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Panini Signs QB Marcus Mariota To Autograph Trading-Card Deal

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 03 / 30 / 15

Panini has signed NFL Draft prospect and Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota  to an autograph trading-card deal. Under the agreement, Mariota will appear on Panini packaging including its first collegiate licensed trading cards, "Contenders ...

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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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World Cup Of Hockey Returns In '16

The NHL on Saturday announced the return of the World Cup of Hockey for September '16 in Toronto, when eight teams "will vie for global supremacy in a tournament that could end the league’s participation in the Olympics," according to John Vogl of the BUFFALO NEWS. The U.S., Canada, Russia, Sw ...

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NHL Officially Unveils Outdoor Games For '16-17

The Bruins will become the "first team to host the NHL's signature game for a second time" when they welcome "their longtime rivals," the Canadiens, to Gillette Stadium for the '16 Winter Classic, according to Amalie Benjamin of the BOSTON GLOBE. Bruins Principal Charlie Jacobs said landing a s ...

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N.Y. Super Bowl Took In, Spent More Than $81M

The New York/New Jersey Super Bowl Host Committee, which was responsible for organizing last year's game at MetLife Stadium, "took in and spent" just over $81M -- "more than twice the amount being raised in Arizona for Super Bowl XLIX," according to financial filings cited by Ted Sherman of the Newa ...

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Pro Bowl Puts On A Good Show

Univ. of Phoenix Stadium was "packed with 63,225 fans" last night for the Pro Bowl, and while it "tried to do its best impression of a real NFL game, Team Irvin's 32-28 win over Team Carter ... was more of a Frankenstein version," according to Zach Buchanan of the ARIZONA REPUBLIC. With teammates on ...

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Winter X Games Draws Largest Aspen Crowd

The Winter X Games this weekend drew an overall attendance of 115,500, the largest four-day total for an X Games in Aspen, thanks in large part to concerts held at the event. Saturday’s crowd of 48,500 was the largest single-day attendance at a Winter X Games. Performances from Chromeo and Skr ...

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