonprofit youth hockey organizations across North America; Hockey Fights Cancer™, raising money and awareness for hockey's most important fight; NHL Green™, which is committed to pursuing sustainable business practices; and a partnership with the You Can Play Project, which is committed to supporting the LGBT community and fighting homophobia in sports.

The National Football League is America's most popular sports league, comprised of 32 franchises that compete each year to win the Super Bowl, the world's biggest annual sporting event. Founded in 1920, the NFL developed the model for the successful modern sports league, including extensive revenue sharing, competitive excellence, strong franchises across the board, and national distribution. For more information, visit www.nfl.com.

The NBA is a global sports and media business built around three professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, and the NBA Development League.  The league has established a major international presence with offices in 13 markets worldwide, games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 47 languages, and NBA merchandise for sale in more than 125,000 stores in 100 countries on 6 continents.  NBA rosters at the start of the 2014-15 season featured a record 101 international players from 37 countries and territories.  NBA Digital’s assets include NBA.com and NBA Mobile, which achieved record traffic during the 2014-15 season, as well as NBA TV.  The NBA is the No. 1 professional sports league on social media, with more than 850 million likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms.  Through NBA Cares, the league and its teams and players have donated more than $260 million to charity, completed more than 3.3 million hours of hands-on community service, and created more than 970 places where kids and families can live, learn, or play.

When the Comcast-NBCUniversal transaction was completed in January 2011, the sports assets of the two companies combined to form NBC Sports Group, which serves sports fans 24/7 with premier live events, insightful studio shows, and compelling original programming. The sports media company consists of a unique array of sports assets, including NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBCSN (NBC Sports Network), Golf Channel, 10 NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBC Sports Radio and NBC Sports Digital. NBC Sports Group possesses an unparalleled collection of television rights agreements, partnering with some of the most prestigious sports properties in the world: the International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic Committee, the NFL, NHL, NASCAR, PGA TOUR, PGA of America, Churchill Downs, Premier League, Tour de France, French Open, Formula One, IndyCar and many more.

Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., the United States Olympic Committee is a non-profit organization that serves as both the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States. As such, the USOC is responsible for the training, entering and funding of U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games, while serving as a steward of the Olympic and Paralympic Movements throughout the country. For more information, visit TeamUSA.org.

About Pegula Sports and Entertainment

Pegula Sports and Entertainment (PSE) is a management company that streamlines key business areas across all Pegula family-owned sports and entertainment properties including the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, Buffalo Bandits, Rochester Americans, HarborCenter and Black River Entertainment. PSE aims to be a leader in the sports and entertainment industry by bringing together the individual resources, capabilities and talents of each of its entities to create a cohesive and sustainable brand that together represents the Pegula family’s interest. PSE’s mission is exemplified by its One Buffalo initiative, which unites Western New York and serves as a representation of teamwork through a deeper connection between Buffalo sports teams, fans and the community.

Founded in 1958, New York Road Runners has grown from a local running club to the world’s premier community running organization, whose mission is to help and inspire people through running. NYRR’s commitment to New York City’s five boroughs features races, community events, youth running initiatives, school programs, and training resources that provide hundreds of thousands of people each year, from children to seniors, with the motivation, know-how, and opportunity to Run for Life. NYRR’s premier event, and the largest marathon in the world, is the TCS New York City Marathon. Held annually on the first Sunday in November, the race features 50,000 runners, from the world’s top professional athletes to a vast range of competitive, recreational, and charity runners. To learn more, visit www.nyrr.org.

American Express is a global services company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. Learn more at americanexpress.com and connect with us on facebook.com/americanexpressfoursquare.com/americanexpresslinkedin.com/companies/american-express,twitter.com/americanexpress, and youtube.com/americanexpress.

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WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE programming reaches more than 650 million homes worldwide in 25 languages. WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 over-the-top premium network that includes all live pay-per-views, scheduled programming and a massive video-on-demand library, is currently available in more than 180 countries. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Munich and Tokyo.

Additional information on WWE (NYSE: WWE) can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com. For information on our global activities, go to http://www.wwe.com/worldwide/

Major League Baseball (MLB) is the oldest professional sports league in the United States and consists of 30 member clubs in the U.S. and Canada, representing the highest level of professional baseball.  Major League Baseball is the best-attended sport in North America, and the last decade includes all 10 of the best-attended individual seasons by fans in MLB history, with each regular season eclipsing the 73 million mark.   Now led by Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., MLB currently features record levels of labor peace, competitive balance and industry revenues, as well as the most comprehensive drug-testing program in American professional sports.  MLB remains committed to making an impact in the communities of the U.S., Canada and throughout the world, perpetuating the sport's larger role in society and permeating every facet of baseball's business, marketing and community relations endeavors.  With the continued success of MLB Advanced Media and MLB Network, MLB continues to find innovative ways for its fans to enjoy America's National Pastime and a truly global game. For more information on Major League Baseball, visit www.MLB.com.

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR XFINITY Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit NASCAR.com and IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR on Facebook, TwitterInstagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’).

The PGA of America is one of the world’s largest sports organizations, with 28,000 professionals who daily work to grow interest and participation in the game of golf.  The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship — a collaboration of the PGA of America, KPMG, and the LPGA Tour — continues the tradition of the LPGA Championship. Broadcast in partnership with NBC and Golf Channel, the Championship offers a purse among the highest in women’s golf. The event combines an annual major golf championship with the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit and the KPMG Future Leaders Program – all focused on the development, advancement, and empowerment of women on and off the golf course. For more information about the PGA of America, visit PGA.org, follow @PGA on Twitter and find us on Facebook.

WE ARE BLUEMEDIA — For nearly 20 years the biggest brands, agencies, teams and venues in the world have trusted us with the signage, décor, and experiential elements of their events and campaigns. From concept to completion, we create engaging, memorable, and shareable experiences that wow clients and sponsors and leave consumers talking for days.

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We help the world’s most image-conscious events, brands, entertainers, and sports teams in the world connect with audiences in ways that shatter all expectations. Creating extraordinary live-event credentials (media credentials, press passes, VIP hospitality badges) and live event technology platforms (VIP access control, sponsor activation integration, and more) to enhance the management, magic, and value of your next event. For more information, please visit www.accesseventsolutions.com or call 1-775-229-7200.

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