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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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03/30/15
Players' Tribune Continues Maintaining Mission

Red Sox DH David Ortiz' recent post on The Players' Tribune about "being unfairly branded a cheater" in '03 was a “small triumph for a website that has a mission to give an athlete a platform ... without a reporter playing the journalistic middleman," according to Richard Sandomir of the N.Y. ...

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03/30/15
"Hot Rod" Hundley Passes Away

Former Jazz play-by-play announcer "HOT ROD" HUNDLEY died Friday in his Phoenix-area home at the age of 80, according to Aaron Falk of the SALT LAKE TRIBUNE. Hundley's "easy West Virginia sensibilities and unmistakable vocal stylings and phrasings followed the Jazz from their inception in New Orle ...

Tags: People and Pop Culture

03/30/15
Final Four Produces Near-Perfect Matchups

Next weekend's Final Four is set, with Duke, Kentucky, Michigan State and Wisconsin heading to Indianapolis, and already one ticket re-seller is calling it the "priciest Final Four market we've seen over the last five years," according to Mark Alesia of the INDIANAPOLIS STAR. SeatGeek Communica ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, NCAA

03/30/15
MSG Confirms Plans To Split In Two

Madison Square Garden Co. confirmed on Friday that it "will break itself up," dividing the Knicks and NHL Rangers from the company’s RSNs, according to Michael de la Merced of the N.Y. TIMES. The move "comes five months after the company announced plans to explore such a breakup" in order ...

Tags: Finance, Madison Square Garden, New York Knicks, New York Rangers, New York Liberty, MSG Network

03/30/15
Rutgers Adopts Athletic Spending Measures

The Rutgers Univ. Senate on Friday "voted to adopt a series of measures calling for fiscal restraint" at a time when state lawmakers are calling for the school to "upgrade facilities for its basketball programs," according to Keith Sargeant of the Newark STAR-LEDGER. An advisory panel "voted to ...

Tags: Colleges

03/30/15
Boston '24 Looks To Switch Tone

Boston '24 has encountered a "rough reception" with its Olympic bid as it "travels across the city pitching plans that were developed behind closed doors, without consultation from local landlords, advocates, and neighborhood groups, all of which are accustomed to playing a role in approving and sha ...

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03/30/15
NFL In L.A. Looking More Likely Than Ever

The NFL is riding "undeniable momentum in the direction of L.A. that has not been present before," and be it relocation by the Rams, Chargers or Raiders, the league may "ultimately be inclined to back the teams in whatever direction they decide to go," according to Kevin Acee of the SAN DIEGO UNION- ...

Tags: Facilities, NFL

03/30/15
Bills On Pace To Break Tix Sales Mark For '15

The Bills "are on pace to break a 23-year-old record for the sale of season tickets," as they "have sold about 53,000 to date and are roughly 5,000 above their 2014 total of 47,482," according to Vic Carucci of the BUFFALO NEWS. With more than four months of selling to go, they "have a realisti ...

Tags: Buffalo Bills, Franchises

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Media Notes

SI.com's Richard Deitsch reported Fox Sports has hired former MLBer Raul Ibañez "as a studio analyst for its pregame and postgame coverage." Ibañez "will also contribute" to "Fox Sports Live," "America’s Pregame" and "MLB Whiparound." Fox Sports "has also assigned Joe Davis and A ...

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