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Don Muret

Don Muret covers facilities for SportsBusiness Journal/Daily.

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NHRA looks to Paciolan to tune up ticketing at seven tracks

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 10 / 20 / 14

T he National Hot Rod Association has signed a five-year deal with Paciolan to improve ticketing operations for seven drag racing facilities. The agreement covers four NHRA-owned tracks — Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif.; Atlanta ...

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03/06/14
SportsBusiness Daily: Qualcomm To Supply Hardware At MLB Venues

MLBAM has selected Qualcomm Retail Solutions to supply iBeacon hardware tied to the rollout of location-based technology at 20 ballparks this season. Using Qualcomm’s Gimbal proximity beacons built and configured to Apple’s iBeacon specifications, fans can access the technology by using ...

03/03/14
SportsBusiness Journal: AEG sues Legends, Mirhashemi

AEG has filed suit against Legends and its president and chief operating officer, Shervin Mirhashemi, in part over Legends’ recent hiring of ex-AEG sales executive Mike Tomon. The complaint, filed Feb. 11 in Los Angeles County Superior Court, alleges breach of contract by Mirhashemi tied to ...

Tags: Law and Politics

02/26/14
SportsBusiness Daily: Legends Hires AEG's Mike Tomon

Legends has hired former AEG Senior VP/Global Partnerships  Mike Tomon as its President of North American Sports & Events. Tomon will work closely with Legends’ global planning, sales and hospitality groups to identify new business opportunities, coordinate sales strategies and ...

02/24/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Vikings put game-day feel into center

The Minnesota Vikings open a preview center this week that takes season-ticket holders through a Disney-like experience tied to the field-level club at the team’s new $975 million stadium. Starting Wednesday, sales agency Van Wagner Group starts marketing the venue’s 98 suites, 8,000 ...

Tags: Facilities

02/19/14
SportsBusiness Daily: Falcons Hire Jenkins To Run New Venue

The Falcons have hired Safeco Field VP/Ballpark Operations SCOTT JENKINS to operate their new $1B facility opening in '17. Jenkins had been running the Mariners’ ballpark for just over seven years. The Wisconsin native previously managed Lincoln Financial Field, Miller Park and the Univ. of ...

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, People and Pop Culture

02/17/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Competing views on video boards

The two groups operating most NASCAR tracks differ in their philosophy for video boards. Speedway Motorsports Inc. has drawn attention over the past four years for installing two of the “world’s largest televisions,” starting in 2011 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In March, an eve ...

Tags: In-Depth, Motorsports

02/17/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Catching up on connectivity

Tracks that host NASCAR events are in the same boat as other major league facilities, partnering with cellular carriers and other companies to upgrade connectivity at their venues. Both International Speedway Corp. and Speedway Motorsports Inc. are installing new distributed antenna systems and W ...

Tags: In-Depth, Motorsports

02/17/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Legends hires Koger for new division

Legends has strengthened its position in the sports facility development space by hiring construction management executive Dale Koger. For the past 13 years, Koger has served as vice president and general manager of Turner Construction, one of the top three builders of arenas and stadiums in Nort ...

Tags: Facilities

02/17/14
SportsBusiness Journal: AEG offers tracks advice

The strategy behind the $400 million renovation of Daytona International Speedway is to build on the major league business model for developing a facility tied to founding partners and branded sponsorship zones starting at the entry gates. To get there, International Speedway Corp., owner of Dayt ...

Tags: In-Depth, Motorsports

02/17/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Tracks get to work on upgrades

Six months into the $400 million rebuild of Daytona International Speedway, track President Joie Chitwood can hardly contain his excitement. Construction is ahead of schedule as the facility shifts to operations mode for its first racing events, including the Daytona 500. “It’s amazin ...

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