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Texas Seeking Basketball Coach To Spark Interest In Program

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 03 / 29 / 15

Univ. of Texas men's AD Steve Patterson  is tasked with making another key hire in the wake of the school's announcement that men's basketball coach Rick Barnes  "will not return after 17 seasons." Barnes, who made $2.55M this past season, "has a buyout" of $1.75M that "would have d...

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Training Home Of Mariners, Padres Gets Upgrades

In Arizona, Carolyn Dryer notes the first phase of renovations has "just been completed" for the Peoria Sports Complex, the Spring Training home of the Mariners and Padres. The addition of 1,000 seats brings the "stadium capacity to 12,339," and the "combination of renovations and new improvements" ...

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Facility Notes

In Cleveland, Kevin Kleps noted the "largest number of subzero days since at least" '79 in the area "hasn’t stopped the construction crews" at Progressive Field from keeping on schedule for the ballpark's renovations to be ready for Opening Day. Still, Indians President Mark Shapiro said that ...

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Carson Officials Shrug Off Inglewood Deal

Carson, Calif., officials yesterday "shrugged off Inglewood’s jubilation" over the approval of Rams Owner Stan Kroenke's planned NFL stadium at Hollywood Park, according to Mazza & Bonsignore of the L.A. DAILY NEWS. Carson Mayor Jim Dear said, "We are really not concerned with what is go ...

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Saints, Pelicans Getting Building Upgrades

The Mercedes-Benz Superdome and Smoothie King Center are "in line for some significant upgrades," according to Terrance Harris of the New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE. It is "just a matter of some final details being worked out." The Saints, along with the Louisiana Stadium & Exposition District and S ...

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Heat Could Face Steeper Rent For Adjacent Lot

The Heat "may be about to lose a discounted deal on public waterfront behind the team’s county-owned arena," according to Douglas Hanks of the MIAMI HERALD. Miami-Dade County officials said that they "now realize the county is significantly undercharging the team to rent a five-acre wedge of l ...

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Seattle Mayor Ready To Fast-Track Arena

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray yesterday "made his strongest statement to date about the future of the Seattle Arena proposal and the future of the NBA and NHL" in the city, according to Chris Daniels of Seattle-based KING-NBC. Murray said that he expects an environmental review "to be completed on the p ...

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City Pushes NBA Kings For Redevelopment Plan

Nearly two years after a new ownership group took control of the NBA Kings and Sleep Train Arena, the franchise "is still working on a plan for the redevelopment" of the team's current arena site once the team moves to a new downtown facility, according to Ryan Lillis of the SACRAMENTO BEE. Kings VP ...

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Univ. Of Florida Postpones Arena Renovation

Univ. of Florida officials yesterday announced that they are "putting off the ambitious renovation of the O’Connell Center by a year," according to a front-page piece by Jeff Schweers of the GAINESVILLE SUN. Construction on the school's basketball and multipurpose arena was "scheduled to begin ...

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Assurance Inks Naming-Rights Deal At Wrigley

Illinois-based insurance brokerage Assurance yesterday announced a three-year deal for naming rights to the former executive club inside Wrigley Field. The mezzanine suite-level club, located on the third-base side, will be rebranded the “Assurance Club” and will be quite visible at the ...

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Dolphins Open $2M Stadium Preview Center

The Dolphins yesterday opened their $2M preview center for Sun Life Stadium upgrades, a joint project with Samsung Business that "simulates what the game experience will be like" when the $400M construction is complete, according to Adam Beasley of the MIAMI HERALD. The sales center -- with "flashy ...

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