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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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NFL: Bad Weather Won't Impact SB Festivities

The Dallas-Ft. Worth area was "all but paralyzed by icy conditions Tuesday that temporarily shut down Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport, canceled hundreds of flights and closed schools," but the NFL said that it was "not concerned that the inclement weather would sack Super Bowl XLV week," acco ...

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Star Search: Super Bowl Parties Back In Full Force

After several "recession-deflating years, the Super Bowl party and corporate hospitality scene is back, some say to pre-recession levels," according to Terry Lefton in this week's SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL. Some sources "counted parties, official and unofficial, at more than a hundred." NFL agent Leig ...

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North Texas Targeting Super Bowl L

North Texas is "bidding for Super Bowl L" in '16, meaning before the region "even sees its first Super Bowl played at Cowboys Stadium, it is planning for its second," according to Charean Williams of the FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM. NFL Senior VP/Events Frank Supovitz has said that he "expects Arlington ...

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PGA Merchandise Show Attendance Jumps

The PGA of America reported a 3.5% increase in overall attendance and a 7% increase in PGA professional attendance at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando. The show ran from Thursday through the weekend and drew a total crowd of 41,824, up from last year’s attendance of 40,410. Outside of the U.S., t ...

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NHL Players Star In All-Star Fantasy Draft

The selection process during Friday's NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft "had enough humor, intrigue and family drama to make for an entertaining evening," again "demonstrating that its players' good nature is the NHL's greatest asset," according to Helene Elliott of the L.A. TIMES. The new format, i ...

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Winter X Draws Largest Attendance Ever

An estimated total of 114,200 people attended Winter X Games 15 at Aspen's Buttermilk Mountain, "blowing away the previous record by nearly 40 percent," according to Curtis Wackerle of the ASPEN DAILY NEWS. The '10 event drew 84,100 fans, which had been the "most in the event's history in Aspen dati ...

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NHL Ready For New All-Star Game Format

The NHL this weekend is "pushing the envelope" during its All-Star Game in Raleigh,  as teams will be chosen by a televised draft on Friday, but the draft is "such an interesting concept, the NHL is running the risk that it will overshadow the game," according to Ira Podell of the AP. Pl ...

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X Games' Influence On Olympics Grows

Although IOC officials "do not credit the X Games directly with influencing what winds up in their program, many recent additions" to the Olympics "earned their start at the Winter X Games," which get underway today in Aspen, according to Matt Higgins of the N.Y. TIMES. It "began with halfpipe snowb ...

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NFL Expecting Record-Setting SB Crowd

The NFL is “projecting that 105,000 people will fill Cowboys Stadium and an outdoor plaza for Super Bowl XLV, which would be a record for the league’s biggest game,” according to Jeff Mosier of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. NFL VP/Communications Brian McCarthy yesterday said that “all 5,000 tickets for t ...

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Super Bowl XLV Ticket Prices Soaring

Online prices for Super Bowl XLV tickets “were off and running” yesterday, as several major ticket resellers and ticket search engines indicated that prices are "well north of $3,000" for the Feb. 6 Packers-Steelers game at Cowboys Stadium, according to Don Walker of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. ...

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