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"We won the championship. We're drinking champagne, but we have 14 guys grinding it out at a ballpark trying to watch it on their cell phones. They are the ones missing birthdays and their son's first Little League game" – Nationals President of Baseball Operations & GM Mike Rizzo , ...

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Cubs Poised To Start $575M Wrigley Renovation

The Cubs' home finale tonight against the Cardinals will mark the last time Wrigley Field does not feature a "giant video board" in left field, as work begins on the club's four-year, $575M renovation project "in a week or so," according to Paul Sullivan of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. Cubs VP/Communication ...

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Bears Name E3 Axess As Tailgate Partner

Soldier Field operator SMG has partnered with Chicago-based corporate entertainment company E3 Axess on a "multiyear agreement making it the first-ever 'official tailgate partner'" of the stadium, according to Danny Ecker of CRAIN'S CHICAGO BUSINESS. E3 "sets up a 50-foot luxury trailer featuri ...

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Some Critical Of Look To New Warriors Arena

The Warriors this week at a meeting with the Citizens Advisory Committee unveiled "working drawings and sketches" of the club's proposed arena, and "immediately folks took to Twitter to relate the plans to those of a toilet bowl," according to Rusty Simmons of the S.F. CHRONICLE. Despite the critici ...

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In West Palm Beach, Joe Capozzi reports a majority of Palm Beach County commissioners last night "agreed they’re willing to commit" $90M in bed tax money to help finance a new Spring Training ballpark for the Astros and Nationals, but "not the full" $145M the teams are seeking. Commissioners v ...

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Red Sox Look To Add More Seating To Fenway

The Red Sox "plan to pack more fans into Fenway Park with the addition of a corner suite next to the Green Monster and 160 more pavilion and bleacher seats" as part of an estimated $4.2M in "proposed improvements" to the ballpark, according to Donna Goodison of the BOSTON HERALD. Filings with t ...

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NHL Jets Unveil C$6M In MTS Centre Upgrades

True North Sports & Entertainment, which owns the NHL Jets, unveiled C$6M "worth of renovations" to MTS Centre yesterday, according to Jim Bender of the WINNIPEG SUN. The team unveiled a "newly expanded balcony overlooking the Portage Avenue atrium," and suite holders in the newly named Sco ...

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Vikings Stadium Funds Coming From Charitable Gaming

Electronic pulltabs may have "flamed out as a revenue source" for the state of Minnesota's portion of the Vikings stadium funding, but "the industry of which they're a part -- charitable gaming -- is expected to generate more than a quarter of the money," according to Doug Belden of the ST. PAUL P ...

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Ratner To Submit Nassau Coliseum Plan

Forest City Ratner officials said that Chair & CEO Bruce Ratner "will submit a development application to the Town of Hempstead before the end of the year -- the next step in his plan to transform the Nassau Coliseum and its surrounding blacktop into a sprawling sports and entertainment complex, ...

Tags: Facilities, New York Islanders, NHL

Penguins Unveil Plans For Civic Arena Site

The Penguins’ "vision for redeveloping" the former Civic Arena site includes "houses, townhouses, office and apartment towers, a 150-room hotel, sidewalk cafes, retail and a huge outdoor plaza with a large video screen to watch playoff hockey games or movies," according to Mark Belko of the PI ...

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Crandon Park Tennis Center Expansions In Doubt

A judge on Wednesday "dismissed a lawsuit that sought to end what critics say is the Matheson family's veto power over changes to Crandon Park on Key Biscayne, in effect imperiling" the $50M tennis center expansion "overwhelmingly approved by Miami-Dade voters" in '12, according to Andres Viglucci o ...

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