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GoDaddy Returning As Super Bowl Advertiser For 11th Time

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 11 / 24 / 14

GoDaddy is "returning to the Super Bowl for its 11th consecutive year" as an advertiser. The company "typically airs two commercials" during the game, but "this time around only purchased one" for NBC's Feb. 1 telecast. The 30-second spot, titled "Journey Home," will feature NASCAR driver Danica Pa...

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Clippers' Ballmer Discusses Debut Season

New Clippers Owner Steve Ballmer, nearing the beginning of his first season with the team, continues to make the media rounds in wake of his blockbuster $2B purchase, including conversations with SI, PBS and NBA TV, among others. SI's Lee Jenkins asked Ballmer if his team's dynamic with the Lakers m ...

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Royals Irked By Marlins Fan At World Series

Kauffman Stadium officials during Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday night asked Marlins fan Laurence Leavy, who has gained notoriety during the MLB postseason for wearing a bright orange Marlins jersey while seated directly behind home plate at several games, "to move -- or at least cover up" his j ...

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Kings Support NHL's Suspension Of Voynov

The Kings said that they "support the NHL's decisive move" to suspend D Slava Voynov for his alleged domestic violence incident, "even though Voynov has not been charged by authorities," according to Elliott & Dillman of the L.A. TIMES. Kings coach Darryl Sutter yesterday said, "Absolutely, it ...

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Rice Files Formal Grievance Against Ravens

Free agent RB Ray Rice has "filed a formal grievance against the Ravens for wrongful termination" of his $35M contract after a video was released last month showing him knocking out his then-fiance, according to sources cited by Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore SUN. The new grievance filed with th ...

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T.I. Agrees To Help Hawks Move On

The Hawks have enlisted the help of hip-hop artist and Atlanta native T.I. "to help the Hawks rebound" from the controversy that "erupted following racially insensitive comments by soon-to-be-former co-owner Bruce Levenson," according to Jennifer Brett of the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION. T.I. has a ...

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Franchise Notes

Orioles VP/Communications & Marketing Greg Bader said that many fans put down deposits on '15 season tickets "to secure a chance to buy seats for this year's playoff games." While Bader did not offer specific numbers, he said that deposits "came in significantly stronger" than when the Orioles l ...

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Warriors Embrace Heritage, Former Players

As Warriors co-Owners Peter Guber and Joe Lacob "prepare to celebrate their four-year anniversary, their efforts to salute the franchise’s history bear mention," according to Rusty Simmons of the S.F. CHRONICLE. They have "emphasized connecting with former players, honored formerly disgru ...

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NBA Franchise Notes

In Atlanta, Chris Vivlamore noted former NBAer Dikembe Mutombo has "met with a group of investors about joining their bid to buy" the Hawks. The group, which is made up in part of Atlanta businessmen, has "begun the preliminary work to get involved in the sale of the team," and "talks are ongoi ...

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Sources: Islanders Sale Price Was $485M

Islanders Owner Charles Wang "finally struck gold when he sold the team to Jonathan Ledecky and Scott Malkin " in August for a "price tag" of $485M, according to sources cited by Mike Ozanian of FORBES ( 10/17 ). On Long Island, Arthur Staple noted Ledecky and Malkin "will be introduced as minori ...

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Future Of NHL Panthers Questioned

The NHL Panthers' attendance and arena lease issues "have raised questions about the franchise’s long-term future in South Florida," according to a front-page piece by Barry Jackson of the MIAMI HERALD. The Panthers this season have "stopped distributing free and discounted tickets to games." ...

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