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Prosecutors, Defense Attorneys In Talks To End Ecclestone Trial

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Prosecutors and attorneys for  Bernie Ecclestone are "in talks about a possible deal to end" the F1 CEO's bribery trial in Germany. His defense team today called for "proceedings to be closed, citing a lack of evidence that Ecclestone was criminally responsible and asserting that the proc...

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Daytona To Remove Backstretch Seating After '15

Daytona Int'l Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said that the 46,000-seat backstretch section of the track will be “removed next year” after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 race, according to Jeffrey Cassady of the Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL. Chitwood on Friday said, &ldquo ...

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Braves, Falcons Innovating With New Venues

The Braves and Falcons vow their new venues, scheduled to open in '17, "will significantly change the fan experience, albeit in different ways," according to Tim Tucker of the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION. Falcons officials believe that a 63,000-square-foot videoboard will "set the tone for the expe ...

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Work On Levi's Stadium 94% Complete

Work on the 49ers' new Levi's Stadium "is a bit ahead of schedule" and officially 94% complete, so the city of Santa Clara by the end of the month "hopes to issue a permit to transition the stadium from a construction site to an events venue, well ahead of a July 17 ribbon cutting and the first even ...

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College Facility Notes: UNLV, Missouri

In Las Vegas, Alan Snel reports the consultant for the UNLV stadium board on Thursday "offered a three-pronged funding approach to help build a 50,000-seat campus stadium." CSL Principal Bill Rhoda "identified three 'buckets' of money as a buffet approach to help build the stadium -- a sales ta ...

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Facility Notes

The BOSTON GLOBE notes TD Garden on Thursday "released updated details" of the planned $70M renovation to its concourses. Renovations to level 4, the Legends Club, and half the food and beverage stands are "expected to be finished in time for the beginning" of the '14-15 NHL season. The new Pro ...

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Lexington Mayor Halts Rupp Arena Renovations

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray yesterday announced that he is "scuttling" the $350M proposed renovation project for Rupp Arena and an attached convention center after the Univ. of Kentucky told city and state officials that it was "interested only in a scaled-back Rupp Arena renovation," according to Be ...

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Jags Look For City Support With Wi-Fi Costs

A deal for $4M worth of work on a Wi-Fi system at EverBank Field “could be voted on when Jacksonville’s City Council meets Tuesday,” according to Steve Patterson of the FLORIDA TIMES-UNION. The Jaguars “want the city to split the cost of work at the city-owned stadium, with l ...

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Pelicans' Arena Testing Exterior Paint Colors

Smoothie King Center's exterior walls will have sample colors that "could be a variation of gray, taupe, brown or tan" painted onto them within the next few weeks as "part of the extensive process involved in changing the current bluish-green exterior of the 14 1/2-year-old building to a new color," ...

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Braves, Falcons Hunt For Naming-Rights Deals

The Braves and Falcons are both "preparing to sell the names of their new stadiums to corporate sponsors, a task potentially complicated by having two Atlanta venues on the market at the same time," according to a front-page piece by Tim Tucker of the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION. Execs with each te ...

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Kansas St. To Install New Videoboards

New HD videoboards are coming to Kansas State's Bramlage Coliseum and will hang from the center of the basketball arena "in place of the current scoreboard," according to Kellis Robinett of the K.C. STAR. The new videoboards "will be installed this fall, along with six additional LED displ ...

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