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Dustin Johnson Serving Suspension After Positive Cocaine Test

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 08 / 01 / 14

Golfer  Dustin Johnson  is "serving a six-month suspension from the PGA Tour after testing positive for cocaine," according to a source. Johnson on Thursday announced that he was taking a leave of absence. Under the Tour's policies, it is not required to announce any disciplinary actions f...

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Oakland Mayor Wants To Stall O.co Coliseum Vote

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan is "privately pushing" City Council members to "hit the brakes" on the pending 10-year lease for the A's at O.co Coliseum  to give her team more time to negotiate, according to Matier & Ross of the S.F. CHRONICLE. Quan said that she had asked interim City Admin ...

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Selig Leaves Rays' Ballpark Talks To Sternberg

Rays Owner Stu Sternberg said that recent conversations with new St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman have left him "optimistic and hopeful of a long-term solution" for the franchise's ballpark situation, according to Marc Topkin of the TAMPA BAY TIMES. MLB Commissioner Bud Selig yesterday "reite ...

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Developer Focused On Bills Stadium Complex

Syracuse-based real estate developer Scott Congel has added Dallas-based architecture firm HKS Sports & Entertainment and Buffalo First Deputy Mayor Steven Casey to his team, moves that underscore his “commitment to present a multi-purpose complex to the NFL should he pursue building a new ...

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College Facility Notes

In Richmond, Tim Pearrell reported VCU expects to have the "footings poured" for its $25M, two-story basketball practice facility in mid-August and the project is "expected to be completed" by October '15. The 60,000-square-foot building "will house" two practice courts, locker rooms, coaches’ ...

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49ers Unveil Traffic Plan For Levi's Stadium

The 49ers and the city of Santa Clara have released details of a "new traffic, parking and operations plan" for Levi's Stadium, the result of three years of "exhaustively detailed research that included 49ers fan surveys, traffic studies and several community meetings," according to Mike Rosenberg ...

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Cubs To Begin Wrigley Renovation In Next Few Weeks

The Cubs "will begin breaking ground on a new underground home clubhouse in the next couple of weeks," starting their $575M Wrigley Field renovation project, according to a source cited by Paul Sullivan of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. Cubs Chair Tom Ricketts "had no date for the beginning of constructi ...

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A's Taking Down Fans' Anti-Relocation Signs

A number of A's fans are claiming that security at O.co Coliseum is "taking down signs that implore the team to stay in Oakland," according to Al Saracevic of the S.F. CHRONICLE. The team "denies the charge, saying it bans signs that break stadium rules against commercialization, such as signs that ...

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AECOM Set To Buy Rival URS Corp. For $6B

L.A.-based AECOM "will buy" its S.F.-based rival, URS Corp., in a $6B deal, turning the merged company into one of the world's "largest firms in the construction and engineering sectors," according to Pfeifer & Kirkham of the L.A. TIMES. The companies had a combined $19B in revenue last yea ...

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Hartford Withdraws Rock Cats Stadium Proposal

Hartford city officials have "backed away from a proposal" to bond up to $60M for a new stadium north of downtown for the Double-A Eastern League Rock Cats' move from New Britain, saying that they will instead "seek a private partner to finance much of the project," according to Vanessa De La ...

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Levi's Stadium To Create Nearly 12,000 Jobs

Levi's Stadium will "create about 12,000 jobs, but they represent a rather modest economic boomlet because the vast majority are temporary construction jobs or part-time and relatively low-paid service jobs on game days," according to George Avalos of the OAKLAND TRIBUNE. Through early July, wo ...

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