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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 03 / 05 / 15

15 – Number of clubs that have scheduled MLB Ambassador for Inclusion Billy Bean for a visit during ’15 Spring Training ( “OTL Extra, ESPN3, 3/5 ).

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02/09/15
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The SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS reported Silicon Valley Power will partner with California-based DAS Group Professionals to install a $2M wireless system near Levi's Stadium to "alleviate phone and data congestion before the stadium hosts" Super Bowl 50 ( MERCURYNEWS.com, 2/6 ). POLAR OPPOSITES : In ...

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02/06/15
Reds Making More Ballpark Upgrades

The Reds are "revamping another part of Great American Ball Park by adding a giant bar just in time to host" the MLB All-Star Game this summer, according to Steve Watkins of the CINCINNATI BUSINESS JOURNAL. The Reds are "building a bar to be called The Bootlegger on the first-base side of the lower- ...

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02/06/15
Jaguars To Reveal Shipyard Development Plans

In Jacksonville, David Bauerlein reports the Jaguars and Owner Shahid Khan "have been working for months on plans to develop The Shipyards" near EverBank Field, and the team will "provide more details at the State of the Franchise address" the week of Feb. 16. Jaguars officials "have talked about bu ...

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02/05/15
Dolphins' New Season-Ticket Prices Set

The Dolphins as early as this weekend will "roll out a new pricing plan to their season-ticket members," according to Armando Salguero of the MIAMI HERALD. Dolphins Senior VP & CMO Jeremy Walls yesterday said that it will "reflect the upgrades to Sun Life Stadium without necessarily digging too ...

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02/05/15
State Politician Unhappy With Bucks Arena Plan

Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos yesterday said Gov. Scott Walker's plan for a new Bucks arena has "zero chance" of passing the Legislature in its current form, according to Scott Bauer of the AP. Vos said that the plan's odds would "improve dramatically" -- up to 80% -- if the city of Milwa ...

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02/05/15
Alternatives Eyed For Proposed Seattle Arena

For most of the past year, investor groups interested in alternatives to the proposed arena in the SoDo neighborhood of Seattle by hedge fund manager Chris Hansen "have quietly held discussions with landowners of two prime sites" in Tukwila and Bellevue, Wash., according to a front-page piece by Geo ...

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02/05/15
Sounds' Ballpark Working Through Parking Issues

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean said that he does not think attendance "will lag" in the first year of the Triple-A PCL Nashville Sounds' ballpark, despite "relying significantly on off-site parking lots and shuttles to get fans" to the games, according to Joey Garrison of the Nashville TENNESSEAN. The ma ...

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02/04/15
County Wants Beckham To Use FIU Stadium

Miami-Dade County commissioners yesterday asked city Mayor Carlos Gimenez to "propose using" FIU’s stadium as a temporary home for David Beckham's "stalled" MLS franchise, according to Patricia Mazzei of the MIAMI HERALD. The "unanimous yet largely symbolic move directs Gimenez to reach out ag ...

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02/04/15
Facility Notes

In Nashville, Jamie McGee reported Comcast is "offering Wi-Fi access at LP Field" after installing two fiber Ethernet connections, one of which "will be used by the NFL Network." The Wi-Fi access "will be available to all smartphone users, regardless of their provider." Comcast Big South Region VP/P ...

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02/03/15
Sporting KC Signs With Legends For Concessions

Sporting KC "has signed a five-year deal with Legends Hospitality to take over all aspects of food service at Sporting Park," according to Don Muret of SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL. Legends "replaces Delaware North Sportservice after the MLS team mutually agreed to part ways with the food provider and Ame ...

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