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Friday Boxing announcer  Michael Buffer  will ring the NASDAQ Closing Bell to celebrate Saturday’s Gennady Golovkin - Daniel Geale championship bout at MSG. Late WGN Cubs and White Sox TV and radio announcer Jack Brickhouse will be honored during the afternoon Cardin...

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06/27/14
Franchise Notes

In Miami, Greg Cote writes it is a "big and exciting week" for the NHL Panthers, but "for all the wrong reasons." The team is "preparing to make the No. 1 overall pick in the NHL Draft on Friday." The future is "always now" for the Panthers, but it somehow "never gets here." The team has made two pl ...

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06/26/14
Pacers' Season-Ticket Sales Up 15%

Pacers Senior VP and Chief Sales & Marketing Officer Todd Taylor said that the “season-ticket renewal rate for next season” is around 93%, and season-ticket sales are 15% “ahead of last season,” according to Anthony Schoettle of the INDIANAPOLIS BUSINESS JOURNAL. The ...

Tags: Franchises, Indiana Pacers, NBA

06/26/14
Hornets Unveil New Court

The Hornets unveiled their new court this morning at Time Warner Cable Arena, the last major piece of the team’s rebranding effort. The court, like the Hornets' new uniforms, was designed in part by Brand Jordan and features a cell pattern stained in the wood with the team’s primary ...

Tags: Franchises, Charlotte Hornets

06/26/14
NBA Teams Prep Draft Viewing Parties For Fans

Teams with the top picks in tonight's NBA Draft are readying activation plans in their home markets. The Cavaliers have the top overall pick for the second consecutive year and are hosting a free event at Quicken Loans Arena, with Mountain Dew KickStart as the presenting sponsor. The event will incl ...

Tags: Franchises, Cleveland Cavaliers

06/25/14
Prokhorov Cutting Back To Get $1B Valuation

Nets Owner Mikhail Prokhorov, with hopes of winning a $1B valuation for his team, has "agreed to end his free-spending ways," according to sources cited by Josh Kosman of the N.Y. POST. Sources said that Prokhorov "feared the red ink spilled by the team -- in large part because of his history of def ...

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06/25/14
Ticket Renewals Down For Canucks

Canucks COO Victor de Bonis yesterday said that season-ticket renewal rates "are down after a disappointing season" that saw both President & GM Mike Gillis and coach John Tortorella fired, according to Brad Ziemer of the VANCOUVER SUN. But de Bonis said that the ticket renewals are "not down as ...

Tags: Franchises, NHL, Vancouver Canucks

06/25/14
76ers Not Using Ben Franklin Logo

The 76ers will not use a logo featuring a cartoon of Ben Franklin dribbling a basketball during the coming season, though it was "something they explored," according to a source cited by the Wilmington News Journal's Jason Wolf ( TWITTER.com, 6/24 ). 76ers PR Dir Michael Preston said the Ben ...

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06/25/14
Nippert Trust Stake In Reds Up For Sale

The Louise Dieterle Nippert Trust stake in the Reds, which has been in the Nippert family for nearly 50 years, "is up for sale and could go" for $40M, according to Steve Watkins of the CINCINNATI BUSINESS COURIER. Sources said that the trust "is actively trying to sell its ownership unit." The trust ...

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06/25/14
MLB Franchise Notes

In N.Y., Bill Pennington reports Blue Jays home attendance is “down more than 4,300 fans per game compared with the same period a year ago, a decline that is the second largest” in MLB. The team has led the AL East for more than a month this season, but fans are “taking a wait-and- ...

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06/24/14
LeBron Officially Opts Out Of His Contract

Heat F LeBron James will "exercise his early termination option and become an unrestricted free agent on July 1," but the move does not necesarrily mean James "has decided to leave the Heat," according to sources cited by Chris Broussard of ESPN.com. James had until June 30 to "decide whether to opt ...

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