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04 / 16 / 14

SPORTSNET's Dave Zarum writes, "With the Raptors' ticket to the playoffs booked a long time ago, fans of Canada's basketball team are back in droves , supporting their squad in a way we haven't seen since, well, the last time Toronto was playoff-bound – six years ago" ( SPORTSNET.ca ). Also, ...

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04/16/14
Big East Signs Lease For New HQ

The Big East today announced that it has signed a 10-year lease agreement with The Durst Organization that will bring the conference’s official HQ to 655 Third Ave. in midtown Manhattan. The seventh-floor office space, totaling 13,742 square feet, is located on the corner of 42nd Street. The i ...

Tags: Facilities, Big East

04/16/14
Panel: NCAA Business Model Must Change

A panel of college administrators "agree the NCAA business model has to change to survive" an evolving financial landscape for conferences, according to Teresa Walker of the AP. Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner Beth DeBauche "sees the current crisis as an opportunity to make college athletics hea ...

Tags: Colleges, NCAA

04/16/14
How Key NBA Storylines Played Out This Year

Before the '13-14 NBA season began, SportsBusiness Journal offered some storylines to watch . Here is how each topic stands as the NBA concludes its regular season tonight. WARRIORS • Then: The team starts the year with a franchise record season-ticket base of 14,000 and a 38-game sellou ...

Tags: Franchises, NBA

04/16/14
Production Dips For Some NHL Clubs Post-Olympics

NHL teams that sent a large number of players to the '14 Sochi Games "had a significant drop in performance" after the tournament, while teams that "sent few players had a slight improvement," according to a Univ. of Massachusetts study cited by Jeff Klein of the N.Y. TIMES. UMass sports economics p ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, NHL

04/16/14
Sony Going Ultra-HD 4K For World Cup Film

Sony has partnered with FIFA to produce a film around the '14 FIFA World Cup "in ultra-high definition 4K" that will include "a selection of games, including the final, and will be available for purchase online" after the tournament, according to Jim Armstrong of the AP. Sony also will produce &ldqu ...

Tags: Media, FIFA World Cup, Sony

04/16/14
Bubba Likely To See Sponsorships Grow

Bubba Watson made $3.5M in endorsements following his win at The Masters in '12, jumping from 40th to 18th in Golf Digest's earnings rankings, and fans can "look for another jump after green jacket No. 2," according to Keely Levins of GOLF DIGEST STIX. Research firm Repucom indicated that a win at T ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship

04/16/14
FIFA Launches Final World Cup Ticket-Sales Phase

The last ticket sales phase for the ‘14 FIFA World Cup in Rio began yesterday on FIFA.com, and “within four hours, 126,837 tickets had been sold,” according to Michelle Kaufman of the MIAMI HERALD. In all, 2.9 million tickets were “made available to fans, and 2.57 million had ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, FIFA World Cup

04/16/14
Areso Bullish On AAC's Post-BCS Future

While the five top college football conferences have "cobbled together their power and TV value into a cartel that now dominates the sport," AAC Commissioner Mike Aresco said that his league "isn’t going away," according to Kevin McNamara of the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL. Aresco "can’t speak mo ...

Tags: AAC, Colleges

04/16/14
NBA Franchise Notes

In Portland, Allan Brettman notes with the Trail Blazers expecting a sold-out game for tonight's regular season home finale against the Clippers, this season's average attendance will be “less than 1 percent lower than last season's average” of 19,819. There are two factors at work that ...

Tags: Franchises, NBA

04/16/14
Vikings, Twins Owners Want Expansion MLS Club

MLS later today is expected to officially announce Atlanta as the home for an expansion team , and Vikings VP/Public Affairs & Stadium Development Lester Bagley yesterday said that the team and its ownership are "working to secure" an expansion franchise to play in the new Vikings stadium, acco ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, MLS

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