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Christopher Botta

Christopher Botta covers hockey and soccer for SportsBusiness Journal/Daily.

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U.S. To Host '14 CONCACAF Women's Championship In October

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 24 / 14

The U.S. will host the '14 CONCACAF Women’s Championship from Oct. 15-26, with first-round matches at MLS stadiums in K.C., DC and Bridgeview, Ill., and the semifinals, third-place match and championship game at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. The top three finishers will qualify for the '15 Women&rs...

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On The Ground: 2014 Ticketing Symposium: High-end products, high-margin returns

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On The Ground: The NHL Shift

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SportsBusiness Journal: MLS channels the Cup

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Tags: In-Depth

SportsBusiness Journal: Lucky shot: Cup contests reward 160 fans

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On The Ground: The NHL Shift

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SportsBusiness Journal: All eyes on new Houston team

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SportsBusiness Journal: Quakes will accept Bitcoin at stadium

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On The Ground: Gulati cheers Univision's commitment to U.S. national team covera ...

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