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Ballpark Safety Issues Lead To Calls For More Protective Netting At MLB Venues

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 05 / 26 / 17

The problem of ballpark safety at MLB venues has "led to increasing calls for more protective netting in the lower parts" of ballparks, although that push has "raised concerns about how the added netting would affect the view for fans -- many occupying expensive seats," according to Wallace Matthews...

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David Beckham Group Unveils New Miami Stadium Plan

David Beckham's Miami MLS group yesterday unveiled an "airy, open-roof stadium" for the city's Overtown neighborhood, a "retooled design that still sticks with the central premise that the 25,000-seat soccer venue doesn't need parking facilities," according to Hanks & Vassolo of the MIAMI HERALD ...

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Vikings' Soon-To-Open Team HQ Draws Praise

The Vikings' new HQ in Eagan, Minn., will be "one of the top facilities in the NFL" when it opens next March, according to Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. The TCO Performance Center will be "modern and beautiful and will perhaps inspire awe." It will "have four outdoor fields, ...

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Lions In Later Stages Of $100M Ford Field Renovation

The Lions have been "hard at work prepping Ford Field for a new look" in time for the '17 season, and yesterday showed off  "a little bit of their progress," according to Nate Atkins of MLIVE.com. The stadium is in the latter stages of a $100M renovation project, with "more than three ...

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Maryland Gov. Wants Preakness In Baltimore

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan yesterday said that he "wants to keep the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore and is willing to talk about investing state money to do so," according to a front-page piece by Dresser & Barker of the Baltimore SUN. The governor's office issued a statement after Stronach G ...

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San Diego State Ends Talks On SoccerCity Proposal

San Diego State Univ. yesterday "broke off discussions" to share a soccer stadium in Mission Valley, saying the proposal from La Jolla developers "does not meet the athletic and academic needs of the campus," according to a front-page piece by Roger Showley of the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE. SDSU has b ...

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Raiders, LVSA Wrap Up Lease-Agreement Talks

The Raiders' move to Las Vegas in '20 "appears to be back on track after a brief scare over reaching an agreement" on a stadium lease, as the team and Las Vegas Stadium Authority "wrapped up negotiations" yesterday on a lease for the Raiders' events company to use a new $1.7B stadium for 30 years, a ...

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Pawtucket Red Sox Get Approval On New Ballpark

The Triple-A Int'l League Pawtucket Red Sox and city have agreed to a proposal for a new $73M ballpark on the property of Apex Companies downtown, with the PawSox committing $45M for the "construction costs and the proposal including no public subsidies from the city or state," according to a front- ...

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A-B InBev Partners With Little Caesars Arena

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Future Of Preakness At Pimlico Uncertain

Preserving the 147-year-old Pimlico Race Course as the home of the Preakness Stakes "likely would require rebuilding the track" at a cost of $300-500M, though the track's owner, Stronach Group, has "no plans to foot the bill," according to a front-page piece by Jeff Barker of the Baltimore SUN. ...

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CenturyLink Reups Naming Rights Through '33

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