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Sources: Leiweke Wouldn't Commit To Future With MLSE, Relationship Soured

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See the listing for MLSE MLSE President & CEO TIM LEIWEKE approximately two months ago reiterated to the company's BOD that he "would only guarantee his position until June 30, 2015," and the board "wanted to end the speculation and begin the replacement process," according t...

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NBA Kings Put Demands On Arena Opponents

The NBA Kings are in the midst of "defending their arena construction project against a citizens’ lawsuit," and the team is demanding project opponents post a $100M bond to "cover the 'substantial' losses the team would suffer if litigation delays completion of the arena," according to Dale Ka ...

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Atlanta Mayor Wants Firm Exit Date For Braves

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed last month sent a letter to the Braves "requesting a firm departure date" in anticipation of their move to Cobb County, according to Klepal & Leslie of the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION. Reed yesterday said that he has asked Braves officials "whether they plan to ren ...

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NYRA Upgrades Saratoga Race Course

NYRA President & CEO Chris Kay yesterday "outlined changes to the organization and Saratoga Race Course," but not everyone is "thrilled with some of his moves," according to a front-page piece by Dennis Yusko of the Albany TIMES UNION. Kay "introduced a new team of executives he said would enhan ...

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Facility Notes

In San Antonio, Brent Zwerneman reported if Kyle Field's $450M rebuild is not ready for Texas A&M's home opener on Sept. 6, the school has "contingency plans in place" that include NRG Stadium. Texans President Jamey Rootes said, “We've had a number of (past) conversations about NRG S ...

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Oakland Mayor Wants To Stall O.co Coliseum Vote

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan is "privately pushing" City Council members to "hit the brakes" on the pending 10-year lease for the A's at O.co Coliseum  to give her team more time to negotiate, according to Matier & Ross of the S.F. CHRONICLE. Quan said that she had asked interim City Admin ...

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Selig Leaves Rays' Ballpark Talks To Sternberg

Rays Owner Stu Sternberg said that recent conversations with new St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman have left him "optimistic and hopeful of a long-term solution" for the franchise's ballpark situation, according to Marc Topkin of the TAMPA BAY TIMES. MLB Commissioner Bud Selig yesterday "reite ...

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Developer Focused On Bills Stadium Complex

Syracuse-based real estate developer Scott Congel has added Dallas-based architecture firm HKS Sports & Entertainment and Buffalo First Deputy Mayor Steven Casey to his team, moves that underscore his “commitment to present a multi-purpose complex to the NFL should he pursue building a new ...

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College Facility Notes

In Richmond, Tim Pearrell reported VCU expects to have the "footings poured" for its $25M, two-story basketball practice facility in mid-August and the project is "expected to be completed" by October '15. The 60,000-square-foot building "will house" two practice courts, locker rooms, coaches’ ...

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49ers Unveil Traffic Plan For Levi's Stadium

The 49ers and the city of Santa Clara have released details of a "new traffic, parking and operations plan" for Levi's Stadium, the result of three years of "exhaustively detailed research that included 49ers fan surveys, traffic studies and several community meetings," according to Mike Rosenberg ...

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Cubs To Begin Wrigley Renovation In Next Few Weeks

The Cubs "will begin breaking ground on a new underground home clubhouse in the next couple of weeks," starting their $575M Wrigley Field renovation project, according to a source cited by Paul Sullivan of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. Cubs Chair Tom Ricketts "had no date for the beginning of constructi ...

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