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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 03 / 31 / 15

4.06 million – Average viewers for FS1’s first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points race this past Sunday. The audience for the race from Martinsville ranks fourth among all FS1 telecasts all-time, behind only three Giants-Cardinals NLCS games from '14 ( THE DAILY ).

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Donors Suing Over Texas A&M Expansion

Texas A&M football fans "upset about losing their prime spots" in the $485M expansion of Kyle Field yesterday filed a federal class-action lawsuit against the school's 12th Man Foundation to "hold onto their seats," according to Max Baker of the FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM. The attorneys are "seekin ...

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In Florida, Ken Willis reports Daytona Int'l Speedway "will get more SAFER Barriers on those sections of concrete walls that remained bare" at the time of Kyle Busch’s Feb. 21 accident , which "resulted in a compound fracture to his right leg and fracture to his left foot." The reported ...

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Scaled-Down Oklahoma Plan Approved

The Univ. of Oklahoma Board of Regents yesterday approved a $160M renovation plan to Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium that “includes bowling in the south end zone, 22 enclosed suites, 60 open-air boxes and nearly 2,000 club seats,” according to John Shinn of the NORMAN TRANSCRIPT ...

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NBA Kings Introduce Loft Suites

The NBA Kings "rolled out a product Monday aimed at a customer somewhere between a person buying a season ticket and a company getting a showy suite for the future downtown arena," according to Ben van der Meer of the SACRAMENTO BUSINESS JOURNAL. Kings President Chris Granger said at a mock-up of a ...

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Hancock Bank Ends Deal At Tropicana Field

In Tampa, Margie Manning reported Mississippi-based Hancock Bank has "ended its sponsorship of the upscale stadium-dining club" at Tropicana Field. Rays Senior VP & Chief Sales Officer Mark Fernandez said, "They've been with us for eight years, originally as Whitney Bank, and it's been a great r ...

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AEG Abandons Farmers Field Plans

After investing five years and $50M in an attempt to bring an NFL team back to L.A., AEG is "abandoning plans for its Farmers Field football stadium downtown," according to a front-page piece by Farmer & Fenno of the L.A. TIMES. AEG officials said yesterday that they are "no longer in discussion ...

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Milwaukee Mayor Wants Firm Number For Bucks Arena

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said yesterday that the city "needs a firm number" from the Bucks on what a new arena downtown will cost, according to Don Walker of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. He said that once that happens, the city and other stakeholders, including the state, can "figure out how ...

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Suite Space Among Petco Park Changes

As part of Petco Park renovations for '15, a space that was previously a standing-room area “will now feature 12 barstool seats and standing room for six, for a total of capacity of 18,” according to Dennis Lin of the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE. It will be “sold as a suite, with ...

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Fundraising Underway In Effort To Keep Chargers

As the future of the Chargers "grows increasingly uncertain, a fundraising campaign is underway to aid the effort to keep the team" in San Diego, according to Farmer & Perry of the L.A. TIMES. Political fundraiser Jean Freelove "has reached out to local businesses, apparently on behalf of San Di ...

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Sacramento Delayed In Selling Kings Arena Bonds

The city of Sacramento "can’t issue the bonds needed to finance its promised" $255M contribution toward the NBA Kings' new downtown arena, according to Kasler & Lillis of the SACRAMENTO BEE. City officials said that the delay "could cost taxpayers millions of dollars because interest rates ...

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