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A Cleveland PLAIN DEALER editorial states renewing the Cuyahoga County sin tax is "clearly the best way to fund needed fixes and upgrades at FirstEnergy Stadium, Progressive Field and Quicken Loans arena." Now that it has "been renewed," the Browns, Indians and Cavaliers as well as City Hall and Gateway Economic Development Corp. officials who will be "deciding how to spend the tax proceeds need to become far more transparent about the disposition of the money and why specific improvements are the public's responsibility and not the teams'" (CLEVELAND.com, 5/8).

LEGENDARY AGREEMENT: In Dallas, Candace Carlisle reported the Mavericks and Stars are "gearing up for their next seasons by hiring Legends to operate their on-site merchandising" at AmericanAirlines Center. Stars President & CEO Jim Lites said that partnering with Legends will "help the Stars give their fans the best possible retail experience and selection" of Stars-branded merchandise at the arena (BIZJOURNALS.com, 5/7).

DOWN THE STRETCH: Mobilitie more than doubled the wireless coverage at Churchill Downs last weekend for the Kentucky Derby. The DAS installed by the company recorded over two terabytes of data on its network during the Derby and Kentucky Oaks. The number more than triples the amount of data that crossed the AT&T network during Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium (Mobilitie). 

FIRE THE CANNONS: In Tampa, Salem Solomon noted the Buccaneers have released plans for a $7M "renovation of the main concourse concessions area of Raymond James Stadium." The project is "underway and expected to be complete by July." The team said that the renovation will "include an overhaul of the 14 main concourse concession locations and the addition of four new 'larger and better-equipped' beverage stands at the stadium" (BIZJOURNALS.com, 5/6). 
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