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St. Paul Could Land Expansion MLS Club As Minneapolis Misses Deadline For Financing

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 02 / 15

MLS Deputy Commissioner Mark Abbott on Wednesday said that St. Paul "will be considered as a site for a new outdoor soccer stadium" for NASL club Minnesota United FC, which will join the league in either '17 or '18, according to Andy Greder of the ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS. Abbott told ESPN Radio ...

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NASCAR Drivers Pleased With SAFER Efforts

Workers at Charlotte Motor Speedway since the beginning of '14 have "installed an additional 4,800 feet of SAFER walls and tire barriers," and several NASCAR drivers have "applauded the steps the sport has taken ... but expect more to be done in the future," according to Joseph Person of the CHARLOT ...

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Kentucky Adding Ribbon Boards At Rupp

Ribbon advertising boards around the second tier of Rupp Arena "could be installed" by the start of the next Univ. of Kentucky men's basketball season, according to Beth Musgrave of the LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER. Learfield Communications "has agreed to give Lexington Center Corp. $800,000 to install t ...

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In Sacramento, Dale Kasler notes the California Supreme Court "dismissed a lawsuit this week" challenging the NBA Kings' arena project on environmental grounds. Without comment, the court "refused to hear an appeal filed by project opponents" led by retired state DOT Dir Adriana Saltonstall. Th ...

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Oakland Stadium Efforts "Going Backward"

The drive to keep the Raiders in Oakland "seems to be going in the wrong direction," according to Matt Barrows of the SACRAMENTO BEE. NFL Exec VP/Business Ventures Eric Grubman said, "Each time I’ve gone there, I’ve heard that the promise is right around the corner of a massive developme ...

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Blue Bell Name Not Coming Off A&M Ballpark

In Houston, Brent Zwerneman reported Blue Bell Ice Cream will "likely" retain its naming rights at Texas A&M's baseball venue as long as the company "is still around." This comes despite the "recent announcement of massive layoffs and furloughs" following a food-safety recall. Senior Associate A ...

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Land Transaction For NFL Stadium In Carson Closes

The land transaction that would enable the joint Chargers/Raiders stadium venture in Carson, Calif., "officially closed Tuesday morning," when the deed "was recorded for the 11-acre transfer from Carson Marketplace to Carson Holdings," according to Vincent Bonsignore of the L.A. DAILY NEWS. At ...

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Soldier Field Upgrades Include New HD Boards

New videoboards "should be fully installed at Soldier Field by about July 1, and the Chicago Park District will have about a week to test the high-definition displays and the revamped control system that will run them before operators have to use them for a live game," according to Phil Thompson of ...

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Verizon Insists DC Naming-Rights Deal Isn't Over

Verizon yesterday disputed a report in this week's SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, and insisted that the company "has not decided if it will try to renew its naming rights to the Verizon Center after its current deal expires" in '18, according to Will Hobson of the WASHINGTON POST. Verizon PR Manager Sandra ...

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Study Details Costs For HOF Village

The Pro Football HOF is expanding its campus into a HOF Village , and a CSL Int'l report estimates the expansion will cost $476M, according to a front-page piece by Todd Porter of the Canton REPOSITORY. The HOF BOT has "entered into a letter of intent" with California-based Industrial Realty Group ...

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Personalized Bricks Near Wrigley Tossed

Personalized bricks that once lined Clark and Addison Streets near the Wrigley Field "have been found" around Pontiac, Ill., "purportedly coming from the nearby landfill," according to Paul Westermeyer of the Pontiac DAILY LEADER. The bricks, or pavers, "had been billed as 'permanent fixtures' by th ...

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