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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 03 / 05 / 15

15 – Number of clubs that have scheduled MLB Ambassador for Inclusion Billy Bean for a visit during ’15 Spring Training ( “OTL Extra, ESPN3, 3/5 ).

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NFL Draft Will Utilize Chicago's Grant Park

Everything about this year's NFL Draft in Chicago "will be transformed into an entertainment experience for fans both in the city and at home," according to Bryan Fischer of NFL.com. Many of the familiar components of the draft "will be housed in the historic Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt Uni ...

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03/05/15
Adidas Expects "Robust" Sales Growth

As adidas' golf business improves and consumer confidence recovers, the company "expects robust sales growth" in '15, and net profit "should rise faster still despite exchange rate hits and higher marketing spending," according to Emma Thomasson of REUTERS. Thanks to "strong momentum at its main Adi ...

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03/05/15
Boston Mayor Continues Push For Olympics

Mayor Martin Walsh yesterday "delivered his strongest and most passionate case for Boston’s pursuit of the 2024 Olympic Games, tying the bid to a pledge to overcome years of political inertia to modernize a failed public transit system, and casting the Olympic effort as a rare chance to 'creat ...

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03/05/15
Carson NFL Backers File For Ballot

As supporters of a new NFL stadium "filed a ballot initiative" in Carson, Calif., "to clear the way for the project, more details emerged about the proposal that could bring two NFL teams" to the L.A. area, according to Fenno & Logan of the L.A. TIMES. The Chargers are "locked in to buying the C ...

Tags: NFL, Facilities, San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams

03/05/15
At Least Seven To Run For NFLPA Exec Dir

NFLPA Exec Dir DeMaurice Smith will now face at least six challengers in an election for the union’s top executive position. Former NFLPA Staff Counsel Arthur McAfee and Michigan attorney Jim Acho both confirmed yesterday that they are official candidates for the election to be held March ...

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03/05/15
Media Notes

In N.Y., Claire Atkinson cites sources as saying that Jamie Horowitz has been "holding conversations with several sports media outlets, including Fox Sports, about senior positions." Horowitz previously served as ESPN VP/Original Programming & Production before leaving last September to run NBC' ...

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03/05/15
Ugg Using NHLers For Brand Awareness

Ugg Australia this week "will start promoting" its new Treadlite collection, and to "spread the word, Ugg reached out" to a group of NHLers, according to Jennie Bell of FOOTWEAR NEWS. Last month, the brand " hosted an on-site VIP lounge" for members of the Kings and Sharks during their '15 Coor ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Ugg, NHL

03/05/15
Names In The News

On the heels of Bulls C JOAKIM NOAH ’s "well-received, anti-violence video 'You’re Not Alone,'" Noah has "launched another initiative." Noah: "Me and my mother started this movement, it’s called Rock Your Drop: The Drop of Consciousness. It’s a necklace that represents a tea ...

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03/05/15
Phoenix To Add Tire Barriers For Races

Phoenix Int'l Raceway, site of next weekend's national-series NASCAR races, yesterday announced that it "will install a 'tire pack barrier' along the interior wall of Turn 4 preceding the CampingWorld.com 500 Sprint Cup race March 15," according to Brant James of USA TODAY. The track said that ...

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03/05/15
Sharks Raising Ticket Prices Next Season

The Sharks have "set a March 12 deadline for season-ticket renewals -- much earlier than the traditional late May or early June deadline" -- and have also "raised ticket prices," according to David Pollak of the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS. With 18 price categories, "increases range" from 3.7% f ...

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