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College Bowl Season Set To Begin, Including New Game In Montgomery

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 12 / 19 / 14

The ’14-15 college bowl season kicks off tomorrow with five games. Financial documents filed this summer by New Orleans Bowl Inc. indicated that last year's R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl generated $3.77M in revenue, with 58% of that via ticket sales. Last year's game drew its third straigh...

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Angels, Red Sox Eliminate Pension Plans

The Angels and the Red Sox are among the first MLB teams "to discontinue" pension plans for non-uniformed personnel after 200-300 employees of the two clubs were informed that "as of Jan. 1, teams would no longer contribute to the plans, and new hires would not be able to enroll in them," according ...

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AHL OKC Barons To Cease Operations

When the AHL Oklahoma City Barons' season ends, it will be "the end of professional hockey" in the area "for the foreseeable future," according to Michael Baldwin of the OKLAHOMAN. Prodigal CEO Bob Funk, Jr. on Thursday announced the club operator will be "ceasing operations" after its five-year con ...

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MLB Franchise Notes

Mariners President Kevin Mather said that the team at the end of the '14 season was $16M "over the budgeted payroll" at $107M. He said he "blew by" the approved budget. In Seattle, Ryan Divish noted Mather "wouldn't give an exact number" on the '15 payroll. But he said, "Our number is higher. [Exec ...

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Cavs Happy With Ticket Lottery Process

Cavaliers Senior VP/Communications Tad Carper said the monthly lottery process the team instituted for the sale of its limited inventory of individual tickets has "gone smoothly from a technological standpoint." Carper said there have been “little bumps in the road here and there with some u ...

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Rams' Move To L.A. Unlikely For '15

It is "highly doubtful" that Sunday's Giants-Rams game at the Edward Jones Dome will be the club's final home game in St. Louis, according to Bernie Miklasz of the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH. Sources said that Anheuser-Busch Senior Adviser and St. Louis Sports Commission Chair Dave Peacock "recently ha ...

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Drake Continues Working On Raptors' Rebrand

Musician and Raptors Global Ambassador Drake has been busy working with the team's rebrand that "will be unveiled before" the team hosts the '16 NBA All-Star Game, according to Ryan Wolstat of the TORONTO SUN. Drake said, “I think people are going to be floored with what we have in stor ...

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49ers Cut McDonald Following Assault Probe

The 49ers yesterday "axed" DE Ray McDonald "after San Jose police said they are investigating the 30-year-old for an alleged sexual assault," according to Sernoffsky & Branch of the S.F. CHRONICLE. SJPD Public Information Officer Sgt. Heather Randol said that investigators "interviewed an uniden ...

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Stars' Gaglardi Purchases Team's AHL Affiliate

Northland Properties, the holding company for the Stars, yesterday announced that it had " completed the acquisition " of the AHL Texas Stars, bringing the two franchises "together under the same umbrella for the first time" since '11, according to Sean Shapiro of the AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN.  ...

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Franchise Notes

In Chicago, Rick Morrissey writes under the header, "Hey, McCaskeys, It's Not Personal -- You're Just Awful At This." Morrissey: "There has been one constant throughout my 14 years of writing columns in this town, and it’s the institutional ineptitude of the Bears. At almost every turn, they h ...

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White Sox' Tix Sales Spike Spurs More Moves

White Sox Chair Jerry Reinsdorf was “encouraged by the response from Sox fans calling and signing on for more tickets next season, enough to give” Senior VP & GM Rick Hahn “a green light” to sign LF Melky Cabrera, according to Daryl Van Schouwen of the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES. ...

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