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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 30 / 14

84%  – Percentage of respondents to a poll on BUFFALONEWS.com who want Terry Pegula to be the Bills' next owner. Following Pegula, Donald Trump earned 6% of votes,  Jon Bon Jovi  and his Toronto group 3%, Tom Golisano 3%, and a "yet-to-be-discussed owner" 2%. At ...

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Preakness Sets Race-Day Attendance Record

California Chrome on Saturday "cruised to victory before a record announced crowd of 123,469 at Pimlico Race Course" in the Preakness Stakes and on June 7 will attempt to become the "first Triple Crown winner" since Affirmed in '78 at the Belmont Stakes, according to Childs Walker of the Baltimore S ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, Horse Racing

Should Triple Crown Events Be Stretched Out?

Maryland Jockey Club President & COO Tom Chuckas on Saturday said that he would "like to see horse racing's Triple Crown events played out over two months, not five weeks," according to Markus, Dodson & Barker of the Baltimore SUN. Chuckas prior to the Preakness Stakes "reiterated his positi ...

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Blatter Admits Qatar Move Was Mistake

FIFA President Sepp Blatter admitted that it "was a mistake to choose Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup amid concerns over the country's searing climate," according to the London TELEGRAPH. It is believed that the tournament "will be moved to the winter to avoid matches taking place in such heat." Bl ...

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Columnist Calls For Change To All-Star Race

The "overarching flaw" of NASCAR's Sprint All-Star Race -- and there are "many failings with an event that has lacked an indelible moment for years -- is redundancy," according to Nate Ryan of USA TODAY. Every Sprint Cup race "already is an all-star event." That has been a "major selling point for y ...

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ACC Moves Tourney Final To Saturday

The ACC yesterday announced that its men’s basketball tournament championship game "would be played on Saturday night, just as it was decades ago," according to Andrew Carter of the Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER. ACC Commissioner John Swofford described it as a "Back to the Future moment" and sa ...

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Preakness Stakes Seeing Strong Ticket Sales

Ticket sales for Saturday's Preakness Stakes "are running ahead of last year, as the event's past success and star power of featured musical acts allow organizers to curtail advertising," according to Arthur Hirsch of the Baltimore SUN. Maryland Jockey Club President & COO Tom Chuckas yeste ...

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Belle Isle GP Sells Out Corporate Sponsorships

IndyCar team owner Roger Penske said that corporate sponsorships for the May 31 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix "are sold out," according to Dustin Walsh of CRAIN'S DETROIT BUSINESS. Sponsors include Cars.com, Chevrolet, Comerica Bank, MotorCity Casino Hotel, Meijer, Deloitte, Coca-Cola and ...

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The Players Championship Could Move To March

The struggle to " find the right formula for the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course greens might result in The Players Championship moving back to March in the future," according to Garry Smits of the FLORIDA TIMES-UNION. PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem on Tuesday said such a scenario is “unl ...

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Irsay Active In Indy Super Bowl Bid

Colts Owner Jim Irsay, who entered rehabilitation treatment after a DUI arrest in March, has been "taking an active role in Indianapolis' 2018 Super Bowl bid and will be in Atlanta to make a presentation to NFL owners later this month," according to Stephen Holder of the INDIANAPOLIS STAR. An Indian ...

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Match Play Out in '15?

The WGC-Match Play Championship "will not be in its traditional spot" on the PGA Tour's schedule ‘15 for the first time since it began in ’99, according to Doug Ferguson of the AP. The future of the event “remains muddled after Accenture decided this year not to renew its title sp ...

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