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Don Muret

Don Muret covers facilities for SportsBusiness Journal/Daily.

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Circuit of Americas hires new concessionaire prior to F1 event

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 07 / 21 / 14

Three months before the third annual U.S. Grand Prix takes place in Austin, Texas, Circuit of the Americas has hired a new concessionaire. Ryan Sanders Sports Services, in-house food provider at the Class AAA ballpark Dell Diamond, has signed a 10-year deal to run general concessions and premium ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Fox will sell for L.A. Coliseum

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SportsBusiness Journal: Charlotte discusses removing grandstand

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11/18/13
SportsBusiness Journal: Mike Scanlon

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11/18/13
SportsBusiness Journal: Jimmie Sacco

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11/18/13
SportsBusiness Journal: Daytona readies premium seats for sale

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SportsBusiness Journal: Braves bank on mixed-use plans

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SportsBusiness Journal: Peter Sullivan

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