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SBD/December 6, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Published December 6, 2013
GET 'EM WHILE THEY'RE HOT: In Vancouver, Jim Jamieson notes tickets to the March 2 Senators-Canucks NHL Heritage Classic game were "being gobbled up by fans on Thursday," providing the league with "no worries about the event being overpriced or under-appreciated." An NHL spokesperson on Thursday said that 75% of BC Place "had already been sold out for the game." It is "not hard to see why the league opted to go with six of these events this season" (Vancouver PROVINCE, 12/6).
FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT: The AP's Dan Gelston noted UFC has "hunkered down in New Jersey and latched on to the NFL for Super exposure in perhaps the biggest weekend in sports." New York is the "lone state running against the trend of holding regulated MMA cards," so UFC will hold its Super Bowl weekend show at Prudential Center in Newark. With all the media opportunities in and around Super Bowl week, holding the PPV card "in the same state helps Fox and the UFC to work together and align themselves with the country's biggest sporting event." The opportunity is there for UFC "to attract even more fans, and maybe sway some New York lawmakers" (AP, 12/5).
SHOW ME THE REPLAY: In S.F., John Shea wrote now that the time has come for MLB to "join the expanded-replay party, the fans need to be invited." Baseball is "opening the door to a whole new technological world with a new type of fan, one who demands replays right away." The modern fan will "turn to his smartphone, anyway." So put it "on the scoreboard." Shea: "Controversial/challenged call or no controversial/challenged call. No more need to deprive him/her when luxury-suite revelers can see the replay anyway" (SFGATE.com, 12/4).