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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 03 / 05 / 15

15 – Number of clubs that have scheduled MLB Ambassador for Inclusion Billy Bean for a visit during ’15 Spring Training ( “OTL Extra, ESPN3, 3/5 ).

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FIS Thrilled With Alpine World Championships

The '15 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships concluded Sunday after two weeks of action in Vail and Beaver Creek, Colo., and total attendance "will be close to 130,000 for races, 200,000 when including all of the other events," according to Randy Wyrick of the VAIL DAILY. Vail Valley Foundation Presid ...

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NASCAR Criticized For Daytona Qualifying Format

Just minutes into the first round of yesterday's group qualifying for this weekend's Daytona 500 at Daytona Int'l Speedway, "a bad multi-car wreck destroyed several cars" including that of driver Clint Bowyer, who "was livid when he came out of the care center and took NASCAR to task for using this ...

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NBA Kings Look To Bring '19 NBA ASG To Sacto

The NBA Kings "are mounting an effort to land the crown jewel of NBA events: the league’s annual All-Star Game," according to Lillis & Kasler of the SACRAMENTO BEE. The "fledgling bid" for the '19 game "comes with an unusual twist: Kings officials are proposing to partner with Napa Valley ...

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Marlins Officially Hosting '17 All-Star Game

MLB on Friday officially announced Marlins Park as the host for the '17 All-Star Game in a "festive ceremony overlooking downtown Miami from the left-field plaza," according to Manny Navarro of the MIAMI HERALD. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said, "It was time for baseball to recognize and pay back S ...

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T'Wolves' LaVine, Warriors' Curry Shine

T'Wolves G Zach LaVine was "an instant crowd favorite" during the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest Saturday night at Barclays Center, "showing off an ability to seemingly jump out of the building," according to Benjamin Hoffman of the N.Y. TIMES ( 2/15 ). In L.A., Mike Bresnahan noted LaVine at age 19 "be ...

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NBA All-Star Tickets Remain Elusive

The NBA All-Star Weekend has "increasingly expanded into what is now a five-day happening," but the "best-known parts of the event are largely restricted," according to Zach Schonbrun of the N.Y. TIMES. What was once "a single afternoon exhibition" is now "flush with fan festivals, open practices, a ...

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Memphis Open Aiming For Bounce Back

The USTA is "trying to figure out how to make" the newly rebranded ATP Memphis Open a "cool place to be again," according to Geoff Calkins of the Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL. The Feb. 7-15 event, formerly known as the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships, "used to be one of the coolest places in ...

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Shaun White Festival Features Kendrick Lamar

Snowboarder Shaun White's Feb. 21-22 Air + Style music and action sports festival at the Rose Bowl will include rapper Kendrick Lamar, DJ Steve Aoki and rock band The Flaming Lips "among the bands getting top billing," according to Eddie Pells of the AP. The list of athletes "is impressive, too," ...

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Sources: Marlins Hosting '17 All-Star Game

MLB officials are expected to announce this week that the '17 MLB All-Star Game "will be played at Marlins Park," according to sources cited by Clark Spencer of the MIAMI HERALD. DC was "thought to be a contender" to land the game. The Marlins "tried -- and failed -- in their bid to host t ...

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Austin Hopes New Soccer Event Impresses MLS

Expansion USL club Austin Aztex and the Univ. of Texas have combined to create the ATX Pro Challenge in an effort to show a "love affair between the city and sport that one day leads" to an MLS franchise, according to Kevin Lyttle of the AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN. The event will take place this ...

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