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Panini Signs QB Marcus Mariota To Autograph Trading-Card Deal

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 03 / 30 / 15

Panini has signed NFL Draft prospect and Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota  to an autograph trading-card deal. Under the agreement, Mariota will appear on Panini packaging including its first collegiate licensed trading cards, "Contenders ...

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Rays Bring Back "Rays Up" Campaign

The Rays yesterday unveiled their '15 advertising and marketing campaign, "opting to build upon the 'Rays Up' message introduced last year," according to Robert Trigaux of the TAMPA BAY TIMES. While the move "offers continuity at the start of a season awash with new managers, coaches and players, it ...

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Rock Cats Re-Branding As Yard Goats

The Double-A Eastern League New Britain Rock Cats yesterday announced that the team "will be renamed the Yard Goats" when it moves to a new ballpark for the '16 season, according to Paul Doyle of the HARTFORD COURANT. The new moniker "was chosen from a final list of five, beating out Hedgehogs, Pray ...

Tags: Franchises, MiLB

Senators' Hammond Revives Fan Base

In Ottawa, Don Brennan writes the arrival of rookie G Andrew Hammond has been "the saving grace to a Senators season that was headed down the drain and had lost the interest of a great many fans." The Senators through 33 home dates "have had just seven sellouts," and while as of yesterday there were ...

Tags: NHL, Franchises

Franchise Notes

In Charlotte, Rick Bonnell reported the Hornets could "change their summer-league destination from Las Vegas to Orlando," and a decision "might already have been made." Las Vegas "has become the dominant NBA summer-league option, with thousands of fans showing up at the two major venues at UNLV ...

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Islanders Tickets Selling Fast For '15-16

Islanders tickets for the '15-16 season are "selling well" ahead of the team's first year at Barclays Center, according to Neil Best of NEWSDAY. Islanders ticket options "vary widely, up to $1,000 a game for the rows directly behind and adjacent to the team benches," while some upper-level tickets " ...

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Sacramento Refocusing MLS Efforts

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and USL club Sacramento Republic FC “aren’t backing off from their goal" of securing an MLS expansion team, according to Ryan Lillis of the SACRAMENTO BEE. Johnson, speaking a day after MLS said it was in talks with an ownership group from Minneapolis to ...

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NFL Giants Make Changes To Tix Prices

The NFL Giants yesterday "raised regular season ticket prices for season ticket holders, but other adjustments will actually result in a reduction in pricing" from '14, according to Nick Powell of the Newark STAR-LEDGER. Giants President & CEO John Mara and Chair & Exec VP Steve Tisch sent a ...

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Boras Calls Out Cubs Ownership

MLB agent Scott Boras, realizing the Cubs have "no intention of keeping rookie third baseman Kris Bryant on their opening day roster," yesterday accused team ownership of "hoarding money instead of trying to win," according to Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY. Boras said, "You are damaging the ethics an ...

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NHL Panthers' Goalie Contest Creates Buzz

A field of 58 participants yesterday tried out to become the NHL Panthers' "practice goalie for the day" as part of the team's "Goal of a Lifetime" contest, according to Joe Trezza of the MIAMI HERALD. The prospective goalies auditioned "to earn the chance to compete in a shootout" during the first ...

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Jazz Unaffected By Miller Family Changes

Jazz CEO Greg Miller “has decided he wants to take a step back” from his role with the family’s car dealerships and other ventures, but a restructuring at the Larry H. Miller Group “won’t affect the future” of the NBA team, according to Mike Sorensen of the DESERE ...

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