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04 / 16 / 14

NBC Sports Group has collaborated with chef Thomas Keller 's Bouchon Bakery on a "Puck Cake" to kick off NBC's coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. More than 6,500 of the cakes will be produced with the logos of the 16 playoff teams and are being distributed to athletes, celebrity hockey fans and ...

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Selig Praises New Replay System

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and several club owners yesterday expressed support for the league's newly expanded instant replay system despite numerous high-profile issues in recent days and open questioning by some managers, including the Red Sox' John Farrell. Speaking at the MLB Diversity Business ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, MLB

WrestleMania PPV Strong Despite WWE Net

WWE yesterday announced that WrestleMania XXX on April 6 reached a record 1 million HHs in the U.S. alone on the WWE Network and PPV combined. This is the first time WrestleMania has eclipsed that mark domestically. WWE Network currently has more than 667,000 subscribers in the U.S., ...

Tags: Media, WWE

Blues Ink Four Postseason Presenting Sponsors

The Blues will have "four presenting sponsors for their entire playoff run" instead of having a different sponsor for each game, in a move that is "a first for the organization," according to Samantha Liss of the ST. LOUIS BUSINESS JOURNAL. Sources said that the deals are "worth six figures." The se ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, St. Louis Blues, NHL

Executive Transactions

The Philadelphia Big 5, which is an informal association consisting of Penn, La Salle, St. Joseph’s, Temple and Villanova, named retiring Penn AD STEVE BILSKY Exec Dir, effective in July ( Penn )….Princeton Univ. named MOLLIE MARCOUX AD, effective Aug. 4. She will replace GAR ...

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Big East Signs Lease For New HQ

The Big East today announced that it has signed a 10-year lease agreement with The Durst Organization that will bring the conference’s official HQ to 655 Third Ave. in midtown Manhattan. The seventh-floor office space, totaling 13,742 square feet, is located on the corner of 42nd Street. The i ...

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Panel: NCAA Business Model Must Change

A panel of college administrators "agree the NCAA business model has to change to survive" an evolving financial landscape for conferences, according to Teresa Walker of the AP. Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner Beth DeBauche "sees the current crisis as an opportunity to make college athletics hea ...

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PGA Championship Sets Ticket Sales Record

The PGA of America yesterday announced that it has "set an overall ticket sales record" for the Aug. 7-10 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club, according to Jonathan Lintner of the Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL. PGA Championship Dir Brett Sterba said that the PGA "reserved lots at Papa John&rsqu ...

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How Key NBA Storylines Played Out This Year

Before the '13-14 NBA season began, SportsBusiness Journal offered some storylines to watch . Here is how each topic stands as the NBA concludes its regular season tonight. WARRIORS • Then: The team starts the year with a franchise record season-ticket base of 14,000 and a 38-game sellou ...

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Production Dips For Some NHL Clubs Post-Olympics

NHL teams that sent a large number of players to the '14 Sochi Games "had a significant drop in performance" after the tournament, while teams that "sent few players had a slight improvement," according to a Univ. of Massachusetts study cited by Jeff Klein of the N.Y. TIMES. UMass sports economics p ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, NHL

Sony Going Ultra-HD 4K For World Cup Film

Sony has partnered with FIFA to produce a film around the '14 FIFA World Cup "in ultra-high definition 4K" that will include "a selection of games, including the final, and will be available for purchase online" after the tournament, according to Jim Armstrong of the AP. Sony also will produce &ldqu ...

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