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Chicago Teams Not Happy With City's Proposed Amusement Tax On Concert Venues

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The United Center and its two biggest tenants -- the Blackhawks and Bulls -- yesterday "decried" Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposal to "jack up the city’s amusement tax on large concerts while eliminating it for smaller venues," according to Mitchell Armentrout of the CHICAGO SUN-TIME...

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In Seattle, Geoff Baker notes Oak View Group, planning a $600M KeyArena renovation, hopes to pay $40M to a "local transportation mitigation fund not as a lump sum, but spread out over a 39-year lease term." OVG, which is paying for the renovation privatetly, hopes the Seattle City Council&rsquo ...

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Flames, Calgary Continue Arena Standoff

The City of Calgary is "offering to pay for one-third of the cost of a new NHL arena" for the Flames, according to Donna Spencer of the CP. Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi "revealed details Friday of what the city proposes to pay" for an arena expected to cost $555M (all figures C) in response to t ...

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NYC FC Still Searching For Permanent Home

NYC FC currently plays their home games at Yankee Stadium, but the club “remains optimistic" about finding its own home and has "looked at dozens of sites within the five boroughs," according to Kyle Schnitzer of the N.Y. POST. NYC FC President Jon Patricof said, "Right now we have m ...

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Vivint Smart Home Arena Upgrades Nearly Done

Offseason upgrades to the Jazz' Vivint Smart Home Arena are still ongoing, but team President Steve Starks believes work will be finished "with days to spare" before it opens with a Faith Hill-Tim McGraw concert on Sept. 27, according to Tony Jones of the SALT LAKE TRIBUNE. Seats at the arena "are ...

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Falcons Open Up Mercedes Benz-Stadium

Last night's Packers-Falcons "SNF" matchup was the first regular season NFL game held at the new Mercedes Benz-Stadium, and NBC's Al Michaels said it was a "dream come true" for Falcons Owner Arthur Blank. Michaels said, "You can see the Halo that surrounds the entire upper rim of the stadium and th ...

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Oakland Coliseum Willing To Negotiate With Raiders

Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority Exec Dir Scott McKibben on Thursday said that he would be "willing to negotiate a lease extension with the Raiders" for the '19 season and "beyond at the Coliseum, if necessary," according to Adam Candee of the LAS VEGAS SUN. McKibben said, "Given the right ...

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StubHub, AXS Named Vegas Arena Partners

T-Mobile Arena and AEG Global Partnerships have struck a deal with StubHub and AXS in which the two ticketing companies have been named official founding partners of the Las Vegas arena and the building’s official secondary partners. StubHub and AXS’ Flash Seats will collaborate on a joi ...

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SDCCU Bids For Naming Rights To Qualcomm

San Diego County Credit Union has bid $500,000 "for the naming rights" to the former Qualcomm Stadium, and the City Council is "scheduled to vote on the change Tuesday," according to a front-page piece by Roger Showley of the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE. The three other bidders were Gemini Sports Group, ...

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Reds Debut Automated Concession Pickup

The Reds have launched Ballpark Express, a "first-of-its-kind automated concession pickup station" at Great American Ball Park, according to Steve Watkins of the CINCINNATI BUSINESS COURIER. Fans at the ballpark "log into the MLB Ballpark app, click on the Ballpark Express concessions pickup section ...

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Michigan Releases Designs For Football Center

A newly released schematic design for the Univ. of Michigan's new Football Performance Center inside Schembechler Hall "details an athlete rehabilitation center, at least four recovery pools and a nutrition center," according to Martin Slagter of MLIVE.com. The UM Board of Regents "approved the ...

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