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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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Panthers Let Legal Process Play Out On Hardy

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said that DE Greg Hardy "will play" on Sunday against the Lions, but he "couldn't say whether Hardy would be eligible for the Panthers every Sunday this season because of the legal process" in Hardy's domestic abuse case, according to Jonathan Jones of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVE ...

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Bills' Home Opener Sells Out

The Bills' home opener against the Dolphins on Sunday at the newly renovated Ralph Wilson Stadium is "arguably the most anticipated" in recent memory, according to Jay Rey of the BUFFALO NEWS. But it "looks as if Bills fans will have to celebrate without their new hero and heroine," prospective Owne ...

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Raptors' Ujiri Pens Op-Ed In Support Of Ferry

Raptors President of Basketball Operations & GM Masai Ujiri pens an op-ed in Friday's GLOBE & MAIL on the controversy surrounding the Hawks and GM Danny Ferry 's comments about former free agent Luol Deng. Ujiri: "Danny Ferry thinks Luol Deng 'has a little African in him.' … When I ...

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Rebrand Made Business Sense For Hornets

What top Hornets officials "had to consider before they could resurrect the teal and purple was if the numbers would match the nostalgia," according to Jonathan McFadden of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER. Hornets Exec VP and Chief Sales & Marketing Officer Pete Guelli said, "We wanted to make sure that ...

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MLB Franchise Notes

In Phoenix, Zach Buchanan reports the D-Backs are "on pace to draw a franchise-low 2,029,751 in attendance this season, and the financial hit from that will affect next year's payroll." D-Backs President & CEO Derrick Hall "expects it to drop" to the $100M range after "beginning this season at ...

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Top Ravens Execs Speak Out On Rice Situation

Ravens Owner Steve Bisciotti, President Dick Cass and GM Ozzie Newsome yesterday acknowledged that the organization "failed in its handling of the Ray Rice investigation and now needs to rebuild trust with its fans," according to a front-page piece by Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore SUN. In their ...

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NFL Panthers Owner Addresses Domestic Violence

NFL Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson last night in a "tearful statement" said that he "stands firmly against domestic violence," according to a front-page piece by Joseph Person of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER. Richardson, accepting an Echo Award Against Indifference in Charlotte, said, "When it comes to d ...

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Bills Sale Process Expected To Move Swiftly

Prospective Bills Owners Terry and Kim Pegula will likely "zoom blissfully through the remainder of their NFL buying experience," according to Tim Graham of the BUFFALO NEWS. The process will "resume Tuesday and Wednesday in Manhattan, where the NFL's finance committee will hold a previously schedul ...

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Silver Not Calling For Ferry's Ouster

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver yesterday said that he does not believe Hawks President of Basketball Operations & GM Danny Ferry "should be fired for his racially charged remarks about former free agent Luol Deng," according to Sam Amick of USA TODAY. Silver "explained in detail how Ferry's ...

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Rays Plan To Cut Payroll From $80M For '15

Rays Owner Stuart Sternberg said the team's payroll for the '15 season is "clearly going to be lower" than this year's franchise-record $80M, according to Marc Topkin of the TAMPA BAY TIMES. Sternberg: "We've run payroll into the ($40 million range) and gotten into the World Series and well into the ...

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