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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 09 / 17 / 14

15,256  – Size of the "raucous crowd" for last night's Sounders-Union U.S. Open Cup title game at PPL Park. The Sounders won 3-1 ( PHILADELPHIAUNION.com, 9/17 ).

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09/15/14
Nike-Under Armour Rivalry Growing

The "biggest rivalry in sports right now is between Nike and Under Armour," according to Nicole Goodkind of YAHOO FINANCE. Nike "makes more than 10 times the revenue of Under Armour, but still frequently finds themselves squabbling over endorsement deals and sponsorships," most recently Thunder F K ...

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09/12/14
Major Sponsors Sticking By NFL

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09/12/14
Pepsi Promo Offers Fans Free 49ers Tix

PepsiCo, the official soft drink for Levi's Stadium, is launching a retail promotion for fans to win free tickets to 49ers home games this season. As part of the sponsor's activation on the Pepsi Fan Deck, an outdoor space at the top of the stadium in the north end, there are two structures designed ...

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09/12/14
Under Armour-Notre Dame Deal Benefits Both

Notre Dame's recent switch from adidas to Under Armour "is a splashy move for a tradition-rich university that this season seems to be breaking from its most time-honored customs," according to Marc Tracy of the N.Y. TIMES. Notre Dame gives UA "immediate entree to a gigantic, passionate fan base - ...

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09/11/14
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09/11/14
Details Emerge For Maryland-Under Armour Deal

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09/11/14
Marketplace Roundup

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