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Friday Boxing announcer  Michael Buffer  will ring the NASDAQ Closing Bell to celebrate Saturday’s Gennady Golovkin - Daniel Geale championship bout at MSG. Late WGN Cubs and White Sox TV and radio announcer Jack Brickhouse will be honored during the afternoon Cardin...

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04/17/98
NO STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO YANKEE STADIUM; WILL OPEN FRIDAY

NYC engineers finished their inspection of Yankee Stadium last night, "saying there was no structural damage and the team could resume playing on the field next week," according to Charlie LeDuff of t

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers, Facilities, New York Yankees, YankeeNets

04/17/98
MAGIC SAY THEY MAY REAPPEAR IN O-RENA FOR FIVE MORE YEARS

The Magic, "hinting for months that they want a new building, now are willing to play at least five more years at the Orlando Arena with only minor modifications" to the $110M facility, according to D

Tags: Facilities, Orlando Magic, RDV Sports

04/17/98
AVP TAKES INITIAL STEPS IN EFFORT TO RESTRUCTURE TOUR

The AVP players board and players recently met to discuss the state of the tour and devise a plan for the upcoming season. Due to financial constraints and to avoid interruption of the ''98 season, th

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

04/17/98
REPORTS OF ESPN'S RATE INCREASE RAISES IRE OF CABLE INDUSTRY

Reports that ESPN will "hike its rates" by 20% on August 1 and implement an annual 20% increase until 2006 has drawn reaction from the cable industry, according to Richard Sandomir of the N.Y. TIMES.

Tags: ESPN, NFL, Media, TBS/TNT, Time Warner, Walt Disney

04/17/98
MARKETPLACE ROUND-UP

In response to Bell Canada''s decision to drop its sponsorship of Don Cherry''s "Coach''s Corner" from CBC''s "Hockey Night in Canada" Quebec telecasts, 95% of calls from Ontario residents to Bell Can

Tags: Cablevision, Canadian Broadcasting Corp., Chicago Bulls, NBC, New York Knicks, Toyota

04/16/98
WELCOME TO TECHNODOME: TORONTO PLANS A MULTI-THEME PARK

Toronto-based Heathmount Arts & Entertainment unveiled plans for a $1B "Destination Technodome" indoor theme park on Tuesday, according to Steven Theobald of the TORONTO STAR. The "high-tech playgroun

Tags: Facilities

04/16/98
WITH SALES SLOWING, CONVERSE CUTS WORLDWIDE WORKFORCE BY 2%

Converse has reduced its workforce by 50 employees, a 2% reduction in its global operation, in response to the soft athletic footwear market. The layoffs represent a 5% reduction in the company''s non

Tags: Converse

04/16/98
AGENTS REPORTEDLY IRATE OVER UNION LOWERING COMMISSION

The NFLPA''s vote in February to reduce the maximum commission that agents can charge players for negotiating contracts to 3% of the total value of the contract, down from 4%, could lead to "a war bet

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

04/16/98
FRANCHISE NOTES

In Dallas, Dave Caldwell reports that despite the Stars'' success in its new third jersey, the NHL "won''t let" them wear the alternate green jersey during the playoffs. NHL Alternate Jersey exec Lloy

Tags: Cablevision, Comcast-Spectacor, Dallas Stars, Franchises, New York Liberty, NHL, Philadelphia Flyers, Southwest Sports Group

04/16/98
OUTBACK LOOKING TO EXTEND BRAND NAME THROUGH SPORTS DIVISION

FL-based Outback Steakhouse Inc., through its new Outback Sports division, is linking its name to cruise ship golf classes and excursions, soccer stadiums and portable luxury suites for sporting event

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