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Packers Partnering With Microsoft To Create Accelerator, Innovation Lab In Titletown District

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 10 / 20 / 17

The Packers are working with Microsoft to create an accelerator and innovation lab by next year in the new 45-acre Titletown Development district across the street from Lambeau Field. The team will spend $8-10M for the new building and contribute $5M to a venture capital fund. Microsoft also will co...

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DC United Playing Final Match At RFK Stadium

DC United will play their "final match at RFK Stadium" on Sunday against the Red Bulls after 22 seasons at the facility, according to Thomas Floyd of the WASHINGTON TIMES. United MF Nick DeLeon said, "We've got to go out with a bang. ... We have to close down this legendary stadium in the ...

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SDSU Stadium Ballot Initiative Begins

The ballot initiative to build a west campus for San Diego State Univ. in Mission Valley -- which includes a new football stadium -- "will kick off Saturday with signature gathering" at the Fresno State-SDSU game, according to Roger Showley of the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE. The SDSU West Steeri ...

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Warriors Dispute Paying Oracle Arena Debt

Attorneys for the Warriors are arguing that the team has "no obligation to pay any remaining debt" on Oracle Arena once it leaves for the new Chase Center in S.F. in '19, according to a front-page piece by David DeBolt of the EAST BAY TIMES. The arena’s operator, the Oakland-Alameda County Col ...

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Proposed Chicago Concert Tax Irks City's Pro Teams

The United Center and its two biggest tenants -- the Blackhawks and Bulls -- yesterday "decried" Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposal to "jack up the city’s amusement tax on large concerts while eliminating it for smaller venues," according to Mitchell Armentrout of the CHICAGO SUN-TIME ...

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Mayor Re-Election Could Prolong Calgary Arena Impasse

The arena impasse between Calgary Sports & Entertainment and the city "heated up" on Monday night during the mayoral election, with a "pair of since deleted tweets suggesting some bad blood remains amidst the stalled talks," according to Shawn Logan of the CALGARY HERALD. As mayor-elect N ...

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Rays Could Look Beyond Downtown Tampa

It is proving "harder than expected to put together the land needed" for a Rays ballpark near downtown Tampa, and now local officials are "exploring another option" on Tampa's west side, according to Steve Contorno of the TAMPA BAY TIMES. But even if all the pieces come together, Hillsborough C ...

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Union Bank & Trust Buys Naming Rights To JMU Arena

James Madison Univ. and Union Bank & Trust announced a naming-rights agreement for the school's planned new basketball facility, making it the Union Bank & Trust Center. The partnership represents the largest corporate naming agreement in school history. Learfield's JMU Sports Propertie ...

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Peter O'Malley In Talks With MLB To Take Over Dodgertown

Former Dodgers Owner Peter O'Malley has "been in talks" with MLB to "eventually take over" Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla., according to Laurence Reisman of TCPALM.com. O'Malley: "I think it will happen, and I'm very excited. MLB is the ideal entity to be responsible for Dodgertown beca ...

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UCF's Football Stadium In Need Of Serious Repairs

An engineering report indicated that UCF's football stadium is in need of repairs that could cost up to $14M, after discovering that the facility is "rusted and corroded, with some 'immediate life safety concerns,'" according to a front-page piece by Mary Shanklin of the ORLANDO SENTINEL. UCF offici ...

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Facility Notes

Mariners Chair & CEO John Stanton in a Q&A with the SEATTLE TIMES' Ryan Divish commented on the status of Safeco Field naming rights, saying, "Safeco is our naming rights sponsor for the 2018 season. We are in the process of having conversations with a bunch of folks." Stanton: "We are havin ...

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