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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 04 / 28 / 17

Saturday Rutgers in a 3:00pm ET ceremony will rename one of its original basketball courts after the late Jim Valvano , who played at Rutgers and was an assistant coach there. The court is at College Avenue Gym, nicknamed "The Barn."

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Philips Arena Renovation Could Start Soon

The $193M renovation of Philips Arena "could soon kick off," as plans were filed Thursday in Atlanta for the "first phase of the project." The renovation would "include the interior demolition of 100,000 square feet and the interior renovation of the North Club and Owner’s Suite." The project ...

04/28/17
"TMNT" Returning As Chicagoland Race Sponsor

Nickelodeon is returning to Chicagoland Speedway as the entitlement sponsor of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in Sepember as part of another two-year deal with ISC. The Viacom-owned net is bringing back its Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the theme for the second straight year, and the ...

04/28/17
Goodell: NFL "Studying" Marijuana Use

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday addressed the possibility of allowing NFL players to smoke marijuana, saying, "We’ve been studying that through our advisors. To date, they haven’t said that this a change we think you should make." Goodell added, "You still have to look at a lo ...

04/28/17
Joshua-Klitschko To Draw Record Crowd

A "sold-out Wembley Stadium" on Saturday will host the Anthony Joshua - Wladimir Klitschko heavyweight boxing title fight. An "additional 10,000 seats were added" at the venue to "accommodate the post-war record crowd of 90,000." In the U.K., the fight "could break pay-per-view records for Sky Spo ...

04/28/17
Quick Hits....

"I know a lot of people have been pointing at myself and Chase ( Elliott ) and ( Ryan ) Blaney , just to name three. That’s pretty cool to be in that category and hopefully we all have a lot of Junior’s fans kind of dispersed to cheer for us and don’t just leave the sport totall ...

04/28/17
NFL Draft Overnight Best Since '14

ESPN and NFL Network on Thursday night combined for a 6.7 overnight rating for Round 1 of the NFL Draft, marking the telecast's best figure since a record-setting 8.7 overnight in '14, as fans waited on QB Johnny Manziel's selection. The combined figure is up 6% from a 6.3 overnight last year. ESPN ...

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04/28/17
Sources: Pacers' Bird Stepping Down

Pacers President Larry Bird is "stepping down, ending his second tenure running the franchise’s basketball operations," and Pacers GM  Kevin Pritchard  "will replace Bird as the franchise’s top basketball decision-maker," according to sources. Bird is "planning to r ...

04/28/17
Daily Digit....

$200M  – Amount Colby College (Waterville, Maine) will spend on a "state-of-the-art athletic center on campus" that will be the "largest in the New England Small College Athletic Conference" ( CENTRALMAINE.com, 4/27 ).

04/28/17
Raiders Hosting Draft Party In Las Vegas

The Raiders on Saturday morning will host "Raiders Draft Day," an NFL Draft party at the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign on the Strip. The 129th player selected will be the "first one chosen by the Raiders during their first public event in Las Vegas since announcing their move to Sou ...

04/28/17
Twitter Me This...

Dale Jr.: "I was worried people were going to be upset and angry, like, 'What the hell?'" But has found response to be positive. — Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) April 28, 2017 PGA gives penalty shot for slow play at Zurich, 1st since '95. Carballo got 1 bad time BCam ...

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