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Crew Signs First Naming-Rights Partner, Changes Facility Name To Mapfre Stadium

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 03 / 03 / 15

The Crew this morning announced the signing of Mapfre Insurance "as the first stadium naming-rights partner in team history," according to Adam Jardy of the COLUMBUS DISPATCH. The facility formerly known as Crew Stadium will now be called Mapfre Stadium. Crew Chair Anthony Precourt said, "This ...

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NFL Ticket Exchange Up In Sales, Dollars Spent

Ticketmaster said it concluded Super Bowl XLIX up in both raw ticket sales and overall dollar volume by double-digit percentages on the NFL Ticket Exchange. The resale ticket marketplace, officially aligned with the league, operated differently than most other sites by requiring a ticket in hand bef ...

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Bay Area Officials Taking Notes At Super Bowl

A large contingent from the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee and the 49ers, as well as public officials and fire and police personnel from S.F. and Santa Clara, were in Arizona this weekend "to take notes" for next year's game, which will be held at Levi's Stadium, according to a front-page piece ...

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Super Bowl Tix Resale Prices Hit Record Levels

Super Bowl XLIX ticket resale prices have soared in recent days to previously unseen heights, driven by highly unusual market forces. Historically tight supply has pushed many seats beyond $10,000 each on the secondary market, more than three times historical norms. StubHub early Thursday said the m ...

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Perry Promises Colorful Halftime Show

Super Bowl XLIX halftime show Director Hamish Hamilton said that Sunday's performance "will be modeled" on one of singer Katy Perry's concerts "while still being all-new," according to Mandell & Musulin of USA TODAY. Perry on Thursday promised a "'colorful' halftime show, as well as 'appropriate ...

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Setting The Scene Ahead Of The Big Game

In Seattle, Geoff Baker reports four trucks with a "nearly 13-foot-high billboard on the back" that read "55 Abuse Cases Unanswered," along with a #GoodellMustGo hashtag were seen driving through the streets surrounding Super Bowl festivities in downtown Phoenix on Thursday. The trucks were "circlin ...

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Super Bowl Prices Soar On Secondary Market

A "mad scramble" for tickets to Super Bowl XLIX and a "mysterious lack of inventory on the open market have sent prices soaring this week," according to Charles Robinson of YAHOO SPORTS. Multiple brokers said that they are "having issues filling pre-sold orders," due to "tight inventory and 'wo ...

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Dew Tour Not Returning To Maryland In '15

The Dew Tour "will not return this year" to Ocean City, Md., for a fifth straight year, according to Michelle Deal-Zimmerman of the Baltimore SUN. Ocean City officials said that the town is "'disappointed' about the change but stressed the successful partnership lasted longer than expected." La ...

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ESPN, NFL Want CFP To Change Dates

The CFP is "under pressure on two fronts to adjust future schedules for its semifinals and championship games," but the CFP is "standing firm on its original dates," according to sources cited by Ourand & Smith in this week's SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL. Top ESPN execs are "lobbying CFP officials to ...

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Phoenix Area Becomes Center Of Sports World

The "eyes of the sports and entertainment worlds will be on" the Phoenix metropolitan area "like never before this week," culminating with Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday at Univ. of Phoenix Stadium, according to Scott Bordow of the ARIZONA REPUBLIC. Cardinals President Michael Bidwill said, "We've never ...

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NHL ALL-Star Weekend Dazzles In Columbus

Last night's NHL All-Star Game "in front of a sold-out crowd of 18,901" at Nationwide Arena was the "highest-scoring in NHL history," according to Aaron Portzline of the COLUMBUS DISPATCH. The game featured "29 goals, 92 shots on goal, zero hits and zero penalties." The only "scrum that fo ...

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