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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 02 / 24 / 17

Saturday Boxing HOFer  Evander Holyfield and featherweight champion Abner Mares will serve as analysts on the Fox network telecast of the Premier Boxing Champions bout headlined by  Deontay Wilder - Gerald Washington . The fight is at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Ala.

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"I don't try to maximize revenue. Rather than having seats unused, we partner with charities, youth groups and schools to bring groups to every game" – Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban , in an email, on how the team continues to sell out American Airlines Center despite being on pace ...

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NASCAR Hopes Format Captures New Fans

The "theory behind" NASCAR's new competitive format is that drivers will "race harder, events will be more exciting, viewers will tune in and more fans will come through the turnstiles," according to Brant James of USA TODAY. The new format is a "meticulous plan that includes a modified points syste ...

Tags: NASCAR, NASCAR Season Preview

02/24/17
Alabama Football Program Nets $47M-Plus Profit

The Univ. of Alabama football program "netted a profit in excess" of $47M last year, according to Aaron Suttles of the TUSCALOOSA NEWS. The program earned $103,871,075 in '16, "helped in large part" by nearly $21M in media rights fees along with more than $37M in ticket sales. The $47,794,452 i ...

Tags: Colleges, SEC

02/24/17
MLB Giants Payroll To Top $200M For First Time

The '17 MLB season marks the 25th year the Giants have been owned by Peter Magowan and Charles Johnson, and the organization is "healthy financially and anticipating another run to the playoffs," according to John Shea of the S.F. CHRONICLE. Giants President & CEO Larry Baer said that playe ...

Tags: San Francisco Giants, MLB, Franchises

02/24/17
As Top Stars Retire, Young Drivers Carry Hope

Some of NASCAR's "biggest stars have stepped away over the last 15 months, a thought-provoking trend that doesn't appear to be ending anytime soon," according to Mark Long of the AP. Jeff Gordon in '15 and Tony Stewart in '16 retired from full-time racing while Carl Edwards "called it quits last mon ...

Tags: NASCAR, NASCAR Season Preview

02/24/17
FS1 Developing New TV Shows For Katie Nolan

FS1 Developing New TV Shows For Katie Nolan After Her Show, "Fox Sports Live" Cancelled

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02/24/17
New Balance Signs Multiyear Deal With Lindor

Indians SS Francisco Lindor has signed a multiyear deal with New Balance that will make him the "new face of its baseball cleat business," according to Darren Rovell of ESPN.com. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Lindor said that New Balance's "vote of confidence in him is 'an honor' and the dec ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, New Balance

02/24/17
Texas A&M Athletic Department Makes $57.2M In '15-16

Texas A&M's football team produced $69.6M in net revenue for the '15-16 academic year and "helped the athletic department make" $57.2M, according to Ben Baby of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. Athletics "raised a little more" than $194M in total revenue while "spending approximately" $137.1M. The ...

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02/24/17
Lisa Borders Responds To Wiggins' Criticism

WNBA President Lisa Borders said she was "stunned and disappointed" to learn that former WNBAer Candice Wiggins had called her experience in the league "toxic," according to the AP. Borders on Thursday in a statement said, "It concerns me if any of our players do not have a positive experience and I ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, WNBA

02/24/17
Mitt Romney In Talks With Yankees For Small Stake

Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney denied he is involved in negotiations to "buy a small stake" in the Yankees, but members of his family are "in talks" for a stake in the club, according to Jon Heyman of FANRAG SPORTS. Tagg Romney, Mitt's son, and business partner Spencer Zwick are in ...

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