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Budapest Mayor Says He May Withdraw City's '24 Games Bid

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 02 / 17 / 17

The mayor of Budapest on Friday said that he may “propose withdrawing the city’s bid” for the ‘24 Games “as soon as next week.” Mayor Istvan Tarlos said that he “could make his proposal to the Budapest Assembly as soon as Wednesday, once he has confirmed t...

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IndyCar's KV Racing Team Being Shut Down

KV Racing, the IndyCar team co-owned by Kevin Kalkhoven and Jimmy Vasser is shutting down "after 14 years and seven victories," according to the AP. The team formally announced the "long-rumored move" Thursday and has "sold its equipment to fellow team owner Ricardo Juncos, who plans to run in the I ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

Phillies Diss Christie With "Bridgegate" Reference

The Phillies took the "less is more" approach Thursday on Twitter in responding to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's "criticism of the franchise, fans and atmosphere at Citizens Bank Park," according to Joe Giglio of the Newark STAR-LEDGER. The Phillies said, "We love our fans and appreciate their un ...

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Players Praise New Ballpark Of The Palm Beaches

While the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches "remains a work in progress," the clubhouses and practice fields for both the Nationals and Astros are in "working order and the initial reviews are positive," according to Jon Santucci of TCPALM.com. Both clubs reported for Spring Training earlier this week, a ...

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Executive Transactions

Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority Chair  MICHELE KELM-HELGEN  is resigning, saying that it is in the "public's interest to remove herself from ongoing reforms." Her last day is March 8 ( BIZJOURNALS.com, 2/16 ). Following Kelm-Helgen's resignation, Exec Dir  TED MONDALE   ...

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Speed Reads....

City officials said that the Pistons "hope to announce in the two weeks the Detroit location of their potential new corporate headquarters and practice facility" ( DETROIT NEWS, 2/17 ). SI this year is "cutting its frequency by seven issues," to 38 from 45. The move will "shave mailing and prod ...

Maddux Pranks Bryant For Red Bull Video

Cubs 3B Kris Bryant in a new video for sponsor Red Bull "gets pranked" by Baseball HOFer Greg Maddux, according to Tim Nudd of ADWEEK. Bryant thinks he is "shooting a workout video, and Maddux -- in full disguise, including a beard and a beer belly -- is the sound guy working the shoot." W ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Red Bull

Pebble Beach Finale Down From Last Year

CBS on Sunday drew 4.23 million viewers for the final round of the PGA Tour AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, which saw Jordan Spieth win by four strokes. That figure is down from 4.86 million viewers last year, when Vaughn Taylor held off Phil Mickelson by one stroke. The ’15 final round drew 3.6 ...

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Manfred Confident In Tigers Under Chris Ilitch

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said that the death of Tigers Owner Mike Ilitch was a "blow to the sport, but the team is in good hands with his son." Ilitch Holdings President & CEO Chris Ilitch is " slated to take over responsibilities for the Tigers under a succession plan laid out last year." ...

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Bud Light, Kia Activating At NBA All-Star

Bud Light is taking over a space in New Orleans' historic French Quarter during NBA All-Star Weekend, beginning today. Bud Light Crew HQ will feature a beer garden, arcade, retail space, NBA player appearances and musical performances from Mannie Fresh and Friends . The activation area opens at noo ...

Today's Events....

Harvard Innovation Labs will host an all-day forum on the future of sports technology along with the Sports Innovation Lab and the NFLPA OneTeamCollective, beginning at 9:00am ET. NBPA Exec Dir Michele Roberts , President Chris Paul  and other members of the union's exec committee will hos ...

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