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Tennis Grand Slam Board Tweaks Rules To Speed Up Game; May Reduce Seeded Players

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 11 / 22 / 17

The Grand Slam Board on Tuesday confirmed that the Australian Open’s "request to raise" the shot-clock from 20 to 25 seconds and "strictly enforce it with an electronic shot-clock had been accepted" and will begin during January's tournament, according to Martyn Herman of REUTERS. The thr...

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Women's Final Four Sees Lowest Attendance Since '97

NCAA and Indianapolis organizers are “ecstatic about how the Women's Final Four played out at Conseco Fieldhouse,” but “one negative loomed from Sunday and Tuesday -- the crowd average of 16,947 was the lowest since 1997,” according to Phillip Wilson of the INDIANAPOLS STAR. Tuesday’s Texas A&M- ...

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Cities Earn Sales-Tax Revenues From Hosting SB XLV

Six cities with the "most to gain" from February's Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium "enjoyed a healthy shot in the arm from sales tax revenues," according to a Texas state report cited by Gordon Dickson of the FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM. Arlington, Ft. Worth, Grapevine, Hurst, Mansfield and Southlake, ...

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Men's Final Four Sets Attendance Record

The NCAA men's basketball Final Four at Reliant Stadium "established a new standard for the event's highest total attendance," with 145,747 fans attending the three games, according to Jeffrey Martin of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE. NCAA Senior VP/Basketball & Business Strategies Greg Shaheen said, "Th ...

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Demand For Masters Tickets Up From Last Year

Demand for tickets to The Masters is "up this year and people are prepared to pay top dollar for a chance to walk the event's famous fairways" this week, according to Adam Folk of the AUGUSTA CHRONICLE. Webtickets.com Chief Ticket Officer Carl White said that demand is "stronger than in 2010 and it' ...

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Texas Lawmaker Eyes $5M Horse Race

Texas could be “home to a new premier horse race with one of the richest purses in the country in the next few years, if a state lawmaker has his way,” according to Anna Tinsley of the FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM. A proposal by state Rep. Harvey Hilderbran “would create a national race -- to be known as ...

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NFL Changing How It Prepares For Super Bowl

NFL Senior VP/Events Frank Supovitz said that the league is "changing the way it assesses risk in developing contingency plans for future Super Bowls in the wake of the ice and snow that wreaked havoc on the game in North Texas in February," according to Daniel Kaplan of SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL. Supo ...

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NFL, NBA Labor Situations Discussed

SportsBusiness Journal/SportsBusiness Daily’s IMG World Congress of Sports concluded Thursday with a discussion centered around the hottest topic in sports business: labor. The panel, titled “At A Crossroads: The State of Labor/Management Relations in Professional Sports,” featured NHL Deputy Commis ...

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CMOs Explain Importance Of Sports Sponsorships

Some of the biggest marketers in sports gathered on a panel at the IMG World Congress Of Sports Thursday morning to address why sports continue to provide a worthy marketing platform for brands. The panel featured Reliant Energy CMO Karen Jones ; Farmers Insurance Exec VP & CMO Kevin Kelso ; S ...

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Competitor Group Asks Wisc. Race To Change Name

Competitor Group has told organizers of the Summerfest Rock 'n' Sole Half Marathon and 10K Run "to come up with a different name" for the Milwaukee race, worried that people will confuse it with Competitor's Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series, according to Jim Stingl of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. Ca ...

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Media Fragmentation, Player Safety Are Top Issues

Media fragmentation and rights fee escalation has been and will continue to be perhaps the single most dominant trend in the sports industry, said members of the opening panel from Day Two of the ‘11 IMG World Congress of Sports, "World Congress At 10." A proliferation of new platforms and a histori ...

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