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Put UAE On Map For Hosting Big Int'l Events
END OF AN ERA? In London, Tom Cary reported the future of the British Grand Prix, "one of the two oldest continuously staged races in the Formula One world championship, remains in the balance, with discussions between" F1 Management Chair Bernie Ecclestone and Silverstone Circuit manager Silverstone Holdings Limited "at a deadlock." Ecclestone is "back negotiating with Silverstone after Donington Park, which had won a 17-year deal to stage the race from next year, failed to raise" the US$222.4M necessary to upgrade the circuit (London TELEGRAPH, 10/27).
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MOVING DAY: ESPN.com's Jason Sobel reported the '10 PGA Tour Frys.com Open "will take place at CordeValle Golf Club" in San Martin, California, "about 30 miles outside of San Jose," where Fry's HQs are located. The tournament had been played at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, for its first three years (ESPN.com, 10/28).
WINNING BIDDER: In Dallas, Jon Nielsen reports Global Gaming LSP, a subsidiary of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, "submitted the winning bid of $47.8[M] at the second auction" for Lone Star Park. Global Gaming "will operate the track." Magna Entertainment Corp. "had operated the track until filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last March" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 10/29).
RUNNING THE FROZEN TUNDRA: In Green Bay, Richard Ryman reports Cellcom Green Bay Marathon organizers want "access to Lambeau Field for two days because of the growth of the event." Marathon organizers "have approached" the Packers and the Green Bay/Brown County Professional Football Stadium District Board about "using Lambeau Field for an extra day." Runners in four events "pass through Lambeau before finishing their races in the stadium parking lot" (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE, 10/29).