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Selig Reflects On Tech Changes To MLB During His Tenure During B&C HOF Dinner

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 10 / 21 / 14

MLB Commissioner BUD SELIG last night spoke of the technological changes his league has gone through during the 22 years he has held his position as he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement award at Broadcasting & Cable's annual HOF dinner in N.Y. Joined by Commissioner-elect ROB MANFRED ...

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Wrigley Upgrades Facing Aggressive Timeline

The Cubs hope that "Mother Nature and a cooperative local government will allow them to accelerate the first phase of Wrigley Field renovations," according to Mark Gonzales of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. Cubs VP/Communications & Community Affairs Julian Green yesterday said, "We have 26 weeks. It' ...

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Plans For United Center Lot Still Undecided

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In Detroit, Matt Charboneau reports Michigan State's Munn Ice Arena "will undergo significant enhancements over the next year." Several of the upgrades "will take place over the course of the upcoming season, serving as the opening phase of a complete building renovation." The school said that the f ...

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Tustin Wants To Recoup Angels Ballpark Investment

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New Maple Leaf Square Name Skips Confusion

While a naming rights deal “remains in place” to rename Maple Leaf Square after the Ford Motor Co., Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment yesterday announced that it “will be branded the ‘Ford Fan Zone at Maple Leaf Square,’” according to Morgan Campbell of the TO ...

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AEG Seeks Extension On L.A. Stadium Project

AEG yesterday announced that it is seeking a six-month extension to its existing agreement with the city of L.A. for the Farmers Field project. The company's request is to allow additional time to pursue a deal with an NFL team, and to further assess and develop plans for renovations to the L.A. Con ...

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Patterson: Taxpayers Should Help With New UT Arena

Univ. of Texas men's AD Steve Patterson yesterday said that the school is “'probably six to eight years' away from building a new basketball arena to replace the Erwin Center," according to Brian Davis of the AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN. Patterson also "reiterated his belief the city of Austin s ...

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Stanford Teams With AT&T, Sporting Innovations

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The AP reported Dover Int'l Speedway yesterday "started work on a new catch fence that will be installed in time" for the '15 NASCAR season. The $2.9M fence will "stand at 21 feet, up from its current 15 feet." Other improvements at DIS in recent years include the "installation of SAFER barriers, th ...

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Angels End Lease Talks With Anaheim

The Angels on Friday "ended negotiations with the city of Anaheim over a new Angel Stadium lease, frustrated by the inability to finalize a deal more than a year after there was a framework for an agreement," according to Bill Shaikin of the L.A. TIMES. Angels consultant Marie Garvey said that ...

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