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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 28 / 14

Media reporter  Joe Flint : "Very excited to be re-joining the WSJ on the media beat and very grateful to the LA Times for five great years." Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot : "For Johny Manziel's final team period today, the Beastie Boys' 'Fight for your right to party' blared...

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07/08/14
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07/07/14
NBA Kings Arena To Feature More Premium Seats

The NBA Kings' new $477M arena will seat just 17,500 fans, which is "fewer than 200 additional seats compared to Sleep Train Arena," but there will be "far more seats in the lower bowl, translating into higher ticket prices," according to Kasler & Lillis of the SACRAMENTO BEE. The arena, wh ...

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07/07/14
Selig's Threat Leads To A's Lease Extension

The A's and the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority on Thursday agreed on a new 10-year extension to play games at O.co Coliseum through the '24 season. The agreement will be finalized after approvals from both the Oakland City Council and Alameda County Board of Supervisors later this month. ...

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07/07/14
Rooftop Owners Won't Sue If Cubs Stay At Two Signs

Wrigleyville's rooftop businesses are "looking to strike a deal over signs at Wrigley Field," according to Sachdev, Hopkins & Kamin of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. Two rooftop owners last week said that the businesses have "agreed not to sue" the Cubs as long as the team "sticks to last year’s pla ...

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07/07/14
Renovated DIS Will Seek Concerts, Sporting Events

Members of the national news media took a tour of the $400M renovation to Daytona Int'l Speedway on Friday, and many of their questions "focused on what the Speedway’s plans are once the project is complete," according to Dinah Voyles Pulver of the Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL. They had "heard t ...

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07/03/14
Baylor's New $260M Stadium Nearly Complete

With Baylor Univ.'s new McLane Stadium about 97% complete, crews are "working on the finishing touches, including some calculated to awe recruits even before the first game," according to a front-page piece by J.B. Smith of the WACO TRIBUNE-HERALD. A 7,500-square-foot oval locker room has "120 wood ...

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07/03/14
Gulfstream Takes Over Calder Racing Operations

Churchill Downs Inc. on Tuesday announced that it has "received the requisite regulatory approval to transfer control" of Calder Casino & Race Course operations to The Stronach Group, the parent company of Gulfstream Park, according to Tim Dwyer of the South Florida SUN-SENTINEL. The deal marks ...

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07/02/14
Oakland Rejects Proposed A's Lease Extension

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07/02/14
IMS Converts Empty Lot Into Solar Farm

An empty lot “used occasionally for storage by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is now a solar farm large enough to power 2,700 homes,” according to Michael Auslen of the INDIANAPOLIS STAR. IMS Engineering & Construction Dir Kevin Forbes said that the farm has a “capacity of 9 m ...

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