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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 04 / 01 / 15

$45M  – The amount Rivers Casino has contributed, to date, to the Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County for Consol Energy Center construction expenses, following the latest payment of $4.6M. By the time its agreement with SEA concludes in '38,...

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04/01/15
X Games Adapting To Texas Heat

X Games officials are working to make the event in Austin a "better fit" in '15, according to Sean Shapiro of the AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN. There are "plans in place for more shade, water stations, and concession stands at Circuit of the Americas," and they have "cut down the number of villages -- ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, X Games

03/31/15
Final Four Tix Prices Higher Than Usual

Tickets to the Final Four "are never cheap," but this year's tickets are even more expensive as host site Indianapolis is an "easy drive for fans of three of the four teams ... which will make it easier and cheaper for those who want to see the game without buying plane tickets," according ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, NCAA

03/31/15
NCAA Hockey Sells Out In Fargo

The NCAA men's ice hockey regional at Scheels Arena in Fargo "went so well that, as long as the NCAA continues to steer regionals away from home venues, it very well may end up there again," according to Brad Schlossman of the BISMARCK TRIBUNE. The stands "were packed for the games -- which isn ...

Tags: NCAA, Hockey, Events and Attractions

03/30/15
Final Four Produces Near-Perfect Matchups

Next weekend's Final Four is set, with Duke, Kentucky, Michigan State and Wisconsin heading to Indianapolis, and already one ticket re-seller is calling it the "priciest Final Four market we've seen over the last five years," according to Mark Alesia of the INDIANAPOLIS STAR. SeatGeek Communica ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, NCAA

03/26/15
NCAA South Regional Struggling To Sell Out

Even with "glamour programs" such as Duke and UCLA among the four teams set to play at NRG Stadium in this weekend's Sweet 16, Houston "hasn't fully embraced March Madness," according to Brent Zwerneman of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE. Only about 20,000 tickets "have been sold for the games at the Texans' ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, NCAA

03/25/15
Super Bowl 50 Logo To Be On All Fields

A golden Super Bowl 50 logo will adorn the 50-yard line of each NFL field this upcoming season as part of a season-wide branding campaign to celebrate Super Bowl 50. The NFL unveiled the plan yesterday at its annual owners meeting in Arizona. The NFL shield logo also will be golden at every stadium, ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, Super Bowl

03/24/15
Mayweather-Pacquiao Could Generate $400M

The May 2 Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao fight is expected to "break every revenue record in combat sports history," as it "could easily surpass" $400M, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.com. Top Rank Chair and Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum said that the live gate will generate $74M from the sale of ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, Boxing

03/24/15
Women's NCAA Tourney Attendance Down

Only 3,486 fans turned out for last night's NCAA women's basketball tournament second-round game between UConn and Rutgers, marking the "smallest UConn crowd" for a tourney game at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs since 2,585 attended a '90 game against Clemson, according to Jeff Jacobs of the HARTFORD COU ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, NCAA

03/24/15
World Cup Doubleheader In Winnipeg Sold Out

One doubleheader for this summer's FIFA Women's World Cup "has already been sold out at Investors Group Field while another is currently close to a sellout," according to Jim Bender of the WINNIPEG SUN. The June 12 event featuring Australia-Nigeria and U.S.-Sweden "has sold out," and there "are less ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, FIFA

03/23/15
Portland's NCAA Tournament Attendance Low

Michigan State AD Mark Hollis, an NCAA men's basketball committee member, said that Portland "remains a viable site" for future NCAA Tournaments, "maybe even a regional," despite the fact that attendance numbers dipped for Moda Center's third staging of the event, according to Mike Tokito of the Por ...

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