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Labatt Blue Signs Five-Year Landmark-Level Sponsorship Deal At Little Caesars Arena

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 03 / 22 / 17

Labatt Blue has signed a five-year deal as a Landmark-level sponsor for the new Little Caesars Arena and will "stay the official Canadian import beer" of the Red Wings, according to JC Reindl of the DETROIT FREE PRESS. Olympia Entertainment yesterday announced the beer company will "gain a branded L...

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Verizon, Lions Make Upgrades To Wi-Fi At Ford Field

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Wilkens On Panel To Explore Renovating KeyArena

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In Phoenix, Craig Harris in a front-page piece reports a plan that would provide $225M in public financing for a new $395M Coyotes arena "likely does not have the votes to pass the state Senate." Arizona state Sens. Debbie Lesko and John Kavanagh said that they "definitely were going to vote ag ...

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First Data Lands Rights To Mets' Fla. Complex

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