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In Milwaukee, Don Walker reported Harley-Davidson, as part of its partnership with the BMO Harris Bradley Center, has "opened the Harley-Davidson Club at the arena." The club was "funded by the Harley-Davidson Foundation and seats as many as 30 people." Harley-Davidson also is "planning to exhibit a jumpstart motorcycle that will be located either inside or outside the arena." A new Harley-Davidson parking area also "will be set up on the east entrance to the building" (JSONLINE.com, 2/28).

GO WEST, YOUNG MAN: NFL Cardinals President Michael Bidwill said that he is "working with Glendale to move the team's training camp to the West Valley." Bidwill on Thursday said that the deal "isn't done." However, he "played the idea up to about 300 people in Glendale before Mayor Jerry Weiers' State of the City address." Bidwill said that moving the camp from Flagstaff would be "easier for fans." In Phoenix, Paul Giblin noted the team would "train at University of Phoenix Stadium," after training in Flagstaff since '88 (AZCENTRAL.com, 2/28).

THE LATEST FROM OWLCATRAZ: In West Palm Beach, Randy Schultz wrote at a public meeting on Friday, the "burden will be on Florida Atlantic University President Mary Jane Saunders" to show why the $6M stadium naming-rights deal with the GEO Group is "good for the university." That burden is "very heavy." Schultz: "Evasiveness has characterized FAU’s response to the GEO controversy." Students, faculty and alumni "don’t know whether any other companies had offered to buy naming rights." The more FAU "ducks the issues, the worse the deal looks" (PALM BEACH POST, 3/1).

RAM ON: Richmond-based packaging company MeadWestvaco Corp. has pledged $3M to Virginia Commonwealth Univ.'s basketball complex project. The donation is the largest in the history of the VCU athletic department (VCU).
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