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Dean Spanos Drowned Out By Crowd During Chargers' L.A. Kickoff Event At The Forum

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 01 / 19 / 17

The Chargers yesterday held an invitation-only kickoff ceremony at The Forum to celebrate the team's relocation to L.A., and the half-hour event included "pounding music, brief video highlights from the team’s 56 seasons in San Diego and reminders of the awkwardness that’s accompanied th...

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Alibaba, IOC Reach 12-Year TOP Sponsorship

The IOC’s first sponsorship deal in nearly two years marks a watershed moment for Chinese sports business and the commercial future of the Olympics. Alibaba Group Inc. and the IOC today announced a 12-year deal worth more than $800M, giving the retail giant exclusive rights to cloud services a ...

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Executive Transactions

Lagardère Sports promoted VP/Football GEOFF GARMHAUSEN to VP/Team Sports. He will continue to report to President of Team Sports JOEL SEGAL ( Lagardère )....Exec search firm Prodigy Sports has launched an e-sports practice based out of its New Jersey offices. Founder & CEO SCO ...

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College Baseball Raising ALS Awareness At Fenway

The N.C. State and Boston College baseball teams will meet at Fenway Park on April 22 to “help raise awareness for ALS,” according to Joe Giglio of the Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER. The game is the second of the teams’ regularly scheduled ACC series. ESPNU “will air the game b ...

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Rule Change Could Help Academies' Recruiting

Last spring when student-athletes at U.S. service academies learned they were no longer bound to a minimum "two-year postgrad active duty requirement," it created the chance for a policy shift that "could enhance service academy recruitment and the military's brand in general," according to Andrew L ...

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Nationals Deny Payroll-Spring Training Connection

The Nationals have "denied any connection" between the cost of Ballpark of the Palm Beaches -- the new Spring Training home they are sharing with the Astros -- and player payroll for the '17 season, according to Chelsea Janes of the WASHINGTON POST. ESPN analyst Jim Bowden yesterday tweeted the team ...

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New UFC HQ To Feature Athlete Center

The UFC is moving its corporate offices to a different Las Vegas location in May, and "virtually every spot" of the new facility "comes equipped with sight lines into the campus' centerpiece -- a performance institute for fighters ," according to Case Keefer of the LAS VEGAS SUN. UFC Senior Ex ...

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Big Ten Net, Riot Partner On "LoL" Tourney

Big Ten Network and Riot Games today announced a "League of Legends" competition featuring 12 Big Ten teams, with the winner advancing to Riot’s national collegiate "LoL" tournament. All matches will be streamed on BTN2Go and watch.lolesports.com, but there will be “some linear ...

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LPGA Committed To Joint Event With PGA Tour

LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan said the governing body is "fully committed" to playing a joint event with the PGA Tour "starting as early" as '18. Whan said, "Same golf course, same week, same time. That's really something we want to show the fans together. ... Every time that phone rings, I'm answerin ...

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A-B InBev Latest To End USOC Sponsorship

A-B InBev has ended its sponsorship of the U.S. Olympic Team, becoming the latest in a string of high-profile partners to not renew with the USOC heading into a complicated Olympics cycle. The brewer’s Budweiser brand has been the first and only official beer of Team USA since ‘84. The & ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Anheuser Busch, USOC

Names In The News

Patriots Owner ROBERT KRAFT was "among the VIPs" at  DONALD TRUMP 's Chairman's Global Dinner on Tuesday. Kraft was "photographed hobnobbing" with Counselor to the President KELLYANNE CONWAY . NFL Jets Owner WOODY JOHNSON was also in attendance ( BOSTON GLOBE, 1/19 ). Redskins Owner ...

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