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NFL Aims For Fan Accessibility, Tributes To "Rocky" With Setup For Draft In Philadelphia

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 04 / 24 / 17

The NFL wanted the 3,000-seat theater erected at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for this week's Draft to be "more accessible to fans, so they stuck to the plan of keeping the theater open-ended to allow fans gathered along the Parkway to crowd near the theater to watch," according to Zach Berma...

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03/30/17
NCAA Women's Tournament Strugges With Attendance

There were "a lot of empty seats at the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament regionals," as the NCAA saw its lowest attendance in 20 years, and there is "no change to the format in sight," according to Doug Feinberg of the AP. An average of 4,719 fans showed up for the Sweet 16 and Elite Eig ...

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03/30/17
Sources: Vegas' Future NCAA Events Hit Snag

The NCAA BOG on April 25 will consider a proposal from UNLV and the Mountain West to stage three championship events in Las Vegas from '19-22, as well as one to "play the entire women’s Sweet 16 down to the Final Four in Vegas," but the chances of the bids being approved "have decreased of lat ...

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03/28/17
LPGA ANA Inspiration Alive And Well

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03/28/17
Miami Mayor Comments On Miami Open's Future

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