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Audience Analysis: ESPN Gets Strong Audience For Randy Moss "30 For 30" Documentary

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ESPN drew 2.17 million viewers for “Rand University” on Nov. 11, marking the net’s best documentary audience since the premiere of “The Book Of Manning” on Sept. 24, 2013 and eighth-best documentary audience since the “30 for 30” project began in ’09. ...

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10/09/14
Facility Notes

In Hartford, Jeff Jacobs notes last night's Knicks-Celtics preseason game at XL Center was the "first event" since the venue's $35M renovations began in July, and "what was missing" were Whalers banners in the rafters. XL Center GM Chris Lawrence said of the banners, "It’s just temporary right ...

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10/08/14
CSU May Tap General Fund For Stadium

Having " fallen short in the private fundraising campaign to build" a new on-campus football stadium at Colorado State Univ., school officials "project tens of millions of dollars from the general fund might be needed" for a new venue or renovate Hughes Stadium, according to Kelly Lyell of the Ft. ...

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10/08/14
Upgrades At TD Garden Being Showcased

Delaware North has scheduled a short media tour this afternoon to showcase the first phase of a $70M renovation of TD Garden. The upgrades cover a revamped Legends Club, a new team store, eight new concession stands, a redesigned concourse on the arena’s fourth level and tech upgrades. Delawar ...

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10/08/14
Stadium Operators Lead Water Conservation Efforts

As U.S. communities deal with water shortages, "stadium and arena operators from Arizona to Washington State are taking myriad conservation measures," but the variety of uses for water at sports venues "means there is no single solution that can reduce consumption," according to Ken Belson of the N. ...

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10/08/14
S.D. Mayor Aims To End City Hall's Ticket Perks

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has "opened discussions with the Chargers and Padres about ending a controversial perk where City Council members can distribute tickets to luxury viewing suites the city controls at Qualcomm Stadium and Petco Park," according to David Garrick of the SAN DIEGO UNION-T ...

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10/07/14
Leafs Shift Philosophy On Game Experience

Following changes made during the NHL offseason, the Air Canada Centre will "treat fans like the sophisticated hockey watchers they are -- less intrusive during the action, and less commercial," according to Kevin McGran of the TORONTO STAR. The changes should "definitely make the place louder, like ...

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Penguins To Break Ground On Development

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10/06/14
Jags' Clevelander Deck Offers Party Vibe

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10/06/14
Bradley Center Needs More Than $25M In Upgrades

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