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Miller Lite Renews Deal To Sponsor New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 09 / 19 / 14

New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials on Friday announced that Miller Lite has extended its deal to sponsor the track for another three years. The deal keeps Miller Lite as the "Official Beer Sponsor of New Hampshire Motor Speedway" through the '17 racing season. NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski , wh...

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Garber Confirms Possible Chivas USA Hiatus

MLS Commissioner Don Garber on Thursday confirmed that the league's "most troubled franchise, Chivas USA, may not play " during the '15 season even if the league finds a "new owner for the club," according to Andrew Das of the N.Y. TIMES. The league "has owned and operated Chivas USA since buying o ...

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MLS Execs Visit Sacramento For Expansion Search

Two top MLS execs "got high-level briefings" from USL Pro club Sacramento Republic FC owners -- "and an earful from the team's famously rowdy fans -- as they began an on-the-ground evaluation Thursday of the region’s chances for an MLS expansion team," according to Kasler & Lillis of the S ...

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Avalanche To Substantially Increase Payroll

Avalanche Owner Stan Kroenke and President Josh Kroenke "agreed to substantially increase payroll" despite the club being in the "bottom five of the NHL in ticket revenues" last season, according to Adrian Dater of the DENVER POST. The club's ticket revenue, at about $26M, was "low enough that it qu ...

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Ravens Fans Begin Exchanging Rice Jerseys

A line of Ravens fans looking to exchange No. 27 Ray Rice jerseys "stretched more than a quarter of the way around M&T Bank Stadium on Friday morning," according to Rick Seltzer of the BALTIMORE BUSINESS JOURNAL. Doors opened for the jersey exchange at 8:00am ET, but a Ravens spokesperson s ...

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Franchise Notes

In Minneapolis, Katherine Johnson reported the controversy surrounding Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's child abuse case is "pushing prices to home games even lower." On top of some season-ticket holders "jumping ship," ticket prices to the Vikings' next home game are "already dropping, and it's still t ...

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Panthers Place Greg Hardy On Exempt List

Panthers DE Greg Hardy, who faces a trial in November on domestic abuse charges, yesterday was "placed on the commissioner’s exempt list," just hours after the NFL placed Vikings RB Adrian Peterson "on the same list after allegations that he beat his 4-year-old son with a switch," accordi ...

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NHL Panthers Vow To Stay In South Florida

NHL Panthers ownership has vowed that the club will "remain in South Florida" amid speculation that the franchise "could be on the move" with new arenas being built in Las Vegas and Quebec City, according to George Richards of the MIAMI HERALD. Panthers Vice Chair & Partner Douglas Cifu and ...

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Senators' Melnyk: Ticket Sales Hard In Ottawa

Senators Owner Eugene Melnyk said that selling tickets "is particularly difficult in Ottawa because the city’s two biggest employers -- the federal and municipal government -- are not permitted to purchase tickets," according to Ken Warren of the OTTAWA CITIZEN. Melnyk, speaking on CJCL-AM, sa ...

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Royals Metrics Thriving Amid Playoff Push

The Royals’ push to make the postseason for the first time since '85 likely will result in the team's best home attendance mark in more than 20 years. Royals VP/Marketing & Business Development Mike Bucek expects season attendance to see an 8-9% increase after the final game at Kauffm ...

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Whitecaps Pull Video Promo

The Whitecaps yesterday posted a promo on their YouTube and Instagram accounts that showed footage of "three young women cheering in the stands at BC Place," but the team "pulled the video within hours of it being posted after some fans complained it was sexist and misogynistic in nature," according ...

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