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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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TFC Freezes Season-Ticket Renewal Prices

Toronto FC "will not raise season seat prices for existing ticket holders who renew their seats ahead of a Dec. 15 'Early Bird deadline,'" according to Kurtis Larson of the TORONTO SUN. Existing season-ticket holders yesterday received a letter from TFC GM Tim Bezbatchenko "outlining the club’ ...

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Lightning Seen As NHL's Best Home Advantage

The NHL's "sharpest home-ice edge" is not found in traditional hockey markets such as Boston or Montreal, but rather the "surprising hotbed in Tampa Bay," according to Ben Arledge of ESPN THE MAGAZINE. The Lightning have the "highest differential in the league" when it comes to winning at home versu ...

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Dodgers Front Office Begins "Phase Two"

Dodgers President & CEO Stan Kasten said that the team has "entered the second phase" of the Guggenheim Partners ownership group's plans, according to Mark Saxon of ESPN L.A. The first phase "involved restoring the credibility of the franchise after years of neglect under previous owner Frank Mc ...

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AFL Power Owners Working To Save Franchise

Following a release yesterday stating the AFL Pittsburgh Power will cease operations, minority owners said that they were "willing to work with league commissioner Scott C. Butera in an attempt to save the franchise," according to Jerry DiPaola of the PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW. Butera said, "Clearly ...

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Franchise Notes

In Houston, Evan Drellich wrote the Astros "have acted like small-market paupers" since Owner Jim Crane took over in '11, but the market size "dictates they have a latent capability beyond that." Houston's population size "is misleading." Astros GM Jeff Luhnow: "We're the fourth largest city in the ...

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MLB Rangers Extend Jon Daniels, Thad Levine

The MLB Rangers on Friday announced contact extensions for President of Baseball Operations & GM Jon Daniels and Assistant GM Thad Levine that will "kick in after their current deals expire next year," according to Jeff Wilson of the FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM. The club did not announce the te ...

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Sounders Supporters' Meeting Mostly Positive

The tone of the Sounders’ annual supporters’ alliance business meeting on Saturday was “unsurprisingly laudatory -- and markedly different to the dark cloud hovering over last year’s gathering,” as “the wounds of the late-season swoon and playoff elimination&rdquo ...

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D-League Affiliate Is Boon For Santa Cruz

The NBA D-League Santa Cruz Warriors' relationship with the club's new hometown in California "has blossomed into an ardent love affair" since the team moved there from North Dakota in '12, according to Maria Gaura of the S.F. CHRONICLE. Santa Cruz has "embraced its team like no other city in the NB ...

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Franchise Notes

In Buffalo, Mike Harrington noted Sabres GM Tim Murray on Friday admitted to TSN Radio in Ottawa that he has “‘second-guessed’ all of his life decisions since he learned” of the Stage 4 colon cancer diagnosis for his uncle and Senators GM Bryan Murray . Harrington: “Co ...

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Jazz Hope To Revive Local Summer League

The Jazz "are hopeful the once-popular Rocky Mountain Revue NBA summer league returns to Salt Lake City" as soon as summer '15, according to sources cited by Jeff Zillgitt of USA TODAY. Preliminary plans "aim to keep the event intimate -- five to six teams -- and bring professional summer basketba ...

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