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Christopher Botta

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

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TD Garden Integrating LinkedIn Into New B2B Program

04 / 10 / 14

TD Garden today is announcing the formation of a B2B program that features the integration of LinkedIn for business leaders and other fans in the arena’s premium-seating areas. The program will debut next week for the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the Bruins. Membership in the program,...

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