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WTA Continues Major Push Into China Market With 10-Year Deal For Finals In Shenzhen

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 01 / 18 / 18

The WTA Tour is moving its season-ending finals to Shenzhen, China, next year in a 10-year deal that the circuit described as a $1B transaction and the largest one ever in women’s sports. Shenzhen and Chinese real estate firm Gemdale Corp. will build a $450M indoor tennis venue, with prize mon...

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Boston Marathon Revamps Registration

Boston Marathon organizers yesterday announced plans to "overhaul registration for the 2012 marathon and tighten qualifying standards" for '13, the "first time in 33 years the Marathon has toughened its qualifying times," according to Hohler & Springer of the BOSTON GLOBE. The Boston Athletic As ...

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UFC 129 Sells Out Toronto's Rogers Centre

UFC on Saturday said that “all tickets for its April 30 event at Rogers Centre in Toronto have been sold,” according to Franklin McNeil of ESPN.com. Rogers Centre was “originally configured to accommodate 42,000 spectators, but due to increasing public demand it was reconfigured to seat 55,000 ...

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Super Bowl XLVIII Host Committee Eyes CEO

The Super Bowl XLVIII Host Committee is “looking for a chief executive” to lead the planning of the ’14 game at New Meadowlands Stadium, according to Richard Sandomir of the N.Y. TIMES. Jets Owner Woody Johnson, Giants Treasurer Jonathan Tisch and Turnkey Sports & Entertainment, which is leading ...

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UFC Sells 42,000 Tickets For Toronto Debut

UFC “enjoyed a record day at the box office Thursday, selling more than 42,000 tickets -- its entire original ticket block -- for UFC 129 on April 30 at the Rogers Centre,” according to Neil Davidson of the CP. The tickets sold “in the first day of a pre-sale, with some paying a premium” of almost C ...

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NBA Parts With All-Star H.O.R.S.E Competition

The NBA will not hold a "H.O.R.S.E. competition" as part of this year's NBA All-Star Saturday festivities, and it was "no big loss to see the league's most recent incarnation of this event canceled altogether," according to Brett Pollakoff of FANHOUSE.com. There were "several problems with the way t ...

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NYPD Wants Increased Fees For Races

The NYPD "wants to charge the organizers of the New York City Marathon and dozens of other races the full cost of controlling traffic and other services" in an effort to "generate revenue to cope with the city’s budget deficit," according to Belson & Robbins of the N.Y. TIMES. By charging a "new ...

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NFL Had Advance Knowledge Of Seating Problems

NFL officials yesterday said that the league "knew of a potential Super Bowl XLV seating fiasco by the middle of last week," but "didn't alert fans to complications with temporary seating at Cowboys Stadium ... because they felt they had 'a very good shot' at getting the problems fixed and because ...

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SB Ticket Holders Without Seats Voice Opinion

Several people who were part of the 400 ticket holders at Super Bowl XLV left without a seat are speaking out, with Packers fan Nick Sorensen calling the Super Bowl the "most disorganized public event I’ve ever been to,” according to Paul Srubas of the GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE. Sorensen and his gro ...

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Goodell Still High On North Texas For Another SB

The situation that left  400 fans without seats to Sunday's Packers-Steelers Super Bowl XLV was the "latest in a series of setbacks that plagued North Texas' first Super Bowl," but NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell yesterday "sounded an optimistic note for the area when asked if he could envision it h ...

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Seating Debacle Leaves 400 Without Seats

Four hundred fans with tickets to Super Bowl XLV last night "were left without seats" after a "limited number of sections in temporary seating areas at Cowboys Stadium were not completed in time," according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN DALLAS. Two hours before the game, workers "were frantically trying t ...

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