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Gameday Merchandising Lawsuit Latest Blow For America’s Cup
Published August 29, 2013
WHISTLING FOR A WIND: In S.F., Eric Young cited America's Cup officials as saying that 500,000 people have "turned out so far to watch the races" from Marina Green and Piers 27-29. The officials "expect at least 500,000 more to come out during the finals" from Sept. 7-21 as New Zealand seeks to win the America’s Cup from Oracle Team USA. An economic forecast earlier this year "predicted 2 million people would watch the races -- a tally that race organizers said they might draw when including people watching from places other than the Cup’s two main venues." This staging of the America’s Cup has "attracted fewer participants, will generate less spending and will have fewer race days than promised," which already has "led some businesses to grouse that they are disappointed with the economic impact" (BIZJOURNALS.com, 8/28).