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2014 SBD/SBJ Reader Survey: Slive Still Seen As Most Effective Conference Commissioner

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 11 / 26 / 14

The 10th annual SportsBusiness Daily/SportsBusiness Journal Reader Survey is in the books, and more than 1,000 voters weighed in on nearly 100 questions that spanned all facets of the industry. Voting was conducted over three weeks starting Oct. 13, with polling via SportsBusinessDaily.com and Sport...

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Facility Notes

In St. Paul, Doug Belden reports the Vikings tomorrow "are expected to increase their contribution to the new downtown Minneapolis stadium yet again," and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority plans to apply $16M in project funds to "developing the Block 1 parking ramp." The team "will chip in a ...

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11/19/14
Mets Will Move In Citi Field Fences

The Mets yesterday unveiled a new outfield fence that "shortens the distances in right-center field, a move precipitated by the team’s examination of balls hit at Citi Field last season," according to Tim Rohan of the N.Y. TIMES. GM Sandy Alderson "is mindful that in baseball, nothing sells li ...

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11/19/14
Bucks, UWM Meet About Future Of Panther Arena

Top Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee officials "finally held a meeting" with Bucks President Peter Feigin and "expressed their concern about reports that the Bucks owners want to demolish the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena to create a new arena site," according to Rich Kirchen of the MILWAUKEE BUSINESS JOUR ...

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11/19/14
No Practice HQ Imminent For Mavs

While 18 NBA teams "have or soon will have" standalone practice facilities, the Mavericks still "are among the have-nots, which isn’t to say they lack in resources or niceties for players -- in case anyone has forgotten who owns the franchise," according to Brad Townsend of the DALLAS MORNING ...

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11/19/14
Mayor-Elect To Re-Work DC United Stadium Deal

DC Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser yesterday said that she "would move to 'de-link' the sale of a valuable city property from a broader deal to build a stadium" for DC United, a move that "could ease political concerns but create new complications" for the $300M proposal, according to O'Connell & DeBo ...

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11/19/14
Univ. of Hawaii Proposes Naming-Rights Sales

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11/18/14
Sources: Krafts Planning Boston Soccer Stadium

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11/18/14
Cole Field House Remodel Plans Unveiled

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11/18/14
College Facility Notes

In Tucson, Greg Hansen wrote the Univ. of Arizona's McKale Center "is now a 21st century basketball arena that, if beer were sold and dancing girls posed for cameras, could pass for an NBA experience." UA "hired AECOM to redesign the look and feel of the 42-year-old building." McKale Cente ...

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11/18/14
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